Our Maximizing Impact team which was at Bangor River City last weekend, was at Truro Central Nova this weekend. Excellent and stretching time with Pastor Ken Banks, the LBA, the Friday evening focus group and the Saturday AM “The Local Church is the Hope of the World” sessions. Being in churches with the team for this 3 day event is energizing and sharpens focus on the Great Commission for all of us.
One of the community impact ministries at Truro is Baby ’n Me, a monthly open house for moms to come and receive as gifts a wide range of baby “stuff”. Baby ’n Me was on this past Saturday while we were there. It was heart-warming to see this program in action and I personally had opportunity to briefly interface with a couple and their baby daughter. This is an idea worthy of replication in other churches. Pastor Ken would be pleased to interface if other pastors have interest.
Your District Board of Administration (DBA) will be meeting this week in Fredericton. We will hear special reports from Stuart Marples concerning Upon This Rock (UTR), our Newfoundland church planting thrust and from A J Plaizier, a host pastor and now a team member for Maximizing Impact.
Our church in Presque Isle hosted a youth rally last weekend under the leadership of their Youth Pastor Dave Sylvain. There were 18 youth groups represented with a total registration including youth and adult sponsors of nearly 250. Ecclesia and Jason Parker from Kingswood provided ministry to this multi-denominational group that saw many rededications and at least 3 confirmed salvations take place. PTL and thanks to Dave for this out-of-the-box wide tent event – onward and upward!
Our Sussex church is offering a one night Kings County Christmas event and it is sold out! Congrats to Pastor Don and crew.
Our reconfigured camp board met last week in Moncton. The board now has two distinct sessions – a Catons Island Session and a Beulah Camp Session – each with its’ own members. Peter and I are the only crossovers on both boards. Peter, who Chairs both of the Sessions, has done excellent work in this restructure that is already serving to sharpen the point of our camping ministry focus. The two Sessions met together for dinner as you see above to launch this new step forward.
While in Truro for our MI weekend, the team went to the Glengarry Hotel on Friday evening for supper. I sent a picture of the dessert table above to my wife Gloria. She promptly sent me a reply, ”Where r u? Heaven?”
THOT: “Somewhere between legalism and license, is the wonderful land of liberty. That is where I want to live.” – Peter Moore at Kingswood Chapel
ON SECOND THOT: “Worship is no longer worship when it reflects the culture around us more than the Christ within us.” – A W Tozer