Welcome everyone, I just wanted to say something about our little Wardens group this year. They were so amazing to work with this year. Bonnie, John K, and Peter were all excited at the prospect of pitching in and hosting a volunteer day… of course with our little roof mishap it took us a little longer than planned to get it done, But here we are!!! I hope everyone grabs something to eat and a drink while I take a few minutes to recognize our amazing volunteers here at St. Johns… and remember, It is National Hugging day, so feel free!
First of all, while I ask the hospitality team to raise their hands. This event wouldn’t be the same without your support and guidance…and offering to work the coffee maker is much appreciated! Please give the hospitality team a round of applause for all of their amazing efforts inside and out of the kitchen…even for their own thank you event. Cheers to you Hospitality Team!
Our little church truly does take a village to make our weekly Sundays happen. We think it is important that we spend a few minutes thanking all of the folks who work week in and week out to ensure that we have a welcoming space and organized service for all of our parish to enjoy:
- All of the volunteers who offer to read please raise your hands and any past or present greeters as well. Also those who offer to open and close the church, the chalice bearers, and the folks who now sit at the computer to change the slides; please raise your hands. Thank you to all of you who commit to making each service great, for keeping things running so smoothly (even when they aren’t) and for easing the burden on Wil and the Wardens.
- Could the choir please raise their hands. Thank you so much for adding your voice to our 10:30 service each and every week. Not to mention all of the extra time taken to provide music for special services like Christmas and Easter. [Thank…. You……] (Sung in my less than angelic voice)
- Children and Youth Ministry, could you please identify yourself by raising your hands. You folks are truly creative and exciting and it take a real special type of person to grow the faith in our little people. So from all of the little people… and their parents, Thanks a whole bunch!
- Finally, could the Chancel Guild and flower volunteers please raise your hands. You truly are the backbone of a special service. From the beautiful dedicated flowers, co-ordinating linens, and ensuring the proper readings are out. We really do appreciate all the small things you do for us each week. Here is to you, our amazing Chancel Guild!
Our little church also has many volunteers putting in hundreds of hours to keeping our building and grounds ship shape, and making sure that people all around the community know that we are here. So, with all of our hearts, let’s take some time to thank all of the folks who work tirelessly on our pretty (and leak free) church and spreading the joy and word to the community around us:
- First the Cemetery Board, the Property Chair, and Planning Committee please raise your hands….and let’s not forget those extras who tend to the plants, trees, and even those who help to dig the new graves. For all of the extra work you stepped up to this year, and for continuing to make St. John’s (in my opinion) the most beautiful and inviting church around. You are truly appreciated!
- Next, I would like recognize the Outreach committee, and volunteers who work with the community garden, please raise your hands. I truly feel blessed each time I drive by and see gardeners working away in our previous empty lot…. The work done for the come and mingle, buy a shingle event was an enormous success. Everything from Messy Church, Seniors Dinner, to Social Injustice, and all things in between… we thank you!
- Thursday Ladies, Bible Study, Scrabble Club, and Fundraiser organizers, please raise your hands. For keeping these groups quietly going for years on end and providing fellowship and fun in things like our Winter Bazaar, Paint Night, Vandermeer Gift Certificates, She Sings Concert, and the Greek Dinner night; we appreciate you!
- Finally, Can the Webmaster, Events Co-ordinator, and our amazing Office assistants please raise their hands…. And all those people who did some advertising and event management please also raise your hand. For communicating all our events to those near and far… for answering endless emails and phone calls, and for keeping it all straight and everyone informed, Thanks a bunch!
As for the rest of our behind the scenes volunteers, they’re pretty darned special too!! It takes a special group of people to keep our village in the black and in compliance so that everyone can continue doing what they love worry free. The Wardens and I are thankful that so many step forward year after year to ease the burden on Wil and Us, and are always up to the task to lend a hand when asked.
- To start our list, our Treasurer please raise your hand to be recognised. For by far the most paper shuffling and tracking down of people, and the person who affects the mood the most during our Wardens meetings. For all of the hard work you have done to ensure we use our money wisely, and keep our books in check for many….many….many….many….many years, thanks for being so awesome.
- Our Counters, envelope Secretary, Stewardship Chair, and those who complete Internal Auditing of books please raise your hand. Without you there would be no money (or Fundscript)! Thanks for making sure everything balances and everything is accounted for (even when it is character building). Also, most importantly giving us the feeling that we are giving of our gifts appropriately, and that they are in good hands week after week. Hats off to you!!
- Finally, our Vestry clerk, Parochial Tribunal, Screening Committee, and Lay members of synod please raise your hands. For representing your church in very important ways, to ensuring that we are in compliance and informed of new and upcoming information…. And all the little extras we know you do, you deserve a big thank you!