AN OPPORTUNITY FOR REFLECTION AND DEVELOPMENT FOR THE LEADERSHIP IN YOUR CONGREGATION!
We continually welcome new leadership into the governance structures of our congregations and each time we are all changed. Ongoing and renewing Board Development keeps us relevant, engaged, and moving forward.
The Ministry and Congregational Support Team of Edmonton Presbytery were asked to provide leadership for Board Development Workshops. After much success in the Winter and Spring we are pleased to announce that we are still able to offer such workshops at no cost to our pastoral charges in the months of September and November 2018. (not including holiday weekends).
We are so pleased that Rev. Dr. George Rodgers has agreed to lead these workshops. George is a retired ordained United Church Minister who served pastoral charges in Saskatchewan and Alberta and Northwest Conferences. His studies took him from St. Andrews Theological College, to Chicago Theological Seminary, and a Doctor of Ministry degree from St. Stephen’s College. George served on the Senior Leadership Team for the United Church of Canada as the Executive Secretary for Alberta and Northwest Conference for nine years. George has a passion for leadership development and is a scholar of progressive theology.
Each workshop is based on a four-hour timeline plus time for lunch.
Session One: Your church
The Church in today’s world: new ways of being church needed
Description, Strengths, Successes, Challenges of your congregation
Session Two: Your mission (“as a fire exists by burning…”)
What is mission?
Why are you here? What attracts people to your church? Relation to the community!
Session Three: Your Board/Council (Manual)
Purpose? Structure? Decision-making patterns? Meeting Format and Content?
How your board relates to and supports your mission?
Session Four: Strategies
How prepare, plan, achieve?
The individual sessions involve input from the presenter, questions for the participants, and small group discussions. Further details will be developed and adapted to each local session. Information from conversation with key individuals in your Board/Council before each workshop would be required.
We anticipate these workshops will prove to be very popular so we encourage you to book your date as early as possible by calling or emailing the Edmonton Presbytery Office:
Phone: 780- 438-6619
Questions? Please direct them to the Ministry & Congregational Support Team
Dedication Service for windows from Knox-Metropolitan United Church
Invitation to the Dedication of the Memorial to the
Knox-Metropolitan United Church Memorial Garden
Following the closure of Knox-Metropolitan United Church in 2016, planning has continued to design and erect a memorial to honour and commemorate the 135 people whose ashes were placed in the church's Memorial Garden between 1981 and 2016. The memorial is now completed and ready to be dedicated. The ceremony will take place as follows:
Date: Sunday 14 October 2018
Time: 2 pm
Location: Beechmount Cemetery Edmonton (124 Avenue and 104 Street)
Please note that there is no seating available at the cemetery, so guests are encouraged to bring their own chairs if they may need to sit down during the 30 minute outdoor service.
We hope you can join us for the dedication of this memorial – no rsvp is required.
If you would like more information about the event, please contact Katharine Moore at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Come say goodbye to our old lower hall at ...
The Racecourse Community School Fundraising Dinner
Saturday, October 20th at 6pm
At St. Paul's United Church, lower hall (11526 76 Ave)
Reserve your tickets now for our 15th annual fundraising dinner in support of the Racecourse Community School for orphans and vulnerable children in Kitwe, Zambia. It will be on October 20th at 6pm in the lower hall of St. Paul's United Church - just a few weeks before the closure of the hall for full renewal!
I am again writing to the United Churches in Edmonton and Region to seek your support for the No Room in the Inn Committee (NRII). We began in 1999, asking the churches of the Edmonton and District Council of Churches to contribute to a fund each December to assist people with inadequate or no housing, people dealing with violence, people living in poverty The support we have received from the congregations has been amazing – it is hard to believe but we will exceed a million dollars this year, and the appreciation of the recipients has been wonderful.
The recipient community service in 2018 will be the YESS organization, Youth Empowerment and Support Services. They are known for their support of youth in need, with overnight shelter, meals, and other services for youth.
They have prepared a brochure for the people of your congregations, and we plan to have them available by the October meeting of Presbytery.
We ask you to return this email with the number of brochures you will be able to give to your congregation at a service in December. Also, some congregations supply envelopes for those contributing through their congregation or by mail to YESS.
Please send the information about the number of brochures and envelopes before the end of September to me, Don Mayne at email@example.com
Thank you very much for your assistance. We would never have succeeded without the help of church staff like yourselves.
Coming up soon - a rare opportunity to hear American concert pianist and humanitarian Mark Damisch perform works of Gershwin and Copland while he tours Western Canada, with dates in Winnipeg, Calgary, Banff and Edmonton. He will perform in Edmonton on Friday, September 21, 2018 at 8 pm at Robertson-Wesley United Church (10209-123 Street, NW).
Mark Damisch began studying organ at the Evanston Conservatory of Music at the age of four. He performed his first piano concert at seven. As a teen in 1974, he toured Europe both as a pianist and also in a vocal group alongside the Vienna Boys Choir. In Salzburg’s Mirabel Gardens, he first considered the idea of touring on his own.
The following year, Mr. Damisch arranged, promoted and performed concerts in Eastern Europe, Western Europe and the Soviet Union in furtherance of goodwill and international relations. In 1976, he performed in Moscow and Leningrad, and in 1977, he performed a 7-week tour around the world. In 1980-81, while attending law school, Mr. Damisch played fundraising concerts to raise money for students wishing to work in Chicago legal aid clinics.
After a 19-year hiatus, Mr. Damisch returned to the concert stage in the summer of 2000, continuing his mission of performing for charitable causes worldwide. To date, he has raised over $1 million for local and national organizations.
Mark Damisch’s piano concerts have taken him to more than 40 countries, including Japan, the Soviet Union, Ukraine, Israel, Egypt, the Netherlands, Africa, China, the Greek Islands, Iceland, Taiwan, Vietnam, Australia, New Zealand, India and more. He has performed in the Shuvalov Palace, raising funds for local orphanages; in Klin, at Tchaikovsky’s House; in Iskra, at the New Jerusalem Monastery; in Warsaw in the Museum of Jan Paderewski; and in Kyiv, Ukraine, at the National Philharmonic Hall to raise funds for local orphanages and in the Konstantinovsky Palace, Saint Petersburg, the “White House” of Russia. He has performed at the Houses of Friendship in Moscow, Kiev and Leningrad, Soviet Union; in Hiroshima, Japan, sponsored by Mayors for Peace, an organization devoted to the elimination of nuclear weapons; in Shenyang, China, where over $150,000 was raised for the Red Cross in a concert broadcast live to a city of 8 million people. He has appeared on Swiss National Radio and Voice of America.
Mr. Damisch makes his career in Chicago as a personal injury and medical malpractice attorney, and is a former criminal prosecutor with the Cook County state’s attorney’s office. He holds an undergraduate, a master’s degree in business administration, and a law degree from Northwestern University. He is also a Certified Public Accountant. An active community member, Mark Damisch was elected to three consecutive terms as President of Northbrook, Illinois, where he makes his home with wife Patty and their three daughters.
Mr. Damisch’s concert will be offered by the Robertson-Wesley Music Society as a pay-what-you-can event, and in accordance with Mr. Damisch’s practice of fundraising, the money raised will go back to the Music Society in order to further their work and mission of presenting concerts that are free or affordable for Edmonton and area citizens.
For more info. or photos https://markdamisch.com/
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