Rev. M. Gayle MacDonald
Admasto n Pastoral Charge
84 Peter Street
Renfrew, Ontario K7V 1H8
Fax 613-432-9205
Home/Office Phone: 613-432-6640
Email taz@renc.igs.net

I am enthusiastic about worship, preaching, and small group study.

Before returning to university at the age of 37, I was a secretary, mostly with the Federal Government. Like many people my age, I have been through a lot of ups and downs and experienced many changes. My faith has been a source of strength and inspiration throughout.

It gives me a sense of peace in difficult moments and an overall sense of joy in quieter times to look back over my life and see God's presence woven into the very fabric of my life. It is this sense of joy and peace that comes with the certainity of God's abiding love and presence which I seek to convey to people in my preaching and teachings. My task, as I see it, is to help others uncover God's footprints in their own lives that their faith might be increased and their lives enriched by the awareness and reality of God's love and providence.

On occasion I write "story sermons". An exmple of one can be found at: http:/ /members.tripod.com/MGayle/sermon-2.html

Pastorates
1992/3 - Emergency Candidate Supply at St. Andrew’s-by-the Lake, Kingston, Ont.
1993 - Intern Supply, Murray River, PEI
1994 - Present - Admaston Pastoral Charge, R.R. #2, Renfrew ,Ontario

On the Charge
Some of the highlights of years at Admaston have been:

- started a Sunday school at Northcote as a result of the semi-annual Children’s Services. We now have 3 young families in regular attendance with another coming from time to time (perviously no young families)

- supervised and worked with a Grade 12 Co-op Student from the regional high school. This was a lot of work/ time--but well worth it. The School was very pleased by the placement and student, his family and our congregation were pleased as well. He is now considering ordained ministry as a vocation.

- first Vacation Bible School at Admaston - led by volunteers

- created a web page for the Admaston Pastoral Charge. Page can be viewed at: http://members.tripod.com/MGayle/index-1.html

- Grace United, Admaston spearheaded an ecumenical

- Foodgrain’s Bank Project which doubled its size the second year. This is an ecumenical project. My main involvment has been to express my enthusiastic support of this project which is now in its third year. In three years the farmers in this small congregation, along with their colleagues, have sent in excess of $130,000 in grain to third world countries.

- began Easter Sunrise Services followed by breakfast

- began a Christmas Sunday afternoon Service with communion and followed by a potluck supper for seniors and shut-ins; transportation provided

- began a youth group

Led the following studies: The Gospel of Mark; Who is Jesus Christ; Lenten Study on Prayer using Henry Nouwen's "With Open Hands"; Lenten Study on Spritual "types" and prayer in every day life

In the Community & Related to the Pastoral Charge
Renfrew and Area has a large and active ministerial which works together to provide services for the community which individual congregations or ministers may not be able to provide. I am an active member of the Renfrew Family Enrichment Committee; participate in weekly in-school Chaplaincy service to the High School; and take my turn writing for the Spirituality Column in the local paper. In 1995, helped organize the ecumenical Vacation Bible School

Presbytery
2000 - present, Chair, Division of Stewardship 1998-June, 2000, Coordinator of the Course for Licensed Lay Preachers
1996-97, Chair, Renfrew Presbytery
1995-2000, Youth Ministry Committee, Division of Mission in Canada
1995 - organized a Presbytery Weekend Youth retreat at Golden Lake 1995, Presbytery Task Force on Youth Work
1994-6, Clergy Adult Advisor to Renfrew Presbytery Youth Council

Conference
2000- Secretary, Division of Stewardship 1998 - Present, Chair, Bay of Quinte Conference Youth Iniative’s Project
1997-98 Chaired Ad Hoc Committee on Conference Youth Work
1997-98, Member at Large of Conference Staff Committee. (Though I enjoyed this position, I resigned because I was asked to stay on the Youth Committee and I felt one Conference Committee was enough.)

Education
1992 - Master of Divinity & Testamur, Queen’s Theological College; 3rd year prize for New Testament Theology
1988 - Bachelor of Arts (English Language and Literature) with distinction

Continuing Education
2000 - Youth Ministry Conference, sponsored by Brougham Books, to be held in Toronto. Workshops in the spirituality of young people and teaching the Scriptures to teenagers today
1999 - Used remaining study leave (with Pastoral Charge permission) to organize a liturgy write-in retreat for Women in Ministry in Renfrew Presbytery. At the two-day even we jointly put together liturgy for part of Advent and the two and a half months following Christmas
1999 - Summer reading course on rural/small church ministry
1998 - Summer Institute in Spiritual Direction at the Ottawa Centre for Spiritual Growth
1996 - Conference Stewardship Event at Alliston
1995 - Bill Easum Small Groups/Small Churches seminar/workshop

Interests & Activities
a little writing - member of Renfrew Writer’s Guild
a little gardening--flowers and herbs in pots

References

Rev. Eileen Hepplewhite
R.R. #2
Clayton, Ont. K0A 1P0
1-613-256-7618(H)

Rev. Dr. John Young
Queen's Theological College
Kingston, Ont. K7L 4H8
613-531-0431(H)
613-533-6000, ext. 74327 (O)

Karen Green, B.A., M.A., L.L.B.
Consultant and Lawyer
Ottawa, Ontario
1-613-830-9303
email: karen.green@home.com or kgreen@virtualwave.com