Armstrong-Enderby Parish
Minutes of the Church Council Meeting March 15, 2023

St. James Hall at 9:30 am

Present: Debbie Brown, Ken Chapman, Sheila Forster, Helen Hall, Lottie Knapp,  Lyn Longair, Louise Richard, Pam Walker

Regrets: Laura Courtemanche, Sheila Nelson, Karen Genthon, Maureen Karran

Chairperson: Lyn Longair

Opening Prayer:   Helen H. led us in prayer at 9:35 am

A. Agenda and Minutes:
No Changes to the Agenda

      Adoption of Minutes of February 15, 2023
That the minutes of January 18, 2023, be accepted as amended
                                          Moved/Seconded: Sheila F/Debbie B  CARRIED

B. Business Arising

a) Conversation with United Church Minister Hati Mvundeura:
        Helen’s take: He seems to be in a big rush.  Wondering what is in it for all? There  is no a formal agreement between
        the Anglican Church and United Church (in Canada).  Zion cannot get insurance due to electrical issues.  Should be repaired soon.
        Should we invite their congregation to celebrate 5th Sunday April. 30, 2023 together. Perhaps a potluck?

          After discussion re: lack of responses from previous questionaires in the churches, it was decided to have a discussion
          during/after service instead
          Ethnographic research: discussed.Tabled to later date

b) Emergency preparedness and City of Armstrong Extreme Heat Planning:
Email from City of Enderby re: churches response in case of another Heat Dome.
        What are we prepared to offer?  (Armstrong’s request not received before meeting)
         Perhaps asking Anglican Foundation for an air conditioner for St. George’s Hall.  They have also asked about night usage.  
         Helen to look into cooling during the day, also will inquire about specifics re: night use.

c) Garage Sale:
Saturday April 15th at St. James 8-2.  Drop-off donations Wednesday April 14 12-2; set-up Friday 12-4.
        Advertisements in Morning Star, Okanagan Advertiser, Country News.  Pam will ad to Enderby River Talk. Ken will do signage.
        Profits to Turkey/Syria Earthquake Relief.  Need volunteers for Wednesday/Friday/ and Saturday (i/c clean-up)
        Thanks to Ken for organizing

C. Financials:
Sheila Nelson was unable to come to the March 15, 2023 meeting:
        Insurance – unexpected high. Opting out of group insurance will only save $75.
        Reminders to all who use etransfers: Please send to A/E Parish account. The address will be in weekly bulletins
        Xerox – still pending.                                                             TABLED

  Motion: To accept ALL Financial Statements
        Made/Seconded: Sheila F/Helen H                                               CARRIED

D. New Business:

a) Parish Laptop:
Maureen K has an old laptop from the defunct New Hope association. Should we upgrade the laptop or purchase new. Helen H to approach Josh
          Seed for recommendation.

b) Workday/Evening Service:
Should we attempt a workday or workweek Evening service? We could do a trial run (July or August). Perhaps one 9:30 Sunday service at
            St. George’s (no 11:00 at St. James) and a mid-week service (7:00) at St. James’
             Will speak to congregations May 28th Sunday services.

E. Reports

a) ACW Enderby (Pam)
World Day of Prayer was a great success. 35+ in attendance. Offerings were $458.10. Highest ever in Enderby. The event was well received.
            Offerings were sent to Taiwan, next year will be Palestine. No ACW in March. Will send Easter cards to homebound church members.

b) ACW Armstrong (Maureen K)
Maureen was not available for the meeting.
          Muffin break April 22 10-12

c) Wardens :
   -Sheila F – Received unused old St. George’s cards from Janet Walton from St. John’s. Salmon Arm. She will give to Pam to distribute.
         -Ken C – Garage Sale April 15.   Will contact Cliff Patterson re: roof. Still working on the furnace.
          -Lyn L – Thanks to Maureen K for her Warden duties and good luck with her ACW work.
                         Lyn will be attending St. Georges (Morning Prayer Sundays only) while Helen will run the zoom computer in St. James.
                        Noticed no email deposits yet

d) NORC {North Okanagan Regional Council} (Helen H)
           Pending the end of the court case, Chris Harwood-Jones will be taking a 6 month Leave of Absence. Helen Hall will be the chairperson
          starting March 24. Lyn Longair will now be treasurer for Helen H.

e) Diocesan Council (Helen H)
Rita Harrison resigned – no minutes or highlights

f) Maintenance (Louise R)

        St. Georges:   Derick will contact Bruce re: furnace
        A good rake to be purchased for St. Georges

g) Priest (Helen H)

a) Sandy vanderWood – not well
      b) Teresa Burke- Cecelia Harrison – funeral Saturday March 18
       c) Helen will be interviewing 3 prospects for cleaning job at St. James decision by March end.
      Communion cup sharing:
After discussion it was decided to allow choice for congregation members. The common cup will be offered starting Easter Sunday

F. Adjournment and Closing Prayer at 11:40 am

The next Council meeting will be April 19 at 9:30 at St. George, with Ken Chapman   chairing.
                                     The next Wardens meeting will be April 11.

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Phone: 250-546-9366

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