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Yesterday was a celebration of the defining moment of our faith.  Many of our churches had amazing and powerful services across the district with the consistent message – He is Risen!

Pastors, please remember to promptly provide your Easter attendance to our office as requested by our General Superintendent.

Major flooding this week in the Sussex area. A number of families from our Sussex church were impacted by flood waters in their homes with serious damage in some cases. Kingswood served as a warming location and provided care to a number of residents. David Alward, the NB Premier, visited Kingswood to express appreciation to President Gorveatte.

Speaking of Sussex, congrats to Don Ingersoll who received a near-unanimous vote at a meeting held on Tuesday evening for the Lead Pastor position at Sussex Wesleyan. He has accepted.

Debbie Rideout’s funeral was held on Wednesday at the church in Blacks Harbour. More than 40 of our ministerial tribe were present to support Jasper – a great response. Some of the guys travelled as much as 11 hours round trip to be present. So proud of deep tribal support.

I look forward to seeing many of the NS pastors this week at New Hope Valley. Will be a great day, beginning at 10 am.

We are all thankful that Dave LeRoy successfully underwent a stem cell transplant in Halifax last week. He is in hospital in isolation presently. Thanks for continuing to support the LeRoys in prayer. You may also send a card/note to him/them at 240 Rennick Road, Moncton, NB  E1G 4X9.

Pastors, you will be receiving year end memos from our office this week. Very important that you read and heed this stuff – thanks in advance.

Brazil Lake will be celebrating their 125th anniversary this coming weekend. Activities include an old time hymn sing and testimony meeting at 1 PM on Saturday with an Emmaus Road concert at 7 PM. I will be honoured to speak in the Sunday morning service and the day will wrap up with a lunch in the Fellowship Hall. Pastor Amy Corey extends a welcome to all.

Lead Pastor Matt Maxwell at Fredericton Journey says “The Spirit of God has simply been electric. God is actively drawing His people to Himself!” They have recently started a new service – Fuel – designed for youth, young adults and the young at heart. In the past few weeks, 7 people have come to the Lord. PTL!

Gloria and I spent Friday and Saturday at the cottage at Beulah. The river is very high with heavy ice flows. I also met with the Browns Flat Fellowship Advisory Committee. Yesterday, we worshipped at Moncton and enjoyed the ministry of Dr. Craig Evans from Acadia Divinity School.

Another record week for IMA last week – most opens ever. Keep reading:)

THOT: Do not abandon yourself to despair. We are the Easter people and hallelujah is our song. - John Paul II

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chuddle

Pack the vans and send your Children Ministry team to The Huddle, a Wesleyan children ministry worker training event.  One-day, affordable event for your entire children’s worker team. Sunday school teachers, nursery workers, VBS helpers,  children church leaders and volunteers experience the excitement and energy of discovering practical, new ideas they can use NOW from a team of passionate and dedicated workers.  Get ready for a time of growth, renewal, and fun! Join us at a location near you.

NS Children’s Ministry Huddle – May 24 ­ New Hope Wesleyan Church, Kentville NS

9am – 12:30 pm ($20/person-5 or more $100)

Register your team for either Huddle at linda.lamos@kingsvalley.ca


It’s that time of year!  Rally in the Valley 2014 is coming up May 2-3, and we want you to be a part of it!  Featuring Pastor Kelly Jay and KV Worship with Kingswood student and KVEast Worship Leader Josiah Swim. Guest artist and up-and-coming rapper NF, recently signed to Capitol Records, will be tearing it up on Friday night. Our speaker is Chris Durso, pastor at Christ Tabernacle in Queens, New York, and leader of Misfits NYC. More info is available at rallyinthevally.ca. We also have a ton of activities and missions initiatives lined up for you and your group.  Hotels will book fast as there are some big concerts in town that weekend, so make sure to get your reservations today!


Beulah Overview – PDF

 SPECIAL NOTE:

Debbie Rideout, wife of Pastor Jasper Rideout at North Head, was promoted to glory on Saturday afternoon after a difficult battle with cancer. Our deep sympathy to Jasper, Sammy and the extended family.

The funeral will be at Blacks Harbour Wesleyan at 2 PM on Wednesday.

PASTORS - please note. The General Superintendent has requested that Easter attendance for every church be reported to the district office. Please email, tweet, call or send a carrier pigeon, but get the word to us next Sunday. Thanks in advance.

Great looking mission team to Cuba from Saint John First – sj1. This year has seen a record number of teams going from our district to several overseas fields. I am so pumped by the rising interest in the world beyond. Watch for high profile focus at Beulah 2014. 

Caleb Richardson has accepted a staff position at Grand Harbour Central as Minister of Youth and Family Ministries.

Children’s Ministry Huddle at Fredericton Journey on Saturday – more than 100 in attendance. Excellent event.

Dunamis Youth Weekend at Yarmouth with leadership from Kingswood - more than 100 in attendance. Great variety of training, worship and community service.

Westchester hosts a monthly Country Gospel Evangelistic Outreach that is averaging 55. As a result of this, 10 new people are attending the church and 5 have accepted Christ. PTL!

For Palm Sunday yesterday, I preached in Moncton, David Smith spoke at Maple Ridge and Don Ingersoll candidated at Sussex.

Presque Isle had a mission team just return from LaGonave, Haiti where they did great work on the new hospital there. They also recently had Thabsile from Swaziland in the church for a weekend and almost $10,000 was given for World Hope’s ministry. One of the projects was raising money to place Bibles in the hands of high school students in Swaziland. Pastor Bud says, “Was wonderful to watch new families leave the Sat night service, go to an ATM downtown and return with money for Bibles.”

Havelock, NS raised more than $2600 at a desert auction last week to help youth attend the Rally in the Valley next month.  They also had a gift last Sunday of $30,000 to assist in completing the lower level of the new church.

David and Joanne LeRoy will be in Halifax this week so that he may undergo a stem cell transplant. This is a serious and significant procedure and your prayers are requested for them. Following the procedure, David will be in isolation at the hospital for two weeks or longer. Say a prayer, drop a note – and thanks for not visiting while he is in isolation.

THOT: How relevant and effective will your church be a decade from now? 11 traits of churches that will impact the future.

upcomingevents


chuddle
Pack the vans and send your Children Ministry team to The Huddle, a Wesleyan children ministry worker training event.  One-day, affordable event for your entire children’s worker team. Sunday school teachers, nursery workers, VBS helpers,  children church leaders and volunteers experience the excitement and energy of discovering practical, new ideas they can use NOW from a team of passionate and dedicated workers.  Get ready for a time of growth, renewal, and fun! Join us at a location near you.

NS Children’s Ministry Huddle – May 24 ­ New Hope Wesleyan Church, Kentville NS
9am – 12:30 pm ($20/person-5 or more $100)

Register your team for either Huddle at linda.lamos@kingsvalley.ca


It’s that time of year!  Rally in the Valley 2014 is coming up May 2-3, and we want you to be a part of it!  Featuring Pastor Kelly Jay and KV Worship with Kingswood student and KVEast Worship Leader Josiah Swim. Guest artist and up-and-coming rapper NF, recently signed to Capitol Records, will be tearing it up on Friday night. Our speaker is Chris Durso, pastor at Christ Tabernacle in Queens, New York, and leader of Misfits NYC. More info is available at rallyinthevally.ca. We also have a ton of activities and missions initiatives lined up for you and your group.  Hotels will book fast as there are some big concerts in town that weekend, so make sure to get your reservations today!

We are the People of God committed to the Purpose of God believing in the Providence of God and relying on the Power of God.

The Festival on Preaching was held at Kingswood last week. It was a time of instruction and inspiration; of listening and learning; of message and methods. Steve DeNeff and Lenny Luchetti were our keynote speakers and presented powerfully. In addition to our tribe pictured above, the Atlantic Baptists were well represented and their Executive Minister Peter Reid was one of the presenters. Other groups were also represented at this exceptional event. Thanks to Kingswood for hosting the Festival. Visit the Kingswood website to find the notes and presentations from the Festival.

A few choice quotes from the Festival:

  • Authority in preaching is not a home run.  It is a batting average.
  • Nothing succeeds like content in a sermon. There is no good way to say nothing.
  • Novelty is not what is needed. Depth is what is needed.
  • If ego is not crucified, your ministry will be.
  • How do we reach out to this present age without selling out to this present age?
  • Sermons are not microwaveable – they are crockpots.
  • Pity the one who speaks magnificently about the meaningless.

Met last week with Rob Trafton to discuss various matters relative to Beulah and Caton’s for this summer. There will be a follow up meeting this week also involving Scott Rhyno. Watch IMA for more detail coming soon.

2014 Beulah Overview – PDF

Don Ingersoll will be candidating for the Lead Pastor position in Sussex next Sunday, the 13th. Watch for a report soon.

I was on an assignment for two days last week in the US with former General Superintendent Dr. Harry Wood. He and I were first involved in ministry together in Wesleyan Youth leadership in the 70′s. What tremendous value there is in long- term shared ministry with a trusted colleague.

Yesterday there was a guest from Swaziland at Saint John First for a World Hope presentation; a baptism at Moncton; a new attenders luncheon at Crosspoint; new sermon series at Sussex; a sermon on submission at Deep Water; positive reinforcement of volunteers at KVEast. How do I know these things? Twitter. Pastors, if you are not tweeting, sign up and share praise notes that I can then share in IMA. Inspiring all round. Onward and upward!

THOT:  Three things the leader must not delegate from Eric Geiger:

  1. Clarity of Identity – are our beliefs and values explicitly clear and understood by the people?
  2. Clarity of Direction – without a defining direction, many directions are invented and directionless chaos can ensue.
  3. Building the Team – the health and culture of the ministry is connected to the health and culture of the leaders.

upcomingevents


chuddle
Pack the vans and send your Children Ministry team to The Huddle, a Wesleyan children ministry worker training event.  One-day, affordable event for your entire children’s worker team. Sunday school teachers, nursery workers, VBS helpers,  children church leaders and volunteers experience the excitement and energy of discovering practical, new ideas they can use NOW from a team of passionate and dedicated workers.  Get ready for a time of growth, renewal, and fun! Join us at a location near you.

NB Children’s Ministry Huddle – April 12- Journey Wesleyan Church, Fredericton NB ­
9am – 3pm ($25/person-4 or more $100)

NS Children’s Ministry Huddle – May 24 ­ New Hope Wesleyan Church, Kentville NS
9am – 12:30 pm ($20/person-5 or more $100)

Register your team for either Huddle at linda.lamos@kingsvalley.ca


It’s that time of year!  Rally in the Valley 2014 is coming up May 2-3, and we want you to be a part of it!  Featuring Pastor Kelly Jay and KV Worship with Kingswood student and KVEast Worship Leader Josiah Swim. Guest artist and up-and-coming rapper NF, recently signed to Capitol Records, will be tearing it up on Friday night. Our speaker is Chris Durso, pastor at Christ Tabernacle in Queens, New York, and leader of Misfits NYC. More info is available at rallyinthevally.ca. We also have a ton of activities and missions initiatives lined up for you and your group.  Hotels will book fast as there are some big concerts in town that weekend, so make sure to get your reservations today!

Our new board room was inaugurated last week with its first use being our DBA meeting on Friday. Having this space now available for various board, committee and other meetings is a great addition to our district office operation. We continue to wait on the delivery of some furniture pieces to complete our renos, but we are fully up and running. When you are in this neck of the woods, feel free to drop by and check out our renovated digs

Congrats to Rich and Katie Thomas whose adoption of Riley was completed last week. Also our warm best wishes to the new grandparents Steve and Nancy Sinclair.

Deep Water extended a near unanimous initial call to Jon Stephens yesterday to become their new Lead Pastor. He has accepted and we are so pleased to have Jon and Erin joining our tribe and returning home to this significant assignment.  Welcome! Jon has roots at KV and Erin’s roots are at Hillside.

Last Sunday was a high day at Yarmouth as some 22 people made first time commitments to Christ. Several others made recommitments in what Pastor John described as one of the greatest days of impact in his ministry. Gloria and I were pleased to share dinner with John and Willo Ann on Saturday evening.

I was at Havelock, NS yesterday morning as we continue to work with the church during this time of transition. I have such deep appreciation for the shared leadership of Charles Bain and Tim Long during this church year.

KV held a baptism last Sunday at the Saint John Aquatic Centre and baptized five new believers. All of these people are products of the KVEast multi-site initiative that was launched in the Cineplex Theatre in east Saint John a few months ago. Multi-site works! PTL and onward and upward.

April is the last month of our church year. Sincere thanks to the vast majority of our pastors who are leading their churches to be full participants in paying their USF. Together we are all stronger. Is your church up to date? If not, this is the time. Onward and upward.

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WKFM (Wesleyan Kids for Missions) at Lower Brighton under the leadership of Eleanor McVicar decided to adopt the Pineapple Project in Sierra Leone, West Africa as their project. The project helps farmers in Sierra Leone begin or expand their growing of pineapples which has very positive family income outcomes.  The kids at Lower Brighton set $180 as their objective and then their work ethic and creative juices kicked in and they raised $425! Incredible. Congrats!

THOT: Thanks to Brian Dodd for the following 7 Practises of Growing Churches

  1. Growing churches focus on church health more than church growth.
  2. Growing churches demand excellence.
  3. Growing churches are vigilant about their mission, vision and core values.
  4. Growing churches ruthlessly stop doing unproductive ministries.
  5. Growing churches identify, spotlight and leverage their top producers.
  6. Growing churches not only embrace change but foster change.
  7. Growing churches celebrate.

 

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Save the Date – April 1 and 2 at Kingswood. Rev. Steve DeNeff and Dr. Lenny Lucetti will be leading a “Festival on Preaching.” This two-day event will feature seminars from them and several other preaching experts. Additionally, several Emerging Young Preachers will receive personal coaching to help develop their homiletical skills. For more information and to register see the Kingswood website.


alphajump

Moncton will be hosting an Alpha Jump Start for the pastors and key leaders from churches considering launching Alpha or who have already had Alpha in their fellowship. Great info in a condensed time frame with affordable cost. Check it out on the alpa Canada website.


whc
An open invitation to an evening of delicious food and celebration as we hear how God is working and blessing World Hope Canada’s work in Swaziland.

Special guest speaker: Mrs. Thabsile Thwala, Director of The Fortress Ministry and Children’s Home, in Manzini, Swaziland.

Friday April 4th, 6:00pm, (dinner served at 6:30pm), Wesley Hall, Kingswood University.

An offering will be gratefully received to support the ministries of World Hope Canada.

Seating is limited. Call 1-877-482-1499 or e-mail tami@worldhope.ca to reserve your seat.

Great meeting of the KU board last week. We received the incredible news that the debt on the Irving Saunders Chapel has been paid in full! While many contributed to the project across the years, the amazing generosity of JK and Jean Irving was such a blessing that made retirement of the debt possible. As well, President Gorveatte, who is completing his initial four-year term, was unanimously reelected to a new four-year term. It was a meeting of high praise and celebration… and we were given new KU scarves as you can see above.

News Bullets

  • Sussex held an interview with a potential candidate last week – more news soon.
  • Halifax Deep Water had Jon and Erin Stephens as special guests over this past weekend.
  • Ben Medel has accepted a full time position as Student Ministries Pastor at Hammonds Plains Cornerstone.
  • David Zigler received a unanimous extended call last Sunday at Scarborough Coastal.
  • Dartmouth Hillside has a mission team in Haiti and Fredericton Crosspoint has a mission team in Bolivia.
  • Yarmouth extended a near-unanimous call to John Symonds for a two-year term as Lead Pastor which he has accepted.
  • Liz Hoyt has accepted a full time position as Childrens Pastor at Moncton.
  • I met with the LBA at Grand Bay River Valley last week to review Pastor Dave McElhinney’s extended call. The board voted unanimously to renew the call.
  • Office renos are nearly complete. Waiting on some furniture items. Should be back to “normal” by week’s end.

The Buckingham Leadership Institute is off to an amazing start and promises to fill a very significant role in leadership development and local church health. The advisory board on which I am honoured to serve met last Friday evening. The members present included leaders who are Baptist, Presbyterian, Pentecostal Assemblies and Wesleyan. Great synergy and network building. Onward and upward.

I was privileged last week to spend a day of consultation chaired by our General Superintendent and involving two other DS’s – Paul James from Eastern New York/New England and Wayne Wager from Central New York.

Our District Board of Ministerial Development (DBMD) spent last Monday interviewing candidates from NS as we met at Cornerstone. These are always highlight days for me as we interface with the rising leaders of our tribe. The DBMD meets again today in Woodstock to spend time with candidates from the “north.”

I mentioned a few weeks ago that Dartmouth Hillside is considering the acquisition of a second facility. Last week I had opportunity with Pastor Jay and Joe Sollows, a layman at Hillside and an old friend since childhood, to view the facility. Many hurdles still ahead, but great Kingdom possibility.

Great idea for fiscal reporting and openness from KV. Check out the KV Financial - Spring 2014. Thanks to Greg Hanson for his good work on this item.

David LeRoy has received confirmation from the VGH that he has been approved for a stem cell transplant and the procedure is scheduled for mid-April. This is great news and we rejoice with the LeRoys. Thanks for keeping Dave and Joanne in your focused prayers.

THOT: “My life and my whole eternity belongs to God. All this stuff is temporary. Money, fame, success…temporary. Even life is temporary. Jesus…that’s eternal.” God is not Dead – the movie.

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Save the Date – April 1 and 2 at Kingswood. Rev. Steve DeNeff and Dr. Lenny Lucetti will be leading a “Festival on Preaching.” This two-day event will feature seminars from them and several other preaching experts. Additionally, several Emerging Young Preachers will receive personal coaching to help develop their homiletical skills. For more information and to register see the Kingswood website.


alphajump

Moncton will be hosting an Alpha Jump Start for the pastors and key leaders from churches considering launching Alpha or who have already had Alpha in their fellowship. Great info in a condensed time frame with affordable cost. Check it out on the alpa Canada website.


chuddle
Pack the vans and send your Children Ministry team to The Huddle, a Wesleyan children ministry worker training event.  One-day, affordable event for your entire children’s worker team. Sunday school teachers, nursery workers, VBS helpers,  children church leaders and volunteers experience the excitement and energy of discovering practical, new ideas they can use NOW from a team of passionate and dedicated workers.  Get ready for a time of growth, renewal, and fun! Join us at a location near you.

NB Children’s Ministry Huddle – April 12- Journey Wesleyan Church, Fredericton NB ­
9am – 3pm ($25/person-4 or more $100)

NS Children’s Ministry Huddle – May 24 ­ New Hope Wesleyan Church, Kentville NS
9am –12:30 pm ($20/person-5 or more $100)

Register your team for either Huddle at linda.lamos@kingsvalley.ca


whc
An open invitation to an evening of delicious food and celebration as we hear how God is working and blessing World Hope Canada’s work in Swaziland.

Special guest speaker: Mrs. Thabsile Thwala, Director of The Fortress Ministry and Children’s Home, in Manzini, Swaziland.

Friday April 4th, 6:00pm, (dinner served at 6:30pm), Wesley Hall, Kingswood University.

An offering will be gratefully received to support the ministries of World Hope Canada.

Seating is limited. Call 1-877-482-1499 or e-mail tami@worldhope.ca to reserve your seat.

We are the People of God committed to the Purpose of God believing in the Promises of God and relying on the Power of God.

Hillside Rally Unite was a blast! Over 100 students attended. They participated in workshops that taught a variety of skills and served the local communities of Cole Harbour, Dartmouth and Halifax. – Michael Fearnley, Pastor of Student Ministries.

Office renos are ongoing and this week will see the temporary activity and connection  restrictions I mentioned last week.  Bell Aliant will be on site today to work on phone and internet lines and I expect limited connectivity will result. Carpet installation is also expected early in the week – so we will be a bit off balance this week. Thanks for your patience. Cell phones, email and twitter will be up and running.

Charles Bain and Tim Long resigned at Havelock, NS yesterday effective at Beulah time. They both have served with excellence during this season and I deeply appreciate their willingness to serve Christ and the church for this conference year.

Our GS Dr. Lyon was recently in Japan for the Annual Conference there. Our own Robin White was in attendance along with other missionaries, complete with their chopsticks. The Wesleyan Church has a long and strong shared ministry with Immanuel General Mission in Japan.

I chaired a Local Church Conference in Moncton yesterday convened for the purpose of voting on Lead Pastor Tim Guptill who is completing his initial two-year term there. The church gave him a strong extended call which he accepted.

Fredericton Crosspoint gave a strong extended call to their Lead Pastor Mark Brewer who is also completing his initial term in the Lead Pastor role. They voted following the morning services yesterday and Pastor Mark accepted their call.

Church Income Management Systems have a link that provides access to a free demo donor management program that may be of interest to pastors/treasurers. Check it out at easychurchsoftware.com.

sticky

I attended the Sticky Faith seminar at KU last week that was led by Matt Deprez, a KU alum and Wesleyan staff pastor in Michigan. It was excellent material well presented. Check out the Kingswood website for the  Sticky Faith Seminar Recordings.

THOT: An optimist sees an opportunity in every problem; a pessimist sees a problem in every opportunity.  – Winston Churchill

ON SECOND THOT: Don’t tell me the sky’s the limit when there are footprints on the moon. – Paul Brandt

upcomingevents


Save the Date – April 1 and 2 at Kingswood. Rev. Steve DeNeff and Dr. Lenny Lucetti will be leading a “Festival on Preaching.” This two-day event will feature seminars from them and several other preaching experts. Additionally, several Emerging Young Preachers will receive personal coaching to help develop their homiletical skills. For more information and to register see the Kingswood website.


alphajump

Moncton will be hosting an Alpha Jump Start for the pastors and key leaders from churches considering launching Alpha or who have already had Alpha in their fellowship. Great info in a condensed time frame with affordable cost. Check it out on the alpa Canada website.


chuddle
Pack the vans and send your Children Ministry team to The Huddle, a Wesleyan children ministry worker training event.  One-day, affordable event for your entire children’s worker team. Sunday school teachers, nursery workers, VBS helpers,  children church leaders and volunteers experience the excitement and energy of discovering practical, new ideas they can use NOW from a team of passionate and dedicated workers.  Get ready for a time of growth, renewal, and fun! Join us at a location near you.

NB Children’s Ministry Huddle – April 12- Journey Wesleyan Church, Fredericton NB ­
9am – 3pm ($25/person-4 or more $100)

NS Children’s Ministry Huddle – May 24 ­ New Hope Wesleyan Church, Kentville NS
9am –12:30 pm ($20/person-5 or more $100)

Register your team for either Huddle at linda.lamos@kingsvalley.ca

SPECIAL NOTE: We are in the midst of an office renovation that will provide us with a board/conference room for the first time. A part of this project includes re-carpeting of the office suite, which will be completed the end of this week or the first of next.  This will require the moving of all furniture and equipment which will result in limited office function for a couple of days. 

While laptops and cell phones will be up and going, the office phones, computer and printer will be down or intermittent at best for a day or two. Thanks in advance for your patience and understanding.

Five babies were dedicated by Pastor Nick Graham at Maple Ridge last Sunday. This is a great testimony to new life on the Ridge both physical and spiritual. Congrats. 

It’s Monday Again (IMA) was opened last month by people in nine different countries. Onward and upward.

It was announced in Yarmouth yesterday that their LBA is unanimously recommending John Symonds as Lead Pastor for a two-year term with a membership vote to be taken later this month. Yarmouth is in a growth season and this is a very positive step by their leaders.

ukraine

We all agonize over the deep struggle in Ukraine and what that may all mean on the broader world scene. World Hope Canada (WHC) has long-standing ministry in the country located in and near Odessa. Kerry and Carole Allison have served there with distinction for several years and the Country Director for WHC has visited Beulah in the past. Please hold this vital ministry up in prayer.

Lent began last week – March 5th and concludes on April 15th. While Lent observation and focus is not part of our historic practise, the concept of self-sacrifice/self-denial has deep Biblical significance. Are you considering some form of self-denial leading up to the great sacrifice we will celebrate over Easter?

Amherst has a mission team en route to Haiti and what better launch could there be than corporate prayer from the home team. The number of mission teams from our district is expanding and I could not be more pleased. We will celebrate Great Commission ministry thrust at Beulah 2014 – don’t miss it.

Gloria and I were at KVEast yesterday morning. Great to be in the first “one church in two locations” ministry of our district. Congrats to Pastor Brent and his crew. Yesterday morning set a new attendance record at KVEast – 193. Deep Water is now also a two-site church and Hillside is looking at a second location as I mentioned in last week’s IMA. This trend will expand going forward – keep tuned.

Yesterday we were privileged to share in a buffet dinner at Chateau de Champlain in Saint John. It was great to see Jack and Charlene MacKenzie and Art Ingersoll who are residents there. Walter and Margo Perry hosted us and we also saw John McElhinney and others who were guests for dinner.

upcomingevents


sticky
The Atlantic District is partnering with Kingswood University to provide three one day seminars entitled  “Sticky Faith” This FULLER INSTITUTE seminar focuses on contributing factors that affect young adults faith retention.

What can we do as churches to be intentional about creating a community that will help our teens to “weather the attacks” on their faith once they leave our ministries?

Presenter: Matt DePrez
Time: 8:30 – 4pm
Where: Monday Mar 10 – Woodstock Wesleyan Church – Woodstock
Wednesday Mar 12 – Kingswood University – Sussex
Thursday Mar 13 – Cornerstone Wesleyan – Hammonds Plains

All are welcome!

Contact the district office or admissions@kingswood.edu if you plan to attend.


Save the Date – April 1 and 2 at Kingswood. Rev. Steve DeNeff and Dr. Lenny Lucetti will be leading a “Festival on Preaching.” This two-day event will feature seminars from them and several other preaching experts.  Additionally, several Emerging Young Preachers will receive personal coaching to help develop their homiletical skills. Details to follow.


alphajump

Moncton will be hosting an Alpha Jump Start for the pastors and key leaders from churches considering launching Alpha or who have already had Alpha in their fellowship. Great info in a condensed time frame with affordable cost. Check it out on the alpa Canada website.


THOT: How strange must the Lenten language of “self-denial, self-sacrifice” sound to a culture steeped in self-esteem, self-fulfilment and self-help.  – Leonard Sweet

ON SECOND THOT: Diminish the authority of God’s Word and before long sin, repentance, and hell get replaced with self-help, self-love and self-acceptance.  – Mark Driscoll

The first day of spring is later this month. It’s not here yet, but it is coming! Keep calm and carry on.

News Notes from last week:

  • Received word that David LeRoy has been approved for a stem cell transplant procedure. Great news! The procedure will occur later this spring, quite likely in April.
  • Met with Moncton LBA on Monday night. They unanimously recommended an extended call for Lead Pastor Tim Guptill.
  • Sussex LBA interviewed a pastoral candidate on Thursday – more word soon.
  • Deep Water interviewed a pastoral candidate on Monday – more word soon.
  • Met with Yarmouth LBA on Saturday afternoon to discuss pastoral matters going forward – more word soon.
  • Truro team home safely from missions trip to Nicaragua.
  • Crosspoint team left for mission trip in Haiti.
  • Fredericton Journey team left for mission trip in Dominican Republic.
  • Pastor Bud Fancy underwent successful surgery in Portland.
  • Dartmouth Hillside is considering acquiring the Forest Hills United Church which is closing and  which would provide amazing opportunities for broadened ministry.
  • Met with Advisory Committee in Havelock, NS on Saturday evening and considered future pastoral arrangements – more word soon.
  • It’s Monday Again continues on the grow.  More new subscribers in February than any other month.
  • Met with Corbett LBA on Friday evening as a follow up to our Maximizing Impact weekend earlier in February. Strong buy-in of the plan. Exciting possibilities. Onward and upward!
  • Shared in District Board of Ministerial Development (DBMD) meetings in Sussex on Tuesday and Wednesday. Interviewed candidates for two days with more interviews to follow this month in Woodstock and Hammonds Plains. The tribe is growing in both numbers and quality. Stoked!
  • More praise items on hand with pics but space is gone for this week. Check back on next IMA. God is on the move in our tribe – onward and upward.

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The Discipline of The Wesleyan Church is the essential handbook every pastor and church leader should own. Now, thanks to a generous grant from Wesleyan Investment Foundation, you may download a complimentary, enhanced PDF version of the 2012 Discipline, by clicking this link.

As a result of a recent generous gift, Crosspoint has refurbished their Fellowship Hall and their Children’s Ministry area. Excellent improvements.

THOT: Brian Dodd On Leadership

Do you want to be a great leader? Therefore, the following are The A-to-Z’s Of Great Leadership.  Enjoy!

The A-to-Z’s Of Great Leadership: 26 Things Leaders Must Know

upcomingevents


sticky
The Atlantic District is partnering with Kingswood University to provide three one day seminars entitled  “Sticky Faith” This FULLER INSTITUTE seminar focuses on contributing factors that affect young adults faith retention.

What can we do as churches to be intentional about creating a community that will help our teens to “weather the attacks” on their faith once they leave our ministries?

Presenter: Matt DePrez
Time: 8:30 – 4pm
Where: Monday Mar 10 – Woodstock Wesleyan Church – Woodstock
Wednesday Mar 12 – Kingswood University – Sussex
Thursday Mar 13 – Cornerstone Wesleyan – Hammonds Plains

All are welcome!

Contact the district office or admissions@kingswood.edu if you plan to attend.


Save the Date – April 1 and 2 at Kingswood. Rev. Steve DeNeff and Dr. Lenny Lucetti will be leading a “Festival on Preaching.” This two-day event will feature seminars from them and several other preaching experts.  Additionally, several Emerging Young Preachers will receive personal coaching to help develop their homiletical skills. Details to follow.


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Pack the vans and send your Children Ministry team to The Huddle, a Wesleyan children ministry worker training event.  One-day, affordable event for your entire children’s worker team. Sunday school teachers, nursery workers, VBS helpers,  children church leaders and volunteers experience the excitement and energy of discovering practical, new ideas they can use NOW from a team of passionate and dedicated workers.  Get ready for a time of growth, renewal, and fun! Join us at a location near you.

NB Children’s Ministry Huddle – April 12- Journey Wesleyan Church, Fredericton NB ­
9am – 3pm ($25/person-4 or more $100)

NS Children’s Ministry Huddle – May 24 ­ New Hope Wesleyan Church, Kentville NS
9am –12:30 pm ($20/person-5 or more $100)

Register your team for either Huddle at linda.lamos@kingsvalley.ca

Special-Announcement

The response to last week’s announcement concerning my nomination to serve as your DS for the coming term has been over-the-top and both surprising and humbling. Within 48 hours, I received, by actual count, over 100 contacts – emails, personal visits, tweets, text messages and phone calls – offering congratulations and amazing affirmation.  I was overwhelmed by the volume and nature of the responses and felt unworthy and grateful for the support all at the same time. Your amazing response deepens my resolve to serve you to the absolute best of my capability. But not alone.

With the support of the GS and our DBA, we will be recommending to the district conference that the Assistant District Superintendent position become a full-time appointment. The district conference would create the position and the DBA would fill it based on my recommendation as DS.

In positive anticipation of this action and with GS and DBA support, I have asked Rev. Peter Moore to accept this position and he has agreed – PTL! I cannot express to you how positive this development is for our district and for the Kingdom. Peter and I worked closely together here on the district in times past and for 5 years he served with great skill as Director of Operations at Global Partners during my tenure as General Director.

This development gives a new thrust and powerful dynamic to our moving onward and upward! Like a teenager waiting for months to pass so they will be able to get a drivers license, I can hardly wait for summer to arrive and the ministry future that will follow.  And now a word from Peter..


Ellen joins me in expressing how honoured we feel regarding our potential return to the Atlantic District pending action by the District Conference this July.  My subsequent acceptance of Dr. HC’s offer to serve as your Assistant District Superintendent will open the door for us to return home with our three girls (Mallory – 16, Julia – 13, & Shorey – 7) after serving the International Wesleyan Church through Global Partners for the past seven years.  After watching our family grow in faith and friendship in the heartland of this great country, we find ourselves on the verge of coming back home with a deep sense of peace in God’s timing and direction.  Home, as they say, is where the heart is – and while our daughters identify deeply with the Hoosier midwest, our hearts as parents have never strayed far from our Canadian roots and family.  Serving once again alongside Dr. HC & Gloria provides an unexpected blessing for our family and we look forward to sharing in the very best days of God’s plan for the Atlantic District with each of you in the years ahead.

With His hope,
Peter
moorep@wesleyan.org


Last Saturday, Dr David Smith from KU taught at a men’s breakfast at the university attended by more than 50 men. These men represented several denominations and a number of our area churches. Extremely positive response and more similar events to follow.

Great week last week as I met with local leaders in a number of churches where the pastoral arrangement is up for review or where there is a pastoral transition. Lots of kilometres but what excellent people to work with for the sake of the Kingdom.

Along the way, I also broke bread (or drank coffee) with John Symonds, Charles and Ruby Bain, Ben Medal, Mel Norton, Steve Sinclair, Andrew Maves and David and Laura Zigler and their charming daughters.

Sussex - unanimous vote to interview a potential candidate this week.

Digby - unanimous renewal of Andrew Maves extended call.

Crosspoint - unanimous recommendation that Mark Brewer be given an extended call.

Coastal - unanimous recommendation that David Zigler be given an extended call.

Deep Water - unanimous vote to interview a potential candidate this week.

Yesterday I was privileged to install Jamin Melanson as the new pastor in Fort Fairfield. It has taken him some time to obtain US Immigration clearance, hence the out-of-pattern timing of his installation. We also shared communion together and had a meeting of the Advisory Committee.  There is a sense of new life at the Fort – PTL.

Moncton held an Alpha Weekend over the last few days. A solid program that builds both disciples and faith communities. Have you had Alpha in your church yet?

IMA hit another new record for number of opens the week of Feb 10th. Since New Years, 47 new readers have subscribed.

DBMD (District Board of Ministerial Development) will be interviewing ministerial students and ordination candidates on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week at KU. Prayer requested for this vital task.

THOT: What we don’t need in this world is more politics, spirituality, morality, or religion. We don’t need more sinners trying to act like a saviour. We need a Saviour.  – Mark Driscoll

ON SECOND THOT: Everyone who follows Jesus biblically will fish for men globally.  – David  Platt

129aTo the great people of the Atlantic District of the Wesleyan Church, thank you for your prayers and passion concerning  the future of the Wesleyan Church and the Kingdom of God even beyond the borders of the Atlantic District. You have been steady through this journey of leadership transition in the past year. You continue to faithfully support Dave and Joanne Leroy in their journey of faith and healing and we are all grateful.

It has been my privilege to work with the excellent District Board of Administration you elected to guide the District at every level. The past several months I have had the privilege to meet with the DBA several times. This past Wednesday was the day we interviewed candidates for the District Superintendent position. It was a good day and one in which we sought God’s guidance at every phase of the discussion.

I am happy to announce to you that at the end of the day a unanimous decision was reached to extend to Dr. H.C. Wilson the nomination as the District Superintendent of the Atlantic District for a 4 year term. We believe God is doing a “new thing” in all the leaders and that there is a “new day” for the Atlantic District.

We started the day with the words from the Psalmist: “O Lord, grant us success. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.“ (Psalm 116:25-26)

We saw God work and look forward to the future.

Blessings -
Jo Anne Lyon


drwilsonGreetings!  As I sincerely stated in the DBA meeting, I am honoured and humbled by your unanimous ballot vote to nominate me forward to the District Conference for a four-year term. Thank you for that vote of confidence – deeply appreciated.

After prayer and seeking counsel from those I truly trust, I enthusiastically accept your nomination and look forward to a ministry season unparalleled in the life of our district. I recognize that election does not take place until July and I am already chomping at the bit and will need to guard against appearing presumptuous. Truly looking forward to the future – onward and upward.

As we discussed, a change in district structure and personnel is a track we are all excited to travel together. I will have a truly amazing piece of info to share with you soon and seek your affirming response. A couple of conversations must precede this, but keep watching. Onward and upward.

It is a great privilege to be asked to serve in one’s home district. I can hardly wait…

He is risen!

HC


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So what now you may wonder. A few thoughts:

Be watching next week for the very positive announcement mentioned in my note above. Don’t miss it.

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Be in prayer during these months leading up to District Conference and Camp as we consider how Made New will be far more than a denominational slogan in the life of our district.

Our reality is a bit unique. I now serve you as Interim DS and at the same time, have been nominated to become DS upon District Conference election. To move forward with plans and future ministry trajectory seems a bit presumptuous prior to being formally elected. On the other hand, to only deal with routine matters and not seize these months between now and District Conference to dream, plan, pray and embrace future possibilities seems irresponsible. Pray for wisdom. I deeply need His help and your understanding.

Did I mention there will be a significant announcement in the next It’s Monday Again?

Questions/comments/observations are welcome. Please feel free to be in contact at any time.

Watch for next week’s announcement.

A renovation project is underway at the District office that will provide us with a board/conference room.  One of our tenants vacated their office suite and we have taken over a portion of that space and it is being converted. Having our own board/committee/small group space will be a very positive addition to our office and provide meeting flexibility and convenience we have not had previously. The work should be completed by early in March.

The following note applies only to Canadians:

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The 2014 Federal Budget was introduced in Parliament yesterday, and it contained a number of new measures that will impact charities. Many of these developments are welcome, including proposed funding for infrastructure to allow charities to electronically file their annual information returns for the first time, and more flexible rules surrounding the tax treatment of charitable gifts made by will.

For CCCC’s detailed analysis of these and other new provisions proposed in the budget, click here.

I met yesterday by Skype with the Leadership Team at Deep Water as we move forward with the first pastoral search in their brief history. Great unity and synergy in the group. We had two earlier meetings snowed out…

I sent the following tweet on Tuesday of last week, “Excellent board meeting in Maple Ridge tonight. Strong support for Pastors Nick and Mike. Very proud of great attitude of board members.”

Jacob Ebbett is turning 30 and his wife Nikki is hosting a “surprise” birthday party for him this coming Saturday the 22nd from 2-4 at the Havelock Memorial Hall – best wishes only. Greetings to Jake can be sent to nikkiebbett@gmail.com

Kingswood University will be holding an Apologetics Conference on February 21 at 7 p.m. & February 22 from 9 a.m. to noon in Wesley Hall. World renown theologian, Dr. Craig Evans, plus two of his colleagues, from Acadia Divinity College, will discuss Did Jesus Believe He was Divine? by Dr. Craig Evans, The Burial and Resurrection of Jesus: Myth or History? by Mr. Greg Monette, and Response to New Atheism by Dr. Anna Robbins. There is no charge for this event and everyone is welcome. For further details, please refer to an email that was sent out earlier or call Mrs. Eileen Gavel at 506.432.4429.

Last night I met with the LBA at Sussex Wesleyan. It was a productive meeting discussing the future leadership possibilities and direction of the church.

THOT: The Hudson Bay Company newsletter issued in February 1924 outlined the eight commandments of salesmanship:

  • Being agreeable
  • Knowing your goods
  • Not arguing
  • Making things plain
  • Telling the truth
  • Being dependable
  • Remembering names and faces
  • Thinking of success

Great list for our tribe. Amazingly valid 90 years after first appearing. Onward and upward!