The Saunders-Irving Chapel was packed on Saturday morning as Kingswood University celebrated 53 graduates. The weekend schedule featured Baccalaureate Speaker Joel Gorveatte (Moncton) and Commencement Speaker Laurence Mullen (Houghton College) who was also conferred the distinguished honour of Doctor of Divinity as pictured below by President Stephen Lennox and Board of Trustees Chair HC Wilson. Graduates were blessed with 90 years of wisdom that shall not soon be forgotten in the thoughts shared by this incredible Kingdom servant. The full program features a listing of all service participants.
- The South DBMD convened on Monday at Cornerstone to complete this year’s cycle of onsite interviews for Ministerial Students, Licensed Ministers, and potential Ordinands. In addition to Ordination interviews, there were 47 DBMD interviews conducted this spring. One participant posted the following on Facebook, “Today I had two major appointments 1) my DBMD meeting and 2) a root canal. Both were painful – one much more than the other, AND both were for my good. Only one was good for my growth – my DBMD meeting! Grateful to serve in a tribe that values both our good and growth as ministers.”
- Five ordinations are scheduled on July 13th pending District Conference approval for Dan Burman (Perth Andover), Tracy Marr (Havelock, NS), Joey Millington (New Hope), Bradford Rogers (Deep Water), & Tony Stevens (Easton). Thanks to all those who serve on the DBMD for your crucial ministry ably chaired by Dale MacDonald (Woodstock).
- The final Sunday of our district fiscal year concluded yesterday. All credentialed minister should submit their Annual Service Report (ASR) online per instructions emailed earlier this month. Arnold Stairs (pictured above) was Ordained in 1949 and is 91 years young. He has already submitted his ASR online from his iPad – without any help! Thank you, sir for leading the way – hope the rest of the ranks can keep pace. Thanks in advance to all Lead Pastors for keeping your year-end responsibilities in focus. Final USF payments for FY2018 must be received by district office on or before May 10th, please contact Karrilee if your cheque is in the mail.
- David & Kacie Sylvain resigned this weekend from their respective positions of Youth and Worship at Presque Isle (Bud Fancy). They will be joining the staff of New Life (Mike Hilson) this summer as they relaunch a network church in Gainesville, Virginia.
- Parker Davis was announced this weekend as the incoming Youth Pastor at Presque Isle (Bud Fancy). Not bad work Parker – A KU graduate on Saturday morning and a new PI staff pastor before the end of the weekend!
- Ben Grosvener resigned as Youth Pastor yesterday at Hillside (Jay Guptill).
- Bradford & Olivia Jordan will be joining the pastoral leadership team at Blacks Harbour (John Symonds) beginning in July. Their positions were made possible through the generous grant of a local business to fund a three-year focus on youth and children in the community.
- One of the many privileges I enjoy as DS is the occasional opportunity to interact with global leaders from our district. This week I had “face-to-face” meetings with Peter & Cathy Hayes (Cambodia) and Jason & Christine Blaikie (Croatia). The Blaikies have announced their transition from missionary service as they explore local church options on the home front – stay tuned! During my Wednesday conversation with the Hayes, my 9:38 a.m. alarm went off as a daily reminder of Matthew 9:38. And so, Cathy led us in a prayer to the Lord of the harvest that He would raise up workers to come alongside the African Church and her leaders and missionaries. This prayer was specifically offered for GP Africa Area Director (Bob Bagley) and his team meeting in Uganda for their annual Missionary Retreat with special guest speaker Denn Guptill (Cornerstone). It was an honour to link hearts literally around the world and agree in Jesus’ Name for His Kingdom to come through these choice servants. Why not set your phone alarm right now for 9:38 a.m. daily and join in this focused intercession?
- Camp Ministry Staff Announcement from Executive Director Andrea Gunter: For the past number of years, Ron Bunn has given excellent leadership as the Beulah Camp Conference Coordinator. He and Gloria have gone above and beyond in ensuring our guests have a great experience during their stay. Ron will be retiring from his role this summer, and we want to express our deep gratitude for both his and Gloria’s selfless service. We are pleased to welcome Doug Tatton to the team as he moves into the Beulah Conference Coordinator role, effective May 1st. Doug brings over seven years of experience as the Executive Director of Silver Lake Wesleyan Camp in Ontario and has the vision to see this amazing resource continue to grow in its Kingdom impact. Doug and Rose have been settling in over the past year as residents on the grounds, and Rose has already been skillfully turning out great meals as our new Beulah Camp cook. Welcome aboard, Doug & Rose!
- And speaking of Beulah Camp, many of you have begun the tradition of purchasing tickets for the Super Saturday Concert (July 7th) for Mother’s/Father’s Day gifts. Full details are available in “Upcoming Events” below – call the district office today to purchase your tickets and they will be mailed as directed.
- I enjoyed a meaningful time of worship and excellent message delivered by Mark Cooney yesterday morning in Norton. Grateful for the faithfulness he and Karen continue to offer and for their excellence in leadership each year during VBS at Beulah Family Camp.
- Amherst (Evan Oxner) reached their goal to have 30 kids in children’s ministry. The prize? Someone was pummeled with water balloons yesterday. Guess who? 🤔
Congratulations to Mr. Travis & Rev. Mrs. Amy (Corey) Taylor on their wedding this Saturday!
On Saturday, 26 Moncton (Joel Gorveatte) volunteers did something extraordinary and offered a free car clinic for 36 widows and single moms. This was the launch into a full week of practical expressions of love for the city of Moncton.”
Thot: Whosoever will may drink of The Living Water… “whosoever” – the most beautiful word! (Laurence K. Mullen)
MAY 11-12,2018 | MONCTON, NB
The ONE CONFERENCE is a regional event that inspires and equips students to unite as one body, under one God, for one mission. It’s more challenging than ever for students to live out their faith boldly. By coming together in worship and in mission, we all can build a network of faith-fueled students who are not only willing, but equipped to live and love like Jesus in their schools and neighborhoods.
All new for 2018… Check out this summers lineup! Special events, breakfasts, dinners, movies, services and more. Every weekend a great lineup for the whole family. Check out the schedule and don’t miss a minute of the fun!