Bishop’s Notes – November 23, 2009

Dear Colleagues,

I can hardly believe that next Sunday is the first Sunday of Advent – that beautiful season of the year when we prepare ourselves for this year’s celebration of Jesus’ first coming into our world.  I hope that this will be a spiritually rich time for you and your congregation. 

This past Friday and Saturday the Study Commission on Doctrine met at the Ministry Centre.  I’ll write more next week about the interesting and important projects that it is working on. 

This past week Kim Henderson (FMCiC’s Director of Personnel) and Lloyd Eyre (President of the Lorne Park Foundation) hosted an information and fellowship time for students at Tyndale University College and Seminary in Toronto.  Kim tells me that there was a good turn out of students and this was a worthwhile investment in potential leaders for the future.  There are pics in the photo gallery of this event. 

Yesterday Donna and I drove to the village of Dresden, Ontario to be part of Trinity Christian Centre’s 20th Anniversary celebrations.  It was a blessing to be welcomed by Pastor John Lang, to preach in their morning service and be part of this day as they celebrated 20 years of ministry and dedicated a wall mural in their drop-in centre and sound system upgrades to honour the memory of Lillian Clark and Keith Wells.  We sat at tables for the worship service (a full house) and then after the service enjoyed a concert of Southern Gospel music followed by a roast beef lunch.  [This congregation is Pastor Tim Richard’s (Melfort FMC, SK) home church.]

In the afternoon, Rick Venne was set apart as a Commissioned Minister at the New Horizons Church in Sarnia.  He is the pastor of Iglesia de Buen Samaritano, a ministry to Spanish-speaking people in the Sarnia area.  We want to offer our congratulations to Rick and Bridget.  It was a wonderful time of celebration which was of course followed by another opportunity to share food and fellowship with God’s people. 

There are also pics of these events in the photo gallery.
 
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].

Have a look at Dan Sheffield’s blog: http://sheffield.typepad.com

Photo Gallery
Tyndale Information Session
Trinity Christian Centre 20th Anniversary
Rick Venne Commissioning

APPOINTMENTS
NA

CHURCHES IN TRANSITION
Interviewing

Ecclesiax, Ottawa, ON (Cameron Montgomery, Interim)
Westdale Park, Napanee, ON (Carl Bull, Intentional Interim until March 9, 2010)
Whitby FMC, Whitby, ON (Vic & Joan Stonehouse, Interim)

Profiles available / Director of Personnel receiving resumes
St Joseph Island Free Methodist Church, Hilton Beach, ON DOP receiving resumes until January 4
Surrey FMC, Surrey, BC DOP receiving resumes until December 16

Preparing Profile
Asbury FMC, Perth, ON (Alan Adams, Interim)
Avonlea FMC, Avonlea, SK
Bramalea FMC, Brampton, ON
Charlemont FMC, Wallaceburg, ON
Eastern Koinonia, Toronto, ON
Queensway FMC, Niagara Falls, ON
Vennachar FMC, Vennachar, ON
Wawota FMC, Wawota, SK

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
Linda Dixon
Harold Fox
Tom Gurnick
Larry Hart
Dale Hawley
Kevin Kay
John Kurish
Steve Lougheed
Doug McLeod
Samson Mehari
Paul Millar
Jim Peetoom
Pierre Sanambe
Jennifer Wagar
Scott Woolhead
 
EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
– Wesley Acres – Ministry Director
– Associate Pastor of Mission and Ministry– Arlington Woods FMC, Ottawa, ON
– Children’s Ministry Administrative Assistant – Lakeview Church, Saskatoon

Please note: The Bishop’s Notes are sent out at the beginning of every week and includes pulpit supply information). As some of this information is personal and sensitive it has been omitted from the website.  Please contact the Personnel office (905-357-3165) for more information.