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Have you picked up a copy of the 2016 Annual Report?  Download your copy here: 2016 ANNUAL REPORT

A whole lot has crossed the Boardroom table since the last Gavel Grapevine update!  Here are some highlights:

Two exciting technology projects are well underway.  The first is a ‘Donate Now’ button, which is going onto the Knox website.  This handy tool will allow visitors to make donations electronically in support of our ministries.  The other is the new website-generated newsletter, which we thought might have been rolled out by now.  We’ve hit a couple of glitches and some snowy weather along the way – it’s slowed us down a little in our progress.  A big thank you to everyone who has been involved in these projects, especially our friends at ChurchOS, who power our website.

The United Church of Canada Remits continue to be a topic of conversation – not only at Knox, but at United Churches across the country.   There’s information about these remits on the United Church’s website, and you can also find info on Knox’s own website.  A great reason to visit!   www.knoxunitedvancouver.org.  Please watch for details on a Remit gathering in March, where we’ll look at some of the proposed remits under Debra’s capable guidance as our Presbytery rep.

The Board has approved another 3-month extension to the land development contract with Hon Towers.  You’ll remember that the contract was extended in November by up to 3 months, and although we’d hoped the deal would be done by now, the City of Vancouver continues to find small hurdles for both Knox and Hon Towers to jump over. 

The Thrift Sale has been announced for 1017 – April 28th & 29th!  Please mark your calendars and start thinking about household items you no longer want or use.  Please also watch for details on a Drumming Workshop being planned by Colleen, which will be announced very shortly, I think. 

And while you’re marking dates, please also mark the Leadership Retreat on April 8, 2017 (time TBA).  This is a team-building and goal-setting event for team chairs and team members.  The bigger the turnout, the stronger the results of this retreat will be.

Our Communications & Welcoming team has produced, in time for the Annual Congregational Meeting (ACM), a Communications Strategy document AND has recommended some revisions to their terms of reference.  You’ll remember that this team is a relatively new one, and as they have gone about their work this year, they have noticed that some small changes in their focus and direction could make a difference for Knox.  The Board has reviewed these documents, and they will be circulated to the congregation shortly.

The ACM date is getting closer, and the Board has been working on both the details of the ACM and a 3-Year plan for Knox.  This plan takes into consideration Knox’s financial and people resources, our strengths as a congregation, some development areas we can work on, our construction project, and most importantly, directions in which we believe God is calling us.  The Board is excited about this plan, ad we’re confident that it can be effective with the congregation’s support and energy.  Few church’s have a strategic plan, or so I’m told, so this is something we can be proud of, and which should help guide our activities in a very focused way over the next three years.