June 25, 2013

TUESDAY, JUNE 25th, 2013 - "As I hurtled through space, one thought kept crossing my mind - every part of this rocket was supplied by the lowest bidder." John Glenn

IMPORTANT NOTICE: At the Congregational Meeting held on June 16th, 2013, our Treasurer, Julie Erickson brought us up to date on our budget. To May 31st, 2013, regular offerings and other contributions decreased 11% from 2012. Adjusting to a comparable number of Sundays, contributions decreased by 10%. Average Sunday offerings have decreased by 14% compared to last year. Contributions were 5% below budget.

Rental income of $28,810.00 was up 2% from last year but fell short of the budget by 7%. The budget included rate increases for the tenants that have not yet been implemented.

Contributions towards the Special Appeal from 2012 carried over into this year resulting in $3100 in income in the current year. Total income including the Special Appeal was 13% below budget for the first five months of the year, down 2% from 2012. Budgeted income included over $9,000 from fund raising activities.

Expenses to date were on budget. The budget is still considered to be a reasonable estimate of the expenditures for the year.

At the end of May we had a deficit of $5,397. The cumulative operating deficit is $8,763. The funds to cover the deficit have been borrowed from the Manse fund along with the excess cost of the sanctuary window replacement. The remaining balance in the manse fund is $14,450. This fund contained approximately $51,000. prior to borrowings covering operating deficits and the excess cost of the ramp, repairs to the roof and the sanctuary windows.

SUNDAY, JUNE 30th, 2013 - Join us for morning worship at 10:30 - Rev. Matt McKay leading. Please note that as of July 7th through August we will meet on Sunday at 10:00 am for our summer services.

THURSDAY, JUNE 27th, 2013 - 2:00 - 4:00 at Beaches Presbyterian Church - A Celebration of the life of our Sister in Christ, Arlene Scuka.

MISSION CAPSULES: Gifts to Presbyterians Sharing ... support short term volunteers with International Ministries. In January, Dr. Ian Persaud spent four weeks volunteering at Ekwendeni Hospital in Malawi. He assessed and treated patients, spent time in outpatient clinics and taught medical students on hospital rotations. He also offered teaching sessions to the physicians and clinical officers at the hospital. Ian shares, "I found it incredible to see what the healthcare workers were able to accomplish in spite of the many challenges they faced. It was incredible to play an active role in delivering healthcare in Ekwendeni, and to see firsthand the work being done in Malawi through the Presbyterian Church in Canada."

JULY 19th - 28th - Beaches Annual International Jazz Festival. (Streetfest - July 25th - 27th)

"GOOD OLD DAYS"

The next time you are washing your hands and complain because the water temperature isn't just how you like it, think about how things used to be. Here are some facts about the "Good Old Days".

They used to use urine to tan animal skins, so families used to all pee in a pot and then once a day it was taken and sold to the tannery ..... if you had to do this to survive you were "piss poor".

But worse than that were the really poor folk who couldn't afford to buy a pot .... they "didn't have a pot to piss in" and were the lowest of the low.

Most people got married in June because they took their yearly bath in May and they still smelled pretty good by June. However, since they were starting to smell ... Brides carried a bouquet of flowers to hid the body odour. Hence the custom today of carrying a bouquet when getting married.

Baths consisted of a big tub filled with hot water. The man of the house had the privilege of the nice clean water, then all the other sons and men, then the women and finally the children. Last of all the babies. By then the water was so dirty you could actually lose someone in it. Hence the saying, "don't throw the baby out with the bath water."

Have a good week - MB