On February 22, 2015 Kimberley United Church held its Annual Congregational Meeting. It was held in the Church Hall immediately following worship and was a “working luncheon”.
Diana Semenchuck, as Chair, opened the proceedings and Rev. Christine Dudley lead us in prayer:
Gracious God, We are grateful for the opportunity to review and celebrate the past year in the life and ministry of Kimberley United Church and to look with renewed vision, anticipation and faith-filled action to the year to come.
As we begin our Annual meeting, we take time to offer our thanks to you, Holy One, for your steadfast love and presence.
We also give thanks for the diverse personalities and gifts present in our community of faith. We pray these differences will challenge us to listen carefully and with respect to one another in order that we may appreciate each other’s unique contribution to the ministry we share together.
As individuals, and as a community of faith, we struggle daily to understand and embody Christ’s teachings and way of living. May we, with the power of your love and grace, remember that all who are gathered here today are seeking to be faithful to our understanding of your desire for us as people of faith. Help us to be respectful of those whose opinions differ from our own and remind us to pause a moment, before we speak, to remember that you are listening.
May our hearts and minds be open to your guidance, this day, as we discuss matters that are of importance to us and to Christ’s church in our community. In Christ’s name we gather in loving service. Amen
The agenda was approved and all attending were granted voting privileges.
Committee reports were presented as written in the 2014 KUC Annual Report.
Louise Welsh gave the Treasurer’s Report noting that there was an alternate position regarding the M&S/Outreach budget item. See the “The budget challenge for 2015” in her report printed on pager 21 of the 2014 Annual Report. After a thorough discussion on the motion to “approve the budget as presented or as accept the budget as amended”, the congregation approved the budget as presented.
Trustees Graham Mann (Chair), Bill Bale, Linda Johnson, and Gerry Semenchuk were appointed by the congregation for 2015. Recognition was given to Terry Macham who has served as Chair of Property and Finance “for more years than you can count” and is now stepping down.
In closing the 2014 Annual Congregational Meeting Rev. Christine Dudley lead in prayer:
We pray for your grace-filled guidance as we walk into the future as a community of faith; as witnesses of your abundant love.
As you reach out to us with your empowering presence we journey together in faith, uncertain what the future holds, assured of your steadfast and abiding love and purpose for us. We give thanks for the wisdom and guidance which is revealed to us in Jesus Christ. May we have the strength of conviction to follow his example and live our faith in the actions of our lives. We draw on Christ’s wisdom and his strength as we remember the prayer that he taught us to pray, saying…
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. And, lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory, forever and ever…