It’s Monday Again
The 3rd annual Love Week on the South Shore gained momentum this year, as word and evidence spread rapidly throughout Southwest Nova communities. There were 15+ churches involved from about five denominations as well as numerous businesses that jumped on board.Coordinator Dave Hockley (Yarmouth) shared, “Probably the most exciting part was the countless amount of conversations in these communities that started with the question, ‘What is Love Week anyway?’ Thankful for the doors God opened, and excited for what’s to come in the years ahead!”
Tens of thousands of dollars donated for community needs, hundreds of volunteer hours, ministry with nursing homes, schools, first responder detachments, at-home seniors care, and so much more! For a peek of all the great ways the Church lifted up the Name of Christ CLICK HERE for LOVE WEEK posts.
Churches all across the region took advantage of the opportunity to connect with families in the community by offering COVID-friendly Trunk-or-Treat events like the one pictured above in Amherst (Evan Oxner). With more than 530 kids (not counting adults) this year, Evan shared the turnout was up about 200 over last year and had stronger participation and engagement than the pre-COVID Trunk-or-Treat in 2019.
In the continued spirit of Matthew 5:16, The River (Mark Soone) was featured by Fox News in Bangor with a special highlight of their partnership with several community organizations including Samaritan Incorporated, First Step Pregnancy Center, and Jericho Road Street Ministry.CLICK HERE to view the clip on Fox News and CLICK HERE for for the News Center feature of the “Homeless Resource Fair” held last Sunday. Mark shared, “We had an exciting Celebration of Ministry Service!” We are grateful for the faithful Kingdom influence of our Bangor Wesleyan family – well done!
Nearly 50 leaders from more than 2/3 of Atlantic churches participated this week in Session Four of the Mobilization Pipeline Cohort with Jon Wiest, Executive Director of Groundswell. A couple resources worthy of note included the new discipleship all produced by The Wesleyan Church. CLICK HERE to check it out as this free tool will greatly enhance your discipleship strategies and empower disciple-makers.The second resource is the blog that Jon Wiest posted this week which includes key aspect of this week’s cohort session. CLICK HERE for this helpful read to provoke and inspire the right kind of questions and conversations for ways your local church can mobilize disciple-makers.
- Worship At The Speed Of Sound: A look at the life-curves of modern worship songs
- Mike Tapper and Marc Jolicoeur discuss the “Life Curves” of CCLI songs sung in our churches dating back to 1988. This interesting project has a lot of relevant implications and will soon be published in Christianity Today and Worship Leader Magazine!
- November 18, 2021 @ 2:00 p.m. (Eastern)
- Lead like a man. Pray like a boy. My first responsibility is to be a follower not a leader. (Kevin Myers)
- Great leaders aren’t driven by personal ambition, they’re driven by the mission. Ambition is a terrible substitute for mission. (Carey Nieuwhof)
- We are under-formed in the practices of loving our enemies and over-stimulated by the act of protecting our opinions. (Dan White Jr.)
(Prior District Journals are available from District Office upon request.)