What a great two days! Sixteen new Solo/Lead/Staff pastors from across the district were together this week for New Pastor Orientation. Five were solo/lead pastors and the remaining eleven were staff pastors. We toured Caton’s, stayed at Beulah and, in addition to a myriad of Atlantic details, shared together concerning trust, truth, tenacity, teamwork and the high privilege we have of serving together for the sake of the Cause. Jedie Elliott shared a devotional and Brent Ingersoll was a special guest. Peter and I were honoured to interface with such quality servants of the God most high. Onward and upward!
I was pleased to be in Buctouche yesterday morning where I spoke at the Irving Chapel and Mark and Sherry Gorveatte led worship. It is always a privilege to be at the chapel for a service each year.
Nackawic had a baptism yesterday – in the Saint John River no less.
Congrats to Mike and Kate Agrell on the safe arrival of their daughter Julia. She made her debut on Fredericton last week and mum, dad and daughter are all doing well. To quote Mike “Julia is one pretty little ball of wrinkles.”
Nick Graham continues to battle health issues and is presently hospitalized in Fredericton. Peter and I visited him there on Saturday and we continue to pray for him, Beth and the girls. We also were present for a board meeting at Maple Ridge that morning and heard very encouraging reports on the life of the church and their strong support for both Pastors Nick and Mike. There were 35 youth present for the first youth meeting of the fall held last week.
I am pleased to announce the appointment of Del Heiney, Youth Pastor at KV, as our new District Youth President. Appreciation is expressed to Scott Rhyno who has been serving in this capacity and we look forward with keen anticipation to the youth work on the district under Del’s leadership.
A major repair job is underway on the Beulah wharf with the replacement of the several piers on the wharf. Built in 1934 and 1935, the piers were badly deteriorated and posed a safety issue and as well as having become quite unattractive. The project should be completed this month.
As mentioned last week, KV held their revivekv2014 last weekend. Their total attendance for the weekend was circa 1700 and they baptized 19 in the evening service in Kings Square – PTL!
There are great short-term mission trip opportunities available over the next few months. Check this link for details. Short-term mission trips change your worldview and should be a part of every believers experience. Check it out.
THOT: “Once in 7 years I burn all of my sermons. It is a shame if I cannot write better sermons than 7 years ago.” – John Wesley
ON SECOND THOT: “God grant that I may never live to be useless.” – John Wesley
NB/ME Children’s Ministry Huddle at Presque Isle Wesleyan on Sept 20 from 9 AM-3PM. Cost is $25 per person or $99 for for 4 or more per church. This includes breakouts, networking and lunch together.
One-day affordable event for your children’s ministry team. Sunday School teachers, nursery workers, VBS helpers, children’s church workers and volunteers experience the excitement and energy of discovering practical, new ideas you can use NOW from a team of passionate and dedicated workers.
Get ready for a time of growth, renewal and fun.
Register your team today – contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Kingswood is gearing up for their fourth annual ENGAGE conference on October 24-25. Designed for pastors, worship leaders, and anyone involved in planning or implementing the weekend worship gathering in the local church, teams that attend find this event to be an inspiring Fall experience.
Visit www.kingswood.edu/engage for information about seminars, keynotes and registration. Take advantage of early bird pricing until September 15th!