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The Beaver Island Christian Church Annual Meeting was called to order by Moderator Judi Meister at 11:20 am on August 25, 2019.

Opening prayer given by Satch Wierenga.

Minutes of the August 28, 2018 Annual Meeting were read by Jean Wierenga. Motion by Mary Ellen Dawson and seconded by Kathy Speck to approve the minutes as written. Motion carried.

Election of Board Members: The Board approved slate of nominees; they are David Howell, Kim Mitchell, Greg Lawson and Jean Wierenga. Vote for 2.

Ballot counters were Tim Pickard and Bev Vicstein.  Absentee ballots counted by Kathy Speck and Satch Wierenga.

Moderator’s Report:

Judi highlighted many of the events of the past year. This was the 56th year for the Beaver Island Christian Church to be an active participant in the community. This was another successful year for all the visiting Pastors who continue to come. Pastor Dan Johnson has been very helpful in securing visiting Pastors.

Every Tuesday evening the visiting Pastor has a Bible study if he is able to remain on Island a few days. Sue Oole has a women’s Bible study each week. Other events include the Christmas Cantata, and men’s coffee every Tuesday morning at Dahlwinnies.

The Food Pantry, which is funded by donations, fills an important need in the community with 9 to 15 people coming to the pantry. The Benevolent Fund is supported by the congregation with offering taken twice a year. This year the board approved adding the Missions fund with the Benevolent fund. Bible School is hosted by Beaver Island Christian Church and is supported by all the churches on the Island. There were 40 children this year and 20 helpers.

120 padded chairs were donated to be used in the Gregg Fellowship Hall, and first use
was for the Thanksgiving dinner in 2018.

A big thank you to Alan Vicstein for taking care of bingo which is in its 6th year.

Thank you to Ralph Williamson for constructing the new storage shed which will be used to store the old chairs and other supplies.

Thank you to Ed Troutman who keeps the church Facebook page up and running and Bev Vicstein who puts the minutes on website and also writes the monthly newsletter. And a special thank you to everyone who volunteers.

Business Managers Report:  Even with offerings down as well as expenses over the past year, the church is doing well.

Presentation of Proposed Budget: Rick Speck presented the proposed budget for 2019-2020 with few changes. Motion by Bob Anderson and seconded by Alana Anderson to approve the financial report and the proposed budget as presented. Motion carried.

Determination of Financial Institution:  Chair will entertain a motion to recommend that the 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 the Board Treasurer and approved by the Administrative Board. Motion by Ed Troutman and seconded by Larry Dawson to keep all accounts at Charlevoix State Bank. Motion carried.

Election Results: David Howell and Jean Wierenga elected to board.

Motion by Larry Dawson and seconded by Satch Wierenga to adjourn meeting at 12:15pm. Motion carried.

Respectfully submitted,
Jean Wierenga, Recording Secretary


The Annual Business meeting for members of the Beaver Island Christian Church was held following the worship service on Sunday, August 30.

At the meeting, it was approved that the two three-year Board terms will be filled by Judi Meister and Bev Vicstein.  The Two-year position to finish Jean Wierenga’s term will be filled by Sue Oole.

A letter from Ruthie Gregg was discussed at length.

Rick Speck presented the financials and it was approved that the checking account remain at Charlevoix State Bank. The corrected “offering” financial is attached here BICC REGULAR OFFERINGS 8-1-19 TO 7-31.20 PG 6

Mary Ellen presented a summary of the Women’s Circle activities for the year, and Judi read the Moderator’s report (a copy of which will be added to the web site soon).

It was a good meeting with much discussion.


This year, in the interest of safety, the annual bake sale and August fundraiser will be a:

“No-Bake Bake Sale”

 Sunday, August 2 & 9

Like so many things this year, we are asking our wonderful island bakers to do something different. 

Decide what you would be baking, then calculate what you would spend on flour, sugar, butter, eggs, chocolate, nuts, and other ingredients. 

Donate this monetary amount on Sunday August 2 or 9 in the donation container at the

“No-Bake Bake Sale” display at the church. 

We also ask former purchasers of pies, cakes, cookies, breads, and all the other delicious items to consider a donation this year in lieu of your purchase. 

We will have a matching donation for all the funds in the donation container. 

The work of the church continues in these unusual times and the Women’s Circle thanks you for your help.  Be safe, stay well, and see you at church.



For those who did not fill out a church member information sheet, please click on the following attachment, print, fill out, and scan or mail to Judi M. 

Information Form 



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:

  1. give directly to Beaver Island Christian Church,
  2. give to the Beaver Island Christian Church Fund in support of the long-term financial health of our church, or
  3. 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

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.

Community Foundation Donations




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.

Respectfully submitted,

Judi Meister, board moderator

August 27, 2017  


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.