Eastern Valley United Baptist
February 28, 2004
The Council of the Eastern Valley
United Baptist Association met in the Board Room at Acadia Divinity College on
Saturday, February 28th, 2004.
Present: Jeff Hosick,
Moderator; John Beers, Vice-Moderator;
Hedley Social Action
Jennifer Kingswood Camp
Regrets from Rev. Ronald
Baxter, Regional Minister, Region II.
A devotional was given
by Moderator Jeff Hosick.
(M/S) (P. Locke/W. Merrill) that minutes be adopted as read with minor
corrections be noted. M/C.
Beers, gave an update re the planned pulpit exchange for Sunday, April 25th,
2004. He reported that there has been a very good response.
A progress report was
given on the Youth Association. There was a well attended meeting of interested
people held at Wolfville on January 5th, 2004; then on February 17th,
2004, a meeting was held at Wolfville, at which time a Youth Association was
formed for the Eastern Valley region. Tim Johnson is Moderator for the Youth
Association. The next meeting is scheduled to be held on March 9th,
2004, at the New Minas Baptist Church.
A discussion took place
with respect to the 100th Anniversary of the beginnings of our
Baptist Associations in 1905/1906 in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia at Main
Street Baptist, Saint John, NB, and Zion Baptist, Yarmouth, NS, respectively.
This discussion centered on the topic of a Name change for the Eastern Valley
United Baptist Association.
(M/S) (H. Hopkins/W. Merrill) that the matter of looking into changing our
Association name be tabled until 2006, so we can have that name to celebrate the
Wayne Merrill gave a
report on Liability Insurance.
(M/S) (P. Locke/J. Hosick) that the Stewardship Committee or a Special
committee of the Association be asked to give us an immediate progress report on
the matter of liability insurance with a follow up by the Moderator. M/C.
In his report,
Moderator Jeff Hosick commented on a number of highlights with
special mention of the Association website. He mentioned the website as being a
vital medium of communication. He indicated that Bill Davenport is to be our
Association Webmaster. He listed the following websites:
Easternvalleybaptist.com, easternvalleyyouth.com and kingswoodcamp.ca. It was
reported that $800.00 would be the cost for the domain name and rental space for
the Webmaster. The Moderator expressed appreciation to Bill and to all who
have shared in the ongoing work of the Association.
There were two motions
relative to the website cost.
(M/S) (P. Locke/H. Hopkins) that for youth ministry and three websites, we
approve up to $1,500.00 – this amount to include up to the time of the
Annual meeting. M/C.
(M/S) (B. Davenport/E. Saunders) that the cost for maintaining websites be
looked after by originators to whom websites belong. M/C.
(M/S) (P. Locke/B. Davenport) that Rev. Daniel Cormier be appointed as
representative to the Valley Regional Hospital Committee. M/C.
The Treasurer’s report
was distributed and reviewed.
(M/S) (H. Hopkins/B. Davenport) that we accept the Treasurer’s report.
(M/S) (J. Beers/W. Merrill) that the Stewardship report be received as
Jeff White gave a verbal
report for the Chaplaincy committee. He stated that a meeting was
scheduled for next week at which time there would be the appointment of
(M/S) (J. White/E. Saunders) that the Chaplaincy Committee report be
The Social Action
report was distributed and commented on by Chairman Hedley Hopkins.
Reference was made to
the workshops being undertaken by the Social Action committee –
scheduling a workshop
for each spring and fall on current social issues.
(M/S) (H. Hopkins/W. Merrill) that the Social Action report be
The Evangelism report
was presented by Chairperson, Bill Davenport. Two main events: (1)
Participation in the Apple Blossom Festival and (2) the upcoming 2004 Franklyn
Graham Festival to take place at the Metro Centre in Halifax in October.
Reference was also made to the Transitioning Seminar to be held June 8-9, 2004,
at New Minas Baptist Church.
(M/S) (B. Davenport/E. Saunders) that we receive the Evangelism report.
The Mission report
was given by Chairperson, Ellen Saunders. The committee is responsible for
reviewing applications for Mission Board grants to churches within the
Association. The committee faithfully and responsibly reviews the applications
each fall. She mentioned about mission workshops that have been held and
highlighted upcoming workshops.
(M/S) (E. Saunders/J. Beers) that the Mission report be accepted. M/C.
Wayne Merrill presented
a report on Leadership Development. This committee is responsible for
(1) granting and/or renewing Association licenses to Minister; (2) Training
counselors for Kingswood Camp; and (3) other leadership issues that may arise.
(M/S) (W. Merrill/H. Hopkins) that the Leadership Development report be
Jennifer Levy presented
the Kingswood Camp report. Many exciting things are happening in the
interest of Kingswood Camp. The Executive recommends that the Camp be closed
for this winter. Long term planning is on the agenda. The Personnel committee
is yet to meet. A big issue is still the bathrooms and the price for
replacement. A Rock-a-Thon is scheduled for March 26, 2004.
(M/S) (J. Levy/W. Merrill) that the Kingswood Camp report be received.
Minister’s report was circulated. It was noted that a Deacon’s workshop is
scheduled for March 6, 2004.
(M/S) (J. Beers/H. Hopkins) that the Regional Minister’s report be
1. Forrest Hill
(M/S) (J. White/E. Saunders) that $1,500.00 be granted to the Forest
(This came as a recommendation from the Atlantic Baptist Mission
Board to our
Association Mission Committee). M/C. It was suggested that churches in
close proximity to
the Forest Hill Church be asked to support this ministry.
(M/S) (E. Saunders/J. White) that the Eastern Valley Association give a
Chaplain Gerry Bezanson to pay Revenue Canada. M/C.
Association will be held on Saturday, May 1st, 2004 at
Coldbrook Baptist Church. The Fall Association will be held on
Saturday, November 6th, 2004.
The next Council
meeting will be held on Saturday, September 11th, 2004.
Moderator Jeff Hosick
called for adjournment of this session of the Council.
John S. Beers,