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Sun. 30 Apr, 2017 - Sat. 6 May, 2017

Sun. 30 Apr, 2017

Conscious Capitalism (Sun. 30 Apr, 2017 10:30 am - 11:30 am)

Sermon by Terri Marks.

First, I want to begin by offering my deepest thanks to everyone who helped make last Sunday’s celebration of the tenth anniversary of our shared ministry such a meaningful day. Renewing our covenant was, for me, so much more powerful after a decade together than when we first made our promises to one another at the beginning of this ministry. I am so grateful to be on this journey with you. Your love and generosity of spirit were such beautiful gifts. For those unable to be with us, you can read my sermon.

This Sunday, we’ll celebrate Earth Day with our own Terri Marks in the pulpit. Terri is nearing the end of her doctoral work based on “Conscious Capitalism.” Her sermon will invite us to resist the easy choice of unconscious spending and encourage more reflection on what and why we buy—and especially where we buy our goods and services. As Terri says, we have a lot of power as consumers and need to exercise that power by choosing companies that are socially-conscious.

On this Earth Sunday a special testimony will be given, and donations will be collected to support the work of the Green Sanctuary group. These include investing in Bullfrog power for the church and special nature classes for the children, as well as the Green Moment and co-operation with Eco Justice activities.

Following the service, we will have a Congregational Meeting to continue our conversation about our real estate options. The task force will report on several possible scenarios and explain important steps that are underway as we move closer to making a decision. I encourage you to engage in this conversation, in person or at the very least by reviewing the materials that will be provided at the meeting (and shared again in coming weeks). Lunch and childcare will be provided.

Wishing you all good things in these beautiful days of spring!

In faith and love,
Shawn

View the Order of Service.

Congregational Meeting (Sun. 30 Apr, 2017 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm)

The Real Estate Task Force will hold a congregational meeting after the service to present and discuss important matters related to the potential sale and relocation of our congregational building. Our engagement with the real estate market has proceeded as authorized by congregational vote in September 2016, and we have significant activities to discuss.

Childcare and lunch ($5 suggested donation) will be provided.

While there will not be a vote at this meeting, we encourage you to attend. Please also mark your calendar for two additional dates when votes may be called: June 11 and June 18. As per our by-laws, any vote will be available to those who have signed the membership book, are 18 years of age or older, and have made an identifiable financial contribution (of any amount) to the Operating Budget of the congregation during the immediately preceding twelve months. We would love full participation in any vote, and we encourage all to confirm their eligibility in advance.

In this last weekly update before our meeting, we’d like to share with you a list of possible scenarios for what our home might look like after a successful transition:

  • “Buy Small” — that is, find a suitable building with just enough space for us.
  • “Buy Big” — buy a larger property that includes significant income-generating space.
  • Equity Partnership — own a space in cooperation with other organizations.
  • Leasing — hold a long-term lease but do not own a property.
  • Partner with a new development (e.g. a condo) on our current site.
  • These will be discussed in detail at the meeting this coming Sunday. Also, please refer to the RETF Key Messages document.

    Previous Update(s)

    Look for weekly updates from now until April 30 about the steps we are taking in this overall project. To recap our starting point, here are the reasons why we are taking these steps:

  • We can’t afford to stay.
  • Our building is not comfortably accessible.
  • Our spaces don’t work for us anymore.
  • There is no satisfying renovation option.
  • The value of our property, our biggest financial asset, is especially high right now.
  • Developers have not proposed satisfying plans to share this location.
  • Mon. 1 May, 2017

    Aboriginal Awareness Group (Mon. 1 May, 2017 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm)

    We will gather in the Library in a circle style meeting, where we plan our different projects for the congregation, and share our collective experiences in Aboriginal/Indigenous current events.

    Our regular rescheduled meeting is open (all are welcomed).

    Tue. 2 May, 2017

    There are no events on this day.

    Wed. 3 May, 2017

    There are no events on this day.

    Thu. 4 May, 2017

    Fri. 5 May, 2017

    There are no events on this day.

    Sat. 6 May, 2017

    There are no events on this day.

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