Merry Christmas – Christ is born! This is a premium time of year to invite those we know to come and hear the truth about the Christ-child for themselves. Let’s pray for a mighty harvest from the seeds of invitation sown by thousands for messages preached and heard during the Christmas Eve Sunday ahead.
The Lighthouse – Grand Manan (Tim Guptill) has been in a campaign called “Do It Again” which concluded with a Christmas offering for their new facility yesterday. Tim was thrilled to announce an offering total of well over $140,000 – praise the Lord! But wait… there’s more. The former North Head church and parsonage also sold this past week which puts them well on their way towards building a permanent new church for The Lighthouse! In addition, they have been averaging about 80 kids at their mid-week program serving young families on Grand Manan.
- So many staff pastors and leaders on our district serve with distinction resulting in exceptional ministry through the local church. Amherst (Evan Oxner) has seen significant growth and impact in two areas of leadership oversight assigned to Assistant Pastor Jamin Melanson. The Youth Group (pictured above) is led by Michael Gregory and has exploded this fall with a high attendance last week of 26. Jamin also reports that more than half of the Sunday morning congregation are also actively involved in adult small groups throughout the week. This is an incredible percentage and reflects the priority of discipleship in the ministry of this pastoral team.
- Connection – Truro (Ken Banks) congregation gathered around a recent widow and her son during yesterday’s service for prayer as the church blessed them with a love offering of $1,400. During the service the kids’ ministry distributed donuts to people at the local outdoor rink, laundromat, police station, church neighbour’s and passerby’s.
- Moncton Wesleyan (Joel Gorveatte) raised nearly $20,000 in a special Christmas offering yesterday which was presented to the leaders of four organizations at the conclusion of the service: Naomi & Ruth Rehabilitation Centre (women’s recovery home from addiction), Edith Cavell K-8 School, Youth Quest (Moncton Youth Impact – addressing homelessness for those ages 16-22), and Global Partners (Carl & Maya Gilles) in Haiti. Praise God for the two people who made a decision to follow Christ in the service.
- His Worship Mike O’Brien (pictured below), Fredericton Mayor, was present at Crosspoint (Mark Brewer) to express appreciation for the gift of $70,000 for building two homes through the Mayor’s Task Force on Homelessness. Thank you Crosspoint family for making Jesus famous for the good of the city and the hope of the world!
Thot: A truly successful leader has an open hand, calloused knees, a joyful smile, a wrinkled brow and a great team around them. (Brian Dodd)
2017 Gift Catalogue
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Has your church been considering launching a Celebrate Recovery ministry? Please consider joining us for a two day forum hosted by Deep Water Church and our CR Ministry. See first hand how a CR night works, and on day 2 hear some of the nuts and bolts required to get you started.
Are you in? Register your church today for just $30. For further info please contact Shaun email@example.com or (902) 225-6849.
Who: Ken Banks (Connection – Truro) will facilitate this day of dialog and shared learning
Where: Edgett Boardroom at District Office
When: Monday, January 15th, 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Cost: Free (lunch included for those who preregister on or before January 10th
Zoom: If you can’t get to Moncton, we would still love to have you involved as a virtual participant through Zoom
Registration: Email Ken Banks (firstname.lastname@example.org) to indicate if you will be in Moncton or join us online
What: A word from Ken Banks…
We will be discussing potential solutions to move your church from maintenance or survival mode. This is intended as a time for all of us to talk about struggles, barriers, opportunities, ideas and to pray – a ‘let’s figure this out together’ opportunity. I encourage you to make plans to join me as we lean into the Tribe to see God-honouring things happen in 2018!