1953-06-11 - Page 31
$50,000 Is Asked
Northminster Church Opens Building Drive
Faith, prayer and sacrifice are the three pillars upon which a strong church is built, M. L. Baldwin told a group of 300 people who attended a loyalty dinner by Northminster United Church Wednesday evening.
The dinner was held in the interest of the $50,000 Northminster United Church building campaign which will be held during the third week of June.
Rev. H. R. McGill, minister of the Northminster congregation which is presently holding its services in Buchanan school, reaffirmed Mr. Baldwin's statement of faith, prayer and sacrifice being the cornerstones of a church. He told the meeting that one of the finest things that would come from giving to the fund would be "the spiritual benefit which results from sacrificial giving."
IN A BRIEF OUTLINE of the church's history, G. M. Busche, said that it was the Sunday school classes started in Tuxedo Park school in 1948 which were the real beginning of the church. From a handful of children the Sunday school membership has grown to 150.
The congregation was formed in January of this year with about 150 charter members. This number has since grown to nearly 200.
Mr. Busche felt that the highlight of the five years of waiting to begin on the church was the acceptance by Mr. McGill of the ministry of the new church. Mr. McGill had been retired for several years prior to taking up the Northminster pulpit.
E. K. Schluntz, another active worker for the church, declared that "we all have a definite responsibility in this community. We must pool our resources and on the strength of those we must build out church." The objectives of the building committee he said were to secure generous pledges, to raise the money quickly and to build a strong and lasting fellowship among its members.
SINCE MR. McGILL'S appointment to the Northminster church last fall he has made over 1,000 calls on foot to families in the Northminster district. The church is to be built at the corner of Centre St. N. and 32nd Ave. Mr. McGill's survey showed that approximately 375 United Church families lived in the church area.
General chairman of the campaign is L. E. Wade. W. J. Lait is honorary chairman and H. E. Wyatt is campaign chairman. Other leaders are: E. K. Schluntz, special gifts committee head; M. L. Baldwin, teams chairman; R. C. Rosser, division leader; N. V. Habberfield, division leader; A. W. Robb, training chairman; G. M. Busche, publications chairman; R. G. Spence, listings chairman; Mrs. M. L. Baldwin, hostess chairman; Mrs. G. M. Busche, dinner convener; and Mrs. R. C. Rosser, arrangements chairman.
Extracted by J. Kynman 2014-11-10