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This Sunday at Wesley-Knox
• Join us on Sunday January 14 at 10:30 am for worship led by Rev. Tracy Crick-Butler and the Senior Choir. Service bulletin is available here. Special note for Official Board members: Immediately after church, there will be a special meeting of the Official Board to vote on Remit 6 issued by the national church. This remit proposes bringing together the United Church of Canada’s three orders of ministry—ordained, diaconical and designated lay—into a single order of ministry. Full details in the Remit 6 document available here.
Congratulations to Karen Schuessler, our Wesley-Knox Director of Music and Founder-Director of the 50-voice Karen Schuessler Singers. Karen was recently named to the 2018 Mayor’s New Year’s Honour List which celebrates members of the London community in nine categories. This list recognizes both outstanding achievements and the diversity of philanthropic work that takes place in our city. Karen was honoured in the Arts category. Other 2018 honourees are:
• Dharshi Lacey - Diversity and Race Relations
• George Sinclair - Environment
• Susan Bentley - Heritage
• Sister Delores Brisson - Housing
• Lina Bowden - Humanitarianism
• Todd Sargeant and Sigmund Bernat - Persons with Disabilities
• Émilie Crakondji - Safety and Crime Prevention
• Tom Partalas - Sports
In making his announcement, Mayor Matt Brown said,“Today, we are pleased to celebrate these London leaders... On behalf of all members of Council, congratulations on this recognition and thank you for the work you do to make our city stronger and better every day.”
The Mayor of London’s annual Honour List began in 1976 with recognition of contributions to the Arts. Since 1989, the additional categories of Diversity and Race Relations, the Environment, Heritage, Housing, Humanitarianism, Persons with Disabilities, Safety and Crime Prevention, and Sports have been added. The recipients are named by City Council, on the recommendation of Advisory Committees or community organizations, through the City’s Standing Committees.
Wesley-Knox Governance Update
On Sunday, November 5, the people of Wesley-Knox voted to adopt the much-discussed report that will reform the Governance Model of the church. Some highlights:
• The current structure of ”Council and Official Board“ will be phased out. A Transition Team will lead the congregation through this process.
• A nine-member Leadership Council plus the Minister, will replace the current Board and Council structure.
• The number of Standing Committees will be reduced from eleven to six.
• The six Committees will play an expanded role in the “day-to-day activities” of the church.
• The new structure will take effect on February 11—date of the 2018 Annual General Meeting of the Congregation—and be given a one-year trial.
Also approved on November 5: The addition of Cathie Banks and Ian Hardy to the Transition Team. This team will act as a nominating committee for the new Leadership Council. View the full Amended Governance Report as a doc.x here. or a .pdf here. View a related Organizational Chart here.
Notes from All Over
• Friday Movie Nights are a great way to unwind after a busy week and spend some time with new friends and old. Free popcorn and beverages during the movie, decaf and dessert afterwards. New Winter Schedule is available here.
• Wesley-Knox is proud to be the home venue of the 50-voice Karen Schuessler Singers, this year celebrating 25th years of great music. Recently, KSS launched its totally new website. Take a few moments and check it out here.
• Congratulations to Kennedy Kimber-Johnson and Owen Spicer who were each awarded a $250 Spirit Organ Scholarship to assist them in their ongoing studies. Kennedy attends Western University and is currently the organ scholar at Metropolitan United Church, London. Owen is in secondary school and is the organ scholar at St. Martin’s-in-the-Field Anglican Church, London. Both scholarships were provided by the Wesley-Knox Senior Choir.
• Cathie Banks advises that there is lots of wool at the back of the sanctuary. Knitters! Please take wool home and do your magic! Knitted articles can be left on the large table at the back of the sanctuary or hung on the Mitten Tree. They will be distributed at Community Breakfasts and Out-of-the-Cold Dinners throughout the winter months.
Photographers’ Picks and Videofiles...
• Over 180 from London, all over Southwestern Ontario and as far away as Ottawa; Akron, Ohio; and even Lanaconing, Maryland (she flew in!) attended the John Dominic Crossan lectures on God, Empire and Violence offered at Wesley-Knox on the weekend of October 20-22. A full report will appear in an upcoming Kindred Spirit Connection newsletter.
• Once again, it was a full house at the Wesley-Knox Annual Christmas Concert, this year Feliz Navidad! with Denise Pelley, the Wesley-Knox Senior, Mysterium and Junior choirs, Stephen Holowitz on piano, Ron Fox on organ, and band, all directed by Karen Schuessler. Below, a panoramic shot taken during a quieter number. Click on photo for full screen. For more photos, click here, here, here, here and here! Christmas joy! (Saharsh Cherian/Pixelesque Photography photos)
More photos of these events and other recent events on the Wesley-Knox Facebook page here.
Throughout the year, at almost every Wesley-Knox event, you’ll find Brian Dalton, Brian Mackinnon, John McFall and sometimes others taking photos. Often, within minutes, they are posted to a Wesley-Knox Facebook page. The photos are also archived on Flickr and, once a year, John McFall dives into this vast archive to produce a comprehensive and much-appreciated pictorial review for the Annual General Meeting. Here is John’s 2016 Pictorial Review, music is by our Wesley-Knox choirs. To view, click on the image below. You will be taken to a YouTube site. Choose full screen, turn up the sound and enjoy!