It's Monday Again

It's Monday Again

Good Monday morning!  After a two week absence, IMA is back.  I spent nearly a week on a trip to the Ukraine for the annual meeting of World Hope Canada that oversees the work with the street children in Odessa.  The progress at First Step Center, Hope House, and the Shepherd’s Home are all very encouraging and heartwarming.
On the return from Odessa, Gloria met me in Toronto and we went to Indianapolis for the better part of last week.  We were graciously hosted by Steve and Heather Bradley and in addition to time in the GP office, we also closed on a small condo unit we have acquired and began the task of getting it ready for occupancy.  This will give us a place to “hang our hats” when we are in Indy.
Yesterday, I spoke at Halifax Metro in the morning Father’s Day service to a very responsive congregation of 100+ people.  Following the service, I was engaged in helpful interchange with a number of the members of the congregation.  Gloria and I then were privileged to be at the home of Bob and Wendy Webber for a delicious lunch followed by a meeting of the LBA to address the pastoral transition.  I was impressed with the positive spirit and future focused attitude of the LBA.  We are in the early stages of pastoral search and an interest in your prayers would be appreciated. 
Alicia Robertson, daughter of Wayne and Brenda Robertson (senior pastor at Houlton), departs today for a ministry assignment in the Czech Republic as a Go-Net volunteer under Global Partners.  Remember her in prayer. 
Our Children’s Ministry Director, Linda Lamos, recommends that all of you who may be conducting VBS this summer check out the following website:  http://www.vbshelp.com/
Truro Central Nova (Ken Banks) held a special “Service in the Park” last Sunday, June 10th.  They had the LaPointes for a concert followed by a BBQ.  There were approximate 250 people in attendance and the event was held at 10:30 AM so as not to attempt to draw people from other church congregations.  In addition, people from the church distributed 270 bottles of water who were walking through the park with each bottle having a label directing people to the church website.  This outreach event was well received and an outstanding success.  Congrats to Pastor Ken and his crew.
Sixteen seats are still available on the bus going to the Women of Faith Conference.  For further info, contact Karen Coony at 506-463-8220 or at  villageofmillville@nb.aibn.com
Cottage for sale at Beulah:  A cottage with many special features available at Beulah.  Contact Michel Robichaud at mike.robichaud@northumberlanddairy.ca or at 506-455-3114.
Hammonds Plains Cornerstone (Denn Guptill) is hosting a Nova Scotia Wesleyan Women’s Retreat on October 12 & 13.  This information is being passed along early so that the dates may be protected on your Fall calendar.
The basket-making class that was very popular at Beulah last summer will be offered again this year under the leadership of Maggie Bean.  The class is scheduled for Tuesday afternoon and is limited to 10 people.  The cost is $35.00 which includes the materials and instruction.  To register for this class, please contact Maggie at  dragonflybaskets@juno.com
The WiFi zone at Beulah has been expanded considerably.  The coverage area and the speed of access have both been upgraded.  While the whole campground is not covered, the availability has been increased from last year which was our first year to offer WiFi.  When you are on the grounds, you will notice WiFi signs in several places indicating that coverage is available. 
Yesterday morning, I had breakfast in Halifax with Denn Guptill, our new E&CG Director.  Denn has a real passion for church planting and the significant forward movement at Cornerstone in the last couple of years uniquely qualifies him to give leadership to this important portfolio.  Thanks, Denn, for your willingness to serve.
Don’t forget – largest offering in Beulah history – Sunday evening, July 15th. 
Special Note:  We have recently received word from the Province of New Brunswick that our wastewater project at Beulah has been approved.  PTL!  We are now moving forward aggressively to seek funding support from the Federal and Provincial Governments. 
THOT:  The first job of a leader is to inspire trust.  The ability to do so, in fact, is a prime differentiator between a manager and a leader. – Stephen M. R. Covey

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