2019 AGM

2019 AGM

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 13th.

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.


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.


Leadership Team Nominations

Our nomination committee is appointed by the board and has representation from staff, board and community. This committee will receive nominations, vet nominees, and interview candidates for the position(s) based on the specific needs of the board in any given year. The nomination Committee is tasked with ensuring that the board:

a. maintains a gender balance
b. is representative of the community’s diversity of ages, orientations, ethnicities, etc.
c. has a member with appropriate financial background to the scale of the organization
d. has a member with appropriate board experience
e. has a member with relevant charity/non-profit experience where possible
f. has a member with HR experience where possible

There are also spiritual requirements of board members are these are described in the Leadership Team Qualifications section of the Constitution and By-Laws (see pg. 21-22).

There is one seat on the board that will be filed at the AGM this year and any member of Commons Church may nominate another member for consideration. To nominate someone for consideration please use the form below.


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.

Documents:
2018 AGM Minutes (posted Jan 4, 2019)
2019 AGM Agenda (posted Jan 17, 2019)
2019 Board Nominees (coming soon)
2018 Staff Reports (posted Jan 31, 2019)
2019 Proposed Budget (posted Jan 17, 2019)
2018 Donor Report (posted Dec 15, 2018)
2018 Financial Statements (coming soon)
Constitution and By-Laws (posted Jan 4, 2019)

AGM Package (coming soon)

Holiday Service Schedule

Holiday Service Schedule

A busy few days coming up for all of us. Hopefully, we will see you over the Christmas week. Below are all of the service times over the Holidays.


Sunday December 23

Inglewood 1030AM
Kensington 9AM | 1030AM | 12PM | 7PM

Christmas Eve December 24

Kensington
130PM | 3PM | 430PM | 6PM | 8PM

Sunday December 30

Inglewood 1030AM
Kensington 9AM | 1030AM | 12PM | 7PM


New Series: FRIENDSHIP begins Jan 6, 2019

2018 Advent Campaign Details

2018 Advent Campaign Details

Every year during Advent we attempt to take some of the generosity that’s inspired by Christmas and point it at those we can help in meaningful ways. This year we hope to raise $50,000 to invest in four specific projects, and we want to give you some information about each of them.

1. Louise Dean School

Louise Dean is a unique expression in the city. It’s the only school in the city that’s work as a partnership between the Calgary Board of Education and the Uplift Foundation which is part of Catholic Family Services. CBE does the education and CFS provides the social supports for young moms who are finishing they High School education.

There are nursery services at the school. There are food services at the school. There are social supports at the school, and there is incredible education happening through the school at the same time.

We have been involved over the last few years supporting crisis needs. Last Advent we raised funds that provided a year's worth of pharmacy gift cards to ensure that these more could access prescription drugs for themselves and their children.

This year an elegant opportunity has emerged. Louise Dean lost a significant donor and at the same time a donor here came forward to suggest a plan. We have made a $40,000 commitment to Louise Dean that will provide the existing gift cards we have done over the last few years, will add to that 1000 hot meals per year for students who need access to food, and create a new four year scholarship for a student that excels in her studies despite coming our a situation that would otherwise limit her post-secondary options.

Now what’s amazing is that someone in the community already donated half of that $40,000 before we even started the Advent campaign. That donation will provide the base for this Commons Scholarship that we hope will become a permanent fixture at Louise Dean as Commons pours into it.

One of the wonderful things about this partnership is that Louise Dean is literally across the street from us. In fact, most us probably park on their property regularly when we come to church. And so for us to give back directly to our neighbours, this is a beautiful expression of the Christian ethic and the Christmas spirit.

2. Local Partners

In Kensington, we are investing in Aurora on the Park where your generosity enables a First Nations Elder to regularly meet with and support the tenants of that accessible housing complex near us.

Through Highbanks Society we are helping to provide specialized programming to young moms raising their children on their own.

We are assisting Made by Momma to provide wholesome nourishment to mothers and young children facing adversity in our neighbourhood.

And we are providing the resources for the Fresh Food Basket at Hillhurst Community Association to meet the needs of families through the winter months when the program is stretched to capacity.

All of these organizations are existing partners, and we continue to be blown away by the work they do to create a stronger more vibrant Kensington

But this year we are also investing in Inglewood. Commons is providing new resources to Carya and the YWCA who are working to support families in the neighbourhood, particularly women exposed to domestic violence and the elderly suffering from abuse or isolation and depression. And we are excited about how we can lean into these partnerships

That said, one of the critical things is understanding why we partner with local agencies. Why don’t we do these things ourselves?

And really it comes down to expertise. Rather than bringing every project in-house, we can multiply the effectiveness of our generosity by coming alongside those who already know more than us, already have more experience than us, and can teach us about the types of justice work we want to participate in across the city.

3. Refugee Resettlement

In the past three years, Commons has become deeply invested in the well being of the truly most vulnerable in our world.

In 2015 we responded to the crisis in Syria by bringing our first family to Canada, and over the past three years, it has been incredible to see the Al Hador family arrive, and struggle, and learn, and work to get their feet under them here in Canada. We are so thankful for the progress they have made and are excited to say that the family is planning to apply for Canadian citizenship in the coming year.

Since then we have been involved with a number of different families, both ones we have sponsored directly and families that have needed support upon arriving in Canada, and frankly, it’s been hard at times.

The cultural and language and sensitivity issues have been challenging to navigate, and relationships have been stretched thin but what has been remarkable has been the transformative effect those struggles have had not just on the families we support but on us.

In sticking with it, and not giving up, and continuing to invest and listen we have learned a lot over these past three years about helping — and about ourselves.

And this year we have a new and familiar challenge in front of us. Because so far the families we have sponsored have been Syrian. Our latest family is Eritrean, but they come from Sudan. And so we are learning about a new culture, and new history and we trust that we learn more about ourselves in this process as well.

Nagat and her four children arrived earlier this month, but our teams have already been at work for some time preparing and margin sure we were ready for their arrival.

Our work includes housing and expenses but it also includes documentation and education, and childcare and transportation and it is a considerable investment in both dollars and time that goes into making sure these families are given everything they need to establish themselves in a new world and culture here in Canada.

4. Benevolent Care

Finally, we are gathering the resources for the coming year of benevolent care that Commons does throughout the year.

Now it’s essential that we maintain the dignity and privacy of individuals within our community, but I do want to highlight some of the ways we as a community have been able to come alongside and support each other.

This year we were to help families at risk of eviction pay rent that ensured they remained in stable housing. We have been able to negotiate and pay for utility bills where disconnection was being threatened. We have been able to intervene and help where health issues have created short-term financial crisis for people for people here in this room.

At the same time, we’ve also been able to provide mental health support for those without benefits, we’ve had the resources to rent trucks and bring in volunteers to help people in vulnerable situations move, and we’ve been able to provide Christmas support for a significant number of families stretched thin at this time of year.

And all of this takes considerable effort, and investment not only write cheques but to hear stories, and to listen well, and to develop strategic plans as to how we can best intervene and support in appropriate ways.

The work that our teams do, not only to help but to honestly hear how we can help is extraordinary, and I’m very proud of the work that all of us do together.

Contribute

Our goal is to raise an additional $50,000 this Christmas on top of what we’ve been doing all year, and we are already about halfway there.

And so we to thank you for how you have already given and for considering how you can contribute to these projects this year.

Thank you for your continued generosity this Christmas. It is a beautiful expression of Christ in us.

2018 Donor Report

Our 2018 Donor Report is now live. Thanks to everyone who has contributed to the Commons Story this year in all kinds of different ways.

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