Your participation for the Bazaar at Chalmers

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United Marketplace Tour Nov 19 10-2

Book Table

If you are done with some of your current, favourite novels, donations are gladly accepted at church house, Tues – Thurs between 11 and 4pm


Cookie Table

Bakers are baking!

Buyers now needed!

Plastic bins of Christmas cookies, ready for the freezer, will be for sale at the bazaar. To get your cookies come on the 19th!  If you are not able to be there but want cookies call Joan at 613-545-1099.


Requesting Donations for the Nearly New Table

Do you need a ‘new home’ for once loved ‘treasures’?

This is your opportunity to have someone else enjoy what has given you pleasure in the past! Donate your ‘tenderly used’ jewelry, trinkets or memorabilia to the Nearly New Table for Chalmers’ bazaar!

Contact Rosalie – to arrange pick up or drop off.


Gourmet Gifts to Go Mixes

Thanks to the worker bees at our very successful session last Sunday, we will be selling yummy mixes for different soups, chocolate chip cookies, brownies, hot chocolate and mug cakes. Come to MacCallum Hall after church to see the jars and maybe even some samples!


Craft Table There is still a little time to donate a piece of your creativeness to this table at our bazaar! We would be pleased to accept it in MacCallum Hall Friday, Nov. 18th 10:00 am – noon. Contact Jean Sills

Coats for the Community

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Coats for the Community
Do you have warm winter coat that you haven’t worn lately, is too big or too small,  is “gently used”, in your basement or storage unit? At the back of your closet?

Two Coat Drives:

1. The United Way’s third annual Coats for Community drive is underway!
Coats must be washable only; no leather or heavy wool.
The donated coats will be distributed through agencies serving people in
vulnerable circumstances. You may drop off your coat at the following Kingston

• United Way KFL&A Office:
417 Bagot Street
Mon-Fri 8:30am to 4:30pm
• Calvin Park Branch Library
88 Wright Crescent
Mon-Thu 9: 00am to 8:00pm; Fri-Sat 9:00am to 5:00pm
• Central Branch Library
130 Johnson Street
Mon-Thu 9:00am to 8:00pm; Fri-Sat 9:00am to 5:00pm; Sun 1:00 to 5:00pm
• Isabel Turner Library
935 Gardiners Road
Mon-Thu 9:00am to 8:00pm; Fri-Sat 9:00am to 5:00pm; Sun 1:00 to 5:00pm
• City Hall
216 Ontario Street
Mon-Fri 8:30am to 4:30pm

2. St Mary’s Cathedral Coat Drive
St Mary’s Parish Centre 260 Brock St.
Coat Drop Off: Mon – Fri 12pm to 3pm
Starting: Oct 28
Coat Pick up: Mon – Fri 1pm – 3pm
From: Nov 15 – Dec 23 and Jan 2 – 14

Donations and Volunteers Needed for United Marketplace Tour

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Book Table
If you are done with some of your current, favourite novels, donations are gladly
accepted at church house, Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays between 11 and 4pm

Cookie Table
We need bakers to make cookies by Nov. 17 for the Bazaar on Nov. 19. If you
haven’t been contacted already, please call Joan at 613-545-1099 to let her know your commitment.

Gourmet Gifts to Go Mixes
Worker bees are needed to fill the jars with the ingredients
for yummy soups, cookies and more.
Come join the fun! Our first session will be after church on Nov. 6.
Contact Linda Steinberg
if you can join us or would like to help at a different time.
The more the merrier!

Warm Feet for the Street

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Warm Feet for the Street
Providing a brighter Christmas for those who need it, through Chalmers’ Benevolent Program.

Hard to believe we are already starting to think about winter and cold weather! UGH!
But here we are and with it comes thinking of others, especially those who are on the
street. They will need some additional warmth.
As in past years, volunteers will be filling socks for those folks who come to the
Chalmers’ Benevolent Program on Tuesday mornings. Socks will be distributed during
November and December. The socks are stuffed with a pair of gloves, a toque,
practical items, treats, and a candy cane. We invite you to make a financial
contribution to this community project using the envelope provided in your

Walking Group Update

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Join the walking group every or any Tuesday to explore Kingston’s beautiful corners.  There have been three different walks so far.

Check the website calendar at for the latest destination.  Walks will be cancelled if it is raining or there is no leader that week.

Tuesday, Oct. 4 we will meet in the parking lot at Montreal St and Belle Park Dr. just past Quattrocchi’s at 4pm to explore Belle Park Island on the Cataraqui River. Please contact Monika, to let her know you are coming.

Tuesday, Sept. 20 will be at Marshland Conservation Area (formerly Little Cataraqui Creek). Meet in the parking lot on the north side of Bath Rd. (right coming from the city, past Lake Ontario Park)


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Having received and reviewed my 2021/2022 Commission Report (a copy of which is available upon request to, the Assembly of Elders for the East
Central Ontario Region of The United Church of Canada has extended the term of my office until July 31, 2023. This extension is intended to provide the Chalmers community
with both needed operational oversight and time to continue development of its capacity, shared sense of mission, and governance structure.

The furthering of the Commission’s mandate recognizes the noteworthy progress made by the congregation over the last 18 months in righting relationships, notwithstanding
there being no resident ministry personnel to assist in the process, and the adverse impacts of the pandemic. It further affirms and celebrates the congregation’s efforts at
having continuous, uninterrupted worship, and its embrace of Restorative Practice as a way to re-establish the opportunity for independent decision making, per our
denominational polity.

With this in mind, and within the next 12 months, I anticipate that the people of Chalmers will:

  1. continue their commitment to, and use of, Restorative Practice
  2. generally attend to such matters that will further determine and define the faith community’s identity and missional emphasis
  3. design and endorse a new governance model (the way of allocating resources and making decisions) that supports implementation of its identity and missional
  4. subsequently propose an initial slate of candidates for a governance body (all to be concurred with by this Commission).

Consideration of my recommendations respecting interim future staffing arrangements have been deferred by the Elders pending further discussion with me. This said, the Reference Team joins me in the sincere hope that you are experiencing the reawakening of Chalmers, and the progress made to date in becoming a more restorative community of faith.
To move forward with congregational conversation about future needs and possibilities, the Reference Team and I are scheduling three facilitated in-person gatherings on the
following dates and times:
• August 31st @ 1:00 p.m.
• September 7th @ 7:00 p.m.
• September 14th @ 7:00 p.m.

Each of these meetings will provide a similar opportunity for contributing to next steps; that is to say, each will ask the same questions and have the same format. Please
attend the session most convenient to you! And lastly, I wish to advise that one of the factors that will inform my subsequent report and recommendations to the Region as to Chalmers’ vitality and viability regards the degree of congregational participation in gatherings, especially those designed to consider/plan for Chalmer’s future. I encourage you to attend, to add your voice, and to demonstrate your interest in/commitment to this faith community life. Who, how, and what Chalmers United Church is, or is not, very much depends on the nature and number of those who are engaged in its work, worship, and witness.

Walking alongside you at this opportunity-filled time, I remain,

G. David King, B.A., M. Div., O.M. (U.C.C.), C.G.R.S.

Action Plan Moving Forward

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Action Plan Moving Forward
Summer is drawing to a close and it is time for more Chalmers action! We hope you paid special attention to the message from our Administrator David King on his report to the Region. He reported our progress and the Region responded quite positively. Our next task on the list is to go about developing a new model for making decisions and plans at Chalmers that reflects our needs for new ways of doing and being. Please plan to attend one of the three upcoming sessions at MacCallum Hall. Everyone is invited and needed. Please read these background details to prepare for these sessions.
• August 31 at 1:00 PM
• September 7 at 7:00 PM
• September 14 at 7:00 PM

Photo Exhibit From China

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An Archival Photo Exhibit From China : Canadians in China : Old Photographs from Sichuan 1892- 1952 will be in Kingston.
  • August 9 – August 12, 2022.
  • Tues. and Fri.10 am to 4 pm
  • Wed. and Thurs. 10 am to 8 pm
  • Opening ceremony is at 1 pm on Tuesday, August 9.
Place: Queens University, Douglas Library. 93 University Ave.,Kingston
This exhibit is a fascinating pictorial record of the courageous Canadians who, contributing to the medical and educational modernization of China left a lasting footprint and a long legacy of friendship. The exhibit is a gift from a group of Chinese historians and artists. The photos were collected from the descendants of the missionaries who helped create West China University in Chengdu. This modern university included the first Faculty of Dentistry in China, a Faculty of Medicine, Pharmacology, numerous teaching hospitals and liberal arts and science faculties.
The exhibit has been featured at the Canadian Embassy in Beijing. and shown at the U of T, and in Montreal, Ottawa and Vancouver.
Two Queens graduates, Dr. Omar Kilborn and Dr. G. Hartwell were instrumental in establishing the hospitals at the turn of the last century.
David Spooner’s parents, Roy and Kathleen Spooner were in Chengdu from 1931 to 1945 where Roy was Head of the Chemistry Department at the University. On return to Canada they resided in Kingston.
David Spooner member of Canadian School Alumni Assoc.

Gifts for Chalmers

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 Gifts for Chalmers 

This week we had the pleasure of meeting Emmeline Banister Patton, the daughter of Rev. W. Franklin Bannister (8th Minister at Chalmers from 1950 to 1965) and her husband Bob Patton.  They have kindly donated several bibles belonging to Rev. Banister, as well as CKWS records of sermons he gave in 1955 and some books. Emmeline has granted permission for Chalmers to use the records as we may wish. The items are in Church house if anyone wishes to view them.

One behalf of Chalmers, we thank Emmeline and Bob for their generous donations and wish them all the very best in their move to B.C.