Bishop’s Notes-March 30, 2009

Dear Colleagues,

We had a great time at the Regional Gathering at Wesley Chapel on Saturday.  It was a blessing to watch and listen as leaders from 32 congregations interacted in discussions and shared coffee time and meal fellowship.

The Toronto area congregations, of course, are the most culturally diverse and I heard the comment several times in different ways that people really enjoyed having their horizons stretched by what they heard from others.  It is true that we need to be focused on the ministries of our local church, but it’s also important to realize that God is at work in diverse ways in places not so far from where we live.

We had the opportunity to welcome Ed Moreno, a church planter who is starting a new church in the troubled Jane/Finch area of Toronto, and Pastor Louis Valdor (and four lay leaders) from Emmanuel Christian Church – a new Haitian church plant in the Kennedy/Lawrence area.  I am intrigued with the way that God continues to bring connections to others who share our vision for seeing healthy congregations within the reach of others.

Yesterday, Donna and I visited the Emmanuel Christian Church.  Pastor Valdor tells me that Haitians are migrating from Montreal to Toronto and that there is a community of about 15,000 in this area.

There are pictures from both of these events in the Photo Gallery this week.

Eastern Koinonia FMC in Toronto has gone into transition.

I’m looking forward to being with you at the throne of grace in our days of fasting this week (Prayer Guide attached).  Saturday is the next Regional Gathering at Arlington Beach Camp in Saskatchewan.  Please keep this gathering in your prayers.

Have a great week serving Jesus.

Blessings,

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].

PHOTO GALLERY
Wesley Chapel Regional Gathering
Emmanuel Christian Church, Toronto