Bishop’s Notes – March 22, 2010

Dear Colleagues,

This past Saturday was the first of nine Regional Gatherings to be held in various centres across Canada.  See the schedule and locations below.  Pastors and local church leaders from 11  different churches in Quebec and one in Ontario met at Église Méthodiste Libre de Rosemont in Montréal.  It was interesting to listen in on the talking groups as leaders from the various churches talked about both the blessings and the challenges they are experiencing in their ministries. 

I expect that similar themes will be discussed in each of the Regional Gatherings, but a challenge that is unique to several Quebec churches is the challenge of language.  These churches have immigrants that speak different languages and no one language is common to all.  For example, during the Regional Gathering I was translated from English to French and one of the pastors translated from French to Kirundi so that what was being communicated could be understood. 

On Sunday, Donna and I worshipped at Église Évangélique Des Mille-Iles in Laval, Quebec, a northern suburb of Montréal.  This congregation led by Pastor Edrice Clermy and his wife, Merlande is one of the church plants sponsored by the FMCiC.  The service was characterized by enthusiastic singing and a special sense of the Holy Spirit’s presence.  Donna and I were particularly moved as the children’s group sang their hearts out in praise to the Lord Jesus.  There are pics from both of these events in the photo gallery this week.

There are several announcements today: 
• The BOA has elected Jason Johnson (pastor at West Springs, Calgary) to serve on the BOA, replacing Wade Fitzpatrick (resigned) and Keitha Slack, pastor at Saskatoon FMC to serve on MEGaP replacing Rob Van Norman (resigned). 
• Linda Dixon has been appointed to a new ministry position.  See below.
• Next Saturday, March 27 is the Wesley Chapel Regional Gathering.  These are key opportunities for local church leaders to be in conversation with each other, to encourage one another and to hear from one another about what God is doing.  Please pray for the Gathering. 
• Next Sunday afternoon at 3:00 p.m. is the dedication of the Butternut Creek FMC in Kingston.

Have a great week serving Jesus.

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: http://sheffield.typepad.com

PHOTO GALLERY
Regional Gathering – Rosemont, Montréal
Eglise Evangelique Des Milles-Iles, Montréal

PASTORAL APPOINTMENTS
Linda Dixon – Released for Service beyond the Denomination – Director of Stonegate Community Ecumenical Ministry, Etobicoke, ON, effective March 17, 2010.

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

ANNUAL REPORT  – Due now!  Please file your report through our website—www.fmc-canada.org—you will find it on the top banner of the home page, or at this link: http://www.formsite.com/reports/form70742026/index.html

Network Leader Evaluation – all who attend Network meetings regularly should file (The Lead Pastor’s evaluation will be included with the Annual Report; all others can file through this link.)  http://www.formsite.com/reports/form775276147/index.html

CHURCHES IN TRANSITION
Interviewing

St Joseph Island Free Methodist Church, Hilton Beach, ON
Surrey FMC, Surrey, BC
Wawota FMC, Wawota, SK

Profiles available / Director of Personnel receiving resumes
NA

Preparing Profile
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
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
The FreeWay, Oshawa, ON
Timmins FMC, Timmins, ON     
Wyevale FMC, Wyevale, ON
Yarker FMC, Yarker, ON

PASTORS IN TRANSITION
Ousman Ali
Jennifer Anderson
Dean Babcock
Glenn Dixon
Harold Fox
Tom Gurnick
Larry Hart
Dale Hawley
Kevin Kay
Steve Lougheed
Doug McLeod
Samson Mehari
Paul Millar
Jim Peetoom
Pierre Sanambe
Barry Taylor
Jennifer Wagar
Scott Woolhead
 
EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
Director, Operations – Wesley Acres
Associate Pastor of Mission and Ministry– Arlington Woods FMC, Ottawa, ON
Retirement Park Administrator –Light and Life Park, Lakeland, Florida
Retirement Park Office Manager – Light and Life Park, Lakeland, Florida

2010 Regional Gatherings
March 27 – Wesley Chapel
April 17 – Brantford – Freedom Christian Community
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)