Bishop’s Notes – April 26, 2010

Dear Colleagues,

Thank you for your prayers for the Board of Administration (BOA) as it met this past weekend.  Our movement is truly blessed with dedicated leaders who are willing to invest time and energy to serve the Lord and the FMCiC in the responsibilities that they carry in their positions on the Board.

The big task of the Board was to receive a progress report on the “What” piece of the Systems Analysis work.  In the developmental evaluation process that we are following, there are three major movements:

 What? – Determining what questions need to be asked about what is actually happening in our movement (getting the right probing questions takes a lot of work) and then doing research to get answers to those questions and discerning what themes are emerging.
 So What? – Brainstorming on the many possible implications of those themes.  (A large portion of time was given to the subcommittees of the Board to come up with these from the perspective of their committee.)
 Now What? – The summer meeting of the Systems Analysis Task Team will take the list of implications along with further input that is coming in from other research (including feedback that is being collected in the Regional Gatherings) and work on discerning what needs to be done in light of what is being heard.

The BOA also approved a sabbatical policy for the NLT, received reports of the ongoing work of the subcommittees including the report of the auditors and Audit Committee that reported that all is in order in that area of the church.  Copies of the audited statement are available.

Yesterday, I worshipped at Cross-Walk Community Church in Burlington, ON pastored by Mark and Jennifer Earle.  Recently they relocated to the Rotary Youth Centre in Central Park in Burlington. Another congregation has merged with them and together, they are re-launching to reach that part of Burlington.  It was good to be with them and to hear Mark and Jennifer’s excitement about the future. 

Last evening was the Wesley Hymn Sing at Timothy Eaton Memorial Church in Toronto, held in conjunction with the Wesley Ministry Conference today at Tyndale Seminary.  It was a privilege to participate in the service by introducing the background to Charles Wesley’s hymn “O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing.”  In addition to wonderful congregational singing, we enjoyed the music of the Salvation Army brass band and an address by Dr. Timothy Tennent entitled “The Risen Lord and the Worldwide Mission of the Church.”

There are pics of all these events in the Photo Gallery this week.

There is one announcement this week.  .Arlington Woods Free Methodist Church in Ottawa has gone into transition.  Please remember the Saskatchewan Regional Gathering next weekend at Arlington Beach Camp and Chad Vankoughnett’s ordination next Sunday in your prayers.


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:

Board of Administration – April 23-24
Cross-Walk Community Church in Burlington, ON – April 25
Wesley Hymn Sing – April 25


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


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
Arlington Woods FMC, Ottawa, ON
Asbury FMC, Perth, ON (Alan Adams, Interim)
Avonlea FMC, Avonlea, SK
Barrie FMC, Barrie, ON
Blue Mountain Community Church, Thornbury, 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

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

2010 Regional Gatherings
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)