Good Monday morning! One week from today is Christmas Day. Gloria joins with me in wishing you and your family a wonderful and joyous Christmas season.
On Friday afternoon, the World Hope Canada Board unanimously elected Rev. Peter Moore as the new Executive Director of World Hope Canada to be effective January 1, 2007. He will be assuming the responsibilities at World Hope on a sliding scale and will be fulltime as the ED by the end of May. As a part of this transition, the World Hope office will be relocating from Sussex to Halifax.
I was present at Hillside in Dartmouth on Saturday for a meeting with their LBA and yesterday morning in the service and a town hall meeting that followed when Peter Moore tendered his resignation. He has done an exceptional job in leading Hillside to its present state as a vibrant, healthy, multi-generational fellowship averaging 200+ in its AM service. I will be working with their LBA as we move through this unique transitional period. The Hillside family was saddened by Peter’s resignation after 10 years of ministry there but at the same time endorsed strongly his “fit” for this new ministry opportunity.
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 from 9-10 PM 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. Don’t miss it!
Our annual Atlantic District Snowbird Breakfast will be held on Wednesday, January 17th, 8:30 AM, in the Country Kitchen in Brooksville, Florida. Gloria and I look forward to greeting all of our Atlantic District snowbirds. This event is always a highlight of our annual trip to Florida.
Recently, we attended the Christmas production at Quispamsis-Kings Valley (Don Ingersoll). This was a combined effort of Kings Valley and Bethany Bible College and was under the direction of David Klob. This production was the final requirement for David to complete his Master of Church Music degree from Lee College. It was extremely well done and we enjoyed it very much.
District Men’s Convention – Kings Valley Wesleyan, Quispamsis, NB – May 4 and 5, 2007
Feature Speaker: Phil Callaway, Professor at Prairie Bible Institute; author of several books (“I used to have answers, now I have kids!”), known as one of the most humorous speakers on the list of Christian speakers today, popular speaker at Promise Keepers events.
Special features: workshops by Paul Ross, Pastor of St. Paul’s United Church, Fredericton, and President of I AM Ministries, using sports to reach the next generation for Christ; Tim Guptill: For Pastors Only, why traditional methods of ministry don’t reach men!; Ken McGeorge, Wayne Briggs, and Dave Eldridge: getting your men’s ministry flying! And others……
There will be some terrific music, lots of comedy, good food…and most importantly, an opportunity for God to speak truth to His Men! Mark that date on your calendar…more info early in January 07
Mark Moore, Youth Outreach Pastor at Moncton, has resigned and will be entering graduate school in pursuit of advanced education.
The DBA held its annual December meeting on Monday and Tuesday of last week. We met in the Halifax area and one of the highlights of the meeting was an evening dinner and entertainment following that included the DBA and spouses together with pastors and spouses serving in the HRM.
Office hours over the next couple of weeks will, of course, be impacted by the holidays. The office will be open all of this week and will be closed December 25-27. We will be open again on Thursday and Friday of next week and, of course, closed on Monday, January 1st. Beginning January 2nd, we will be back to the regular schedule.
THOT: Don’t criticize the coffee – you may be old and weak yourself someday. – Phillip Yancey