After sixteen years as our priest Gary Paterson retired to
Kamloops, B.C. so that he and Barbara would be closer to their daughters and their
families. Their presence and leadership in this parish will be greatly missed. A farewell
dinner was held in their honor on June 23 and a farewell luncheon on June 24 after the
worship service. A search committee was formed to search for a new priest to replace Gary.
Gary Paterson was priest until June 30. Bill Portman was Honorary Assistant. Wardens were
Bob Erickson, Joyce Blake, Bill Stahl and Linda Van Sickle. Bill Van Sickle continued as
Choir Director as did Margaret Hatton as Organist and Sandra Benson as Parish Coordinator.
This committee continued to meet throughout the year reviewing monthly and annual
financial statements. They also studied a new computer program (Power Church) to track
membership, contributions and accounting.
20 members comprised the choir in 2001. They presented approximately 35 anthems at
various services plus several at the 9:00 AM services.
The Worship Committee this year had more responsibility in planning services due to
Garys retirement. The "Blue Christmas" service was continued as were the
Lenten Services with our Saviors Lutheran Church.
The Altar Guild was made up of 27 members under direction of Liane McLean. In
Addition to their regular duties, they assisted in the choosing of new carpet for the
Sanctuary centre aisle. Two other projects identified for consideration by Vestry were (1)
Memorial Book display cabinet and (2) upgrading the sound system in the church.
Pastoral Care Committee:
A Pastoral Care Visiting Team was formed in June to provide visits to those in
hospital or who were ill at home. Eucharistic services were conducted at Parkside
Extendicare twice a month. Also communion was provided to those in hospital and to those
ill at home. The taxi service continued.
This committee continued to be busy throughout the year. The functions they catered
to resulted in $6,850 being transferred to the church operating fund.
Social Justice and Refugee Fund:
During the year $4,500 was distributed to 22 agencies and projects. The
"Looney Lunch" organized by the Paragg family raised $300 for the Refugee Fund.
An additional $200 was raised for the Refugee Fund at a Pub Nite held in February.
Approximately 40 children were registered and raised $76 to purchase food for the
The annual bazaar, and bridge tournament were held along with a fashion show
earning over $7,000. Donations were made to various organizations as well as funding
numerous items in the parish.
Buildings and Grounds:
During the year several projects were completed. New carpet was installed in the
church and altar area, additional lighting added to the parking lot and Sacristy windows
were repaired, painted and cladded.
This committee continued its work to find a suitable candidate to fill the vacancy
created when Gary Paterson retired. The original search proved unsuccessful when the final
candidate withdrew in October, resulting in restarting the search in November.
A seven week study group titled "The Invention of Christianity" was held
in the spring with 30 to 40 people attending. Another study group on science and religion
was held in the fall.
2001 ended with a surplus of $8,727 in the operating fund. Total income for the
year was $187,505. 200 families contributed by pledging.