We were privileged to be at Seal Cove over the weekend to help celebrate their 125th anniversary. Seal Cove is the church that spiritually nurtured my father in his early walk with Christ. It is also the church that recommended my dad to the District Conference to be licensed as a minister. It goes without saying that it was very meaningful for me to be present there for this special weekend. Over their 125 years, 24 people have been called to be a pastor or a missionary – exceptional.
Drew Donovan has accepted the invitation from Moncton to serve as their Youth and Young Adult Pastor. He will be joining the staff in September. Drew and Amy, welcome back to the Atlantic tribe.
Thank you for the strong support and expressions of sympathy we received following the unexpected passing of Gloria’s sister Carole. An overflow crowd was present at her funeral on Tuesday at Lutes Mountain Church of the Nazarene.
Peter is onsite and on task in the district now as you know. We spent two excellent days of orientation together last week. I believe there are stretching days ahead and I pray and anticipate the Master’s anointing as we strive to move onward and upward.
UTR – Upon This Rock – our church planting initiative in Newfoundland – is gaining momentum and our commitment is deep and abiding. We have those who will be part of a brief vision trip to St. Johns in October. Yet there is room. Pastor, if you have interest in or feel drawn to be part of this trip, please drop a note to Peter at firstname.lastname@example.org. It will be surprisingly positive – check it out.
Great reports from Riverside camps this summer, especially the youth camp pictured above. Family Camp concluded yesterday with Rick Kavanaugh as speaker. Riverside, the first youth camp I ever attended back “in the day,” continues to have strong and positive regional impact.
Lower Hainesville will be celebrating their 125th Anniversary this coming weekend. There will be special events on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. More info can be obtained from Pastor Scott Lewis at email@example.com.
Pastor Andy Phillips reports a very successful VBS held recently in Jonesport. Excellent group of kids and helpful staff. It is great to see the impact of VBS on our next generation. I am so pleased that this effective ministry includes our churches both small and large.
David Hockley has been invited to serve as Assistant Pastor in Woods Harbour beginning after he completes his service in Ingomar in September. David and Amy are anticipating their involvement with Pastor Rod Guptill and the church at Woods Harbour.
Halifax Metro held a baptism yesterday. Congrats to Pastor Kevin Wilson and crew for this public witness to new life in Christ.
Welcome to Shawn and Michelle Craven and family who arrived in Havelock, NS this week to assume pastoral duties there. A crew was on hand to help unload the truck and the fridge was full of food – well done Havelock. Great welcome! We are pleased to have the Cravens in our tribe.
THOT: “Deferring a decision out of avoidance = making a decision. And decisions cost something.” – Dr. Henry Cloud
ON SECOND THOT: “In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock.” – Thomas Jefferson
A note from Peter Moore:
As the summer dust cloud of transition has begun to settle for the Moore family, we wanted to take this opportunity to thank the Atlantic District for the privilege of rejoining this special tribe. Our hearts have been warmed with renewed personal connections and opportunities for our three daughters to experience the meaning of our spiritual heritage first-hand. July 31st marked my final day with GP as a new chapter of ministry began. It is an honour to journey with Dr. HC in leadership once again. During this first week of service we enjoyed a delicious meal at the Caton’s Family Camp (with record high attendance), closed on our home in Moncton, celebrated the baptism of Aaron McVicar in Beulah waters, attended a warm service remembering the the well-lived life of Carole Lutes, engaged in a day and a half of orientation with Dr. HC, and shared in strategic planning with Stuart Marples regarding next steps in the “Upon This Rock” church planting initiative launched during the final service at Beulah Camp. Ellen joins me in expressing sincere thanks for inviting us to share in the story God is writing through the Atlantic District. His Spirit was so evident during the unusual unfolding of Beulah 2014 and our hearts are eager to see what God wants to do next as we roll up our sleeves alongside each one of you.
Best Years Fellowship – Aug 15-17.
Speaker: Don Ingersoll
Worship Leader: Grant Avery with Potters Clay on Sunday
Entertainment by: Pastor Kathy Shanks and Cast
Register today. Forms at District Office.