Good Monday morning!
I was in Indianapolis a good portion of last week for the meetings of the Wesleyan Educational Council, the Executive Board, and the General Board of the church. I am privileged to serve as a member of all three of these groups and it is always an interesting experience to share in the ongoing development of this corner of the Kingdom.
During the meetings, the General Treasurer, Don Frase, and the General Director of World Missions (Global Partners), Don Bray, tendered their resignations effective the summer of 2007. The Executive Board has been appointed as the nominating committee and, under the direction of the General Superintendents, we will be working to fill these important positions by time of the May 2007 General Board meeting.
Fredericton First (Karl Ingersoll) held a live web-based broadcast this past Saturday. We sent a note around a week or so ago advising that this new edge technology would be running an experiment on Saturday and I trust a number of you visited the site and took part in the chat room. I was online for 30 minutes or so during this event and commend Pastor Karl and company for seizing this technological moment.
Last week, IMA included an announcement concerning the Church Health Profile. To date, three of our churches have signed up for the profile and I know many others of you will do so in order to take advantage of this excellent development tool. Pastors, if you have not signed up, please scroll down through the blog to last week’s IMA which contains the detailed directions to access the site.
Scarborough Coastal (Dwayne Hopkins) welcomed their Guatemala mission team safely home yesterday. As is so frequently the case with mission teams, this was an experience of high impact for team members and significant ministry impact on the field.
The Gathering is scheduled in Orlando January 2-5, 2007. Those of you planning to attend please note – there will be a reception for all Atlantic District personnel following the opening rally on Tuesday, January 2nd. The reception will begin at 9:00 PM and will be held in the Lemon Ballroom at the Wyndham Orlando Resort. Refreshments will be served and there will be a special gift for every minister in attendance. This reception is provided by our District in appreciation for the ministry impact of our pastoral team.
Cottage for sale at Beulah – 6 Carmel Crescent. For further information, contact Lawrence and Carolyn Marshall at 506-433-4738 or 433-6545.
Pastors – There will be a District Pastors’ Prayer & Fast Retreat at Beulah on February 27 & 28, 2007.
Halifax Metro (Dean Brown) had a special weekend emphasis to gather winter clothing for homeless and needy people. The people of the church and community responded in an amazing manner and the church collected and distributed 186 jackets and warm sweaters, 130 winter coats, and literally hundreds of hats, mittens, scarves, and socks. These items were distributed yesterday to needy people who very much appreciated this ministry initiative by the church. Congrats to Pastor Dean and the crew.
Yesterday morning, I was present and spoke in the service at Sussex (Neville Gosman). The church was well filled and the choir music and worship was very inspirational and well presented. Last evening, I attended the Fusion service at Moncton where Pastor Carl Gilles tactfully presented an excellent message on sexual purity.
THOT: Fame is a vapor, popularity an accident, riches take wing, and only character endures. – Horace Greeley