May 2018 Highlights
Full Council ~ met on May 10th and again on May 17th and would like to share the following …
At the May 10 meeting, John Buma and Tony Kamphuis attended the meeting to provide an update on the results of the work completed by the Long Range Planning Committee. Following their presentation opportunity was provided for questions and feedback for the Committee to take into account as it continues its work in the coming months. An update will be provided at the Congregational meeting set for June 3rd. The Finance and Stewardship Team (FA$T) represented by Peter Westerterp and Will Klein joined the meeting to present the results of the recent audit and the financial statements for the year completed. The financial statements and auditors report were received and will be presented to the congregation for approval at the upcoming June 3rd meeting.
Jerry Gerritsen, George Dekker and Pastor Sid served as delegates for the meeting of Classis Niagara on Wednesday May 16.
Full Council met again on May 17 for its annual transition meeting where retiring office bearers shared reflections of their time in office and were recognized for their time served. This first meeting of the new council was also used to provide some initial orientation and training. New Council members were also briefed on the work of the Long Range Planning Committee and some structural changes taking place. Christina Pleizier led “Safe Church Training” and information was provided focused on the following; council responsibilities, the current structure through which ministries are delivered, conduct & expectations and orientation & support. Further training related to the responsibilities of office and the delivery of pastoral ministry will continue to be provided by Pastor Fred.
Pastoral Ministry Team/Diaconal Ministry Team ~ met on May 3rd and would like to share the following ….
The PMT spent time in reflection, hearing from those who are finishing their term as Elder as well as from those will be continuing their term as Elder.
Jeanette Lip’s membership transfer to Immanuel United Reformed Church of Niagara, in Jordan was also approved.
The below membership transfers were approved into membership at Mountainview:
- Josh & Jackie Talsma from Immanuel CRC in Brampton
- Ken & Arlene Frid from Centennial Park Baptist in Grimsby
Please introduce yourselves to Josh & Jackie, as well as Ken & Arlene, and welcome them to full membership at Mountainview.
Ministry Leadership Team:
On May 16th we had our last Ministry Leadership Team Meeting, as we know it. The “Structural Review Report,” recommendations do not include a Ministry Leadership Team. In this last session Deacons reported on attending a Classis Niagara Diaconate meeting on April 25th, with some 25 deacons, from each of the churches of classis. They are looking at the possibility of sponsoring another Karen refugee family. They are continuously grateful for the congregation’s generous support. Our FA$T team met regarding 2017 finances and had an excellent audit. New procedures were put in place for Counting Committee teams. The team is also looking at a few other stewardship initiatives. The Outreach Team is preparing for the Annual Kids Carnival on Saturday June 16th, come on out, volunteers needed. This leads into the summer Kids Camp program. So far 401 children have registered over a period of six weeks, and student staff are being hired. They are also planning for six Sunday evening worship services in our parking lot from 4:00 till 5:00 followed by a BBQ. Come and join the Kids Camp team for “Summer Jam” Sunday afternoons and mingle with community families. Pastoral Ministry Team met in April and in May and continue to receive excellent training on Pastoral Care from Pastor Fred. Annette Klingenberg has taken on the role of chairperson. Worship Team met and reviewed plans for the month of June, July and August. During the summer months we’ll continue our journey through the book of Acts, as we did last summer. A request was made to consider using a ‘gluten free’ only product or wafers for communion. That motion was presented to MLT and approved.
Gluten intolerance is a fairly common problem. It is characterized by adverse reactions to gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley and rye. Celiac disease is the most severe form of gluten intolerance. It is an autoimmune disease that affects about 1% of the population and may lead to damage in the digestive system. However, up to 13% of people may also have non-celiac gluten sensitivity, a milder form of gluten intolerance that can still cause problems. Both forms of gluten intolerance can cause widespread symptoms, many of which have nothing to do with digestion. Some main signs and symptoms include: bloating, diarrhea/constipation; abdominal pain; headaches, feeling tired; skin problems; depression; iron-deficiency; anxiety; muscle and joint pain, leg or arm numbness and brain fog. The system we are using now with the gluten free wafers in the middle is in effective, causing cross contamination making them pointless. It was suggested that we move to all gluten free wafers but that is cost prohibitive. Our solution is to move to Christie Rice Crackers which are gluten free. Cost is under $2/box, in line with our budget (actually less cost and work). Some investigation, discussion and research has gone into this and MLT decided to move ahead with this recommendation. We trust and pray that this change will not distract us in the sacrament of communion.
Janice gave a youth report, letting us know that Middle School has completed their year of activity, and they and the Youth are looking forward to their closing night socials. Fifteen young people attended the All Ontario Youth Convention again during the May long weekend. Youth are hosting a huge garage sale on July 7th to help raise funds for their proposed Puerto Rico Missions Trip in March of 2019. During the month of June they will be collecting items for the sale. If you have any items to donate, contact Janice.