Eastern Valley Baptist Association
September 16, 2006 - New Minas Baptist Church - 9 a.m.
Present: Graham Thomas, Moderator; Hedley Hopkins; Emily
Samson; Marilyn Herber; Barbara Cochran, Vice-Moderator; John
Beers, Past-Moderator; Allison Magee; Ron Baxter, Regional
Minster & Recording Secretary Pro-tem.
Regrets: Kerri Vaughan; Ellen Hunt; Pamela Estey.
Opening: Moderator Graham Thomas called the meeting to order at
9:10 a.m. He invited Hedley Hopkins to offer an opening prayer.
Minutes of the February 4, 2006 Council Meeting were declared
approved as circulated.
It was noted that with the conclusion of Wayne Merrill’s term as
Clerk, Helen Haley had agreed to be the Recording Secretary for
the 2006 spring and fall Association meetings. Therefore, Ron
Baxter was asked to record the minutes for this Council meeting.
He agreed to do so provided John Beers would see that they were
circulated to the members. John agreed, and went on to explain
that there is a person considering the invitation of the
Nominating Committee to serve as Clerk of the Association.
Minutes of the April 8, 2006 Special Council Meeting were
declared approved as circulated.
It was reported that Marilyn Herber, Glenn Wooden and John Beers
have undertaken to research the issue of the incorporation of
Kingswood Camp. They have sought legal counsel. Their next
meeting is on September 18, 2006. It is anticipated that they
will have a full report to present to the winter meeting in
Correspondence: Graham Thomas has received an envelope
from CABC containing the annual “Association Report Form.” John
Beers agreed to fill in the form and sent it to the CABC Office.
Moderator: Graham has or will officiate at the following:
Induction Service for Darryl Dykens on June 4 at Upper Vaughan;
Ordination Service for Robert Burbidge at Wolfville Ridge on
September 16; Induction Service for Thelma McLeod and Darren
Millett at Bethany Memorial on September 17; and Induction
Service for Geoff deJong at Newport (Scotch Village) on October
Treasurer: Emily presented a three page report to August
31, 2006. Page #1 shows assets of $195,270.39. Page #2 shows
revenue of $33,618.86; expenses of $44,123.08; creating an
excess of expenses over revenue of ($10,504.22). Page #3 shows
the list of 18 churches who have contributed a total of
$13,781.01 to the Association plus $100 given through the
Association to Kingswood Camp. Emily noted that the income
from churches is on track; however, $20,219 has yet to be
received in order to reach the church goal of $34,000 by
December 31, 2006.
Stewardship: No report. However, this committee needs to
meet in October to draft a 2007 Association Budget for
publication by October 27th and adoption at the November 4th
Association meeting. Emily agreed to speak with Marc Potvin.
Chaplaincy: No report.
Evangelism: No report.
Social Action: Hedley distributed a prepared report which
dealt with the following matters:
1. Awaiting word re. two new members; and Rally in the Valley
joint program on “Sexuality from a Christian Perspective.
2. Twelve congregations have offered to help EMO if there is a
bird flu epidemic.
3. Reserve September 29, 2007 for a workshop at Kentville
Baptist Church on “Approaches to Healing” presented by Rev. John
and Dr. Catherine McNally.
4. Thanks for devoting the 2006 Spring Association to a
facilitated discussion of the Convention’s notices of motions
regarding same-sex marriage.
5. Could the Association Council devote some time to working on
“A Theology of Public Witness?”
6. The Social Action Committee will meet at 1:30 p.m. on January
9/07 at New Minas Baptist Church and March 6/07 at Kentville
Leadership Development: Ellen Hunt had reported to Graham
that LDC will meet at ADC twice in October to interview persons
regarding an “Association License to Minister.”
Mission: Marilyn reported that the consultations with
West Halls Harbour, Glenmont and Arlington have concluded. West
Halls Harbour has called ADC student David Cumby to provide 10
hours ministry per week; Glenmont and Arlington have chosen to
continue as in the past. The Mission Committee will meet at
Kentville Baptist Church at 6:30 p.m. on October 26/06 with
leaders of the three churches who apply for a Pastoral Ministry
Grant through the Atlantic Baptist Mission Board.
Atlantic Baptist Women (WMS): No report.
Kingswood Camp: Allison provided the following unofficial
statistics: 324 campers (307 in 2005); 100 new campers; 38
persons confessed faith in Jesus or re-dedicated themselves to
Jesus. The Executive Director will be asked to contact the
pastor of a Baptist church to follow-up with each of the 38.
1. Drinking water issues. The Dept. of Agriculture closed the
camp until corrective work was completed on the well and a
commercial ultra-violet light was installed on the system. The
closure order was lifted two days before the first summer camp
began. The Chief Medical Officer and the Dept. of the
Environment have imposed a boil-water order. Consequently
throughout the summer all drinking water has been bottled water.
The Executive will meet this fall with these two parties to seek
a resolution to the issue.
2. Capital Project - This month a Building Permit was issued to
permit the construction of a new cabin at Kingswood. The land
will be prepared this fall, and construction will begin in the
spring of 2007. Now there will be a concerted effort to raise
the money needed for this project.
3. Kingswood Camp needs a person to head up the raising of
operating funds. Since the “Share-a-wage” and the “Raise-a-wage”
programs created such confusion, although much money was raised,
they will not be continued in 2007. Hence the operating budget
will increase. It was agreed that the Kingswood Camp Committee
be authorized to appoint a fund-raising person; and that Council
members forward to Allison Magee (538-8559) names of persons who
might be approached.
4. Additional co-opted members are needed for the
Personnel/Program Committee. Hedley suggested Peter Candy of
Falmouth. Allison would be open to other suggestions.
5. The Treasurer doubts that he can have a 2007 Budget Proposal
ready for November 4th. It was agreed that a budget be submitted
to the Stewardship Committee for their October meeting. Emily
agreed to talk with Laurie Henniger, the Treasurer, about this.
6. The Officers are currently dealing with a party who has
raised issues about the camp. This has also prompted media
interest. It has raised other concerns which Allison will
Youth Association: Pamela Estey e-mailed a report to
Graham which he shared with the Council. The following is a
1. Although the committee did not meet during the spring and
summer due to the focus on Tidal Impact and various Mission
Trips, they will launch in October a web site ( www.evyouth.ca
2. Demographic Surveys will be sent out in October and processed
3. EVY and leaders will be encouraged to participate in planned
events (e.g., Potential Impact, Challenge, Link, Youth Pastor’s
4. EVY will initiate a monthly Monday prayer meeting from 7 to 8
p.m. - October 16 at New Minas Baptist, November 20 (TBA) and
December 18 (TBA).
5. Semi-annual Youth Association Meetings are being considered.
6. Rally in the Valley has Jon Dixon as chair. Schedule (7:30 -
9 p.m.): Sept. 17 at New Minas Baptist; October 15 at Wolfville
Baptist; and November 19 at Kingsway Assembly in Kentville.
7. Is EVYA covered by EVBA Insurance. No.
8. A Treasurer is needed.
Gladys Manning: No report.
Regional Minister: Ron provided a prepared report which
was given to the members present outlining his involvement with
Pastors, Churches, ADC, the Associations, the Convention, and
the Regional Working Group plus some personal notes.
Region 2 Committee: Ron reported that Forrest Bent has
called for a meeting at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, October 25/06, at
the Berwick Baptist Church. This will include the Association
Moderators and the members of the Regional Working Group. Prior
to the meeting it is anticipated that members of local churches
will have submitted applications to Forrest Bent expressing
their desire to be considered for nomination by the Convention
Nominating Committee which meets on November 20 to prepare
nominations for presentation at the 2007 Convention Assembly in
Wolfville around the weekend of August 10/07.
Nominating Committee: John will soon convene a meeting of
the Nominating Committee.
Association Meeting: Saturday, November 4/06 at Falmouth
Baptist Church with registration beginning at 8:30 a.m. and
program at 9 a.m. Dr. Malcolm Beckett will be the theme speaker.
Reports for inclusion in the Association Report Book are to be
Rev. John Beers ( firstname.lastname@example.org ) by October 27/06.
e-mail and send member churches notices regarding the November
4th Association meeting at Falmouth.
Association Council: The Council will meet at New Minas
Baptist Church at 9 a.m. on Saturday, February 3, 2007.
Re-appointment of Rev. Ron Baxter: Graham shared the news
that Ron has been elected to serve a second term as Regional
Minister in Region 2. Graham raised concern that only
twenty-five of the forty-plus churches in the Eastern Valley
Association chose to participate in this selection process.
2007 Spring Association Meeting: To be confirmed by John
Beers - Saturday, May 5/07, at Kentville Baptist Church.
Closing Prayer: Graham invited Ron to offer the closing
Other Business: John, on behalf of the Council, expressed
congratulations to Ron on his re-appointment as Regional
It was agreed that Graham would send a note of thanks to the New
Minas Baptist Church c/o Stephanie Munro, Church Secretary, for
the use of the facilities by the Association Council.
Rev. Ron Baxter, Recording Secretary Pro-tem