This has been another busy summer for the Admin & Finance Committee. Work done in our church has been extensive to say the least. Our members, along with some outside help, have put in several hundred hours to improve the LOOK and the LIGHT of WUC to give what we think is a new warm, cleaner, brighter place of worship and fellowship. Completed projects to date include:
Painting of the entrance, offices, Narthex and the new boardroom
Improved lighting in the Narthex, the hallway to the Banquet Room, and Scout Hall
Air conditioning in the Chapel and upstairs in the Russian Daycare
New signage in front of the church along with new parking signs
Sanctuary screen and projection system, and a monitor for the choir (under the direction of Jamie Hockin)
Carpets have been cleaned in all the offices, along with Chapel and Narthex runners
Asphalt repairs to the parking lot
Thanks to all the committee members who helped with these projects. Special thanks to Caroline and Eric Williams, and Trish Curtis.
[Editor’s note: Apparently a new puppet theatre was also built, for use during Children’s Time in the Sunday service.]
The Woodroffe United Church Bazaar is coming up on October 24th from 9 am to 1 pm. This is a wonderful social time for WUC, with over 200 volunteers and many more shoppers. There is a continuous spirit of sharing, recycling, and reusing. If you are not already a Bazaar regular, please come out the week of October 18th and help out with sorting and displaying used items. Bazaar helpers are needed for baking and selling too! There is a volunteer sheet in the hallway to sign up, or speak to one of the co-conveners. Thank you.
This article provides an overview of the current financial situation for Woodroffe United from January 1 to August 31, 2015. A financial chart displaying a summary of the year so far with a comparison to last year for the same period is found at the end of this report. Here are a few comments on the financials.
You can see that our revenues are slightly down from last year. I’d attribute this to lower congregational numbers this year; 166 members have contributed so far this year compared to 181members last year.
You can see that our expenses this year are about $28,000 lower than last year mainly due to savings in ministerial salaries.
So our operational deficit for the year is $2,833 versus $22,559 last year at this time. A deficit situation is normal for Woodroffe at the end of the summer period. With an increase in attendance in the fall and winter months, with our Bazaar in October, and with Christmas season givings, we should have a financial surplus by the end of the year.
You can see we’ve had building related expenses again this year. Over $24,000 has been spent on improvements in the Sanctuary sound system and a new projection system, on Narthex painting and lighting improvements, on new air conditioning in the Chapel and upper classroom areas, on a new Woodroffe sign in front of the church which should be completed this month, and on improved lighting in the Banquet and Scout Halls. We’re anticipating some repayment from the Russian Daycare for the air conditioning systems later this year.
So our financial situation has improved substantially over last year at this time. In August 2014, our Available Funds Reserve was at a disturbingly low level of $26,810. By year end 2014 it had grown to $76,475. As of the end of August this year, it stands at $62,392. Your Treasurer estimates that by year end 2015, our Reserve should be close to $100,000 based on a successful Bazaar, and on an expected bequest of $20,000.
Thank you for your continued financial and volunteer support for the church.
We hope you all had a wonderful summer and had time to enjoy the outdoors with family and friends! As the summer draws to a close, and children are back to school, the work of the Christian Education (CE) Committee starts anew. As always at this time of year, the CE Committee put its energies towards planning for the start of another Church School year.
Keep your eyes open for announcements concerning the Church School Open House in October. You can meet children and teachers from the school and get an idea of what goes on in the school.
This fall, one area we would like to focus on is creating a Youth Group. If you are interested in being part of the group or leading it, we would love to hear from you.
One event to mark in your calendar is the ever popular Babies and Friends Luncheon that will be held on November 29th. It is a nice chance for families with very young children to meet, do a craft or two, and enjoy a light lunch.
Also, be sure to read the article in the Uniter from the 96th Ottawa Scout Group – the group runs a great program and Woodroffe United Church has been the sponsor of the 96th since 1963.
The Scouts had a great summer doing a bunch of different day camps, but the highlight was our 4-day canoe trip on the Rideau Canal! We put in at Upper Brewer Locks and camped there on Thursday night. Thursday morning we were off to Jones Falls (an 18 km canoe). Luckily when we arrived there the Lockmaster was able to let us travel up the locks to our camping area. This was quite an experience for most of the scouts and their faces told us everything. It was so great to see the wonder and awe in their faces, especially when we started talking about how the stones all got there (by hand, or rope and pulley) and that the stone came from other places. We camped at Jones Falls then travelled to Chaffey's Locks for our next campsite. There we got to go for ice cream at the Opinicon Lodge, another historic building, and to see the Lockmaster's Museum. In the morning we were off to Newboro Locks to pull out. It was a great trip and everyone did a wonderful job of keeping everyone else motivated!
For the start of the year, our second and third years scouts are off to camp at Brotherhood Camp, which is a joint US/Canada scouting camp where the scouts get to do some amazing activities and the leaders get to meet new friends and everyone does badge trading! We then have another camp planned for October for all the scouts and we'll be back at the bazaar with our wonderful, scrumptious hotdogs!