We were all saddened this week by the cowardly murder of two Canadian soldiers – one run down with a car and the other shot while standing post at the Memorial to the Unknown Soldier. And then there was the hatchet attack on the four NYPD officers. All of these events would have long seemed impossible. As the world changes at a startling pace, I am greatly heartened by the rock-solid truth that we serve a Master who is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow.
I am pleased to announce that the 2014 District Journal is now posted on our district website. Due to changes in our DBMD and Camp Board structures and personnel, it has taken a bit longer to complete the Journal – thanks for your patience. The silhouette picture of Gannet Rock is as Atlantic as it gets! Picture was taken by my son Troy when we had opportunity to visit Gannet together this summer courtesy of Capt. Peter Wilcox.
Ken Banks will be leading a missions trip to Nicaragua in February. This is a church construction team and there is room for a few more people to sign up. If you or someone you know is interested in further info, please contact Ken at firstname.lastname@example.org. He needs to hear from you soon due to air travel reservation time lines. This is one of the GP Atlantic trips for this church year.
The Seal Cove church has recently designated former pastor Gene Hudson as Pastor Emeritus. He presently serves the church through seniors visitation. Congratulations Gene.
Fredericton Crosspoint had 75 kids at CP_Kids last Tuesday – onward and upward.
Grand Harbour Central had 24 youth present last week up from 6 a year ago. New youth pastor Caleb Richardson is “gettin it done” – congrats.
I was honoured to be at Deep Water over the weekend for the installation of Jon Stephens as Lead Pastor. The installation was conducted at both the Saturday evening gathering at North Street and Sunday at Park Lane. Great joy to welcome Jon and Erin.
Presque Isle recently held a Christmas with a Purpose sale of items produced by indigents and people escaping bondage and raised over $7000. The money goes back to the country of origin to aid those who produced the items. Well done.
Jasper Rideout has been placed on a 60 day leave-of-absence through the remainder of 2014.
This unanimous action of the LBA was taken last week in a meeting where I was present. This is being done so that serious matters of a personal nature may be addressed. Thanks to Charles Bain, Bruce Cheney, Perry and David Ingersoll who have agreed to supply the pulpit at North Head through the end of December.
Peter and I also met with the LBA at Ingomar yesterday as we continue to work on pastoral recruitment for the church there. I am optimistic that we will have an satisfactory resolution to the matter very soon.
THOT: “There is the tendency to place ourselves and our ambitions at the centre of our lives. This is very human, but it is not Christian.” – Pope Francis
ON SECOND THOUGHT: ‘Christians are not so much in danger when they are persecuted as when they are admired.” – Charles H. Spurgeon