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From the Desk of the Chair
Council Updates
MARCH  2021

Salutations,

While writing this third newsletter instalment, it struck me both how long the past year - and how abbreviated winter - felt to me.  I've always loved spring, but this year I've enjoyed our "early spring" perhaps more than ever before.  I don't know if my sense for the people around me is heightened due to pandemic-related social restrictions, my age, or my role as a parent, but I've noticed that I notice people more now.

Just yesterday, while out for a quick walk with the kids, I was amazed by how many likewise folks were out on a stroll, or sitting on their front porch or back deck, or knee-deep in yardwork or gardening.  The best part?  Even a perfunctory exchange of "hi"s or "good afternoon"s or simple nods to passersby felt warm and joyful - a rare feeling for me in public settings of late.

**A note to those of you who cannot necessarily get outside for these types of activities: I feel deeply for you today, and my prayer is that God's joy and hope finds you in meaningful ways as only it can.

At the risk of falling prey to recency bias, to sounding sappy or cliché, or to not reflecting everyone's feelings on this day, I have a renewed sense of optimism - both in my own life, and in the mission and community of the church.  I feel strongly that we are called to greatness - not necessarily in size or scope, but certainly in love and compassion.

Thank you for your faithfulness through the ups and the downs.  I don't know what the next chapter brings, but I am grateful to encounter it with each of you; joy, sadness and all.

Thank you to all who were present for the Annual General Meeting in late February.  Council asked me to emphasize how great it was to see so many people in attendance, and how appreciative we were of your patience, respectfulness and courage to share your thoughts.

The Minutes for the Annual General Meeting are complete.  They are available here:
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING MINUTES  2021.02.28

We now have 8 out of 10 councilmembers confirmed for this term.  Thank you to Jo-Ann Pols for committing to return for another year and retain her role as Secretary.

The Online Auction which will take place soon!

Please follow the "Unity Lutheran Church Medicine Hat" page on Facebook for updates.

Or, you may contact Crystal with specific questions.

At our most recent Council Meeting, we approved the Minutes of the previous Meeting (February 24, 2021).

You can access those Minutes here:
COUNCIL MINUTES  2021.02.24
One topic that came up at the Annual General Meeting was financial updates, and how Council could communicate them more effectively with you, the congregation.

This is our first attempt to accomplish that goal:
UNITY FINANCIAL TRACKER  2021.03.17

*special thanks to Al Pols for putting this spreadsheet together!
That's all I have for now.

As always, if you have a suggestion or inquiry regarding Unity Council, it would be great to hear from you.

I can be reached at:
        mhtigers@gmail.com
        403.308.0243


Peace be with you,

       Dawson
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