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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 

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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


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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

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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

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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)


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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hillside15s

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

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

Resignation Season is in Bloom!

Previously

This week

Dr. Stephen Lennox is the unanimous choice of the Kingswood Presidential Search Committee as the next President of Kingswood. The Board of Trustees will vote on the recommendation on March 27th. Read more about Dr. Lennox on the Kingswood website.

He and his wife Eileen visited here this past week and Gloria and I were honoured to host them for dinner last Tuesday. We look with keen anticipation to the future of Kingswood as the university enters a new chapter of ministry. 

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This week both Peter and I were “roadrunning” as pastoral recalls, extended call reviews and related matters are under review during this season. Peter visited with Lower Hainesville LBA and Scott Lewis; Monticello LBA and Jason Rooney; Fort Fairfield LBA and Jamin Melanson; Easton LBA and Jason Coffman.

I was on a Southern NS swing and visited with Dale Robertson; Brazil Lake LBA and Amy Corey; David Hockley; Woods Harbour LBA and Rod Guptill; Yarmouth LBA and John Symonds and a pastoral installation for Brad Eisan at Ingomar yesterday morning. It is always a privilege to visit with the tribal leaders.

As just mentioned, I was in Ingomar yesterday morning to install the new pastor Brad Eisan and share in a potluck dinner. There were 40+ present in the service and many unsolicited positive comments came my way concerning the first few months of Brad’s service there.

I was honoured on Thursday to make remarks and represent our district at the home going  service for Pauline Fancy – a wonderful lady who fought a good fight, kept the faith, finished her course and has been promoted to glory. The legacy of Jack and Pauline continues through a daughter, son and grandson in pastoral ministry and a granddaughter serving as a missionary in Eastern Europe.

Cornerstone has embarked on a multi-tiered project that will use a combination of energy saving initiatives and solar energy production. This will result in a decreased reliance on fossil fuels, a reduced carbon footprint and a fifty percent savings in energy costs. If your church might be interested in this, Denn will gladly have a discussion with you.

Amy Corey, pastor at Brazil Lake is on a two-month medical leave of absence effective immediately. Thanks for remembering her and the church in prayer during these days.

THOT: “Weak data compromises decisions.” – Thom Rainer

ON SECOND THOT: “Do not dare not to dare.”  C.S. Lewis

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hillside15s

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

Resignations to date:

  • Gary Churchill – Solo Pastor at Miramichi
  • Raymond Fancy – Solo Pastor at Amherst 
  • Evan Oxner – Assistant Pastor at Perth-Andover

I was at Miramichi yesterday morning – a beautiful day-after-the-storm. Pastor Gary resigned last week and I met with their LBA following the service yesterday. They served a lovely turkey dinner for the LBA and spouses prior to the LBA meeting.

The tribe is increasing.

Madeline Stephens, daughter of Jon and Erin (Deep Water),  arrived on Saturday and Elisha Ebbett, son of Jacob and Nikki (Havelock, NB) arrived on Jan 28th. Congrats all round and PTL for safe arrival. 

A missions team from Moncton is now in Haiti. I am a strong supporter of short-term teams. Has your church been part of a missions team?  Have you? We have the privileged responsibility to make such a difference.

Winter is here to be sure. Three commercial snowblowers in front of Tim Hortons – what could be more Canadian than that? More snow coming tomorrow and Tuesday – this too shall pass. 

THOT: “We are practised in pleading inadequacy in order to avoid living at the best God calls us to.” – Eugene Peterson

ON SECOND THOT: “Hope is the power of being cheerful in circumstances we know to be desperate.” – G. K. Chesterton

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hillside15s

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.”

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A Day With Carey Nieuwhof – Friday – March 20th – Moncton – Amazing opportunity

Pastors – watch your email this week for full details. This is a ”make tracks not excuses” event.

NOTE: Elsie Kent’s funeral will take place today – Monday – at 3 PM at River Valley Wesleyan. There will be visitation from 1-3 and a reception following the service. 

Kentville New Hope presented $2200 to the Aldershot Elementary School to assist in the costs related to their breakfast program.  Another great example of community connection.

Nelson Koonce (Blacks Harbour) and Tim Long (Digby) whose wives are sisters recently lost their father-in-law Mr Clifford Bunker. His funeral was in Tiddville, NS.

Charles Bain’s mother Ruth, a life-long Wesleyan, recently passed away and the funeral was in Wood’s Harbour, NS. Our sympathy is extended to these families in their loss. 

Our own Jamin Melanson, Pastor at Fort Fairfield, has published his first book entitled Ninjateers: Rise of a New Enemy, a science fiction novel with Christian principles highlighted throughout. To order a copy, click on the following link:

http://www.lulu.com/shop/jamin-melanson/ninjateers-rise-of-a-new-enemy/paperback/product-21976739.html

You can also look up his authors page on FB under “Jamin Melanson”.

I was in Presque Isle this weekend to speak in their two services, conduct Pastor Bud’s extended call review with the LBA, share dinner on Saturday evening with the staff pastors and lunch yesterday with Bud and Irene. The extended call was unanimously renewed and accepted.  Attendance at the two services – Saturday evening and Sunday morning was 618.

A camp caretakers works never done! This week, the small cottage on our newly acquired Heartland property was moved on one of the beautiful winter days.

Peter was at New Hope in Kentville on Saturday and Sunday. His primary focus was to assist them in the further development of the churches’ mission program and thrust. While there, he picked up a great quote from Pastor Scott’s message yesterday, “Anger is inescapable. The question is not if you will experience it but how you will express it.”

Maple Ridge unveiled their vision for 2015 this morning – great stuff. Go Nick and Mike!

THOT: “This weekend I’m preaching with a Bible inflated to 12 1/2 pounds to make it easier to grasp.” – John Ortberg

ON SECOND THOT: “There are two ways to get enough: one is to accumulate more. The other is to desire less.” – G. K. Chesterton

upcomingevents


supersunday

Check out this website for info on a unique and exciting Sunday designed especially for Men at Journey Wesleyan Church.  The day will feature a special sermon in the morning service delivered by Pastor Matt Maxwell on issues men face; then at noon we will have a great chili lunch followed by an afternoon of workshops dealing with the Biblical basis for Christian Manhood; this will also involve some funs stuff/competitions.  Then a great tailgate party followed by the Super Bowl on the Big Screen supported by an incredible sound system….just as good as being in the stadium!

We invite you to share this with every man you know; if you attend another church we want you to go to your own church in the morning then join us at noon for the rest of an exciting day!  All that for $10 per person! 


hillside15s

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.”