As we move into a new year, the ties between our congregation and the Fairlawn Neighbourhood Centre continue to grow stronger. That shouldn’t be a surprise. After all, the FNC is a vision of the church, stemming from our proceeds from the sale of the Armour Heights church property in the late 1980s.
Rev. Christopher White and FNC Executive Director Naomi Shafler have been working together to develop joint initiatives that will benefit both groups. We saw that in the successful, lively Family Dance in October. Expect to see additional innovative joint programming in 2012.
In the church’s review of the FAUC-FNC relationship carried out last year, there were some candid questions asked about the role that costs should play in church’s support of the centre. With that in mind, there are three recent developments you should be aware of:
- In December, the Fairlawn Neighbourhood Centre board, chaired by Kristy Duncan of the congregation, voted to donate $6,000 to the church, expressing the hope that the church would acquire a defibrillator. Our Property Council’s capital requests for 2012-2013 include a defibrillator.
- The FNC has increased its monthly contribution to the church by $100, representing a $1,200 increase in 2012.
- The FNC also financed the construction of the new coat racks on the landing near the west entrance.
Kristy says the FNC continues to “look forward to further strengthening the relationship between our two organizations in mutually beneficial ways.”
UPDATE (Jan. 21, 2012) — The FNC has presented the church with another cheque, for $222.25, from art sales during 2011. The collaborative Breakfast with the Artist series was particularly successful with one local artist — Jill Klaehn of our congregation — selling eight paintings. Watch for the breakfasts again this year (breakfast with artist Brigitte Nowak is on January 28, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.)