It’s Monday Again

Joanne Ozon (Hope) was featured in a tribute by South Shore bus drivers to the victims of the mass shooting in Nova Scotia last weekend. The news clip above concluded by referencing her co-vocational status as a Pastor with appreciation for the prayers of our Hope Wesleyan family.

In a powerful message that addressed a grieving province, Jay Guptill (Hillside) addressed the reality of this unfathomable tragedy. Jay challenged us that because “Evil has manifested itself – the pain that touches us also taunts us to retaliate and point fingers of blame.” In his online message yesterday, Jay shared (timestamp 35:10) how he is coping with the impact of this loss in his relationship with the widower of Cst. Heidi Stevenson.On a lighter note, it was encouraging to see the service end with an invitation to stick around for Coffee with the Pastor by joining a Zoom link displayed onscreen. This is the second week it has been offered with an average of about 50 live participants each time. Next week they are going to offer “breakout rooms” in the virtual foyer for people to have private conversations with others who show up. A great idea to foster real community in these days of virtual connection.

In a week of unprecedented decisions, the Camp Board on Tuesday (left) and DBA on Thursday (right) convened with prayerful deliberation. In light of the pandemic and by unanimous action of the DBA, Beulah Family Camp will ONLY be offered in an abbreviated virtual TBD format. A careful review of The King’s Highway confirms that Beulah Family Camp has not been cancelled since its beginning in 1894.Please download this COVID-19 Summer Announcement for full details of decisions regarding District Conference, Ordination, seasonal use of Beulah, Caton’s Island Camp & Riverside Camp. While the disruption of this pandemic is historic, we are blessed to have a strong team of district boards and leaders to serve us during these unusual days of challenge and opportunity.

On Monday & Tuesday the South Session of the DBMD convened for a day and a half of interviews with “prophets-in-process” – including two for Ordination. The diligence, hard work, and wisdom of this group cannot be overstated as they provide the point of our district spear for raising ministerial leaders. Deep appreciation to DBMD Chair Dale MacDonald (Woodstock) and all those who serve to guard the gate and guide the called. This concludes the formal season of DBMD interviews with 7 for Ordination and 46 others as Ministerial Students and Licensed Ministers.

SPECIAL FREE TRAINING OPPORTUNITY: This Zoom Virtual Workshop will provide world-class insights and high-level practical techniques for your leadership as a pastor in these continuing days of uncertainty. Please CLICK HERE to register by email to receive your Zoom link – Tami@atlanticdistrict.com. This will be an excellent workshop for your entire pastoral team. Special thanks to our new Executive Director Tami Mutch-Ketch for making this possible. This 90-minute workshop begins at Noon ATLANTIC TIME on Thursday, April 30th, and is only open to the first 100 registrations.
Kings (Brent Ingersoll) launched Alpha Online last week and had so many interested they could not include them all because Zoom has a limit of 100 participants. They are now offering this with three online groups of different sizes with about 120 people registered in total. Several who have indicated they would not have likely come to an in-person Alpha Course. This included people from all over the Maritimes and even one lady from Ohio who accepted Christ during Brent’s Easter message – PTL!
This is a great season to offer Alpha Online – seize the day!
Solid Rock (Peter Hayes) was not going to let the pandemic keep them from enjoying a time of fellowship and spiritual encouragement by missing another Men’s Breakfast. So, they all joined in on Saturday morning by Zoom with their own bacon, eggs, and of course – homemade toutons!
AD COVID-Check-In with the DS. On Friday, I met by Zoom with some of our Atlantic Pastors. In this weekly meeting, we share perspectives on specific challenges/questions/resources and have opportunity to pray for each other. I would welcome any pastor to join me for this optional Zoom COVID Check-In on Tuesday, April 28th @ 2:30 p.m. Atlantic Time. The time/date changes weekly based on my schedule. Please cut and paste this Zoom link into your calendar now to make plans to join in this week!
Points to Ponder
  • The Jesus we preach and the Gospel we uphold determines the disciple we get. (Dallas Willard & Bill Hull)
  • “I wish it need not have happened in my time,” said Frodo. “So do I,” said Gandalf, “and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.” (J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring)
  • I’m not saying physical ministry is going away. Of course it’s not. We’re relational beings. (Carey Nieuwhof)

  • What: An Online Pentecost Prayer Event (click above for the video greeting)
  • When: Pentecost Sunday, May 31st (7:00 p.m. ET, 8:00 p.m. AT, 8:30 p.m. NT)
  • Who: The Wesleyan Church across North America and beyond
  • How: Graphics and social media messages are available to promote this call to prayer – just visit https://www.wesleyan.org/event/together for more information for you and your church family to participate

ATTN: Lead Pastors, Staff Pastors and Ministerial Students (Deadline: May 31st)
It is that time of year to start thinking about filling out your Annual Service Report (ASR).  You should have gotten an email from Headquarters with your login username.   Below is a link to help you with the process.  Please go to this link before calling the office: https://www.wesleyan.org/asr-and-lcsr-instructions – Please call the District Office if you have problems getting logged in or have questions about the process. Also let the District Office know if you didn’t receive an email with your username.

COVID-19 Resources
There is little doubt we are in a season of testing and refinement…
not only for the Church, but for her leaders.

What about Beulah Family Camp & Caton’s Island for 2020?

This inspiring annual event will be offered in a virtual format and will occur on May 29th @ 7:00 p.m. (Atlantic) – please register online at the event Facebook page HERE.

Looking for a meaningful way to celebrate Mother’s Day and Father’s Day for your family or through your church family? Look no more – CLICK HERE for details on how you can honour your parents by investing in those who have no parents to provide for their future.

Want some good news to experience and share? Check out this spring newsletter from Executive Director Tanya Nace – we are grateful for her stellar leadership during these days!

World Hope International has created an online platform, Get-Support, to help communities and churches stay connected and provide support to one another.  This is a platform where users can submit and respond to requests for assistance from one another. Five churches in the Atlantic District are registered to use Get-Support. If you are interested in using this tool in your church, watch this Webinar that explains how the system works. For more information and to register, https://get-support.ca/



The national office of The Wesleyan Church of Canada is pleased to provide access to some helpful documents for the pastors in our Canadian churches. Included in those documents are:
Additional forms, such as ‘Sexual Harassment Avoidance’ policy are available at:   www.wesleyan.ca (click: Menu : Ministries : Resources)

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Main Office:(Year Round)

1830 Mountain Road
Moncton, NB
E1G 1A9

Phone: (506) 383-8326

Seasonal Office:(no mail)

229 Beulah Road
Brown’s Flat, NB
E5M 2R5

Phone: (506) 468-2286

District Superintendent:

Rev. Peter Moore
ptmoore@atlanticdistrict.com

Executive Administrator:

Mrs. Karrilee Bremner
karrilee@atlanticdistrict.com

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