Friday Update - Feb 12
To those feeling scattered in Black Creek, Cumberland, Comox, Courtenay and Campbell River and places beyond..... Blessings and peace to each of you during this time of not being able to connect, as has been our habit.
As you may have read in last week's update we are anticipating some small group youth and children start-ups. The most recent (and previous) health mandates include some fairly detailed criteria for us to help youth and children connect in safe ways at the church building for educational, music, art, drama, dance, recreational, exercise, or social activities supervised by an adult and provided for persons under 22 years of age.
Please pray that this would be well received by our community and safe for all involved.
Continue to pray for those who are ill or in difficult circumstances.
As we do each year, we are requesting your feedback and recommendations for persons you believe would be good candidates for vacant Leadership positions.
The open positions are:
One - Elder
One - Sanctuary Decorator
One - Worship Leader Coordinator
The Bible gives us guidance on who to affirm to positions of leadership. Particularly those who are 'overseers', 'bishops' or we call them 'elders'
Please read the criteria at the end of this email to refresh your memory of what scriptures teach for those who hold the elder position.
Please reply to the office with your recommendations for these leadership positions. You do not need to contact the person as we will be gathering your and the Elder's input before contacting any recommended person. reply to: email@example.com
Coming Soon! Another First! Zoom meeting for the Black Creek Community Church AGM
Unlike many Zoom meetings where you just 'click' and join we need you to pre-register for this meeting to help us know who 'attended' the AGM.
Please register in advance for this meeting:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. You may register anytime right up until the meeting starts - Mar 7, 2021, 07:00 PM Black Creek
Documents will be emailed to you after you register, sometime in the next few weeks. If you register after Friday afternoon March 5th we may not be able to get documents to you.
- I will be sharing some of the information on my screen during the meeting (ie - Budget) but you will need to refer to the documents for reports etc.
- Voting and motions will be done by polls we have set up within Zoom.
My Pastoral note:
In the last while I have noticed that I am tired.
Not just Zoom Fatigue, but physically and mentally tired on all fronts.
When I am tired, I tend to cut corners (literally bumping into things) as well as not doing all the things I should be doing. I am reminded that this upset state is not a safe or sustainable place to live.
Soo.... For the last while, I have been choosing to cut back on some things. Choosing to sleep in once and a while. Recreating and spending time with Donna. Reconnecting with friends from my past - phone or video chat.
I am choosing to be more present in the moment.
All that to say.... I am intentionally managing to shrink my world to my sustainable stress threshold.
My prayer for each of you is, choose each day whom and how you will serve.... Jesus says 'my yoke is easy and my load is light..... you will find rest for your souls' Matthew 11:28-30
Outline of our discernment process in selecting Elders.
1. Read Biblical Texts on Elder/Overseer Qualifications:
I Timothy 3:1-7
Here is a trustworthy saying: If anyone sets his heart on being an overseer, he desires a noble task. Now the overseer must be above reproach, the husband of but one wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not given to much wine, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. He must manage his own family well and see that his children obey him with proper respect. (If anyone does not know how to manage his own family, how can he take care of God’s church?) He must not be a recent convert, or he may become conceited and fall under the same judgement as the devil. He must also have a good reputation with outsiders, so that he will not fall into disgrace and into the devil’s trap.
The reason I left you in Crete was that you might straighten out what was left unfinished and appoint elders in every town, as I directed you. An elder must be blameless, the husband of but one wife, a man whose children believe and are not open to the charge of being wild and disobedient. Since an overseer is entrusted with God’s work, he must be blameless – not overbearing, not quick-tempered, not given to much wine, not violent, not pursuing dishonest gain. Rather he must be hospitable, one who loves what is good, who is self-controlled, must hold firmly to the trustworthy message as it has been taught, so that he can encourage others by sound doctrine and refute those who oppose it.
Blessings on you, my dear friends,
Until next week...
for the Team
Black Creek Community Church