Bishop’s Notes – August 4, 2009

Dear Colleagues,


Earlier this summer, I mentioned that Floyd Babcock, a minister in the FMCIC, had been appointed as a Canadian Citizenship Judge.  This morning, along with a number of other friends and colleagues, Donna and I had the opportunity to be present for his official “Robing” as a judge and to observe while he led new Canadians from 24 different countries in their oaths of citizenship.

It was a very moving experience to watch these new citizens receive their citizenship papers and observe the variety of expressions on their faces.  Some were elated, others had tears in their eyes, and others seemed to be giving a serious sigh of relief now that they were officially citizens.

Floyd told me that he feels very honoured to serve his country in this way and to be able to participate in the lives of so many people.  As one might imagine, the courtroom procedures are only a very small part of his responsibility. He will be involved in examining the files of applicants for citizenship and in due diligence interviews.  As he comes to your mind, I’m sure he would appreciate your prayers.  Unfortunately, my camera is at the repair shop but I hope to have some pictures of this event in the Photo Gallery later this week.

There are several announcements to make this week.  The Timmins church has gone into transition, David Moore has been appointment as the Network Leader (for the network formerly led by Kevin Tompkins), and Réal Gagné’s appointment status has been changed to “Released for service beyond the denomination– Divisional Human Resources Coordinator, Salvation Army.”

Next week, the Systems Analysis Task Force of the Board of Administration will be holding its meetings at the Ministry Centre.  Please pray for us as we together seek the Lord’s discernment about where we have been as movement, where we are presently, and the direction that He is leading us as we press into the future.

I look forward to meeting at the throne of grace with many of you in our days of fasting and prayer this week. (See attached Prayer Guide for August 6-7, 2009)

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:

– David Moore – Network Leader for MB-SK Small Church Network (replacing Kevin Tompkins), effective August 1, 2009
– Réal Gagné – “Released for service beyond the denomination– Divisional Human Resources Coordinator, Salvation Army,” effective August 4, 2009

– Normand Doucette – Mountain View FMC, Clarenceville, Quebec on August 16, 2009 at 4 pm.
– Barbara Peterson – New Horizons FMC, Sarnia, ON on September 13, 2009, 4 pm.


Lakeside Community Church, Salmon Arm, BC (Sheldon Carlson, Interim)
Whitby FMC, Whitby, ON

Profiles available / Director of Personnel receiving resumes
Pineview FMC, Cloyne, ON (Glenn Dixon, Intentional Interim until September 30, 2009) DoP receiving resumes until August 10
Westdale Park, Napanee, ON (Carl Bull, Intentional Interim until Sept 9, 2009) DoP receiving resumes until August 24

Preparing Profile
Asbury FMC, Perth, ON
Avonlea FMC, Avonlea, SK
Bramalea FMC, Brampton, ON
Charlemont FMC, Wallaceburg, ON
Eastern Koinonia, Toronto, ON
Ecclesiax, Ottawa, ON (Cameron Montgomery, Interim)
St Joseph Island Free Methodist Church, Hilton Beach, 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
Don Oldford
Jim Peetoom
Kevin Tompkins
Scott Woolhead
– 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

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