Last week we utilized our new board/conference room for the first time for a meeting of the Beulah Session of the Camp Board. The engineering firm that is working on a master plan for Beulah’s development made use of our new brightlink pro for their presentation – very sharp. The room is a great addition to our district office operation and we look forward to its many and varied usages going forward. When you are in Moncton, please feel free drop by and check it out.
- The Mystery Speakers for the Mon – Thurs morning services at Beulah 2016 were recruited last week. The Mystery Speaker matter has been very popular these last couple of years – you will not want to miss this year’s edition.
- David Hockley resigned his staff position at Woods Harbour yesterday.
- Doug Tatton reports a new convert at West Head yesterday who came to Christ through the witness of his brother. PTL!
- Enjoyed lunch in Digby on Saturday with Andrew Maves and his son Elias.
- Peter is in Egypt on behalf of Global Partners and will return by week’s end.
- Seven were baptized yesterday morning at Kentville New Hope. Onward and upward.
- AJ Thomas is resigning at Bangor Pathway and our two Bangor churches – Pathway and River City – are discussing possible merger. Both LBA’s have considered the possibility and the two congregations had presentations yesterday. Keep tuned……
- I conducted LBA meetings last week at Miramichi, Blacks Harbour and Havelock, NS.
- Bill Lea has concluded his pastoral service at Blacks Harbour with immediate effect. Bruce Cheney is supplying the pulpit for the next few weeks. Bill continues as an ordained minister in good standing in the Atlantic District but will no longer be serving at Blacks.
This picture is the attractive lobby in the church at Havelock, NS. where I worshipped yesterday. I was pleased to declare that the church has been returned to established local church status with all the accompanying rights and responsibilities. I spoke in the service and conducted a pastoral vote in which Rev. Shawn Craven was given an extended call by a unanimous vote from both the members and non-members. Good days at Havelock.
KV has a new Alpha class underway. Have you utilized this proven program in your church? If not, consider giving it more than a passing thought.
We have now completed an MI weekend at nine of our churches. Fredericton Journey will be #10 and is scheduled for later this spring. The nine churches are Fredericton Corbett Ave; Bangor River City; Truro – now Connections Church; Woodstock; Fort Fairfield; Halifax Metro; Dartmouth Hillside; Woods Harbour and Houlton. Our MI team is deeply committed to the Maximizing Impact ministry and we have applications for the coming year already in hand – there are other churches who should invite us to come and look under the hood – for the Kingdoms sake.
Our MI team will be at the Ottawa Sunnyside Wesleyan Church the last weekend of this month as MI is introduced to our sister district in Central Canada. Their DS and a forming team will do a “ride along” with us as a training experience – we are very pumped to see this ministry expanding.
THOT: “Where will you be seated in eternity? Smoking or non-smoking?” – seen over the weekend on a church sign in Weymouth, NS
ON SECOND THOT: “Unsupervised children will be given expresso and a free kitten.” – seen over the weekend on a restaurant wall in Yarmouth, NS.
Hillside Rally 2016 is just around the corner! We couldn’t be more excited for what is in store! Alive from KU will be doing the music, Dave Sylvain from Presque Isle Wesleyan will be the speaker for the weekend. Fun activities, fantastic workshops, and a great time await students at Hillside Rally. Pre-register for $30 (by Feb 12) or late registration $40 – available at (hillsidewesleyan.com/rally). See you there!