This has been a wonderful weekend for connecting with leaders of congregations in western Canada. On Friday night, I met with the Board of the Edmonton FMC in Edmonton and then travelled with Pastor Patrick Lashley to the Regional gathering in Ellice. Once again we enjoyed a good day together with pastors and lay leaders of the region. Pastor Joseph Seidu (Winnipeg) joined us a resource person and a number commented on the valuable cross cultural insights that he brought to our discussions.
Yesterday morning, Donna and I worshipped at Pineridge House in Calgary to celebrate a very special moment in this church plant pastored by Dan and Jodi Jansen. They meet in the Jansens’ home and have had as many as 61 in attendance. Yesterday, they officially became a “Fellowship” of the FMCiC which means that they have taken the next developmental step as a congregation toward Society status. (See Chapter 3 in The Manual for more details.) It’s exciting to see what the Lord has done over the last five years in this community based church plant. And, all of us across Canada have been a part of this through our Days of Fasting and Prayer prayers and Church Development Giving Stream giving.
Last evening, we were hosted by Pastor Shonu and Harriett Ghosh for an informal fellowship time with the Mainstreet Community Church leaders in Kelowna, BC. Once again, it was so encouraging to hear about how this church has experienced significant turnaround progress over the last year. The congregation is growing, financial challenges are being met and there’s a wonderful sense of optimism among the people.
There are pics in the Photo Gallery this week from these visits.
You will also notice a new feature in the Functioning with approved local arrangements section below. Several have asked if these churches are without pastoral leadership and so we are listing the names of the people functioning as pastors of one of these churches. These are people whom the Lord has brought our way to pastor these congregations but they are not yet in a position for one reason or another (from a credential perspective) to be appointed by MEGaP. Nonetheless, we are thankful for the blessing that they are to these congregations and to the movement at large.
We want to send congratulations from all of us to Mark Earle and Trevor Swanson who have been approved for ordination by the BOA and to Joe Jobin who has been approved as a Ministerial Candidate. (Trevor’s ordination has been scheduled. See below.)
Andrew Klinger has been appointed as Associate Pastor at Cornerstone Community Church, Almonte, ON effective May 27, 2010.
In closing, let me thank you again for your prayer support for the Regional Gatherings. It is evident that the blessings for these gatherings are coming because of your intercessions. Next weekend is the ninth and last Regional Gathering in Merritt, BC. Please remember to pray for your BC friends as they come together for the day.
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: http://sheffield.typepad.com
Trevor Swanson – September 12, 2010 at 4:00 p.m. at New Hope FMC, Newmarket, ON.
Andrew Klinger – Associate Pastor, Cornerstone Community Church, Almonte, ON, effective May 27, 2010.
CHURCHES IN TRANSITION
Blue Mountain Community Church, Thornbury, ON – (Aaron James, Interim)
Surrey FMC, Surrey, BC
Wawota FMC, Wawota, SK
Profiles available / Director of Personnel receiving resumes
Arlington Woods FMC, Ottawa, ON
Asbury FMC, Perth, ON (Alan Adams, Interim)
Avonlea FMC, Avonlea, SK
Barrie FMC, Barrie, ON
Bramalea FMC, Brampton, ON
Charlemont FMC, Wallaceburg, ON
Eastern Koinonia, Toronto, ON
Queensway FMC, Niagara Falls, ON (Tom Gurnick, Interim)
Trulls Road FMC, Courtice, ON
Vennachar FMC, Vennachar, ON
Westport FMC, Westport, ON
Functioning with approved local arrangements
Butternut Creek, Kingston, ON (Bob Boutilier)
Campbell‘s Bay FMC, Campbell’s Bay, QC (Orville White)
Enterprise FMC, Enterprise, ON
Killarney FMC, Killarney, MB (Raymond Riglin)
Mainstreet Community Church, Kelowna, BC (Shonu Ghosh)
Malvern Chinese, Toronto, ON (K.K. Leung)
Marmora FMC, Marmora, ON (Joe Jobin)
Mississippi FMC, Mississippi, ON (Jack Bradley)
Richmond Hill Chinese & English Churches, Richmond Hill, ON (K.K. Leung)
Roblin FMC, Roblin, MB (Heath Butler)
St Joseph Island FM Church, Hilton Beach, ON (Adrian Collins)
Timmins FMC, Timmins, ON (Lewis Byer)
Wyevale FMC, Wyevale, ON (Velma Shewfelt)
Yarker FMC, Yarker, ON (Ken Babcock)
PASTORS IN TRANSITION
William (Rusty) Crozier
2010 Regional Gatherings
June 12 – Merritt
2010 FMCIC Ministers Conferences
September 28-30 – Wesley Acres
October 5-7 – Entheos Retreat Centre (near Calgary)