The annual business meeting for Beaver Island Christian Church will follow the Worship Service on Sunday, August 28.

According to the current bylaws, the quorum for an annual meeting is 15. There were 14 members present at the 2021 annual meeting; therefore it could not be considered a properly convened congregational meeting, so the votes at that meeting were technically not votes.

The annual meeting 2022 will be a consolidated 2021-2022 annual meeting. Business from the 2021 annual meeting that required a vote included:

  • Approval of business manager’s report
  • Approval of recommended budget
  • Approval of financial institution
  • Approval of the minutes of the 2020 meeting
  • Election of board members, 2 for a three-year term and 1 for a one-year term due to a resignation

If you are a church member, your attendance at the annual meeting is crucial!!!!

You can become a member of our Church even if you are a member of another Church. If you would like to become a member, talk to me or any board member about signing the membership book.

This leads directly into my next announcement about the Nominating Committee for 2022. According to the bylaws, “the board shall appoint a Nominating Committee which shall consist of at least one board member and two members of the church who are not board members.  At least three weeks before the annual meeting, the slate of candidates shall be presented to the church membership. Additional nominations may be made in writing to the Nominating Committee within a specified time to be announced. Not later than two weeks prior to the annual meeting, the full slate shall be presented to the church membership.”

The Nominating Committee for 2022 consists of Bev Vicstein, board member, and Bob and Alana Anderson, members of the church.

Terms which expired last year:

  • Ralph Williamson and Satch Wierenga; slate for voting was Greg Lawson, Tracy Paquin and Kathy Speck.
  • One year term due to a resignation; slate for voting was Bob Kuehne and Bob Anderson, however, before the election on annual meeting day, Bob Anderson withdrew his name. Kathy, Tracy and Bob were “elected”. Bob Kuehne subsequently resigned after the September board meeting.

Upon advice as to how to proceed, Kathy, Tracy and Greg ended up being appointees until the next annual meeting, which is this year, August 28.

Terms that expire this year are Sue Oole and Judi Meister.

The Nominating Committee presents the following slate:

  • One year term: Greg Lawson
  • Two year terms: Kathy Speck and Tracy Paquin
  • Three year terms: Sue Oole and Judi Meister.

If you would like to make an additional nomination, please submit this nomination in writing to the Nominating Committee before Wednesday, August 10. The final slate will be presented to the congregation on August 14.

Judi will have paper ballots or you can print your own by clicking the following link:  Absentee Ballot 2022

In addition, we will be voting on revisions to four Church By-laws.  The proposed changes follow:

Current

Article 1: Organization

The church shall be called the Beaver Island Christian Church (non-denominational) and will maintain its place of worship in St. James Township, Beaver Island, Charlevoix County, Michigan.

The Beaver Island Christian Church shall be governed by its membership and shall maintain its non-denominational status.

Article Three: Policy

This church recognizes the brotherhood of all who are under the Lord’s providence, so it welcomes all people to its services.

The church shall be governed by its membership and shall maintain its non-denominational status.

Article Eight: Business Meetings of the Membership

There shall be an annual business meeting during the last quarter of each fiscal year. The business of this meeting shall include the annual reports of the Administrative Board (including the report of the Treasurer and Moderator), election of Administrative Board members and such other business as may be called for by the Board.

Notice of the annual meeting shall be posted conspicuously in the church and shall be read from the pulpit on two consecutive Sundays preceding the date of the meeting.

Special meetings shall have the same advance notice and may be called by the Administrative Board or by the request of ten church members.

Votes of matters of dismissal, election of Administrative Board members, or amendments to the By-laws shall be by ballot.

The quorum of a meeting of the congregation shall be not less than fifteen (15) members. No meeting of fewer than fifteen members shall be considered a congregational meeting

 

Article Nine: Amendments

All amendments to the Church by-laws require a two-thirds majority of the qualified voting members present at a properly convened and constituted annual meeting. Any change or amendment of the by-laws shall be submitted to the church membership and read from the pulpit three consecutive Sundays immediately preceding the meeting when such amendment may be entertained.

Proposed

Article 1: Organization

The church shall be called the Beaver Island Christian Church (non-denominational) and will maintain its place of worship in St. James Township, Beaver Island, Charlevoix County, Michigan.

 

Article Three:  Policy

This church recognizes the community of all who are under the Lord’s providence, so it welcomes all people to its service. The church shall be governed by its membership and shall maintain its non-denominational status.

 

 Article Eight: Meetings of the Membership

There shall be an annual meeting during the first quarter of the new fiscal year. The business of this meeting shall include the annual reports of the Administrative Board (including the report of the Business Manager and Moderator), election of Administrative Board members, and other business that may be called for by the Board.

Notice of the annual meeting shall be posted conspicuously in the church and shall be read from the pulpit on three consecutive Sundays preceding the date of the meeting; not to include the day of the meeting.

Special meetings shall have the same advance notice and may be called by the Administrative Board.

Matters of dismissal, election of Administrative Board members, or amendments to the by-laws shall be by ballot.

Electronic participation will be offered to members who request a login and password no later than five (5) business days in advance of any meeting; those members will be provided with the proper credentials to completely participate.

The members present, either in person or virtually, shall constitute a quorum.

Article Nine: Amendments

Any change or amendment of the by-laws shall be submitted to the church membership in writing and read from the pulpit three consecutive Sundays immediately preceding the meeting when such amendment may be entertained.  All amendments to the Church by-laws require a two-thirds majority of the qualified voting members present, either in person or virtually, at a properly convened and constituted annual meeting or a special meeting called for that purpose. 

Electronic participation will be offered to members who request a login and password no later than five (5) business days in advance of any meeting; those members will be provided with the proper credentials to completely participate.

The members present, either in person or virtually, shall constitute a quorum.

2021 COOKIE CARNIVAL

For those who would like to pre-order cookies for the Cookie Carnival, below is a copy of the 2021 order form.

Return forms to Kathy Speck, 26240 Pine St., beige house across from Church parking lot.

A drop box is on Kathy’s back deck, or order by phone with Kathy at 448.2393. If Kathy doesn’t answer, leave her a message INCLUDING YOUR ORDER. 

Your order will be filled according to the date and time of your order.  Kathy will let you know if we have run out of any items.  First come, first served.

Deadline for turning in orders is end-of-day December 10.

Pickup is Saturday, December 18, 11 – 2 p.m.

Checks should be made to Beaver Island Christian Church / add Women’s Circle to the memo line.

Price list for Cookie Carnival 2021

ANNUAL MEETING

The annual meeting of Beaver Island Christian Church members is August 29 after the worship service.

At that meeting, we will be electing three board members; the three-year terms of Ralph Williamson and Satch Wierenga expire this year and we also need to elect a person to finish a one-year vacancy due to a resignation.

The board-approved slate of nominees in alphabetical order is:

1) For the one-year term: Bob Anderson and Bob Kuehne;

2) For the three-year term: Greg Lawson, Tracy Paquin and Kathy Speck.

The current board members remaining on the board are Mary Ellen Dawson, Judi Meister, Sue Oole and Bev Vicstein. Absentee ballots are available below.

Although voting is restricted to church members, visitors are always welcome at this meeting. Ballots must be in PO Box 21 by 4 p.m. Friday, August 27, 2021.

absentee ballot 2021

AUGUST 2019 ANNUAL MEETING

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

INFORMATION FORMS

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 

 

BEAVER ISLAND CHRISTIAN CHURCH ENDOWMENT FUND

In accordance with the vote of the church membership at 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 provides another source of funding for our church.  

The Fund provides options for donors, who may:

  • Support long-term financial health by giving to Beaver Island Christian Church Endowment Fund, or
  • in support of Church operations by giving to the Beaver Island Christian Church Grant-Making Fund, or
  • both

The endowment fund also presents an excellent option for donors who wish to make estate gifts.

To learn more about the Beaver Island Christian Church Fund or for current information on financials, please contact Rick Speck at 231.448.2830 or at rickspeck@tds.net

A donation can be completed on-line or you can 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.

Gifts can be sent to the attention of Rick Speck at the Beaver Island Christian Church or you can 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

Thank you.

 

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.