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Kingswood is registering and welcoming the Class of 2018 as this year’s incoming students  arrive on campus. BBQ with parents was a part of the welcoming activities on a beautiful weekend. Welcome to all the new and returning students.

VBS continues to impact our churches as it has done throughout the summer.  Last week AmherstCorbett Ave and Truro (and perhaps others) held VBS with kids in all locations  accepting Christ in their lives. Thanks to volunteers in all the churches that celebrated VBS this summer. You are all deeply appreciated and you are making Kingdom impact.

Halifax Metro and New Hope Valley both held baptisms last week as new life in Christ was both demonstrated and celebrated. This public witness to salvation is such a powerful testimony and inspiration to the families and churches involved. Across the district more than 400 were baptized last church year – lets stretch to 500 this year – every baptism represents an embarrassment to the devil. Onward and upward!

The district office will relocate from Beulah back to Moncton tomorrow – Tuesday. Today is a holiday of course, and we will be up and running in Moncton on Wednesday. 

The Browns Flat Fellowship took an impromptu offering for World Hope recently and raised $2500 for the great needs facing WH in Sierra Leone, the Ukraine and elsewhere.

Our Nackawic church entered a float in the Festival on the Bend to celebrate the church’s 125th anniversary. They distributed some 600 bottles of water along the parade route. There was a near 100% involvement of the church folk in the project.

Westchester continues to demonstrate the resilience of a small rural church. They recently raised more than $7000 to put a new steel roof on the church. The funds were raised through outreach music evenings, recycling, craft/bake sales and donations. In early August, they hosted a benefit for a friend of the church battling lung cancer. They raised some $1400 and the crowd of 126 necessitated holding the event in the village fire hall. 

Last week Dr Paul Borden was the guest lecturer/presenter for the Growing Healthy Churches Seminar at Kingswood. In addition to the students in the Masters program, several of our pastors as well as pastors from other groups were present for this focused, practical, on-point teaching. He is scheduled to return next August – watch for the date. 

I was privileged to speak yesterday morning at the end of season morning service at Beulah. A great crowd was present as an excellent and unusual summer wound down. A hurricane (Arthur) at the beginning of family camp; a three day power outage; generators proving their value; substitute preachers due to a stranded evangelist; surprisingly strong crowds; record regular offerings; anointed services and an overall positive week, this was Family Camp at Beulah 2014. Summer services and rental groups rounded out the summer. See you at Beulah 2015. 

DS September Sundays

7 – Havelock, NS pastoral installation
14 – Irving Chapel
21 – Sussex pastoral installation
28 – Dartmouth Hillside 40th anniversary

THOT: “One reason sin flourishes is that it is treated like a cream puff rather than a rattlesnake.”  – Billy Sunday

ON SECOND THOT: “Temptation is the devil looking through the keyhole. Yielding is opening the door and inviting him in.” – Billy Sunday

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NB/ME Children’s Ministry Huddle at Presque Isle Wesleyan on Sept 20 from 9 AM-3PM. Cost is $25 per person or $99 for for 4 or more per church. This includes breakouts, networking and lunch together.

One-day affordable event for your children’s ministry team. Sunday School teachers, nursery workers, VBS helpers, children’s church workers and volunteers experience the excitement and energy of discovering practical, new ideas you can use NOW from a team of passionate and dedicated workers. 

Get ready for a time of growth, renewal and fun.

Register your team today – contact linda.lamos@kingsvalley.ca


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Kingswood is gearing up for their fourth annual ENGAGE conference on October 24-25. Designed for pastors, worship leaders, and anyone involved in planning or implementing the weekend worship gathering in the local church, teams that attend find this event to be an inspiring Fall experience.

Visit www.kingswood.edu/engage for information about seminars, keynotes and registration. Take advantage of early bird pricing until September 15th!


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The Executive Board of the denomination, on which I am honoured to serve, met by conference call this week to appoint a Membership Working Group (MWG) tasked with the assignment to consider the place, provisions, priority, philosophy and practise of membership in the 21st century Wesleyan Church. I have been appointed as Chair of the MWG which consists of a total of nine people. Included in that group are our own Brent Ingersoll and President Gorveatte from Kingswood. This will be a daunting and important task – prayer requested.

Yesterday was the first Sunday that Peter and I were both on site in local churches of our district as we begin this new and dynamic chapter of Atlantic life. Peter was in Maple Ridge as we continue to hold up the arms of Pastor Nick and the church and I was in Ingomar to meet with the church as it faces a very early and unexpected pastoral change.

While in the area or headed there, I had the opportunity to chat with Rod Guptill, Amy Corey, Dale and Sherry Robertson, David Hockley and John Symonds. I also dropped in to have a look at the parsonage and church in Shelburne. 

Last Sunday, Hammonds Plains Cornerstone viewed the GS’s video on the Ebola crises in West Africa They received an impromptu offering of over $1600 on the spot. Well done. Has your church viewed this 3 minute update? (Pastors and others: click here to download the video for showing in churches.)

The purchase of the former Forest Hills United Church by Dartmouth Hillside and the purchase of housing to be occupied by the AJ Thomas family in Bangor were both completed last week.

This will be the last week for this summer that the district office will operate at Beulah. We will move back to Moncton right after Labour Day and be in full swing there by the middle of next week.

Pastors Brent Ingersoll and Del Heiney are serving in a youth pastors training event in Haiti. I strongly encourage churches to be involved in the mutually beneficial reality that is a well planned and well run short-term mission team. 

Dale MacDonald, DBMD Chair, Peter and I spent an invigorating afternoon recently in discussing/dreaming about ways to refine and enhance our ministerial preparation program. Excellent meeting. Expanded board. Regional mini-boards. Adjusted demographic. Focus on between-meetings follow up. Save the trees by going digital. A new day is dawning.  Onward and upward.

I was privileged on Friday to attend a breakfast meeting at Crandall University as a part of Oasis14 – the annual meeting of the Convention of Atlantic Baptist Churches. The breakfast was focused on denominational leaders and I truly enjoyed interacting with the leaders present.

Caton’s Island staff and Beulah volunteers poured the floor of the new washroom and meeting facility. Hats off to Dean Stephenson and Bruce Cheney & crew!

THOT: “How completely satisfying to turn from our limitations to a God who has none.”  A. W. Tozer

ON SECOND THOT: “We go astray when we attempt to do spiritual work without spiritual power.” A. W. Tozer

AND YET A THIRD: “Refuse to be average. Let your soul soar as high as it will.”  A. W. Tozer

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NB/ME Children’s Ministry Huddle at Presque Isle Wesleyan on Sept 20 from 9 AM-3PM. Cost is $25 per person or $99 for for 4 or more per church. This includes breakouts, networking and lunch together.

One-day affordable event for your children’s ministry team. Sunday School teachers, nursery workers, VBS helpers, children’s church workers and volunteers experience the excitement and energy of discovering practical, new ideas you can use NOW from a team of passionate and dedicated workers. 

Get ready for a time of growth, renewal and fun.

Register your team today – contact linda.lamos@kingsvalley.ca


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Kingswood is gearing up for their fourth annual ENGAGE conference on October 24-25. Designed for pastors, worship leaders, and anyone involved in planning or implementing the weekend worship gathering in the local church, teams that attend find this event to be an inspiring Fall experience.

Visit www.kingswood.edu/engage for information about seminars, keynotes and registration. Take advantage of early bird pricing until September 15th!


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A great group of seniors gathered at Beulah this weekend for the BYF Weekend – renamed by Director  Mel Norton to JOY Weekend – Just Older Youth! Don Ingersoll was the on-point speaker for the event with music from Potter’s Clay, Selena Leonard and worship leader Grant Avery. A full range of activities was planned and there was much affirmation expressed for a great time together. Many thanks to Pastor Mel and crew. The attendance was up and the future looks bright for JOY.

More points of praise from the week:

  • 140+ teens at the Youth Camp on Caton’s
  • Baptism at Maple Ridge
  • Crosspoint held a baptism in the Nashwaak River with nine candidates
  • Blacks Harbour baptized 10 at Lake Utopia
  • Two babies dedicated at Corbett Ave.
  • 125th Anniversary celebration at Lower Hainesville – packed house for Saturday evening concert
  • Pastor Steve led two to the Lord; two babies dedicated and new families at River City
  • Our denomination reaches new highs in AM attendance, conversions and baptisms in FY14

chuddle

NB/ME Children’s Ministry Huddle at Presque Isle Wesleyan on Sept 20 from 9 AM-3PM. Cost is $25 per person or $99 for for 4 or more per church. This includes breakouts, networking and lunch together.

One-day affordable event for your children’s ministry team. Sunday School teachers, nursery workers, VBS helpers, children’s church workers and volunteers experience the excitement and energy of discovering practical, new ideas you can use NOW from a team of passionate and dedicated workers. 

Get ready for a time of growth, renewal and fun.

Register your team today – contact linda.lamos@kingsvalley.ca

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Bible Bowl Quizzing. Interested in more info? The Wesleyan Church has such a program and if you are interested, contact Kathy Shanks at 1-506-238-1346. She would love to chat with you and will be coaching our team.

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Major prayer and intercession requested for:

  • Believers in Iraq who are facing intense persecution including even martyrdom for their faith. From the safety of our North American bubble we must reach through prayer to our brothers and sisters whose environment is anything but safe.
  • The ebola crises in West Africa that has claimed hundreds of lives, terrorized the population and  taxed the response capacity. Wesleyans in Sierra Leone and Liberia have been impacted by this tragedy. Pray for our people and for the eradication of the ebola virus. It is only because of the “accident of birth” that we are here and not there suffering through the ebola terror in West Africa.
  • The deadly strife and war in Ukraine which impacts so many people and curtails the ministry of World Hope Canada.  Kerry and Carole Allison have not been able to return to their valued and needed ministry there. From our reality of peace, please pray for peace.  

THOT: “The martyrs teach us that wealth, prestige and honour have little importance; Christ is the only treasure.” – Pope Francis

ON SECOND THOT: “Every father should remember that one day his son will follow his example rather than his advise.” – Charles F. Kettering

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We were privileged to be at Seal Cove over the weekend to help celebrate their 125th anniversary. Seal Cove is the church that spiritually nurtured my father in his early walk with Christ. It is also the church that recommended my dad to the District Conference to be licensed as a minister. It goes without saying that it was very meaningful for me to be present there for this special weekend. Over their 125 years, 24 people have been called to be a pastor or a missionary – exceptional.

Drew Donovan has accepted the invitation from Moncton to serve as their Youth and Young Adult Pastor. He will be joining the staff in September. Drew and Amy, welcome back to the Atlantic tribe.

Thank you for the strong support and expressions of sympathy we received following the unexpected passing of Gloria’s sister Carole. An overflow crowd was present at her funeral on Tuesday at Lutes Mountain Church of the Nazarene.

Peter is onsite and on task in the district now as you know. We spent two excellent days of orientation together last week. I believe there are stretching days ahead and I pray and anticipate the Master’s anointing as we strive to move onward and upward.

UTR – Upon This Rock – our church planting initiative in Newfoundland – is gaining momentum and our commitment is deep and abiding. We have those who will be part of a brief vision trip to St. Johns in October. Yet there is room. Pastor, if you have interest in or feel drawn to be part of this trip, please drop a note to Peter at ptmoore@atlanticdistrict.com. It will be surprisingly positive – check it out. 

Great reports from Riverside camps this summer, especially the youth camp pictured above. Family Camp concluded yesterday with Rick Kavanaugh as speaker. Riverside, the first youth camp I ever attended back “in the day,” continues to have strong and positive regional impact.

Lower Hainesville will be celebrating their 125th Anniversary this coming weekend. There will be special events on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. More info can be obtained from Pastor Scott Lewis at lrhnsvlwes@hotmail.ca

Pastor Andy Phillips reports a very successful VBS held recently in Jonesport. Excellent group of kids and helpful staff. It is great to see the impact of VBS on our next generation. I am so pleased that this effective ministry includes our churches both small and large.

David Hockley has been invited to serve as Assistant Pastor in Woods Harbour beginning after he completes his service in Ingomar in September. David and Amy are anticipating their involvement with Pastor Rod Guptill and the church at Woods Harbour. 

Halifax Metro held a baptism yesterday. Congrats to Pastor Kevin Wilson and crew for this public witness to new life in Christ. 

Welcome to Shawn and Michelle Craven and family who arrived in Havelock, NS this week to assume pastoral duties there. A crew was on hand to help unload the truck and the fridge was full of food – well done Havelock. Great welcome! We are pleased to have the Cravens in our tribe.

NB Christian Ashram was on campus at Beulah this past weekend. We always appreciate having this group with us every year. 

THOT:  “Deferring a decision out of avoidance = making a decision. And decisions cost something.”  -  Dr. Henry Cloud

ON SECOND THOT:  “In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock.” – Thomas Jefferson

A note from Peter Moore:
As the summer dust cloud of transition has begun to settle for the Moore family, we wanted to take this opportunity to thank the Atlantic District for the privilege of rejoining this special tribe. Our hearts have been warmed with renewed personal connections and opportunities for our three daughters to experience the meaning of our spiritual heritage first-hand. July 31st marked my final day with GP as a new chapter of ministry began. It is an honour to journey with Dr. HC in leadership once again. During this first week of service we enjoyed a delicious meal at the Caton’s Family Camp (with record high attendance), closed on our home in Moncton, celebrated the baptism of Aaron McVicar in Beulah waters, attended a warm service remembering the the well-lived life of Carole Lutes, engaged in a day and a half of orientation with Dr. HC, and shared in strategic planning with Stuart Marples regarding next steps in the “Upon This Rock” church planting initiative launched during the final service at Beulah Camp.  Ellen joins me in expressing sincere thanks for inviting us to share in the story God is writing through the Atlantic District. His Spirit was so evident during the unusual unfolding of Beulah 2014 and our hearts are eager to see what God wants to do next as we roll up our sleeves alongside each one of you.

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Best Years Fellowship – Aug 15-17.
Speaker:  Don Ingersoll

Worship Leader: Grant Avery with Potters Clay on Sunday
Entertainment by: Pastor Kathy Shanks and Cast
Register today. Forms at District Office.


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I was honoured last weekend to speak at the 100th Anniversary of the Tuscaloosa, Alabama First Wesleyan Church. I served as DS there some 30+ years ago and it is a great experience to observe the growth and development of the work. It was an inspiring time and the health and vitality of the church is impressive. Joel Gorveatte serves as Lead Pastor.

Our newly minted Assistant District Superintendent begins his official duties on the district this week. I am very optimistic as we have opportunity to work together again for the sake of the Cause. We are committed to do our very best to see Atlantic make much of Jesus and embarrass the devil. You may contact Peter by email at ptmoore@atlanticdistrict.com or on Twitter at @PTMooreATL. Cell phone numbers will be available soon. 

125th Anniversaries coming up this month at Seal Cove and Lower Hainesville. Seal Cove will celebrate this milestone on Aug 9-10 and Lower Hainesville on Aug 15-17. Visitors are welcome.

Due to the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, Kerry and Carole have had to delay their return to the field. They are available for services in our churches and would love to tell the story of the Master’s work in the Odessa area. You may contact them through World Hope Canada at 1-877-482-1499.

Maritime Christian Fellowship holds their annual gathering at Beulah Camp every three years and in their rotation, this is Beulah year. Some 300 of their people were on site this past weekend and we are always very pleased to have these fellow believers on campus. It is great to see our facility utilized in this way. 

Connie Stewart is an ordained minister in our tribe who brings both formal training and deep life experiences to her ministry. Her Unbroken Vows Marriage Retreat material is well prepared and presented. I have personally heard her passionate promotion of these weekend events and I commend her ministry to our district and beyond. You may contact her at peacefulwaters@eastlink.ca.

DS August Sundays

  • 3 – Tuscaloosa Alabama – 100th Anniversary
  • 10 – Seal Cove – 125th Anniversary
  • 17 – Best Years Fellowship Weekend
  • 24 – Ingomar – pastoral transition
  • 31 – Beulah – speak at season wrap up Sunday

The photo gallery and several of the messages from Beulah2014 are now available.  The messages only begin on Tuesday since video was not available during the three-day power outage due to Arthur and his rampage. The pics are great and capture the Beulah experience and the impact of the messages is renewed again as you watch. I viewed one last night and sensed His presence once again – look and listen to Beulah2014.

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Gloria’s sister Carole (Melodie Hopkins mother) passed away early Saturday morning only 10 days after diagnosis of a very aggressive cancer. A brief service to celebrate Carole’s life will be held at the Lutes Mountain Church of the Nazarene tomorrow – Tuesday – at 2 PM.

The District Office will be closed today – Monday, August 4th – for New Brunswick Day and tomorrow August 5th.

THOT: “Sometimes we worry about the wolf at the door, but it is the termites under the floor that are killing us.” -General Overseer of the Church of God.

A SECOND THOT: “Reminded again that there is a difference between fame and success. Fame is Lady Gaga. Success is Mother Theresa.”  – Mike Miller.

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Best Years Fellowship – Aug 15-17.
Speaker:  Don Ingersoll

Worship Leader: Grant Avery with Potters Clay on Sunday
Entertainment by: Pastor Kathy Shanks and Cast
Register today. Forms at District Office.


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Summer fun. Amidst all the ministry activity of the summer camping season and church relations, there is always a moment for a change of pace. On Saturday, we spent part of the day with three of our grandchildren. Great moments.  Making memories. Having fun. Thankful. All four of our grands will be at Caton’s next week. Are your kids or grand kids a part of Catons 2014? If so – it is a life-changing place. 

Woods Harbour held a baptism yesterday. Every baptism is a Kingdom moment and an embarrassment to the devil.  Onward and Upward. 

More than 300 people were part of a George Canyon concert in the Beulah Tab on Thursday evening. Great synergy in the crowd and George ministered clearly and with excellence in what he referred to as a worship concert. He also effectively promoted the world class work of Compassion Canada.  

I made a whirlwind 36 hour swing through SW Nova last week. My primary purpose was to meet with David and Amy Hockley in Ingomar and to meet with the LBA there as well. I also dropped in unannounced on Pastor John at Yarmouth and got to meet their new Children’s Pastor Allison Jacobson. I shared lunch with Rod Guptill from Woods Harbour along the way. It is always good to be out and about rubbing shoulders with the tribe. 

Looks great. New Hope Valley had a men’s BBQ recently. It is such a builder of community to see the church family connecting outside the building. 

Our district has taken a significant interest and partnership involvement in Global Partners work in Cuba. A number of us have been privileged to visit there as well. Our National Superintendent there Nehemias Cardennes  and his wife Cary became grandparents for the first time just a few days ago. Congrats and PTL for safe arrival of Elias. 

Barry Vernon and his family are living at Beulah temporarily. He is available for pulpit supply during the summer and perhaps beyond. He may be reached at 6vernons@gmail.com.

David Hockley resigned yesterday as pastor of Faith Wesleyan in Ingomar. He will conclude his ministry there on Sept 7.  I will be meeting with the local leaders on Aug 24 as we chart a path forward. Thanks for praying for David, Amy and Levi during this time of transition. 

I was privileged to speak yesterday morning at the Maple Ridge church. It is always good to worship with this dynamic congregation. Thanks for continuing to pray for Pastor Nick Graham and his family and the health challenges he is facing.

Twelve of our churches have expressed interest in being designated as a Maximizing Impact church. I am very pleased with this strong response. Selections will be made in August for both the fall of this year and the spring of 2015. Onward and Upward. 

THOT: “Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.” – Mother Teresa

ON SECOND THOT: “We live in a busy world but there’s a difference between empty fatigue and gratifying tiredness. Invest in the things you deeply care about.” – Eugene Cho

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Best Years Fellowship – Aug 15-17. Details to follow from director Rev. Mel Norton. Save the dates.


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Last week I represented our General Superintendent at the District Conferences in Iowa/Minnesota and Mountain Plains. In Iowa, I had the privilege of ordaining four candidates and in Colorado Springs I ordained seven. One of the seven is the wife of our own Jason Hurd. It is so encouraging to see these 11 sharp people answering His call to ministry. With some free time on Friday, I drove to the top of Pikes Peak – what awesome scenery on a beautiful clear day.  

Our church in Woodstock partnered with the Woodstock Baptist and Jacksonville Baptist churches in a joint VBS last week. Great reports from this cooperative venture that ministered to upwards of 200 children. Well done!

In spite of a shortened camp and three days without power that reduced the crowd early in the camp, Beulah 2014 offerings were over the top! The regular camp offerings topped $50,000 which may be the highest regular (non special project) offerings ever. Thanks to so many of you for this great affirmation of the Beulah experience. 

Charles Bain and Tim Long officiated at a baptism in Havelock, NS just before Beulah.  What a fitting conclusion to their positive year of transitional ministry there. The new pastor Shawn Craven will arrive in just a few days to assume his duties there.

On a recent Sunday, Amherst received 14 new members into the fellowship there. Congrats!

The George Canyon concert scheduled for the Beulah Tab this week is a ticketed event. The ticket fee is set by George and/or his sponsors and is not a Beulah fee. We do not receive any portion of the fee but anticipate that the concert will expose some new people to Beulah. The earlier cancelled concert would have been a free will offering arrangement since we would have had several hundred people on the grounds at that time as camp meeting was beginning. 

Canada Day rolled around while we were preparing  for Beulah2014.  The caravan above was in the spirit of the day and showed up outside the office. 

Overheard at Conference this week – attendance is an indicator of influence.

Peter is back at Global Partners completing his service there.  He will be in the district to begin his duties here in the first few days of August. He and Ellen have secured a home in Moncton. I am looking forward intently to our partnership together for the sake of the Cause on Atlantic. 

The Gathering registration is now available online. I completed my registration last week and received an email receipt confirming my registration. If you are a credentialed minister appointed to a local church, the district will cover your registration as earlier announced. You will need to register and then forward a copy of your registration receipt to our office and we will  reimburse you. This is only possible because of strong USF payment by our churches. 

Riverside has begun their youth and kids camps for this year. The kids above are greeting their parents at the close of the first camp last week. Ten kids invited Jesus to be their Saviour during the week. 

THOT: “The cross is bigger than your mistakes, bigger than your regrets, bigger than the secrets you hold. The cross stands above all.” – Nicky Gumbel

ON SECOND THOT: “To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead.” – Thomas Paine

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Best Years Fellowship – Aug 15-17. Details to follow from director Rev. Mel Norton. Save the dates.

Beulah 2014 is now history. It was a camp of stark contrasts from Hurricane Arthur and three days of no electrical power to a beautiful sunny and warm closing weekend.  A high degree of flexibility and positive attitude were everywhere evident amidst the rattle of generators, intermittent water supply and the “when the sun goes down, it’s dark” reality.

Significant items:

  1. A clear sense of the Master’s presence on the camp, especially in the deeply anointed service on Thursday morning. 
  2. Extremely positive response to the eight preachers from our district and to Rev Isaac Smith, our special speaker for the weekend.
  3. Ordination of three – Tom Cann, Jacob Ebbett and Scott Wood.
  4. Appointment of our first ever full-time Assistant District Superintendent, Rev. Peter Moore. So good to have Peter, Ellen and the girls back home in Atlantic. 
  5. VBS and Jr VBS with 150+ children and Youth program for circa 100 teens.
  6. Exciting baptism in the river the closing Sunday.
  7. The Church Has Left the Building – a community missions service that featured a truly amazing variety of ministries many of our churches have in their communities.
  8. Our closing rally that highlighted upcoming short-term mission teams; launched Upon This Rock which will see three churches planted in Newfoundland in five years; reported the Relaunch thrust of Bangor Pathway; unpacked the Maximizing Impact weekend at Corbett and the miracle of the little green house. We repeatedly declared that, “We are a community of welcome and witness. We embrace a message of grace and truth, hope and holy living.”
  9. Moving communion service and a special prayer time for healing, both on Sunday morning. 
  10. Election of HC Wilson to a four-year term as District Superintendent. 

NOTE: IMA will be back to the normal format next week.

THOT: “The most important thing in my life is Christ. He’s more important to me than winning or losing or whether I’m playing or not. Everything else is just a bonus.” -Tim Howard, USA World Cup soccer goalie.

ON SECOND THOT: “Look at how a single candle can both defy and define the darkness.” – Anne Frank

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Best Years Fellowship – Aug 15-17. Details to follow from director Rev. Mel Norton. Save the dates.

Beulah 2014 is a go! The storm has passed. Repairs are in process. Power is off. Water is mostly on. Inconveniences abound. Spirits are high. Flexibility prevails. Generators are hard at work. Memories are being made. Attitudes are positive. Dining Hall is open. Schedule continues. It’s an adventure. Camp Meeting 2014 is on!

Our speaker for the first few days did not arrive due to Arthur. We are featuring some of our own for the next few days – mystery preachers – come and hear. Hope to build during the week to a “powerful” conclusion next Sunday the 13th. Beulah 2014 is a go!

The E2WFestival, Canada’s Largest Christian Music Festival, was held in Shediac last weekend with headliners Newsboys and Third Day. Our tribe was represented on the stage and in support and serving roles as well as in the audience of course. Tim Guptill was privileged to pray with and minister to the performers back stage. Joel Wydysh wrapped it up well “E2W2014 ends for the year. Thank you Jesus for a great gathering of Your church in the Maritimes. Here’s to 2015.”

Rob MacCallum has accepted the call of our Kingston, Ontario church to become their lead pastor. We wish him, Val and the family the Master’s best in this new assignment and will truly miss them in our district.

Several good reports concerning VBS and its effectiveness in touching children with the gospel. Very good word this week from Fredericton JourneyKings Valley and Easton. More to come.

Congratulations to Shane and Natalie Grant on the safe arrival of Elise Renee. She arrived safe and sound last Wednesday weighing in at 9.6. Her dad is employed at Kingswood

Peter Moore has entered Twitter world. Give him a follow @PTMooreATL.

I was in Moncton yesterday morning to take part in conferring the honour of Pastor Emeritus on LD Buckingham as well as recognize the long-time service – more than 25 years each – of Joyce Gildart, Willie Brownlee and Peter Greer. The message from Pastor Lennett Anderson from Halifax was on point, powerfully delivered and of high impact. Great morning! 

Summer ministry in full swing at Crosspoint. Great family connections. Any church extends its reach for the Cause when it adds value to the worship experience and touches families and communities. 

Canadian Council of Christian Charities (CCCC) has posted a very helpful piece on their website - Developing a Short Term Missions Trip Policy for Your Church.  Any church sending short term teams will want to check this out. 

Deep Water said their farewells and best wishes to AJ, Kelly and the boys last week. They even had a cake decorated with the likeness of AJ’s Jeep – very cool. On to Pathway…..

Hats off to Gary Page for excellent work in building new posts for the main entrance at Beulah. The old ones badly needed replacing and the construction of new ones was no small undertaking – thanks Gary.

THOT: “Change is always awkward, but so was my first kiss – but that didn’t stop me from doing it.” – Keith Loy, Celebrate Church 

ON SECOND THOT: “You can trust Him even when you can’t trace Him.” – Lennett Anderson at Moncton Wesleyan yesterday morning. 

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Beulah 2014 is just round the proverbial corner. Ten Tips…

  1. The first event of Beulah 2014 is a prayer gathering on Friday, July 4 at 7 PM. If you are on the grounds, please come and share in this prayer covering for the camp.
  2. On Saturday the 5th there will be a late afternoon BBQ followed by an evening concert with George Canyon at 7 PM. George will be representing Compassion Canada and a free will offering will be received.
  3. Beulah 2014 – Eight Days of Celebration – will officially begin on Sunday morning the 6th at 10:30 with the singing of O Beulah Land.
  4. The closing rally of Beulah 2014 will take place at 3 PM on Sunday the 13th when we will Celebrate Tomorrow. Vision will be cast and future ministry initiatives unpacked. Plan to be there. Don’t miss it. Bring others.
  5. Full details of the multi-faceted daily program can be viewed on our website - www.beulahcamp.com. Check it out – great multi-generational activities available.  Huge thanks to Andrea Gunter for organizing this smorgasbord of family-friendly activities.  
  6. Check out the brief Beulah 2014 promo video at http://vimeo.com/97163535
  7. Selected activities require those who participate to come prepared – such as the Motorcycle Run; Photography Workshop; Ladies Mini Scrap Party; and Golfing. If any of these ignite your interest, please bring necessary basic equipment/supplies.
  8. The Motorcycle Run – Saturday, July 12 from 1-4 PM – is fully open to any bikers from across the district who are interested – this is not intended to be a “Beulah only” event. Dr. Buckingham will lead this event of growing interest. 
  9. Please be in prayer for Beulah 2014 for the Master’s obvious presence and for spiritual victories to be won. Pray especially for speakers Luchetti, Smith, Lyon and four of our own who will speak in the week day mornings as well as the Rhyno’s and all the worship/music guests.
  10. Show up. Pray up. Bring along an open heart and a expectant spirit. Build new friendships. Renew existing friendships. Expand networks. Embrace change. Enjoy the program variety. Encourage someone. Look for the good. Don’t miss Sun the 13th at 3 PM. Celebrate the tribe. Onward and upward.

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Open House 90th birthday for Rev. L. H. Hicks – Best Wishes only. Saturday, July 12th from 2-4 PM at Havelock Wesleyan Church.


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Best Years Fellowship – Aug 15-17. Details to follow from director Rev. Mel Norton. Save the dates.