Rev. James Buenting began the year as our priest before
retiring and moving to Kelowna. Our interim priest was the Rev. William Portman. One of
the highlights of the year was the hosting of the 45th sitting of the
Ecclesiastical Province of Ruperts Land. New doors were installed on the west side
of the building along with a new sidewalk, a new sign on the west side, and new roof on
the sacristy. Choir Director was Bill Van Sickle and the Organist was Margaret Hatton. The
Wardens for the year were Bob Erickson, Dawne Peterson, and Bill McLean, and the Parish
Coordinator was Sandra Benson.
The four year ministry of James Buenting came to an end this year with James
retirement. All Saints was the first Anglican parish in Canada to have a Lutheran pastor
as its priest. Bob Erickson resigned his position as Warden and he was replaced by Bill
The choir consisted of 16 members and presented approximately 30 anthems at various
services throughout the year. In December the church received the gift of a digital piano
from Dave Morgan and his sister, Elaine Rusling in memory of their mother, Rosa Morgan.
The Altar Guild continued its silent ministry. They prepared our place of worship
faithfully throughout the year. The Guild also supplied "goodies" after many of
the Wednesday morning services held during Lent.
The Worship Committee met regularly to plan the years services, and Laura
Pogue continued her ministry of scheduling our readers, prayer writers, and communion
assistants. Lenten services with Our Savoirs Lutheran Church continued.
A very active Search Committee met regularly to, firstly, produce a Parish Profile,
then to advertise for the position of a new priest, to review applications, and finally to
interview candidates. The appointment was offered to the Rev. Dr. Trish McCarthy, who
accepted and began her ministry at All Saints on March 15, 2007.
The Pastoral Care Committee remained very active. They held a Caring Communication
workshop and a Long-term Care workshop, and an Alzheimers Coffee Break. The annual
Blue Christmas service for those who had suffered loss or hardship in any form was held in
The Canterbury Companions continued their ministry of offering special refreshments
following funerals, and in 2006 provided luncheons for 6 funeral services.
As in previous years, All Saints contributed funds to organizations engaged in
support of others through food, clothing, and human contact ministeries.
All Saints sponsored, or co-sponsored, a total of 10 refugees in their quest to
become part of our country, Canada. The Paragg family coffee times raised $300.
Provincial Synod, PWRDF, UCQ Conference:
In May, All Saints hosted the 45th sitting of the Synod of the
Ecclesiastical Province of Ruperts Land, and in the fall hosted a diocesan Youth
Conference titled ICQ (I Seek You).
Under the guidance of the Church School Coordinator, Marja Hordern, and a dedicated
group of teachers the Sunday School met Sunday mornings from September through June. They
held a number of special events including Palm Saturday and a Halloween party.
A Youth Group was established in 2006 with help from both our young people and
adults. The plans were to maintain contact with our youth and to hold special events in
which they could participate; this year included a potluck, and a sleepover, as well as
We commend our group of Servers for their dedication in attending Sunday morning
Our greeters maintained a welcoming presence at each service and were thanked for
their dedication. Our sidespeople continued with their help at each and every service.
Vestry approved two commitments of funds from this bequest. They were (1) a 3-year
commitment of $10,000 annually to the College of Emmanuel and St. Chads and (2) a
3-year commitment of $12,000 annually to the Diocese of QuAppelle for ministry
Three Sunday forum series occurred during 2006 Life After Oil
(3 sessions), Building Community in South Regina (1 session) and Decoding da Vinci (5
All Were Meant To Be:
The feminist study group, All Were Meant To Be met once a month continuing
Lay Education Fund:
The Lay Education Fund established in 2005, supported parishioners attending
workshops, seminars, conferences, choir camps and more.
This committee ceased to function in May of 2006, but suggestions have been made for
its revival in 2007.