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We were all saddened this week by the cowardly murder of two Canadian soldiers – one run down with a car and the other shot while standing post at the Memorial to the Unknown Soldier.  And then there was the hatchet attack on the four NYPD officers. All of these events would have long seemed impossible. As the world changes at a startling pace, I am greatly heartened by the rock-solid truth that we serve a Master who is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow.  

I am pleased to announce that the 2014 District Journal is now posted on our district website. Due to changes in our DBMD and Camp Board structures and personnel, it has taken a bit longer to complete the Journal – thanks for your patience. The silhouette picture of Gannet Rock is as Atlantic as it gets! Picture was taken by my son Troy when we had opportunity to visit Gannet together this summer courtesy of Capt. Peter Wilcox

Ken Banks will be leading a missions trip to Nicaragua in February.  This is a church construction team and there is room for a few more people to sign up. If you or someone you know is interested in further info, please contact Ken at pastor93@ns.sympatico.ca. He needs to hear from you soon due to air travel reservation time lines. This is one of the GP Atlantic trips for this church year. 

The Seal Cove church has recently designated former pastor Gene Hudson as Pastor Emeritus. He presently serves the church through seniors visitation. Congratulations Gene. 

Fredericton Crosspoint had 75 kids at CP_Kids last Tuesday – onward and upward.

Grand Harbour Central had 24 youth present last week up from 6 a year ago. New youth pastor Caleb Richardson is “gettin it done” – congrats.

I was honoured to be at Deep Water over the weekend for the installation of Jon Stephens as Lead Pastor. The installation was conducted at both the Saturday evening gathering at North Street and Sunday at Park Lane.  Great joy to welcome Jon and Erin.

Presque Isle recently held a Christmas with a Purpose sale of items produced by indigents and people escaping bondage and raised over $7000. The money goes back to the country of origin to aid those who produced the items. Well done.

Jasper Rideout has been placed on a 60 day leave-of-absence through the remainder of 2014. 

This unanimous action of the LBA was taken last week in a meeting where I was present. This is being done so that serious matters of a personal nature may be addressed. Thanks to Charles Bain, Bruce Cheney, Perry and David Ingersoll who have agreed to supply the pulpit at North Head through the end of December. 

Peter and I also met with the LBA at Ingomar yesterday as we continue to work on pastoral recruitment for the church there. I am optimistic that we will have an satisfactory resolution to the matter very soon. 

THOT: “There is the tendency to place ourselves and our ambitions at the centre of our lives. This is very human, but it is not Christian.” – Pope Francis

ON SECOND THOUGHT: ‘Christians are not so much in danger when they are persecuted as when they are admired.” – Charles H. Spurgeon

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President Mark Gorveatte resigned at the Board of Trustees meeting last week with an effective date of June 30, 2015.  A Search Committee has been established and prayers are sincerely requested for the Gorveatte’s as they seek the Master’s will for their next ministry season and for Kingswood as a new leader is selected. President Gorveatte has served with passion and Kingdom focus and will leave the institution better than he found it – a reality that should define every leader. 

Dave Rowe, staff pastor at Houlton, underwent surgery last week for a blown achilles tendon.  The surgery was successful and a long recuperation period is before him. 

Truro Central Nova raised $1135 last week for the Ebola crisis. Well done.

September set a new record for the total number of viewers to It’s Monday Again. It is great that we are staying connected – it is a proven community builder.

Four young men from Kingswood were at Nackawic yesterday, including a student from there, and represented the university very effectively. 

The Upon This Rock vision team experienced a well-planned tour of the rapid expansion in the greater St. John’s area.  The harvest is plentiful in communities such as Paradise and Southlands.  The District approved vision of Stuart Marples and Solid Rock Wesleyan to launch three new satellite locations in the next five years is perfectly timed as a season of explosive growth continues in the areas surrounding Mount Pearl. The team interacted with the Satellite Team of Solid Rock and enjoyed a powerful time of prayer in the Southlands Community Centre (a possible site) with several of the core leaders of the church.  The opportunity to reach lost people and regain lost ground for the church on The Rock has never been greater.

The sign that is being held above Graham Perry’s head in the pic says that their dream is to be in It’s Monday Again :).

There was a District Board of Ministerial Development (DBMD) leader training day held at Kingswood last week and hosted by HQ staff. Our district was represented by Dale MacDonald, DBMD Chair and Greg Hansen, DBMD Secretary. 

Mandate – the mens event at Crosspoint – was held over the weekend. Great reports – more than 80 men in attendance – and a date already set for October 16-17 next year. It is great to see the strong focus on men’s ministry in a number of our churches this fall. Onward and upward. 

Fort Fairfield received three new members yesterday and baptized seven – amazing. Attendance more than doubled from a year ago. PTL. 

Gloria was discharged from hospital lastThursday. There is much ground to be gained and significant treatment decisions still to be made. Thanks for your ongoing prayers and concern.  

October – Pastor Appreciation Month – a reminder if needed.

November – Family Violence Awareness Month – resource emails coming to pastors.

Zone Ministers Meetings coming up in a few weeks – pastors/staff pastors attendance expected – other ministers welcome. More detail by email. 

THOT: “Life is too short to worry about stupid things. Pray. Trust God. Enjoy life. Don’t let the little things get you down.” – Nicky Gumble

ON SECOND THOT: “God used the megachurch to reach Korea and the house church to reach China. Models should be held loosely and Christ held tightly.” – Ed Stetzer

 

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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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Today is Canadian Thanksgiving and there is much for which to give thanks. The district office is closed today for the holiday and will reopen tomorrow – Tuesday. Happy Thanksgiving! Our American friends  – you will have your opportunity in just a few weeks. 

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October is Pastor Appreciation month.  I know that many churches have already expressed appreciation in a variety of ways. Just a reminder that if your church has not done so as yet, this is a great opportunity to let your pastor know that he/she is loved and the ministry provided is truly appreciated. 

Pastors Rod Guptill, Gary Churchill  and Bill Lea along within the crew above are in Cuba on a short term missions trip.  We are so honoured to partner with the growing work in Cuba and our prayers are with the team.  Have you signed up for a short term mission trip this year?  If not, visit www.GPAtlantic.ca and click on Short Team Trips – this may be your time.

Leota Stairs, wife of Rev. Arnold Stairs passed away last week and her funeral was held on Friday.  I was honoured to bring brief remarks on behalf of our district and to gratefully acknowledge her life time of service to the Master.  Our sympathy is expressed again to Arnold, Reid, Nadine, their spouses and families. 

Would you trust your kids to this trio?  I certainly would! Excellent planning session for the growing ministry of Caton’s Island was held last week. Caton’s has expanding influence for the Cause and I thank God for these three – Ben Canney, Dean Stephenson and Peter Moore who are planning, praying and preparing for the continued  growth and spiritual impact of Caton’s. 

I met with the LBA at Bangor River City last week to respond to their application for consideration as a Maximizing Impact (MI) church. The meeting went very well and our consultation team will be there for a weekend in November. Our two MI churches for this fall are Truro Central Nova and Bangor River City. There are other applications on file and two of those will be selected for the spring of 2015.

On the trip to River City, I also had opportunity to briefly visit with AJ and Kelly Thomas and their boys, to see the home where they are living and take AJ to dinner; share breakfast with Matt Maxwell; meet with Nancy Nason-Clark (more word later) and have lunch with Mark Brewer. It is always great to be out and about with the tribe. 

Gloria continues her stay in the hospital and the above sign is about 2 meters from her bed. No, she has not been renamed Rachael – but due to space management issues, she is in the obstetrics unit. Thanks for your cards, contacts and prayers during these days. 

I attended church in Moncton yesterday. Very timely and on point word from Pastor Mike Tapper, who joined the staff there this summer.  Great to have the Tappers back on our district. 

Fredericton Journey held a Men Gone Wild event last weekend with some 75 men in attendance. They were challenged by a special guest who is an outdoors expert; took part in outdoor activities and of course, enjoyed some wild meat. 

Zone Ministers Meetings coming up in a few weeks – pastors/staff pastors attendance expected – other ministers welcome. More detail by email. 

One of us was unpacking stuff in the office and one was going to a funeral….Truly blessed to have Peter as an integral part of our district leadership team.

A good read this week:

The seven warnings on social media usage:

  1. Consider anything you say on social media to be permanent.
  2. You can be misunderstood often on social media.
  3. Emoticons are not sufficient to soften what you have posted.
  4. Attacks on other people’s character or positions are considered cowardly by many.
  5. Too many Christian leaders are posting on social media in the heat of emotional moments.
  6. Churches and other Christian organizations are checking social media of Christian leaders.
  7. The non-Christian world is watching Christians attack each other on social media.

THOT: “We are told to let our light shine, and if it does, we won’t need to tell anybody it does. Lighthouses don’t fire cannons to call attention to their shining- they just shine.” – Dwight L Moody

ON SECOND THOT: “I have had more trouble with myself than with any other man.” – Dwight L Moody

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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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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!  

And the Master is at work among us. Onward and Upward is more than a slogan. We celebrate every new victory; every hill claimed for the Cause; every convert; every baptism; every new initiative in ministry. 

PTL  points – so much praise is due to the Master: 

  • 2 baptized at Sydney; 2 baptized at River Valley; 4 baptized at Moncton – new life!
  • Hammond Plains Cornerstone averaged over 300 last month, the first month ever to do so other than December (Christmas).
  • Presque Isle held an anointed men’s prayer summit in Jackman, ME over the weekend with more than 80 men present – the most ever.
  • KV held their first Saturday evening service over the weekend. There are now four weekend services at KV and KVEast. They also hosted Harvest – a women’s convention with more than 230 ladies registered. 
  • Nick Graham is home from the hospital – home and at church yesterday morning –  and while there are still hurdles ahead, we are all thankful that he is back on the Ridge. 
  • Dartmouth Hillside became one church in multiple locations yesterday with the launching of a second service held in their newly-acquired Parkway facility.
  • 7 new folk at Alpha in Truro last week.
  • New Hope Valley in Kentville held a Men’s Rally over the weekend with LD Buckingham as speaker.  
  • Yesterday, Dianne Hutchinson received and accepted a call to pastor Norfolk Wesleyan Church in Norfolk, NY, a church in the Eastern New York New England District. Congrats Dianne.
  • Nackawic celebrated their 125th anniversary over the weekend. There were 153 present for a concert on Saturday evening that was held off-site to accommodate the crowd. Just under 100 were present for the service yesterday morning – a totally full house. 
  • I was in church yesterday as Moncton held a Back to Church Sunday that for this week only combined their two services into one and included a baptism, a surprise visit during the worship segment from One8Tea (very cool) and a clear presentation of the gospel by Pastor Tim after which at least 10 people stood to testify to new faith in Christ. The morning concluded with a wide array of after service activities. Great crowd!

Fredericton Crosspoint has a great crew that volunteers to serve at the Fredericton Community Kitchen.  We follow a Master who spoke about giving a cup of cold water….Always great to see community missions at work. 

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A special edition bulletin on Church Boards is available online from the CCCC which I suggest pastors and board leaders check out. While it comes from the Canadian Council of Christian Charities, the principles are not bound by geographic borders. 

Pastors, be watching for a World Hope Canada video coming in November.

A highly energized Encounter 2014 unpacked at Kingswood over the weekend. The many ingredients including Clint Dupin as speaker, great worship, an illusionist and on and on. Twitter was blowing up with positive words. A chapel full of youth from across our district and beyond came to taste and see what the Kingswood experience offers. Without doubt, many of these youth will be Kingswood alums in the future. 

Gloria continues to be in hospital and may well be facing back surgery this week. Thanks for all of the email, tweets, cards and visits – appreciated. The missionary payroll through The Wesleyan Church of Canada was due last week, so on a day she was feeling fairly well, we temporarily converted her hospital bed into the TWCC office – the work must go on :)

THOT: “If all you do is sing and speak on Sunday, it will become harder and harder to gather a crowd.” – Carey Nieuwhof

ON SECOND THOT: “Jesus died to take away your sins, not your brains.” – Mark Wilson from Purple Fish. 

A FINAL THOT: “Life is so short. Grudges are a waste of time. Laugh when you can, apologize when you should, and trust God with what you cannot change.” – Nicky Gumble

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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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John Maxwell was in Moncton last week for a morning session with more than 6000 high school students that was held in the Coliseum. In the afternoon, along with Olympic gold medalist Heather Moyse from PEI, he spoke to a nearly full house at the Moncton church. Several members of our tribe were present for a quintessential Maxwell presentation. The afternoon audience was a real community cross section that included people from the business, government, media, industry, educational and religious sectors. The Premier was also present and brought greetings. There was a brief back stage type opportunity following the session that was exclusively focused toward the ministers and church leaders present. Peter and I were both present and glad for the opportunity to rub shoulders with several of you.

AJ Thomas presented his plan for the relaunch of Bangor Pathway to the LBA there last week. The plan is comprehensive and, while still in draft stage, is focused on the outcome of a healthy, growing, sustainable community of faith with Great Commission impact. The LBA approved the plan – Onward and Upward!

Fort Fairfield held a Game Plan Sunday with 40 in attendance – 18 months ago they were on the verge of closure. Pastor Jamin Melanson presented a “Game Plan” and there was a significant time of anointing and prayer in the service. 

Yarmouth had 440 in attendance – up 50 from last year – as they reintroduced a second service.

Fredericton Journey also reintroduced a second Sunday service but in the evening rather than the more common model of multi services in the morning. The combined attendance for the day was 548. 

Fredericton Corbett and Crosspoint held a combined youth launch service with 85 students in attendance.

Peter was at Nackawic yesterday morning for their annual “well walk” service. The impact of Nackawic on African villages were they have helped drill several years across the last decade has given them positive Kingdom impact out of proportion to their size – well done!

KV had 101 middle schoolers show up for laser tag night on Friday night. On Saturday they held a Community Freecycle at Exhibition Park complete with BBQ, face painting, bouncy rides, etc and where all items were offered free to the general public. Onward and upward.

Time is slipping by. Kathy Shanks, our District Coach for Bible Bowl would love to hear from you. She is hoping ot have two teams in our district studying the book of Acts. Grades 6-8 qualify. Please contact Kathy straight away if interested – 1-506-238-1346.

Bangor River City and a number of other local churches along with the city were a part of A Day of Hope on Saturday that saw some 6000 people attend. The Day offered free groceries, winter coats, haircuts, manicures, help with resume writing, live music and health and dental screening. Great example of partnering with churches and the city to touch the community. 

Sackville Crossroads baptized two people yesterday in spite of the rain and then capped the day with a fellowship meal. New life!

Carey Nieuwhof’s 5 Ways to Make Criticism Sting Less

  1. Don’t Respond for 24 Hours.  Just Don’t.
  2. Ask yourself: Is there any truth in this?
  3. Own What You Can.
  4. Reply Relationally.
  5. Discard the Crud

THOT: “Our anxiety does not empty tomorrow of its sorrows, but only empties today of its strengths.” – Charles H. Spurgeon

ON SECOND THOT: “By perseverance the ant reached the ark.” – Charles H. Spurgeon

THIRD AND FINALLY: “Every Christian is either a missionary or an impostor.”  – Charles H. Spurgeon

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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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What a great two days! Sixteen new Solo/Lead/Staff pastors from across the district were together this week for New Pastor Orientation. Five were solo/lead pastors and the remaining eleven were staff pastors. We toured Caton’s, stayed at Beulah and, in addition to a myriad of Atlantic details, shared together concerning trust, truth, tenacity, teamwork and the high privilege we have of serving together for the sake of the Cause. Jedie Elliott shared a devotional and Brent Ingersoll was a special guest. Peter and I were honoured to interface with such quality servants of the God most high. Onward and upward!

I was pleased to be in Buctouche yesterday morning where I spoke at the Irving Chapel and Mark and Sherry Gorveatte led worship. It is always a privilege to be at the chapel for a service each year. 

Nackawic had a baptism yesterday – in the Saint John River no less.

Congrats to Mike and Kate Agrell on the safe arrival of their daughter Julia. She made her debut on Fredericton last week and mum, dad and daughter are all doing well. To quote Mike “Julia is one pretty little ball of wrinkles.”

Nick Graham continues to battle health issues and is presently hospitalized in Fredericton. Peter and I visited him there on Saturday and we continue to pray for him, Beth and the girls. We also were present for a board meeting at Maple Ridge that morning and heard very encouraging reports on the life of the church and their strong support for both Pastors Nick and Mike. There were 35 youth present for the first youth meeting of the fall held last week.

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Del Heiney, Youth Pastor at KV, as our new District Youth President. Appreciation is expressed to Scott Rhyno who has been serving in this capacity and we look forward with keen anticipation to the youth work on the district under Del’s leadership. 

A major repair job is underway on the Beulah wharf with the replacement of the several piers on the wharf.  Built in 1934 and 1935, the piers were badly deteriorated and posed a safety issue and as well as having become quite unattractive. The project should be completed this month.

As mentioned last week, KV held their revivekv2014 last weekend. Their total attendance for the weekend was circa 1700 and they baptized 19 in the evening service in Kings Square – PTL!

Yesterday was Vision Sunday at Crosspoint; Launch Day at Truro and a packed house day at Kentville New Hope – as the fall growth season moves into full swing.  Onward and upward. 

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There are great short-term mission trip opportunities available over the next few months. Check this link for details. Short-term mission trips change your worldview and should be a part of every believers experience. Check it out.

THOT: “Once in 7 years I burn all of my sermons. It is a shame if I cannot write better sermons than 7 years ago.” – John Wesley

ON SECOND THOT: “God grant that I may never live to be useless.” – John Wesley

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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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New Minister Orientation will take place this week at Beulah. There are 15 new tribal members who will be with us.  Looking forward to this crucial time together.  Watch for pics next week.

Hammonds Plains Cornerstone now has a total of 70 staff and volunteers in their children’s ministry. Ten years ago, 70 was their total average attendance.  Onward and upward!

I was in Truro for an LBA meeting on Friday evening to interact with them concerning them becoming a Maximizing Impact church. Excellent meeting and we will be proceeding with a MI Weekend in November with the Atlantic MI Team of Peter Moore, L D Buckingham, A J Plaizier and yours truly. Anticipating this journey. 

Hillside is doing some renos on their newly acquired facility and have 10 light fixtures available should a church be interested. If so, please contact Pastor Jay at jay@hillsidewesleyan.com.

Hillside also had a booth at Cole Harbour Harvest Festival and discovered that many people really like apple crisp. Community connection. 

Upon This Rock – (UTR), our church planting thrust to Newfoundland will soon be hosting a Vision Tour to the Rock. Remember Peter Moore and those going with him in prayer as we stretch to be a district of Kingdom impact.

Kings Valley held a BBQ, service and baptism at King’s Square in Saint John last evening – talk about outside the box. This was the capstone on revivekv2014. In total four services yesterday – 2 at the valley campus, one at KVEast and the finale at King’s Square. 

Yesterday morning Gloria and I were in Havelock for the installation service for their new pastor Shawn Craven. A very good crowd present and a great potluck followed. We welcome Shawn, Michelle and their family back to the Atlantic tribe. When presented to the crowd, they received a sustained standing O.

Last evening I met with the congregation at Port Maitland as we work together to define next steps for the church. My dad pastored there when I was just a child and I have an emotional connection to be sure. Port Maitland is facing the common dilemma of churches in small declining communities that are looking back to days when the church was larger and the community more dynamic. 

Excellent graphic for the new fall series at Moncton – ComeBack – where they also had a baptism yesterday; Deep Water launched a new fall at the North Street facility on Saturday with a great crowd. Sun AM they unveiled life size lego people in their Upstream kids ministry and there was powerful anointing on the adult service;  God Encounters series begins at Corbett; a new part time youth pastor announced at Havelock, NS; Encounter from Kingswood at Bristol Trinity; three new families at Truro as a result of VBS; impromptu healing service at Fredericton Journey and one lady inviting Christ into her heart; three baptized at Bangor River City – the tribe is alive and well and the twitter feed is working. Great beginning to the fall – onward and upward!

Sussex warmly welcomed Kingswood students yesterday and even had  “A Taste of Home” gift pacs for them – “intentionally welcoming and blessing KU students”, as one faculty member put it. 

THOT: “Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.” – Abraham Lincoln

ON SECOND THOT: “Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm.” – Abraham Lincoln

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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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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

upcomingevents

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


harvest


mandate


engage

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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advent14

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

wbb

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.

prayer

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

upcomingevents


harvest


mandate


gethering350


 

advent14