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Last week I represented our General Superintendent at the District Conferences in Iowa/Minnesota and Mountain Plains. In Iowa, I had the privilege of ordaining four candidates and in Colorado Springs I ordained seven. One of the seven is the wife of our own Jason Hurd. It is so encouraging to see these 11 sharp people answering His call to ministry. With some free time on Friday, I drove to the top of Pikes Peak – what awesome scenery on a beautiful clear day.  

Our church in Woodstock partnered with the Woodstock Baptist and Jacksonville Baptist churches in a joint VBS last week. Great reports from this cooperative venture that ministered to upwards of 200 children. Well done!

In spite of a shortened camp and three days without power that reduced the crowd early in the camp, Beulah 2014 offerings were over the top! The regular camp offerings topped $50,000 which may be the highest regular (non special project) offerings ever. Thanks to so many of you for this great affirmation of the Beulah experience. 

Charles Bain and Tim Long officiated at a baptism in Havelock, NS just before Beulah.  What a fitting conclusion to their positive year of transitional ministry there. The new pastor Shawn Craven will arrive in just a few days to assume his duties there.

On a recent Sunday, Amherst received 14 new members into the fellowship there. Congrats!

The George Canyon concert scheduled for the Beulah Tab this week is a ticketed event. The ticket fee is set by George and/or his sponsors and is not a Beulah fee. We do not receive any portion of the fee but anticipate that the concert will expose some new people to Beulah. The earlier cancelled concert would have been a free will offering arrangement since we would have had several hundred people on the grounds at that time as camp meeting was beginning. 

Canada Day rolled around while we were preparing  for Beulah2014.  The caravan above was in the spirit of the day and showed up outside the office. 

Overheard at Conference this week – attendance is an indicator of influence.

Peter is back at Global Partners completing his service there.  He will be in the district to begin his duties here in the first few days of August. He and Ellen have secured a home in Moncton. I am looking forward intently to our partnership together for the sake of the Cause on Atlantic. 

The Gathering registration is now available online. I completed my registration last week and received an email receipt confirming my registration. If you are a credentialed minister appointed to a local church, the district will cover your registration as earlier announced. You will need to register and then forward a copy of your registration receipt to our office and we will  reimburse you. This is only possible because of strong USF payment by our churches. 

Riverside has begun their youth and kids camps for this year. The kids above are greeting their parents at the close of the first camp last week. Ten kids invited Jesus to be their Saviour during the week. 

THOT: “The cross is bigger than your mistakes, bigger than your regrets, bigger than the secrets you hold. The cross stands above all.” – Nicky Gumbel

ON SECOND THOT: “To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead.” – Thomas Paine

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

Beulah 2014 is now history. It was a camp of stark contrasts from Hurricane Arthur and three days of no electrical power to a beautiful sunny and warm closing weekend.  A high degree of flexibility and positive attitude were everywhere evident amidst the rattle of generators, intermittent water supply and the “when the sun goes down, it’s dark” reality.

Significant items:

  1. A clear sense of the Master’s presence on the camp, especially in the deeply anointed service on Thursday morning. 
  2. Extremely positive response to the eight preachers from our district and to Rev Isaac Smith, our special speaker for the weekend.
  3. Ordination of three – Tom Cann, Jacob Ebbett and Scott Wood.
  4. Appointment of our first ever full-time Assistant District Superintendent, Rev. Peter Moore. So good to have Peter, Ellen and the girls back home in Atlantic. 
  5. VBS and Jr VBS with 150+ children and Youth program for circa 100 teens.
  6. Exciting baptism in the river the closing Sunday.
  7. The Church Has Left the Building – a community missions service that featured a truly amazing variety of ministries many of our churches have in their communities.
  8. Our closing rally that highlighted upcoming short-term mission teams; launched Upon This Rock which will see three churches planted in Newfoundland in five years; reported the Relaunch thrust of Bangor Pathway; unpacked the Maximizing Impact weekend at Corbett and the miracle of the little green house. We repeatedly declared that, “We are a community of welcome and witness. We embrace a message of grace and truth, hope and holy living.”
  9. Moving communion service and a special prayer time for healing, both on Sunday morning. 
  10. Election of HC Wilson to a four-year term as District Superintendent. 

NOTE: IMA will be back to the normal format next week.

THOT: “The most important thing in my life is Christ. He’s more important to me than winning or losing or whether I’m playing or not. Everything else is just a bonus.” -Tim Howard, USA World Cup soccer goalie.

ON SECOND THOT: “Look at how a single candle can both defy and define the darkness.” – Anne Frank

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catons


riverside


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

Beulah 2014 is a go! The storm has passed. Repairs are in process. Power is off. Water is mostly on. Inconveniences abound. Spirits are high. Flexibility prevails. Generators are hard at work. Memories are being made. Attitudes are positive. Dining Hall is open. Schedule continues. It’s an adventure. Camp Meeting 2014 is on!

Our speaker for the first few days did not arrive due to Arthur. We are featuring some of our own for the next few days – mystery preachers – come and hear. Hope to build during the week to a “powerful” conclusion next Sunday the 13th. Beulah 2014 is a go!

The E2WFestival, Canada’s Largest Christian Music Festival, was held in Shediac last weekend with headliners Newsboys and Third Day. Our tribe was represented on the stage and in support and serving roles as well as in the audience of course. Tim Guptill was privileged to pray with and minister to the performers back stage. Joel Wydysh wrapped it up well “E2W2014 ends for the year. Thank you Jesus for a great gathering of Your church in the Maritimes. Here’s to 2015.”

Rob MacCallum has accepted the call of our Kingston, Ontario church to become their lead pastor. We wish him, Val and the family the Master’s best in this new assignment and will truly miss them in our district.

Several good reports concerning VBS and its effectiveness in touching children with the gospel. Very good word this week from Fredericton JourneyKings Valley and Easton. More to come.

Congratulations to Shane and Natalie Grant on the safe arrival of Elise Renee. She arrived safe and sound last Wednesday weighing in at 9.6. Her dad is employed at Kingswood

Peter Moore has entered Twitter world. Give him a follow @PTMooreATL.

I was in Moncton yesterday morning to take part in conferring the honour of Pastor Emeritus on LD Buckingham as well as recognize the long-time service – more than 25 years each – of Joyce Gildart, Willie Brownlee and Peter Greer. The message from Pastor Lennett Anderson from Halifax was on point, powerfully delivered and of high impact. Great morning! 

Summer ministry in full swing at Crosspoint. Great family connections. Any church extends its reach for the Cause when it adds value to the worship experience and touches families and communities. 

Canadian Council of Christian Charities (CCCC) has posted a very helpful piece on their website - Developing a Short Term Missions Trip Policy for Your Church.  Any church sending short term teams will want to check this out. 

Deep Water said their farewells and best wishes to AJ, Kelly and the boys last week. They even had a cake decorated with the likeness of AJ’s Jeep – very cool. On to Pathway…..

Hats off to Gary Page for excellent work in building new posts for the main entrance at Beulah. The old ones badly needed replacing and the construction of new ones was no small undertaking – thanks Gary.

THOT: “Change is always awkward, but so was my first kiss – but that didn’t stop me from doing it.” – Keith Loy, Celebrate Church 

ON SECOND THOT: “You can trust Him even when you can’t trace Him.” – Lennett Anderson at Moncton Wesleyan yesterday morning. 

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Beulah 2014 is just round the proverbial corner. Ten Tips…

  1. The first event of Beulah 2014 is a prayer gathering on Friday, July 4 at 7 PM. If you are on the grounds, please come and share in this prayer covering for the camp.
  2. On Saturday the 5th there will be a late afternoon BBQ followed by an evening concert with George Canyon at 7 PM. George will be representing Compassion Canada and a free will offering will be received.
  3. Beulah 2014 – Eight Days of Celebration – will officially begin on Sunday morning the 6th at 10:30 with the singing of O Beulah Land.
  4. The closing rally of Beulah 2014 will take place at 3 PM on Sunday the 13th when we will Celebrate Tomorrow. Vision will be cast and future ministry initiatives unpacked. Plan to be there. Don’t miss it. Bring others.
  5. Full details of the multi-faceted daily program can be viewed on our website - www.beulahcamp.com. Check it out – great multi-generational activities available.  Huge thanks to Andrea Gunter for organizing this smorgasbord of family-friendly activities.  
  6. Check out the brief Beulah 2014 promo video at http://vimeo.com/97163535
  7. Selected activities require those who participate to come prepared – such as the Motorcycle Run; Photography Workshop; Ladies Mini Scrap Party; and Golfing. If any of these ignite your interest, please bring necessary basic equipment/supplies.
  8. The Motorcycle Run – Saturday, July 12 from 1-4 PM – is fully open to any bikers from across the district who are interested – this is not intended to be a “Beulah only” event. Dr. Buckingham will lead this event of growing interest. 
  9. Please be in prayer for Beulah 2014 for the Master’s obvious presence and for spiritual victories to be won. Pray especially for speakers Luchetti, Smith, Lyon and four of our own who will speak in the week day mornings as well as the Rhyno’s and all the worship/music guests.
  10. Show up. Pray up. Bring along an open heart and a expectant spirit. Build new friendships. Renew existing friendships. Expand networks. Embrace change. Enjoy the program variety. Encourage someone. Look for the good. Don’t miss Sun the 13th at 3 PM. Celebrate the tribe. Onward and upward.

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Open House 90th birthday for Rev. L. H. Hicks – Best Wishes only. Saturday, July 12th from 2-4 PM at Havelock Wesleyan Church.


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

beulah2014

Beulah 2014 is just round the proverbial corner. Ten Tips…

  1. The first event of Beulah 2014 is a prayer gathering on Friday, July 4 at 7 PM. If you are on the grounds, please come and share in this prayer covering for the camp.
  2. On Saturday the 5th there will be a late afternoon BBQ followed by an evening concert with George Canyon at 7 PM. George will be representing Compassion Canada and a free will offering will be received.
  3. Beulah 2014 – Eight Days of Celebration – will officially begin on Sunday morning the 6th at 10:30 with the singing of O Beulah Land.
  4. The closing rally of Beulah 2014 will take place at 3 PM on Sunday the 13th when we will Celebrate Tomorrow. Vision will be cast and future ministry initiatives unpacked. Plan to be there. Don’t miss it. Bring others.
  5. Full details of the multi-faceted daily program can be viewed on our website - www.beulahcamp.com. Check it out – great multi-generational activities available.  Huge thanks to Andrea Gunter for organizing this smorgasbord of family-friendly activities.  
  6. Check out the brief Beulah 2014 promo video at http://vimeo.com/97163535
  7. Selected activities require those who participate to come prepared – such as the Motorcycle Run; Photography Workshop; Ladies Mini Scrap Party; and Golfing. If any of these ignite your interest, please bring necessary basic equipment/supplies.
  8. The Motorcycle Run – Saturday, July 12 from 1-4 PM – is fully open to any bikers from across the district who are interested – this is not intended to be a “Beulah only” event. Dr. Buckingham will lead this event of growing interest. 
  9. Please be in prayer for Beulah 2014 for the Master’s obvious presence and for spiritual victories to be won. Pray especially for speakers Luchetti, Smith, Lyon and four of our own who will speak in the week day mornings as well as the Rhyno’s and all the worship/music guests.
  10. Show up. Pray up. Bring along an open heart and a expectant spirit. Build new friendships. Renew existing friendships. Expand networks. Embrace change. Enjoy the program variety. Encourage someone. Look for the good. Don’t miss Sun the 13th at 3 PM. Celebrate the tribe. Onward and upward.

Moncton recently held a special volunteer recognition event that recognized their many volunteers. None of our ministries would function without our incredible corp of volunteers. They should never be taken for granted. One of our services at Beulah 2014 will highlight volunteers.

New Hope Valley had 230 in church last Sunday. PTL for the continued growth and expanding health in the valley.

Our former DS David LeRoy is now using dwleroy52@gmail.com for all email. His former @atlanticdistrict address is now inactive. He is requesting that all email to him please use the @gmail account. 

Stefan and Deborah Gilbert have accepted bi-vocational part-time positions at Hammonds Plains Cornerstone. Stefan will serve as Media/Tech Pastor and Deb as Assistant Family Life Pastor. 

I was pleased to be in the Amherst church yesterday morning and sense the upward movement there. It was my first time to worship in their present facility which was in the process of being purchased when I left the DS position here in 2007 to go to Global Partners. Great move for the Amherst congregation.

VBS season is here or coming soon to many of our churches. Woodstock is using the Weird Animals material this year and once their VBS is over, they will have materials that could be used elsewhere – curriculum; shirts for leaders; decorations; banners and other resources. These would be available free or for a small donation after July 17th. Interested? Contact Neil Horner at neil@woodstockwesleyan.org.

I was honoured to assist in the wedding on Saturday of Amanda Cooney (daughter of Pastor Mark and Karen Cooney from Norton) and Brooks Record from Kernersville, North Carolina. They met while attending Southern Wesleyan University. The wedding took place in the Saunders Irving Chapel at Kingswood. The rehearsal dinner had a surf ’n turf menu – hence one of the pics above.

THOT: “Be a stabilizing influence when drama shows up.” – Dr. Henry Cloud

ON SECOND THOT: “Until God opens the next door, praise him in the hallway.” Nicky Gumbel

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happybirthday
Open House 90th birthday for Rev. L. H. Hicks – Best Wishes only. Saturday, July 12th from 2-4 PM at Havelock Wesleyan Church.


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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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Our Camp Board met on Thursday of last week on Caton’s Island. We had an excellent meeting and both Caton’s and Beulah are looking very well cared for as we head into this summer’s ministry season.  The detailed and very full schedule for Beulah 2014 is now on the website – check it out. VBS, Jr VBS, Teen Trac and Mixed Golf Outing all have registration available online. What about Caton’s – have you registered your kids or grandkids for Caton’s this summer? Will be a great experience. 

Pastors – thanks for running the Beulah promo video as requested last week. Anyone reading this can view the clip on your own computer at http://vimeo.com/97163535.

Pastors - if you have not submitted the names of your lay delegates to District Conference to our District Secretary, it’s time – past time actually. More than 70% of churches have responded. We need to punch that up to 100% this week. Thanks. 

Jedie Elliott has accepted the position of Community Life Pastor at New Hope Valley to work with Lead Pastor Scott Prime. Welcome to the tribe Jedie. 

On Saturday I was privileged to share a session with the LBA at Miramichi followed by a Stewardship Banquet.  I spoke following the banquet and commitments were received for the next three years as the church continues to reduce its indebtedness. Our very attractive and functional building in Miramichi was built under the dedicated leadership of Pastor Gary Churchill.

Peter Moore and his family arrived at Beulah late last night. The family will be staying and Peter will return in time for Beulah 2014. He is returning to Global Partners for the next couple of weeks. It’s going to be such a forward and positive step for our district to move to our recommended leadership model with a full-time Assistant District Superintendent. Truly onward and upward. 

Gloria, Karrilee and I attended the funeral on Tuesday for the Fallen Three with over 7000 uniformed police officers in attendance along with the Prime Minister and the Governor General. Very moving and impressive. 

A special Day of Prayer for Summer Camping Ministries is called for Sunday, June 22. Thanks in advance to all who respond with a focused prayer on June 22 – this coming Sunday.

The evening following the Camp Board meeting, Gloria and I enjoyed a wonderful feed of lobsters on the veranda of our cottage. Great evening. Ain’t living in Atlantic first class!

Two bedroom cottage with a loft available for rent during Beulah 2014. If interested, contact Karrilee at the District Office.

THOT: “Leaders who seek power and control end up losing both.” – Dr. Henry Cloud

ON SECOND THOT: “For every complex problem there is an answer that is clear. simple and wrong.” – H. L. Mencken 

upcomingevents


beulah2014
2014 Beulah Overview - PDF


happybirthday
Open House 90th birthday for Rev. L. H. Hicks – Best Wishes only. Saturday, July 12th from 2-4 PM at Havelock Wesleyan Church.


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

This past week our city faced a very shattering and surreal experience when 5 RCMP officers were shot, 3 fatally. Until the shooter was arrested, the city was in virtual lock down. The centre of the restricted and barricaded access area included where our office is located. Schools were closed. Banks were closed. Government offices were closed. Armoured vehicles manned by SWAT teams patrolled the streets. The depth of sorrow for the fallen Mounties’ families was palpable. Please take a moment now to pray for them as final arrangements are made.

This past Saturday and Sunday was the dedication of the beautiful and functional new church at Havelock, NS. This project came about as a result of a fire that destroyed the former building. There was a concert on Saturday evening and former pastor Peter Hayes, who led the building program, preached in the morning service.  I was privileged to speak in the afternoon dedication service to a full house of 250. Former pastors Wayne Briggs and Erv Lively were present as well as nine of our churches were represented.

Pastors Charles Bain and Tim Long have done an excellent job during this year of transition. Shawn Craven, the incoming pastor and his family, will arrive in early August. The future is bright.

At Westchester last week, Pastor Linda Fillmore, assisted by her husband Sterling, baptized three new converts. There were 45 present in the service followed by a great time of celebration and fellowship.  It is heart warming to see new converts in our smaller rural churches.

Early last week, three KU lads- Scott Rhyno, Dean Landry and my son Troy were in Moncton to pick up a new-to-them vehicle for use by the summer ministry teams. They even took me out to lunch. :)

Rob MacCallum is candidating at the church in Kingston, Ontario. This church was pastored for many years by Dr. Peter Rigby who was elected Central Canada DS last summer.

Pastor, if your church had a short-term mission team last year, Denn Guptill, our GP guy, has been in touch with you relative to the closing service of Beulah 2014. If you have not yet replied to him, please do so straight away – thanks.

Late this week or early next week, the district office will relocate to Beulah for most of the summer. While we will be back and forth somewhat, we will essentially operate at Beulah through Labour Day. Brittany Trafton will be joining our office staff for two weeks involving Beulah week and a few days before and after.

THOT: “Our preaching is not the reason the Word works. The Word is the reason our preaching works.” – Brian Edmonds

ON SECOND THOT: “There is a world of difference between knowing the Word of God and knowing the God of the Word.” – Leonard Ravenhill

upcomingevents


beulah2014
2014 Beulah Overview - PDF


happybirthday
Open House 90th birthday for Rev. L. H. Hicks – Best Wishes only. Saturday, July 12th from 2-4 PM at Havelock Wesleyan Church.


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

The beautiful new church at Havelock, NS will be dedicated next Sunday afternoon, June 8. If you are in the “neighbourhood” please join us for a great service of celebration. 

Pastors – the stat reports are now past due. If you have not completed yours, now is the time. The Portal will be off line for reporting by midnight on Wednesday of this week. 

It’s Monday Again – IMA – had another record week last week with a new high of number of opens. Onward and upward!

 

A group from the Moncton church are presently in Israel. Pastors Tim Guptill and David Way were privileged to baptize candidates in the Jordan River last week. Great experience.

Eight Days of Celebration – Beulah Camp 2014 is just a month away. We are looking forward to a great time together under the ministry of Dr. Lenny Luchetti, Rev. Isaac Smith and our GS. Many interesting features throughout the week culminating the last Sunday night as we Celebrate Tomorrow and cast a vision forward – onward and upward. Check the website for details

 

If you are an IMA regular, you know that we have been in a time-extended renovation of our Moncton offices which gave us our first on site board room. This week Karrilee’s new desk showed up and she gladly surrendered her temporary folding table and settled into her new digs.

 

Last Monday on our way back from Newfoundland, Gloria and I met with Jay and Sharon Guptill for coffee at Tim’s near the Halifax airport. The primary agenda item was the possible acquisition of the Forest Hills United Church that has been mentioned earlier in IMA. Discussions are ongoing and the Hillside congregation had an open house at the church last Sunday afternoon. Praying, dreaming and interaction are all ongoing on this exciting possibility. 

 

On Thursday of last week, Gloria and I were “downeast.” We visited with Andy and Tammy Philips in Jonesport and shared dinner with them in the parsonage there. In the evening, I met with Pastor George Woodard personally and then later with the LBA at Beals Island. Positive reports from both churches. The Philips have settled in well at Jonesport and the meeting with the folk on Beals was both positive and heart warming. Effective ministry in the context is occurring in both churches – onward and upward. 

The Beals LBA pictured above are standing in front of the only pipe organ the district ever had in any church. The organ is still in regular use with an organist that truly knows how to play it.

 

Thanks to Saturday’s volunteers! Saturday was a perfect weather day for the annual clean up day at Beulah. Some 70 volunteers showed up for work assignments – the largest number ever according to our Caretaker Bruce Cheney.  As many as 400 hours of volunteer labour went into a wide variety of tasks including painting, roofing, raking leaves, house cleaning, setting up the district office, spreading quarter minus and others. I was honoured to be a part of the crew and we were all fed a first class dinner at noon. Great day. Tribal spirit builder. Onward and upward!

THOT: “We are not asked to be cute or clever in our ministry of the Word. We must exalt Jesus, not our pulpit brilliance.”  – Christian Preaching

ON SECOND THOT: “If our identity is in our work, rather than Christ, success will go to our heads, and failure will go to our hearts.”  – Tim Keller


upcomingevents


beulah2014
2014 Beulah Overview - PDF


happybirthday
Open House 90th birthday for Rev. L. H. Hicks – Best Wishes only. Saturday, July 12th from 2-4 PM at Havelock Wesleyan Church.


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

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We join with all our American friends in deep respect and appreciation for all Americans who gave their lives while in military service. We owe so much to those who paid the ultimate price in the preservation of the freedoms we enjoy.

Gloria and I were privileged to be in Newfoundland over the weekend for the 10th Anniversary of the dedication of the Solid Rock Wesleyan building. We were there ten years ago on the day of dedication and it was great to see the progress and growth of the work over the decade, especially with young families. The church is being very effectively pastored by Stuart and Kellie Marples.

Prior to the anniversary celebrations, AJ Thomas, our district church planting director and Steve Elliott, church planting prof at Kingswood, visited Newfoundland with us. We toured the growing residential areas and interfaced with the leaders of Solid Rock on the amazing possibilities for church planting on the Avalon Peninsula.  Pastor Stuart has done excellent background work on this possibility. Keep watching at Beulah…

Last church year at Maple Ridge - 8 salvations, 10 baptisms, 7 children dedicated, 19% of area teens reached through aftershock and 159 in average attendance – what a year – PTL!

I was honoured to represent the district on Wednesday of last week at the funeral of Elsie Morgan, held at Fredericton Journey. Elsie served faithfully and with distinction alongside her husband Bill for some 33 years as a missionary in South Africa. 

On Tuesday of last week, I chaired the Local Church Conference of our Havelock, NS church. Charles Bain and Tim Long have served very effectively there as interim leaders this past year. Shawn Craven will be arriving in early August as the new pastor.

The Hartland church celebrated their 125th Anniversary over the weekend. Four of the former pastors along with widows of two former pastors were present as well as the MP MLA. One of the significant highlights of the weekend was the burning of the mortgage – a great hallelujah moment. Congrats to Pastor Dave Wilcox and the Hartland tribe.

A few weeks ago, a very successful Kids Ministry Huddle was held in NB and last Saturday another was held, this time in NS - New Hope Valley to be specific. Some 50 leaders representing 9 churches were present. Liz Stewart and her crew from New Hope did an “awesome job” to quote our district children’s ministry director Linda Lamos. The final Huddle of this year will be in ME in Sept and will be held at Presque Isle.

Pastors - reports are soon due. According to the Portal, 13 of our churches have completed their stat reports with several others in process. Time to get ‘er done.  

THOT: “He who is afraid to ask is ashamed of learning.”  – Danish proverb.

ON SECOND THOT: “Maintaining peace with God is more important than keeping pace with someone else. Galatians 6:4.” – Andy Stanley


upcomingevents


beulah2014
2014 Beulah Overview - PDF


happybirthday
Open House 90th birthday for Rev. L. H. Hicks – Best Wishes only. Saturday, July 12th from 2-4 PM at Havelock Wesleyan Church.


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

SPECIAL NOTE: I just received word on the passing of Elsie Morgan, wife of Rev. Bill Morgan. Bill and Elsie served with distinction as career missionaries in the Republic of South Africa. Visitation will be at Fredericton Journey on Tuesday from 2-4 PM and 7-9 PM. The funeral will be at Journey on Wednesday at 2 PM. I plan to attend to represent the district and will no doubt see several of you there as well.

Yesterday was an exciting day at Bangor Pathway. AJ Thomas and his family were there as AJ was candidating to lead a relaunch of the church. I was also there to share the plan with the congregation and respond to questions. There was enthusiastic buy in and the optimism level is high and AJ has accepted their very strong vote inviting him to lead Pathway into a new season of ministry. Onward and upward!

Good LBA meeting on Monday evening at Amherst. Raymond Fancy has pastored there for 15 years and the church is at an all time high in attendance and finances. I enjoyed interacting with the board as they unanimously granted a three-week mini-sabbatical to Raymond and Trista. Well done.

Speaking of Amherst – they had a great service yesterday as they hosted the Y’s Men, Y’ Menettes and Service Club with guests from Boston, Ontario and Denmark – with 190 in attendance!

Church life cannot be detached from community context. Last Sunday, Kings Valley had 951 in church and Ingomar had 90 in church. They are equally impressive and significant. Given the realities of community size and context, 90 in Ingomar is as outstanding as 951 at Kings Valley. I think this is very cool. Growing churches in our district are found in metropolitan areas and also in very small, remote communities. Well done Pastors Ingersoll and Hockley. What a tribe! Onward and upward.

Last Saturday I was honoured to officiate at the wedding of Naomi Corey and Jamin Melanson. The wedding in the Truro church enjoyed a beautiful day and a full house. Congratulations to the bride and groom and now Jamin will be blessed to return to the church in Fort Fairfield with a wife to partner with him in the ministry there. 

While in Truro, I had breakfast on Saturday with Pastor Ken Banks. He and April are completing eight years of ministry in the church there. Enjoyed discussing both what is and what could be. 

A committee of the DBMD met on Thursday of last week in the new board room at the district office. We interviewed three candidates and found having the board room to be truly convenient. Thanks to Dale MacDonald for effectively chairing our DBMD. 

Today is Victoria Day in Canada and our district office will be closed. We will be open again tomorrow – Tuesday – morning. I am looking forward to a day at our cottage at Beulah.

The morning after the Habs eliminated the Bruins from the playoffs, Karrilee showed up at the office in her Habs sweater. Wanting to be gracious in victory, I did not circulate the pic. Then a Maple Leaf fan who shall remain anonymous (he pastors in Truro) came in, took the pic and sent it out over Twitter. It was not, as one person suggested (my own son), that it was a “cruel and unusual punishment” …After Saturdays’ game against the Rangers, it is back to the drawing boards : )

As the aforementioned son in the above paragraph (and the person who sends Monday Again each week) this is what it must have been like for dad when he was growing up…

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THOT: “I find that when I think I am asking God to forgive me I am often in reality….asking Him not to forgive me but to excuse me.”  – CS Lewis

ON SECOND THOT: “At the heart of the story stands the cross of Christ where evil did its worst and met its match.” – John W. Wenha

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Beulah Overview – PDF


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


NEConf

Northeast Pastors and Church Leadership Conference

With Dr. Erwin W. Lutzer, Senior Pastor of The Moody Church, Chicago, IL
May 21, 21, 22 – Presque Isle, Saint John, Bangor
Conference Brochure – PDF


chuddle

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

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

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

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


byf

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