Highlights From Council
Council Report May 24, 2019
Council has held three Council Meetings since my last report. These Council meetings took place on Monday March 11, 2019, Monday April 9, 2019, and Monday May 13, 2019.
Please see Rev. Norm Seli’s report in Jubilation for the Ministers’ Report. The highlight was our Easter Services. Easter Sunday Service was well attended with nearly all seats filled and people sitting on the back ledges. Norm’s morning and Sunday services were particularly moving.
We have enjoyed having Jason Meyers at Jubilee as an intern and were sad to see the end of his internship. We congratulate Jason for being ordained in May. He will be moving on to be a co-minister at Metropolitan United Church downtown.
We welcomed back Rev. Anne Dionisio from maternity leave on May 16 with hand-written notes of appreciation. Anne had a role in our May 26 service which also included a sermon by Cheryl Colford on God from a Jesus feminist perspective. Cheryl is with us while she works towards becoming a lay minister. Our involvement with interns and lay minister candidates meets our goal to spread Jubilee’s influence beyond our own community.
Council welcomed three new members in April 2019 including Heather Callbeck, Vice-Chair, Anne Howes, Social Committee Chair, and John Sharp, Finance Committee Chair. We look forward to working with them over the next year. We said good-bye to Alan Bone, who stepped down from being Finance Committee Chair. Alan was instrumental in our merger with St. John’s last year and has been a valuable member of Council. Charlie Scott thanked him for his contributions to Jubilee.
Bob Nicholls wants to withdraw from his role as our Observer representative. It is a lighter role and Bob will work with the new person. Charlie Scott, Nominations Chair, will fill this position.
Pat Lansche, Administrative Secretary, is retiring on October 31, 2019. The job description for her replacement was approved by Council during May’s meeting. The search team comprised of Jeanette May, Jeanne Elgie-Watson, Fran Crabe and Val Winters will recruit a candidate to fill the position. Interviews are expected to take place in September with a decision before the end of that month. Pat will continue in her volunteer position as Secretary to Council for as long as she wants.
Rev. Norm Seli will be bringing a proposal back to Council to work with Bri-Anne Swan on her Diaconal ministry. She will be putting together a team to create a new contemporary worship service perhaps on Sunday nights. The United Church may match our funding. The Council approved the concept and will vote on Norm’s proposal when he brings it back to Council.
Jubilee faces risks ahead with lower interest rates on investments, an aging congregation, a changing neighbourhood and fewer volunteers available to run events. We are facing these challenges with:
Two talented ministers
Committed staff members
Dedicated group of volunteers
New people coming to our church
Good attendance at church services and events
Three strong yearly fundraisers
Excellent programs and
An increase in engagement with those who participate in our church