Bishop’s Notes – April 12, 2010

Dear Colleagues,

I hope that you had a rich Easter season and I was thinking today that it might be a good thing to hear from all who wish to say something to the rest of us on Listserve about how they were impacted spiritually during this year’s journey to the resurrection.  Let’s go with very brief testimonies so that we can read these quickly, though let’s also admit that reading words of praise to the Lord Jesus is a very good use of time.  Here goes for what I experienced….

During Lent this year, I had a new experience spiritually.  One day early in the season when I was on my morning walk, the Lord impressed on me the third verse of Great is Thy Faithfulness and almost daily I found myself meditating for an extended period on at least one, and sometimes several of its phrases and thinking about how they apply to me these days.  In this one stanza, we have the essential elements of the hope of the gospel.

 Pardon for sin
 And a peace that endureth
 Thine own dear presence to cheer and to guide
 Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow
 Blessings all mine with ten thousand beside

Without exaggeration, I suspect that I’ve sung those words several thousand times, but this Easter season, the Holy Spirit used them (and continues to use them) to calm me and to encourage me and to re-focus me in ways that I may not yet fully understand.  I praise the Lord for the new freshness this is bringing to me.  Anyone else out there in “Listserv land” with a word of praise to the Lord?? 

There are several announcements this week.  We offer our congratulations to Luke and Lee-Anne Haggett (Smiths Falls) on the birth of their first child, Priscilla Anne on April 2nd and to Brandon and Karen Shillington (Frankford) on the birth of their third child, Naomi Love, on April 7.  May these little ones grow up to love and follow the Lord Jesus. 

Samson Mehari has been appointed to Chapel Ridge in Stittsville, ON.  See the details below.

Kim Henderson reports that the Student Ministries Leadership Retreat at Muskoka Bible Centre went really well with 45 attending from Ontario, along with Barron Timmons from West Springs in Calgary.  In the next few days, there will be pics in the Photo Gallery and also posted on the FMDoG website.

The Regional Gathering at Freedom in Brantford happens this Saturday.  Please remember this day in your prayers.  Next week, I’ll share some thoughts on Earth Day.

Blessings,

Bishop Keith

P.S.  Remember.  If you are wondering about something related to the FMCIC and its ministry, please send your question to [email protected]

Have a look at Dan Sheffield’s blog: http://sheffield.typepad.com

PHOTO GALLERY
Check back later this week  – Stronger Together Student Ministries Leadership retreat – April 9-11

PASTORAL APPOINTMENTS
Samson Mehari – Associate Pastor of Intercultural Ministries at Chapel Ridge Free Methodist Church, Stittsville, ON, effective April 6, 2010.

ORDINATION SERVICE
Chad Vankoughnett – May 2, 2010 at 10:30 a.m. at First FM Church, Moose Jaw, SK.

ANNUAL REPORT  – Due now!  Please file your report through our website—www.fmc-canada.org—you will find it on the top banner of the home page in the “Network” section, or at this link: http://www.formsite.com/reports/form70742026/index.html

CHURCHES IN TRANSITION
Interviewing

St Joseph Island Free Methodist Church, Hilton Beach, ON
Wawota FMC, Wawota, SK

Profiles available / Director of Personnel receiving resumes
Surrey FMC, Surrey, BC – DOP receiving resumes until April 30

Preparing Profile
Asbury FMC, Perth, ON (Alan Adams, Interim)
Avonlea FMC, Avonlea, SK
Barrie FMC, Barrie, ON
Bramalea FMC, Brampton, ON
Charlemont FMC, Wallaceburg, ON
Eastern Koinonia, Toronto, ON
Queensway FMC, Niagara Falls, ON
Trulls Road FMC, Courtice, ON
Vennachar FMC, Vennachar, ON

Functioning with approved local arrangements
Butternut Creek, Kingston, ON
Campbell’s Bay FMC, Campbell’s Bay, QC
Enterprise FMC, Enterprise, ON
Killarney FMC, Killarney, MB
Mainstreet Community Church, Kelowna, BC
Malvern Chinese, Toronto, ON
Marmora FMC, Marmora, ON
Mississippi FMC, Mississippi, ON
Richmond Hill Chinese & English Churches, Richmond Hill, ON
Roblin FMC, Roblin, MB
Timmins FMC, Timmins, ON     
Wyevale FMC, Wyevale, ON
Yarker FMC, Yarker, ON

PASTORS IN TRANSITION
Ousman Ali
Jennifer Anderson
Dean Babcock
Glenn Dixon
Harold Fox
Tom Gurnick
Larry Hart
Dale Hawley
Kevin Kay
Steve Lougheed
Doug McLeod
Paul Millar
Jim Peetoom
Pierre Sanambe
Barry Taylor
Jennifer Wagar
Scott Woolhead
 
EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
Retirement Park Administrator –Light and Life Park, Lakeland, Florida
Retirement Park Office Manager – Light and Life Park, Lakeland, Florida

2010 Regional Gatherings
April 17 – Brantford – Freedom Christian Community
May 1 – Arlington Beach Camp
May 8 – Dryden
May 15 – Athens
May 29 – Sault Ste Marie
June 5 – Ellice
June 12 – Merritt

2010 FMCIC Ministers Conferences
September 28-30 – Wesley Acres
October 5-7 – Entheos Retreat Centre (near Calgary)