News from the Kirk Session, March 2016

  • A letter was sent to the Rev. Anthony Bailey and the congregation of Parkdale United, expressing St. Andrew’s distress over the recent vandalism which occurred there.  A copy of the letter can be found on the bulletin board in Grant Hall.
     
  • In order to cut expenses, the bulletin and “The Days of…” will in the future be printed in black and white, except on special occasions as determined by the Minister.
     
  • The facilitator’s report from the February 6 workshop on the Body, Mind and Soul study guide is available at either narthex.
     
  •  Elder election update: Thank you for the prayerful consideration given to nominations for the Kirk Session. Please continue to pray this month for those considering the call to eldership as over the next month we will be contacting those who received nominations from at least two individuals. You can expect to receive the list of those who agree to stand for election in early April and the elections themselves will be held between April 17 and May 1.
     
  • Don Gowan has agreed to taken on the co-ordination of the ushering schedule.  Thank you Don, and thank you to Judy D. and Jonathan M. for doing this over the past year.
     
  • There will be a petition available to sign on Sunday, March 13 to ask the provincial government of Ontario to make the findings of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission mandatory in all history curricula from kindergarten through grade 12. 
     
  • There will be an educational event on Wednesday, March 30 for a group study on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission recommendation #48.  Reverend Karen Horst, the Moderator of the Presbyterian Church in Canada will be attending along with Susan Johnson, the National Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada, Mark MacDonald, the National Indigenous Bishop of the Anglican Church of Canada and KAIROS Executive Director Jennifer Henry.
     
  • On June 18, there will be a supper in support of the Marco Depestre Foundation of Ottawa.