On Sunday, June 26, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. at Trail United Church
we gathered for a Service of Farewell to Michael, its Interim Minister,
and to mark the changes within CIF Pastoral Charge
involving Beaver Valley United Church, Rossland/Trail United Churches, and Salmo United Church.
Here are excerpts of the service recognizing important changes to CIF Pastoral Charge:
Ending of a Pastoral Relationship
Rev. Greg Powell, Chair of Kootenay Presbytery:
Since the Church lives by the power of the Word, it is assured that God has never failed to provide a witness to that Word.
On Sunday, October 20, 2013, a covenant was established between Michael Hare, the Communities of Faith Pastoral Charge, and Kootenay Presbytery. The time has come to mark the end of this pastoral relationship and to send Michael and the congregations of Rossland, Trail, and Beaver Valley to their new ministries with God’s blessing.
Rev. Michael Hare:
Brothers and sisters in Christ, you called me to minister with you, and charged me to preach, preside at the sacraments and to overse your pastoral life as we together attempted to discern God’s ministry and mission in this part of God’s creation.
My time among you is coming to an end and I must lay down the responsibilities that were entrusted to me. You, as congregations that serve Beaver Valley, Trail, and Rossland must now go into your respective futures to engage in God’s mission to the world as followers of Jesus Christ…
O God, be with those who leave, and with those who stay; grant that all of us, by drawing nearer to you may always be close to each other in the community of saints; through Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord. Amen.
Declaration of Purpose
As a result of the actions of St. Andrew’s United Church, Rossland; Trail United Church, Trail; Beaver Valley United Church, Fruitvale; and Salmo Community Church, Salmo, to enter into a new structure to engage in ministry in this part of God’s creation, Kootenay Presbytery on October 5, 2003, constituted a new pastoral charge to be known as the Communities in Faith Pastoral Charge.
For a season this pastoral charge engaged in the service of God through the service of people so that they might become firm in the faith, confident in hope, and creative in love. To achieve this required a diligent exercise of Christian study, meditation, prayer, and action.
Now the time has come to configure another way of engaging in the nurture of young and old, to minister to the needy, to comfort the unhappy and help the weak, and to unterpret God’s will for the communities of this region.
To this end decisions have been made which result in the closing of Salmo United Church, the creation of a new pastoral charge to be known as the Beaver Valley Pastoral Charge, and the continuation of the Communities of Faith Pastoral Charge consisting of the congregations of St. Andrew’s United Church, Rossland and Trail United Church, Trail.
As we go into our future it is fitting we lift up our hearts in thanksgiving…
This pastoral charge, named Communities in Faith Pastoral Charge was organized as part of Christ’s holy Church and of The United Church of Canada. It was God’s gift for a season. We give thanks for the many ways it has served the call of Jesus Christ. It has accomplished its purpose as currently constituted. On behalf of Kootenay Presbytery I declare that effective June 30, 2016, the congregation of Salmo United Church is disbanded; that a new pastoral charge to be known as Beaver Valley Pastoral Charge is constituted; and that there be a continuation of the Communities in Faith Pastoral Charge consisting of the congregations of St. Andrew’s United Church, Rossland and Trail United Church, Trail.