Happy New Year!
It’s a perfect New Year’s resolution, set a daily alarm for 9:38 a.m. to pray. Imagine the Lord of the Harvest unleashing hundreds of new workers in 2018 through the answered prayer of Christ’s call into ALL four quadrants of the Acts 1:8 missional mandate. Global Partners annual Prayer Calendar is now available as an excellent resource for our daily 9:38 a.m. intercession to the Lord of the Harvest. The Holy Spirit will always be the greatest recruiter for the greatest cause in raising up workers for the harvest across the street and around the world. Every week you receive It’s Monday Again just before 9:38 a.m. as a reminder to pause and pray. Would you take a moment and set a daily alarm to join with us? It’s a perfect New Year’s resolution.
CEO of Hephzibah Children’s Home in Macon, Georgia, Rev. C.K. Chitty, retires effective today (January 1, 2018). CK & Grace are long-standing friends of the Atlantic District where they served in several local churches prior to service in General Church ministry beginning in the late 1980’s. He has invested a quarter of a century in the mission and ministry of Hephzibah and will be greatly missed. More detail is available in this full announcement. The board of directors has appointed Rev. Peter Bagley (another favoured son of the AD), the current Executive Director of Hephzibah, to fill the role of Interim CEO.
- Island (Aaron Reimer) had a full house of 80+ on Christmas Eve with 10 first time attenders.
- Connection (Ken Banks) held a special Christmas Eve morning service with a carol sing, devotional and brunch. Praise God for the person who accepted Christ in this service.
- Cornerstone (Denn Guptill) offered five services on Christmas Eve with 778 in attendance. In addition, their Clean Water for Christmas appeal raised $15K which will be matched to allow World Hope Canada to drill two wells in Northern Ghana in partnership with Wesleyan churches there. Thanks to all who made this possible.
- Head of Millstream (Vince Robertson) had two amazing back to back services on December 17 (Kids Christmas Program) & Christmas Eve at 3:00 p.m. – both with 42 in attendance.
- Kings (Brent Ingersoll) shared Christ with nearly 5000 people in attendance at their annual Imperial Theatre Christmas Services. Brent celebrates, “The most amazing thing is that 147 people turned in cards indicating first time decisions to follow JESUS!” This incredible Kingdom harvest was on the heels of an Advent apologetics series that saw more than 70 come to faith in Christ. Praise God for these days of revival!
- Solid Rock (Stuart Marples) reports, “Sunday was a great day at Solid Rock! Between the three services we had almost 100 people who attended at least one of the services. Far more important than that there were several who indicated that they had prayed to ask Jesus – Emmanuel – to take up residence in their hearts.”
- In addition to regular Christmas Eve services, Yarmouth (AJ Plaizier) hosted a December 20th service in Pubnico with 100+ in attendance.
- Moncton youth group (Pryme) held their annual Christmas Party on December 20th with the theme of “Moncton’s Largest Christmas Gift.” A special invitation focusing on the greatest Gift of all resulted in 19 commitments to Christ – PTL! Additional decisions for Christ have been reported this Christmas season at Moncton through one-on-one conversations in personal evangelism.
New Year Thot: A revival is nothing else than a new beginning of obedience to God. (Charles Finney)
On Second Thot: Wherever you are, be all there. Live to the hilt every situation you believe to be the will of God. (Jim Elliot)
Bonus Thot: Nothing paralyzes our lives like the attitude that things can never change. We need to remind ourselves that God can change things. Outlook determines outcome. If we see only the problems, we will be defeated; but if we see the possibilities in the problems, we can have victory. (Warren Wiersbe)
2017 Gift Catalogue
The World Hope Canada Christmas Catalog is now available online. To receive a printed copy by mail, please call Tori at 613.482.1499.
Did someone say ROAD TRIP? Pack your bags, Kingswood University is loading up a coach bus and heading to FUEL 2018 in Fishers, Indiana! Join us!
We understand the cost of travel is high for us Atlantic & Central Canadians. FUEL is an amazing event for our Wesleyan Next Gen. Youth & Children’s Pastors and we would love to help make it possible for you to be a part of it!
KU is partnering with our Central and Atlantic Districts to help lower the travel cost for you! If you are interested in traveling with us, please register online
to reserve your spot! Space is limited, first come, first serve! We will only travel if there is enough interest! Please RSVP by NO LATER than January 5th, 2018!
Bus will depart from Sussex, NB for continuous travel to Fisher, IN. Pick up locations will be Sussex, Fredericton, Woodstock, Brockville, ON, and Kingston, ON.
Dates: January 31, 2018 – February 4th, 2018
I am responsible for my own:
FUEL registration https://www.wesleyan.org/event/fuel
$165 to KU towards travel costs.
Food/Spending money during travel days
RSVP to KU to save your spot no later than January 5th, 2018
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 (email@example.com) 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!