Pastor Darren Clark sent along the following update on the Avalon – St. John’s, NL third preview service which was to be held June 22nd. A pipe burst in the St. John’s area earlier in the week. When the city fixed the problem pipes, the pressure caused pipes to break in the walls of the Rabbittown Theatre building where Avalon has been meeting for their services. The result was they had to cancel the preview service for that night. It was disappointing, but Pastors Darren and Janel are not deterred from their mission. Avalon Wesleyan Church will have three more services this summer. They are scheduled for July 27, August 10, and August 24, all at 7-8 pm. It seems momentum is building, and people are expressing interest in this new venture. Following the three upcoming services in July and August, the plan is for Avalon to begin weekly services in September, and then have an official launch in October. They covet your prayers for this important venture.
Pastoral Placements: Rev. Connie (Duane) Stewart has accepted a call to the Shelburne, NS Wesleyan Church. She has been “on loan” for a few years to the Baptist Church in Oxford, NS. She will assume her new responsibilities in Shelburne August 18th.
Dr. Arthur Maxwell will be joining the Fredericton – Corbett Ave. Wesleyan Church in the area of pastoral care.
The West Head, Presque Isle, and Yarmouth Churches continue in the process of securing solo or senior pastors. We will keep you posted as things move along.
The Atlantic District had two people elected to the General Board at the last General Conference. Dr. L. D. Buckingham, who has served as a ministerial representative for the Northeastern area in the past, was elected to a four-year term, and Mrs. Betty Weatherby was elected for the first time as a lay representative from our area. Congratulations to both of these capable people.
Dr. Clint Curle, Executive Director of World Hope Canada, communicates that they have received a desperate plea from the Wesleyan churches in Sierra Leone. As you know, the global price of food has more than doubled this year. Sierra Leone has been hit particularly hard. Some of our rural pastors, many of whom receive only $20 a month for the sake of the gospel, are unable to feed their families. Sierra Leone is now entering the rainy season, which they call “the hungry season.” There will be no food to harvest for several months. Rice is the staple food in Sierra Leone. A 50 kg bag of rice now costs $50. Sierra Leone has about 240 Churches, most of which are rural. Please prayerfully consider buying a bag or two of rice to get our pastors and their families through the rainy season. You can give online by visiting www.worldhope.ca, and donating to Disaster Relief, Sierra Leone Rice for Pastors or else by sending World Hope Canada a cheque designated “Sierra Leone Rice for Pastors.” Thank you for considering this pressing request.
Brown’s Flat Fellowship has already responded to the above mentioned need. This past Sunday night they gave over $1,700 to aid the pastors and their families in Sierra Leone! Thank you for caring in such a generous way.
Rev. Fred and Lilyan Whittey celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary June 14th. Congratulations!
Beulah Camp gets underway this week! I hope to see you there for the opening traditional number of “Beulah Land” on Friday, July 4th. The evangelists this year are Rev. Lane Loman, Senior Pastor of the Free Methodist Church in Columbus, IN, and Rev. Steve Wilson, Senior Pastor of the Wesleyan Church in Greeley, CO. Rev. Jay and Sharon Guptill will give leadership to the music of the Camp again this year. On both Sunday afternoons, musical concerts will be featured in the tabernacle at 2:30 pm. Drive in for the day and enjoy the Sunday services and the concerts, if distance allows, and you can’t attend the whole camp. For more information visit the Beulah website at beulahcamp.com, From there, the “family camp” choice will give you further information.
Beulah Wastewater Project
We are still waiting to hear about the Infrastructure Programs for the Province of New Brunswick. The Hon. Jack Keir, MLA for Fundy – River Valley, has been inquiring and working on our behalf but we are still awaiting official word regarding a signed agreement between the Federal government and the NB provincial government on the Building Canada Fund matter. According to André Chenard, Director of the NB Green Infrastructure Programs, it is expected that the applications for the Building Canada Funds will be available sometime in July. We will have to re-apply when that happens. Mr. Chenard will advise Jochen Schroer, the environmental engineer working on our behalf, as soon as the program is opened for applications. This will no doubt add delay and push us into next year, but it is sounding more hopeful. Our activity on the project is limited until such time as we have approval for funding. Once the project receives funding, we can complete the environmental protection plan. We did receive the watercourse alteration permit this winter and we cleared the site this spring. We may be doing some surveying and soils testing this fall, pending funding approval.
I believe the government officials that I have been in contact with are favourable to moving the project forward. Here is how you can help:
First, if the government officials understand that this project will not only benefit the Beulah constituency but the surrounding neighbourhood as well – that would be helpful. They already know this, but a positive and friendly note from people who are part of the Beulah and District family will give this matter added urgency and import.
The officials to contact would be:
Mr. Jack Keir – the MLA for Grand Bay-Westfield who is favourably disposed toward this project. His assistant is Richard McLean. His constituency office is: 192 River Valley Drive, Suite 2, Grand Bay-Westfield, NB E5K 1A4
Mr. André Chenard – Director, Green Infrastructure Programs, PNB. He is a key person that is supportive and helpful to this process. Direct his correspondence to: P.O. Box 6000, Fredericton, NB E3B 5H1
Mr. Greg Thompson – The MP for our area, who has visited Beulah on a number of occasions and is also favourably disposed toward the project. Direct his correspondence to: 120 Milltown Blvd., St. Stephen, NB E3L 1G6
Second, many have already given largely to this project through last year’s Beulah offering. I thank you for this significant help. Every dollar that we raise in advance is one less dollar that has to be financed through some other means. This past year we were able to care for all the financial matters pertaining to this project out of monies given, and have not had to borrow funds to date. This is an added blessing. We will be receiving another offering during the last service of Beulah Camp for this important project, and it would be wonderful to top last year’s benchmark of $133,000! Please prayerfully consider what your part will be in the 2008 Beulah Offering. We need to set a new record!
Third, Don’t forget we need your continued prayer about this matter. Prayer prepares people’s hearts, causes them to be more receptive, and releases the Holy Spirit into the situation.
Cottage for sale at Beulah: Located at #256 Jordan Ave. The asking price $28,900. Contact Michel Robichaud at 506-455-3114 for further information.
Beulah – Brown’s Flat Fellowship is looking for Praise and Worship hymnals. If your church has them, and they are not being used any longer, and you’re willing to donate them, please contact Rev. Wayne Briggs at 506-468-2152, or email him at email@example.com
The next Under Sail will come your way after Beulah in about three weeks.
“Life is not just a few years to spend in self-indulgence and career advancement. It is a privilege, a responsibility, a stewardship to be lived according to a much higher calling.”
– Elizabeth Dole