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Member of West End CRC in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Have been elder, My wife Jennie has served as a pastoral elder. Serve as executive elder starting in September, 2014, and music and liturgy committee.

Have served as CRWRC Director for the Philippines 1970 - 1974. Worked in Agriculture most of my life, retired from this in 2002. Current work is part time at home as tax preparer, and for H&R Block during tax season. Was congregational CRWM rep for 15 years for our church.

Married, with 3 children, two of whom are married, and have 7 grandchildren. Children are living in Toronto, Ontario (daughter with 2 children plus 2 from spouse's previous marriage), Edmonton, Alberta (son with 3 children), and Edmonton, Alberta (single), respectively.

My wife and I volunteer and educate for the Canadian diabetes Association. We volunteer for various church duties as occasions arise. We are both active in our church choir. I also volunteer for CVITP (Canadian Volunteer Income Tax Program), to prepare free tax returns for low income earners.

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Like doing computer work, and exploring new applications. Interested in nutrition, and hold a Masters degree in animal nutrition.

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Network use

Not many in our church are registered. In my experience as an elder, not many of our members are aware of denominational agencies and activities. I think it may be necessary for someone to visit the churches and/or church meetings such as congregational and classis meetings and talke about the network. A good video presentation could also be put together to be used in churches.
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  • I offer a copy of our music and liturgy committee mandate, which may help, as follows:

    5.5. Music and Liturgy Committee
    November 1, 2006
    A. Mandate
    To implement the goals and...

  • We recently downsized. While I am not a pastor, we were able to donate some to our church library, and others to a thrift store our church members operate. Our children were given first choice,...

  • In Canadian tax law, the same issue exists, and in this case you cannot determine yourself whether you are classified as an employee or self-employed; it is determined by CRA, the Canada Revenue...

  • I love it that you used a harmonica in worship. I was given a harmonica at age 5, and that started a lifelong love of music for me,especially church music. (I am now a senior)

  • We don't yet have the projection version of the new hymnal, but are starting to use and teach the new hymnal materials. Thanks for the website

  • Thanks for this note. Some of our screen operators use this, but I was wondering about the website.

  • I heartily agree with most of your comments. The inappropriate use of bands and worship leaders could lead to problems, but could also be solutions. The song leaders should have as a goal...

  • i concur with a lot of the sentiments in this article. Of course, I personally like singing and am a choir member, and have been most of my life but young men and boys as well as women are not...

  • We have watched this as well. my wife and I are quite familiar with the Bible stories. The series does make them interesting. Certainly, a lot of details in the Bible are not included, and...

  • I think it looks better. I like the links on the opening page. I am not sure I could tell exactly what has changed, but it is more attractive.