Nov 12 Newsletter

A Message from the Minister’s Messy Desk

While on holidays last week I read Hermann Hesse’s collection, Hymn To An Old Age. It is full of his candid poems, musings and short essays about growing older. It also includes excerpts from various letters to friends and colleagues. One such letter states, “Only when you grow old do you see the rarity of beauty, and what a wonder it really is when flowers bloom between factories and cannons, and poetry still lives between newspapers and stock market reports.” Hesse wrote this line in 1930 when he was still a young man of 58! I wouldn’t say that I am particularly “old” either but I know how important it is to spot and appreciate beauty in amongst either the ugly or tedious things of life. This has been a common theme throughout the pandemic too. It hasn’t always been easy but as I reflect on the last 9 months I think about all the opportunities we had to enjoy this island and get to know the congregation even better through phone calls, zoom meetings and emails. I’d love to hear from you about where you have seen or experienced beauty during this challenging time.

The session has decided that we will continue to provide in-person worship on Sunday mornings following the outlined protocols in the re-opening plan until there is an indication from the Island Health authority that the situation on the island is worsening to the point of needing more restrictions or at the discretion of the church leadership.

A reminder that you must register to attend. Registration opens every Wednesday morning and closes Friday at 11:30am.

****If you have internet access please use online registration:

To register for Sunday Nov 15 service CLICK HERE

If you do not have internet please register by phoning the office during office hours.  Wednesday/Thursday 9-11, Friday 9-12

A reminder that you can also listen to our service at 89.9FM in the church parking lot. Words to the hymns are provided below.

Thank you to the Finance Committee for this 3rd quarter update.

          CVPC 2020 FINANCIAL REPORT – 30 SEPTEMBER 2020

Income and Expenses                                                                                         January – September 2020

Giving for:                                            Actual            Budget

Support of our Church                           82,996.98        90,149.29

Presbyterian Sharing                                7,217.50          8,431.32


Total Giving                                            90,214.48       98,580.61


Total Income                                        107,536.53     111,359.44


Total Expense                                      103,641.18     120,087.50


Net Income                                               3,895.35        -8,728.06


Total Giving.  At the end of nine months in 2020 Congregational Total Giving was $8,366 (8.5%) less than budgeted.  The last three months of the nine were totally within the Covid-19 period which may have directly affected giving.  Presbyterian Sharing during the whole nine month period was $1214 (1.5%) less than budgeted.

Total Income Except for: a limited amount of rental income at the beginning of the year; some GIC interest in March and September; the withdrawal of some funds from the matured New Beginnings GIC; several grants from Presbytery including $10,000 in April; refunds from Presbytery and Synod for assessments paid earlier; and a further gift from an estate; our income this year has otherwise mainly depended on Congregational giving. Total income for the nine month period was $3,823 (3.4%) less than budgeted.

Total Expenses for the first nine months of 2020 were $16,446 (14%) less than budgeted which has helped our financial management during the limitations and challenges of Covid-19.  Funding for the Pastoral Care Assistant was provided half from Presbytery and half from the New Beginnings GIC.

Net Income at the end of September was a positive $3,895 compared to the budgeted deficit of     -$8,728.  It is important to note that the unplanned income noted above and reduced expenses because of the impact of Covid-19 protocols account for the positive net income position at the end of this nine month period.

 Summary. As in the previous Quarterly Report for the end of June, the net income for this September Quarterly Report is positive whereas the budget indicated a significant deficit. This good development is a result of the extraordinary income as noted above. Although Congregational giving for the nine months was less than budgeted that shortfall was more than offset by reduced expenses and the aforementioned unplanned income. We are grateful for the financial support of Presbytery and Synod. With continued strong congregational giving that moves closer to the amount budgeted for the last three months of 2020 we should end the year with a good positive net income for the year. Again, your Congregational giving is most important and much appreciated by all.

CVPC Finance Committee                                                                                 20 November 2020


500 Open my eyes, that I may see

Open my eyes, that I may see

glimpses of truth thou hast for me;

place in my hands the wonderful key

that shall unclasp and set me free.

Silently now I wait for thee,

ready, my God, thy will to see;

open my eyes: illumine me, Spirit divine!


Open my ears, that I may hear

voices of truth thou sendest clear,

and while the wave-notes fall on my ear,

everything false will disappear.

Silently now I wait for thee,

ready, my God, thy will to see;

open my ears: illumine me, Spirit divine!


Open my mouth, and let me bear

gladly the warm truth everywhere;

Open my heart, and let me prepare

love with thy children thus to share.

Silently now I wait for thee,

ready, my God, thy will to see;

open my heart: illumine me, Spirit divine!


645 Follow me, the Master said

Follow me, the Master said;

We will follow Jesus

By his word and Spirit led;

We will follow Jesus


Still for us he lives to plead,

At the throne will intercede,

Offers help in time of need

We will follow Jesus


Should the world and sin oppose;

We will follow Jesus.

He is greater than our foes;

We will follow Jesus.


One his promise we depend;

He will hear us and defend

Help keep us to the end

We will follow Jesus


Though the way may dark appear;

We will follow Jesus,

He will make our pathway clear;

We will follow Jesus.


In our daily round of care,

As we plead with God in prayer;

With the cross which we must bear,

We will follow Jesus


Ever keep that end in view;

We will follow Jesus.

All his promises are true:

We will follow Jesus.


When this earthly course is run,

And the Master says, “Well done!”

Life eternal we have won;

We will follow Jesus!