Show your pastor you care!
Matthew 25:35, “35…for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in.”
Our Woods Harbour church is part of a group of six NS South Shore churches sharing in the sponsorship of a refuge family from South Sudan. The number of refugees from Syria has now topped 4 million people. Globally we are experiencing the highest number of refugees since World War II.
Atlantic District churches now have an opportunity to sponsor refugee families through a partnership signed this week with the Convention of Atlantic Baptist Churches, which serves as a Sponsorship Agreement Holder (SAH) with the federal government. There are two primary ways your church may participate in this effort – assisting in funding the sponsorships of other churches or exploring sponsorship by your church (or as a joint effort with other churches in your area). World Hope Canada has agreed to serve as our district coordinator for churches wanting to explore this option. Please contact Executive Director Stephanie Gilmer (Stephanie@worldhope.ca) for more information.
Two of our Fredericton churches – Corbett and Crosspoint – both launched Saturday PM services over the weekend. The graphic above announcing both services was on Twitter. Great to see churches expanding their ministry options. Attendance was 80 at Corbett and their weekend attendance’s over 300 for the third week in succession. Saturday night saw 190 at Crosspoint and their weekend attendance was 475. Onward and upward!
I was in Ontario for two days this week to attend the semi-annual meeting of the World Hope Canada (WHC) board held at Silver Lake Camp. Excellent meetings as World Hope continues to develop and move forward. Anne Medders, the founding Executive Director, was present for a Gala on Friday evening to celebrate 15 years of ministry. Our district is also represented on the board by Georgina Hayes and Dave Flanagan. Stuart Marples serves WHC effectively as board chair.
Natural Canada Photo for this picture (full size here). I watched the eclipse for some time as the next one is not expected until 2033 – I don’t expect to see it….
Peter was at Havelock, NB yesterday to install Glen McVicar as their new pastor. His wife Eleanor is from Havelock and is glad to be in ministry back home. There is a new optimism in the air and a positive spirit looking forward. The Praxis worship team from KU is now assisting in worship at Havelock – great forward step.
Gloria and I were on Grand Manan for the weekend on a dual mission. On Saturday evening I met for the first time with a task force made up of persons who had been selected by their LBA’s from all three of our GM churches as we began the official discussion of how to maximize our ministry presence and impact on the island moving forward. Unanimous spirit and great synergy in the group. This is a discussion whose time has come.
On Sunday morning I installed Steve Bradley at North Head. For what may well be the first time ever all three churches met together on a Sunday morning. It was inspiring to have them share in the installation and to welcome Steve and Heather back to Grand Manan. They served the North Head church earlier from 1978-83.
- Eddie Bridgeo passed away last week after a courageous battle with cancer. Our sympathy is extended to Lydia, Robin and Ryan; the siblings and to his dear mother Mary. His funeral will be held in our Sussex church at 2 PM on Tuesday with visitation beginning at 1 PM.
- Hope Wesleyan in Shelburne was reborn over the weekend. Pastors Carl and Evelyn Brewer are leading the Shelburne church and there were 98 present on Saturday evening for their kick-off gospel concert – amazing! Forty-five were in church this AM and offerings totalled in excess of $1300. PTL all round.
- HARVEST 2015 was held at KV over the weekend with our General Superintendent Dr. Lyon as special guest. One of her great quotes from the event, “Forgiveness is a simple act, but it always happens inside a storm of complex emotions.” Weekend attendance was 1111 – growth continues.
- Did you know that, according to Bible Gateway, 74% of church goers now read the Bible electronically.
- Encounter was on at Kingswood over the weekend. Cory Doiron was back on home turf – as special speaker – welcome! Thirty-six (36) students said “yes” to God’s call on their lives.
- Moncton held a father-son camp out at Fundy-Chignecto and also distributed 100’s of free jugs of windshield washer fluid over the weekend – ministry to families and connection to the community.
- Deep Water held a “Pancakes with the Pastors” event aimed at all newcomers who have been there in the last three months.
THOT: “Leaders, if you let success go to your head, failure will go to your heart.” – Carey Nieuwhof
ON SECOND THOT: “Two things define you. Your patience when you have nothing, and your attitude when you have everything.” – anonymous
The C2C network invites you to join us on October 2, 2015 for a National Day of Prayer for the Harvest!
The Buckingham Leadership Institute is partnering with Live 2 Lead in hosting a simulcast featuring John Maxwell, Patrick Lencioni and others. Plan now to participate in this half-day, leadership development experience being held at the Moncton Wesleyan Celebration Centre on October 22 from 1-5 PM.
For more information and to register, go to kingswood.edu/bli/
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
FOLLOW 2015, the International Wesleyan Youth Conference, will be held in Indianapolis, IN on December 28-31 and we want to gauge interest from our district on who is interested in taking some of their students. As a member of the FOLLOW Executive team, we’re anticipating over 7500 students and leaders will fill the Indianapolis Convention Centre this December and we hope to expose our district students to the Wesleyan Church on an international stage. If you want to know more information about FOLLOW 2015 please visit www.follow2015.com or if you have any questions, please email me firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Follow this link for your chance to win a free registration to FOLLOW 2015: http://ow.ly/QSiYm