The Life and Work of Willis and Richwood United Churches
New Combined Services Working Well
At the newly organized Official Board meeting on Tuesday, May 8th Brent Hutchinson, co-chair, expressed the sense that our new format of holding one service each Sunday and alternating service location on a monthly basis, was working well. Everyone seems to be enjoying worshiping in a larger congregation. During the month of April our attendance varied from a low of 60 people to a high of 100!
The presence of the young people and the Youth Choir have certainly added more excitement to our services and it is a real plus to have a Combined Choir each week to help lead our singing. We are feeling truly blessed with this new format.
What is Your Choice?
When the Official Board decided in March to change our worship schedule format to one service at one monthly location, they decided to continue to use our current combined service time of 10:00 a.m. Since then, there has been some discussion regarding going to a 10:30 service time beginning in September. The board feels that such a decision should be made by the combined congregations. Therefore, on June 17th a congregational vote will be held immediately following the service to decide our service time beginning in September – 10:00 a.m. or 10:30 a.m. The choice will be up to you.
Special Events for Your Calendar
May 27 – Pentecost Sunday @ Richwood 10:00 a.m. – Communion Service
June services at Willis
June 3 – Willis’ 143 Anniversary 11:00 a.m. – with special musical guests ‘The Cutting Edge’ barbershop quartet. Additional special music by our Combined Choir and our Youth Choir.
June 10 – Baptism Sunday 10:00 a.m. with special music by Marci Rabe and Olivia Rabe
June 17 – Father’s Day, Baptism 10:00 a.m. with special music by the Richwood Band
11:00 a.m. Congregational vote for the service time of your choice.
June 24 – Recognition Sunday & Picnic – last day of Sunday School until September 10:00 a.m. Worship Service – Picnic at Drumbo Park Pavilion following service
July – Services at the Baptist Church
August Services at Richwood except for
August 19 – at Drumbo Park
September Services at Willis
September 2 – at Willis Labour Day Week end
September 9 – Sunday School begins * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *
Parish Register (since September 2011)
Christopher McNeil & Lillian Hayward – Oct. 1, 2011
Craig Nowak & Jennifer Hyde Oct. 21, 2011
Jimmey Talbot & Michelle D’Hout Nov. 5, 2011
Sylvia Brittian – Dec. 10, 2011 Micheal Hearns – Dec. 24, 2011 Donald Piggott – Dec. 28, 2011 Margaret Vance – Dec. 31, 2011 James Balkwill – Jan. 13, 2012 Homer Meachan – Jan. 25, 2012 Mabel Hutchinson – Mar. 19, 2012 Paul Buck – Mar. 23, 2012 Pauline Chenoweth – May 4, 2012
From the Minister’s Study ~
“I thank my God for you every time I think of you; and every time I pray for you all, I pray with joy.” - Philippians 1: 3.4
May is a very special month for me – particularly this year because it marks the 20th anniversary of my ordination. Twenty years ago I never expected that I would still be in active ministry at this point in my life – but I am! And I celebrate, not only this, but also that I am with you! I thank God for you, the people of Willis and Richwood, who have made my life so rich and full.
As I look back over our months together, and at all the activities and special events that have taken place, I cannot help but give thanks for the many people who have given so freely of their time, gifts, and abilities to make our life together what it is. We have truly been blessed! God’s Spirit is alive and active in our midst!
And speaking of God’s Spirit, the season of Pentecost will soon be here. Please join us at Richwood on Pentecost Sunday, May 27, when we explore the story of the first Pentecost and share in the Sacrament of Communion. There will be special music provided by Adele Gunn and Martin Mason. Truly it is a day to feel God’s Spirit in our midst.
The following week, June 3 at 11:00 a.m., we will be celebrating Willis’ 143rd Anniversary with a musical service featuring our Combined Choir, our Youth Choir, and special guests, The Cutting Edge Quartet. Come, enjoy the music and sing some of your favourite hymns as well.
Summer services begin on July 1 at the Baptist Church and continue in August at Richwood. In September we will return to Willis and begin the story of Moses with the theme – “Let my People Go!”
I am looking forward to some rest and relaxation during the summer, especially the Lemon Clan Gathering at the cottage the beginning of August.
Have a safe and happy summer.
We Celebrate …...
*Our Children and Youth for their contributions to the life of our church family; particularly CeeJay and Terri Hearns who directed the Youth Choir in our Palm Sunday play. Our cast included Alysson Cunningham, Bradie Cunningham, Noah Fried, Loic Gunn, Phahuel Gunn, Hayley Harmer, Lauren Harrington, Michaela Harrington, Stephen Harrington, Bishop Kaiser, Brooklyn Kaiser, Heather Money, Olivia Rabe, Jamie Rounds, Emma Van Wyk and Madi Van Wyk.
*Our Musicians who share their musical gifts with us all year long; particularly Carol Cowan, Adele Gunn, Diane Savage and all the members of our Combined Choir and Youth Choir, as well as our musical guests ,who all add so much to our worship services.
*Our Readers who volunteer to read the Responsive Psalm, the Minute for Mission or a special part in one of our extra special services.
*Our Sunday School Teachers who spend hours each week preparing and providing a positive learning experience for all the children in our growing Sunday School – at last count we had 20 children.
*Our Heart Pillow Group of sewers and stuffers who, by the end of June will have completed 4,300 pillows to donate to the Heart and Lung Surgery Department at the Hamilton General Hospital.
*Everyone who contributed to the Christmas collection for Operation Sharing and The Christmas Place. Mr. Smith`s car was so stuffed there was hardly any room for him to drive it back to Woodstock!
*All Our Volunteers who greet at the door, usher, distribute bulletins, take up the offering, serve on the Official Board, or contribute in any way they can to the life and work of the church.
*Each One of You who support the ministry of Willis and Richwood United Churches whether you are with us each week in person or in your heart. Together we are the hands and feet of Christ in our communities and in the world.
News from the Official Board…. In case you missed it
- Effective April 1 combined worship services will be held in alternate churches rotating on a monthly basis.
- A two-year term of office was set for our new co-chairs, Dave Money and Brent Hutchinson, and for our secretary, Rosemary Brittian – April 1, 2012 – March 1, 2014,
- The Official Board will meet monthly, except for the summer months, in the host church for that month.
- Summer services will be held in July at the Baptist Church and in August at Richwood United.
- A Pastoral Charge Picnic will be held at the Drumbo Pavilion following the service on June 24th.
- We have chosen the “Knapsack for Kids” program for one of our Outreach projects this spring (more details on another page of this Newsletter).
- We need a name for our Newsletter. If you can suggest a good name, please let either Brent or Dave know.
- We are looking for 1 or 2 people who would like to be the Editors of our Newsletter which, we hope, will include reports from all our church groups.
Central Treasurer’s Report
First, we would like to say, “Thank you, for your financial support.” Without your support we would not have these sacred places where we can come apart from the everyday and be with God.
On April 30 our Financial Statement looked like this:
Revenue (the money we received)
Expenses (the money we paid out)
Bank Balance as of April 30
Mission and Service Fund Contributions
M&S Goals Contributions
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The practice of good Stewardship
is something more than an act of worship,
it is a gesture of love.