Council's Child In Our Midst Holiday Concert, held on a December 14 2015, was a great success. Guests were treated to the musical stylings of Nancy White, Tamarack, Carol Olson, Eddy Robinson, Piper Hayes, Romanyi Rota, and Lori Gemmell, and enjoyed the comic and storytelling talents of Martha Chaves and Rukhsana Khan. All funds raised through ticket sales and gifts will be matched by Council and will support the work of the Massey Centre for Women via the Nancy Peters Massey Centre Endowment Fund.
Council's Partners publications focus on how planned giving can help further the work of the church. The most recent issue highlights Council's endowment funds - how they got started and how you can help them continue. Click here to view Partners Issue 3 or contact Council to request a print copy.
Centre for Church Development &
Leadership had a busy and fruitful year in 2015. 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.
Summer may feel very far away but the United Church camps in Toronto Conference are busy preparing their programs for the 2016 camping season. Take a look at this video from Sparrow Lake for a reminder of what's in store for campers!
Baillie Volunteer Service Awards are being presented in a number of congregations throughout January. 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.
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. Interested in keeping up-to-date? Sign up to receive the low-traffic (approximately one email per month) GAN E-News.
Council's Annual General Meeting will be held on Thursday, June 9 2016 at Grace United Church in Brampton.
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.
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).
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