March News from the Kirk Session

  • Winter Wednesday Evenings, dinner and study, began on March 1st and continue through to April 5th.
  • We thank Christine Ball for all her hard work over the past 18 months.  Christine’s last Sunday was March 12th, and Huda returned to work on March 20th. 
  • The first issue of Presbyterian Connection will be available March 13th. You can subscribe on-line (http://presbyterian.ca/presbyterian-connection) or by phone (1-800-619-7301 x 243).  There will also be a few copies available in Grant Hall.  This magazine is free of charge.
  • The Welcome and Announcements, during the11 am service, will now occur after the musical approach.
  • A reminder that beginning April 23rd, the early service will be starting at 9:15 and a one room Sunday school will be available at that service.
  • The Convener of Personnel, along with the Clerks met with the Minister and staff to discuss security in the building. Since then the Ottawa Police have conducted a building audit and provided a written report. Kirk Session will be working with Christian Education and Temporal Committee to implement improvements.
  • A congregational meeting will be held after worship in the sanctuary on May 8th to approve the final budget for the 2017 financial year. The Kirk Session continues to monitor and discuss our financial situation. Thank you for your continued support of the life and work of the congregation.
  • As we look to the future, the Kirk Session has begun a strategic planning exercise. We have begun by discussing our identity and exploring together our core values as a congregation, discussing what matters at St Andrew’s. In the coming months they will be visiting committees and groups seeking input from them. We will be providing opportunities for individual input as well.
  • The Children’s Choir sang in a benefit concert for CHEO (Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario) on March 26th. Thank you for being such wonderful ambassadors of our congregation!

January News from Kirk Session

  • The Governor General will be attending the 11:00 service at St. Andrew’s on February 12th, 2017, as part of the 150th celebration.
  • General Assembly is seeking nominations from members of the PCC for 12 of their committees.  Deadline for application is February 28th.  If you are interested, please speak to the Minister, Rob R. or Heather P.
  • A capital-region wide interdenominational use of the Alpha Course is being planned for September 2017.  Alpha Canada is providing financial support and the Capital Region Alpha is looking to raise $125,000 to help bring Alpha to Ottawa.  There will be an information session January 20th and a training opportunity January 21st at the Vineyard Ottawa location – 51 Greenbank Rd.
  • The Minister will be taking study leave the last week of January to attend the Reformed Worship Symposium at the Calvin Institute in Grand Rapids Michigan.
  • Kids Church and Mission Possible Kids will take place on Saturday, January 21st at 4:30.
  • The fair trade booth will be open every second Sunday this year.  Its next date is January 22nd.
  • Our annual Burns Supper is January 28th, 6 p.m.
  • On January 15th there will be a lunch and learn to hear more about Rob Robertson’s trip to Malawi.
  • KS considered in-camera budgetary matters for presentation to the annual meeting.
  • KS received a report from the Personnel Committee on staff security that will be the subject of discussion with staff.