Last week IMA contained a range of Easter 2015 stats. There is so much praise due to the Master and commendation to so many pastors that seized the opportunity to make the most significant day in the Christian calendar a time of outreach and special programming. I am pleased now to have all reports in and to share the overall final totals:
- Conversions – 88
- Baptisms – 34
- Baby dedications – 3
- Attendance – 17,548
Our DBMD now has three groups that meet in three regions – North, Central and South – to conduct the annual interviews with our ministerial students and licensed ministers. The last of those meetings, the South group, was held this week in Crossroads Wesleyan in Lower Sackville. We interviewed 15 candidates and the Executive Committee conducted ordination interviews with Sharon Guptill – Dartmouth Hillside; Jerry Wurnig – Halifax Deep Water; and Tim Long – Digby. The Central and North interviews were conducted earlier. The future is bright and promising.
- Amy Corey resigned yesterday at Brazil Lake after serving as pastor there for six years
- Tony Stevens interviewed last week at Easton and will be candidating there the first Sunday in May.
- Hammonds Plains Cornerstone took a special 20th Anniversary offering for church planting. They received $5000 which will be divided equally between our district and the denomination in support of church planting. Great idea. Appreciated.
- Fredericton Corbett Ave added a Saturday evening service last week for an eight-week trial and their three weekend services had 339 in attendance – a record for a “regular” weekend. They have hired Matt Fahringer, a 2014 KU grad, as their new Student Ministry Pastor.
- Judy Adams has been appointed part-time Protestant Chaplain at the Nova Institution for Women.
- Halifax Deep Water held a baptism yesterday in their Park Lane service.
- The Buckingham Leadership Institute held its annual banquet on Friday evening at Kingswood University. I was pleased to be present along with a room full of people from a wide variety of faith communities. Inspiring.
- Perth-Andover cancelled services yesterday due to flooding risk from an ice jam in the Saint John River.
- Gloria and I worshipped at Browns Flat yesterday. The signs of spring are still largely in hiding but beginning to poke their noses out around the camp ground – Beulah Camp 2015 is only three months away. See YOU there.
Bangor Pathway is relocating on May 3rd to Jeff’s Catering. This is a forward step in the relaunch of Pathway and we celebrate this new and spacious facility. Onward and upward.
While in Nova Scotia for DBMD meetings last week, three of us dropped in at Hillside’s Parkway campus. The church provides a free Mac ‘n Cheese lunch to students from Cole Harbour High School and we happened to be present on one of the days when lunch was being served. We not only enjoyed seeing the students but sampled the product! Great to see these students pouring through the doors of the church.
THOT: “Don’t break the silence unless you can improve on it.” – Our Daily Bread.
ON SECOND THOT: “The most important persuasion tool you have in your entire arsenal is integrity.” – Zig Ziglar
April 14, 9 am until Noon
Guest Speaker: Dr. Laurel Buckingham
1.Leadership Requirements to connect with today’s culture.
2. Culturally relevant methods to reach the lost
To Register contact Pastor Dwayne Broad (506) 273-6562
ALIVE is a Women’s Conference Simulcast from Nashville, TN, that will be part of Journey’s Women’s Conference. It includes Powerful Preaching and Live Worship. Ladies, you don’t want to miss it!
Friday, April 24th and Saturday, April 25th
Church Locations and Registration:
– Hillside Wesleyan (Dartmouth, NS)
– Houlton Wesleyan (Houlton, ME)
Join for an evening of food and celebration as we rejoice in all that God has done though World Hope Canada.
Friday April 24 at 6:00 PM
Wesley Hall – Kingswood University
Seating is limited please call (877) 482-1499 or email firstname.lastname@example.org by April 15 to reserver your spot.
Rally in the Valley is coming up May 1-2! With hundreds of students from Atlantic Canada and Maine, incredible worship, and the best speakers and bands around, this event will make a big difference in the lives of your youth. This year’s speaker is Dave Kinnan, from Rapid City, SD. Worship will be lead by KV Worship, and we have special guests Manafest and Sky Terminal joining us for a great concert. Combine this with local missions projects, laser tag, and more, and you are guaranteed to have a great weekend. Check your mail for the RitV promotional pack, go to rallyinthevalley.ca, and register today!
Children’s Ministry Grand Manan Huddle
May 22 (travel to GM), May 23 Central Wesleyan from 9 AM to noon
$10 per person. For more info or to register contact Kinda Lamos at email@example.com.