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The Centre for Church Development & Leadership has had a busy and fruitful year. Highlights include an exciting, multi-year project for Living Waters Presbytery and the congregations in the East Gwillimbury area, continued development of the mission articulation process in Toronto Southeast Presbytery, and an exploration of regional ministry possibilities for congregations in the east end of Toronto. More details here.

The Vincent Alfano Fund has reached it's additional fundraising target and now totals $300,000. Thank you to everyone who has contributed. Watch for more details regarding applications to the fund. Read more.

The Pass It On! Marathon fundraiser for United Church Camps took place on Oct. 18 2015. Teams from Camp Big Canoe, Camp Scugog, Sparrow Lake Camp, Camp Simpresca, Ryde Lake Camp, and Council walked and ran to raise much-needed funds for camp capital expenses. Over $14,000 has been raised by this event so far and donations are still coming in. Read more about the event here.

Baillie Volunteer Service Awards have been presented in a number of congregations over the past few months. The deadline for fall applications was Oct. 31. The next round of applications will be due May 30 2016. Nominate a young volunteer from your congregation! Read more about the awards and view a list of recipients here.

Despite the market uncertainty in the last two or three months, Council's Investing in Ministry Fund has continued to make distributions at an annualized rate of 4% in 2015. This rate continues to exceed the BNS 5-year fixed rate GIC at 1.5% and the BNS 5-year accelerated rate GIC with a yield of 1.79%. In 2014 the return on the fund was 6.7%. Click here for more information or download a copy of our 2015 report.

The Green Awakening Network continues to work closely with Greening Sacred Spaces and to share environmental events and resources relevant to United Church communities via it's e-newsletter. See the most recent GAN E-News for November events and resources.

Council is now accepting donations on our website! Click here to visit our donation page and make a gift to the fund of your choice (online donations will still be processed by Canada Helps).

Coming Events

The Child In Our Midst - Council's holiday fundraising concert - will take place at 7 pm on December 14 2015 at Eastminster United Church. The concert will feature iconic Canadian singer-songwriter Nancy White, comedian Martha Chaves, and many more talented artists! Tickets are $25 for adults, $10 for children/students, and $40 for families. Proceeds will support the Nancy Peters Massey Centre Fund. Learn more and buy your tickets online here.

Save the Date! Heart & Vision 2016 will take place on Monday May 9 2016. Read more about Heart & Vision here and check back soon for more details on next year's awards concert.

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The Toronto United Church Council works with the church community to connect resources with ministry. Offering access to professional advice, financial support and leadership development, Council helps our church address the social and spiritual challenges of the day.