The ENGAGE conference was held at Kingswood on Oct 18-19. This event is designed to encourage and equip worship leaders and worship teams and featured several special guest speakers and worship leaders. There were 83 registered guests from 28 churches spanning 6 denominations. Congrats to Elizabeth Rhyno and the crew for this outstanding event.
Halloween was last week. A number of our churches held a Trunk or Treat evening and literally touched 1000’s of kids and parents. Hats off to all of you involved in this positive activity that brings so many people in contact with our tribe. In addition to the normal hand outs, Truro made Bibles available free and 16 were taken by interested individuals.
Amherst hosted their 6th annual Foodbank Music Night last Sunday. Over 250 attended, and 9 groups took part. Hundreds of dollars worth of groceries were brought in for the local foodbank and an offering was taken and over $1500 was received. Another example of strong community contact and outreach.
Many churches observed Pastor Appreciation Month during October – thank you! Many creative and thoughtful expressions of appreciation were shared, including a cruise on the Oasis of the Seas for Pastor Scott and Shari Prime from New Hope – enjoy.
Our own Dean Stephenson, Catons Island Director, produces maple syrup each spring. He won first place last week for his syrup from the North American Maple Syrup Council – go Dean!!
Kerry and Carole Allison are back from Ukraine and would be happy to come and speak in churches or small groups about their ministry there. They do amazing work there through World Hope and they are making a difference. You can contact them at 506-567-4443 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
More than 150 people gathered for prayer at the Moncton church this last week. They laid hands on Pastor Tim and Gayla and prayed for revival and a mighty move of His Spirit. Pastor Tim says, “We are just trying to stay out of His way and let Him lead in our lives.”
Bill Lea, Rod Guptill, Matt Maxwell, Scott Wood and Tim Guptill are going to Cuba on a short-term missions trip in January. Have you been on a missions trip yet? If “no”, why not? If “yes”, have you been lately? Check out options at GPAtlantic.com.
On Saturday morning I met in the Easton church with the Riverside Camp Board. Riverside had a very good summer ministry this year and the adult camp was blessed by the preaching/teaching of Rick Kavanaugh. Board Chair Ralph Sabine and his wife Noreen treated Gloria and me to lunch on Saturday and we enjoyed our time together.
Yesterday we were in Woodstock to help celebrate the 125th Anniversary of the birth of our district. It was in 1888 in Woodstock that our forefathers exercised both courage and wisdom in standing for principle and here we are now in their shadow. May we always exercise both courage and wisdom as we minister in these dynamic days.
Four rewards of competent leadership:
- Your influence is maximized
- You excel toward your potential
- You establish your leadership authority
- You reap the rewards of your efforts