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About Me: 

I have served as Jubilee's Administrative Assistant for 23 years now - from the very beginning. My favourite part of my job is designing projection backgrounds. I have a real passion for the CRC, for worship and for the use of the arts in worship especially. I'm also a wife, mother of three children, one of whom has special needs, and wear many hats at this church, one of which is also Disability Advocate.

Interests: 

My church interests and passions revolve around the arts and media in worship. Outside of church, which is sometimes too small a part of my life, my interests are canoeing, camping and reading.

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Pulpit

We have a pulpit available to any church who would like it. It is fairly modern in design, made of white mellamine with oak edging. The sides are rounded and the front is cut out in the shape of a cross. It is fairly large and heavy, so not ideal for a location where it will be moved frequently, although we added pads to the bottom to make that somewhat easier. If interested, please email jfreg@jubileecrc.org . Our church is located in St. Catharines, Ontario.
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Eco-Palms

We've been having some discussions at our church about the type of palm branches we use for Palm Sunday. Likely unknown to many people, the harvesting of the palm branches bought in most florists shops come from very poor areas where the harvesters strip the trees down because they are paid for quantity rather than quality. This strips the forests bare, creating other environmental issues, and the workers themselves are paid very little. I've been reading about eco-palms on the Presbyterian and Lutheran church websites. Eco-palms are harvested through sustainable growth and provide fair wages...
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How can the church most effectively meet the pastoral care needs in the congregation?

Our church has been struggling with finding people to stand for the office of pastoral elder for years now, which is likely a problem encountered in many churches. Currently all our members are assigned to a Care Group with 1 elder and 1 deacon, with an expectation that the elders conduct an annual home visit. Two years ago we also introduced small groups, some of which are led by the same people, but not all. At any rate we have some overlap and as part of our visioning process which we're presently engaged in, we are looking at this overlap, at church leadership structures in general, as...
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