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Last week IMA contained a range of Easter 2015 stats. There is so much praise due to the Master and commendation to so many pastors that seized the opportunity to make the most significant day in the Christian calendar a time of outreach and special programming. I am pleased now to have all reports in and to share the overall final totals:

  • Conversions – 88
  • Baptisms – 34
  • Baby dedications – 3
  • Attendance – 17,548 

 

Our DBMD now has three groups that meet in three regions – North, Central and South – to conduct the annual interviews with our ministerial students and licensed ministers. The last of those meetings, the South group, was held this week in Crossroads Wesleyan in Lower Sackville. We interviewed 15 candidates and the Executive Committee conducted ordination interviews with Sharon Guptill – Dartmouth Hillside; Jerry Wurnig – Halifax Deep Water; and Tim Long – Digby.  The Central and North interviews were conducted earlier.  The future is bright and promising. 

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  • Amy Corey resigned yesterday at Brazil Lake after serving as pastor there for six years
  • Tony Stevens interviewed last week at Easton and will be candidating there the first Sunday in May.
  • Hammonds Plains Cornerstone took a special 20th Anniversary offering for church planting. They received $5000 which will be divided equally between our district and the denomination in support of church planting. Great idea. Appreciated.
  • Fredericton Corbett Ave added a Saturday evening service last week for an eight-week trial and their three weekend services had 339 in attendance – a record for a “regular” weekend. They have hired Matt Fahringer, a 2014 KU grad, as their new Student Ministry Pastor.
  • Judy Adams has been appointed part-time Protestant Chaplain at the Nova Institution for Women.
  • Halifax Deep Water held a baptism yesterday in their Park Lane service.
  • The Buckingham Leadership Institute held its annual banquet on Friday evening at Kingswood University. I was pleased to be present along with a room full of people from a wide variety of faith communities. Inspiring.
  • Perth-Andover cancelled services yesterday due to flooding risk from an ice jam in the Saint John River. 
  • Gloria and I worshipped at Browns Flat yesterday. The signs of spring are still largely in hiding but beginning to poke their noses out around the camp ground – Beulah Camp 2015 is only three months away. See YOU there.

 

Bangor Pathway is relocating on May 3rd to Jeff’s Catering. This is a forward step in the relaunch of Pathway and we celebrate this new and spacious facility. Onward and upward.

While in Nova Scotia for DBMD meetings last week, three of us dropped in at Hillside’s Parkway campus. The church provides a free Mac ‘n Cheese lunch to students from Cole Harbour High School and we happened to be present on one of the days when lunch was being served. We not only enjoyed seeing the students but sampled the product! Great to see these students pouring through the doors of the church. 

THOT: “Don’t break the silence unless you can improve on it.” – Our Daily Bread.

ON SECOND THOT: “The most important persuasion tool you have in your entire arsenal is integrity.” – Zig Ziglar

upcomingevents


April 14, 9 am until Noon
Guest Speaker: Dr. Laurel Buckingham

Topics:
1.Leadership Requirements to connect with today’s culture.
2. Culturally relevant methods to reach the lost

To Register contact Pastor Dwayne Broad (506) 273-6562


alive

ALIVE is a Women’s Conference Simulcast from Nashville, TN, that will be part of Journey’s Women’s Conference. It includes Powerful Preaching and Live Worship. Ladies, you don’t want to miss it!

Friday, April 24th and Saturday, April 25th

Church Locations and Registration:
Hillside Wesleyan (Dartmouth, NS)
– Houlton Wesleyan (Houlton, ME)


Join for an evening of food and celebration as we rejoice in all that God has done though World Hope Canada.

Friday April 24 at 6:00 PM
Wesley Hall – Kingswood University

Seating is limited please call (877) 482-1499 or email  tami@worldhope.ca by April 15 to reserver your spot.


Rally in the Valley is coming up May 1-2!  With hundreds of students from Atlantic Canada and Maine, incredible worship, and the best speakers and bands around, this event will make a big difference in the lives of your youth.  This year’s speaker is Dave Kinnan, from Rapid City, SD.  Worship will be lead by KV Worship, and we have special guests Manafest and Sky Terminal joining us for a great concert.  Combine this with local missions projects, laser tag, and more, and you are guaranteed to have a great weekend.  Check your mail for the RitV promotional pack, go to rallyinthevalley.ca, and register today!


Children’s Ministry Grand Manan Huddle

May 22 (travel to GM), May 23 Central Wesleyan  from 9 AM to noon

$10 per person. For more info or to register contact Kinda Lamos at linda.lamos@kingsvalley.ca

Gloria and I flew into Halifax on Saturday evening from our cruise vacation last week.  Great few days of R&R and glad to be back on task for the Kingdom. Thanks for understanding that It’s Monday Again is a bit abbreviated this week.

Yesterday I was honoured to represent the tribe and bring greetings/remarks at the 20th anniversary of Cornerstone Wesleyan in Hammonds Plains. Denn and Angela Guptill planted the church 20 years ago and Denn continues to serve as Lead Pastor. A congregation of 360 were present in their two services to celebrate the past and look to the future. All three levels of government were represented – Municipal, Provincial and Federal – and commended Denn and Cornerstone for their positive presence in the community. Denn’s message was passionate and on point. Karen Wickwire, who was present on the opening service in 1995 and continues to be very involved in the ministry of the church, was honoured for her consistent and faithful service. Great day. Congrats and PTL!

Easter 2015 Atlantic District Overview

At the instruction of our General Superintendent, we collected data from Easter weekend 2015 in the following categories:

Weekend attendance – the grand total of attendance at any/all Easter weekend events in the church.

Primary Service attendance – the total attendance at primary services which would be Sunday AM in most cases but would also include Sat PM services where such are held.

Conversions and baptisms numbers are as reported by the churches. 

Overall totals will appear next week and there could be minor adjustments in the following as we are still waiting on numbers from just a few stragglers:).

Summary Notes:

  1. Eighty one made professions of faith.
  2. Thirty three were baptized.
  3. Two babies were dedicated.
  4. Two churches reported weekend attendance exceeding 1500.
  5. Seven churches reported weekend attendance exceeding 500.
  6. Eleven churches reported weekend attendance exceeding 400.
  7. Fourteen churches reported weekend attendance exceeding 300.
  8. Fifteen churches reported weekend attendance exceeding 200.
  9. Thirty three churches reported weekend attendance exceeding 100.
  10. Circa 95% of our churches reported weekend attendance that exceeded last year’s average attendance.
  11. A great Kingdom impact weekend. Onward and upward.

Special Note:

Our pastor at Lower Hainesville, Scott Lewis, is bi-vocational as he supports his family and pastors this small rural congregation. The following is an excerpt from a recent email from Scott:

Dr. Wilson,

I have been out of work for over three weeks and unable to find any income. Would you be willing to make mention in Monday Again that I am seeking employment to supplement my income. Location isn’t an issue, can be anywhere from Sussex to Fredericton or Saint John. My cellphone is 471-9914 and my email is lrhnsvlwes@hotmail.ca

Thank you for your kind consideration.

Scott Lewis

THOT: “There was no defeat in his heart.” – comment on Winston Churchill during the dark days of World War II by a British General.

ON SECOND THOT: “No one makes a greater mistake than someone who did nothing because they could only do a little.” – Edmund Burke

upcomingevents


April 14, 9 am until Noon
Guest Speaker: Dr. Laurel Buckingham

Topics:
1.Leadership Requirements to connect with today’s culture.
2. Culturally relevant methods to reach the lost

To Register contact Pastor Dwayne Broad (506) 273-6562


alive

ALIVE is a Women’s Conference Simulcast from Nashville, TN, that will be part of Journey’s Women’s Conference. It includes Powerful Preaching and Live Worship. Ladies, you don’t want to miss it!

Friday, April 24th and Saturday, April 25th

Church Locations and Registration:
Journey Wesleyan (Fredericton, NB)
Hillside Wesleyan (Dartmouth, NS)
– Houlton Wesleyan (Houlton, ME)


Join for an evening of food and celebration as we rejoice in all that God has done though World Hope Canada.

Guest Speaker: Anne Medders
Friday April 24 at 6:00 PM
Wesley Hall – Kingswood University

Seating is limited please call (877) 482-1499 or email  tami@worldhope.ca by April 15 to reserver your spot.


Rally in the Valley is coming up May 1-2!  With hundreds of students from Atlantic Canada and Maine, incredible worship, and the best speakers and bands around, this event will make a big difference in the lives of your youth.  This year’s speaker is Dave Kinnan, from Rapid City, SD.  Worship will be lead by KV Worship, and we have special guests Manafest and Sky Terminal joining us for a great concert.  Combine this with local missions projects, laser tag, and more, and you are guaranteed to have a great weekend.  Check your mail for the RitV promotional pack, go to rallyinthevalley.ca, and register today!


Children’s Ministry Grand Manan Huddle

May 22 (travel to GM), May 23 Central Wesleyan  from 9 AM to noon

$10 per person. For more info or to register contact Kinda Lamos at linda.lamos@kingsvalley.ca

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“He is not here.  He is risen, just as He said.”

Beulah 2015 is just three months away. Don’t miss it. Dr. Wayne Schmidt and Rev. Mark Wilson along with mystery preachers from our tribe will be bringing the Word. The Rhynos will lead worship; a dedication and open house of Heartland will be a highlight; Evening on the Blvd is always tops; weekday program specials for all ages will have appeal; the new President of Kingswood will be preaching; special Jesus Film guest; meet newly appointed missionaries; more specials to be announced. Don’t miss it.

 Congrats to Seth and Lee Ann Fancy who welcomed Eden Grace on March 30.  All are doing well and first-time grandparents Bud and Irene are proud as peacocks as they say.

The news of spring continues…..

  • Head of Millstream gave a unanimous recall to pastor Vince Robertson and he has accepted.
  • Bill Lea is candidating at Port Maitland on April 12.
  • Amherst extended an initial call to Evan Oxner yesterday and he has accepted.
  • Bristol extended an initial call to Ben Medel yesterday and he has accepted.
  • Corbett Ave had 303 present last Sunday and will be launching a third service – this one on Saturday night – for an eight-week trial. They also baptized 12 yesterday.
  • Maple Ridge had 190 present yesterday and baptized 3 converts. 
  • Lower Hainesville had 21 hardy souls who were in attendance for a Easter sunrise service yesterday on Crabbe Mtn where the temperature was -17. 
  • Great Easter reports coming in – conversions, baptisms, baby dedication, record attendances, the Master at work, the Kingdom advancing.
  • More Easter details next week…….

The youth group from Moncton led by Pastor of Youth and Young Adult Ministries Andrew Donovan are in New York City on a missions trip. These experiences are of high impact as youth develop their worldview and seek to find their place in Kingdom service.

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The first Alpha group at Woodstock was launched last Sunday evening. A great group in attendance for what is continuing to prove to be an excellent vehicle for spiritual growth and development. Do you have Alpha at your church?

Deep Water Church – North Street was packed for part one of  “The Death and Resurrection of God” Easter series this past Friday.

Sussex Wesleyan hosted a town wide Good Friday service. Great turnout and Dr. Leo Gallant preached.

Moncton Wesleyan Church held an Easter Bunny Blast on Saturday. 2400 people attended and 1900 were served breakfast. This event included face painting, bouncy castles and 40,000 Easter eggs! The real story of Easter was powerfully shared.

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Gloria and I left on Friday for a brief break and will return to the district on April 11th. While I will check email once per day for emergency/vital communication, routine matters will accumulate in my inbox. Both Peter and Karrilee will be available and will be pleased to respond to any inquiry – ptmoore@atlanticdistrict.com,@PTMooreATL  or karrilee@atlanticdistrict.com

THOT: “Today I’m thinking about Judas and the mystery of evil and free will. He was by the side of Jesus and still he chose to betray. Stay alert! “ Fr James Mallon

ON SECOND THOT: “A man who was completely innocent, offered himself as a sacrifice for the good of others, including his enemies, and became the ransom of the world. It was a perfect act.” – Mahatma Gandhi

upcomingevents


April 14, 9 am until Noon
Guest Speaker: Dr. Laurel Buckingham

Topics:
1.Leadership Requirements to connect with today’s culture.
2. Culturally relevant methods to reach the lost

To Register contact Pastor Dwayne Broad (506) 273-6562


alive

ALIVE is a Women’s Conference Simulcast from Nashville, TN, that will be part of Journey’s Women’s Conference. It includes Powerful Preaching and Live Worship. Ladies, you don’t want to miss it!

Friday, April 24th and Saturday, April 25th

Church Locations and Registration:
Journey Wesleyan (Fredericton, NB)
Hillside Wesleyan (Dartmouth, NS)
– Houlton Wesleyan (Houlton, ME)


Join for an evening of food and celebration as we rejoice in all that God has done though World Hope Canada.

Guest Speaker: Anne Medders
Friday April 24 at 6:00 PM
Wesley Hall – Kingswood University

Seating is limited please call (877) 482-1499 or email  tami@worldhope.ca by April 15 to reserver your spot.


Rally in the Valley is coming up May 1-2!  With hundreds of students from Atlantic Canada and Maine, incredible worship, and the best speakers and bands around, this event will make a big difference in the lives of your youth.  This year’s speaker is Dave Kinnan, from Rapid City, SD.  Worship will be lead by KV Worship, and we have special guests Manafest and Sky Terminal joining us for a great concert.  Combine this with local missions projects, laser tag, and more, and you are guaranteed to have a great weekend.  Check your mail for the RitV promotional pack, go to rallyinthevalley.ca, and register today!


Children’s Ministry Grand Manan Huddle

May 22 (travel to GM), May 23 Central Wesleyan  from 9 AM to noon

$10 per person. For more info or to register contact Kinda Lamos at linda.lamos@kingsvalley.ca

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I am very pleased to report the unanimous election of Dr Stephen Lennox to the office of President of Kingswood University.  Dr Lennox, an ordained Wesleyan minister, holds the PhD degree from Drew University and pastored Wesleyan churches for 10 years prior to serving on the faculty of Indiana Wesleyan University for more than 20 years.  Dr Lennox will assume his duties at Kingswood this summer.  He and his wife Eileen, a nurse practitioner, have two children and two grandchildren. We enthusiastically welcome them to Kingswood!

During this season of pastoral transitions, we have posted a News and Notes section for several weeks – here is this weeks info…..

  • North Head extended a call to Steve Bradley last week and he has accepted. Welcome back!
  • Stefan Gilbert has been offered and has accepted the Assistant Pastor position at Hammonds Plains Cornerstone. 
  • Liz Stewart concluded her service as a staff pastor at Kentville New Hope last week. 
  • Miramichi extended a unanimous call to David Green yesterday and he has accepted.  Welcome! 
  • The LBA at Perth-Andover renewed the extended call of Pastor Reg Thomas at an LBA meeting yesterday and he has accepted. 
  • Havelock, NB extended a unanimous call to Glen McVicar yesterday and he has accepted. 
  • Ben Medel candidated at Bristol Trinity yesterday and Evan Oxner at Amherst. Very positive reports from the vice chairs in both churches. 
  • Blacks Harbour and Port Maitland are both in the interview stage of the search process. 
  • Kings Valley hit a new all-time high regular Sunday attendance yesterday of 1199 – congrats – onward and upward.

 

Pete Benson conducted a Financial Freedom seminar at Kings Valley on Wednesday evening.  Excellent crowd present to hear this practical and helpful teaching. He was also in Woodstock on Thursday evening. Looking forward to spring ’16 and a day with Pete for our pastors – more word to follow. 

The Maximizing Impact Weekend at Woodstock two weeks ago was interrupted by a snow storm – I know that’s hard to believe :). Peter and I returned there yesterday to share our report with the pastor and his wife, and subsequently with the Sunday AM congregation. We are so thankful for this solid  church with a forward ministry focus.

This is the fifth church on our district to be a part of Maximizing Impact – Fredericton Corbett, Bangor River City, Truro, Woods Harbour and Woodstock. We have received very positive feedback from all of these visits. Dartmouth Hillside is scheduled for this fall. There will be an opportunity at District Conference for other churches to sign up. 

PASTORS NOTE: 

Just a reminder that the GS has instructed us to submit Easter attendance totals to her office soon after Easter Sunday.  Please submit these numbers by Tuesday, April 7 to ptmoore@atlanticdistrict.com. Thanks in advance for being prompt.  Appreciated.

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Gloria and I will be leaving later this week for a brief break and will return to the district on April 11th. While I will check email once per day for emergency/vital communication, routine matters will accumulate in my inbox. Both Peter and Karrilee will be available and will be pleased to respond to any inquiry – ptmoore@atlanticdistrict.com,@PTMooreATL  or karrilee@atlanticdistrict.com.

THOT:

“I am not limited to a certain location. Point Blank, I’m open. Not concerned with where I live, what I live in, or what I am doing….as long as I am serving the Lord to my full capacity.”  – from a minister in our tribe seeking an appointment – sounds like the New Testament to me – impressive!

ON SECOND THOT:  “We have to be continually reminded of what we believe.” – C. S. Lewis 

upcomingevents


April 14, 9 am until Noon
Guest Speaker: Dr. Laurel Buckingham

Topics:
1.Leadership Requirements to connect with today’s culture.
2. Culturally relevant methods to reach the lost

To Register contact Pastor Dwayne Broad (506) 273-6562


alive

ALIVE is a Women’s Conference Simulcast from Nashville, TN, that will be part of Journey’s Women’s Conference. It includes Powerful Preaching and Live Worship. Ladies, you don’t want to miss it!

Friday, April 24th and Saturday, April 25th

Church Locations and Registration:
Journey Wesleyan (Fredericton, NB)
Hillside Wesleyan (Dartmouth, NS)
– Houlton Wesleyan (Houlton, ME)


Join for an evening of food and celebration as we rejoice in all that God has done though World Hope Canada.

Guest Speaker: Anne Medders
Friday April 24 at 6:00 PM
Wesley Hall – Kingswood University

Seating is limited please call (877) 482-1499 or email  tami@worldhope.ca by April 15 to reserver your spot.


Rally in the Valley is coming up May 1-2!  With hundreds of students from Atlantic Canada and Maine, incredible worship, and the best speakers and bands around, this event will make a big difference in the lives of your youth.  This year’s speaker is Dave Kinnan, from Rapid City, SD.  Worship will be lead by KV Worship, and we have special guests Manafest and Sky Terminal joining us for a great concert.  Combine this with local missions projects, laser tag, and more, and you are guaranteed to have a great weekend.  Check your mail for the RitV promotional pack, go to rallyinthevalley.ca, and register today!

A Day with Carey was a super day. Over 135 of our tribe joined with some 70 others for a full and impacting day. Practical and pointed teaching in the four sessions during the day, with a special banquet in the evening as a classy wrap up to the day. Special thanks to Tim Guptill and the crew at Moncton Wesleyan for top class event hosting and to Gayla Guptill for preparing and organizing our banquet. Pumped.

Dr. Stephen Lennox and his wife Eileen will be at Kingswood later this week for his election to the office of President of the University. We are all greatly anticipating his arrival and anticipate a high water mark board meeting on Friday. 

  • Ben Medel will candidate in Bristol this coming Sunday.
  • Evan Oxner will candidate in Amherst this coming Sunday.
  • Grand Harbour gave a unanimous extended call to Steve Brown yesterday and he accepted.
  • Lower Brighton gave a unanimous initial call to Jacob Ebbett yesterday and he accepted.
  • Saint John First – sj1 – gave a near unanimous vote – 93-4 – to Seth Fancy yesterday and he accepted.
  • Woodstock received 21 new members yesterday – PTL!
  • The DBA met on Thursday and had a very productive meeting.

Peter and I were in Southern NS over the weekend and held meetings or made pastoral contact in Havelock, Port Maitland, Yarmouth, Woods Harbour, West Head and Kentville. I love spending time with the tribe!

We dropped in at Yarmouth on Sunday morning unannounced and unexpected. We truly enjoyed the service, the worship band and the pointed sermon on The Big C – Commitment. If I lived in Yarmouth, I’d go to church at YWC without doubt. 

Congrats to Tom and Jessica Cann on the safe arrival of Ruby Jean Kathleen who arrived on March 16th weighing in at 8.2. Baby, mum, dad and big sister are all well.

THOT: “Many of us are 5000 Bible verses overweight. We need to work it off.” – Carey Nieuwhof

ON SECOND THOT: “ An average leader will try to make people drink while great leaders make people thirsty.” – Brian Dodd

upcomingevents


April 14, 9 am until Noon
Guest Speaker: Dr. Laurel Buckingham

Topics:
1.Leadership Requirements to connect with today’s culture.
2. Culturally relevant methods to reach the lost

To Register contact Pastor Dwayne Broad (506) 273-6562


alive

ALIVE is a Women’s Conference Simulcast from Nashville, TN, that will be part of Journey’s Women’s Conference. It includes Powerful Preaching and Live Worship. Ladies, you don’t want to miss it!

Friday, April 24th and Saturday, April 25th

Church Locations and Registration:
Journey Wesleyan (Fredericton, NB)
Hillside Wesleyan (Dartmouth, NS)
– Houlton Wesleyan (Houlton, ME)


Join for an evening of food and celebration as we rejoice in all that Goad has done though World Hope Canada.

Guest Speaker: Anne Medders
Friday April 24 at 6:00 PM
Wesley Hall – Kingswood University

Seating is limited please call (877) 482-1499 or email  tami@worldhope.ca by April 15 to reserver your spot.


Rally in the Valley is coming up May 1-2!  With hundreds of students from Atlantic Canada and Maine, incredible worship, and the best speakers and bands around, this event will make a big difference in the lives of your youth.  This year’s speaker is Dave Kinnan, from Rapid City, SD.  Worship will be lead by KV Worship, and we have special guests Manafest and Sky Terminal joining us for a great concert.  Combine this with local missions projects, laser tag, and more, and you are guaranteed to have a great weekend.  Check your mail for the RitV promotional pack, go to rallyinthevalley.ca, and register today!

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“I’m ready to dropkick winter.” – Jon Stephens/Deep Water Church

Services were cancelled yesterday in at least 10 of our churches. Several – 6 or more – moved their service to Saturday evening since Sunday was going to “blizzard out.” Well done, since the act of corporate worship is far more important than the time/place where such worship takes place. 

This is the week. Will be a great day. See YOU on Friday with registration at 9 and opening session at 10. Moncton Wesleyan. Lots of friends from other tribes will join us for the day.  Remember – tracks not excuses. 

  • Andy Philips received and accepted a unanimous four-year recall at Jonesport.
  • David Wilcox received and accepted an extended call from the church in Hartland by an overwhelming majority overall vote of 82-1.
  • David Hockley has accepted the invitation from Woods Harbour to remain there for another year as Assistant Pastor.
  • AJ Guptill resigned his staff position at Crosspoint yesterday.
  • This coming Sunday the 22nd Steve Bradley will candidate at North Head; Glen McVicar at Havelock, NB; Jacob Ebbett at Lower Brighton and David Green at Miramichi.
  • Candidates have been and are being interviewed at Amherst, Blacks Harbour and Bristol.
  • Del Heiney, formerly the Youth Pastor at KV, has been appointed as KV’s first ever Executive Pastor.
  • Peter and I were in Easton last week and met with both the LBA and at a town hall type meeting with the congregation as we work through the pastoral transition there. Good spirit in the meeting and a strong desire to see the church move onward and upward. 

Bangor Pathway held their Relaunch Sunday yesterday. The good work of AJ and the Pathway crew in laying the groundwork for Pathway to become a church of impact in Bangor is celebrated. Onward and upward. 

Our Maximizing Impact team (Moore, Plaizier, Wilson) was at Woodstock Wesleyan on Friday and Saturday for an MI Weekend – our 5th church to date. Our Sunday wrap up was delayed due to the storm and we plan to be back in Woodstock the last Sunday of this month. Steve Elliott was a new addition to our team and did a great job in the Saturday training sessions.  As always, we shared an on-site pizza lunch on Saturday and the pic above includes the Lead Pastor, LBA vice-chair, the Treasurer and that other guy involved in MI discussion – what a crew!

THOT: “How radically new my life would be if I were willing to move beyond blaming to proclaiming the works of God in our midst.” – Henri Nouwen 

ON SECOND THOT: “It takes 20 years to build a reputation and 5 minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you’ll do things differently.” – Warren Buffett.

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The Atlantic District is pumped to have Carey Nieuwhof coming to Moncton. He will be with us on Friday, March 20th at Moncton Wesleyan and YOU are invited – don’t miss it!

To Register: www.atlanticdistrict.com/carey


alive

ALIVE is a Women’s Conference Simulcast from Nashville, TN, that will be part of Journey’s Women’s Conference. It includes Powerful Preaching and Live Worship. Ladies, you don’t want to miss it!

Friday, April 24th and Saturday, April 25th

Church Locations and Registration:
Journey Wesleyan (Fredericton, NB)
Hillside Wesleyan (Dartmouth, NS)
– Houlton Wesleyan (Houlton, ME)


Rally in the Valley is coming up May 1-2!  With hundreds of students from Atlantic Canada and Maine, incredible worship, and the best speakers and bands around, this event will make a big difference in the lives of your youth.  This year’s speaker is Dave Kinnan, from Rapid City, SD.  Worship will be lead by KV Worship, and we have special guests Manafest and Sky Terminal joining us for a great concert.  Combine this with local missions projects, laser tag, and more, and you are guaranteed to have a great weekend.  Check your mail for the RitV promotional pack, go to rallyinthevalley.ca, and register today!

A DAY WITH CAREY is next week – Friday the 20th.  Will be a great day. Pumped.

  • I chaired a meeting on Monday in which the LBA at Saint John First – sj1 – voted unanimously to recommend Seth Fancy to the congregation as their Lead Pastor.
  • Nackawic voted unanimously yesterday to approve the LBA recommendation to place Pastor Ryan Farrell on an extended call. 
  • I chaired a meeting of the LBA at Kentville New Hope yesterday in which they unanimously renewed the extended call of Lead Pastor Scott Prime.
  • Seal Cove voted last Sunday to recall Pastor Ward McComiskey for a two-year term.
  • Pastor Bill Lea resigned yesterday at West Head.
  • Pastor Jacob Ebbett resigned yesterday at Havelock, NB. 
  • Peter and Cathy Hayes recently were in Indianapolis for an initial interview with Global Partners as they explore the possibility of missionary service. 
  • Amherst and Blacks Harbour both interviewed potential pastoral candidates last week.

I was at Crossroads Wesleyan in Lower Sackville yesterday morning.  Pastor Michael Zottarelli resigned a few weeks ago and we considered possible options going forward for this small congregation.  No decisions made and the DBA will have the matter on the agenda for our spring meeting next week.

Special-Announcement

Congratulations to our own Mark Gorveatte who was elected District Superintendent of the Indiana Central District at a reconvened district conference held in Indianapolis last Saturday. Mark will assume his duties in late June. We wish him the Master’s very best in this new assignment. 

The mission team to Nicaragua that came from our churches in Truro and Blacks Harbour has returned home safely. The team to Haiti from Crosspoint is also back safe and sound. Have you been on a missions team trip?

THOT: “We are not diplomats but prophets, and our message is not a compromise but an ultimatum.”  – A. W. Tozer

ON SECOND THOT: “You can see God from anywhere if your mind is set to love and obey him.” – A. W. Tozer

upcomingevents


The Atlantic District is pumped to have Carey Nieuwhof coming to Moncton. He will be with us on Friday, March 20th at Moncton Wesleyan and YOU are invited – don’t miss it!

To Register: www.atlanticdistrict.com/carey


alive

ALIVE is a Women’s Conference Simulcast from Nashville, TN, that will be part of Journey’s Women’s Conference. It includes Powerful Preaching and Live Worship. Ladies, you don’t want to miss it!

Friday, April 24th and Saturday, April 25th

Church Locations and Registration:
Journey Wesleyan (Fredericton, NB)
Hillside Wesleyan (Dartmouth, NS)


Rally in the Valley is coming up May 1-2!  With hundreds of students from Atlantic Canada and Maine, incredible worship, and the best speakers and bands around, this event will make a big difference in the lives of your youth.  This year’s speaker is Dave Kinnan, from Rapid City, SD.  Worship will be lead by KV Worship, and we have special guests Manafest and Sky Terminal joining us for a great concert.  Combine this with local missions projects, laser tag, and more, and you are guaranteed to have a great weekend.  Check your mail for the RitV promotional pack, go to rallyinthevalley.ca, and register today!

Pastors, thanks for registering for A Day With Carey – March 20th. If you have not registered, why not? Check district web site. Make tracks not excuses.

News Notes:

  • Unanimous extended call given to Brent Ingersoll at Kings Valley.
  • I attended LBA meetings this week where unanimous renewal of extended calls were given to Wayne Robertson at Houlton and Rod Guptill at Woods Harbour
  • Crosspoint has a missions team in Haiti and Truro has a team in Nicaragua.
  • Graham Perry resigned yesterday at Bristol and has accepted the position of Outreach Pastor at Moncton.
  • Dale Robertson resigned at Port Maitland yesterday.
  • Glen McVicar resigned at Lower Brighton yesterday. 
  • Josiah Wilcox has accepted an Assistant Pastor position in Eastern New York New England District working with Juanita Brooks. 
  • Steve and Heather Bradley will be candidating at North Head on March 20-22. 
  • Our District Board of Ministerial Development (DBMD) interviewed 33 candidates this week at Kingswood, Crosspoint and Houlton. Great to be involved in the nurture and care of our prophets-in-process. 

Our Maximizing Impact Team was in Woods Harbour last weekend – Friday over Sunday. Peter Moore was unable to be with us due to the funeral of his grandmother and Denn Guptill agreed to be with our team and contributed at a high level.

We had an excellent time with the pastors, leaders, Saturday morning training time and Sunday morning worship. Positive interaction in our interviews both personal and group. The report was well received and optimism is stirring.

We were royally entertained as the pic above indicates. Sincere thanks to Rod and Joy for their top notch hospitality. 

MI next stop – Woodstock – March 13-15, 2015. 

The Hillside Rally was a success with over 100 students in attendance. Ministries/activities included services, seminars and community ministries (nursing home to garbage cleanup). Thanks to Mike Fearnley from Hillside for providing overall leadership to this event.  

THOT: “Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.” – Francis of Assisi

ON SECOND THOT: “Above all the grace and the gifts that Christ gives to his beloved is that of overcoming self.” – Francis of Assisi

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The Atlantic District is pumped to have Carey Nieuwhof coming to Moncton. He will be with us on Friday, March 20th at Moncton Wesleyan and YOU are invited – don’t miss it!

To Register: www.atlanticdistrict.com/carey


Rally in the Valley is coming up May 1-2!  With hundreds of students from Atlantic Canada and Maine, incredible worship, and the best speakers and bands around, this event will make a big difference in the lives of your youth.  This year’s speaker is Dave Kinnan, from Rapid City, SD.  Worship will be lead by KV Worship, and we have special guests Manafest and Sky Terminal joining us for a great concert.  Combine this with local missions projects, laser tag, and more, and you are guaranteed to have a great weekend.  Check your mail for the RitV promotional pack, go to rallyinthevalley.ca, and register today!

Beulah 2015 is only 4+ months away. Check the website for basic info with full schedule details to be posted soon. As we did last year, Friday evening will be given over to a concert of prayer that provides a foundation for the week to come. Saturday will offer a variety of activities and the camp meeting will officially launch on Sunday morning with the singing of Beulah Land. One of this year’s special one-time events will be a dedication and open house of the Heartland home and property. Looking for YOU at Beulah 2015. 

The snow attack on our neck-of-the-woods continued last week. The picture above was the view out our window at home earlier in the week. One of the biggest disadvantages we are dealing with is significant adjustments to district travel schedule during this very busy season in district life. This too shall pass…….great note from Maple Ridge yesterday morning…

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Our sincere sympathy is extended to Jocelyn and the extended family on the sudden passing earlier this week of Rob Guptill, a brother to Tim and Andrea. I was privileged to attend the funeral on Saturday in Fredericton – excellent crowd present. Jocelyn’s eulogy and Tim’s message were both tender, compassionate, laced with humour and high quality.  Rob was pastoring the Lakeville Corner Baptist Church at the time of his passing.

Bessie Moore, grandmother of our Assistant DS Peter Moore, passed to her eternal reward last week. At the time of preparing IMA, the funeral service full details were not available.

I spent two days on Grand Manan last week. I always deeply enjoy the opportunity to be there. This trip involved meetings with the LBA’s at North Head, Seal Cove and Grand Harbour.  Outcomes included:

  • David and Gen Ingersoll have been going to North Head on Thursday of each week and returning on Sunday since early January. This supply ministry is deeply appreciated and the LBA voted unanimously to ask them to continue this practice until Beulah time.  The Ingersolls have agreed and this very satisfactory temporary arrangement will remain in place for these months. 
  • The Grand Harbour LBA is unanimously recommending an extended call for Pastor Steve Brown.
  • Pastor Ward McComiskey is up for vote this year and with the support of the Seal Cove LBA, he will be available for continued service.
  • The North Head LBA has invited a candidate to come for a weekend visit to occur on Mar 20-22.
  • All three LBA’s voted to appoint a committee of nine persons (three from each church) to meet with me as we explore together how the Lord may lead us to see the ministry of The Wesleyan Church on Grand Manan have maximum impact. Exciting conversations ahead. 

News Notes:

  • Yesterday I was in Amherst and met with their LBA as we begin the first pastoral search process they have experienced in some 15 years
  • Crosspoint commissioned a short-term missions trip to Haiti yesterday. 
  • Aisha Davis resigned yesterday as Children’s Pastor at Fredericton Corbett Ave.
  • Peter Hayes resigned yesterday as Assistant Pastor at Fredericton Crosspoint
  • Jason Coffman reigned yesterday as Pastor at Easton
  • KV held a baptism weekend at both locations complete with a Baptism Party at Simmonds High School – 42 candidates – PTL for new life in Christ. 
  • Conversations/contact with several pastoral candidates last week as we prayerfully seek the Master’s direction in the vital process of pastoral selection for a number of churches on the district. 

THOT: “I am an old man and have known a great many troubles, but most of them never happened.” – Mark Twain

ON SECOND THOT: “A good leader takes a little more than their share of the blame and a little less than their share of the credit.”  – Good News

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Hillside Rally is just around the corner, so be sure to put down Feb 27-28 in your calendar for this event. Contact Michael Fearnley at michael@hillsidewesleyan.com for more info/questions.”


The Atlantic District is pumped to have Carey Nieuwhof coming to Moncton. He will be with us on Friday, March 20th at Moncton Wesleyan and YOU are invited – don’t miss it!

To Register: www.atlanticdistrict.com/carey


Rally in the Valley is coming up May 1-2!  With hundreds of students from Atlantic Canada and Maine, incredible worship, and the best speakers and bands around, this event will make a big difference in the lives of your youth.  This year’s speaker is Dave Kinnan, from Rapid City, SD.  Worship will be lead by KV Worship, and we have special guests Manafest and Sky Terminal joining us for a great concert.  Combine this with local missions projects, laser tag, and more, and you are guaranteed to have a great weekend.  Check your mail for the RitV promotional pack, go to rallyinthevalley.ca, and register today!

THE “REAL” VALENTINE

“St. Valentine was beaten, stoned, beheaded and buried on 14 Feb 269 AD for helping persecuted Christians and marrying Christian couples.” – Nicky Gumbel….and now you know the rest of the story.

Another snow bomb hit the district this weekend. Moncton had near-record snow fall and winds gusting to circa 100 KM.  Many of our district churches cancelled services yesterday, although at least 3 or 4 had their teaching/preaching available online during the blizzard. This too shall pass – be of good cheer – the first day of spring is only some 35 days away :)

Peter preached in Cairo yesterday and will be involved in leadership consultation and a ministers conference this week. He continues to serve as liaison with our Egypt field on behalf of Global Partners.  He is accompanied by his brother Bill on this Egypt trek.

Pastoral Update:

Extended calls have been reviewed and unanimously renewed at Presque Isle – Bud Fancy – and Woodstock – Dale MacDonald.

Extended calls have been recommended at Easton – Jason Coffman; Kings Valley – Brent Ingersoll and Nackawic – Ryan Farrell.  Votes scheduled soon.

District appointments have been renewed at Monticello – Jason Rooney and Fort Fairfield – Jamin Melanson. 

Our brothers and sisters in Mozambique are facing devastating circumstances due to flooding that is centered in two of the northern provinces. Their National Superintendent Rev. Graca Nhathelo, a man I know personally and greatly admire, reports “2685 houses and 23 churches destroyed and at least 58 of our church members unaccounted for. Gardens and farms are under water, people are beginning to go hungry, and many have no electricity. There is a great risk of cholera.”

Prayer and resources needed. Please give so that others may live. Pastors received the full transcript on the matter. Churches can receive your donation marked for Mozambique 2015. Please join Gloria and me in responding to this emergency. Thank you. 

I was honoured to chair a meeting this week in Ottawa as reps from the two Canadian districts worked diligently as the emerging Established National Conference of The Wesleyan Church of Canada continues to take shape. There will be a report, discussion, Q and A and a resolution to be considered at the two district conferences this summer. Onward and upward.

Last Monday we had the privilege of using our newly-acquired Heartland property for its first official function – a meeting and dinner (prepared by chef Trevor Fox) for the Beulah session of our Camp Board. The gift of this property is a truly outstanding addition to our ministry holdings.

This Easter, 20 Moncton Wesleyan Youth are headed to New York City for a week to minister with the New York School of Urban Mission at soup kitchens, food banks and in street ministry. Last Friday they held a dinner and auction themed “A Night in New York” in which attenders enjoyed a turkey dinner complete with world-class desserts followed by a auction. More than 150 items were auctioned and raised $13,000 to help fund the mission trip. Outstanding!

TROT:  “Everyone wants their church to grow…just not change.” – Carey Nieuwhof

ON SECOND THOT: “By the time kids are five I want them to know three things – God made me. God loves me. Jesus wants to be my friend forever.” – Carey Nieuwhof

AND A THIRD: “When you cast vision, focus twice as much on why you do what you do rather than what and how. Why unites, while what and how divide.” – Carey Nieuwhof

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Hillside Rally is just around the corner, so be sure to put down Feb 27-28 in your calendar for this event. Contact Michael Fearnley at michael@hillsidewesleyan.com for more info/questions.”


 

The Atlantic District is pumped to have Carey Nieuwhof coming to Moncton. He will be with us on Friday, March 20th at Moncton Wesleyan and YOU are invited – don’t miss it!

To Register: www.atlanticdistrict.com/carey