It’s Monday Again

Connection (Ken Banks) lights the Advent Wreath each week in keeping with one of the many traditions invoked by Atlantic Wesleyan churches during the Christmas season. Ken preached a passionate and thought provoking message yesterday on Magi doubt-busters that boost faith in the Christ-child.

Construction on the new location for The Lighthouse (Tim Guptill) is making progress as the walls went up this week! A TBD 2020 Dedication Service will complete the final phase of the Grand Manan merger of three historic congregations. Exciting days!

This past Sunday evening Solid Rock (Peter Hayes) hosted an amazing Christmas Dinner for 93 people with a wonderful meal prepared, amazing entertainment. The highlight was the official welcoming when Peter and his family were “screeched in” and got to kiss the cod (it was held by Assistant Pastor Jennifer White above)! The picture below shows the certificates received by the CFA’s (Come From Away) as honourary Newfoundlanders.
This past week also featured our Solid Rock family at the local Christmas parade where they gave away 200+ cups of hot chocolate. Following the parade they hosted 75 people (about half were guests!) for hot soup and pie. Peter celebrated, “It was a great connection with our community and an encouraging day all around! All of this was accomplished by the wonderful people in our church with little direction from me. What an amazing church family, working hard to Make Jesus Known in Mount Pearl!”

President Lennox (Kingswood University) recently signed a new agreement with President David Wright of Indiana Wesleyan University to offer online courses in tandem with new Kingswood degrees (pending ABHE approval). This is an exciting development in the spirit of partnership for our Wesleyan higher education.
General Superintendent Wayne Schmidt convened a team of denominational leaders in St. Louis this week. These days focused on our disciple-making movement for Kingdom multiplication in the days ahead for The Wesleyan Church in North America. So grateful for the gifted leadership of our GS and his Chief of Staff, David Drury, who co-led this event which was marked by a spontaneous and powerful time of prayer.
Global Partners Missionary Carl Gilles made a recent visit in his new role as Director of French Ministry with Windel & Yolie Etienne in Burkina Faso (Wesleyan Haitian Missionaries). Their first child was born at the end of Carl’s visit on Wednesday (December 4th) – congratulations on Hudson’s happy arrival (their son is named after Hudson Taylor)! #everywhere2everywhereThe Etiennes are grateful for your prayers as terrorist attacks last Sunday resulted in the martyrdom of 14 Believers in Burkina Faso. Windel adds, “We keep interceding on behalf of Burkina Faso for peace, security and redemption. We seize every single opportunity we have to share the gospel wisely and kindly. Please, join us in prayer for this suffering nation.” #globalcollective

Several churches on the Atlantic District employ the use of Faith Promise annual missions giving – here are a couple of recent updates…
  • Saint John First (Graham Perry) has a monthly Faith Promise commitment of $1,715. Giving is on pace to be over $24,000 for the year which is primarily used to support four missionary families, including a cash Christmas gift.
  • Blacks Harbour (HC Wilson) held a Faith Promise Sunday recently – perhaps the first ever, certainly for a very long time. Graham Perry was the guest speaker and the following Sunday over $6200 in commitments were received. Dr. HC reports, “Along with $5000 paid to Global Partners from our general budget, we should hit $10,000 this year to GP – a new high. Very proud of our congregation and the support for our three missionary families – Stevens, White and Tatton.”
Contact Global Partners for more information about how to begin using Faith Promise in your church.
On December 3, Giving Tuesday, Canada rallied together and raised more than $16K for The Hope Fund. This undesignated fund lets us respond to immediate needs around the world as they arise and strengthen our programs. Thanks to The Hope Fund, we were able to send more than 30 Canadians to the Bahamas to provide fresh water this fall.  Canada also unlocked our first video in the Unlock the Possibilities end of year giving challenge.  Check out how World Hope is bringing clean water to the island of LaGonave in Haiti here.  We also released our Fall Newsletter sharing stories of The Wesleyan Church of Canada’s impact around the world and an update on the Bahamas recovery efforts.  Grab a coffee and download it here! Many of you are receiving Christmas offerings for The Hope Fund. If you would like more information on how your church offering can transform communities, please email info@worldhope.ca.Prayer is requested

for Shawn Craven (Havelock) for his surgery on December 12th (Thursday) to remove a filter required by his gall bladder and liver surgery on September 6, 2017. PTL for his full recovery!

Ellen joins me in expressing condolences on behalf of the Atlantic District to Dr. Art & Sherry Maxwell and their family on Friday’s passing of his sister Elena. Details regarding the celebration of her life on Wednesday are posted here by Fergusons Funeral Home.Points to Ponder

  • Pentecost immediately made one-on-one discipleship impossible. Discipleship is a community process. No one person can transfer all it takes. (Wayne Schmidt)
  • There’s nothing more strategic and effective than prayer (David Drury)
  • Give where you can’t be, act where you can be. (Graham Perry)

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.

International Wesleyan Youth Conference (Dec. 28-31, 2019)

It is with great excitement we invite you to Uprising Conference on February 21-22, 2020 at Crosspoint Church in Fredericton, NB. Conference registration is $45, and a catered lunch option on Saturday is available for an additional $15.

We are so thrilled to welcome Rachel Wilson as our conference speaker. We are looking forward to hearing her share insight around our theme this year: RECONCILE.

Crosspoint Worship will be returning once again to lead us during each session.


For more information please contact office@atlanticdistrict.com
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