Saturday, March 26, 2016

Warden's Easter Letter

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
Easter is almost upon us and along with it Spring. This is a time of promise, of new hope, new joy and new aspirations. Easter also marks the end of Lent as we celebrate the risen Christ. This is a blessed time of renewal for all of us as Christians and for our church as we celebrate our 125th anniversary with a full slate of activities.

We have so much to be thankful for, most importantly we are grateful for the spirit of fellowship that is driving our parish forward. Finances are a concern of so many churches nowadays, but our financial picture appears to be improving. In 2015 we increased our giving to the general fund by more than 10 percent and we have reduced some of our fixed costs. This has translated to a small surplus for the year.

We want to offer heartfelt appreciation to all who contribute. In particular we want to thank all the volunteers that make our church life possible. This includes all who serve on the following committees: FTC, Buildings & Maintenance, the Altar Guild, Sidesmen, Meeters & Greeters, and the Lector’s Guild.

We also want to offer our gratitude to everyone who contributes to events including the Christmas Bazaar, the Mid-Lent Pancake Brunch, the NDG Food Depot Drive, Spring Cleanup, Book & Bake and Craft Sale, and the Yard Sale (these last two events will be combined in 2016 and take place on May 7).

Along with St. Thomas and Trinity, St. Philip's is helping to bring a refugee family from the Congo to Montreal. This will happen within the next 12 months so please consider contributing to the refugee fund. If you want to get involved with any of the church's events and activities please speak to your wardens or Father Jim.

Although we continue to face a multitude of challenges, we are heartened by the fact that we are doing so as a Christian family. The long overdue sale of the rectory is moving forward and the Town of Montreal West continues to work with us to make this happen. While we have encountered a new wrinkle from the city of Montreal, your corporation is dealing with it and we expect that the rectory will be sold some time this Spring.

May you always find peace and forgiveness in your heart and may we see Christ in every person. We wish you and your loved ones a very happy Easter.

Yours in Christ,
Richard & Shan

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