New Director of Music Ministry: Kelly Charlton

The Music Search Task Group is pleased to announce the appointment of Kelly Charlton as Director of Music Ministry.

Kelly is currently Assistant Director of Music at Christ Church Cathedral where he has been responsible for the parish choir and organ accompaniment at the cathedral’s contemporary service at 9:15. He will join First Met on August 10.

Read More…

Update: Sanctuary AV Desk Renos

As of Monday morning June 29, the renos on the AV Sanctuary desk begin in the Sanctuary. Paul Jenkins has taken over Jean’s laundry room and has been building the beautiful desk in their home. It is now ready to move to the church with Barry Rolston’s assistance. Thanks Barry! A temporary desk for visuals, sound, and live stream will be set up by Brent Parrish, IT Support and Kevin Mok, AV Co-op Student. Lighting will stay on the old desk.

Read More…

Were you a Canadian Girl In Training?
CGIT 100th Anniversary Celebration

It’s the 100th Anniversary of CGIT this year and we are having a celebration! To all Victoria, BC and CGIT Alumnae, there will be a 100th Anniversary Luncheon and Celebration on Sunday, September 27th at First†Metropolitan United Church from 12:30 to 2:30 pm. Tickets are $15.00

Cheques can be made payable to First†Metropolitan United Church (with CGIT in the Memo line) and mailed to 932 Balmoral Rd, Victoria, BC V8T 1A8. Deadline for Payment and Registration is Saturday, August 15th, 2015. For more information, please contact Colette Scrimgeour at 250-661-6550.

Congregational Camp Registration Extended!

We have extended the registration for our 13th Annual Congregational Camp.  This year’s camp runs June 26-28. Spots are limited so register today.

Camp & Registration Info

Summer 2015 Newsletter

Download a copy of our summer newsletter.

Fran Pollet Appreciation Day
As we know, our Music Minister, Fran, will be retiring at the end of August. The congregation will host an Appreciation Day on Sunday, June 14. Opportunities to celebrate will include coffee hour following the 9 am service, presentations during the 11 am service, and coffee hour following. Cash Donations toward a gift for Fran will be accepted in the Office. For more information contact Irene Moore.
First Met Donated $2,190 for the Nepal Earthquake Relief
Nepal Earthquake Relief

A big thank you goes out to all of you who donated to the Nepal Earthquake Relief.  Together we collected $2,190 which was sent to the United Church of Canada to be matched by the Canadian government.

Great News for First†Met Sponsored Refugees
First Met Afghan refugees get good news
We have just found out that the two Afghan refugees we are jointly sponsoring have their immigration interview in early June and may arrive in Victoria as soon as mid-June! This is wonderful news since they have been waiting several years for this moment. As sponsors, we are required to cover all their costs for their first year here. Thanks to you, we have raised over $10,000 at First Met, but we still require an additional $16,000 to meet our target. Pledges will be collected before and after the 11 o’clock service on May 31, June 7 and June 14. For more information contact Kathy Cook at 250-370-0991.
Q1 2015 Results
Full 2014 financial results will be presented to the congregation once they have been reviewed by First†Met’s accounting firm. Despite givings not reaching 25% at the end of Q1 2015, remaining revenues are better than budget. Expenses are slightly over budget for Q1 but overall net income is better than budget.
As well, thank you to everyone who donated to the March World Development Relief campaign. As of March 31st, $4,929 was raised, an increase of almost $850 over the 2014 campaign. Additional donations are always welcome. Donated amounts are sent monthly to the United Church of Canada which are used for overseas development projects, emergency relief efforts, and rehabilitation. Quarter 1 Givings Total: $118,672 Percentage of Annual Goal: 23%
Succession Planning Task Group Final Report

The Succession Planning Task Group Report recommendations have been approved by FMUC council. We extend deep thanks to the members of this task group for their dedication and hard work. You are encouraged to read the report to help give you an understanding of the next phase of our transition. A Transition Task Group has been appointed by council to implement the recommendations in the report. Core members of the TTG are Tammy Lindahl, Liane Clark and Clarice Dillman. Others, internally and externally, will be asked to ask help as resources as the process unfolds. Final Report Document (Updated February 23)

Anna Co-opFirst Met Victoria