We had our first snowfall of the season last week – earlier than our normal pattern. The lawn care people showed up the same day….only in Canada. My condolences to those who live in predictable environments:).
Brad Eisan was unanimously elected as the new pastor at Faith Wesleyan in Ingomar in a congregational meeting on Monday evening. He and his wife Tracey will assume the pastoral responsibilities there on the first Sunday of December. Congrats to Brad.
Jason Vienneau, staff pastor at Cornerstone, resigned yesterday effective in 2015.
Miramichi hosted the Nelson Remembrance Service on the 11th. There were 185 present for this excellent community connection event that honoured those who served and sacrificed in defence of our freedoms.
Our fourth and final zone ministers meeting of this cycle was held in Woodstock last Wednesday, There were 130+ in total attendance at the meetings – a truly excellent response. I deeply appreciate the strong attendance; the energizing interaction; the high level cooperation of our host pastors and the very positive feedback. What a classy tribe!
Highest # of opens ever for IMA last week.
Fredericton Journey was honoured to baptize a military couple on Remembrance Day Sunday – an event loaded with symbolism – all good.
Head of Millstream held an anniversary celebration last Sunday with former pastor Peter Hayes as special speaker. Their attendance of 62 was nearly 300% of last year’s average.
Last Sunday at Woods Harbour Rod Guptill dedicated David and Amy Hockley’s new baby Isaiah Frederick Douglas Hockley who was born on Oct 28th. The church also highlighted Civic Service Sunday and had some 25 visitors present.
I will be in Atlanta early in the week for meetings of the General Board and the first meeting of the Membership Working Group. On the weened, the Maximizing Impact Team – Moore, Buckingham, Plaizier and yours truly – will be at Bangor River City – more word next week.
With a heavy heart and deep regret I must report that Greg Dakin, Lead Pastor at Saint John First (SJ1) surrendered his ministerial credentials and was removed from his position on Tuesday of last week. I met with the LBA that evening and Seth Fancy was appointed as Interim Lead Pastor with immediate effect. I was at the church yesterday morning to speak with the congregation after which Seth spoke words of comfort and encouragement. We then shared in a tender time of prayer and lingering. Please be in prayer for the Dakin family, Seth, the staff and the church during these difficult days.
THOT: “When a storm hits the church, it affects all of us. More than ever, we need to unite under the banner of Christ.” – Jim Cymbala
ON SECOND THOT: “With our own shortcomings, we are in no position to judge anyone else. The best way to forget the faults of others is to remember our own.” – Nicky Gumbel