A five-star evening meal of appreciation wasserved at Heartland on Friday by Andrea Gunter (Executive Director of Camp Ministry) for core volunteers of Beulah Camp & Conference Center. The group pictured above represents an estimated 6000+ volunteer hours this year in tireless and faithful service. Just like Beulah Family Camp could not operate without the “voluntold-ism” of our ministerial tribe, the year-round ministry of Beulah is only possible because of these amazing Kingdom servants. In honour of their contribution, Caretaker Bruce Cheney favoured the group with a poetic masterpiece – the unquestionable highlight of the evening! A true renaissance man of hidden talent – well done Bruce.
It was invigorating to interact with denominational leaders from around the region at the President’s Breakfast this week during Oasis at Crandall University for the annual conference of the Canadian Baptists of Atlantic Canada (CBAC). Executive Minister Peter Reid gave an excellent challenge in the opening plenary session. Of interest to many in our tribe, Rev. Wayne Murphy of Lancaster Baptist (who along with his wife Angie and five children enjoys an RV seasonal site at Beulah Camp) was elected Vice-President of the CBAC. This three-year term automatically advances in the second year to President and then Past-President in the final year. Congrats Wayne – perhaps we should meet next year when you are President to negotiate a “friends and family discount” for hosting Oasis at Beulah Camp & Conference Center!
- It was a privilege to interact with Brent Ingersoll (Kings) and his team during their annual staff retreat at Beulah Camp. Exciting days of Kingdom momentum continue for this high-octane and growing corps of leaders.
- A timely and helpful night of interaction on Saturday with David Zigler (Coastal) and the LBA was followed by an opportunity to preach yesterday morning at The Gathering.
- Shawn Craven’s (Havelock, NS) liver cancer surgery is scheduled for Wednesday, September 6th. He will be admitted the day before and Charles & Ruby Bain will be offering interim pastoral leadership for the next three months. Thanks to the Atlantic Tribe for your ongoing support and prayers for the Cravens.
- Significant in-person consultation this week with our Assistant DS AJ Plaizer (Yarmouth) provided timely feedback on a variety of ongoing district matters. Last Sunday afternoon 200 gathered from Yarmouth Wesleyan at the beach in Port Maitland to celebrate six baptisms!
- VACATION UPDATE: I will be on a week of vacation beginning today (August 28th and concluding on Labour Day). If you require district assistance for non-routine matters during the week ahead, please contact our Assistant DS AJ Plaizier (902.774.1800 or firstname.lastname@example.org). While Karrilee will be available during regular business hours from Monday – Thursday, please note the District Office will be closed on the Friday and Monday of Labour Day Weekend.
- Dr. Storer Emmett (a retired medical missionary and ordained minister in our Atlantic Tribe) who served many years in several different Global Partners (Wesleyan World Missions) hospitals, was promoted to glory on Friday afternoon. The following word from Bob & Brenda Bagley (GP Africa Area Director) beautifully captures the heart of this home going, “He loved people and served with compassion. He also served faithfully as Director of Wesleyan Medical Fellowship for many years. Our deepest condolences to his wife, Wilma, and their family. We will miss him. We are thankful for his sacrificial life of service to His Lord and the needy peoples around the world.” Funeral details available by contacting Houghton Wesleyan Church.
Congratulations to Jacob & Nikki Ebbett (Lower Brighton) on the birth of their 5th child on August 21st – Levi Ian Ebbett (9 lbs., 5.7 oz., 21 in.). Not only does he have perfect church attendance in his 8 days, but he was also dedicated at the hand of his father in the Sunday morning service yesterday – off to a great start Levi!
Thot: True humility is not thinking less of yourself, it is thinking of yourself less. (C.S. Lewis)
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