The first list comprises projects supported through Parish Planning Council. The second comprises projects supported through the Anglican Church Women group. This represents the same people working under different ‘umbrellas’ on behalf of the parish as a whole. The parish also makes in-kind contributions of food, bedding, knitted-wear, personal hygiene products etc to various local agencies.
On a budget of approximately 54 thousand dollars, this total represents a tithe of almost 11%. In addition to these funds contributed to others, the parish contributed $9, 431 to the Diocese of Toronto to support its work and ministry.
I have taken the time to outline this information because, it seems to me, that it is crucial for a parish to be focused beyond itself. This is what makes a parish a vital and vibrant presence in the community. This is what motivates its people to put the teachings of Jesus into action. This is what attracts people to become part of the Good News.
I want to commend every single person who is part of making this mission a reality and a success. Blessings to each of you: to our leadership team of Churchwardens and PPC, to the members of ACW, and to each individual in our parish and the Buckhorn community who are integral parts of all this. Blessings and thanks to each of you.
To see all the details of activities within the parish during 2018, please check the “More news” tab on the parish website -- anglicanchurchbuckhorn.ca. If you’re not online, I encourage you to ask a family member to let you take a look some day through their internet connection when you’re visiting with them. We also share hardcopies from time to time with our people who do not happen to have direct access to the website.
Again, this year I want to extend my personal appreciation and thanks, on behalf of St Matthew – St Aidan, to those who share their personal gifts with us to enhance our parish life:
- Susan Knights, our organist
- David Peasgood, our organist and our very ‘own’ Archdeacon
- Jim Blakeley, Nick Sacchitiello, Donnie Roberts, Don Bowles, Parish Maintenance Group
- Helen Minten and each member of ACW
- Marylou and team for Altar Guild
- Each of our lectors and intercessors
- Bill Nicholls, Officiant at Morning Prayer
- Karen Woodley, our energetic Lay Delegate to Synod
- Peggy Roberts, our meticulous Treasurer
- Each member of PPC
- Sue Swankie and Chef Doris et al from the community
And, once again this year, I want to convey my heartfelt thanks and appreciation to our Churchwardens: Olive Walduck, Marion Watson, Nancy Fairweather, and Eunice Blakeley. They continue to be models of shared-leadership, team-building, wisdom and insight along the pathway of our journey as followers of Jesus and in our continuing growth as a community of faith. My particular thanks to Eunice for all that she does much of which is behind-the-scenes and something we should not take for-granted.
The Churchwardens and I, as is our practice each year, have been reviewing our function as a team and are exploring how we can re-distribute responsibilities to keep our functioning fresh and equitable.
In closing, I want also to convey my good wishes, thanks, and appreciation to each member of our parish family for all that each one of you do to make our parish a meaningful presence in our community for the benefit of others.
Blessings to each and all,