June 10, 2018

Reported by Katherine Bitzer - Board Chair 

A number of motions were passed at Trinity's June 10 Congregational Meeting and now await  Presbytery approval.  In brief, Trinity has officially submitted requests that:  

1.    Trinity’s time of Transition Ministry continue another year to June 30, 2019, with the current Transition Team coordinating review of our mission and ministry personnel needs.  And that Presbytery reappoint current Transition Minister to June 30, 2019, to staff the continuing review and discernment, pending declaration of any succeeding vacancy for ministry personnel.

2.    Presbytery acknowledge the investment policy for Trinity’s Legacy 1 fund (prior local endowment), and approve the investment and disbursement plan for Trinity’s Legacy 2 fund (proceeds of sale of 74 Frederick St)

3.    Presbytery approve the updated governance model for Trinity, with a 12 member vision and coordinating Board, with corresponding members from congregational Trustees (and investment committee) and M&P.

In anticipation of the approval of Trinity's updated governance structure, an ad-hoc nominating committee is being formed.  To fill the available positions, the goal is to work with the leadership talent that we already have, while also opening up opportunities for congregants who might now see themselves in this new model.  Persons interested in sitting on this ad-hoc nominating committee were invited to put their name forward on June 10, and may also speak to any Board member prior to June 20. 

At the March AGM, I spoke about Chronos time (chronological time) vs. Kairos time (opportune time).  Let us take the change that the summer months bring to help shift us into Kairos time:  a time full of purpose that is measured in moments, not seconds. Rest, reflect and pray either here at Trinity on Church or elsewhere.  Listen for God's voice.  Write a "What If..." story thinking about new and exciting ways that we can continue to live out our faith together, sharing our God-given gifts, and engaging with our neighbours in downtown Kitchener.  

In the fall, when we meet for our next congregational meeting, it will be a time to not only dream, but to start laying down concrete ideas about our future, as we continue to move forward in our work of discerning who and what God is calling us to be in this time and in this place.