Drummond Hill Newsletter, June 22, 2022
Wednesday Meditation (Luke 8:16,17)
‘No one after lighting a lamp hides it under a jar, or puts it under a bed, but puts it on a lampstand, so that those who enter may see the light. For nothing is hidden that will not be disclosed, nor is anything secret that will not become known and come to light.’
Last week we discussed how difficult it is today to talk about being like a light in the darkness for us as a church in a world full of artificial lights. Today, I ask you to ponder about what it means for us as a church to be like a light that helps people to navigate in the darkness of their lives.
Being a faith community to help people find their ways in life is far more difficult than we think. We can only help those who want to be helped. Just a couple of decades ago, we used to see people returning to churches when they were facing deep personal crises. Today, hardly anyone thinks of turning to churches for guidance, help, or any other support for that matter. Christian churches are no longer sought out by people in darkness. One main reason has to do with the fact that most people do not know what a faith community can do for them and what it means to belong to one. They have neither the community experience nor the memory of wonderful faith experience in a faith community.
This turn of event is not unusual in that as a faith community, we have been outshone by many other interests. Of course, one of the most famous ones that took young families away from the church initially was Sunday morning hokey games. It was followed by soccer and all kinds of other activities that took children and young families away from their church communities.
It should be very clear from the beginning that we are not trying to outcompete these sports and recreation activities on Sunday mornings. Our reason for being a faith community is to be a place where all people can belong, bring their humanity and share with one another gifts and talents in hope and love. In the past we have focused on faith so much. With evangelical movements, churches focused on “believing” or being “believers” first. What being a faith community on the other hand is more than emphasising whether we believe in Jesus Christ as our Lord and Saviour, but we balance faith as followers of Christ with being the visible sign of living hope for all those in darkness and live life where everyone learns to love, cry, and enjoy together.
A faith community as a light in this dark world is a place of faith, hope, and love.
Drummond Hill 3.0
A new faith community: Hot and Spicy
We are starting this new community discussion on Friday, June 24th at 5:30 pm. We are inviting as many younger people as possible to join us to think and imagine together what this community is going to be. “Hot and spicy!” of course in all manners of speaking.
Just to punctuate the difference between those who have always been here and those who will be part of this new group, the very first thing they will experience is that this faith community is starting with the younger age group. We have struggled a lot about whether a faith community ought to welcome all age groups. At this stage, especially as we begin, things we will actively do are mostly for people of younger ages. For now, many activities will be focused on ways to love one another by participating in outreach activities as part of who we are. These activities will be hands-on.
For example, one community of faith adopted a road and twice a year, this group went out to pick up roadside garbage that had been dumped there by drivers. Another group went out to help with Habitat for Humanity in restoring buildings. Serving others in local communities became expressions of their faith in Christ.
Initially this group will build a foundation to start a new faith community throughout 2022. Our hope is that we will be ready to invite many others to join during the Christmas season and based on the interest shown we may launch a new faith community by the early part of 2023 as an exciting and vibrant faith community.
New Direction: A congregational meeting, June 26
Many questions are raised. Some good ones. We will share one email in particular. In the meantime, the voting will take place for the motion: That the congregation of Drummond Hill approve the decision to downsize in order to ensure the future of the congregation.
Again, the motion speaks simply of everyone to consider downsizing. As you can see, many questions about the process are being. During the session meeting, a question was raised regarding the possibility of amendments to the motion. To make things so that everyone can participate, the plan is to allow for those are not able to be present on Sunday, June 26, to be able to vote after the congregational meeting so that they will vote on the same motion (if amended, then those who are voting online will vote on the amended motion) once. The online voting (email voting is also allowed) instructions will be sent out early. The motion to vote will be online after 3 pm on Sunday. Everyone can vote until midnight Tuesday, June 28. (email voting will also be closed at midnight Tue. June 28)
Here’s Brian’s response for you to consider.
I am not able to be at the meeting on the 26th so I am providing my comments for consideration.
I am not opposed to downsizing however I have trouble voting in favour without knowing more details.
I am concerned about where the funds will come from to demolish part of the structure. Would It be more economical to shut down this part by discontinuing the heat, water etc and in essence closing this portion of the building. The engineer you hire should be able to provide this information. If we were no longer paying for this portion of the building our costs would decrease. How much? An estimate could be made.
It shows that costs in Phase 1 would include bids for the separation of the buildings, but only in Phase 2 it refers to the removal of the manse. I would think the manse removal would be done at the same time to save costs. If as I understand it the manse does not provide a net revenue for the church , then it should be considered to be removed, regardless of any other changes.
I would like to see the engineers report including estimates before going out for bids and also the plans for financing what ever their proposal may be. Otherwise the congregation would only be voting in 1 direction instead of looking at options.
As far as phase 3 is concerned, once again where is the money coming from to build a new building? Would all of the money being spent to demolish and build not be better utilized to upgrade or maintain what we have. The engineers report should give us a better way to look at this.
After receiving the above information a meeting of the congregation could be held probably late this fall to decide on the proposals for the future.
Tea Tasting is postponed for a week.
Due to conflict with Group 7’s gathering on Thursday, June 23, and because we are trying to get ready for the Memorial Service for Doris Race on Friday, June 24 at 11 am, we are postponing Tea Tasting for a week. It will take place on Thursday, June 30 at 1:30 pm. Please mark the changes. Come and join us on Thursday, June 30.
and what is heard comes through the word of Christ.