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JanuaryFebruary 2011 Unity Tidings Unity Church of Edmonton, A Spiritual Community Leadership Report by Bill Trainor O ur church experience is unfolding remarkably well. sciousness more and more to the Christ Consciousness, which these activities are really the actions of the Christ Spirit within The Sunday services are inspiring is the Presence of God within us. everyone, whether or not we and the changes in format seem We are always one with God, are aware of that. to be appreciated by the congre- but we are often unaware of this gation. Our speakers and facili- Truth. We, on our spiritual paths, know tators are becoming more com- of this Christ Light within every- fortable in their roles. This adds Our Christmas Candlelight Ser- one. We embrace it as a bless- a certain “oomph” which no vice is ready for December 21. ing as we approach the end of doubt is Spirit in action. By the time you read this news- another year, 2010. The gift of letter, you will probably have the kingdom of God within is the Ten new members have been attended it. It will be different greatest gift ever given. As we approved since Unity of Edmon- this year, consisting of “miracle meditate on this gift within us, ton began operating under the stories” and a lot of singing. we will be able to embrace the direction of the Worship Com- New Year of 2011 with enthusi- mittee in mid-September. A fundamental reason for the asm. Eric Butterworth said, existence of a church like Unity “There is a new world awaiting The beautiful singing of the choir of Edmonton is the teaching of you; a new level of life is open to during the Advent season also truth. With that in mind, I am you, and a new experience of the contributed to the boost in vital- exploring the possibility of teach- dynamism of truth”. What a Spiritual focus for ity. It seems so appropriate for ing some truth classes in the wonderful way to enter the New the church to have choir partici- New Year. I would appreciate Year! January pation in the services. I think it any suggestions as to areas of Faith would be great if the choir could interest that you may have. Faith blesses my day and paves my extend its participation beyond way. the Advent season. Christmas is a time when we see many more expressions of love During Advent, the four Sundays than we usually do. We see Spiritual focus for immediately preceding Christ- people exchanging gifts. We see February mas, we remind ourselves to people preparing and delivering Strength prepare for the blessings of Christmas hampers to the needy. Christmas by lighting a new can- We see family reunions and I have the strength to accomplish all that is mine to do. dle on the Advent wreath each friendship visits. We see the joy, Sunday. On Christmas, we light the excitement, the sparkle, the the Christ candle, all symbolizing vitality, the expectancy and the the opening up of our own con- enthusiasm of children. All of Page 2 Unity Tidings Fun-raising! Events at Unity by Diane Cherwonka and delightful play with a meaning- Feature film for Friday, January ful message. For those who missed 28th: Play the Game it, we will be bringing it back again In this romantic comedy, a self- next year. described ladies man shares his Upcoming Events: On Friday, Janu- dating tricks with Joe his heart- ary 28th, 2011, we will have a pot- broken widowed grandfather. So many people contrib- luck and movie night. Joe gets mixed up in a love uted to Unity’s success triangle while David strikes out and stability in the past In February, I would like to have a with the girl of his dreams. four months. There are Agnnes Krawecks’ presentation ‘Funraising’ fundraiser and am Will the would-be Don Juans many to thank, many to was fascinating and exciting. looking for volunteers to work at discover the real secret about whom we owe a debt of Around 22 people attended the developing a dinner/theatre and romance? gratitude. If I listed all of talk. Agnnes is a dynamic speaker music festival: a talent night. you who have given so with lots of information to share. The discussion afterwards was Watch for the sign up sheet. Date much time and effort, I’d lively and people left with a to be determined by committee. be afraid of leaving greater sense of how our brains someone out, and I work and how thoughts affect our A few people have suggested a really wouldn’t want to lives. We hope to have Agnnes social night or a social club be do that. back again. started. Look for a sign up if you Still, there are people are interested in either. May all be whose efforts have pro- Niles Journey was delightful. Four- blessed with a fun-filled holiday vided such a strong teen adults and fourteen children season and may laughter and joy foundation for Unity— attended. Thanks and heartfelt follow everyone in the New Year! appreciation to Cindy and Lynette we are grateful. for sharing their wonderful talents The Welcome Team headed by Anne Makarus The Hospitality Team headed by Jane Chese- brough Three Radically Simple Zen Lessons by Marc Lesser Unity Advent Choir Lorraine Kempton There is a story from 13th cen- lectually challenging, or at least ments, act decisively, plan, strive Kelly Murphy tury Japan about Dogen, the foun- stimulating. Instead, what we get — all with a sense of letting go? Ann Campbell der of Zen in Japan. As a young is: Gentle-heartedness. “I can’t help Vello Reili man he had a variety of burning 1) He came back empty handed; but think of the Dalai Lama quote Bill Trainor questions about life and death and 2) gentle-heartedness; and “My true religion is kind- Pam Muirhead how to live a profoundly meaning- 3) eyes are horizontal, nose is ness.” He could have also said, Laura Hannett ful and beneficial life. He couldn’t vertical. “My true religion is gentle- Dale Ladouceur find anyone in all of Japan who Perhaps, there are some lessons heartedness.” How can we prac- John Wichuk could adequately answer his ques- here, for us, in this place and this tice gentle-heartedness in the George Sellmer tions, so he ventured across the time that we can apply to our midst of a world filled with diffi- ocean and traveled to China, lives, eight centuries later: culty, and violence, poverty, and Linda Windel where Zen was flourishing at the Empty handed. We are born empty great disparity? Or perhaps asked Terry Syvenky time. Upon his return from China -handed, and we will die empty- differently, how can we not prac- Lillian Upright he was asked: handed. How simple and freeing, tice gentle-heartedness? Diane Cherwonka “What did you bring back from the practice of emptying, the prac- Eyes are horizontal, nose is vertical. Jean Wiley China to Japan?” tice of letting go: of what we ex- Such a simple, obvious observa- Delia Vaughan He said, “I came back empty- pect and of the things we think we tion. So obvious, we often miss it, handed.” need. Our minds want some kind don’t notice our own eyes and We thank you and we “What did you learn?” of map, some assurance. We want nose, our own breath and body. bless you for all you do. “Not much, except gentle- something solid, some protection. The smile of a child. We are too heartedness,” he responded. Letting go, to me, is the opposite busy; have much more important “And,” he added, “I learned that of avoiding. So often we avoid things to do. What if we pause, eyes are horizontal, nose is verti- what is difficult in our lives. Letting and notice, with everyone we see, cal.” go means to face and experience everyone we meet — each per- We expect that this great Zen the difficulties, and the joys of our son is just like us — eyes hori- teacher, the founder of Zen in lives fully and directly, without zontal, nose vertical. What if we Japan would have some profound getting all worked up about out- just appreciate these eyes, this teaching, insights, something intel- comes. How do we make commit- nose, this amazing life? Page 3 Worship Committee Report by Bill Trainor Regular Events at Unity T he Worship Committee is a thoughtful, dedicated and enthusiastic group and it is a pleasure to be part of it. Music is an important part of our services and under Dale’s direction the variety, blending and coordination Conversation Café Join us every Tuesday from has been great. Since this is a work in progress, we can expect to see more developments. 1:00 to 2:30 pm for coffee, tea, goodies and great conversa- Perhaps our biggest achievement recently has been the planning of the December 21 Christmas Candlelight tion around spiritual Service program at our December 6 meeting. Briefly, the service will consist of seven short inspirational sto- topics. ries, delivered by seven different individuals and followed by eight songs, one following each story. Candle Everyone is welcome! lighting will accompany each story and the service will end with the entire congregation participating in candle lighting and singing. The service will be followed by a lunch of baked goods, appetizers and beverages. Silent Unity Prayer & Meditation The committee has developed the following schedule of speakers and facilitators until March 6, 2011: November 2nd and December 7th Date Topic Facilitator Speaker The first Tuesday of every month from 12:10 to December 26 Christmas Message Paula Bill 12:50pm. January 2 Personal Powerlessness Laura Pam A time of centering prayer and January 9 Surrender Pam Terry silence together. January 16 Inner Change Terry Bill January 23 God As Mind Pam Laura January 30 Law of Mind Action Lillian Pam February 6 Power of the Spoken Word Terry Bill February 13 I Am Pam Laura February 20 Release and Affirmation Laura Terry February 27 Moving into Action Pam Bill March 6 Faith Terry Faith The committee also did an informal feedback evaluation of the performance of the speakers and facilitators with a view to improving performance. Treasurer’s Corner by Vello Reili October November Ministry Income 5,705.68 3,210.40 Other Income 3,055.83 1,029.35 Total Expenses 5,292.08 4,116.48 Monthly Net Income 3,469.43 123.27 Year-to-Date Net Income -4,175.55 -4,052.28 As you can see from the above numbers, our Sunday donations (Ministry Income) are nearly, but not quite, covering our expenses. What is helping us move towards positive territory is Other Income. In October, the AUCC repaid some of our convention expenses, Non-Ministry classes and a workshop added some more and book sales provided the balance for a total of $3,055. In November, Non-Ministry classes and book sales helped by $1,029. As of the end of November, we still have $4,052 to go before we can break even for the year. Can we do it, or will we have to rely on our Operating Reserve for help? Miracle are possible, especially at this time of the year!! Our regular tithe went to the AUCC and the International Association and the varying component to the Youth Emergency Shelter Society. I send you my Love, Gratitude and Blessings for the Holy Days and New Year. Page 4 Why Random Acts of Kindness Are So Important By Ed and Deb Shapiro Perhaps it is the use of the world random that that he had created a chain of giving that had is misleading, and that it would be easier if we not only continued all that day but had been used the word spontaneous or impulsive in- highlighted on NBC News and within twenty- stead. Spontaneity means we are acting on an four hours had spread around the world on impulse, in the moment, freely; particularly, the Internet. that we are moved to do something for Remember there’s no such thing as a small act of someone without any thought of receiving kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical something in return. Such behavior is surely end. –Scott Adams the ground of a healthy and joyful society, where we happily give of ourselves to help Can you imagine a world where no one gave another and such an act is happily received. to each other? Where we all just looked after We first heard the saying practice random acts our own needs and ignored everyone else’s? of kindness and senseless acts of beauty, many What stops us from acting this way? Invariably This would surely be a miserable place to live, years ago when we were at Findhorn, the well it is our insecurities, lack of self-esteem and for ultimately, whether spontaneous or -known spiritual community in Scotland. It self-love, doubts and inadequacies. And the planned, we cannot be happy without being always struck us as being the most obvious same qualities also stop us from being able to kind, by giving and caring for each other. thing to do, that practicing kindness and freely receive. If we feel unworthy then we beauty should be a natural expression of who believe we have nothing to give; if we don’t Random acts of kindness are essential to our we are. love ourselves then we don’t trust why some- well-being, as they liberate us from self- one would be kind to us. We may fear that if obsession, selfishness, and isolation; they are Although wonderful in its intention, recently someone gives without reason that they actu- the effect of an open and loving nature. True there appears to be some misunderstanding ally want something from us, or that they generosity is giving without expectation, with about it, particularly the practice random acts have an ulterior motive. no need to be repaid in any form. This is the of kindness part. This misunderstanding seems most powerful act of generosity, as it is un- to arise from the idea that the receiver might When we feel uncomfortable with generosity conditional, unattached, and free to land not appreciate the kindness, that it might even it can make us get stuck in ourselves and our wherever it will. Whether we give to our make them apprehensive or distrustful. Sadly, issues. When we can appreciate the beauty of family, friends, or to strangers, it is the same. this speaks more about the suspicious world spontaneity it takes us out of such self- we live in than about the nature of kindness. It centeredness; it enables us to let go of focus- We may feel we have little to offer, but is a shame that this may be the case, but if so, ing on self and to reach out to each other. whether it is a few pennies or a whole bank- then what is needed are more acts of kindness We can both give and receive. Such egoless roll, a cup of tea or a banquet is irrelevant–it and done by more of us, not less. moments are exquisite! is the act of giving itself that is important. As Mahatma Gandhi said, Almost anything we do Be generous. Give to those you love; give to those Giving spontaneously can also have a remark- will seem insignificant, but it is very important that who love you, give to the fortunate, give to the able affect on all those who come in contact we do it. unfortunate — yes, give especially to those you with both the act and the players. For in- don’t want to give. You will receive abundance for stance, Huffington Post blogger Arthur Rosen- your giving. The more you give, the more you will field was in the drive-thru line at Starbucks. have!– W. Clement Stone The man in line behind him was getting impa- tient and angry, leaning on his horn and shout- Wikipedia says that a random act of kindness ing insults at both Arthur and the Starbucks is: “a selfless act performed by a person or workers. Beginning to get angry himself, Ar- persons wishing to either assist or cheer up thur chose to keep his cool and change the an individual… There will generally be no negativity into something positive. He paid for reason other than to make people smile, or the man’s coffee and drove away. When he be happier.” got home at the end of the day, he discovered Page 5 This Special Time by Pam Muirhead New Year’s Resolutions for a New Unity Year C hristmas Day has come and gone once more, but the bless- the time is right. The light that we have received is ours to give: to shine it on a weary world, Love - I commit to loving God and building loving relationships. ings remain with us. Hopefully the and so increase it. That is what busyness has gone for a while Jesus did and now it is our mis- Authenticity - I live in integrity with Christ too. Christmas reminds us that sion, too. principles as I help to lift my beloved commu- the Spirit of Christ lives in all our May peace and joy be with us all. hearts. We are permanently nity to its highest and best. joined to this Spirit and live in its grace. There are still several days God-Centered - I live from my oneness with of this precious season before God and honour the divinity in all life. Epiphany on January 6th, so per- haps we could find more time to Acceptance - I accept and affirm everyone as enter the silence, to experience unique expressions of God our oneness with God and re- ceive guidance for the coming Action - I live my life practicing spiritual prin- year. It’s a great time for reflec- ciples as taught and exemplified by Jesus the tion and thanksgiving to prepare ourselves for another year. Christ. Original Blessing - I am created in the image The seeds of new experiences and likeness of God, and as such I am origi- and new growth are stirring within us now. They need the nally blessed. darkness, the quiet and the love of our true selves to get ready to burst forth in all their glory when Affirmation: Faith Blesses My Day and Paves My Way Awaken Your Faith Faculty By Winifred Wilkinson Hausmann Of all the faculties, the one Jesus spoke of most frequently was faith. … Have faith. Believe. Trust. Over and over, Jesus emphasized this first of our powers, and in one of his disciples, we watch the faculty develop. Faith does not come all at once with a mighty thud. It must grow. It must be encouraged. It must be invited and then made welcome. As Simon, the crude fisherman, became Peter, the dedicated apos- tle, so the ability to trust God must grow in our lives. Faith has been defined in many ways. The writer of Hebrews referred to it as “the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen” (Heb. 11:1). Understood in this light, faith is that quality in us which enables us to look past appearances of lack, limitation or difficulty, to take hold of the divine idea and believe in it, even though we do not see any evidence of it except in our minds. Through faith we know with an inner knowing the Truth that has not yet expressed itself in our manifest world. … The location of the faith center is significant. It is in the center of the head, between the ears and the eyes. When we put our faith in that which we see with our eyes or hear with our ears, we are using the faculty in a limited way and the results will come accordingly. However, we can center the faculty of faith on our inner vision and our inner hearing, developing this faculty through prayer to know the potential God has given us. And when we do, our results will ex- press the higher realization of our spiritual nature. At its highest level, faith is directed by our spiritual nature, from the Christ center at the crown of the head. We determine the direction of our faith, and as we do, we determine the results that we will have in our lives. … In developing the quality of faith, we must start as Peter did, by being receptive to Truth ideas and letting them grow in us until we can feel our absolute oneness with the quality of faith—feel in such a way that we no longer think in terms of having faith, but express it automatically, as Jesus did. Page 6 Affirmation: I have the strength to accomplish all that is mine to do. Be Strong lenged by others in the human thought and eventually will be overcome by one By Winifred Wilkinson Hausmann who is stronger. … Mental strength Strength is not simply a physical quality. alone—pitted against the strong mind of As with all the Twelve Powers, it ex- another—may result in a test of wills, a presses itself on three levels, each one human contest, with the same results. complementing the others in this life ex- Only spiritual strength remains nonresis- pression on the earth plane. tant, triumphant, regardless of the chal- In the physical realm, strength is vitality, lenge. endurance, the ability to persist. In the For the best results, both physical and mental area of expression, strength is that mental strength must be rooted in the quality of mind which enables one to lead, spiritual development of the strength to accomplish, to follow through on deci- faculty. … sions, to establish purposes in life, and to … Strength is a quality that we can and hold firm to spiritual principles in daily must develop if we are to bring forth our living. It expresses itself as stability of to persist in order to bring it forth. But God-given potential. It is to be brought character. faith has to be established in strength. The forth along with the other 11 powers, but The highest expression, and the one that “two brothers” must grow together, both it must be basic in our growth. should determine the direction of under the loving direction of our own As you begin your development of this strength in the other realms, is the spiri- Christ nature, the “perfect human” idea faculty represented by Andrew, declare tual realization of this quality. Here within us. quietly to yourself: Through the will strength is closely allied with faith. In the Faith must continually be strengthened, and the work of [Spirit] within, my symbology of the 12 disciples and the 12 and strength must be inspired to right God-given potential of strength is qualities of mind that we are to develop action by spiritual faith. In a spiritual way, developed and expressed—easily as Jesus encouraged and developed his then, strength enables us to persist in and in divine order. Remember that closest followers, strength and faith are prayer, to build a stronger and stronger strength is to be developed easily, not represented by the brothers Andrew and faith in our spiritual nature and the activ- with tension and strain, but with a re- Peter. ity of God through us, and to do the laxed, trusting attitude. Peter must be the first of our qualities to things that need to be done by us as a … As with all the powers, strength is be unfolded in a spiritual way, because part of becoming the “fourth dimension” consciously awakened first in the intellec- without faith there is no impetus to ac- person that our Twelve Powers, spiritu- tual nature and then developed (through tion and no foundation for a program of ally developed, enable us to be. prayerful concentration on the idea) to be spiritual growth. Faith also is our innate The person who depends on physical a spiritual realization of oneness with the ability to see the unseen, plus the desire strength alone is constantly being chal- Source of all strength. A THOUSAND SUNS from The Global Oneness Project NOW AVAILABLE FOR VIEWING Call Paula at the Unity Office: 780-477-5351 A Thousand Suns tells the story of the Gamo Highlands of the African Rift Valley and the unique world- view held by the people of the region. This isolated area has remained remarkably intact both biologi- cally and culturally. It is one of the most densely populated rural regions of Africa yet its people have been farming sustainably for 10,000 years. Shot in Ethiopia, New York and Kenya, the film explores the modern world's untenable sense of separation from and superiority over nature and how the intercon- nected worldview of the Gamo people is fundamental in achieving long-term sustainability, both in the region and beyond. Page 7 Four Reasons to Avoid High Fructose-Glucose Corn Syrup By Sara Novak, Planet Green off with corn kernels, yes, but researcher and activist at the can also save some major dough then that corn is spun at a high nonprofit Institute for Agricul- and reduce the amount of pack- velocity and combined with three ture and Trade Policy said. These aging that your family throws other enzymes: alpha-amylase, 55 different foods included bar- away. glucoamylase, and xylose isom- becue sauce, jam, yogurt, and erase, so that it forms a thick chocolate syrup. “We found Try homemade granola. syrup that’s way sweeter than about one out of three had mer- Make veggie chips sugar and super cheap to produce. cury above the detection limit,” That’s why it’s poured into a huge Wallinga said. Make some Snickerdoodles majority of mass produced proc- for a Saturday snack. 4. The Environmental Im- essed foods. pact of High Fructose Corn Snickerdoodles 2. High Fructose Corn Syrup Syrup is Huge 2 cups all-purpose flour Does Weird Stuff to Your By now, you’ve more than likely Most corn is grown as a mono- 2 tsp cream of tartar Body seen one of the ads put out by the culture, meaning that the land is 1 tsp baking soda Corn Refiners Association. The While the commercials claim that used solely for corn, not rotated 1/4 tsp salt ads tell the story of a “natural” it’s fine in moderation, the truth is among crops. Large monocul- 1/2 pound (2 sticks) unsalted sweetener made from corn. They that the whole problem with high tures, which are usually geneti- butter, softened go on to insinuate that high fruc- fructose corn syrup in the first cally modified, can be riddled 1 3/4 cups sugar tose corn syrup has been unfairly place, is that moderation is seem- with pests. As a result, monocul- 2 large eggs portrayed and that this truly ingly impossible. The syrup inter- tures are often dressed with a 4 tsp ground cinnamon American ingredient is fine in feres with the body’s metabolism toxic cocktail of pesticides so moderation. Toronto's Lloyd Al- so that a person can’t stop eating. that they can survive. Monocul- 1. Put the rack in the upper ter wrote in his Treehugger blog It’s truly hard to control cravings tures can deplete the nutrients in third of the oven. Preheat about this massive $30 million ad because high fructose corn syrup soil and lead to erosion. In addi- to 350°F. campaign last year. slows down the secretion of leptin tion, the pesticides used to grow 2. Mix together the flour, (www.treehugger.com High Fruc- in the body. Leptin is a crucial them pollute our soil and ground cream of tartar, baking soda, tose Corn Syrup Producers on a hormone in the body that tells water. and salt. Roll). The campaign claims that you that you’re full and to stop 3. Beat together the butter Our Advice: Skip the High high fructose corn syrup has the eating. That’s why it’s so closely and 1 1/2 cups of sugar until Fructose Corn Syrup “same natural sweeteners as table associated with obesity. It’s like an well combined. Add the sugar and honey.” Since then, the addictive drug. Luckily, we have a lot more op- eggs and beat. Stir the flour association has released a number tions when it comes to avoiding mixture into the butter 3. There Might be Mercury in of ads with the same message. this frightening ingredient. The mixture until smooth. Your Corn Syrup Corn Refiners Association 4. Roll the batter into 1 But when push comes to shove, And what about the rumors of wouldn’t spend $30 million on 1/4 inch balls with your what are the facts about high fruc- mercury being found in corn advertisements if they didn’t feel hands. Roll the balls in tose corn syrup? How is it made? syrup? I wrote last year that ac- threatened and that’s because a mixture of the re- Is it healthy in moderation to the cording to MSNBC in one study, more and more alternatives are maining sugar and cin- body and the planet? Here are the published in the Journal of Environ- becoming available. Read labels namon and place about facts, so that the next time you’re mental Health, former Food and on every processed food that 3 inches apart on the asked, you can confidently dispel Drug Administration scientist you buy. Stores like Whole pan. any high fructose corn syrup ru- Renee Dufault and colleagues Foods and Earth Fare carry tons 5. Bake for 8-11 minutes, mors. tested 20 samples of high fructose of foods without it. 1. The Process of Making corn syrup and found detectable Make Your Own Snack High Fructose Corn Syrup is mercury in nine of the 20 samples. Foods Pretty Weird “We went and looked at super- Also consider making your own First of all, there’s nothing natural market samples where high fruc- snack foods instead of buying the about high fructose corn syrup tose corn syrup was the first or prepackaged variety. This way and it most certainly does not second ingredient on the label,” you can control your ingredients exist in nature. The process starts Dr. David Wallinga, a food safety and use safer sweeteners. You We provide the nurturing environment; Divinity within provides the infinite possibilities. Window on the Board The Board welcomed 6 new members to the Unity Church of congregation in the past 2 months. We are indeed a vibrant and welcoming com- Edmonton munity. Attendance at our Sunday service con- tinues to run in the high thirties. Mailing Address P.O. Box 52092 As you can see from the Treasurer's report Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2T5 finances vary month to month from red to black. We have a good reserve in our operat- 13820—109A Avenue ing fund but would rather not have to access it. To that matter, a number of fund raising initia- Phone: 780-477-5351 tives are being looked at and will be announced Fax: 780-488-5662 in the New Year. email@example.com Our annual meeting is coming up in March www.unityofedmonton.ca (Date and format to be announced). I would ask each of you to contemplate the prospect of serving on the board, as openings will be avail- able. Serving on the Board gives a person a Board of Directors different perspective on the operation of the John Wichuk church. If you feel the call to serve, please ap- proach one of the following members of the Vello Reili Nominating Committee Bill Trainor, or Delia Bill Trainor Jean Wiley C hristmas Greetings from the board. Per- sonally I would like to wish everyone a fulfilling Vaughn. At the December Board Meeting Peter Windel was ratified to serve out the position left by Erica Deneve’s departure. Welcome Delia Vaughan Happy and Healthy New Year. back Peter. Peter Windell Since the Power for the month of January is Over the last month Paula has taken over the “Faith” I have selected a number of quotations web page management from Yvonne. That was from various people which show different per- the last of the tasks to be passed over from spective on the word “Faith” Yvonne. Unity of Edmonton is truly blessed to have Paula. The Board thanks her for the effort “Optimism is the faith that leads to achieve- and professionalism she brings to the position Sunday Services ment.” of Office Administrator. Helen Keller The facilities committee will be engaged in Sunday Service “They can because they think they can.” discussions with W.P.C. in the New Year look- Virgil ing at possible lease changes. The Board is time is 9:30 am sensitive to the concerns that some of the “When the solution is simple God is answer- congregation have regarding the facilities and ing.” will attempt to address the issue in the New Albert Einstein Year. “Faith is a passionate intuition.” Thank you to all Members for all the support William Wordsworth offered in the past year and again wishes to all for a Healthy and Prosperous New Year. Our Worship Committee is meeting every month to plan services and speakers John Wichuk President of the Board I would like to thank them for a wonderful job. Centered in God, we co-create a world that works for all.