Gloria and I were at Presque Isle over the weekend where I spoke in both services to a congregation of circa 600. The services included a baptism and the celebration of the Lord’s Supper. The church had a very encouraging year with an average attendance increase of 75 and total income for all purposes of just under a million dollars. Conversions, baptisms, mission trips, prayer retreats and a number of other initiatives were a part of the year’s ministry. Following the Saturday evening service, we had the privilege of sharing a late evening meal with the staff and spouses. Hats off to Senior Pastor Bud Fancy and the crew. A great weekend to be sure.
- Hammonds Plains Cornerstone had over 100 kids in their children’s ministry last weekend – what great promise for the future.
- Kingswood University recently had a mission team in Myanmar led by Mike McNeil.
- The Corbett Ave Search Committee interviewed two prospective lead pastor candidates last Friday. The LBA will consider next steps when they meet later today. Watch for more detail later.
- Graham Perry candidated at Saint John First (sj1) over the weekend.
- Fredericton Crosspoint announced the launching of a 4th weekend service to begin in October – Crosspoint South. Check out the announcement – vimeo.com/166571042.
- This is annual report time. While celebrating the progress of our larger churches, we also celebrate ministry advancement in our smaller churches as well. Fort Fairfield (Jamin Melanson) saw a 12% increase in their AM attendance and Havelock, NB (Glen McVicar) saw a 15% increase. These are among the very encouraging early reports for the year.
- Nick Graham is back in hospital but the concern was promptly diagnosed and dealt with and the day ended much better than it started. Peter was able to spend the day with Nick and Beth yesterday.
- We worked in the office this week on Beulah 2016 details and housing – promises to be a great camp. Don’t miss it. Do you have your tickets yet for the July 2 celebration? Check details in the Upcoming section below.
- The district office will be closed one week from today for the stat holiday. Looking forward to the long weekend break.
Woods Harbour hosted this year’s Princess Tea recently with some 30 young princesses plus several moms in attendance. The theme of this years event was kindness.
THOT: “You cannot turn the wind, so turn your sail.” – Swahili proverb
ON SECOND THOT: “We live in a bizarre world where people’s loyalty to their sports team will last longer than their marriages. Be loyal to the right things.” – Mark Brewe
Business Leaders Dinner with Brian Trottier – May 27
2016 Kingswood Golf Classic – May 28
In celebration of our Kingswood’s 20th Golf Classic on May 28, seven time Stanley Cup Champion, Bryan Trottier, will be our special guest. Join us for dinner and golf the next day in support of Kingswood. To buy tickets or for more information please visit www.kingswoodclassic.ca
NS Children’s Ministry Huddle
Saturday, May 28 – 9 am – 3pm
New Hope Wesleyan Church, Kentville NS.
Pack your van and bring your Children’s Ministry Team!
Refreshments, breakouts, resources, training and equipping!
Only $25/person (5 or more from your church for $100)
To register your team contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Catch God’s heart for your ministry! Explore fresh insights & gain practical ideas as Mark Buchanan helps you cast a fresh – even daring vision for doing church in your community. His down-to-earth experience and perspective will intrigue and inspire you to new heights in ministry, especially among the most neglected.
For more information and to register visit the Church Leaders Forum website.