With the unanimous support of our DBA Executive Committee, I am very pleased to announce that the Hope Wesleyan Church in Shelburne is reopening! Pastors Carl and Evelyn Brewer will be moving there in early September and the reopening activities are planned for the weekend of October 3 and 4. The Brewers have done excellent ministry in smaller churches in small communities and have served our district so well in both Lower Hainesville and Nackawic.
They have visited Shelburne twice in the last few weeks, met with a core group, made connections in the community and they are enthused. They have had Shelburne on their minds and in their hearts for a half dozen years or more and I am so pleased this is taking place. Some of you personally or from your churches may want to contribute to this project – onward and upward!
Pastors – a notice came from HQ to all of you last week concerning flooding in Myanmar and how several of our churches and people there were so terribly affected by the monsoon. I have visited this country twice and we have wonderful, warm dedicated fellow Wesleyans, and vibrant churches in Myanmar. Our Wesleyan brothers and sisters are being refused food and other aid because they are Christians. We can make a difference. Please present this need – thank you.
Last Sunday, Fredericton Crosspoint baptized 15 people in the Nashwaak River. Assistant Pastor Jamie Camber’s first candidate to baptize was his own son Noah. How special is that?
- Fredericton Corbett baptized 5 yesterday and announced that a third weekend service – this one on Saturday night – will launch on Oct 3rd.
- Halifax Metro baptized 6 yesterday in an outdoor service.
- Truro had 111 in church yesterday in the summer – (average last year was 93 and the year before 89) and their relaunch will be in 4 weeks – Maximizing Impact at work.
- Halifax Deep Water now has Sunday services in two locations, the North Street property and the Park Lane Theatre – one at 10 AM and the other at 10:30 AM. First Sunday was yesterday.
- Houlton threw a farewell party last night for Dave and Vicki Rowe who have served there long and well and are transitioning to a staff position at Fredericton Crosspoint.
On Aug.10-14, Kingswood University partnered with People & Songs to be the first Canadian venue for The Emerging Sound, an intensive summer experience for high school and college age worship songwriters. Students, teachers and interns travelled from around the Maritimes and several U.S. states to take part. The days were spent worshiping and learning the process of co-writing with seasoned and professional songwriters. This was an excellent launch to a new summer teen initiative for our area, and produced upwards of a dozen high quality songs for the church. Find out more information about The Emerging Sound here. #TES15Canada
Gloria and I will be away all of this week. I have meetings in Indianapolis concerning the Canadian Established National Conference as well as a two-day interaction with the Membership Working Group. We plan to be back next Sunday and email, cell and Twitter will all be perking. Peter will be on district and available as needed.
The Beulah session of the Camp Board met at Heartland last week. Excellent meeting to reflect on 2015 and look with anticipation to 2016 and beyond. Having Heartland available for meetings like this is such a blessing.
The DBA Executive Committee has unanimously agreed to offer the Evangelist’s Cottage, 30 Kinghorn Avenue, for sale by bid. The acquisition of Heartland has rendered the cottage surplus for Beulah accommodation purposes. It is a one bedroom, furnished cottage with a rear deck facing the river. Bids may be sent by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Bids will be received until September 15, 2015 and the highest or any bid may not be accepted.
Caton’s 2015 wrapped up an amazing summer camping season last week with a great Youth Camp and Scott Simmons from HQ as speaker. Following the camp, Scott led Atlantic Fuel, a youth pastor training event on the island and he also spoke yesterday morning at Beulah. Thanks Scott for being on district and for your ministry to our tribe.
Caton’s had an outstanding summer this year that saw an increase of 115 attending camps over last year (not including rental groups). There were 175 salvations and recommitments in the district led camps – PTL! The Youth Camp saw a registration of 138 campers plus staff/counsellors – the highest camp total on record. Onward and upward!
THOT: “The gift of salvation is free. Following Jesus? That’s gonna cost you.” – Scott Simmons, Caton’s Youth Camp 2015.
ON SECOND THOT: “Don’t Compete! Don’t Compare! Don’t Complain!” – Quoted by Lennett Anderson.
Global Partners, in harmony with Dan and Edie Mullen’s 20 piano orchestra, encourage your attendance at Beulah Camp’ Labor Day 2015 Sunday Morning Service. 12 of our cherished missionary hymns, combined with historic moments of our Wesleyan Missions, will make this a memorable event. Many of our own Wesleyan pianists will be at the full size acoustic uprights, making the THOUSANDS of strings give Glory to God! The free will offering on Sunday will go in it’s entirely to Global Partners Outreach.
Kingswood is preparing to hold their fifth annual worship conference, ENGAGE, on October 23-24. Designed with the essential and practical needs of pastors, lay worship leaders and team members in mind, this event is geared toward refreshing and equipping those on the front lines of this crucial ministry. Plan to bring your whole team! Guests this year include Dustin Smith, Jennie Riddle, Tim Milner, Jeff Somers and Kim Butler, as well as our tribe’s own Betty Weatherby, Kendra Higgs, Mike Tapper, Scott and Elizabeth Rhyno. Registration is open now at kingwood.edu/engage. #engageku2015