It’s Easter Monday morning and we’ve had the opportunity to once again celebrate the defining moment of our faith. I am confident that Easter Sunday was a time of thanksgiving and rejoicing. Incidentally, we had the largest snowfall of the season on Saturday evening which impacted attendance at a number of our churches yesterday. It’s beautiful this morning but old man winter certainly made another visit over the weekend.
Our DBA under the direction of General Superintendent Earle L. Wilson continues to work on the DS nomination process. The DBA will be meeting later today and I will keep you fully informed as the process continues.
Attention Ladies: Karen Cooney is organizing a bus trip to the Women of Faith Convention in Boston to be held July 27-29. There are only 52 spots available so those interested should get their names in a.s.a.p. For more information, contact Karen at 506-463-8220 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Rev. Stephen Elliott has been elected to and has accepted the position of Professor and Director of the Pastoral Ministry and Church Planting Programs at Bethany Bible College. Rev. Elliott, who will complete his Doctor of Ministry degree from Asbury Seminary this summer, was the founding pastor of the Kanata Wesleyan Church in Ontario which, under his leadership, grew to several hundred persons in attendance. We welcome Rev. Elliott to the faculty of BBC.
Jeremiah Gomez who has been pastoring our church in Monticello has accepted the call from The Wesleyan Church in Carlisle, PA to become their pastor. We wish Jeremiah and Sarah God’s very best in this new assignment.
Largest offering in Beulah’s history – Sunday, July 14, 2007 – keep watching!
Mike Agrell has accepted the invitation of the Bristol Trinity Church to become their assistant pastor. We welcome Mike to the ministerial ranks of our District. His dad is the senior pastor of our Yarmouth church and Mike spent some of his “growing up” years in Bristol when his father pastored that church.
Dates to remember:
May 4-5 – Men’s Convention at King’s Valley
May 18-20 – May Rally at Mt. Allison University
July 6-15 – Beulah Camp ‘07
Lower Hainesville (Ron Mercer) did a walk-through Easter event in their church on Good Friday. They removed the pews from the church and made room for five scenes that told the Easter story. Including those involved in the production and the guests who came to share in the event a total of 92 people participated (LYA 23). Our congrats to Pastor Ron and company for thinking outside the box.
A powerful earthquake hit the Solomon Islands on April 2nd triggering a tsunami that has left thousands of people homeless. Hall Malasa, our National Superintendent in the Solomons, reported that he took a walk along the waterfront and saw that everything was gone. Our people there are in need of water, shelter, and medical aid. If you would like to help, please contact World Hope at http://www.worldhope.ca/ or http://www.worldhope.org/
Hammonds Plains (Denn Guptill) had 206 people in worship services each of the last two weeks (LYA 84). PTL!
Jonesport (Rich Thomas) had a special Good Friday service with 59 in attendance followed by a youth group sleepover at the parsonage with 17 youth spending the night. Yesterday morning, there were 107 people in church (LYA 51). PTL!
This past week, I had the privilege of attending a District Superintendent Roundtable held in Columbus, Ohio. Nearly all of our district superintendents were present and we had an excellent time together sharing in common interests, concerns, prayer, and praise notes.
I also had the opportunity to spend Easter weekend at home and we had the great privilege of having our entire family present for Easter Sunday dinner. We attended the very impressive and impacting Good Friday service at the Moncton church. Kudos to Pastor Loren Lewis and his crew for this uplifting program. We also braved the elements to be present for both morning and evening services yesterday.
THOT: Mere mental assent to a doctrine is not enough. Where there is no transformation, there is no Christianity. – Soren Kierkegaard