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All Saints Anglican Church, Regina, SK

(306) 586-4420

Diocese of Qu'Appelle

HIGHLIGHTS

2006

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 Rupert’s 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.

Administration:

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 McLean.

Choir:

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.

Altar Guild:

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.

Worship Committee:

The Worship Committee met regularly to plan the year’s services, and Laura Pogue continued her ministry of scheduling our readers, prayer writers, and communion assistants. Lenten services with Our Savoirs Lutheran Church continued.

Search Committee:

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.

Pastoral Care:

The Pastoral Care Committee remained very active. They held a Caring Communication workshop and a Long-term Care workshop, and an Alzheimer’s Coffee Break. The annual Blue Christmas service for those who had suffered loss or hardship in any form was held in December.

Canterbury Companions:

The Canterbury Companions continued their ministry of offering special refreshments following funerals, and in 2006 provided luncheons for 6 funeral services.

Social Justice:

As in previous years, All Saints contributed funds to organizations engaged in support of others through food, clothing, and human contact ministeries.

Refugee Fund:

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 Rupert’s Land, and in the fall hosted a diocesan Youth Conference titled ICQ (I Seek You).

Sunday School:

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 Hallowe’en party.

Youth:

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 devotional events.

Servers:

We commend our group of Servers for their dedication in attending Sunday morning services.

Greeters, Sidespeople:

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.

Leighton Bequest:

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. Chad’s and (2) a 3-year commitment of $12,000 annually to the Diocese of Qu’Appelle for ministry training.

Education:

Three Sunday forum series occurred during 2006 – Life After Oil

(3 sessions), Building Community in South Regina (1 session) and Decoding da Vinci (5 sessions).

All We’re Meant To Be:

The feminist study group, All We’re Meant To Be met once a month continuing their studies.

Lay Education Fund:

The Lay Education Fund established in 2005, supported parishioners attending workshops, seminars, conferences, choir camps and more.

Communication Committee:

This committee ceased to function in May of 2006, but suggestions have been made for its revival in 2007.

Social Committee:

The Social Committee helped with the hosting of the Provincial Synod, and a farewell for James and Ruth Buenting. They also held Stew Night on St. Patrick’s Day.

Men’s Breakfast Club:

The Men’s Breakfast Club continued its tradition of meeting for breakfast on the first Saturday of each month.

Ladies Auxiliary:

The Ladies Auxiliary continued its support of Qu’Appelle House, sponsored a bridge tournament in January and once again held a successful parish bazaar.

Catering Committee:

$3,000 was transferred to All Saints operating fund, plus several donations to other causes. The Catering Committee put hard work into 10 events during 2006, the most ambitious project being the Provincial Synod. $15,500 was transferred to All Saints. The annual Turkey Supper continued to be a popular event.

Treasurer’s Report:

All Saints ended 2006 with a surplus of $7,479. Reduced wages and benefits were offset by increased repair and maintenance costs.

Administration & Finance:

The Administration & Finance Committee met regularly to review and discuss the monthly financial operations of the parish. They attended to contacts, the Lay Education Fund, the dispersal of the Leighton Bequest and more.

Stewardship Committee:

The Stewardship committee centered their efforts around the goals of improving communication, motivating people to serve, and committing to an ongoing plan for financial stewardship

Envelope Secretary:

The Envelope Secretary found that our parishioners had contributed 106.5% of the amounts that were pledged and $153,000 was received in support of parish operations.