Bishop’s Notes – April 20, 2009

Dear Colleagues,

What a wonderful weekend!  I don’t know how things went where you live last weekend, but I sure enjoyed the good things that I saw and experienced.

On Saturday, we had the 4th Regional Gathering at Freedom Community in Brantford.  Once again, it was evident that there is great value in local church leaders getting together to talk with one another about opportunities, issues and challenges that local church leaders live with.  You may remember that the BOA reported to the General Conference that becoming a missional movement had been identified as the number one priority for the FMCIC.  As listened in on several groups on Saturday, it became clear to me that more of our churches (of all sizes) are becoming more intentional about engaging with their communities and joining hands with others to make their communities a better place to live.

On Sunday, I dropped in to Freedom Community in Brantford again, but this time to worship with them on the way to the ordination/commissioning service in Welland.  This is a warm and friendly congregation.  The worship was energetic and engaging, the multi-generational interaction was healthy and I was particularly taken with the interactive dialogue that happened during Pastor Greg Pulham’s message.  Apparently this happens (and is encouraged) on an ongoing basis.

On Sunday afternoon, a large congregation of friends and family gathered for Matthew Wiley and Chris Payk’s ordination and Terri Payk’s commissioning.  Clearly, these leaders are deeply loved by their congregation and colleagues.  When it came time for the laying on of hands, I think we set a record for the number of pastors who were present from the conference and the community.  It was a very exciting day and the Rice Road Community Church is entering into a season of opportunity and health.

There are pictures in the Photo Gallery of these three events.

The Board of Administration meets this weekend (April 24-25).  Please keep the board in your prayers as it talks about many important issues including the most effective way to do a “systems analysis” of the ministries of the FMCIC.

There are no announcements to make this week

Have a great week serving Jesus.

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].


PHOTO GALLERY
Brantford Regional Gathering, April 18
Freedom Christian Community, April 19
Matt Wiley, Chris Payk, Terri Payk – Ordination/Commissioning Service