“I remember my mother’s prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life.” – Abraham Lincoln
“God could not be everywhere, and therefore he made mothers.” – Rudyard Kipling
“A mother’s arms are more comforting than anyone else’s.” – Princess Diana
We held a first-ever Legacy Event on Wednesday and Thursday of this past week at Beulah for ministers 65 years old and above. There were circa 50 in attendance including a number of widows who served with their husbands who have now been promoted to Glory. The combined years of ministry represented in the group totalled 1615 – what amazing and faithful service.
The overnight event included a first-class banquet, two other meals, hymn singing, testimonies, prayer time focused on wayward children and grandchildren, stories, a talk on How Old Would You Be if You Did Not Know How Old You Are, give aways, and interesting facts – the lowest salary ever received – $10 per week; number of people in our tribe still living who were ordained prior to 1960 – 14; longest ordained – A L Stairs – 1949; we have served in 7 districts, 5 foreign fields, four other denominations and two independent churches. Powerful synergy and a profound sense of camaraderie was evident thought this event that was held to express appreciation for long service to Christ and the church.
- The National Board of The Wesleyan Church of Canada met by Zoom on Friday. This board is made up of representatives from the Atlantic and Central Canada districts. This was the first meeting of this group which was reconstituted following General Conference last June even though there had been meetings of the two DBA’s earlier. The group will be together again in Ottawa in September for a two-day forward-facing meeting.
- Martin Stehouwer has accepted the invitation to serve as full time Youth and Music Pastor at sj1 – Saint John First beginning in July. Congrats.
- Joey Millington, Youth Pastor at Kentville New Hope, graduated last week from Acadia Divinity College with an MA (Theology) degree. Congrats!
- Aaron Reimer from Central Canada has accepted the invitation of Island Wesleyan on PEI to become their pastor. He and his wife Vanessa and their two children will move to the Island in early August. Welcome.
- Luke Anderson has accepted the invitation to serve as Assistant Pastor at The Lighthouse on Grand Manan. Luke and Breanne and their daughters Emma and Maxanna have been serving in Sarnia, Ontario. Welcome.
- Rally in the Valley was held at Kings Church last weekend. Literally hundreds of teens shared in a high-impact event of worship and teaching. Decisions and commitments were made that will make a lifetime difference. PTL!
- Our Children’s Ministry Director Linda Lamos conducted two Children’s Ministry Huddles this spring. She sent the following report on Saturday: “2 Children’s Ministry Huddle events this spring provided training for area leaders in Maine, NB and southern NS. Journey Wesleyan (April 1) and Yarmouth Wesleyan (May 13) hosted leaders from 20 churches and 3 denominations. Breakouts included volunteer recruitment, vision casting, nursery ministry, partnering with schools, and more! Lots of encouragement and networking! Excellent leadership was provided by Matt Fahringer, Nathalie Estey, Kathy Shanks (Fredericton) and Allison Jacobson (Yarmouth). Enthusiasm was high amongst the great crew who participated! Many thanks to Pastors who encouraged their leaders to attend. Everyone agreed that the time they carved out of their schedules to attend was well worth it!”
- SPRING FORTH is a high energy weekend event that invites students to take a leap forward in their journey with God and is operated by the Canadian Baptists of Atlantic Canada. Spring Forth this year featured Wesleyan content at a high level with two Wesleyan speakers – Dave Sylvain @ Crandall University for high school with Jamie Cambers leading a Fredericton Crosspoint worship team & Matt Deprez @ Moncton Wesleyan for junior high with Josiah Swim leading a Kings Church worship team – with a combined total attendance of 1300+.
This is what greeted us on Wednesday when we arrived at our cottage. The water has receded and the road is now open – the debris, however, remains……but summer is just round the corner.
THOTS: – a five-pack from legendary UCLA basketball coach John Wooden…..
“Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out.”
“Consider the rights of others before your own feelings, and the feelings of others before your own rights.”
“Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.”
“Happiness begins where selfishness ends.”
“Failure is not fatal, but failure to change might be.”
Pastors! Send your Children Ministry team to The Huddle, a children ministry leaders training event. It’s a one-day, affordable event for your entire children’s ministry 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 leaders.
Get ready for a time of growth, renewal, and fun! Join us at a location near you.
Discover practical ideas and connect with other leaders!
NS Huddle – May 13 – 9 am – 12:30 pm – $10/person
Yarmouth Wesleyan Church – Yarmouth NS
To register contact Linda Lamos at: email@example.com
Baritone Leader’s Roundtable
How do you lead from the 2nd Chair? How do you deal with conflict and criticism when you are not the Lead Pastor? How do you empower and equip lay ministry under someone else’s vision? These questions and much more will be discussed at our very first Atlantic District “Baritone Leader’s Roundtable.” This is an affinity group for pastors in staff leadership, especially for those who carry a broad range of ministry responsibilities. The interaction and instruction will be insightful, encouraging, and practically applicable to your own church/ministry setting. Special thanks to Pastor Jedie for his excellent work in coordinating this event.
WHEN: Thursday, May 18 @ 10:30am – 2:30pm
WHERE: Moncton, NB – Atlantic District Edgett Boardroom
WHO: First 15 leaders to register
COST: FREE – lunch included (travel at personal expense)
REGISTRATION: Email Rev. Jedie Elliott (firstname.lastname@example.org)
We are excitedly looking forward to our Kingswood University Golf Classic! Registration is now open for golfers. The tournament takes place June 3, 2017. Check out our website for further details and to register: https://kingswood.edu/golf/
Saturate Halifax: June 23 & 24
Saturate is a 2-day training event specifically designed to help equip Christians on how to apply the Gospel in everyday life. This content will help us to better think and live as missionaries in the everyday.
July 8 2017, 7:00 pm Tabernacle
Mark is known and loved around the world as a trusted voice in the realm of gospel music and beyond. He started making music at age 11 and now, more than four decades later, his legacy is forever sealed as an innately entertaining communicator who can, at once, make audiences laugh, cry, and think.
$40 Premium Seating (pending availability)
$30 General Seating
$35 Day of concert for all remaining seats
To purchase tickets by credit card please call the District Office at (506) 383-8326 or mail cheques payable to the “Atlantic District” to:
1830 Mountain Rd
Moncton, NB E1G 1A9