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2020 Annual General Meeting

A meeting of the members of First Alliance Church of The Christian and Missionary Alliance will be held:

Sunday, October 25, 2020

7:00 pm, Auditorium, FAC Deerfoot Campus
(12345 40 Street SE, Calgary, Alberta)

for the purpose of:

  • receiving financial and other reports
  • electing members to the Board of Elders
  • electing members of the Nominating Committee
  • appointing an auditor

– By order of the Board of Elders

Proxy Ballots

Everyone is welcome to attend the Annual General Meeting, however only those holding membership are eligible to vote. Members unable to attend can submit a proxy ballot prior to Sunday, October 25, 2020 (drop off at the Information Desk at FAC Deerfoot / FAC Southwest or email Cathie Hall).

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2020 AGM Agenda

Annual General Meeting of First Alliance Church
Sunday, October 25, 2020

First Segment

1. Meeting called to Order
2. Opening Prayer
3. Declaration of Quorum based on Report from Registration Secretary
4. Minutes of the Annual General Meeting of Monday, October 28, 2019
5. Motion to Appoint Tellers for Annual General Meeting
6. Report of the Nominating Committee for 2020/2021
7. Election of Elders
8. Election of the Nominating Committee for 2021/2022
9. The Story of God’s Provision
a. Report of the Treasurer
b. Appointment of the Auditors for the fiscal period of July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021

Second Segment

1. Report on Ministry
a. Ministry Story of 2019/2020
b. Glenmore Christian Academy Report
2. Question and Answer Session
3. Closing Comments/Closing Prayer

A Note from Pastor James

Who will ever forget 2020, the year of the great plague? And who could have foreseen the enormous impact of the pandemic? Our lives were shaken, personally and corporately. Yet, in so many ways God had already prepared us at FAC; He was not caught off guard. Our technology upgrades, our online campus led by Pastor Cory, our amazing team of staff and volunteers – everything was in place to allow us to adapt at a moment’s notice.

We quickly embraced a theme of Thriving today … shaping tomorrow with 4 key priorities: staff health, ministry capacity, financial stability, and adaptive innovation. Ministries were digitized, a volunteer army mobilized, risks managed, operations adapted, complexity reduced, collaboration enhanced, resilience improved, and costs controlled. Not one member of staff was infected. Despite the challenges, we fed the hungry, housed the homeless, and proclaimed the name of Jesus.

COVID is not the whole story though. In fall 2019 we launched our brand new FAC Southwest campus, led by Pastor Jeff. Over 200 people call this campus home. Meeting at Glenmore Christian Academy we have already developed a strong presence in the surrounding communities. This fall we have opened our new mid-week ministry centre and offices that gives us even more presence and opportunity.

Our financial planning has allowed us to weather the storm and lean into the future with optimism. We still dream of continuing to be a multiplying church. God has been laying a fresh burden on our hearts for the east side of the city. Would you join with me in prayer and ask God what part you might play?

Many things have changed but we still have the same mission: Building lives that honour God … all for Jesus! We are in this for the long haul. And so we look to Jesus. We read in Hebrews:

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.”
(Hebrews 12:1–3, NIV)

 


 

Reflections from our Board of Elders

Looking back on our fiscal year of 2019/2020, we see very different periods of time that occurred during our year. While it may seem like a long time ago, throughout much of the year, FAC had many things to celebrate and we were carrying on as normal with large events like a Stampede Breakfast, Alpha courses with dinner, and other events that brought us together as a community and helped to facilitate reaching out to people with the Gospel message. A key event in our church history was the establishment and opening of the SW Campus – a purposeful move to develop a church presence in an area of the city projected to grow. It was very exciting to see our staff and volunteer base support this new campus, and see new people attending with a desire to learn about God.

Then, in March, things changed and we entered one of the most challenging times as a church, and as a community that we have faced together. “Pivot” became the norm of the day – moving to online services only, worship singers together, then apart, determining how to keep in touch, preparing videos, setting up everyone to work from home – all of these challenges and others needed to be met. Under large amounts of strain and stress, our staff were trying to answer a number of questions over these past months:

How do we reach people when we can’t meet them face-to-face?
What will be the reaction to only online services?
Can most people connect online or will some struggle?
When will we have to be ready to relaunch?
What will happen to giving?

Certainly, this required new and creative approaches to think about and attempt to answer questions in a way that none of us had encountered before. A huge thank you to Pastor James, our lead team and all our staff who responded willingly and creatively to the challenge. For a time period, everyone needed to adapt in a number of ways; Zoom meetings became the norm for a way to remain connected; online services took on the prominent role of being our only service option (thank you Cory Harasym for leading this); following all AHS guidelines for services and for gatherings like the Easter Sunrise service; and then, how do we plan to bring people back to our facility in a safe manner.

For dealing with all of these challenges, we thank our staff, and we also thank our God – who is unchanging through a time of upheaval and constant change. He has remained with us throughout, drawing us ever closer, identifying our need for reliance on Him, and showing His love and answers to us in ways we had not previously considered. We praise Him for His goodness to us.

I also wanted to specifically thank a great servant who has moved into retirement, but whose presence at FAC continues to make huge impact, and whose hard work for the Lord continues during this time of “retirement”. Pastor Ray Matheson has and continues to be a dedicated servant of Jesus, the hands and feet to many of our people, and a light that has shone from FAC into the Calgary community and beyond for many years. Ray reflects the humility, kindness and gentleness that should be reflected in the life of a Christ-follower. He and Dee are very special people who hold a special place in the hearts of many at First Alliance.

On behalf of the congregation, I extend our heart-felt thanks to Ray and Dee for many years of dedicated service; and on a personal level, I am grateful to Pastor Ray for the many blessings he has brought to our family and how he has supported us through the years. In times of celebration and times of challenge, Ray has been the reminder to us of Godly living and how much God loves us.

Last year at the Annual General Meeting, questions arose regarding the item of women becoming elders at FAC. In February of this year, I had shared a letter to members outlining a process of education, study and prayer to review this question. The following month in March, things turned upside down and all of the energies of the staff and elders focused on the response of the church in the COVID environment. Many of our energies are still focused on this as we have resumed in person services, look to how DiscoveryLand may be implemented, and how the balance between online and in person ministry continues to be developed.

This question of women as elders will be re-visited; however, it will likely not be until well into next year when we can gather for times of full education and discussion. Therefore, it is likely that this item will not be re-visited until the summer of next year; the board will continue to work with Pastor James to bring this forward at the appropriate time.

Thanks to each of you for the opportunity to serve in the role as Chairman for the current completion of a 6 year timeframe – during this time we have hired a new Lead Pastor, planted a Church that has moved out on its own (The Exchange), launched a new Campus within our school location, and weathered a virus storm that has impacted the whole world. I have served with many fantastic board, staff and volunteer people during that time, and appreciate everything that has been accomplished. The greatest thanks go to our loving Father, without whom none of this would have happened and who continues to lead, encourage and guide us. There is no better thing than working together to build His Kingdom.

-Dave Orr, Chairman of the Board of Elders

 



Report of the Nominating Committee

Nominations for the Board Of Elders – 2020 to 2021

An elected elder may serve up to 3 two-year terms sequentially and must sit out at least one year before being eligible to serve as an elder again.

Elders Mid Term – Serving to Fall 2021:
  • Samuel Acquah (1st Term)
  • Brian Hargreaves (1st Term)
  • Phil Bauer (1st Term)
  • Brent Kinnie (3rd term)
  • Barry Branston (2nd term)
  • Brad Emery (1st Term)
  • Victor Wong (2nd term)
Elders who have completed 3 two-year terms:
  • Marinus Hus
  • Dave Orr
Resignation:
  • Adam Kenny
After a thorough, prayerful, process the Committee recommends the following names be placed in nomination for a 2-year term commencing Fall 2020:
  • Charles Ang (1st Term)
  • Blair Cooper (3rd Term)
  • Jeff Good (1st Term)
  • Daniel Hui (2nd Term)
  • Craig Jones (1st Term)

Nominating Committee Members:
Pastor James Paton (Chairman)
Phil Bauer, Brad Emery, Brian Hargreaves, Barbara de Bruyn, Tracey Dyck, Heather Hair.

Provision is made for the addition of names to the Report of the Nominating Committee in Article V of the Church By-laws.
ARTICLE V – ELDERS

The Nominating Committee shall be comprised of seven (7) members including the Chair. The Nominating Committee shall follow due process to identify and nominate members for vacant positions of the Board and the following year’s Nominating Committee. Any Church Member may submit a name to the Nominating Committee for consideration by providing such name in writing to the Chair of the Nominating Committee by June 30 of each year.