The first two DS Zone Dialogs were held at Yarmouth and Cornerstone (pictured above) this week. These provide an in-depth overview of the four phases of the 2025 Horizon Storyline, our values-driven vision launched at District Conference. Attendance is optional – hope to see you there. I am deeply passionate about unleashing Kingdom force for unprecedented spiritual invasion into and out of the Atlantic Region!
Remaining Zone Logistics. Location with lunch provided @ 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. local time:
Oct 23rd – Nackawic Wesleyan (Central NB Zone)
Oct 29th – Kingswood University (Southern NB Zone)*
*The KU Zone Dialog will begin at 11:00 a.m. and all those attending are encouraged to come for Chapel @ 9:30 a.m. (This will push the end time to 3:00 p.m.).
Note to Retired Ministers: You are welcome to attend any of these Zone options. Please notify Karrilee @ District Office in advance.
Ken Nash conducted the final cohort session this week for the second group. Over the next couple of months he will have individual sessions with each church. Ken is already booked as the Keynote Speaker for our District Ministerial in January 2022 as part of phase three of the 2025 Horizon Storyline to Reimagine Kingdom Multiplication at Home. Ken has just begun his third cohort which now totals 13 Atlantic churches who have received his coaching.
Congratulations to Mr. & Mrs. David & Melissa Tysick on their special wedding day this Saturday! They are both under District appointment to serve as Assistant Pastors on staff with Tim Long (Live Well).
A word of thanks for the prayers and support of so many as Luke & Vanessa Budreau (Journey) were cleared to bring their baby girl Eleanora home to Fredericton later this week.
Ellen joins me in expressing sincere condolences on behalf of the Atlantic District for the following ministers and their families:
- Rev. Lisa & Lee Graden (Crystal & Monticello) on the passing of Lee’s mother, Amelia “Nena” Graden, on October 6th. The funeral was held on Thursday in Sarasota, Florida. Her obituary with opportunity to express your condolences is posted here.
- Rev. Linda & Sterling Fillmore (Amherst) on the passing of her sister Eva Bacon this Thursday. The celebration of Eva’s life will take place at Brenan’s Funeral Home Chapel (111 Paradise Row, Saint John) at Noon on Wednesday, October 16th. Her full obituary with opportunity to express your condolences is posted here.
- Rev. Stephen and Heather Bradley (Brown’s Flat Fellowship) on the passing of his father Leverett Bradley this Wednesday. The celebration of Lev’s life will take place at Kennebecasis Community Funeral Home (152 Pettingill Road, Quispamsis) at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 16th. His full obituary with opportunity to express your condolences is posted here.
Points to Ponder:
- You’re either broken down or you’re broken open. (Ken Nash)
- We do not wade through a challenge/opportunity perfectly. The pursuit of excellence is expected. The pursuit of perfection is futile. (Ray Smith)
- In leadership the first change you make is not as critical as the second. 95% of the time people will want to go back to the way they were. (Ken Nash)
Registration is now open for the 2019 BLI Believability Tour on November 9th in Moncton! This one-day annual event is a proven Kingdom resource for lay leaders and pastors. This link for the official e-promo provides full details. Carey Nieuwhof will offer the keynote presentation with an impressive line-up of Kingdom influencers who will share best practices and principles for contextual effectiveness. So grateful for the many ways Kingswood University and the Buckingham Leadership Institute invest in raising leaders.
Full details for how your church can take advantage of this National Church initiative can be accessed online HERE. This will be an excellent addition to local discipleship efforts as one of the greatest predictors of spiritual growth is spending time in His Word.
We have a bus ready and raring to go! If you, or your students are planning on attending this awesome conference, we are now taking registrations for the bus. Registrations must be in by Nov 1st. Payment is not due until December 1st, but if your group wants guaranteed seating aboard the bus, please email martin@sj1 with your numbers on or before November 1st. If you have more than four students attending, you MUST also send a youth leader. We recommend you send a leader with your group regardless, but we require one if you have four or more students.
The cost per person on the bus is $175 CAD (approx. $135 USD). This covers your round-trip to Cincinnati, Ohio from TBD pick-up points in New Brunswick and Maine. This deposit is non-refundable, but it is transferable. You can register for the actual conference here . Keep in mind that this does not account for meals, you will be paying for food from December 27th-Jan 1st. We have a limited number of seats available on the bus, so it is first come, first served! If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact Martin Stehouwer (Co-District Youth President) at the email above. Registration resources can be downloaded HERE including access to tutorial videos
Click HERE to download this promo poster for your missions events.
Check out Caton’s Island Director Dean Stephenson’s Facebook post (3rd from left)
on the trip to Bahamas to serve this month!
(Crosspoint Missions Pastor Dave Rowe pictured on far right).
- Deb Gilbert & James Penney (both from Halifax, NS)
- Ken Wright (Saint George, NB)
- Lewis Thibault (Halifax, NS) & Ethan Mullen (Weymouth, NS), Jon Westrup (Moncton)
- Dave Rowe (Fredericton, NB), Dean Stephenson & Brad Israelson (Bristol, NB), Mark Day (Moncton, NB), Kurtis Kent (Hartland, NB).