Mike Agrell (Maple Ridge) was installed yesterday as Lead Pastor with both his and Kate’s parents present for the service. The LBA gathered to celebrate and lay hands on this proven leader as vacationing Assistant DS (Central Canada District), Dr. Eric Hallett offered prayer. Both Mike & his new Assistant Pastor, Ryan Genereaux, have previously served on staff with Eric in Brockville, ON (Centennial Road). A great new team for this amazing church family in our Atlantic Tribe.
Tim Guptill (The Lighthouse) sent this word about yesterday’s morning service held at Stanley Beach, “Fantastic day with 5 baptisms and a first for most of us – communion on the beach! Great spirit, great crowd, and the skies cleared just in time.” His Assistant Pastor Luke & Breanne Anderson and their girls have joined The Lighthouse family returning back to New Brunswick from ministry in Sarnia, Ontario, with the Free Methodists and will be transferring into the Atlantic Tribe.
A planned baptism by Karen Robertson (Assistant Pastor – Head of Millstream) after an August service brought double excitement as a second child wanted to tell the world she is God’s kid too! “Let the little children come unto me…”
Mel Norton offered leadership once again to the report on the annual JOY (Just Older Youth) Weekend at Beulah Camp, “It was a time of refreshing, relationship building and powerful ministry of worship & the Word from Pastor Dave McElhinney (River Valley) and worship leading by Mike Rogers. The highlight of the weekend was a baptism at the conclusion of the service on Sunday – PTL!”
- Congratulations to the newlyweds – Rev. & Mrs. Ken & Merle (Stevens) Gorveatte! A widow and widower in our ministerial tribe have found true love once again this Saturday at Norton Wesleyan and tied the knot as the first New Brunswick wedding of the son of the groom, Rev. Joel Gorveatte (Lead Pastor – Moncton).
- The Beulah Session of the Camp Board was chaired by Andrea Gunter for a full day on Monday at Heartland this week and welcomed new member Russell Hall. Exciting days of growth and Kingdom impact as the board nears completion on the Master Site Plan.
- Our District Director of Children’s Ministry, Linda Lamos (Kings) regularly posts empowering and inspiring Facebook items. “Four Must-Do’s for the New Ministry Year” is an article well worth reading – thanks Linda!
- Your District Board of Ministerial Development (DBMD) Executive met for a full day on Thursday to review all 600 pages of the Annual Service Reports (ASR). In her ASR, Judy Adams (Prison Chaplain) reports, “There have been at least 17 inmates give their hearts to the Lord this year. Hundreds of correspondence Bible courses have been completed. Our Sunday chapel attendance has doubled to about 24 (prison population is about 80). Our pool of volunteers has quadrupled to about 40 and God is using them to His glory. One woman was instantly freed from a severe lifelong drug addiction and is staying clean on the outside. Praise God!”
Special thanks to Dale MacDonald (Chair – Woodstock), Jay Guptill (Thrive – Hillside), & Greg Hanson (Secretary – Kings) for their excellent work. However, we did have to settle a small hockey matter first!
Thot: He that made the heart can heal the heart. (John Wesley)
On Second Thot: The neglected heart will soon be a heart overrun with worldly thoughts; the neglected life will soon become a moral chaos. (A.W. Tozer)
Bonus Thot: There is something in humility which strangely exalts the heart. (Augustine)
As many of you have heard, Freetown, Sierra Leone was victim to deadly mudslides and flooding on Monday. According to The Guardian, 100 houses were hit, 270 bodies have been found and thousands are still missing. Freetown is still in danger, as the flooding continues to spread.
World Hope Canada is working with World Hope International who is coordinating an emergency response effort with the Sierra Leone Office of National Security (ONS) and is on the ground distributing emergency response supplies. They are also working with the ONS to provide psychosocial counseling to victims as well as food, tents, blankets, clothing, mattresses, medicines and water filters.
We need your help.
Please support our efforts to help those impacted by this tragedy. We’ll provide updates via social media as they’re available. May God provide relief and safety to Freetown.
In His Name,
Kingswood University’s dynamic youth event ENCOUNTER is happening October 13-14. ENCOUNTER is designed to engage youth (grades 8-12) in worship, through music and the Word, and to challenge them to explore the call God has placed on their lives.
Only $60 per student. Early-bird rate deadline September 19th. For more details and to register: https://kingswood.edu/encounter