Bishop’s Notes – August 31, 2009

Dear Colleagues,


There are some life principles that need periodic review no matter how often we have heard them or how long we have lived.  Here is my most recent life lesson review:  one cannot violate the daily, weekly, and periodic Sabbath principle without eventual consequences showing up as sickness in the body.  I’m thinking about lots of things these days and am, hopefully a little wiser because of my enforced “down time” last week.  My thanks to those who sent notes.

There are two announcements to make today:  Vic Stonehouse has been appointed as Interim Pastor at Whitby FMC and there is an Associate Pastor position posted by Arlington Woods FMC. See below for details on these announcements.

As we come to Labour Day weekend, for many churches this signals a time of fresh engagement with fall ministries.  I hope that these coming months will be filled with blessings and surprises from the Lord for you and your congregation.

A couple of reminders:  if you haven’t registered for the fall Ministers Conference, this needs your attention very soon as it helps us with our logistics planning. 

I’m also attaching the Prayer Guide for the September days of fasting and prayer this week.  I realize that each month many of the prayer requests are the same but this is because we remain committed to praying God’s power and blessings on those ministries and activities that are central to the fulfilling the vision He has given us.

Have a great week serving the Lord Jesus.


Bishop Keith

P.S.  Remember.  If you are wondering about something related to the FMCIC and its ministry, please send your question to ministrycentre{at}fmc-canada{dot}org.

Have a look at Dan Sheffield’s blog:

– Vic Stonehouse – Interim Pastor at Whitby FMC, Whitby, ON, effective September 1, 2009.

– Barbara Peterson – New Horizons FMC, Sarnia, ON on September 13, 2009, 4 pm.


Lakeside Community Church, Salmon Arm, BC (Sheldon Carlson, Interim)
Pineview FMC, Cloyne, ON (Glenn Dixon, Intentional Interim until September 30, 2009)
Westdale Park, Napanee, ON (Carl Bull, Intentional Interim until March 9, 2010)
Whitby FMC, Whitby, ON

Profiles available / Director of Personnel receiving resumes
Ecclesiax, Ottawa, ON (Cameron Montgomery, Interim) DoP receiving resumes until Sept 8

Preparing Profile
Asbury FMC, Perth, ON
Avonlea FMC, Avonlea, SK
Bramalea FMC, Brampton, ON
Charlemont FMC, Wallaceburg, ON
Eastern Koinonia, Toronto, ON
St Joseph Island Free Methodist Church, Hilton Beach, ON
Timmins FMC, Timmins, ON
Vennachar FMC, Vennachar, ON
Wawota FMC, Wawota, SK

Functioning with approved local arrangements
Campbell’s Bay FMC, Campbell’s Bay, QC
Enterprise FMC, Enterprise, ON
Mainstreet Community Church, Kelowna, BC
Marmora FMC, Marmora, ON
Mississippi FMC, Mississippi, ON
Richmond Hill Chinese & English Churches, Richmond Hill, ON
Roblin FMC, Roblin, MB
Surrey FMC, Surrey, BC
The FreeWay, Oshawa, ON
Wyevale FMC, Wyevale, ON
Yarker FMC, Yarker, ON

Ousman Ali
Dean Babcock
Linda Dixon
Harold Fox
Tom Gurnick
Larry Hart
Dale Hawley
John Kurish
Steve Lougheed
Doug McLeod
Samson Mehari
Paul Millar
Jim Peetoom
Scott Woolhead
– Associate Pastor of Mission and Ministry– Arlington Woods FMC, Ottawa, ON
– Youth/Associate Pastor – Cornerstone Community Church, Almonte, ON
– Kindergarten-Grade 5 Program Director – Lakeview Church, Saskatoon
– Children’s Ministry Administrative Assistant – Lakeview Church, Saskatoon
– Arlington Beach Camp and Conference Centre – Executive Director

September 29-October 1 – FCJ Centre, Calgary
October 20-22 – Wesley Acres

Please note: The Bishop’s Notes are sent out at the beginning of every week and includes pulpit supply information). As some of this information is personal and sensitive it has been omitted from the website.  Please contact the Personnel office (905-357-3165) for more information.