Only two months till Beulah 2015. It will be a great experience – Wayne Schmidt and Mark Wilson preaching/teaching; Jesus Film service with Director John Croft; special first-time Family Service; ministry outside the church celebrated; Heartland (the former Irving property) open house and dedication; Evening on the Blvd; meet new missionaries; hear the new President of Kingswood University; baptisms; Rhyno-led worship; three mystery preachers from our tribe; Maximizing Impact and Upon this Rock highlights; General Conference 2016 delegates elected and more. Don’t miss it. See YOU there.
The massive devastation in Nepal from the recent earthquake is heartbreaking. Among the many who are suffering are people who are part of the worldwide family of The Wesleyan Church. Some of our people have lost their lives.
I know that many of us either have helped already or intend to do so. Those of you in the US may go to www.wesleyan.org and click on the Donate to Wesleyan Emergency Relief Fund (WERF) and follow the instructions. This, however, will not work unless you have a US address.
Canadians may donate through their churches and those funds will be forwarded on through The Wesleyan Church of Canada. Donors should include WERF in the memo line. Thanks for your response to this disaster.
- Pathway held their first service in their new digs yesterday as their relaunch continues to move forward. The morning was “stellar” to use AJ’s word. Onward and upward.
- Brent and Melanie Ingersoll welcomed their third child Alexander David last week. He arrived safe and sound and Alexander and mom are both doing well (as well as dad, and big sister and brother). PTL for safe arrival.
- Nelson Koonce has interviewed with and will be candidating soon at Bakers Mills Wesleyan in the Eastern New York New England District.
- Truro had their highest attendance month in 9 years in April. Congrats.
- Bill Lea interviewed at Blacks Harbour last week and candidated there yesterday.
- Kings Valley averaged 1024 in primary worship service for the year just ended, only the second church in our tribe to top 1000 in average. Another barrier shattered.
- Kevin Myers announced yesterday that the New Roots plant in Sydney is being discontinued and will wrap up before summer. Kevin and Laura have laboured diligently and faithfully and many of you have supported with your prayers and finances. We are all saddened by this but are thankful for the difference made in the lives of those who have been ministered to at New Roots.
- Saint John First (sj1) held a #freecycle last week that was very well attended and touched many lives. In the words of Lead Pastor Seth Fancy, “So many people blessed.”
- Tony Stevens interviewed at Easton recently. He candidated there yesterday and has accepted the call to become their pastor.
Rally in the Valley at KV held over the weekend once again exceeded expectations. David Kinnan, Lead Pastor at Fountain Springs Church in Rapid City, SD was the Master’s spokesperson for the Rally (he also preached at KV yesterday). Energetic worship, excellent messages, powerful challenges, students from far and wide, commitments made…..a great event. Thanks to Del Heiny and all his crew – well done once again.
Our annual Beulah work day is scheduled for Saturday May 23 (with the 30th as a rain date). This is a great preparation boost for the summer season. Projects for this year’s work day include shingling a lower section of the Tabernacle roof, cleaning Centennial Park rooms, cleaning dining hall and windows in the Hotel, raking of leaves, painting the chain fence and new picket fence and spreading gravel. Dinner will be provided. Last year we had a record turnout of 70 and if you were present last year please come again. If you weren’t present last year please join us this year. Work begins at 8:00 am.
We were pleased to provide meeting space at our office last week for a gathering of staff pastors whose focus is on follow up and connection. Excellent interchange in the group – we are blessed to be served in this vital capacity by such high-quality individuals. We even served them sushi for lunch which was celebrated by some and not so much by others:).
NOTE: Gloria and I are in Buffalo, New York this week for the General Board and related meetings. The GB is meeting in the Hyatt Regency Hotel which will serve as the location for the 2016 General Conference in June of next year. I plan to be back in the district in time for the Kingswood graduation exercises this weekend. Email, cell phone, twitter and text will all be functional. Peter will be in NS early in the week and will be fully available as needed.
THOT: “What we really are matters more than what other people think of us.” – Jawaharlal Nehru
ON SECOND THOT: “Our chief defect is that we are more given to talking about things than to doing them.” – Jawaharlal Nehru
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.