The Elders Board consists of 

Chairperson - Rita Mae Braun

Vice Chairperson - Vicki Clarke

Members at Large - Betty Russell, Dave Reddekopp

Elder Meeting Summary for May, 2017

Present: Betty Russell, Rita Mae Braun, Vicki Clarke, Dave Reddekopp, Scott Tolhurst

The meeting opened with words from Psalm 69.  This is a Psalm that alternates between despair and hope.  Yet those with hopeful, humble spirits see God at work.  God does not despise the captive.  He does not despise us in our captivity (v.33).  Those who love his name shall dwell in it (v.36)!

Scott T. presented the summary from the April 30 Table Talks.  A common theme is one of diversity.  There was overlap between table groups within the area of stewardship, particularly regarding the building and land.  Another dominant theme was a desire for fresh Spirituality.  Is God inviting us to a place (a service) of repentance?  If He is, what would that look like?

The elders along with Scott discussed the need for worship leadership for our congregation (be it pastoral staff or volunteer lay person). A worship leader would provide cohesion (a sense of uniformity) between Sunday morning services and worship teams, would work with the office in providing oversight to spiritual themes within the service, and would equip worship teams in developing giftedness in leading worship.  Please pray into this as we seek guidance in this area of our community of faith.

 With respect to Pastor Athanase and Mission Pentecostal Church’s desire to be affiliated with Sask. MB conference, consideration for Pastor Athanse’s salary framework is being considered at the C2C and SKMB level. The Elder Board and MMT have proposed that, God providing, we commit to a sliding scale of 12,000$/ 10,000$ and 8,000$ for his salary over the next 3 years to be raised at Missions Festival events.

Les Engen would like the church to consider moving into the area of sponsorship of refugees under the umbrella of MCC.  Before any steps are taken investigation and research must be done to be well prepared for sponsorship requests.  The EB and MMT are in conversation about this possibility.  At this point it is only at the point of investigation; nothing has been decided.

The Church of the Living God, an Eritrean congregation, has asked to rent our facility for their worship services. The EB continues to pray and discern regarding this request. The congregation will be asked to comment at the AGM.

As part of our June AGM meeting there will be a discussion about the need for Elders.  We thank Vicki Clarke and Betty Russell for their tremendous, valuable commitment to the elder board.  Both are moving on to other commitments.  How do we fill this vacuum in leadership? Or is God calling us to new structures/ models? Please pray with us.

AGM June 12, 2017 @ 7pm. 

Thank you for your prayers, Rita Mae Braun, EB chair

 

Elder's Board  Summary  April, 2017

Present:  Betty Russell, Rita Mae Braun, Vicki Clarke, Dave Reddekopp, Scott Tolhurst

The meeting opened with words from 2 Corinthians 1:15-22.  In Jesus the answer is always yes, and yet we often feel the no’s and delays.  So the challenge is what is God saying yes to?  God is always saying yes to His purposes and plans; He who has begun a good work in you will complete it. God is working all things together for good.  There is fullness in what Jesus intends for us.  What are God’s ‘yeses’ at PCC?  Are we patient enough to wait for His yes?

Scott T. was asked to meet with worship leaders asking for their reflections about changes that have occurred during worship services over Lent.

Scott presented plans for April 30 ‘Table Talks’.  May God raise to the surface those unique things at PCC that beat for Him.  In May, leadership will meet to discuss findings.

Vicki and Betty will not be remaining on the EB next year.  Numerous people have been asked but they have not felt lead to serve in this way.  Is this indicating that God has new ideas for our Elder’s Board and/or the structures we have in place? 

The Church of the Living God, an Eritrean congregation, is looking for a place to worship.  They have approached the Elder Board and we have heard their stories of new found faith in spite of persecution in Eritrea. What would God have us do?  This will be discussed further with pastors and congregation at our June AGM.

Pastor Athanase and MPC have asked to be affiliated with Sask. MB conference.  MMT and EB are in the process of discerning financial commitment towards Pastor Athanase and his ministry and how this fits into PCC’s future direction.  C2C is also considering their commitment. 

A letter to committee chairs has been sent regarding continuing commitment of themselves and their committee members for next year.  Many have responded positively to the request and we praise God for that. 

The Elders are excited that Pat Reddekopp has agreed to chair the Educational Resources committee.  Nicole Dressler has agreed to also serve on this ctte.

Respectfully submitted,

R. M. Braun

Elder’s Board Summary March 16, 2017

Present:  Betty Russell, Rita Mae Braun, Vicki Clarke, Dave Reddekopp, Scott Tolhurst

The meeting opened with words from Hebrews 2:1-4 with a reminder that “we don’t drift towards holiness.  We drift towards compromise.  Our life with God requires attention and intentionality”.

During Lent Pastor Ryan will give leadership to our worship teams. Thank you to our worship teams for their flexibility and also to Jolene Jahnke and her team for decorating our sanctuary for Lent and Easter.

Beginning next month, the way in which our pastors report to the elders will change slightly. Rather than reporting just on their performance during the month or on hours spent on various activities, they will answer questions which reflect more of the heart and vision of their ministry.

The Elders excitedly endorse Kristen Cowman’s (Director of Children’s Ministry) idea of having a soccer camp this summer in lieu of VBS.  Athletes in Action will give direction. This camp will be seen as one that will sow the seed for other ministries of the church in the future.

The Elders affirmed an amended motion from the Financial Management Board concerning facility rentals for our PCC staff.

The Church of the Living God, an Eritrean congregation, is looking for a place to worship.  We as elders are in the process of determining how this fits with God’s leading and guiding for our church.  Tensions resulting from change are easier to handle when we know where we are going.

Mission Pentecostal Church, (under the leadership of Pastor Athanase,) has asked to be affiliated with SKMB conference. Ongoing discussions are also happening regarding full-time ministry and remuneration for Pastor Athanase under C2C, MPC, SKMB, and PCC. The Elders continue to discern how this fits into PCC’s direction.

 Mission Pentecostal Church will begin the transition from the current full financial integration toward a separate MPC Ministry Fund. Scott Siemens will work with their leadership team as mentor to MPC regarding governance.

Mennonite Trust Ltd. will come to PCC to give a presentation on Wills for young families and singles or those who want to update their Wills.

A Motion was made to amend our policy on “Honorariums” in the procedure manual.

Next meeting April 10, 2017 @ 8:30

Respectfully submitted,

Rita Mae Braun

Elders Board Summary for February 2017

Present: Betty Russell, Rita Mae Braun, Vicki Clarke, Dave Reddekopp

The meeting opened with discussion about hearing the voice of God.  There are times when we believe that God’s leading is indicated by circumstances and details being miraculously worked out.  Sometimes this is the case, but sometimes God does not guide via circumstances.  During times like that, we are required to learn what the ‘voice of God’ sounds like. Within PCC we are hearing the yearning to know the voice of God in a deeper, fuller way.  Openness to the Holy Spirit is exemplified in our graciousness to each other while we move through this time of transition of heart and of modes of operation. 

The elders accepted the FMB’s motion to accept the capital asset policy. The policy will need to be added to the financial section of the PCC procedure manual during the next update. 

Amendments were made to the Safety Policy at PCC regarding leader to child ratio, criminal record checks and volunteer ratio protocol.

The MMT is looking for input regarding forward planning in regards to PCC’s partnership with Healing Hearts.  A joint meeting between the MMT and the EB will be held to discuss our joint partnership and make further strides forward.  

Pastoral performance appraisals are scheduled for late February and early March.

The SKMB Faith and Life Team has met with Kristen and sent a letter to the Elders regarding her credentialing process and their recommendations. 

A Motion was made to approve the following delegates to SKMB Assembly: Randy Chase, Ron Dyck, Dave Reddekopp, Kristen Cowman, Rita Mae Braun and Stephanie Chase.  Guests are Ruby Quiring, Myrna Chase, Ben Cowman, Garry Braun and Scott Tolhurst.  Tim Thiessen will be attending as a member and representative of a conference team. 

The pastors have suggested that once every 3 months the Elders and Pastors meet to discuss PCC body life.  The Elders are excited about and fully endorse this idea.

Rita Mae and Vicki will work on an email to the chairs of PCC committees regarding 2017 volunteers, asking the chairs to think about committee member’s future involvement with particular thought to each one’s spiritual gifts.

We thank God for you, our PCC family, submitted by Rita Mae Braun

Elders Board Summary for January 2017

Present: Betty Russell, Rita Mae Braun, Vicki Clarke, Dave Reddekopp

Our meeting was opened with a reading from Genesis 17: 1-8, the story of Abram being called to a new place.  Oswald Chambers in “My Utmost for His Highest” suggests that the greatest enemy of the life of faith in God is good choices that are not quite good enough. We need to let God make choices in our lives so that we don’t settle for good when God has the best for us.  We prayed and shared about how we are seeing God moving us at PCC.  

In order for a transitional pastor to be on the CCMBC (Cdn. Conference of MB churches) benefit plan there must be a reasonable expectation that he will be at PCC for a year.  After considerable discussion, the elders feel that, in recognizing the uncertainty of God’s work and timeline for our church, it is reasonable to assume that a transitional pastor would need to be at PCC for a year.

On Sunday January 29 after church there will be a potluck ‘welcome’ with the elders, pastors and Scott Tolhurst.

The Elders affirm both of the following motions, which have been moved and carried by the FMB.  Motion 1:  “motion that PCC adopt the attached support staff compensation grids for both administrative and custodial workers.  Ongoing adjustments and changes to the proposed grid would be part of the regular FMB duties. "
 Motion 2: "motion that we recommend to the Elder board a new staff benefit of $1000/year toward facility rentals for direct use of themselves or their immediate family.  This benefit would be included on the Salary & Benefit MOU for 2017. "

A meeting took place January 12 regarding the new coffee space and library resources.  The south wall will house a bank of books in the new coffee room.  It was suggested that a shelving unit of teen books be placed in the youth room.  (We will ask Ryan about this idea.) We are looking for volunteers to serve on the resource materials committee.

Rita Mae has contacted three individuals about being elders.  Be in prayer about who God desires to lead in this way.

Rita Mae and Vicki will work on an email to the chairs of PCC committees regarding 2017 volunteers, asking the chair to think about committee member’s future involvement with particular thought to each ones’ spiritual gifts.

Pastoral appraisals need to be completed by the end of February.  Randy, Tim and Ryan have all indicated that they would appreciate congregational input. The elders discussed questions to be circulated to congregants.

Monday, February 27, 2017 is the Annual Stewardship Meeting.

We appreciate your prayers, Rita Mae Braun

Elders Board Summary for October - December 2016

As we reflect on the past few months, once again we give praise to God for His faithfulness. We continue to rejoice in His sufficiency for each day.

Our devotional times have been rich as scripture is shared with one another. Psalm 11:4 “He has made wonderful works to be remembered.” Malachi 3:16  “Then those who feared the Lord heard and listened.” Considerable time has been spent in prayer thanking God for His wonderful work at PCC. God has heard and listened as we have cried out for a moving of His Spirit at PCC. 2 Timothy3: 16&17 challenges us to be fully equipped for every good work as we wait for greater works of God’s Spirit in our body. 

Rita Mae challenged us with a devotional from the book, the Intrusive Word, which speaks of the church’s claim of being a steady overcoming of death. God gives true life. The power of our culture and sin are like death, but the Spirit brings life. May we as people of God choose life over the things we think bring us life.

Praise God for the baptism service on Oct 23rd where Trina Wiens was baptized.

Karen Crane has agreed to Chair Women’s Ministries. Rick Ashton and Jared Wiens have agreed to join the MMT.

Pastors Tim and Ryan are both considering further education. Tim would pursue a Doctorate of Ministry degree and Ryan a Master of Arts, Leadership and Management. 

A motion was passed that Professional Development be set at $2000 per pastor per year with one weeks salaried pay. Approval for Professional Development depends on the health and availability of the church’s financial resources, as well as the number of requests made each year. Part-time pastoral requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Each pastor has been encouraged to engage in an annual week long spiritual retreat to rejuvenate their walk with God. This is considered a work week, with the expectation to spend this time seeking after God’s desires for their lives and ministry.

A motion was affirmed that PCC grant a “Denominational School” bursary to Faraja Churiza who will be attending Columbia Bible College beginning in January.

The challenges of the van ministry have been discussed. We thank God for those who have taken on this ministry, recognizing that with increased numbers of those needing rides it requires a lot of coordination. We also recognize the challenge this presents to the Sunday School teachers and appreciate how they adapt to the needs of the children.

A Christmas Eve service and a Christmas Day service will be held. Beginning January, Pastors Tim and Ryan will co-lead a parent/youth SS series.

Discussion has been held in relation to the library books in the C-Can. A meeting to discuss the meeting room/coffee space/library resources will be held on Jan 17th @7pm. All interested parties are urged to attend this meeting.

The 2017 budget proposal was affirmed. The Annual Stewardship Meeting will be held Monday, February 27th, 2017.

Thank you to everyone who completed the L2L survey. We appreciated the meeting we had with Dave Jackson and the results he shared with us. As your elders, we have unanimously sensed the Spirit leading us in the direction of a transitional pastor. Thank you for your support and encouragement. 

June 10-11th will be a celebration of the 75th anniversary of the MB church in Regina. Peter Suderman Jr. is chairing this committee consisting of Donna Suderman, Rob and Wendy Sawatzky, Jim Slough and Janice Parke. Thank you for the work you are doing.

As 2016 comes to a close we give praise to God for all that He has done and continues to do. Our prayer for each of you is taken from Philippians 1:9-11 “…that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ--to the glory and praise of God.”

Respectfully submitted,

Betty Russell