Comments from the Chairperson of Council – 2016
2016 was again a time of transition in the life of City View United Church, as well as being another busy year. Trisha Elliott, our Intentional Interim Minister, and the Transition Team worked with the congregation during the first half of the year to reflect upon the future of our church. The Team led the development of our new governance (committee structure) which was approved in February for a one-year trial period. Trisha and the Team ended their work by the summer and we are grateful to Trisha and the Team for in preparing the ground for the years ahead.
Christine Johnson continued as our part-time Pastoral Care Minister for the first half of the year. She and the Pastoral Care Team continued to provide visits to those in need. We said farewell and thanks to both Trisha and Christine in the early summer and wish them all the best with their future ministries.
Thanks to the very efficient and effective work of the Joint Needs Assessment Committee and Joint Search Committee, both chaired by Steven Bergman, we completed the process to find a new Minister by the end of June. We are blessed to have the Reverend Dr. Karen Boivin as our new minister. Karen began her ministry with us in late August and has hit the ground running with many extra activities in addition to Sunday worship, including book studies, bible studies, a potluck and games night and drum circles. She has done a great job of getting to know people and motivating us to put into action our new vision statement of “Growing our church community by expanding our faith in God, supporting those in need and strengthening community relationships”. As an added bonus, her husband John can sing and was recruited by the choir, as well as joining in on many other church activities.
Besides thanking our ministers for their motivational leadership of our worship services and other spiritual activities, we are indebted again to Jiri Hlavacek for another year of inspiring music as our music director.
The children in the congregation have again benefitted from the dedication and creativity of our Sunday School leadership and teachers. Our thanks to them as well as to Brianna Shea (until June) as leader of the Youth Group.
All of our successes as a congregation are only possible because of the support of our non-clerical staff including Mary-Lynne Harvey for her tireless and cheerful work in the Office, our caretakers Lan Ngheim (until his sad passing in July, see his eulogy in the Ministry and Personnel section of the report) and then Patrick Pearson for keeping the church clean and tidy, and Veronica Moore for keeping the financial books in order. Thanks to all of you. I would also like to thank the members of the Ministry and Personnel Committee, and the Finance, Administration and Property Committee who are essential to the ongoing operations of the church.
City View’s dedication to mission and outreach is one of its strengths. The Carlington Chaplaincy, the West-End Breakfast and Lunch Program, and Centre 507, are just some of the local organizations and activities we support through givings, voucher sales or volunteering. Our annual Christmas Hamper and voucher program was a big success and we again hosted Camp Awesome. In addition, the Sunday School again spearheaded a drive to provide art supplies to children in Iqualuit. We continue to contribute significant amounts to the Mission and Service Fund to support the national and international work of the Church. The Mission and Outreach Sub-Committee also supported sponsorship of a refugee family from Eritrea, who are expected to arrive in February. Thanks to the Sub- Committee for their leadership in this area and all the others involved.
Thanks to Kim Benjamin and her team for the Snowflake Bazaar which was again a huge success. We had many special events this year organized by the Communications and Events Committee’s Congregational Relations Team including the Easter brunch, a farewell luncheon for Rev. Trisha Elliott and Rev. Dr. Christine Johnson in June, the Church picnic in June, the welcome back hotdog lunch in September and providing refreshments after the Covenanting Service for the Rev. Dr. Karen Boivin. Many thanks to the Committee for helping bring the congregation together.
Thanks to everyone who contributed to all of our congregation’s achievements in 2016, which are too numerous to mention in the page I have here. You can find out more by reading the rest of the annual report. Although my term ends in May, I look forward to leading Council through the beginning of 2017 as we further develop the details in implementing our Vision Statement.
Karl Tibelius, Chair, 2016 CVUC Council
Minister Rev. Dr. Karen Boivin
Chairperson Peter Fortura
Past chairperson Karl Tibelius
Secretary David Carney
Treasurer Bruce Petrie
Our Committees and Chairs include the following:
Congregation Worship and Education Committee Steven Bergman
Communications and Events Committee Larry Dobson
– Hamper SubCommittee — Co-chairs Bob Pegrum and Joan Dobson
Community Care and Outreach Committee Joanne Lewis
– BAZAAR SubCommittee … Kim Benjamin
Finance, Administration & Property Colin Potts
Ministry and Personnel Harry Bender
Nominating Karl Tibelius
Board of Trustees Wayne Mitchell