Minutes of Congregational Meeting

October 16, 2016

With approximately 25 to 30 Ryerson members in attendance, a meeting was held after the worship service. Chaired by J. Feeney

Motion: To confirm the following members of the Ryerson JNAC

Presbytery Representatives: Debbie Christie, Doug Caldwell
Ryerson Members: Jacquie Feeney, Shirley Glauser, Phil Matthews, Mary Penny

Moved by: Doug McCoy
Seconded by: Tom Feeney
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209th Anniversary “English High Tea”

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Sunday, October 23, 2016

Ryerson United Church is celebrated its 209th Anniversary with an “English High Tea” in the Fireside Room after service.
Hosted by the VCW.
An assortment of delicious tea sandwiches, scones/Jam and a selection of fine desserts were offered – and of course – tea.

Raising the Ryerson Roof

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October 2014

On October 19, 2014, the concert “Raising the Ryerson Roof” helped kick off fundraising to pay for a much-needed roof repair.   Musicians Shawn Trotter, Rosemary Hale, Connor Adkins, Paul Grimwood and Ian Green provided an enjoyable and entertaining afternoon of music for our guests.

17th Annual Quilty Academy

August 11 – 15, 2014

Fieldcote Museum held its 17th Annual Quilt Academy at Ryerson United Church August 11 – 15, 2014.

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Film Crews at Ryerson

Summer 2014

The Discovery Channel and other filming crews find Ryerson a favourite Ancaster location in the summer of 2014.

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Diamond Trillium Lifetime Award 2014

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Summer 2014

Ryerson Ancaster was honoured in the summer of 2014 to receive the Diamond Trillium Lifetime Award.  The Ancaster Horticultural Society and the City of Hamilton announced this prestigious award based on Ryerson’s fifteen years of beautification in the Town of Ancaster. Sheila Oddy, Co-Chair of the Trillium Committee notified Ryerson that a framed Life Time Award Certificate to commemorate the achievement will be presented at the Hamilton in Bloom Ceremony at Gage Park on October 30th during the annual Mum Show.  A special thank you goes to members of our Garden Committee for their hard work in keeping Ryerson’s landscape colourful and beautiful throughout the years.

Wings & Wonder

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On April 23 to honour Earth Day, Ryerson was privileged to welcome two very knowledgeable speakers to our community breakfast, each with their own passion for our winged neighbours. Rev Lloyd Paul and Tys Theysmeyer addressed 50 persons in attendance on the awe and wonder of birds who share our environment.
Rev Paul describes his passion for birding:
“One May morning at Point Peele National Park, forty years ago my love affair with birds began. From back yard birding to birding adventures taken to the Florida Everglades, Texas, Arizona, Saskatchewan, Newfoundland, Victoria, Costa Rica, South Korea and St. Lucia I continue to blessed by a wonderful hobby and passion.

“Birding connects me with the wonder and beauty of God’s created world; it encourages me to get out into the great outdoors; it brings me in contact with others who enjoy the birds and who are also interested in habitat restoration and other ways we can care for our planet, ensuring a bio-diversity for our children’s children.

Tys Theysmeyer is Head of Natural Lands for the Royal Botanical Gardens a local sanctuary of over 1,100 hectares surrounded by urbanization. Tys has expertise in safeguarding and nurturing the return of the Eagle population to this territory. As large predators, Eagles need at least 100 hectares of undisturbed forest to nest, plus an adjacent 50 hectares of wetlands to allow them to fish.

Locally, almost extinct and after a 50-year hiatus due to DDT emaciating their populations, two eaglets hatched right here; the first to appear on the Canadian side of Lake Ontario. This year, the Eagles have nested in a tall pine tree in Hopkins Woods at the western end of Cootes Paradise. The nest site is protected under the Ontario Endangered Species Act. Tys challenged us to appreciate and think about how we support threatened wildlife.

Thank you to our presenters for sharing such passion and insight on these wonders to enjoy!

Tales from Space

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February 2014

Ryerson Community Breakfast
“TALES FROM CANADA IN SPACE”

Presenter: Dr. Ian Rowe, PEng
Traced Canada’s contributions to space technology and innovations.

Canadian Foodgrains Growing Project

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2014 Canadian Foodgrains

MILLION DOLLAR MILESTONE

Members and friends of Oneida United Church gathered recently to celebrate reaching a Million Dollar Milestone in their ongoing growing project with the Canadian Foodgrains Bank, in partnership with Westdale UC in Hamilton and Ryerson UC in Ancaster.

 

Starting in 2002 with an 11 acre plot on the Wodskou farm we grew crops of corn, wheat and beans in rotation.  We now use a 15 acre field donated by Lee Metcalfe of Harwell Farms, along with 4.5 acres between the church and the cemetery on Oneida 2nd Line.

 

Funds raised by the 3 congregations cover inputs, and local farmers donate their time, labour and machinery.  Harvested crops are sold locally and money received is sent to the CFGB headquarters in Winnipeg.  Ron Clark of Clark Enterprises, whose grandparents were active members of Oneida UC, matches our efforts with a donation equal to the amount for which our crop sold.

 

The generosity of all these partners has enabled us to send away $200,000 over the 14 years we have been involved.  Add to this $800,000 when the Canadian Government matches our donation 4 to 1, and we are claiming that our little acreage is responsible for $1,000,000 going towards ending hunger throughout the world.

For more information about the Canadian Foodgrains – www.foodgrainsbank.ca