2018 Q3 Financial Update

2018 Q3 Financial Update

We want to thank everyone for your continued support of the church. The majority of our funding comes through automatic giving. You can find details on our DONATE page and you can set and manage your donor profile anytime at the link below.

Attendance

Monthly median

Donations

YTD Cumulative Donations $737,548

Expenses

YTD Cumulative Expense $748,314 (includes expenses not yet capitalized)

Update: Hands at Work - Nov 2018

Update: Hands at Work - Nov 2018

In our North American culture , we can become very focused on tasks and to-do lists. What we accomplish can become where we place our value and priority. My recent trip to Zambia reminded me of the importance of building healthy relationships. Our focus was not on completing physical tasks but on encouraging the Care Workers. As a team, we learned the immeasurable value of just being present with someone. We listened to their stories, shared some of your own, read God’s Word together, laughed and cried and prayed together. It was beautiful work that is difficult to measure except for the smiles, hugs and words of gratitude for the time spent in community.

This is the hard work of building community that the Care Workers continue with the support of Hands at Work. Despite very challenging circumstances, there has been reconciliation and increased unification between the Care Workers in Kalende over the past year. Praise God! Would you continue to pray for them as they meet together, support each other and care for the children in Kalende? Would you consider being a part of the Spring 2018 Commons Team, as we work to show our support and partnership with this community by being present? George Snyman and Marc and Michelle Damour will be sharing more about the work Hands is doing in Zambia on Nov 30th at 6:30pm at Kensington Commons Church. Let’s show our support by being present as they discuss their work with the vulnerable in Africa. For a more detailed update on Kalende, check out the attached community report!

–Darlene Wall

Hands at Work also provides us with a quarterly update on what has been happening in this community. Read it at the link below and consider how you can support. 


2018 Q2 Financial Update

2018 Q2 Financial Update

We want to thank everyone for your continued support of the church. The majority of our funding comes through automatic giving either by Credit or Debit Card. You can find details on our DONATE page and you can set and manage your donor profile anytime at the link below.

Attendance

monthly median

Donations

YTD Cumulative Donations $482 529

Expenses

YTD Cumulative Expense $508 708* including capital expenses

Update: Hands at Work

Update: Hands at Work

"I continue to be touched and inspired by the care workers in Kalende, specifically their dependence on each other and Jesus to face the many challenges that the community faces. I am quite moved by many things, but in particular Frederick (who leads the care workers) and his passion for the well-being of the Community.  My heart swelled when after some intentional time discussing with the men and boys about integrity, and getting to know each other deeply, Frederick commented that "we stand together." This was not in reference to our team alone, but to the Commons community as a whole. They were curious about our church and in the end affectionately wished to call their group Kalende Commons." 

- Chris Meloche visited Kalende with the Commons Church team last month

Hands at Work also provides us with a quarterly update on what has been happening in this community. Read it at the link below and consider how you can support. 


2018 Q1 Financial Update

2018 Q1 Financial Update

We want to thank everyone for your continued support of the church. The majority of our funding comes through automatic giving either by Credit or Debit Card. You can find details on our DONATE page and you can always log in and change your donor profile or automatic donations here.

Attendance

monthly median

Donations

YTD Cumulative Donations $252 864

Expenses

YTD Cumulative Expense $279 010

note: that Q1 expenses include capital expenses for new gym movable wall being installed in May 2018 and for the final capital purchases for the launch of our Inglewood Parish.

Care Canada: 6 Month Update

Care Canada: 6 Month Update

During our advent campaign, we raised and sent $10,000 to help support Care Canada in their efforts to respond to the humanitarian crisis in Myanmar affecting the Rohingya peoples. 

Care has provided us with a 6-month report on their efforts.

Since August 670,000 people from Myanmar have crossed into Bangladesh fleeing violence in the northern Rakhine state. This exodus is one of the fastest growing refugee crisis in the world with an estimated 880,000 refugees now in the Cox's Bazar refugee settlement. 

Update: Hands at Work

Update: Hands at Work

We are so thankful for our relationship with Hands at Work and the privilege to participate in the amazing work that they are doing. Commons Church is invested in a long term relationship with the community of Kalende Zambia providing resources to community leaders as they care for orphans and vulnerable children.

We are also sending a team back to Kalende in April 2018. If you're interested in supporting the team you can use the button below.

Hands at Work also provides us with a quarterly update on what has been happening in this community. Read it at the link below and consider how you can support. 


 

Kalende Report

Lydia* is named after her grandmother. The two have lived together, alone, since Lydia was a young baby. After her mother’s death, Lydia’s father abandoned her; going to marry another woman in another province. Growing up, Lydia’s grandmother has been the only family Lydia has known. Life has never been easy, but it is becoming increasingly more dif cult for the grandmother to care for Lydia and herself as she gets older, is a widow and has no other family members to support her... 

 

2018 AGM

2018 AGM

Along with a new year comes a little housekeeping because the new year begins a new cycle in our governance as a community. We have an incredible board that is elected by the members of the community to represent and guide us but part of the new year is preparing for our annual general meeting which has been scheduled for Wednesday March 7th.

When we gather that evening we will present the financial reports and the budget for the coming year and we will also be electing some new people to represent us on the board.

The AGM is open to anyone from the community, all are welcome to come and participate in the discussions. However, voting on decisions and leadership is reserved for members.

If you’re not a member and would like to be, we have two membership classes coming up before the AGM. They happen on the last Sunday of every month and you can sign up for a class online.


BOARD NOMINATIONS

The nomination committee would like to thank the community for nominating a diverse group of candidates. The nominees for the Board that will be presented to the community on March 7 are available in the documents below. 


MEMBERSHIP ACTIVATION

This is something that members need to do every year and is part of how we ensure our membership roll is kept up to date annually. If you are a member then all you need to do is sign beside your name on the membership list, which will be on the connection centre desk every Sunday until the AGM, or simply fill out this handy form.


AGM DOCUMENTS
The relevant documents will be posted here for review before the meeting. Once everything has been posted all of the documents will be posted as a single PDF for review.

Posted Documents:
2018 AGM Agenda (posted Feb 5, 2018)
2018 Board Nominees (posted Feb 26, 2018)
2017 Staff Reports (posted Feb 5, 2018)
2018 Proposed Budget (posted Feb 1, 2018)
2017 Meeting Minutes (posted Mar 9, 2017)
2017 Donor Report (posted Dec 15, 2017)
2016 Audit Report (posted Jun 14, 2017)
2017 Financial Statements (posted Feb 27, 2018)
Proposed Constitution and By-Laws (posted Feb 5, 2018)

AGM Package (all documents in a single PDF)


THANK YOU

Our sincere thanks to everyone who was able to participate in this year's AGM. The minutes from the meeting are posted below for review.

2018 AGM Minutes

2017 Q3 Financial Update

2017 Q3 Financial Update

We want to thank everyone for your continued support of the church. The majority of our funding comes through automatic giving. You can find details on our DONATE page and you can set and manage your donor profile anytime at the link below.

Attendance

Monthly median

Donations

YTD Cumulative Donations $612 343

Expenses

YTD Cumulative Expense $635 229 (Q3 expenses reflect the capital purchases for the Inglewood Parish launch)

Update: Hands at Work

Update: Hands at Work

We are so thankful for our relationship with Hands at Work and the privilege to participate in the amazing work that they are doing. Commons Church is invested in a long term relationship with the community of Kalende Zambia providing resources to community leaders as they care for orphans and vulnerable children.

We are also currently in the planning stages to send a team back to Kalende in summer 2018. If you're interested in participating head over to www.commons.life and click on the "Africa" tab.

Hands at Work provides us with a quarterly update on what has been happening in this community. Read it at the link below and consider how you can support. 

Also, mark your calendar because George Snyman, founder of Hands at Work will be with us on October 29 teaching at all four services. 

Volunteer Appreciation

Volunteer Appreciation

We are so grateful for the hundreds of volunteers that make Commons the incrizbdle community it is. Before we rush into the new fall season we want to invite all of our volunteers to a special thank you dinner on Wednesday September 6. 

You can find all the details and RSVP here.

2017 Q2 Financial Update

2017 Q2 Financial Update

We want to thank everyone for your continued support of the church. The majority of our funding comes through automatic giving either by Credit or Debit Card. You can find details on our DONATE page and you can set and manage your donor profile anytime at the link below.

Attendance

monthly median

Donations

YTD Cumulative Donations $399 459

Expenses

YTD Cumulative Expense $367 057

Stampede Thanks

Stampede Thanks

Thanks to everyone who came out to our annual Stampede Breakfast. It was a great event. Together we served 3200 sausages and 2900 pancakes to 1700 of our neighbours. 

2016 Audit

2016 Audit

At the AGM this year we communicate that we had contracted Kenway Mack Slusarchuk Stewart LLP as independent auditors of our financials at the church. They have completed their audit and provided the attached report. 

We are happy to confirm that in the opinion of the auditors, in all material respects, the financial position of Kensington Commons Church as at December 31, 2016, and the results of its operations and its cash flows for the year then ended in accordance with Canadian accounting standards for not-for-profit organizations.

We want to thank KMSS for that work in helping to affirm the confidence the community has placed in Commons and we want to thank everyone for your generosity to the church.

In related news we have also implemented a new giving platform that allows you to set up and manage your own recurring giving profile. If you've never set up recurring giving now is a great opportunity. You can even text the amount you want to give to 84321. If you already have recurring giving set up you don't need to change anything but if you'd like to migrate to the new system you can email donate@commons.church

2017 Q1 Financial Update

2017 Q1 Financial Update

We want to thank everyone for your continued support of the church. The majority of our funding comes through automatic giving either by Credit or Debit Card. You can find details on our DONATE page and you can always change your donor profile anytime by emailing donate@commons.church

Attendance

monthly median

Donations

YTD Cumulative Donations $180 034

Expenses

YTD Cumulative Expense $178 279

Update from IJM

Update from IJM

Commons supports the IJM field office in Thailand that provides citizenship access to marginalized people groups.

Citizenship is perhaps the most basic protection humans have developed. Without it, no country has to defend you. No hospital has to care for you. No school has to educate you. No employer has to properly pay you. If you are wronged, there is no recourse. If your child is harmed, there is no justice. The UN says that not having citizenship is the single greatest factor making a girl or woman vulnerable to exploitation like sex trafficking.

Below is a quick prayer update and report from Thailand. Please read through and continue to pray for those who live and work in Thailand. 

Thank you for continuing to support us in prayer.

Praise God had 913 children received citizenship yesterday! Government officials are frequently overwhelmed by the amount of work they have, and as a result, reviewing applications for citizenship is often not a priority. This province had not processed any applications for more than three years before the Governor invited IJM to help check and process applications. Praise God that these children can now live in freedom in their homeland!
 
IJM Chiang Mai has recently hired a new investigator. Praise God for this individual and pray that they would work well with the child sexual assault team and would be a blessing to the office and the children of Northern Thailand.
 
When children who have been abused are required to testify about their abuse, this can be emotionally challenging and risks slowing the process of healing from their abuse. Thank God that a suspect confessed to his crimes at a preliminary hearing this week, and that as a result, the survivor will not have to testify.
 
Last month, the Royal Thai Government radically extended eligibility for citizenship and simplified the process of granting citizenship to eligible applicants. Thank God for this change! Ask God to grant wisdom and discernment to our citizenship rights abuse staff as they seek to partner with local government officials to enforce this new law.

In Christ
IJM Thailand

Lenten Reader

Lenten Reader

The Lenten Reader has become an annual publication of the Evangelical Covenant Church of Canada (ECCC). This year's is the fifth iteration. Contributions for the Lenten Reader come from all over the country including our own Bobbi Salkeld.

The Psalms are our text for this Lenten Reader. In particular, we are following a rhythm of orientation, disorientation, and re-orientation. This way of categorizing the Psalms comes from the biblical scholar, Walter Brueggemann. He asserts that each Psalm falls into one of these three categories. As the prayer book of the Israelites, it makes sense that the Psalms would cover all experiences of our lives: times of orientation (feeling se- cure and close to God), disorientation (feeling lost and far from God), and re-orientation (returning to security and closeness to God).

There is one devotional for each day of Lent. There are no entries on Sundays as Sundays are not included in the forty days of Lent. Instead there are works of art to help you meditate and pray.

Feel free to download and use this text as a guide for your reflections this Lent.

Update: Hands at Work

Update: Hands at Work

We are so thankful for our relationship with Hands at Work and the privilege to participate in the amazing work that they are doing. Commons Church is invested in a long term relationship with the community of Kalende Zambia providing resources to community leaders as they care for orphans and vulnerable children. We are currently in the planning stages to send a team back to Kalende this coming summer. If you're interested in participating email us right away at global@commons.church

Hands at Work provides us with a quarterly update on what has been happening in this community. Read it at the link below and consider how you can support. 

Job Posting: Kids Support Worker

Job Posting: Kids Support Worker

As our kids ministry continues to grow, now teaching over 100 kids on a normal Sunday, we are looking to add to our team.

Duties include:

  • Helping with parent/child Check-Ins on the computer downstairs
  • Set up and cleaning of classrooms before and after each morning service
  • Supporting the Childrens Pastor as needed

We are looking for someone who is friendly and approachable and enjoys being with our kids and their parents. You will be one of the "welcoming faces" that they see each week. When needed you would be open to filling in for any of our rooms, which includes Nursery through Grade 6.

Hours: Sundays from 8:30AM - 1:30PM

To apply please email your resume to jeanne@commons.church 

2017 AGM

2017 AGM

UPDATE

We want to thank the community for your participation in the AGM. We also want to congratulate Justin du Plessix on his election to a second term, and welcome Thioni Schafer and Jessy Roos to their first terms on the board. Finally a huge thank you to all those who allowed their names to stand for election and to those who have served faithfully in the pervious term. A community with such capable leaders willing to serve is truly blessed.

The minutes from the meeting have been posted below.

Minutes from the Annual General Meeting March 8, 2017


Along with a new year comes a little housekeeping because the new year begins a new cycle in our governance as a community. We have an incredible board that is elected by the members of the community to represent and guide us but part of the new year is preparing for our annual general meeting which has been scheduled for Wednesday March 8th.

When we gather that evening we will present the financial reports and the budget for the coming year and we will also be electing some new people to represent us on the board.

The AGM is open to anyone from the community, all are welcome to come and participate in the discussions. However, voting on decisions and leadership is reserved for members.

If you’re not a member and would like to be, we have two membership classes coming up before the AGM. They happen on the last Sunday of every month and you can sign up for a class online.

BOARD NOMINATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED

This year's board nominees have been posted below. Thank you to everyone who nominated someone from the community and to all those who considered and allowed their names to stand for election.

MEMBERSHIP ACTIVATION

This is something that members need to do every year and is part of how we ensure our membership roll is kept up to date annually. If you are a member then all you need to do is sign beside your name on the membership list, which will be on the connection centre desk every Sunday until the AGM, or simply fill out this handy form.

AGM DOCUMENTS
We will post the relevant documents here for review before the meeting.

Posted Documents:
2017 Meeting Agenda
2016 Meeting Minutes
2017 Board Nominees
2016 Donor Report
2017 Proposed Budget 
2016 Staff Reports 
2016 Financial Document

AGM Packet (All the above documents in one PDF)

Constitution and By-Laws