March 2019 – Highlights
Full Council met on March 7 and March 28 and would like to share the following:
Mountainview staff provided updates to Council on their achievement of ministry goals for the 2018/2019 calendar year;
Pastor Sid is committed to helping council work through the structural changes as well as Long Range Staffing plans. He is also working through reverse evaluations with staff, along with preaching and teaching each week. He attended the Calvin Worship Symposium in January and a conference in Toronto entitled “Aging: The Final Frontier” on March 30th.
Pastor Fred completed a fairly successful cluster group fall session and began the new year with 223 people signed up in small groups, (not including coffee break, grief share, Men’s Life and Mission Circle). Five different groups are using Body and Soul, by Craig Barnes on the Heidelberg Catechism. Pastor Fred hopes to establish a Small Group team in Mountainview before he retires at the end of June to continue the important work of small groups ministry. Serving pastoral care and preaching fill out his weeks.
Alice Posthumus helped GEMS and Cadets register on line, as well as Kids@mountainview, Kids Kamp, and cluster groups. Safe church remains a high profile on Alice’s desk, getting police checks and assisting in safe church training. Alice attended a Safe Church training conference in Grand Rapids in September, and the worship symposium in January. Alice works hard at organizing and implementing each service of worship in Mountainview. She helps Christine set up her ministries, works with Karin Terpstra on administration, assists Music at Mountainview, assists HR with communications, elders with Neighborhood Potlucks and many other administrative aspects in Mountainview.
Christine Winter continues to lead Kids@mountainview and Kids Kamp. She sponsored 4 communities events in November, December, including a Winter Wonderland event. She also organized a horse and buggy sleigh ride for the community on the Family Day long weekend. Preparations and plans for summer camp are well underway with 400 (67%) of the children already registered. She will now focus on hiring summer student staff to implement the six weeks in July and August.
Brandon Vermeer continues to lead Middle School and Youth every other Sunday evening. Together he and the youth celebrated God’s faithfulness in and through the Puerto Rico Missions Trip. He plans to fill out his one year term in and through the month of July, when Janice will once again step in as Youth Leader. Brandon is planning a summer camp event with the youth before he steps down. Such updates allow Council to remain up-to-date on each of Mountainview’s ministries.
The nomination process for elders and deacons was reviewed. The final list of nominees who have accepted their nomination for the office of Council, was approved by Full Council. On April 7 the Congregation will be asked to affirm the list of nominees, and on April 14 the new office bearers will be selected by lot.
For 2018, Mountainview finished with a shortfall in donations relative to expenditures in the amount of roughly $150,000. As a result of the financial shortfall, the Administrative Services Team (AST) developed a plan to move forward in 2019 with a spending plan reduced by $150,000 relative to the budget approved at the December 2018 Congregational meeting. The revised budget was approved by Full Council and will be presented to the Congregation at the Spring Congregational meeting. Revisions made to the budget, include but are not limited to:
· Vacant staff positions will not be filled immediately, if at all in 2019
· The annual mortgage principal payment will be reduced to $25,000
· The annual contribution to the capital fund will be reduced to $5,000
In accordance with church order, a motion was presented and approved that Council formally accepts Pastor Fred’s retirement effective June 30, 2019. Plans are being made for a celebration around Pastor Fred’s retirement when he preaches his retirement sermon on June 23rd.
Pastor Sid advised Council that he has received a call to Heritage Christian Reformed Church in Holland Christian Homes in Brampton. As a result, a special Full Council meeting was held on March 28 to discuss this call. Pastor Sid was seeking feedback from Council to discuss this further and help aid him in discerning where God is calling him.
Elders and Deacons meet for their bi-monthly meeting on April 4th, 2019.