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Kingswood University held an outdoor chapel service last week on a beautiful early fall day. Autumn in the Maritimes is top class. Not to be missed. Not to be taken for granted. Enjoy His handiwork.

Sympathy is extended to:

Raymond Fancy, Pastor at Amherst,  on the death of his father last week. The funeral was held in Liverpool yesterday. Peter was present to represent our district.

Warren Burbury on the death of his wife Ingerlin who passed away last Sunday in Colorado. Our sympathy is extended to the entire family.  I appreciate Bill Burbury calling me with this word.

Our New Hope church in Kentville held a ladies retreat with the theme Diamonds and Roses this past weekend. Well done New Hope. 

Onward and Upward:

Brown Bag Lunch at Amherst.

Set A Fire weekend held at Corbett Ave with Brent Ingersoll, Scott Rhyno and Pastor AJ. 

L D Buckingham led a weekend healthy church ministry focus with Pastor Jason Coffman at Easton including a pastoral consultation, LBA meeting and Sunday preaching. 

Kings Valley is set to launch a Saturday evening service this week which will make their fourth weekend service.

Houlton held weekend youth blitz at Living Waters Bible Camp with staff assistance from Kingswood. Nearly 90 were present for this event under the leadership of Pastor Dave Rowe. 

220+ were present yesterday for the double celebration at Dartmouth Hillside – the 40th anniversary of the planting of the church – now Hillside Wesleyan Ritcey Campus – and the dedication of their recently-acquired second campus – Hillside Wesleyan Parkway Campus. Optimism and energy everywhere present. Beginning next Sunday, there will be a service in both locations. Both Peter and I pastored there back in the day and were honoured to be present for the celebration. Congrats to Lead Pastor Jay Guptill and his crew.

Doug Spearman was declared Employee of the Month at Long Creek Youth Development Center in Portland. This is the first time a Chaplain has every received this award.  Congrats Doug.

UTR – Upon This Rock – will very soon have an item on The Wesleyan Church website. We all have opportunity to read an early release of this item. Peter will be leading a Vision Tour to Newfoundland later this month as UTR continues to move forward – 3 new churches in 5 years.  

On a personal note: Gloria has been hospitalized since Tuesday evening due to debilitating, unrelenting pain in her lower back. An MRI has revealed a disc issue and she will be seen by an orthopaedic surgeon on Monday. Prayer is requested. 

THOT: “More people ask the Lord to lighten their burden than ask Him to strengthen their back.” – Quote from first service at Hillside, Sept 8, 1974.

ON SECOND THOT: “There is a wide open door for a great work here.” – Apostle Paul 

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October 3-4 for students in grade 8-12. Details on the Kingswood website.


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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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

More points of praise from the week:

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

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

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Major prayer and intercession requested for:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

DS August Sundays

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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