We’ve had some challenging times this year of COVID, but we’re delighted to report that our church remains vibrant and healthy! Even though we’ve only been able to meet virtually for seven months, we have adjusted to Zoom and YouTube gatherings, and are just beginning to move to a combination of in-person, live-streaming services.
Unlike many churches across Canada, we are close to balancing our budget this year – thanks to 92% of our congregation being on PAR (pre-authorized remittance). As well, we received a grant from the federal government to help offset our loss in revenue by NOT being able to host our normal fundraising events such as the Elmira Maple Syrup Festival and the Church Garage Sale.
Great things happening: Thanks to support from many people near and far, we are happy and healthy in every respect. And despite the struggles that everyone is experiencing during these pandemic times, we’ve had wonderful things happen during this past year:
This year, thanks to your contributions, we received special thanks from the United Church forincreasing our donations to Mission & Service at a time when many congregations have been forced to cut back.
We raised thelargest amount ever to support the United Church in the remote Cree community of Oxford House, Manitoba.
Together with Temple Shalom, we offered vocal and continuing support for an Affordable Housing Project proposed next door to us on Beechwood Drive.
A group from Westminster this spring and summer made protective gowns for front-line workers in KW homeless shelters and long-term care homes.
This fall, food trucks every Wednesday helped us connect with our neighbours and with Temple Shalom, raising $1,000 for us!
This summer and fall, we participated in an Anti-Racism group sponsored by the United Church, connecting people across Canada with videos and discussion.
With our faith and with each other, we can journey through these difficult times. God offers light amid the darkness. Let’s reach for the rainbow. Let’s continue to care for and connect with each other.
With thanks and appreciation,
Dona Harvey and the rest of the Stewardship Team: Rev. Andrea Allan, Bob Bender, Laura Black, Janice Greenhalgh, Scott McGaire, Dale Scott, Paul Warder