MOUNTAINVIEW CHRISTIAN REFORMED CHURCH
November 2018 Highlights
Full Council met on November 1st: Members of the Administrative Services Team (AST) Will Klein and Judy VandenBroek presented the proposed 2019 Budget, with an increase of 1.2% from the 2018 budget. The budget is based on the current staffing model for the full year. Denominational ministry shares we continue to aim for 100% giving with 70% paid through the budget with the balance to be received through Sunday collections. The mortgage rate increased to 3.7% with the current principal balance at $611,000. The budget was accepted by Council and will be presented at the December 4th Congregational meeting, with a motion for approval. Will and Judy were thanked for their work.
Ministry Oversight: Revisions have been made to the worship service evaluation form. Elders and deacons on duty will be asked to fill out an evaluation form each week as a concrete and systematic way of fulfilling their task as office bearers to oversee Worship. The Worship Ministry Team offered a proposal to worship with Kids@mountainview the first Sunday of each month, beginning the service with all children in worship and using the kids@mountainview curriculum to shape the service. The pastor will align his sermon with their monthly theme. The Education Ministry Team is working on a presentation of the movie ‘Over 18’ on Sunday evening, February 10th, and hopes to include a panel of four counselors for discussion. The Deacons have been promoting PAR this month and will give a verbal presentation at the Congregational Meeting.
Council received from the Long-Range Planning Team a staffing proposal. It was shared with staff and they were given the opportunity to respond. Council will continue to review the proposed staffing model in the coming months, taking into consideration the matters raised by staff. Council would like to inform the congregation that Will Lammers has given a letter of resignation as Music Director, as of December 31st, 2018, for the sole purpose of reclaiming a day of Sabbath rest in his busy weekly rhythm. Gert and Hinke Draaistra have also indicated they will be retiring from the assistant custodian position as of the end of this year.
In regard to the on-going restructuring, the role of Youth Elder has been removed. Spencer Farrow has been moved into a Pastoral Elders role, in Neighborhood #3. During the month of December, a small team will be formed to lead the elder/deacon nomination process for 2019.
Peter Heersink has taken the role of chair of council, and Doug Stuive has stepped into the role of Vice Chair, serving the Administrative Services Team (AST). Peter Westerterp continues to chair the AST as they wrestle with Finances, Facilities and Human Resource agendas.
A Safe Church Conversation has been scheduled for Saturday morning, December 1st, Coffee & continental breakfast will be offered at 8:30, with the meeting beginning at 9:00 a.m. Babysitting will be provided. The meeting will include opening devotions by Pastor Sid, three small group questions for round table discussion led by Pastor Fred, questions from the congregation that were provided to Judy Cook from 9:45 – 10:15, with Judy then leading us in a Healing Prayer exercise. Pastor Sid will close the morning in prayer, hopefully concluding by 11:00 a.m.
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Classis Niagara is looking for a Pastor, Elder, Deacon and one young adult, delegate for February 8th and 9th, under the theme of Authentic Relationships, for a Classis Niagara Retreat to be held in Ancaster. Mountainview has also forwarded the name of John Buma as a possible delegate for the Canadian Gathering at the Kings University in Edmonton, Alberta from May 24 – 26, 2019.
The Outreach Team and staff have been connecting with families who attended summer camp, inviting them to November 24th’s “Parents Time Out”, where 36 kids were cared for from 6 till 9. Mountainview is submitting a float, with the Narnia theme, for Grimsby’s Santa Clause Parade on Saturday, December 1st at 5:00 p.m. We have been working on a Winter Wonderland family event evening for December 7th, from 6 till 10, inviting children and families for activities and games, and a showing of the Disney Movie, “The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe,” a children’s story written by C.S. Lewis. On Saturday December 8th, Christine Winter is also offering “Parents Time Out” from 9 am – 3 pm, allowing parents to get some serious shopping accomplished. She is expecting a strong turnout for the Kids@Mountainview “Children’s Worship Pajama Party”, Sunday morning, December 23rd.
November activities at Mountainview included sorting for Trick or Canning in the Fellowship Hall on November 1st, with an amazing amount of food gathered and donated to the Grimsby Food Bank. On November 8th, the Grimsby Historical Society put on a presentation in the Fellowship hall, remembering the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I. Weight Watchers use two rooms in our children’s wing every Thursday evening. Brain Wave Café comes in every other Thursday afternoon ministering to people and families struggling with Dementia and Alzheimer’s. The facility was filled with guests on two Tuesday evenings for Save West Lincoln Hospital campaign, with the sanctuary and most every other room being used. Shabri, a condominium corporation, rented rooms for several meetings this month. The Cadets put on a fine fundraising supper on November 16th. Heritage Christian School held an evening Festival of Praise. The Bible League used the fireside room for a day of meetings. Tuesday evenings, a group from Mountainview and our community come together for volleyball in the Fellowship Hall gym. A Community Hymn Sing took place on November 25th and was well attended and well received. In so many ways, Mountainview is being used as a community center, where people’s needs are being served and the larger community blessed.
Council & Staff @ Mountainview
December 1st Saturday morning 9:00 a.m. Safe Church Conversation with Judy Cook
- coffee and continental breakfast at 8:30 a.m.
December 2nd Sunday morning after worship Deacon’s annual Seniors Christmas Banquet
- no coffee social after church, invite someone to your home.
December 4th Tuesday evening @ 7:30 p.m. Congregational Meeting
December 6th Thursday evening 7:00 p.m. Elders/Deacons meeting