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.
Woodroffe United Church offers you a West-end Ottawa church home within the fellowship of the United Church of Canada. We are a welcoming and caring community which includes a modern Church School program using the Feasting on the Word curriculum, an active outreach program, a dedicated pastoral care team and a broad variety of opportunities for worship and spiritual growth.
You are invited to attend worship services and to participate in the life of our church. Our web site will give you a glimpse into our activities and church life, but you can see it all first hand by joining us in worship on Sunday at 10:00 am. Drop by to say, "Hello!" and stay for refreshments and fellowship in the Banquet Hall after the service.
WELCOME TO WOODROFFE UNITED CHURCH!
Woodroffe United Church offers you fellowship and community based on a vision that reflects the way of Jesus the Christ:
Welcoming all those who are searching for a church home
Caring for all who find a spiritual home here
Serving our neighbours’ needs and the world community
…Promoting spiritual growth
Inspiring Sunday worship services
Uplifting music from Children and Adult choirs
Children and youth are welcome at services
Church School program for ages 4 and up
Supervised Nursery–Toddler room available
Friendly conversation over coffee, tea, juice after service
Extensive library on religion and family life
Reflection groups for Bible study
Woodroffe United Café – monthly discussions of topical issues
…Caring for the members of our Church family
Friendly greeters on Sunday mornings
Bi-weekly letters and visits to those unable to join us on Sundays
“The WUC Uniter” newsletter three times a year
Accessible premises, hearing loops and large print bulletins
Pastoral Care: A dedicated and specially trained team of lay people who assist the clergy in the pastoral care of the congregation in times of crisis or particular need. This work is done by:
visiting in homes, retirement residences, care facilities and hospitals
visiting at times of grief and loss, at times of personal or family difficulty such as job loss, family discord, chronic or terminal illness, substance abuse, depression, loneliness, disability, family caregiving
…Reaching out to our local community with compassion and assistance
This has been an integral part of the ethos of Woodroffe for over 65 years. We care for our local community by providing:
Food and helping hands for local food banks
Christmas gift and food voucher program for those in need
Affordable clothing and household goods at our fall Bazaar
Ample meeting space for community groups
The Club 2000 social program for those with special needs
…Reaching out to the world through the Mission and Service program of the United Church of Canada
Actively supporting Mission and Service projects
Collecting and crocheting milk bags–to–sleeping mats for international humanitarian programs
Supporting a student from Chipembi, Zambia to attend Chipembi Girls Secondary School
As members and adherents we are committed to:
Live in accord with the teachings of Jesus
Develop and grow in Christian faith and understanding
Contribute to the life and work of the Church
MORE ACTIVITIES AT WOODROFFE UNITED
United Church Women units (Renaissance and Jubilee)
Spaghetti Supper and Games Nights
Poinsettia and Maple Syrup Sales
Family Ski Trips
Babies and Friends Luncheons
Books–Baking–Buds Spring Sales
COMMUNITY GROUP ACTIVITIES
Beavers – Cubs – Scouts
AA Support Group
Alzheimer Support Group
Russian Day Care and School
Shout Sister Choir
Piano and Organ Lessons
Revised November 2014
To assist those with special needs, we have...
OC Transpo stop for route 87 at the front door
a modern sound system, including a hearing aid loop
large print edition of Voices United and large print bulletins
wheelchair access to washrooms and all ground floor rooms
worship resources for those unable to come to church
A brief history
1948-50 The new church building was dedicated (now the Auditorium).
1957 Two Sunday morning worship services began, to accomodate the large number attending church.
1958 The Christian Education wing (now the Banquet and Lower Halls) was completed.
1962 Sunday School enrolment was 350, with a peak attendance of 548. Sunday School met at Woodroffe Public School next to the church.
1963 The new Sanctuary, with seating for 650, was dedicated.
1980 The mortgage was burned.
1982 We acquired a rebuilt Keates pipe organ with 37 stops and 3 manuals; it was paid for by the end of the year
2012-13 Extensive renovations were made to the Banquet Hall, Lower Hall and Sanctuary, including air conditioning
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.