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

2016 Advent Projects

2016 Advent Projects

We know we can do something incredible again this year so we’re inviting everyone to give up one Christmas present in order to donate $100 to our Advent Projects.

This year we hope to raise $40,000 to be split equally between:

(1) Child Sponsorships in Zambia
(2) Drought Relief in Africa
(3) Local Partner agencies affected by the downturn in Calgary, and
(4) Benevolence for those in need here our community.

You’ll hear more about each of these projects over the next four weeks. Consider marking “Advent Projects” on your donation.

Merry Christmas

Fourth Service starts Jan 8

Fourth Service starts Jan 8

On January 8th we will be launching a fourth Sunday service with new services times of 9AM, 10:30AM, 12:00PM and 7:00PM every Sunday.

This will create more room for more people to engage with the Jesus conversation at Commons but in order to make it work we're going to need even more volunteers. Particularly in our kids and connection teams. Email volunteer@commons.church if you think you can jump in.

We'd also like to ask everyone to consider whether the Noon service might work for you and your family. It could potentially be an awkward time but by moving to the Noon service you can help free up a seat for a visitor who might be exploring faith at one of our more established service times. 

2016 Q3 Financial Update

2016 Q3 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 $571 085

Expenses

YTD Cumulative Expense $527 797

Expense by Category

YTD by percent

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 recently had a team travelling to work alongside and learn from those leaders in July 2016.

Hands at Work has provided 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. 

Alberta Wildfire Update

Alberta Wildfire Update

Earlier this year northern Alberta was hit with devastating wildfires. our comunity responded quickly and just over $10,000 was raised to help with the relief efforts. Those funds were sent to the Red Cross who have just sent us an update on how the funds were used. We've attached that here for the community. Thanks for your generosity.

2016 Q2 Financial Update

2016 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 always change your donor profile anytime by emailing donate@commons.church

Attendance

monthly median

Donations

YTD Cumulative Donations $397 350

Expenses

YTD Cumulative Expense $324 205

Expenses by Category

YTD by percent

Thanks for an Amazing Stampede

Thanks for an Amazing Stampede

We wanted to say a huge thank you to the 124 volunteers who served 1740 guests this year at our annual Stampede Breakfast. What an amazing way to serve our neighbourhood. 

Team Zambia

Team Zambia

The team representing us in Zambia is leaving the country on CanadaDay! Keep them in your prayers for the next three weeks as they travel to Kalende to learn alongside the Care Workers from Hands at Work in Africa.

Hands at Work is an incredible organization working locally with local solutions and local leadership and we are so privileged that they invited us to come alongside them in what they do.

You can sponsor a child for $20/month and provide access to food, basic medical, and basic education or make a one time contribution to help offset the cost increases used by the ongoing drought in Sub-Saharan Africa. Simply add "Hands at Work" to the comment section when you donate.

Hands At Work posted this photo along with the following update: This week at Kachele Village in Zambia, the Kensington Common’s Church team from Calgary, Canada are running a kids camps for 20 children from Kalende Community. The theme for this weeks camp is Love Your Neighbor. Together the children, Care Workers, Youth Leaders and team will share and encourage one another. Playing games, doing crafts and sharing the word of God as they build relationships together. 

Hands At Work posted this photo along with the following update:

This week at Kachele Village in Zambia, the Kensington Common’s Church team from Calgary, Canada are running a kids camps for 20 children from Kalende Community. The theme for this weeks camp is Love Your Neighbor. Together the children, Care Workers, Youth Leaders and team will share and encourage one another. Playing games, doing crafts and sharing the word of God as they build relationships together.