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VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL 2018
BEAVER ISLAND CHRISTIAN CHURCH NEWSLETTER 2018
March 24, 2018
Dear Christian Friends,
Greetings from Beaver Island Christian Church. It is good to greet each of you in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior.
We had an unusual winter this year…lots of cold weather in the minus readings and not a lot of snow. We had more than our share of ice which makes for a very creative way of walking. Lots of comments lately referring to “can’t wait for the first flowers and robins.” Everyone is most anxious for spring and the warm breezes that come with it. We have all put our order in for a nice balmy, warm summer this year…so all you snowbirds pack lots of the warm rays in your suitcases before you head north…we are depending on you!!
Be sure to check out the church website at bichristianchurch.com. A big thank you to Alan and Bev Vicstein who keep our website running smooth and updated.
Our church newsletter was written twice this year. I had it almost ready to go and guess what…it disappeared!! It is hiding somewhere in my computer. So.. onto newsletter number 2. The news is so worth reading, it was written twice!!
Together in God’s service,
Mary Ellen Dawson, Corresponding Secretary
CHURCH NEWS AND ACTIVITIES:
Easter Sunday service was led by Pastor Jan Beaderstadt with the message of the death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ. After the service everyone went to the Gregg Fellowship Center for Easter brunch hosted by our church. A very delicious meal was served to about 75 people from our church and community. Ham, scrambled eggs, baked French toast, pancakes and many kinds of coffee cakes, rolls and fruit rounded out the meal. Everyone attending went home satisfied and joining everyone in a community wide fellowship.
This has been a recurring agenda item for board meetings this year and we have spent some time at each board meeting discussing this topic. We welcome your input/suggestions as to how we can reach more people to encourage them to worship with us.
UPDATING OUR PICTURE BULLETIN BOARD:
Church pictures will be taken after church on the first two Sundays in July to update our bulletin boards. Please remember to mark these dates on your calendar. If for some reason you are not able to be here, contact Judi Meister 448-2963 for further instructions.
PASTOR LIST: Judi Meister
April: 1st Dan Johnson; 8th Josh Johnson; 15th Tim Mann; 22nd Dan Johnson; 29th John Sowash
May: 6th John Cowlen; 13th Dan Johnson; 20th Ron Klimp; 27th Mark Bonham
June: 3rd Dan Johnson; 10th Pete Harris; 17th Paul Cronenwett; 24th Greg Lawson
July: 1st Karl Hinkle; 8th Jennifer Ryden; 15th Joseph Fox; 22nd Steve Boven; 29th Ed Ross
August: 5th Gene Drenth; 12th Todd Sutton; 19th Ben Bruins; 26th Bob Whitlock
September: 2nd John Coney; 9th open; 16th Gene Drenth; 23rd Dan Johnson; 30th open
October: 7th Lee Bracey; 14th Steve Boven; 21st Mike Gafa; 28th Dan Johnson
November: 4th open; 11th Dan Johnson; 18th open; 25th open
December: 2nd Gene Drenth; 9th Gene Drenth; 16th Dan Johnson; 23rd Dan Johnson; 30th open
ANNUAL BUSINESS MEETING:
Moderator Judi Meister brought to order the annual business meeting held on August 27th after the morning church service. One of the items on the agenda was the election of two, three year term board members, and a third person to fulfill the one year term of Howard Davis. The current terms of Judi Meister and Jon Fogg were expiring. The slate of nominees were Doug Amstutz, Bob Bass, Judi Meister, Bev Vicstein and Ann Willis. Other items of business included the budget and finances by Rick Speck, Womens Circle by Rose Spershott and report by Judi Meister on the Food Pantry and Benevolent Fund. Discussions on these reports were held followed by voting. Those that were elected to the board for three year terms were Judi Meister and Bev Vicstein. Bob Bass was elected to fulfill the one year term of Howard Davis.
BEAVER ISLAND CHRISTIAN CHURCH ENDOWMENT FUND: Rick Speck
After membership approval at the August 2017 annual meeting, the Beaver Island Christian Church Fund was established at the Charlevoix County Community Foundation in September. The fund is made up an endowed portion and a non-endowed portion. The endowed fund is designed to support the long term goals and mission of the church. The non-endowed fund can provide funds for continuing current operations.
The endowed fund was established with the initial $2000.00 donation in September. This endowed fund must reach a balance of $10,000.00 before any of the earnings can be dispersed. We have (5) years to reach the $10,000.00 level. Currently as of 2/28/2018 the balance of donations in the endowed fund are at $5,664.88, made up of earnings and donations.
A fund raising letter for benefit of the endowment was sent out in November. If the Board and Membership agree, another fund raising campaign may be carried out this summer, to reach the $10,000.00 level.
BUILDING AND GROUNDS:
Every spring and summer we look for volunteers throughout the season to help with the many needs of the church. We welcome anyone to come and help keep the church and grounds looking neat and tidy. You may come at your own leisure at any time to do garden work or ask what needs to be done. This past summer we had many come forward to help clean the church and windows inside and out, clean the parsonage and windows inside and out. Many did yard cleanup, pulled weeds and mulch flower beds. We were so humbled and grateful for all these wonderful people who worked so hard to make our church and grounds look beautiful. The deck at the parsonage was powerwashed and stained by Bob Anderson and Greg Lawson. New cupboards were built in the church kitchen to store items. The new cupboards and drawers and shelves were given a fresh coat of paint by Bob Anderson, Alan Vicstein and Bob Bass. The kitchen was put back together by Mary Ellen Dawson and Bev Vicstein. The drawers and shelves were lined with contact paper and organized, making the kitchen very attractive and inviting. New upgrades no matter how large or small improve the appearance of our church. REMEMBER: Jesus Christ came to earth to serve and not be served…and that should be our motto at Beaver Island Christian Church. Don’t be just PEW sitters…be DOERS in the name of God.
PARSONAGE NEWS: Mary Ellen Dawson
After careful consideration, as of May 1st, I have decided to step down and retire from the care and cleaning of the parsonage. I have held that position for 5 years and now Larry and I would like to use our summers doing more camping and traveling while we are still able. The church board has hired Nancy Butler to take care of the parsonage and wages will be paid by the Women’s Circle. The parsonage has been all updated in recent years with paint, wallpaper, carpet in both bedrooms and living room, new window blinds, beds and numerous small items. We have had many wonderful comments from the pastors and their families on the parsonage and their stay there. Many families are very surprised that they have such pretty and comfortable accommodations. We are sure under Nancy’s care of the parsonage that it will continue.
Baccalaureate services were held on June 4th for Beaver Island Community School graduates: Cameron Bartlett, Tessa Jones, Sabrina Kenwabikise, Simeon Richards and Oyla Stebbins. These students were honored and presented Bibles with their names engraved on them. A reception and cake were enjoyed by the graduates, their families and church members after the morning worship service.
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL: Judi Meister
A community Vacation Bible School was held early summer sponsored by the four local churches and hosted once again by Beaver Island Christian Church. It was a fantastic three days centered around the theme of “Following Jesus, the Light of the World.” Bible stories were told to 7-12 year olds by Deacon Jim (now Father Jim) and Pastor Jan Beaderstadt. Sue Duram told the Bible stories to the preschool children all three days. The children learned that Jesus gives us courage (the story of Peter walking on water); Jesus gives us direction (from the Sermon on the Mount) and Jesus gives us hope (dying for us and coming to life again). Every day started with spirited singing led by Judi’s daughter Kim—lots of motions and movement; the Imagination Station and Outdoor Games were geared to the theme of the day. There were close to 40 children and about 20 volunteers—group leaders and helpers, craft leaders, imagination station and snack ladies. How great it was to see our facilities bouncing with such activity. Volunteers from our church were Bob and Alana Anderson, Pastor Jan and Barb Beaderstadt, Alice Crown, Judy Jones, Judi Meister, Kim Mitchell, Sue Oole, Jan Pickard, Brad Vanden Heuvel and Bev Vicstein (if I missed anyone, I am truly sorry!).
VBS 2018 will be June 26-28. The theme is “Maker Fun Factory” Created by God—Built for a Purpose”. Please prayerfully consider how God can use you in this program.
SUNDAY SCHOOL: Bev Vicstein
This past summer did not bring as many children to Sunday School as the previous year. Nevertheless, those who came always went home with a craft that pertains to the lesson of the day. My format for Sunday school remained the same; beginning each week with the following questions: What has God done for you this week? What have you done for God this week? Have you done something really good for someone else this past week? Is there someone you know who needs our prayers? From there we moved on to Bible lesson/Scripture followed by a craft relating to the story, ending with a closing prayer. Some of the Bible stories that were covered were: Daniel in the Lions Den, New life in Jesus, Story of Creation, God’s Rainbow Promise, Noah and the Great Flood and the Jelly Bean Prayer and Story. I am very blessed to have Alana Anderson and Kim Mitchell fill in for me when I am away. I have enjoyed meeting and getting to know each child and look forward to seeing them all again this next summer.
SUMMER CHURCH PICNICS:
The summer church picnics were held on the 3rd Sunday of the month, after the morning worship service through July and August. It was decided that Sundays make a more convenient time for everyone to meet and socialize. Many members and the visiting pastors and their families attended the pot-luck meal, bringing their favorite recipe dishes for all to enjoy. The meal was centered around a picnic theme with tablecloths and disposable tableware. Good food and fellowship were had by all attending.
LADY CIRCLE NEWS:
We are discovering that the Ladies Circle is a big responsibility and too much work for it all to fall on one person. Rose Spershott has done a wonderful job but expressed that she is finding it too hard for her to do all of it. We are proposing that the work be divided up between members of the Ladies Circle. The Easter Brunch and Thanksgiving events would be a Church and Community event involving people from the church and Island community. The summer bake sale would be chaired by Alana Anderson and Sandy Howell. Bite of Beaver would be chaired by Bev Vicstein, Jean Wierenga and Jean Carpenter. Trunk or treat would be chaired by Rose Spershott, Bev Vicstein and Alana Anderson. The Cookie Carnival would be chaired by Mary Ellen Dawson and helpers. This is not the final schedule. We would like to have everyone’s input for further suggestions. If I have left anyone out, it is not intentional.
The Summer bake sale was held on August 12 and was a great success. The event was chaired by Alana Anderson and Sandy Howell. The tables were artfully arranged by the Andersons and the Howells and were laden with many cakes, pies, breads, cookies, brownies and many other items made and donated by the women of the church. The proceeds of the sale were $1,133.03. Nice job ladies and gents.
October 7th was Bite of Beaver. The Ladies Circle Heavenly Desserts table held many delectable cakes and pies of all varieties to satisfy the sweet tooth of any of the people attending the affair at Holy Cross Hall. The ladies that handed out ample samples were Bev Vicstein, Jean Wierenga and Rose Spershott. Proceeds from the sale were $502.00. Nice job ladies.
Trunk or Treat was held October 31st at GFC. Rose Spershott chaired the event and helpers were Alana Anderson and Bev Vicstein. Many from the community decorated their tables and had many goodies to treat all the little and big goblins that attended the fun affair. Large blow up cats and witches loaned by Paul Niehaus greeted all the trick or treaters. All the party-goers feasted on hot dogs, chips, chili, soup, brownies and cookies for a donation.
The Christmas Cookie Carnival was held on Saturday December 9th from 11-4 and chaired by Mary Ellen Dawson. The work started on Wednesday before the sale with cookie dough being made by Betty Scoggin, Janet Burton, Nancy Tritsch and Mary Ellen Dawson. Brownies were made by Carolyn Works. Later that day many volunteers arrived to form cookies and do the baking. On Thursday morning many of the volunteers returned to decorate Nutmeg logs, cut out sugar cookies and bake them. On Friday more ladies showed up to frost and decorate sugar cookies, frost brownies and get boxes folded and prepare the pre-orders. Later in the day the hall was decorated and received donated cookies, candy and delicious baked goods for the sale. On Saturday the doors opened and shoppers were greeted by Kathy Speck, Deb Plastrik and Jean Wierenga. The hall was soon filled with many of the Islanders looking to fill their pantries with many types of goodies for the holidays. Expenses for the sale were $182.70 and proceeds from the sale were $1,203.00. Many thanks to all who worked very hard to make this a very successful sale.
BEAVER ISLAND FOOD PANTRY: Judi Meister
The Food Pantry, a community Food Pantry housed in the Gregg Fellowship Center, fills an important need in the community. The monthly distribution consistently assists 9-14 individuals and families. In addition there are holiday distributions at Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter, providing supplies for a holiday dinner. The Food Pantry is funded completely by donations of food and cash and by fundraisers. For several years, the Food Pantry staff has provided a soup luncheon at the Christmas Bazaar for a free-will donation; another fund-raiser is the Trivia Quiz hosted by Stoney Acres.
It is interesting to us how many people step up with fund raising ideas they have thought of: Larissa McGinnity made a batch of pottery soup bowls and donated half of the proceeds to the Food Pantry for a month; Marie LaFreniere and Linda Wearn planned a road rally in July, with the proceeds donated to the food Pantry; Andy Stebbins suggested the “CAN”-you-help” box at McDonough’s Market with the suggestion that shoppers buy an extra can or two when they do their grocery shopping. Deb Plastrik has also written items for the newspapers and Beaver Island News on the Net encouraging donations of leftover unperishable food when people leave the Island after a vacation here or when they close their cottages for the winter. The Food Pantry would also like to acknowledge the services of Larry and Mary Ellen Dawson, who purchase meat (from donated funds), repackage it and store it in their freezers at home—what a help that has been for the Food Pantry. Andy and Sally Stebbins purchased a new upright freezer for the Food Pantry. We are very grateful for their contributions. Current Food Pantry committee members are Beth Croswhite, Mark LaFreniere, Chris Heikka, Judi Meister and Deb Plastrik.
CHRISTMAS CANTATA: Judy Meister
On December 3, the first Sunday in December the annual Christmas Cantata—on the traditional first weekend in December-kicked off the holiday season with the beautiful cantata “The Promise of the King.”
An enthusiastic audience enjoyed pre cantata music which included “O Holy Night” with Joe Moore, violin and Judi Meister, piano. This was followed by 4 songs presented by a children’s choir and percussion, then Sheri Timsak singing a beautiful Christmas version of “Hallelujah” accompanied by Mike Scripps.
The cantata choir was directed by Sheri Richards, who graciously stepped in when Mike Scripps had some medical issues and Adam Richards was the narrator.
“The Promise of a King” was truly A Christmas Presentation of Hope as the choir shared songs like “The King Shall Come”, “Celebrate the Promise”, “Sleep Little Baby”, “Christmas Bells are Gladly Ringing” and the “Birthday of a King.”
Each year the community choir offers the cantata as a gift to the community to put each one into the real spirit of Christmas.
Kathy Speck’s message on the back page of the program gives a bit of insight in the love of music and genuine appreciation of those that we sing with that has been a constant force flowing through the 17 years of Christmas cantatas and we’d like to share that here:
“When Judi first asked me if I would write something in our program, I started thinking about cantatas in years past. This year’s program “The Promise of a King” was first presented in 2003; I recently listened to the CD of our performance and it brought back many fond memories! Mike and Rich Scripps brought their brothers Bill and Doug and their Uncle John, along with other musicians on the Island-Judi Meister, Laraine Dawson, Brenda LaFevre, Signe Thomas, Tammy LaFreniere, Patti Cull and Evie Folkening–provided an “orchestra” to play with the choir rather than the recorded music you will hear today. Pinky Harmon was our narrator and I was the choir director—we had 33 choir members then. It was so wonderful and an experience we will never forget.”
“One of our choir members at the time was taken from us this year—Betty Hudgins. The whole community will miss her friendly smile! Also in the choir that year and many more years after that was our friend, Shirley Detwiler, who we also lost this year. She was a special lady and always greeted everyone saying “you look pretty today” or “You sang so well today” or “what can I do to help?” etc, etc. We will all miss her.”
“Some health problems kept Mike and Shelly Scripps away from our practices recently but we thank them so much for still coming this weekend and doing all they do. We are so lucky to have Mike here to help with the kids’ part of the program which we have grown to love! A big thank you to Sheri Richards for taking over practices and directing the choir today—we can’t begin to tell you how much we appreciate it! We would also like to thank Bob Bass for—well, just about everything he does for the Christmas program. A huge thank you to Joe Moore for the help with practice CD’s and all the work setting up the live-streaming of our program for others to watch who cannot be here today!”
“Lastly, I personally want to thank all of you for the prayers and support you have given me the past two years. It has been a long road but each month has gotten better and better!”
“PEACE AND CHRISTMAS BLESSINGS TO ALL OF YOU!”
BEAVER ISLAND CHRISTIAN CHURCH – ENDOWMENT FUND
In accordance with the wishes of the church membership expressed in the annual meeting of August 2017, Beaver Island Christian Church has created an endowment fund at the Charlevoix County Community Foundation to provide financial support of our mission for the long-term.
The Community Foundation provides professional investment management and administration of the Fund, and each year the income from the Fund (after we reach the $10,000 minimum necessary to be eligible for the annual distribution) provides another source of funding for our church.
The Fund provides options for donors, who may:
- give directly to Beaver Island Christian Church,
- give to the Beaver Island Christian Church Fund in support of the long-term financial health of our church, or
- both. The endowment fund also presents an excellent option for donors who want to make estate gifts.
To learn more about the Beaver Island Christian Church Fund, contact Rick Speck at 231.448.2393 (home) or 231.448.2830 (work) or at firstname.lastname@example.org
You may complete a donation on-line or find additional information on the Charlevoix County Community Foundation and its gift program by clicking the following link: Charlevoix County Community Foundation or calling 231.536.2440. You may also mail a check to Charlevoix County Community Foundation, PO Box 718, East Jordan, MI 49727. Be sure to indicate your support of the Beaver Island Christian Church Fund on your check.
Below is a link to the Community Foundation’s donation page. All gifts are fully tax-deductible. You will receive a written acknowledgment of your donation, which you should keep for your financial records.
Letter Received From Live Oak Missionary Baptist Church in Galveston, Texas:
“Please accept this letter as a written expression Live Oak Baptist Church and I have for your financial support. First, please excuse us for the delay in responding for your kindness. I recognize the sacrifice the Beaver Island Church has made to partner with us during our recent tragedy. When I received the call from SBC I was told to expect a small gift from a church in Michigan. However, your gift is not measured by the number of zeroes, but the size of your hearts. Thank you for partnering with us. The damage incurred this August from Hurricane Harvey was not as extensive as Hurricane Ike in 2008, but the most significant damage was the loss of our church van. So your gift will go a long way in helping us to replace the van. Please be sure to pass our appreciation to the members of Beaver Island. Your kindness will never be forgotten.”
The money collected was $877.17 and the Board rounded that number to $1,000. Thank you for your generous support of this project.
FEBRUARY 2018 BOARD MEETING
Moderator Judi Meister called the regular meeting of the beaver Island Christian Church Board to order at 3:30pm on February 12, 2018. Meeting held at Beaver Island Rural Health Center. Also present were Mary Ellen Dawson, Ralph Williamson, (Mary Jane Lawson and Bev Vicstein, by phone), Rick Speck and recording secretary, Jean Wierenga and visiting Pastor Dan Johnson. Bob Bass was absent.
Opening prayer was given by Pastor Dan Johnson.
No additions to the agenda.
Motion by Ralph and seconded by Mary Ellen to approve the minutes of the January board meeting as written. Motion carried.
Motion by Judi and seconded by Bev to approve the financial report as presented. Motion carried.
Motion by Ralph and seconded by Bev to approve a donation of $100 to the robotics team at Beaver Island Community School. Motion carried.
Mission’s Trip: Ralph stated to board that he and Kim will not be going to Haiti this spring, however, they are actively involved with the program. The interpreter who assists Kim in her work in Haiti does not have the $500 to continue her education in Haiti so Ralph is asking if the church would consider a donation towards her education. The board agreed to send a donation and suggest taking the funds out of the Benevolent Fund. Judi will recommend to the Benevolent Fund Committee to use the funds, then get back to board with the committee’s response.
Worship and Music: The wording of the Lord’s Prayer will not change from what is being used at this time.
Women’s Circle: Both the Lighthouse Church and Holy Cross Church members will be asked to help with the Easter Brunch.
Nancy Butler will take over the cleaning of the parsonage after May 1st when Mary Ellen retires. Mary Ellen made out an instruction sheet to be posted in parsonage regarding the cleaning. Women’s Circle will pay for the cleaning.
Old Business: Church Car – Car still having problems, but will again have Adam Anderson try to solve the issues with it.
Ongoing Business: Outreach/Growth – Pastor Johnson recommends constant invitations to people to attend our church. It should not just be a onetime request but many times.
Round Robin: As the bulletin board is being updated with pictures, Ralph suggests including all our visiting pastor’s pictures as well.
Next meeting on March 12, 2018 at Beaver Island Rural Health Center. Meeting adjourned at 5pm.
Respectfully submitted, Jean Wierenga, Recording Secretary
JANUARY 2018 BOARD MEETING
Moderator Judi Meister called the regular meeting of the Beaver Island Christian Church Board to order at 3:30pm on January 15, 2018. Also present were Mary Ellen Dawson, Ralph Williamson, Bob Bass, (Mary Jane Lawson by phone), Rick Speck and Recording Secretary, Jean Wierenga. Absent were Rose Spershott and Bev Vicstein.
Mary Ellen opened meeting with prayer.
Correspondence: Judi read a letter received from the Pastor of the Live Oak Baptist Church in Galveston, Texas. This was a thank you for the $1,000 sent to the church after the recent hurricane there.
Minutes: Motion by Bob and seconded by Ralph to approve the October 2017 minutes as written. Motion carried.
Motion by Mary Jane and seconded by Mary Ellen to approve the November 2017 minutes with one spelling correction, Altar, not alter as written in minutes. Motion carried.
Financial Reports for October, November, and December: Motion by Mary Ellen and seconded by Mary Jane to adopt the three month’s financial reports as written. Motion carried.
Worship and Music:
- Pastor List distributed. Several open dates at this time. Judi will be sending out informational letters on the open dates.
- Blue Hymn Books – Bob is requesting the church discontinue the use of the blue hymn books since there are so many unfamiliar hymns and feels many are uncomfortable trying to sing from the blue hymn books. It was the general consensus of the board to discontinue use.
- Lord’s Prayer – Bob ask whether we should use the word “who” or “which” in the first sentence of the Lord’s Prayer? He also feels we should not be telling the people which to use, ‘trespasses” or “debtor’s”, since we are a non-denominational church. After some discussion, Mary Ellen suggested we use the translation in the pew bible in our church for the Lord’s Prayer. Final decision tabled until February meeting.
Building and Grounds:
- Back door at parsonage destroyed by the wind. Will need all new door and maybe reverse it which would help avoid being taken out by wind.
- Mats by doors in church building – Need to replace old ones. Will get new heavier 6ft. ones.
- Take down chairs in sanctuary – Ralph and boys will take care of this, leaving 32 for the winter season.
- Missing Microphone – Need to have two new microphones. Ralph will purchase one of the two.
Women’s Circle: Easter Brunch – Rose stated she will not be doing the Easter Brunch. Will need to ask for more help from the community again for the dinner.
Bingo: Plan to have a shorter Bingo season this year running from May thru October, which Rose will still be in charge of.
- Outreach/Growth – Nothing definite at this time.
- Church car back in shop because of dead battery again. Will be checked to find out what is causing this problem again.
New Business: None
Round Robin: Mary Ellen has been taking are of the cleaning of the parsonage and stated she will be retiring on May 1st. Board will need to find someone to take over those duties, which is done weekly. Once a year the church members do a cleaning.
Next meeting will be February 12 at the BIRHC.
Meeting adjourned at 5:40pm.
Respectfully submitted, Jean Wierenga
NOVEMBER 2017 BOARD MEETING
The regular meeting of the Beaver Island Christian Church Board was called to order by Moderator Judi Meister at 3:30pm on November 6, 2017. Also present were Mary Ellen Dawson, Mary Jane Lawson (by phone), Rick Speck, and Recording Secretary Jean Wierenga. Absent with notification were Rose Spershott, Bev Vicstein, and Ralph Williamson. Bob Bass was also absent. Meeting will continue as scheduled with discussions only and no motions made without a quorum present.
Judi opened meeting with prayer.
No additions to agenda.
Correspondence: Letter received from Pastor Boven which will be discussed later in meeting.
Financial Report: No action on financial reports. Will hold until January meeting.
Worship and Music: Christmas Cantata to be held on Sunday, December 3, 2017.
Farewell Potluck for Howard Davis to be held on November 13, 2017:
- Allow time for people to share memories.
- Gift to Howard. A gift certificate in the amount of $200 from Russ’s Restaurant will be given to Howard.
- Master of Ceremonies: Will ask Bob Bass
Women’s Circle: Thanksgiving Dinner to be held on November 17, 2017. John Robert’s family and Kathy Broward will help with the dinner. Alter Society will provide the desserts.
Bingo: Last games for season to be November 8, 2017.
- Disburse special offering for hurricane victims: Total donations received was $877.17. Amount will be rounded to $1000. And will be sent to one church in Texas.
- Letter from Pastor Steve Boven: A copy of the letter will be sent to each visiting pastor who will be staying a full week. Pastor Boven is suggesting the visiting pastor visit with church members during his stay.
- Outreach/growth: Judi suggests leaving on agenda to keep in our minds.
- Endowment Mailings: Judi will be working on a letter to be sent out regarding the endowments. Have letter ready to go out by November 17.
- Snow Plow Bid: Jean’s Lawn Service bid was approved for 2017-2018.
Round Robin: Mary Ellen is requesting to use the Gregg Fellowship Center for a woodworking class. Use would be for 6 to 8 weeks. She would charge $2.00 per person for those in class with the money to go for the heat cost.
No meeting in December. Next meeting January 9, 2018.
Respectfully Submitted, Jean Wierenga
OCTOBER 2017 BOARD MEETING
The Beaver Island Christian Church Board regular meeting was called to order by Moderator Judi Meister ay 3:30pm on October 9, 2017. Meeting held at the Gregg Fellowship Hall. Present were Rose Spershott, Mary Ellen Dawson, Ralph Williamson, Bob Bass, Bev Vicstein, Rick Speck and recording secretary Jean Wierenga. Mary Jane Lawson was absent.
Mary Ellen opened meeting with prayer.
- Card from robotics team: Motion by Judi and seconded by Mary Ellen to give $100 to support the robotics team. Motion carried.
- Letter from Pastor Boven: Pastor Boven had suggestions for future visiting pastors while on Island. He suggested each pastor visit members of the church and keep a list available for the next pastor so no one would be missed. He also had suggestions for the church car and its use. The board decided not to get the major repairs done at this time since it gets so little use. Just continue to monitor the situation.
Minutes of September Board Meeting: Motion by Ralph and seconded by Bob to approve the minutes of the September meeting as written. Motion carried.
Draft minutes of Annual Meeting: One correction on spelling (Alana).
Financial Reports for August and September: Very few changes on income or expenses for first month of new budget year. Motion by Rose and seconded by Mary Ellen to approve financial reports for August and September. Motion carried.
Worship and Music: Plans for Christmas Eve service discussed. Christmas Eve day Sunday, December 24 a regular service will be held without a visiting pastor and the regular Christmas Eve service will be held at 6pm that evening.
Farewell potluck for Howard Davis on November 13: The regular board meeting is also scheduled or that day, but will change meeting to November 6.
Women’s Circle: Rose reported the Bite of Beaver was very successful. Three more upcoming events for the church are the potluck for Howard, Thanksgiving Dinner and the Cookie Carnival.
Bingo: Three more times to hold bingo for this year.
- Special offering for hurricane victims: So far $761.67 has been collected, however will continue to have buckets out around town until end of October, and disperse money on November 6.
- Bob has made contacts on where to send the money collected. He located a small Baptist church in Galveston, Texas that was heavily damaged from the hurricane. Before a definite decision is made, Bob will also try to get information on a church in Florida as well. Final decision on where money will go will be made at the November 6 meeting.
- Thanksgiving Dinner: This year the dinner will be held on Sunday before Thanksgiving. Suggested it be called the Community Thanksgiving Celebration.
- Endowment Fund: Rick Speck will be the local contact person for the Endowment Fund. The #1 priority is to get to $10,000 before any distribution can take place. A mailing needs to go out before the end of the year to allow people to get their donations in before 12/31. Rick will draft the first letter and then send to Sara at the Charlevoix County Community Foundation for review before sending out. It is recommended using the assistance of the Charlevoix County Community Foundation as much as possible.
- Snow Plow Bid: In bid notice add proof of insurance be included with bid.
- Outreach and Growth: Frank Solle will be contacted to print more cards to be placed at Boat Co, Airports, and other locations about the church.
Meeting adjourned at 5:20pm.
Jean Wierenga, Recording Secretary
SEPTEMBER 2017 BOARD MEETING
Moderator Judi Meister called the regular meeting of the Beaver Island Christian Board to order at 3:30pm on September 11, 2017. Meeting held at Gregg Fellowship Center. Also present were Mary Jane Lawson, Mary Ellen Dawson, Bev Vicstein, Rose Spershott, Bob Bass, Ralph Williamson, and Recording Secretary, Jean Wierenga. Rick Speck was absent.
Mary Ellen opened meeting with prayer.
Judi welcomed new board members Bev and Bob. Thank you cards to be sent to both Howard Davis and Jon Fogg for their service on the church board.
Minutes of August board meeting: Two corrections to minutes: Jon Fogg name omitted from August minutes, and the new policy for one week stay for visiting pastors in summer, should read mid-April thru mid-October. Motion by Mary Jane and seconded by Mary Ellen to approve the minutes with corrections. Motion carried.
Financial Report: Financial report for August tabled until next meeting.
Worship and Music:
- Judi reviewed the changes in the Pastor list for the remainder of the year.
- Christmas program to be held on December 3.
Farewell potluck for Howard on November 13 being planned as a community potluck. Howard will be here on November 12 for the last time to preach as he says he is retiring for sure.
Women’s Circle: Considering changing the Thanksgiving dinner from Thanksgiving Day to the Sunday before Thanksgiving.
Bingo: An extra game held on September 20 to replace August 23 cancellation.
Building Use: Christmas Bazaar to be November 12 in the Gregg Fellowship Hall.
Old Business: Endowment Fund agreement signed by Judi and Rose on September 13.
- Election of Officers:
Motion by Rose and seconded by Mary Jane to appoint Judy as moderator. Motion carried.
Motion by Ralph and seconded by Mary Jane to appoint Rose as Treasurer. Motion carried.
Motion by Ralph and seconded by Bob to appoint Mary Ellen as Corresponding Secretary. Motion carried.
- Response to Hurricane’s Harvey and Irma:
Motion by Mary Ellen and seconded by Rose to do a separate collection on October 8. Motion carried. Suggestion given to send monies received to a church in the area of the hurricanes so,
Bob will look into where to send the money. Bev will set out canisters around Island for additional donations.
Goals for this year: Main goal is to encourage church members to bring a new family each Sunday.
Be sure church bulletins are on racks at both airports and also put advertising at the boat company as none is there at this time. Place book marks at library. Contact the radio station about advertising as well.
Next meeting on October 9, 2017
Motion by Rose and seconded by Mary Jane at 4:55pm. Motion carried.
Jean Wierenga, Recording Secretary
AUGUST 2017 BOARD MEETING
The Beaver Island Christian Church regular meeting held on August 14, 2017 was called to order at 3:30pm by Moderator Judi Meister. Also present were Ralph Williamson, Rose Spershott, Mary Jane Lawson by phone, Rick Speck and recording secretary Jean Wierenga. Absent were Howard Davis, Jon Fogg, and Mary Ellen Dawson.
Judi opened meeting with prayer.
Correspondence: A thank you note from Connie Boyle and Connie Wojan was received thanking the church for use of the Fellowship Hall for the annual blood drive. Also included in note was their request for use of the hall on July 26, 2018 for next year’s blood drive.
Minutes of the July 10, 2017 meeting were approved by Ralph with one correction. Change name Larson to Lawson. Motion seconded by Rose. Motion carried.
Financial: Motion by Rose and seconded by Mary Jane to approve financial report. Motion carried.
Proposed budget for 2017-2018 presented by Rick. Motion by Ralph and seconded by Mary Jane to approve the proposed budget as presented. Motion carried.
Worship and Music:
- Communion schedule reviewed.
- Judi presented an updated pastor list. All Sunday’s covered at this time.
- Jean’s notes from meeting with Howard on August 6: Jean reported that Howard recommends changing schedule to allow one week only stay for visiting pastor’s in the summer.
- Recommendation for scheduling visiting pastors, beginning with 2018 schedule: A new policy to be put into place beginning each year in mid-April thru mid-October for visiting pastors allowing them one week visit because of a full slate and also a waiting list. Motion by Rose and seconded by Mary Jane to approve new policy. Motion carried.
Women’s Circle: Bake sale successful with over $1,000 received.
Bingo: Going Smoothly
- Memorial for Doris Shirk to be held September 2, 2017.
- Ralph has repaired chimney at parsonage and now wait for rains to check for any leaks.
New Business: Further discussion on Endowment Fund. Board feels the church should wait a year, however a presentation will be made at Annual Meeting and leave it up to a vote of the church members when to begin.
Meeting adjourned at 5 pm.
Respectfully submitted, Jean Wierenga
Moderator’s Report (including Food Pantry and Benevolent Committee): August 27, 2017
This report will highlight some of the events of the past year. More in-depth information can be obtained from the minutes of the monthly board meetings, which are available for your perusal upon request—contact me if you would like to see the minutes of a meeting. Bev Vicstein has offered to put the minutes on the church website after they have been approved, so we will do our best to get those minutes to her in a timely manner after the monthly board meetings.
This year marked the 54th year of Beaver Island Christian Church as a church family, as a loving, caring community of believers, as an active participant in the community where we live. God has been faithful for more than 50 years; we go into the future trusting that God will continue steadfast and unchanging, “The unfailing love of the Lord never ends! Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each day” (Lam 3:22-23)—therefore we have hope—Jeremiah 29:11: “For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord. They are plans for good, to give you a future and a hope.”
Each week of our lives, no matter how busy we might be, begins in God’s house in meaningful worship. We have been blessed and encouraged and challenged this past year by many visiting pastors. Our God has been faithful in sending the right person at the right time to lead our worship service.
Pastors come to us in many different ways—sometimes it’s by recommendation of one of our current visiting pastors, or it’s by word of mouth because he/she had been talking to a friend who had recently been a visiting pastor here, sometimes the pastor had been a summer visitor to a church service, sometimes the contact comes from someone looking at our church website—God uses many different means to accomplish his purpose for Beaver Island Christian Church.
Beaver Island Christian Church is a popular destination for visiting pastors and the list of those who would like to minister here grows every year—to the point that the board decided at a recent meeting to schedule visiting pastors for one-week visits from the middle of April through the middle of October so that more pastors would have the opportunity to lead a worship service.
And, as I mention each time I give this report, if you know a pastor who might like to lead a worship service, please give me their name and some contact information.
The weekday Bible Study continues on Tuesday evenings with the visiting pastor as the leader.
Other church activities this past year included a Christmas Musicale, participation in the community Thanksgiving service, the Thanksgiving dinner and the Easter brunch, the Women’s Circle Cookie Carnival, a Baccalaureate service in May for graduates of Beaver Island Community School.
Smaller, but equally important, activities were the Tuesday morning men’s coffee, summer picnics, and other small gatherings of our church family.
But we, as a church, also have a responsibility to our community. We do not exist in a vacuum—we CANNOT!! We are more than a church family; we are part of a community family as well.
The Food Pantry, a community Food Pantry housed in the Gregg Fellowship Center, fills an important need in the community. The monthly distribution consistently assists 9-12 individuals or families. In addition there are holiday distributions at Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter, providing supplies for a holiday dinner.
The Food Pantry is funded completely by donations of food and cash and by Fundraisers.
For several years, the Food Pantry staff has provided a soup luncheon at the Christmas Bazaar for a free-will donation; another fund-raiser is the Trivia Quiz hosted by Stoney Acres.
It’s interesting to us how people step up with fund-raising ideas they have thought of: Larissa McGinnity made a batch of pottery soup bowls and donated half of the proceeds to the Food Pantry for a month; Marie LaFreniere and Linda Wearn planned a Road Rally in July, with the proceeds donated to the Food Pantry; Andy Stebbins suggested the “Can” you help box at McDonough’s Market with the suggestion that shoppers buy an extra can or two when they do their grocery shopping.
Deb Plastrik has also written articles for the newspapers and BINN encouraging donations of leftover food when people leave the Island after a vacation here or when they close their cottage for the winter.
The Food Pantry would like to acknowledge the services of Larry and Mary Ellen Dawson, who purchase meat (from donated funds), repackage it and store it in their freezers at home—what a help that has been to the Food Pantry. And Andy Stebbins purchased a new upright freezer for the Food Pantry. We are very grateful for their contributions.
Current Food Pantry committee members are Beth Croswhite, Mark LaFreniere, Chris Heikka, Judi Meister, and Deb Plastrik.
The Benevolent Committee and the Benevolent Fund were established several years ago to help members of our church family and our community family when unexpected expenses crop up. The establishment of the Food Pantry covers the food needs, so the Benevolent Fund can be used for other purposes such as assistance with heating bills, transportation for medical appointments, etc, or help funding needed items that insurance does not cover.
The Benevolent Committee members are: Bob Bass, Jean Carpenter, and Judi Meister. You can talk to any of these committee members when you are aware of a need within our church family or in the community. All needs are treated with confidentiality.
A community Vacation Bible School was held early this summer, sponsored by the four local churches and hosted once again by Beaver Island Christian Church. It was a fantastic 3 days centered around the theme of “Following Jesus, the Light of the World. Bible stories were told to the 7-12 year-olds by Deacon Jim and Pastor Jan Beaderstadt. Sue Duram told the Bible stories to the preschool children all 3 days. The children learned that Jesus gives us courage (the story of Peter walking on the water); Jesus gives us direction (from the Sermon on the Mount) and Jesus gives us love (dying for us and coming to life again).
Every day started with spirited singing—lots of motions and movement; the Imagination Station and Outdoor Games were geared to the theme of the day.
There were close to 40 children each day and about 20 volunteers—group leaders and helpers, craft leaders, imagination station, snack ladies. How great it was to see our facilities bouncing with such activity!!!
Almost 4 years ago now, Beaver Island Christian Church began hosting bi-weekly bingo nights for the community. This continues to be a time for good fellowship as well as an opportunity to add a few dollars to the Building Fund for improvements to the Gregg Fellowship Center. Plans are to continue with bi-weekly games in the fall and spring and weekly games in the summer. There is no bingo during the winter months of November—March.
Throughout its existence, Beaver Island Christian Church has been a congregation of volunteers, a congregation of God’s servants—doing what needs to be done as a service to Him.
Each event, large or small, requires preparation and set-up—the chairs and tables don’t magically arrange themselves in the Fellowship Center for Thanksgiving and Easter, someone sets up chairs for the Christmas Cantata or a funeral, someone takes those chairs down afterward, someone volunteers to be a worker or a caller for bingo, someone weeds in the church garden, someone changes lightbulbs or washes windows, someone waters flowers, someone arranges flowers in church or bakes cookies or serves coffee, someone cleans the parsonage after the pastor family leaves.
Romans 12—some comments
We truly are a congregation of volunteers, a congregation of God’s servants.
In this vein of volunteerism as God’s servants, I once again add 2 comments:
First of all, ALL OF US can volunteer to do something; God has given each of us gifts or talents that we can use in His church. Quite often it is the same people who volunteer time and time again; God can use each one of us in some capacity.
Second, let’s not forget to say thank you.
No one does something as God’s servant expecting a thank you, but that does not mean that he/she does not appreciate a thank you. Each of us can participate in this way also. A heartfelt thank you is a blessing to both the receiver and the giver.
As a congregation, we thank the worship leaders, the music leaders, those who provide special music, those who lead responsive readings or serve as greeters, those who teach Sunday School, those who serve coffee and cookies, those who work behind the scenes to make sure everything runs as smoothly as possible.
As board moderator, (introduce board) I thank each board member for your faithful and careful service, your prayerful concerns, your thoughtful insights as we discuss church matters large and small. God is using each one of you for His purpose for Beaver Island Christian Church.
Many of you pray for this church on a regular basis. As moderator and board, we thank you for your prayers as we make decisions regarding church matters. And we would like to remind you that since this is YOUR church—the board is always open to your suggestions. Feel free to share your thoughts or concerns with any board member at any time and rest assured that we will discuss that concern at a board meeting.
And remember, you are welcome to attend board meetings at any time as a visitor.
Please continue to pray for Beaver Island Christian Church, for our church family, for our visitors, for the community in which we live and whom we try to touch with our love and caring outreach.
Judi Meister, board moderator
August 27, 2017
GUEST MUSICIANS ALWAYS WELCOME!
If you or one of your visitors is willing to play piano or organ or provide special music, please contact Judi or sign up on the bulletin board.
ANNUAL MEETING 2016 MINUTES
The annual meeting of the Beaver Island Christian Church was called to order at 11:00am on August 26, 2016 by Moderator Judi Meister.
Howard Davis opened the meeting with prayer.
The minutes of the annual meeting held on July 26, 2015 were unavailable for the meeting.
Election for board members held, with nominating committee to count ballots.
- Women’s Circle: President of the Women’s Circle, Rose Spershott gave a detailed report of the accomplishments of the Women’s Circle over the past year. The Bite of Beaver, Thanksgiving Dinner, and Cookie Carnival were all successful. The annual bake sale raised over $4,000. Rose thanked Jean Carpenter, who recently retired as head of the circle for her many years of service to the Circle. Also recognized Mary Ellen Dawson for cleaning and taking care of the parsonage.
- Moderators Report: Judi Meister gave a full report of the events of the church for last year. 2016 was the 53rd year for the Beaver Island Christian Church. The visiting Pastor list continues to be full each month. Weekly Bible study each week on Tuesday evenings with visiting pastor presiding. Christmas Cantata held again past year. Men’s coffee held each Tuesday morning at Dalwhinnies. Food Pantry fills needs in community. Serving on Food Pantry committee are Beth Crosswhite, Mark LaFreniere, Deb Plastrik and Judi Meister. The Benevolent Fund assists those in need with heating costs and transportation. Serving on the Benevolent Fund committee are Bob Bass, Jean Carpenter, and Judi Meister. Bible School which is supported by all the Island churches had 35 children attend this year and 20 volunteers helped. Bingo has been going in the summer months only for 4 years now and has been well attended. Furnace to be replaced this year. Bev Vicstein is the new Sunday School Teacher. Judi also thanked all those who volunteer and recognized all the board members.
- Business Managers Report: Rick Speck gave a detailed report of the financial status of the Church. Offerings down over past year as well as expenses down also. Motion by Ed Troutman and seconded by Ralph Williamson to approve the financial report. Motion carried.
Presentation of Proposed Budget:
Rick Speck presented the proposed budget for 2016-2017. Motion by Jon Fogg and seconded by Bob Bass as presented. Motion carried.
Determination of Financial Institution:
Chair will entertain a motion to recommend that he checking account remain at Charlevoix State Bank, and that any certificates of deposit shall be placed in a financial institution recommended by the Business Manager and Board Treasurer and approved by the Administrative Board.
So moved by Jean Wierenga and seconded by Bob Anderson. Motion carried.
Mary Ellen Dawson and Mary Jane Lawson were elected as the new members to the Board.
Comments: Howard Davis thanked Judi Meister for all she does for Beaver Island Christian Church.
Meeting Adjourned at 11:40am.
Respectfully Submitted: Jean Wierenga