Eastern Valley United Baptist
Spring Meeting, May
Held at the Kingswood Camp, Lake
Business - Reports
“That in all things Christ might
have the supremacy”
-- Colossians 1:18b
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Moderator’s Report [Rev. Dr. Glenn Wooden]
Chaplain Committee Report [Rev. June Keddy]
Evangelism Committee Report [Lic. Jan McGuire]
Kingswood Camp Report - Chairman [Allison Magee]
Leadership Development Report [Rev. Ellen Hunt, Chairperson]
Mission Committee Report –
Chairperson [Rev. Brian Wheaton]
Regional Minister’s Report [Rev. Ronald Baxter, RM, Region
Social Action Committee Report [Rev. Jennifer Smart]
Stewardship Committee Report [Rev. Dr. Roger Cann]
The Rev. Don Ehler Memorial Chaplaincy Fund [David Rafuse,
The Treasurer’s Report [Robert Douglas, Treasurer]
Income Statement - Jan 01, 2009 to April 14,
Balance Sheet as at
April 14, 2009
Allotments - 2008
Kingswood Camp Financial Statement [Laurie Hennigar]
A - G - E - N - D – A
8:30 a.m. Registration
8:50 a.m. Singspiration - Devotional
by Rev. Pamela Estey,
Executive Director, Kingswood Camp
9:20 a.m. Business –
open session with prayer
Welcome to New Pastors, Guests and Delegates
Rules of Order (read by Assistant Clerk)
Minutes of Fall Association, November 2008
Business Arising from Minutes
9:45 a.m. Committee
[As recorded in booklet and handouts – to be
voted on as a group, except for the Leadership
and Development, Financial and Nominating
10:30 a.m. Fellowship
Break (and Coffee time)
10:50 a.m. Singing of
11:00 a.m. Program:
“Jesus in the news: A consideration of sensational
made about Jesus and recent archaeological discoveries”
Presenter: Dr. Craig Evans, Distinguished Professor of
at A. D. C.
12:00 p.m. New
Business - Announcements
12:25 p.m. Closing Hymn
DINNER SERVED BY KINGSWOOD CAMP
You are invited to share a lunch
graciously provided by the Willing Workers of
Kingswood Camp. A freewill
offering will be received for their labors of love!
Moderator’s interim report
Since assuming the position of Moderator, I have had the
pleasure of chairing one meeting of the council, and officiating
at the inductions of Kirby Smart (Waterville UBC) and Tim
Bigelow (Woodville) and ordination of Debra Mosher (Windsor
Plains Baptist Church).
As I have worked and thought about this Association, I realize
that what makes us strong is our common ministries, Kingswood
Camp and the chaplaincies in senior’s complexes. These represent
our common values: a ministry to children and youth, and
ensuring that our elders are cared for spiritually when they can
no longer live independently. Both are venues for ministry to
Christians and venues for the sharing of the gospel of salvation
through Jesus our Lord. Some other associations about which I
hear do not have such common interests and they are struggling
to remain viable. As we move into the future and changes come
about for Kingswood and as the ministries of the chaplains
develop, I hope that we will ensure that these common ministries
are protected by ensuring that they are adequately supported
financially and strengthened through our common efforts on their
behalf as congregations in Hants and Kings County.
Chaplaincy Report for Spring Session
Valley United Baptist Association
April 15, 2009
The Chaplaincy Committee met several times since our last
report in November, 2008.
An Ordination Service was held for Rev. Debra Mosher in Windsor
Plains United Baptist Church on Saturday, November 8, 2008 at
3:00PM. A reception followed at Dykeland Lodge, Windsor, where
Debra works as the chaplain.
An Induction Service for Rev. Dr. Judith Saunders was
held on Sunday, November 16th, 2008 at 2:00PM in Grand View
Manor, Berwick, NS, followed by a reception. Both services were
well attended by the community and church.
In March, 2009, we met with Derek Ehler and David Rafuse
to learn more about the Rev. Don Ehler Memorial Chaplaincy Fund
the work of chaplaincy at Dykeland Lodge. It was an informative
evening. We thank them both for their time and help for us as a
committee as we seek to pull together with all who are involved
now and over the years in the work of God’s Kingdom.
We met with our chaplains, Rev. Debra Mosher and Rev. Dr.
Judith Saunders at Acadia Divinity College in Wolfville to
encourage and support in prayer and _ealize_n concern. Both
chaplains expressed love for their work and their work is
greatly appreciated by the administration and residents, staff
and their families.
The Council of the association met in February and voted
to increase the paid hours of work for Rev. Mosher at Dykeland
from eight to eleven per week as of March, 2009. It has been
previously noted in our reports that the time she spends in
preparation and ministry consistently increased to significantly
more than eight hours per week. With the incoming interest
from the Rev. Don Ehler Memorial Chaplaincy Fund and funding
from the association, this increase in hours is possible.
We thank all who support in prayer, in giving, both
financially and by attendance at the hymn sings the ongoing work
to support chaplaincy at Dykeland; the vision and hard work is
evident as the chaplaincy fund continues to grow.
We wrote a proposal in March, 2009 asking for help of
Dykeland Lodge to increase Debra’s paid hours from eleven to
sixteen, giving her two eight-hour days. This proposal was
agreed upon by Dykeland Lodge and we thank the administration
for this financial support. Debra will be paid by Dykeland
Lodge for five extra hours per week beginning May 4th,
Rev. June Keddy, Chair, Chaplaincy Committee
This committee has undergone some personnel changes and is in
the process of reviewing its mandate. We are prayerfully
seeking direction from the Lord as to how we can better serve
His cause in and through this committee. For this reason we have
not met yet this year.
Kingswood Camp (
an evangelical Christian camp situated on Lake George, Kings
County, Nova Scotia, owned and operated by the Eastern Valley
Baptist Association and run in cooperation with the Annapolis-Digby
Baptist Association. We seek to honour God by providing an
atmosphere where campers encounter Jesus Christ and grow as His
disciples through wholesome relationships with dedicated
Christian leaders, in an inviting outdoor setting, while
participating in safe programs and activities relevant to their
physical, emotional, social, and spiritual development.
Are you ready for the new camping season at Lake George? The
Committee members have been busy over the past winter making
plans so that every child who is able can get “Plugged In” this
summer. We cannot; however, have a successful camping season
without your help. If you have not been receiving the news
about Kingswood Camp please let our Executive Director, Rev.
Pamela Esty or myself know so that we may update your contact
information. We need all of you to promote your Camp in your
Churches and in your communities.
The Camp has received a number of wonderful blessings. John
Pierce, from the Kingston area has joined the Camp Committee.
Hennigar House has been warmly received by young and older
campers. The number of applicants for the various positions at
Camp this summer has risen. We have volunteer positions as well
as the paid positions, so if you feel lead to volunteer please
speak with Pamela Esty.
The major challenge this year has been in the financial area.
Just as with many Churches, personal donations and some Church
donations were down last year. The cost of a child going to
camp is not covered by the registration cost. If the true cost
was totally covered by the registration, many children would not
be able to afford to attend camp. As a result Kingswood Camp has
for many years relied upon donations to balance our budget.
Currently we are over $15,000.00 in debt as a result of the past
two years. (At the same time we give thanks to God for being
able to erect the new cabin complex without any debt.) To try
and address the deficit, as you all should have heard (and if
you did not please let us know) a pork roast supper was
held at the Kentville Baptist Church on Friday April 17. At the
time of writing this report the final results are not available,
it is thought there will be a profit of over $1,000.00, due in
part to the generous donation by Meadow Brook Meat Market. In
addition we also received over $1,000.00 in additional donations
to add to the profit of the supper. We are most grateful for
the corporate and personal donations. While the deficit needs
to be addressed; is a fund raising supper a good use of the
committee members’ time and of the Executive Director’s time? I
realize that many Churches have had to ask themselves the same
question. Many hours of time and effort were diverted from
working on the camp programme and so on, to peal vegetables, to
advertise the supper, to set up, to serve, to clean up and so
on. I wish to thank all those who volunteered in helping in the
various ways for the supper. Also a big thank you to all who
supported the supper by attending and or donating toward the
Plans are in the works for a musical evening. If we are able,
with your help, to improve our methods of communication, that
may not be as time consuming as the supper. A dinner theater,
to be held at Camp, has also been suggested.
The Camp Committee was pleased to have the
Atlantic Baptist Women hold their semi-annual meeting at the
Camp last weekend and we extend a very warm welcome to the
Easter Valley United Baptist Association members today. We hope
to see many of you here again in the near future. Everyone is
welcome to help on Camp Clean up day on Saturday May 30. If you
know of anyone who might be interested in seeing the Camp and
some of the programmes, please bring them for Camp Day on
Saturday June 13. When the Camp is not being used for the
regular camps it is available to be rented by various groups.
We have been blessed by having more rentals during the first
three months of 2009 then we had in all of 2008. If you or your
group would like to rent the Camp please contact our Executive
or via telephone.
The Camp has a first class canoe for sale or to trade for
several training canoes. We wish to expand opportunities of
learning for the campers and this includes the need for more
canoes to train in. Plans are in place to improve the
waterfront at the Camp and to build a new games’ field as funds
are available once our deficit is addressed.
Please stay “tuned” for future announcements concerning your
Camp as the incorporation process moves forward and as we plan
and advertise fund raising activities. We thank you for your
support of Kingswood Camp this year. Please keep the Camp and
all the individuals involved in your prayers. Please join the
Camp Committee in rejoicing over what is accomplished at Camp.
We offer our thanks and praise for the continued work of the
Holy Spirit. May we all receive continued blessings for the
remainder of 2009.
Chairperson of Kingswood Camp Committee
Eastern Valley Baptist Association
Leadership Development Committee
Report May 2009
The Leadership Development Committee met March 19th
at Acadia Divinity College to interview candidates seeking to
receive or renew an Association License to Minister.
The following have been interviewed and are recommended
by the Committee to receive or renew an Association License to
Renewal Association License:
Chad is in his third year at Acadia Divinity College in the
Bachelor of Theology program and will graduate May 2009. He is
currently a pastoral intern and youth leader at Centreville
Baptist Church. Chad will be returning to Acadia Divinity
College for the Master of Divinity program.
Karen graduated May 2008 from Acadia Divinity College with a
Bachelor of Theology degree. She is currently Pastor at Oxford
and Little River United Baptist Churches.
Marion is in her second year at Acadia Divinity College in the
Master of Divinity program. She is doing her Supervised Field
Education at Hantsport Baptist Church where she is active in a
variety of ministries. Marion feels called to youth and family
ministry in the community setting.
Seth is in his third year at Acadia Divinity College in the
Master of Divinity program and will graduate May 2009. Seth is
doing his Supervised Field Ed. at Wolfville United Baptist
Church where he is active in the youth ministry.
Vanessa is in her third year at Acadia Divinity College in the
Master of Divinity program and will graduate May 2009. Vanessa
is doing her Supervised Field Education at Bethany United
Baptist Church where she is active in a variety of ministries.
Borden is in his third year at Acadia Divinity College in the
Master of Divinity program and will graduate May 2009. He is
part time student pastor and Supervised Field Education student
at Hantsport Baptist Church where he is active in various
Renewal Association Lay License
Jan is a graduate of the Lay Pastor Program and is in a
partnership ministry with her husband Chuck at Harmony United
Baptist Church where she is active in a variety of ministry
duties. Jan feels called to minister with her husband Chuck as
the Lord leads them.
The Leadership Development Committee meets twice a year to
interview candidates for new and renewal of Associations License
to Minister. The next interviews will be in September-October,
dates to be announced.
In Christ, Rev. Ellen Hunt
Missions Committee Report May 2009
Grants have been provided by the Atlantic Baptist Mission Board
to three churches in our Association – Forest Hill, West
Brooklyn, and Woodville. An additional grant has gone to Forest
Hill from the EVUB Association. Any church desiring a grant
should speak to the Regional Minister and the chair of the
The Missions Committee encourages church leaders to attend the
Healthy Small Churches Seminar on May 20th
from 9:00-4:00 at First Cornwallis UBC.
The Missions Committee would like to help our member churches
share ideas and events of a mission nature through the EVBA
website. This will only work if the churches send us
We feel that each
of you have interesting ways of promoting Missions in your
church and the sharing of your ideas will help others to find
speakers, arrange programs and to help advertise your events.
Please send us
Events of a Mission nature that will be
happening in your Church
A question and answer category where you can ask for
ideas on certain subjects, speakers etc. and respond to
questions others have.
Successes that you have had with certain programs.
Feel free to send pictures of your events.
We should keep the
information at the local level.
We will try to
update the website monthly. We would like to have the
information by the 15th of the month, for inclusion the next
The notices on the
website would be in power point and bulletin insert format.
We will be flexible
about the information we receive until we get a handle on what
you churches want.
The place to
send the information is
Also check out the website
Let us use the
information highway to become more informed about what is
happening in Missions in our local Churches.
Brian Wheaton, Chair
CONVENTION OF ATLANTIC BAPTIST CHURCHES
Churches Grow Passionate Disciples)
REGION #2 – OFFICE
OF THE REGIONAL MINISTER – Rev. Ron Baxter
10 Westwood Avenue, Wolfville, NS B4P 1X9 (902) 542-4105
REPORT TO THE EASTERN VALLEY ASSOCIATION
May 2, 2009 at Kingswood Camp, Lake George, NS
Pastors / Churches Kempt UBC received interim ministry from
Rev. Johan Eichhorn until Easter, and since then from Andrew
Kasprzak; Upper Vaughan UBC called Rev. Gary Manthorne effective
December 1/08; Falmouth UBC has received notice of Rev. Wayne
Merrill’s intention to conclude his ministry effective May
31/09; Canning UBC has Rev. Murray Shaw as Interim Pastor;
Coldbrook BC has Rev. Bill Davenport as consistent pulpit
supply; Billtown UBC is being served by Rev. Jerry Zinck as
Interim Pastor; Woodville UBC has inducted Pastor Timothy
Bigelow; Black Rock UBC has Rev. Liz Johnson providing
consistent pulpit supply; Waterville UBC has inducted Rev. Kirby
Smart; Lawrencetown UBC has received notice of Rev. Barbara
Bishop’s decision to retire effective July 30/09;
Bridgetown UBC had Rev. Barry Aitken as their Interim Pastor
until March 15th, and since then Rev. Keith Churchill has
provided pastoral services; and the Annapolis Royal Pastorate
has Rev. Bob Reid serving as their Pastor.
The New Minas Baptist Church is hosting John Maxwell’s 2009
Maximum Impact Simulcast on Friday, May 8/09, and graciously
invited Region 2 Pastors to register by April 24th
without fee as their guests.
A.D.C. The winter semester has
concluded. The annual Commissioning Service,
with Dr. Lois Mitchell as the guest preacher, will be held at
7:30 p.m. on Friday, May 8/09 at the Wolfville Baptist Church.
At the 3 p.m. Convocation Service at University Hall on Sunday,
May 10/09, not only will the ADC graduates receive their earned
degrees, but Dr. Lois Mitchell will be awarded the honorary
degree Doctor of Divinity, and also Measha Brueggergosman will
be awarded the honorary degree Doctor of Music.
Associations The Eastern Valley Association Deacon & Pastor
Workshop on March 21st
at the Pereaux Baptist Church had 84 persons in attendance to
hear Drs. John Weiler and Frank Guinta. In 2010 the Wolfville
Baptist Deacons will host this Workshop on Saturday, March 6th.
Regional Working Group The RWG asks the EVA & the A-DA to
ratify the following motions passed by the RWG on Feb. 3rd:
That the appointment of Rev. Ron Baxter
as Regional Minister on a ¾ time basis from January 1 to
June 30, 2009 is approved.
That the request of the CABC Executive
Minister, Rev. Peter Reid, that Rev. Ron Baxter’s term as
Regional Minister be extended for two years is approved with
the understanding that the RWG will in May of 2009 evaluate
the appropriateness of continuing regional ministry on a ¾
Personal I have seen the sense of continuing to serve as
Regional Minister during
these upcoming two years as our Executive Minister works himself
into his new role, and the Convention adapts to the current
Please be advised that I am scheduled to be either “off work” or
“on vacation” from June 15th through July 12th.
Convention On Sunday, May 10/09 Rev. Peter Reid, our
Executive Minister, will receive the Doctor of Ministry degree
at the Acadia University Convocation.
On Wednesday, May 20/09, from 9 a.m. to 4
p.m. Rev. Dennis Bickers will present his one-day seminar on
“The Healthy Small Church” at the 1st Cornwallis
Baptist Church at Upper Canard (Route 341 at Middle Dyke Road,
i.e., Exit 12 off the #101 Highway). Register now via
for $50 per person. The registration fee at the door is $55 per
person. The fee includes a great seminar, handouts,
refreshments and lunch plus access to La Bonne Nouvelle Book
Display. You can preview the writings of Dennis Bickers at
A Financial Planning Seminar for CABC
Pastors & Spouses is scheduled for May 25 & 26 at Atlantic
Baptist University complements of the CABC Pension and Insurance
Board. Contact Karen Gunn to register (506-635-1922 Ext. 108 or
) or visit the CABC Web Site (www.baptist-atlantic.ca
The Lay Pastor Training Programme for the
2009 first year class will be hosted by the Birch Cove Baptist
Church in Halifax beginning on September 11 – 12, 2009. The
Registration deadline is June 30/09. Application are available
) or from your Regional Minister. The second year class will
continue to meet at the Bridgewater Baptist Church, and the
third year class will continue to meet at the Centreville
Baptist Church (Kings County).
United In Mission – “Growing Healthy Churches”
UIM contributions to the end of March (2009) from eleven
churches (i.e., 24%) in the Eastern Valley Association totaled
$31,901 (up from $29,441 in 2008); and twelve (i.e., 39%) +
eight (i.e., 44%) churches in the Annapolis-Digby Association
totaled $19,582 + $3,217 = $22,799 (up from $8,426 + $4,265 =
$12,691 in 2008). The CABC Treasurer’s Report to March 31/09
shows an income of $382,500 (up from $350,389 in 2008). In the
first quarter of 2009 14.10% of the $2,713,700 UIM Goal for 2009
Remember: “ Stronger.
Together.” Let’s do our part!
SOCIAL ACTION COMMITTEE REPORT TO OUR
ASSOCIATION APRIL 2009
On Monday February 16th, the Social Action Committee
held a seminar to help those facing job layoffs. Our speakers
were: Gilles Belliveau and Jennie Enman of Service Canada and
Susan Reardon of the NS Department of Community Services.
Pastor John Andrew also spoke to remind people that pastors are
available for counselling and emotional support. The Canadian
Mental Health Association provided free brochures. The
attendance was average. The extensive layoffs here in the
Valley continue to be a real concern.
In the near future, the Social Action committee is
planning a seminar on how churches can be pro-active in Waste
Management and "reduce, re-use, recycle". We can do our part in
the stewardship of God's creation.
Our committee continues to support the work of the Rapha
Initiative of our Convention. The Rapha Initiative is planning
to create a DVD to promote a better understanding of mental
health issues among our churches.
Geraldine Browning has resigned from our committee.
Jennifer Smart is the new chairperson and Chuck McGuire is the
Rev. Jennifer Smart
STEWARDSHIP COMMITTEE REPORT
APRIL 15, 2009
The Committee met twice this spring and reviewed the
financial statements as presented by the Treasurer of the
Association. Two matters have been of concern.
Firstly the Stewardship Committee recommended to the
Chaplaincy Committee that they consider increasing the hours of
the Chaplain at Dykeland Lodge to be covered from the interest
on the Don Ehler Fund. Those managing the Don Elher Fund had
expressed concern that funds accumulated since 2007 had not been
used for the intended purpose, support of the chaplaincy at
Dykeland Lodge. The Chaplaincy committee had not included a
request for extended hours when our fall budget was approved. As
a result our committee recommended to Council at its February
meeting to increase the ministry by 3 hours per week. This
recommendation was approved.
The second matter relates to those churches which did
not contribute to the mission and ministry of the Association
last year. Fund-raising is not included among the
responsibilities of the Stewardship Committee, yet the Committee
felt some action should be taken to keep all of our churches
involved in what we do together. A lack of
contributions may indicate poor communications on the part of
To that end we are recommending to the Moderator,
that the Clerk send a letter of encouragement to those churches
which had not contributed last year.
This year to the 13th of April, income
has exceeded expenses by $938.28. Balances held in the current
account total $ 8,426.91, with an additional $ 23,741.96
invested with the Baptist Foundation. Currently the Baptist
Foundation is offering 3.5 % on deposits under $100,000.
The Stewardship Committee has only four members at
present. The usual number is six. We would welcome two others to
join our numbers.
Marshall Jones, Chair Roger
REV. DON EHLER MEMORIAL CHAPLAINCY FUND
FINANCIAL STATEMENT REPORTS
STATEMENT OF OPERATIONS
FOR THE PERIOD ENDED DEC. 31, 2008
Eastern Valley Assoc.
West Hants Baptist
Fund Raiser 0.00
Foundation - Int. 1940.54
Association of Baptist Churches
EXCESS OF REVENUE OVER
FUND BALANCE, JAN. 1,
FUND BALANCE, DEC. 31, 2008
David C. Rafuse,