Interview Team Update:
The Interview Team made it’s recommendation to Council and the Congregration to accept the call for Rev. Christopher Ryan. Rev. Ryan will join us on September 10, 2017. Please join us to welcome Rev. Ryan
The Interview Team members have been selected an approved by the Congregration on Janaury 8, 2017. The following people will be serving on the Interview Team: Peter Au, Diane Bennett, Chris Dickson, David Johnston, Heather Quinn, and Dennis Staples, as well as representatives from Four Rivers Presbytery, Rev. Micheline Montreuil, Bathurst Pastoral Charge and Cheryl Bird, Perth Pastoral Charge.
Congregational Meeting, November 13, 2016
The chair of Council called a meeting of the congregation to hear and take action on the Transition Team report as it relates to pastoral relations matters. The meeting was held at Trinity United Church on Sunday, November 13, 2016 at 10:30a.m. followed by regular public worship. To view the Transition Team’s Newsletter explaining the next steps in the interim ministry follow this link: Transition Team Newsletter To view the Transition Team’s Report follow this link:. Transition Team Report
This message was delivered to the Congregation on Sunday, October 23, 2016
Stephen Covey Says “There is nothing as powerful as attitude and it dictates our response to the present and determines the quality of our future.”
The Transition Team has been working hard for 16 months (July 2015-October 2016). We have held 36 meetings which doesn’t include time spent with the various TEAMS and in informal conversations regarding transition issues. In addition, over 2,150 emails have been exchanged in the course of carrying out the transition tasks. Sometimes we are feeling a little tired. However, we are focusing on a positive attitude to keep this transition process at Trinity moving forward! We are still on the train! And like in the children’s book “The Little Engine that Could”, “we think we can, we know we can”
We want to make sure we are getting this Intentional Interim Ministry right! To do this we all need a positive attitude and your support. We don’t want to go through this process to have at the end of the day a minister called that doesn’t fit with our living mission, vision and core values. We want to get it right so that our new tag line Connect, Inspire, and Serve will work for all of us at Trinity.
Positive attitude is the beginning of leadership. We all can be leaders! A positive attitude is a manner of acting, speaking, and thinking that shows our character to be fully assured and confident in God.
More opportunities have been lost, withheld, and forfeited because of attitude. Attitude is the servant that can open the doors of life or close the gates of possibility.
The Dalia Lama says “The purpose of our life needs to be positive. We weren’t born with the purpose of causing trouble, harming others. For our life to be of value, we must develop good human qualities – warmth, kindness, and compassion. Then our life becomes more meaningful and more peaceful.”
So, as we move forward in this transition period and beyond, lets open Trinity’s doors to possibilities with a positive attitude, hard work, and determination. “I think we can, I know we can!”
Diane Bennett, Bill Dickson, Walter Edwards, Al McFadden, Heidi Peskett, Bob Swan, and Norma Wrightly from Trinity, as well as representatives from Four Rivers Presbytery, Rev. Micheline Montreuil, Bathurst Pastoral Charge and Cheryl Bird, Perth Pastoral Charge.
The over-arching goal of The Intentional Interim Ministry Period is to revitalize Trinity’s mission after a long pastorate.
Preliminary Interim Goals
- Review our history, consider the present, and define a vision for the future;
- Develop a shared “living mission” where a sense of belonging and caring is felt by all who enter the church, that inspires commitment, enthusiasm, stewardship, provides direction and focus for Trinity’s programs, activities and celebrations;
- Identify and address structures, functions, programs and relationships that may need to be developed and/or altered to support the vision and facilitates our emerging “living mission”;
- Assist in gathering information that will be utilized by the Joint Needs Assessment Team for the purpose of seeking new Ministerial Personnel and Congregational Growth.
- Project and match our future Ministry Personnel requirements and financial potential.
We are in good hands – Rev. Arlyce J. Schiebout
Arlyce began her journey into ministry in 1992 as a summer supply in Muskoka Falls, Ontario. She was ordained in 1995 and served four years at Southwold Pastoral Charge in Elgin, in Southwestern Ontario. Beginning then, Arlyce has served in appointment, called and transitional ministry pastoral relationships in three conferences. She became a designated Interim Minister in 2007 and has served two pastoral charges in Eastern Ontario in that role.
As a member of presbytery and conference, she has served in various capacities on various committees and offices. She has served on and chaired the General Council Committee of Theology and Faith, Committee of Theology and Inter-church Inter-faith Committee. She is the current UCC representative to the World Methodist Council, with her term concluding in 2016.
We are in good hands!
Bob Swan, Co-chair, Trinity Transition Team
On August 25th and September 12th, 2016, members of the Transition Team met with Trinity Teenagers to obtain their opinions and suggestions as to what is needed to connect with and inspire youth participation in Trinity church life. Read More, Newsletter 9
Our Transition Team held a workshop for the Trinity church family on September 25, 2016 to seek input regarding the “Vision Statement” that has been prepared as the guide to action moving into a new pastoral relationship. Read More, Newsletter 8
Trinity’s Transition Team has been meeting regularly over June and July with more meetings scheduled for August and September. As previously mentioned, our over-arching goal (purpose) through this period of Intentional Interim Ministry is to revitalize Trinity’s mission after our long pastorate. Read More, Newsletter 7
Mid -term Transition Team Survey Results: Trinity’s Transition Team began meeting in July 2015 to start the Interim Ministry process. Rev. Arlyce was introduced to the congregation on October 4, 2015 and began her work with the Transition Team on October 5, 2015. Read More, Newsletter 6
“ A Second Day of Discovery – Who are our Neighbours?
The first Preliminary Interim Goal for this period of Interim Ministry is to review our history, consider the present, and define a vision for the future. The congregation completed the part of this goal by reviewing our history and discovering who we are as Trinity United Church.
The second part of achieving this goal is to consider the present by understanding who our neighbours are. To this end, the Transition Team led another workshop on January 24, 2016 to reflect and make observations as to who our neighbours are within the community of Smiths Falls. Read More, Newsletter 5
“ Letting Go, New Beginnings”: An outcome of the Transition Team analysis of the responses/feedback received from participants during the … Day of Discovery… event which was held on November 1, 2015, was the decision to provide a workshop on dealing with change for those in the congregation who were having difficulty with the departure of the Rev. Peter Woods after such a long pastorate. Read More, Newsletter 4
“ A Congregational Day of Discovery for All Ages – Who are we as a Congregation?” The Congregational Day of Discovery for All Ages was the first event designed to engage the congregation in the process of self-discovery, discernment & make decisions regarding the future mission and ministry of Trinity United Church (Goal #1). The event took place on November 1, 2015. The exercises of the event were to create a profile of who we think we are as a congregation and to uncover the history of Trinity United Church, focussing on the last 60 year. Read More, Newsletter 3
Our fourth goal: “Assist in gathering information that will be utilized by the Joint Needs Assessment Committee for the purpose of seeking new Ministerial Personnel and Congregational Growth” Read More, Newsletter 2
Our second goal: “Develop a shared “living mission” where a sense of belonging and caring is felt by all who enter the church, that inspires commitment, enthusiasm, stewardship, provides direction and focus for Trinity’s programs, activities and celebrations” Read More, Newsletter 1