I am pleased to announce the our annual Atlantic Snow Birds Breakfast will be held on Saturday, Jan 17, 2015. We will meet, as we did last year, at the Country Kitchen in Brooksville at 9 AM. The breakfast is a gift from the Atlantic District and we will receive an offering for the vital ministry of World Hope Canada.
These breakfasts have proven over time to be a very positive event. Spread the word. Gloria and I are looking forward to seeing you and updating you on the work of our district. In the meantime, Merry Christmas!
Hammonds Plains Cornerstone had their best attendance month ever last month with an average of 314 and Truro Central Nova had their best attendance month in over 8 years with an average of 104 – Onward and upward!
The Miramichi LBA recently granted a 4 week mini-sabbatical to Pastor Gary Churchill. Congrats to Gary and to the LBA for their kind expression of support for their pastor.
Your DBA held its annual Christmas meeting last week in Fredericton. We met on Thursday and Friday. On Thursday evening, together with our spouses, we attended a concert by Measha Brueggergosman at the Playhouse. We have an excellent, high-quality board and it is an honour to work in Kingdom ministry with them. We also had special guests Stuart Marples and A J Plaizier with us to interface with the board on UTR (Upon this Rock) – our church planting thrust in Newfoundland – and Maximizing Impact – our church revitalization ministry.
Brazil Lake held their Road to Bethlehem production last weekend. The two presentations saw 255 people walk the “road”. Exceptional turn out in their context – well done.
Last Sunday evening the Nackawic/Millville churches held a 5th Sunday Singspiration at Maple Ridge. Ten area churches of various denominations participated and 189 people were present. A special offering was received to help Pastor Nick Graham with his medical expenses and nearly $2000 was raised. To quote Ryan Farrell “fantastic evening.”
This past week, Anton and Louise Topilnyckyj (Metro Wesleyan) attended an international gathering of military Christian fellowships held in Cape Town South Africa with 1000 other delegates representing 99 countries. The conference used prayer, praise and instruction over 70 hours to inspire and equip leaders to return home and reach their military communities. Photo is of a gift presentation of a cross made from New Brunswick maple to the association’s president, Sri Lankan General Srial and Mrs Dilhani Weerasoorlya. Anton is the prayer co-ordinator of the Canadian military fellowship and would be pleased to share any ideas for reaching the military community.
World Hope Canada (WHC) has recently sent a Christmas video to all of the Canadian churches in both districts. WHC is doing excellent overseas ministry and our support will be deeply appreciated and empowering.
Halifax Deep Water has launched a Scholar Series. The first instalment featured Greg Monette, a Ph. D. candidate at the University of Bristol. He serves as the Canadian Marketing Representative for Logos Bible Software and is the author of The Wrong Jesus. He specializes in New Testament history and the origins of Christianity.
THOT: “There is no worse screen to block out the Spirit than confidence in our own intelligence.” – John Calvin
ON SECOND THOT: “A dog barks when his master is attacked. I would be a coward if I saw that God’s truth is attacked and yet remain silent.” – John Calvin