Yesterday was a big day on Grand Manan. It was a full house as The Lighthouse
celebrated its first service in the new location with 160+ present. The service concluded with the Pastoral Installation of new Lead Pastor John (Jesse) Lamos.
John gave a timely challenge from Joshua 3&4 that the new facility will be an altar not an idol. The congregation participated in the conclusion of his powerful message by laying stones to form a symbolic altar. The Lighthouse Pastoral Team includes Youth & Children’s Ministry Pastor Adam (Hope) DeMerchant and the recent addition of Worship & Community Pastor Michelle (Andrew) Duncan.
The church was buzzing with excitement and conversations before and after the service in recognition of the significant standing stone this day represented as a bookend to the merger of the three long-standing Wesleyan congregations on Grand Manan. A TBA Dedication Service this fall will provide opportunity to formally consecrate the facility and express appreciation to all those who have made this new day of Kingdom impact possible. A touching moment following the service was captured as Jesse Lamos and their daughters Adalyn and Olive greeted Mrs. Charlene MacKenzie.
It was a privilege to travel this week with President Steve Lennox (Kingswood University
) to Indianapolis for a two-day meeting of the Wesleyan Education Council (WEC). This includes our General Superintendent, the Presidents, and Board of Trustees Chairs for each of our five Wesleyan schools. The WEC is Chaired by Division Executive Director Russ Gunsalus of Education & Clergy Development.
The WEC has a long-standing history of ongoing collaboration to increase effectiveness in Christian higher education. These meetings also provided for the timely introduction of new Houghton College President Dr. Wayne Lewis
and Interim President Dr. William Crothers of Southern Wesleyan
.Additionally, President Lennox and I enjoyed an evening with our KU Trustee Emeritus, Dr. Wayne Caldwell (pictured above right). Wayne and Joan celebrated their 75th Wedding Anniversary this year! This visit concluded in-person visits by the President with all US resident Trustees this year.
Earlier this week a final planning session with Dr. Atef, National Superintendent of The Wesleyan Standard Church of Egypt
, confirmed the 100th Anniversary Celebration of this mission field will be held in early December. Stay tuned
for more details regarding an opportunity on December 1-11, 2021, to join a team of 20+ who will travel to take part in this historic event.
We’ve watched them grow up in our churches. And now they are spreading their wings. We’ve all heard the statistics about young adults and the risks they face in their faith journey as they head to college. But what if there was something we could do that has proven to reverse these trends? What if there was a tangible way to increase the percentile from 17% to 77% of those who maintain their walk with God and keep growing in Him? That’s not a made up number. STAY TUNED in the weeks ahead for how you can mobilize your church to reverse this trend with your young adults.
Points to Ponder