All Saints Anglican Church, Regina, SK
The 40th Anniversary of All Saints was celebrated on the May long weekend and included a "Come and Go Tea", a banquet on Saturday evening at the Saskatchewan Centre of the Arts and an anniversary church service on Sunday at which Bishop Duncan Wallace presided and Archbishop Michael Peers preached. This service was followed by a barbecue complete with anniversary cake. At the Saturday evening dinner the choir sang a special program and Marg Hatton was honored for 50 years as an organist.
Gary Paterson was our priest with Bill Portman as honorary assistant. Wardens were Bill Stahl, Cicely Pritchard, Nettie Saul and Bruce McCuskee. Bill Van Sickle was choir director, Margaret Hatton was organist and Sandra Benson was parish co-ordinator.
This committee was active throughout the year reviewing monthly and annual financial statements, handling investments, reviewing insurance policies, rental and wedding fees plus any other financial matters.
22 members of the choir presented approximately 35 anthems at the 10:30 AM services, plus several anthems at the 9:00 AM services and an Easter Cantata on the first Sunday after Easter. Also a 40th anniversary choir of 40 voices sang at the Saturday dinner and the anniversary church service.
The Altar Guild consisted of 29 members under the direction of Sylvia Storms and Liane McLean. This group carried out their work preparing the church for all services during the year in their usual excellent fashion.
The Worship Committee met regularly planning the years services. This year a new hymn book "Common Praise" was introduced. Also, a new service "Blue Christmas" was introduced on the fourth Sunday of Advent. This service provided a prayer service for those finding the holiday season difficult for whatever reason.
A new leaflet for newcomers was prepared. The library was reorganized and a new pamphlet rack made by Don Hatton was installed in the entry way. Pastoral Care sponsored a 3-part series on funeral planning, wills and estates and grieving. In addition a new taxi service was initiated for parishioners needing a ride to church.
This committee catered to approximately 25 events throughout the year. These projects resulted in $6,500 being transferred to the church operating fund.
Social Justice and Refugee Fund:
This committee meets ten times during the year. This year they distributed funds in the amount of $6,000 to 31 agencies and projects. Project Turkey, initiated by Basil and Laura Pogue, continued and the Paragg family initiated the Looney Lunch as part of the Refugee Fund Raising, realizing $600 during the year.
Wendy Birkenshaw, Noel Chevalier and Dorothy Lane led a dedicated group of teachers working with the young people. A special project was the annual Christmas Pageant.
The Ladies Auxiliary continued its work with QuAppelle House, held a bazaar and rummage sale and a bridge tournament. They also provided funds for dishes and cutlery and a refrigerator in the kitchen, material for tables to be made by Don Hatton, and upholstering some of the lounge furniture. $2,000 was made available for the churchs reserve fund.
Buildings and Grounds:
This group had a busy year. The sacristy was reroofed, new chairs purchased, arranged for new tables to be built, and repaired the office door. They also had quotes for expansion of the west entrance and second floor above the entrance and an elevator.
1999 ended with a surplus of $6,295 in the operating fund. Total income for the year was $211,972. The Parish Registry listed 320 families with 200 families contributing approximately $160,000.