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             SESSION HIGHLIGHTS - November 2017 

First Church is hosting “Joy to the World” an evening of Christmas music and carols on Saturday, Dec 2 at 7:00 p.m. A free will offering will be taken to benefit the “Backyard Mission.”  Please see the bulletin and posters for more information.

The Session Fund is helping to pay for the printing of the updated church photo directory.  As well it it continues with its quarterly donations:  $400 to Outreach for Hunger, $500 to the Salvation Army, $400 to RBC Ministries (Daily Bread), $400 to Chatham Goodfellows, and $200 to Canadian Bible Society. 

The session is pleased to welcome Lori Marshall by transfer of membership from St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church, Burlington, and Charlotte Sellner by profession of faith.

We thank Sue Easun and the Pastoral Care Team for their ministry to members of the congregation in hospital and at home.  Sue reports she now has visitors assigned to all nursing homes in which church members reside.

The restoration in the lower hall following the flood last December is progressing well.  As well, asbestos had to be removed from pipes in the basement. This was an unforeseen project, but had to be dealt with immediately.  Fortunately, the type of asbestos allowed for a cost of removal that was not prohibitive, although still expensive.

The session thanks Linda Swain and the HR team for diligently working to update all our policies and job descriptions at FPC. It is an important and time-consuming process, and we are grateful for the HR Team’s dedication.

Rev. Mike is working on plans for the upcoming Week of Prayer for Christian Unity taking place Jan 22-25, with a concluding service on Sunday, Jan 28 at 2:00 p.m.

The Session received Dan Lankhof’s resignation as Director of Music, as he has found it difficult to juggle his duties at FPC with the demands of his apprenticeship in carpentry.  We thank Dan for his dedicated and cheerful service to our church this past year.  We will miss him, but we wish him all the very best!  We encourage everyone to thank Dan for his music ministry.