Bishop’s Notes – November 15, 2010

Dear Colleagues,

The FMCiC Communications department is introducing a new communications feature this week.  From time to time quite a number of you have been suggesting that a way be found for video communication between members of the National Leadership Team and pastors and local churches.  To respond to this, Lisa Howden has developed a plan for NLT members to give short video interviews on events or happenings in their ministry. 

These are not going to be high quality, carefully edited productions.  It will just be one of us talking with you in a very unscripted way about something that could be of interest to a number of people in our movement.  I am the first up on this project in a brief video interview on the recent Board of Administration meetings.  This interview has been uploaded to the FMCiC website and a permanent link to the FMCIC Video Blog appears below in the Bishop’s Notes.  I will try to let you know on an ongoing basis when a new video blog has been added.

Yesterday morning I preached at the Rymal Road Community Church near Hamilton and thoroughly enjoyed being with this congregation.  After the service I met for lunch with Pastors Peter and Brenda Tursa and the ministry leaders of the congregation.  We spent about an hour and a half talking about how things are going in their congregation’s ministry and I spent time talking about life in the FMCiC and answering questions.  This is a new initiative that I am implementing in my visits in an effort to be able to connect directly with local church leadership and to communicate encouragement to them.

Later in the afternoon we travelled to Dunnville, ON for Fred Merritt’s ordination.  The Dunnville people have done a wonderful job of refurbishing their church and it was a real treat for all of us who were visiting to see the good work that they have done and to enjoy the celebration of Fred Merritt’s ordination in such nice surroundings.  The church was packed to capacity by the crowd of friends and colleagues who wanted to be present to celebrate with Fred and Rosemarie.  After the service there was lots of good conversation as we enjoyed the luncheon that had been prepared. 

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

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 the Ministry Centre 

FMCIC Video Bloghttp://www.fmcic.ca/en/who-we-are/fm-video-blog/777

Dan Sheffield’s blog: http://sheffield.typepad.com

PHOTO GALLERY
Rymal Road Community Church
Fred Merritt’s ordination

APPOINTMENTS
NA

ORDINATIONS
Ron Bartolo – November 28, 2010 at 4:00 pm at Polson Park FMC, Kingston, ON

CHURCHES IN TRANSITION
Interviewing
Arlington Woods FMC, Ottawa, ON
Asbury FMC, Perth, ON (Alan Adams, Interim)
Bramalea FMC, Brampton, ON
Trulls Road FMC, Courtice, ON (Vic Stonehouse, Interim)

Profiles available / Director of Personnel receiving resumes
Avonlea FMC, Avonlea, SK – DOP receiving resumes until November 30

Preparing Profile
Barrie FMC, Barrie, ON (Henry Dyck, Interim)
Eyebrow FMC, Eyebrow, SK
Harrowsmith FMC, Harrowsmith, ON (Carl Bull, Interim)
Queensway FMC, Niagara Falls, ON (Tom Gurnick, Interim)
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)
Charlemont FMC, Wallaceburg, ON (Paul Gast)
Eastern Koinonia, Toronto, ON (Javed Jamil)
Enterprise FMC, Enterprise, ON
Killarney FMC, Killarney, MB (Raymond Riglin)
Mainstreet Community Church, Kelowna, BC (Shonu Ghosh)
Malvern Chinese, Toronto, ON (K.K. Leung)
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)
Surrey FMC, Surrey, BC (David Ryttersgaard)
Timmins FMC, Timmins, ON (Lewis Byer)
Wawota FMC, Wawota, SK (Kevan Sears)
Wyevale FMC, Wyevale, ON
Yarker FMC, Yarker, ON (Ken Babcock)

PASTORS IN TRANSITION
Ousman Ali
William (Rusty) Crozier
Glenn Dixon
Peter Goodyear
David Greene
Brenda Haggett
Mike Hogeboom
Kevin Kay
Will Keller
Barry Taylor
Scott Woolhead

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
Executive Director, Wesley Acres Inc.

2011 GENERAL CONFERENCE
May 20-23, 2011 – Toronto Marriott Airport Hotel
May 20 – Epiphaneia Conference