Our regular readers will recall an item a few weeks ago about the church in Tiddville, NS that the Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada (PAOC) “sold” to us for $1.00. Peter was there yesterday to install Tim Long as pastor. Tim also serves as supply pastor at the Baptist Church at Tiverton on Long Island. This is amazing to me – a church recently gifted to us by the PAOC and a nearby Baptist Church are both pastored by an ordained Wesleyan minister. Both of these small but growing congregations are pictured above. Go Tim and Julie!
Congratulations to Matt and Laura Palmer, staff pastor at Fredericton Journey, on the safe arrival of their fifth child Gwen born on Jan 13th weighing in at 6 lbs 5 ozs.
I was at Maple Ridge yesterday morning to conduct a Town Hall meeting as many questions were being asked about Nick’s resignation and the “what next” questions going forward. He was at the service this morning and did a great job in a child dedication. Very good sermon from Assistant Pastor Mike Agrell and a helpful time in the Town Hall. Please remember the Grahams in prayer as they continue to battle Nick’s really tough physical issues and for the church in this unsettled time. Due to a temp spike, Nick was back in hospital late yesterday afternoon.
A couple of Sundays back, two young men were baptized outdoors at Amherst when the temp was -12. We make ‘em tough in the Maritimes!
Hugh Halter, author of The Tangible Kingdom and several other books, was in Moncton last week for a day-long training on“Re-Thinking Church…. The Way of Incarnational Mission”. There were some 180 leaders present including both Peter and me and several others from our tribe. Thanks to Threshold Ministries who sponsored the event.
Kingswood student Austin White is the happy face in this photo with Prime Minister Trudeau who was in New Brunswick recently.
THOT: “Churches should focus on meeting true needs, not catering to member preferences.” – Thom Rainer
ON SECOND THOT: “When we have a clear sense of where we’re going, we are flexible in how we get there.” – Simon Sinek
BONUS THOT: “To stay away from Christianity because part of the Bible is offensive assumes if there is a God he wouldn’t have any views that upset you.” – Timothy Keller
Rev. Christy Lipscomb will be our guest speaker for our upcoming Infuse days at Kingswood University (Jan. 24-25), a series of four services focused specifically on the biblical doctrine of holiness. Pastor Christy pastors alongside her husband Adam at City Life Church in Grand Rapids, MI, which they founded together. She is a graduate of both Indiana Wesleyan University and Asbury Theological Seminary.