Church Council

The Council is the main governing body for Lakeview United Church. The Council oversees all church operations, planning initiatives and encourages new directions for ministry. Church Council primarily meets the third Wednesday of each month. The term of Council runs from July 01 to June 30 of each year.

The Council members for the 2018 -2019 church year are:

Chair: Daryl Sedor

Past Chair: Nancy Gillean

Secretary:  Carolyn Bosch

Treasurer: Paige Martin

Lay Presbyter: DaRyl Sedor

Ministry & Personnel: Fiona Hayes

Faith Formation & Worship: Chair position currently unfilled

Fellowship, Caring and Welcoming: Sue Spratt, Lorna Flack

Finances & Facilities: Chair position currently unfilled

Reaching Out: Lesley Sedor

Rejuvenation Task Force: Wayne Gordanier

Committee Purpose Statements

Ministry & Personnel: 

Purpose: To advise and support council, its committees, and the congregation to ensure good employment practices by the congregation with its ministry personnel and lay staff, following the M&P Handbook of the United Church of Canada.

Members of the Committee: A Chairperson, and at least two other members with relevant expertise. Neither ministry personnel, nor lay staff shall be members of the committee.

Duties of the Committee: To advise and consult staff, committees and council in establishing position descriptions, and monitor compliance with terms of employment for each employee by the church; to establish and monitor routine procedures for monitoring staff time; to monitor arrangements made by committees and council for relief staffing, paid or volunteer, when staff take time off ; to advise committees and staff as they establish goals and objectives, and to encourage regular reporting to committees by staff of progress and challenges. Annually in May and June of each year: to coordinate a performance review for each staff person, soliciting feedback from colleagues and volunteers with whom they work. Annually in December and January: to participate in budgeting for the coming fiscal and calendar year, regarding salaries and benefits for paid staff, and budget for relief staff ; to inform committees and council before any decisions to open, change, or terminate employment, to maintain required good employment practices, including regular updating of position descriptions; to maintain confidential and secure personnel records for all employees, accessible only to M&P members, and upon request, to the employee; to liaise with staff and committee representatives to advise and consult in developing and monitoring goals and objectives for staff.

Current Members of the Committee:

Chair Fiona Hayes Members at Large Peggy Gibennus, Jocelyn Barton

Faith Formation & Worship: 

Purpose: To support the spiritual growth of the congregation through worship, music, and education for all ages. Included in the responsibilities of the Committee shall be those of a Christian Education Committee as defined by the Manual. The Committee will provide supervision and accountability for music staff.

Members of the Committee: A convener, a council liaison, plus one to three co-ordinators for specific task groups ( the minister is a corresponding member of the committee ).

Duties : To create a vision and a plan to accomplish the purpose of the committee, seek Council approval for the plan, and implement the plan by allocating specific tasks to individuals or task groups; manage the Committee’s approved budget and propose a budget for the next church year; to provide support for the task groups; to coordinate the volunteer and paid staff of this area of ministry.

Specific Tasks: Faith Development: To provide opportunities for adults to grow in their faith (such as Bible study, Lenten study); to provide opportunities for children and youth to grow in their faith (such as Confirmation, Sunday school, Sunday youth discussion group, Scouts); to provide resources for all ages to assist their faith journey (such as Library, REEL Theology), and to provide oversight of the nursery staff. Music and Worship: To collaborate with the ministerial staff, to identify and establish practices for the sacraments (such as Communion, Baptism, Weddings), to collaborate with the Minister and Music Director; to plan and coordinate worship services, offering a variety of musical styles and opportunities for members of the congregation to participate; to collaborate with the Minister and the Music Director to meet the worship needs of the congregation within the approved budget; to oversee provision of the support roles required for Sunday Worship Services (such as Sanctuary preparation, readings and prayers, ushering, sound system); to provide support for the librarian and music librarian; to maintain a list of pulpit supply personnel and arrange for pulpit supply during ministarial study leaves, holidays, illnesses, and absences.

Current Members of the Committee:

Chair Vacant Members at Large Gwen Jamieson, Barb Spence, Marie Taylor Reader & Communion Coordinator Heather Mayers Librarians Lesley Sedor, Sandy Browning

Fellowship, Caring and Welcoming: 

Purpose: To care for the congregation through initiatives of pastoral care, support groups, family ministry, welcome of newcomers. The Committee will promote fellowship among the members and participants in the ministries, including communication among the congregation.

Members of the Committee: A convener, a council liaison, and one to three co-ordinators for specific task groups ( the minister is a corresponding member of the committee ).

Duties of the Committee: To create a vision and a plan to accomplish the purpose of the committee; to seek Council approval for the plan, and implement the plan by allocating specific tasks to individuals or task groups; to manage the Committee’s approved budget, and propose a budget for the next church year; to provide support for the task groups, and to co-ordinate the volunteer and paid staff of this area of ministry.

Specific tasks: Pastoral Care: To provide care and support for members of the LUC congregation and community (such as hospital and shut-in visitations, weddings, funeral and memorial service receptions, casseroles, transportation, prayer chain, cards ministries, Nursing Home teas) Fellowship: To offer a warm welcome to Sunday worship services (such as greeters, visitor packages); to provide fellowship opportunities for Sunday worship and special events (such as coffee time, soup Sundays, dinners, potlucks, garage sale, car rally, karaoke ), to provide fellowship opportunities through groups (such as Friendship Circle); to welcome newcomers (for example, with welcome packages); to maintain the Membership Roll and ensure that the list of members and adherents is maintained.

Current Members of the Committee:

Council Liaison Lorna Flack Coordinator Sue Spratt

Finances & Facilities: 

Purpose: To support the administration of the financial and building operations of the congregation, to ensure that material resources entrusted to the church are directed to serve its religious and charitable purposes. Included in the responsibilities of the Committee are those of a Stewardship Committee as defined by the Manual. The Treasurer shall be a corresponding member of the committee, and the Committee shall provide supervision and accountability for administrative and building staff.

Members of the Committee: A convener, a council liaison, and one to three co-ordinators for specific task groups ( the minister is a member of the committee ).

Duties of the Committee: To create a vision and a plan to accomplish the purpose of the committee, seek Council approval for the plan, and implement the plan by allocating specific tasks to individuals or task groups; to manage the Committee’s approved budget, and propose a budget for the next church year; to provide support for the task groups and co-ordinate the volunteer and paid staff of this area of ministry.

Specific tasks: Financial management: Solicit, receive and allocate funds in the best interests of the congregation and consistent with the LUC mission statement; promote congregational awareness of LUC financial needs; encourage people to give time, talents, and money to LUC and the UC Mission & Service; forecast revenues and expenditures; create an annual budget which reflects LUC priorities and available resources, and seek congregational approval for the annual budget; create procedures to receive, record, safeguard and report all revenue received by LUC; create procedures to disburse funds as authorized by Council and to record and report all disbursements; comply with the procedures outlined in the Financial Manual of the UCC; monitor routinely to ensure that all procedures are followed; and liaise with Trustees. Facilities management: Ensure that the LUC building, property and equipment are in clean, safe, accessible and hospitable condition; co-ordinate professional and volunteer property care; create LUC property maintenance and renovation plans and implement the plans approved by Council; manage the allocated property budget; create and monitor policies and procedures for the LUC space use; and create and monitor health and safety practices. Administration management: Ensure that the office management serves LUC needs; collaborate with the Office Administrator to meet the office administration needs of the congregation within the approved budget; oversee the management of office infrastructure (plan, monitor, repair, replace the phones, computer equipment, supplies); oversee management of meeting records and archives.

Current Members of the Committee:

Chair Vacant Council Liasison Nancy Gillean Facility Bookings Marlene Villiger Counting Coordinator Ted Prince ADP Payroll Shelly Logan Gordanier

Reaching Out: 

Purpose: Responsible for community service, mission outreach through financial and volunteer participation in work  beyond the  congregation. The Committee shall promote the Mission and Service Fund of the United Church, and be responsible for communication from and to the wider community to promote partnerships and networks of complementary missions. 

Members of the Committee: A convener, a council liaison, and one to three co-ordinators for specific task groups. ( the minister is a corresponding member of the committee. )

Duties of the Committee: To create a vision and a plan to accomplish the purpose of the committee, seek Council approval for the plan, and implement the plan by allocating specific tasks to individuals or task groups; manage the Committee’s approved budget and propose a budget for the next church year; provide support for the task groups; and co-ordinate the volunteer and paid staff of this area of ministry.

Specific tasks: To educate the congregation about the work of the M&S Fund; to educate the congregation about local & global needs (such as minutes for mission, bulletin board displays, speakers); to organize opportunities for the congregation to do "hands on" outreach (such as the food bank, sandwich making ); to make the congregation aware of local church needs (such as Campus ministry, Camp Kasota, ministry students); to develop appropriate strategies to raise funds and promote programs that will address social concerns (such as Neighbourlink baby shower, Acadia Place, garage sale); to provide the congregation with regular feedback and information (keep people aware of what their gifts are doing); to set guidelines as to the number and type of appeals happening at any given time; to allocate congregational donations, following guidelines established by the committee; to consult with the treasurer about funds available for allocation; and to communicate LUC ministries to the wider community (such as website, social media, print media, signage).

Current Members of this Committee : Chair             Lesley Sedor Local Initiatives          Janet Layton Ministry & Service      Raj Retnanandan Website Coordinator   Shelly Logan Gordanier

Outreach at Lakeview United Church will support organizations which: 1. Provide a basic need in our city or community such as food, shelter and/or safety

2. Will be empowered by the funds and the funds will “make a difference” or “help give a start”

3. Do not receive significant mainstream funding.

4. Which provide regular feedback and information.

5. Are in agreement with our Christian ethics.

Using the criteria outlined, this committee has chosen to lend support to the following agencies in 2018 - 2019: Housing – the Calgary Homeless Association, Acadia Place, and Habitat for Humanity

Education – the Mustard Seed’s retraining program

Food – Inn From the Cold, Calgary Interfaith Foodbank, the Veteran's Foodbank

Ministry –  Foster Parents Plan, Camp Kasota, Camp Naramata, U of C Campus Ministry

World Emergencies and Disasters – South Sudan Famine and Drought Fund, ‘Small Change for Clean Water’ Africa, and others

Miscellaneous local initiatives – the ICU2 Unit

Rejuvenation Task Force:

Update: Since the Rejuvenating Task Force was formed in Nov, 2017 we have been successful in moving ahead with Phase 1 of rejuvenating and reinvigorating our church to meet the future. We have successfully searched for and hired a Communications Coordinator (Jim Ripley) to help us develop the tools we need to do this work. We have now developed a logo for the church that shows our church surging forward in time against the headwinds of change and intransigence. We then developed a pamphlet that clearly shows how active and committed our church is to global needs, as well as the needs within our church and local community. We have also finished a banner on the outside of the church that invites people inside so we can share their spiritual journey. Congratulations to all for these accomplishments.

With our mission in mind we now have to move ahead with Phase 2 of the rejuvenating and invigorating process. Phase 2 of this process involves the search for a direction our church can strive toward and identify with. To do this we have to look outside the church to see what other churches have done in addressing this, as well as getting insight and direction from our own congregation as to where they want to go.

Duties: The duties of the Chair and Co-chair are to present progress reports of the task force ongoing work to the monthly LUC Council Meetings. They table any requests of the task force to the Council for their input and approval. Members meet regularly to forward the work of the task force. Members at Large provide insight, oversight and experience into the topics at hand.

Current Members of the Task Force: Chair Wayne Gordanier Co-Chair Janet Layton Craig Cheffins, Jocelyn Barton Cheffins, Bill Penhale, Daryl Birnie, Rev. Jope Langejans

Members at Large Julie Prest, Bob Gibbenus, Daryl Sedor, Fiona Hayes