I was a part of a ZOOM meeting last week with the GS and some 15 of my DS colleagues. These meetings are being held monthly to increase and maximize communication and collaboration between the GS and the DS’s. The DS’s not present on our Tuesday meeting had other meeting options later in the week. ZOOM is quickly becoming a frequently used platform for meetings and works very well.
Speaking of ZOOM meetings….the Beulah Session of the Camp Board met last Monday by ZOOM as you can see. Excellent meeting and Beulah 2017 is shaping up to be a great week. The first Saturday will launch an amazing week. See you there.
- We were saddened to receive word on Friday evening of the sudden passing of Wayne MacKenzie, son of Jack and Charlene. The funeral will be held at Saint John First at 11 AM this Saturday preceded by visitation at 10 AM. Our deepest sympathy to Jack and Charlene as they face the loss of their third child. They may be addressed at 300 Boars Head Road, #124, Saint John, NB E2K 5C2.
- The District Office is closed today in observation of Victoria Day, a statutory holiday in Canada.
- Caleb Richardson has accepted the Youth Pastor position at The Bridge in Kanata, ON. We wish him and Jerusha the Master’s very best as they move to this new assignment.
- From Denn Guptill on Friday: “12.5 hours in the car and Stefan and I are in Bagotville, Quebec for our site visit with our satellite church. Looking forward to meeting with folks tomorrow and worshipping and preaching for them live and in person on Sunday.”
- Congrats to AJ and Julia Plaizier – Yarmouth Lead Pastor – on the birth of their third child – Nolan James. He arrived on May 18th weighing in at 8.14. Mother and son are both doing well along with dad, big brother and sister.
- Gloria and I were in Shelburne yesterday as we celebrated the amazing rebirth of the church there. Carl and Evelyn Brewer went there nearly two years ago and restarted the church. Last year they averaged 34 and this year 47 with 70 there last Sunday for Mother’s Day. The Brewers have also led many significant building improvement projects.
- A great word from Pastor Doug Tatton on the recent launch of Alpha at West Head: “Alpha has started strong…the team is united and excited. The first night saw 73 out and last Sunday (Mother’s Day and wild weather) we had 63. Not many Alphas start with a Cape Island seafood chowdah 🙂 There have been lots of fringe and non-church people in attendance. Our 5 pre-Alpha training sessions on Sunday evenings maxed out at circa 35 so we are seeing a doubling of attendance for the course.”
- Nick Graham preached at Fredericton Journey yesterday – his home church. Go Nick!
Peter officiated last week at the committal service for his dad, Rev. Bill Moore. The pic above captures the committal at the Olivet Cemetery against a backdrop of the cotton mill where multiple generations of the Moore family were employed.
Nine students graduated with Kingswood’s MAPT – Master of Arts in Pastoral Theology – degree. Three of the grads hold pastoral positions or credentials in the Atlantic District – Natasha Dongell, Karen Purdy, and Doug Tatton. Joel Gorveatte will be moving to the District to become pastor at Moncton Wesleyan.
From L to R: Elizabeth Ebling, Natasha Dongell, Bradley Harris, Bradley Pass, Joel Gorveatte, Doug Tatton, Devon Palmer
Absent: Cory Doiron and Karen Purdy
A meeting of Baritone Leaders – those in key support ministry assignments – was held at the District Office last week. Leadership of the day was shared by Jedie Elliott and Peter. Good synergy and practical learning marked the day.
THOT: A handful of quotes from Nelson Mandela:
“It always seems impossible until it’s done.”
“No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate. And if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.”
“There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered.”
“After climbing a great hill, one only finds there are many more hills to climb.”
“I am fundamentally an optimist. Whether that comes from nature or nurture, I cannot say. Part of being optimistic is keeping one’s head pointed toward the sun, one’s feet moving forward. There were many dark moments when my faith in humanity was sorely tested, but I would not and could not give myself up to despair. That way lays defeat and death.”
Annual Beulah Camp Work Day
NOTE: Due to the funeral of Wayne MacKenzie scheduled for Saturday of this week, the Beulah Work Day has been postponed one week to Saturday, June 3rd.
You’re invited to join us at 8am on June 3, as we work together to prepare the camp for another season of ministry. We have a full list of projects to tackle, including raking leaves and gravel, picking up windfall branches, painting, roofing, and cleaning the summer guest accommodations from top to bottom. This is a great opportunity for a church work team outing, so why not challenge your small group, Men’s or Ladies’ ministry, or leadership team to spend the morning encouraging and supporting Pastor Bruce and his team of faithful volunteers? We’ll provide all the supplies, homemade snacks, and a hot lunch to wrap up the day at 1pm. If you have a leaf or gravel rake we’d love to have you bring it. Please help us plan by sending a quick RSVP to Andrea Gunter at firstname.lastname@example.org. It’s going to be a great day – see you there!
We are excitedly looking forward to our Kingswood University Golf Classic! Registration is now open for golfers. The tournament takes place June 3, 2017. Check out our website for further details and to register: https://kingswood.edu/golf/
Saturate Halifax: June 23 & 24
Saturate is a 2-day training event specifically designed to help equip Christians on how to apply the Gospel in everyday life. This content will help us to better think and live as missionaries in the everyday.
July 8 2017, 7:00 pm Tabernacle
Mark is known and loved around the world as a trusted voice in the realm of gospel music and beyond. He started making music at age 11 and now, more than four decades later, his legacy is forever sealed as an innately entertaining communicator who can, at once, make audiences laugh, cry, and think.
$40 Premium Seating (pending availability)
$30 General Seating
$35 Day of concert for all remaining seats
To purchase tickets by credit card please call the District Office at (506) 383-8326 or mail cheques payable to the “Atlantic District” to:
1830 Mountain Rd
Moncton, NB E1G 1A9