We had a great Maximizing Impact weekend at Dartmouth Hillside. Pastor Jay Guptill had prepared and promoted MI very well. The Friday evening open session and the Saturday AM seminar were both better attended than any of the other churches the MI team has visited. The two services on Sunday were energizing and the report was very well received. All good.
Special Prayer Request: This note is what Pastor Don Ingersoll sent to the Sussex church family after receiving word on their daughter Lindsay’s diagnosis of leukaemia:
“Please be praying for God’s presence and comfort and intervention in this situation. God is faithful and He has never failed us yet, so we are trusting Him with our care in this situation as well. Lindsay is in a wonderful hospital that has a great team of hematological specialists, so we are very thankful for that. We are staying at our nephew’s and a friend of Lindsay’s has loaned us her car, so we’re doing fine. Thank you for your prayers.”
Matt Blackford has accepted the invitation to become Assistant Pastor at Houlton. He and his wife Ashley plan to move up on November 14th. Speaking of Houlton, the MI team will be there this coming weekend.
Peter and I attended the Caton’s Session of the Camp Board as we met last week at board member Ruth Woodworth’s home in Fredericton. Caton’s had a great summer with the number of campers up by some 115 with many spiritual victories. Dean Stephenson, Ben Canney and the staff are doing a super job.
A number of our churches observed Trunk and Treat, the community outreach at Halloween. The photos above are from Fort Fairfield where some 200 people visited – up from 150 last year. The other shows Debbie Rooney, the Children’s Pastor at Presque Isle, perched in part of the 800+ pounds of candy they distributed. Their total weekend attendance was circa 1350.
Havelock, NB had 130 at their event.
Congrats to all three of these churches that far exceeded their last year’s attendance as they reached out to their communities.
The MI team stopped in at Truro on Thursday on our way to Hillside. We wanted to see first hand the several very positive facility and other changes since the Mi weekend. Looks great. Attendance is up some 20%.
THOT: “What I do every day matters more than what I do once in a while.” – Gretchen Rubin
ON SECOND THOT: “I’ve searched all the parks in all the cities and found no statues of committees.” – G K Chesterton
Reflecting the heart of God, Christians at their best are known as people who take special care of orphans. It’s thrilling to see believers today still earning that reputation. More Wesleyan churches are emphasizing adoption and foster care locally as well as through international outreach to orphan projects such as Global Partners ministries in China and Haiti. Any church or family can be a part of this growing movement on Orphan Sunday, November 8, or pick a Sunday of your choice in November. Learn more at Orphan Sunday (Christian Alliance for Orphans).
Advent 2015: LOVE Revealed
November 29 – December 20
The Church Multiplication and Discipleship Division of The Wesleyan Church has announced the release of the Advent 2015 all church resource. LOVE Revealed features four weeks of spiritual preparation leading up to Christmas. Included are sermon outlines, disciple group lessons for children, youth, and adults, devotionals, daily readings, and more.
Revealing His LOVE for the world, God sent His only Son so that we might live through Him. It is His LOVE that drove heaven down, and it is this same LOVE that redeems, reconciles, transforms, and makes all things new. God is with us and He lives among us. This Christmas season, may those around you be drawn to His LOVE Revealed.
Click here to download the 2015 Advent series. #Advent2015
FOLLOW 2015, the International Wesleyan Youth Conference, will be held in Indianapolis, IN on December 28-31 and we want to gauge interest from our district on who is interested in taking some of their students. As a member of the FOLLOW Executive team, we’re anticipating over 7500 students and leaders will fill the Indianapolis Convention Centre this December and we hope to expose our district students to the Wesleyan Church on an international stage. If you want to know more information about FOLLOW 2015 please visit www.follow2015.com or if you have any questions, please email me firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Follow this link for your chance to win a free registration to FOLLOW 2015: http://ow.ly/QSiYm