IMA is early this week due to the fact that I will be at the General Board meeting next week and the hotel where I am staying has capacity limits on outgoing bulk mail.
Dean Brown’s mother passed away on Thursday afternoon in Fort Edward, New York. Dean will be officiating at the funeral on Monday. Our sympathy is extended to Dean, Duane, Dennis, their siblings, and the extended family.
We received word this week that Jason and Christine Blaikie (Jason is the son of Larry and Anita) have been appointed as intern missionaries to Thailand. We wish them God’s best as they pursue this ministry opportunity.
Robin Mark, well-known composer of such songs as “Days of Elijah” and “Jesus, All for Jesus” …and many more current Christian worship songs will be in concert with Geoff Moore on Saturday evening, May 12, 7:30 PM, at King’s Valley, Quispamsis. Tickets may be purchased at the Baptist Book Room in Saint John, at KV, or online at http://www.uniteproductions.com Robin was the worship leader at The Gathering in Orlando in January and was outstanding, to say the very least.
The Men’s Convention is scheduled for KV this coming weekend, May 4 & 5. The program will be inspiring and the fellowship will be of top quality. I trust that many of you will take advantage of this ministry opportunity.
Joel Wydysh has accepted the call of the Hampton-Island church to serve as their pastor.
This past week had a strong emphasis on the work of our District Board of Ministerial Development. On Monday, we held an all-day meeting at the Hartland church and on Thursday an all-day meeting at the Hammonds Plains Cornerstone church. On Tuesday, I was part of an ordination interview for Bill Lea in Doaktown and on Wednesday an ordination interview for Rosalie Brown in Halifax. We have a wonderful group of ministers in training.
Last night and today, I was involved in the graduation at Bethany in my capacity as chairman of the board. Dr. Harry Wood was the baccalaureate speaker and Rev. Steve Moore delivered the commencement address this morning. Both men eloquently challenged the nearly 50 graduates. The musical program of the chorale and Testify, under the leadership of David Klob, was of absolutely top quality.
Tomorrow, the 29th, is the last Sunday of this church year. Pastors, your reports are due soon and any last minute funds for USF must be received in our office within the next week or so to be credited for FY07. Thanks for your support. Remember…together we are all stronger.
I will be speaking on missions in both of the morning services at Moncton tomorrow and then headed to Indianapolis for the meetings of the Wesleyan Educational Council and the General Board. Due to my pending election as General Director of Global Partners, I plan to be in Indianapolis for the entire week. You may contact me at any time by email or by cell phone. Karrilee will be in the office every day.
The largest single offering in Beulah Camp history – Sunday night, July 15, 2007. Don’t miss it!
THOT: I hope I shall always possess firmness and virtue enough to maintain what I consider the most enviable of all titles, the character of an honest man. – George Washington