What is prayer? How does it work? And more importantly, does it work?
The Tea and Talk on Mondays resume in April with a study on Prayer. Are you curious about how and for what to pray? Would you like to learn about what makes something a prayer? Would you like to know how to become a pray-er?
Tea and Talk resumes on Monday, April 25 at 7:00 p.m. We will follow the video series "Prayer, Does it Make a Difference?" by Philip Yancey. “Prayer is the act of seeing reality from God’s point of view,” says Yancey. Filmed in different locations in the Rocky Mountains, Prayer takes you to the mysterious intersection where God and humans meet and relate.
Here’s a quick summary of our finances as of the end of August, 2014. We’ve just gone through the dreaded summer months (the Treasurer’s least favorite financial period). People are on holidays or are taking a break from church. Obviously less attendance at Sunday service means less givings to the church. Thank God for PAR, our preauthorized remittance program which allows members to give to the church via automatic bank withdrawals even during the summer. This along with the fact that in July and August we had one less minister to pay helped keep our financials in fairly good state.
On June 1 (the beginning of summer), the church had a financial deficit of $22,000. On August 31 (the end of summer), the church has a financial deficit of $22,500. So we got through the summer, basically where we started, which from the Treasurer’s standpoint is great. However he knows that we had major savings in personnel costs which made this happen. Otherwise we would be in much worse shape. Once we have added a temporary minister to help out during our search period, such savings will decrease significantly.
We are coming up to your Treasurer’s favourite period, Bazaar month (October). The proceeds from this event will substantially reduce this deficit, as it always has. The Treasurer LOVES the Bazaar.
So how does the end of 2014 shape up financially. Because of the unknown ministerial staffing situation during the next few months, it is very hard to estimate. It looks like we should be OK for 2014, say a small deficit.
Deficits are handled through our cash reserves. As of August 31, our reserve is around $27,000. This is not a large amount. It could be eliminated with a single event, a new roof for example. Our cash reserve should increase over the next few months (Bazaar, Christmas givings) but the Treasurer keeps an eye on this amount at all times.
In conclusion, your Treasurer is breathing a little easier than a couple of months ago. Your continued financial support is needed and appreciated.
The purpose of the Mission and Service Committee is to bring alive the work of the Church in the world and to encourage all members and adherents to participate actively in support of the Mission and Service (M&S) Fund. This purpose is accomplished by keeping the congregation informed of mission activities and areas of special concern and by coordinating the Church's response to requests for assistance from outside the local community.
Woodroffe's Pastoral Care Team is committed to providing love, concern and prayerful support to those in need. An emphasis is placed on confidentiality.
Each member of the team has received training in pastoral care and ongoing programs offer opportunities for further development in the ministry of care and love. The team also responds to the church's mission to minister in our local community and area hospitals.
Reaching out to the wider community has been an integral part of the programme of Woodroffe United Church since its inception. The congregation's current activities include giving emergency assistance to families and individuals who need help with food and other necessities of life. Help is given in consultation and cooperation with established social action groups such as Pinecrest-Queensway Community Health Centre. Thanks to the generosity of contributors within the congregation, support of outreach work has been consistently strong and is indeed a significant part of Woodroffe United Church's Christian mission of sharing God's love in the community at large.