“In all your ways submit to God, and he will make your paths straight.” – Proverbs 3:6
The New Year is off to a busy start! But before I roll into many of the exciting things brewing at Knox, I’d like to extend a big thank you, on behalf of the Board, to everyone who planned, led, facilitated, or participated in our Christmas worship services. With Christmas Day falling on a Sunday this year, we needed a lot of extra coordination. All your effort to develop meaningful, joy-filled worship services was truly appreciated.
In December, Debra, our Presbytery rep, led us through the first stages of the United Church Remit review. We discussed several of the proposed changes to United Church governance, and we reflected on how these changes might affect both the future of our United Church of Canada and Knox itself. We’ll continue to work on the remits in the coming weeks. Please watch for opportunities to participate in this significant, denomination-shaping work, and visit the UCC’s website if you’d like to learn more: http://www.gc42.ca/remits
Now that January is on us, the Board is preparing for our Annual Congregational Meeting, which will be held on Sunday, February 26th. Apart from the usual ACM prep, we’ve been working on a Strategic Plan which we hope will carry Knox through the next three years. This plan has been in development since the fall, with both the Board and the Board Executive spending time on it. Karen Hollis’s report, which many of you discussed after worship on Jan 8th, will also help to inform the Strategic Plan.
You may know by now that Knox has been offered an opportunity to be a good neighbour to Oakridge United Church. Oakridge has been challenged to find a place for their grand piano to live during their construction project (pianos do not cope well with storage facilities). After discussing our priorities and values, and weighing the pros and cons of adopting the piano, the Board voted in favour of making room for it. We hope to make good use of the piano, adding further variety to worship music, as well as creating new concert opportunities. As a bonus, Oakridge has offered to loan us their beautiful brass hand bells and proper bell tables, which the chime ringers will no doubt be excited about!
Finally, Josie has been busy working on a new format for News & Notes. This new newsletter will be created and delivered using our website operating system. The Board felt it was important to be putting out a newsletter that is more “current” in its look and feel, and to comply with Canada’s federal “anti-spam” email regulations (the website system will manage this compliance). We also anticipate that this template will, within the short-term, be more efficient to produce than the current newsletter template. Please be prepared as we test-drive the new newsletter in the coming weeks.