Well, here we are in February and Ontario’s Wiarton Willie came out on Groundhog Day, saw his shadow and there’s six more weeks for the snowmobilers, skiers, and tobogganers to enjoy their favorite pastimes. How’s that for looking on the bright side of things?
I was at Wesley Chapel, Toronto, yesterday to speak in their “Missions 2009” February series and of course, as I opened the Word of God I told stories of unique things that God is doing in and through local churches in Canada and beyond. It was interesting to look at the activities and speakers that Wesley Chapel has for February and to see their efforts to make the “local-global” Jerusalem-Judea-Samaria-and-the-ends-of-the- earth perspective alive in their congregation. In their missions projects, they are clear supporters of what the FMCiC is doing in Canada (e.g. Church Development, Leadership Development, Quebec Ministries) and in other parts of the world (Linda Stryker, Debbie Hogeboom, the Wrights, South India and Sri Lanka).
They also have a vision for ministries in their neighborhood (e.g. ESL, summer camps, new community outreach) and for partnering with parachurch organizations that are involved with the poor and homeless people, and troubled teens (e.g. Mustard Seed Ministries, Scott Mission, Yonge Street Mission, New Life Girls Home and Youth Unlimited). As the Wesley Chapel folks take an interest in these ministries and pray and give of themselves and their resources, good things will happen that will bring glory to the Lord Jesus.
In my message yesterday, I had to pause and tell the Wesley Chapel folks how grateful I am that all across Canada there is growing spirit of generosity and outward focus happening in our churches. Things are being accomplished in ways and to a degree that I would never have imagined. There are a few pics in the Photo Gallery this week. Remember Jason Locke, our worship leader from General Conference? You’ll see that he can play more than a keyboard.
There are no new announcements this week.
You are aware from Listserve that retired minister Rev. Fred Irish has died. His funeral will likely be on Friday in Belleville. Details will be sent once they are known. Please keep this family in your prayers.
Have a great week serving Jesus.
P.S. Remember. If you are wondering about something related to the FMCIC and its ministry, please send your question to [email protected].
Wesley Chapel – Feb 8, 2009