CliffsNotes – May 15, 2018

It was 30 degrees in Vancouver on Sunday: Happy Mother’s Day indeed! Saturday was the BC Regional Gathering and we were hosted by the New Heights Community Church family. This church family purchased a building on the main street of town (Mission, BC). In order to do so, the city required that they create a […]

CliffsNotes – May 8, 2018

135 years. That’s how old our Tillsonburg church turned this year and Karlene and I were invited to participate in their anniversary service this past weekend. When Open Arms (Tillsonburg FM) wondered what it would mean to accept responsibility for their community, they realized that God would have them befriend migrant workers from Latin America. […]

CliffsNotes – May 1, 2018

In my neighbourhood we have squirrels that run around raiding gardens. In Dryden Ontario, they have deer! Someone at the Regional Gathering this weekend in Dryden said that they counted 30 around the town! Karlene and I enjoyed the very warm fellowship of this tight knit network/Regional Gathering. We talked, laughed, PRAYED, and dealt with […]

CliffsNotes – April 24, 2018

This past Friday and Saturday the national Board of Administration met (we meet twice a year). We continued in our study of Pursuing God’s Will Together by Ruth Haley Barton. There were items on the agenda that we all looked forward to and at least one that none of us were excited about – most […]

CliffsNotes – April 17, 2018

In my neighbourhood, it was a lousy weather weekend. Several of our churches had to cancel services and special events. We also had to make the very difficult (but right) decision to cancel the Regional Gathering scheduled at Wesley Chapel. It’s Spring?!? Today, I’m attaching an article from The Globe and Mail that your Study […]

CliffsNotes – April 10, 2018

Regional Gathering number 4 was on snow covered St. Joseph Island! Many thanks to each of you who made the trek, even though weather was somewhat of an issue (well it would’ve been for the likes of this snow-sensitive southern Ontarian), and you had considerable drives. What a good time together! On Sunday morning Karlene […]

CliffsNotes – April 3, 2018

I have been reading about “meals” in Scripture, most recently in David Fitch’s Faithful Presence: Seven Disciplines that Shape the Church for Mission.  A couple of our churches are using this book in a sermon series and Bible study and it is a very substantial read.  Jesus ate with people who were not yet followers, […]

CliffsNotes – March 27, 2018

I think that God just gave FMCIC $5!! I was walking my dog through the green space near my home. This is not a busy pathway it’s just grass. I was praying and I ended up thinking about my mom. We were four children and mom was the only income so money was tight. When […]

CliffsNotes – March 20, 2018

The second Regional Gathering of the season was in Quebec – and in French! Worship time was once again joyful and significant. Pasteur Nathan (AKA L’Eveque de Quebec) was quite encouraged by the attendance, enthusiasm and spirit in the room. So was I and I was also pleased to visit with retired pastors who came […]

CliffsNotes – March 13, 2018

This past weekend Karlene and I made our first trip together to beautiful British Columbia! Pastor Ken Dryden (not the hockey player, though he is related) invited us to be with Lakeside FM Church in Salmon Arm, BC on Sunday morning and then with the BC network this week. Lakeside is prayerfully asking how to […]