Well, I cannot believe that fall is upon us. August 1st arrived here in Ontario and it immediately felt cooler, especially in the evenings. In spite of the chill, I am sure we will still have some beautiful, warm days to look forward to. Soon the fall colours will be magnificent, and I for one hope to get out and see them in their full glory.
The board has been extremely busy planning the upcoming AGM in Edmonton. The AGM packages have gone out to all our members so if you did not receive yours, please let us know and we hope any of you reading this newsletter that can attend, will. There are five positions to be filled, so if you have an interest in serving on the board, have someone nominate you.
Rev. Patti Tomczyk’ s term is up and she has decided not to run again. Rev. Patti has been a strong, and stable board member; be it with government rules and regulations, the timing of meetings or teaching courses, Patti has the ability to keep us on track. Thank you, Rev. Patti, for all you have done for the Spiritualist Church of Canada. You will be missed. Moving forward, I know you will always be a strong beacon for Spiritualism, however, you choose to serve Spirit.
Your board has accomplished much this year, of which I will discuss at the AGM. For those of you who cannot attend the members' meeting, I will post these accomplishments in our Winter Newsletter.
It has been a year filled with various challenges, but it is through the challenge that one grows. As a board, we strive to approach issues with love, light, and prayer and endeavour to make the right decisions for you, our members. Meeting these challenges has certainly helped us learn and grow as a board and especially myself as your President.
On an educational note, the SCC will be offering S301 Leadership as well as S302 roles of Pastor, Board Workers & Relevant Laws, in Calgary the week following the AGM. Check our website for course details, dates, and times.
Lastly, we are pleased to welcome The Open Door Sanctuary in Victoria, British Columbia to the SCC membership. If you are out in BC, drop in to see Rev. Simon James and Rev. Brian Robertson, they will be pleased to see you. Their website is www.firstspiritualists.com.
Rev. Brenda Ropp, President
"Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower." - Albert Camus
"Just before the death of flowers, and before they are buried in snow, There comes a festival season When nature is all aglow." - Author Unknown