All Saints Anglican Church, Regina, SK
2007 Saw The Rev. Dr. Trish McCarthy become our new priest in February. Some things accomplished this year were the Pet Blessing service, Prayer in the Park, and the beginning of our All Saints website prepared by Bruce McCuskee. A stained glass window was donated by Margaret Hatton and family when St. Barnabas in Moose Jaw closed. The window was framed by Lloyd Benson and hung in our foyer. Don Bjerke fashioned a portable altar to be used for smaller group worship. The honorary assistants continued to be the Rev. William Portman and the Rev. Allan Higgs. Bill Van Sickle and Margaret Hatton continued as our Choir Director and Organist respectively. Our Wardens were Dawn Peterson and Ed Dunfield, while Sandra Benson continued her role as Parish Coordinator. There were 8 baptisms, 1 confirmation, 3 weddings and 9 funerals.
The new parish priest, Rev. Dr. Trish McCarthy began her ministry at All Saints and spent some time learning about her parishioners. She became actively involved in many committees in the church and instigated some new and innovative ideas and events. The parish coordinator continued with the tasks of communication, pastoral care, and office duties that are part of the task of this position.
The numbers in the choir increased to 17 and there were 35 anthems presented at various services through the year. Anyone interested was invited to become a part of this musical community.
The Altar Guild continued their silent service with 23 active members.
The Pastoral Care Committed sponsored four Sunday morning coffee breaks this year with support going to the Refugee Fund, Mobile Crisis, McKenzie Infant Care Centre, and the Alzheimer Society. In June a Parish Visitors workshop was offered and the annual Blue Christmas service was held in December. Prayer shawls were introduced this year and many people generously donated their time to knit these shawls.
All Saints continued to support various immigrants arriving in our country, and we thanked Ralph Paragg for his ongoing work in this area. Approximately $1,400 was raised in 2007.
Donations to PWRDF in 2007 amounted to $9,167. Donations from all Saints and other parishes helped Basil Pogue travel to Mexico in March as a member of PWRDF delegation. He visited communities in the southern state of Chaipas, the northern state of Cihuahua, and the centrel region of Mexico City and area. He shared the things he saw and what he learned about these populations with many parishes upon his return.
The Church School continued under the leadership of coordinator Marja Hordern. The Church School took part in the Relay for Life as the "All Saints Night Rainbows", raising over $3,000 for the Cancer Society. They held a spring musical entitled Get on Board, a purple party for Lent, Palm Saturday, A Pentecost Strawberry Social, and a Sunday School picnic, as well as instigating regular Food Bank Sundays. In addition they had carnival games at the bazaar, a movie night, an Advent afternoon, two Blitz Nights, and presented a musical entitled The First Leon. In addition they sang both on their own and in conjunction with the senior choir at a variety of church services.
In 2007 All Saints youth group was headed by Christine Jakubowski and Trish McCarthy. They held a total of five events; canoeing, horseback riding, a Halloween party, basketball, and a hay wagon ride.
Many new and recommitted servers enhanced our worship service this year, and numbers grew to 18 participants.
All Saints thanked the Greeters for the time they spent both before and after the Sunday morning services with new members and visitors. Their efforts were greatly appreciated.
A Newcomers Committee was formed at All Saints in 2007. They welcomed and handed out name tags to all who attended the Open House/Homecoming event and the Stewardship Luncheon.
The sidespeople in 2007 began to provide a new service by having some people available for weddings that took place at All Saints. (These persons are called Vergers.)
In 2007 this committee sponsored three Sunday Forum and two Soul Survivor series. The Sunday forums were two sessions on Climate Change and Stewardship of the Environment. Three sessions were held on the topic Harry Potter and the Appeal of Magic, and two fall sessions were on Challenging the New Atheism. Soul Survivor was a new education program led by Rev. Dr. Trish Mccarthy which reflects on spirituality.
All Were Meant To Be:
All Were Meant To Be, our feminist group, continued to explore, discuss, challenge, and affirm their faith and their role as women in the church.
All Saints new website was developed by Bruce and Judy McCuskee. For the first time email was used to communicate events to those parishioners who use the service. Whitemore Park sign was used to advertise our Turkey Supper as were several media outlets.
The Social Committee began the year with their famous, or infamous, Stew Night on St. Patricks Day. In September the committee organized a Homecoming supper.
The Ladies Auxiliary continued their ministries with a bridge tournament in February and a fall bazaar in November. They also made turkey pies and shepherds pies to be sold to the congregation. Their support of the QuAppelle House bingo nights continued once a month. $5,500 was transferred to the parish general fund.
The response to the Catering committees many events was great this year. They planned 12 functions including workshops, diocesan events, a wedding, and a turkey supper. This committee contributed a total of $16,000 to the general fund of All Saints.
All Saints ended 2007 with an operating deficit of $10,635.
Administration & Finance:
The Administration & Finance Committee continued to meet monthly looking at renewal of contracts, approved expenditures for servers reaching milestones, the purchase of childrens books, the dispersal of the Lay Continuing Education fund, the Leighton Bequest, and the funding of trolley carts for the kitchen. Brian Malley was thanked for his development of a Policy Manual to guide the operations of the parish.
The Stewardship Committee continued its ministry. They developed and conducted a stewardship program in the fall of 2007 which challenged and invited all parishioners to commit a share of their personal financial resources toward the ministry and work of the church.
In 2007 All Saints parishioners contributed 102% of the amount that was pledged. There was also an additional $30,000 donated by other parishioners bringing the total to $144,700. The number of active givers decreased from 167 to 157.
Total revenue for the year was $246,512.
Hall Rentals generated an income of $6,532 in 2007, and our longtime rental arrangement with the Philharmonic chorus continued. An increasing number of business meetings were held in All Saints hall, and a new rental agreement defining responsibilities of both parties was drafted and received approval from the Administration and Finance Committee. An audio system was planned for the hall that will be beneficial to our renters.