CliffsNotes – April 13, 2021

General Conference June 5-6… But first, a Sabbath Week

Dear Chaplains, Pastors, Delegates, Board chairs, and all those who call FMCiC home,

What usually happens at General Conference time is members of Conference take time off to travel to and from the event, and obviously three days attending the actual event. A virtual conference, which is what we are planning this year, only requires travel from one room in your house to another, so you will be able to optimize on all that will be offered.

I believe that we could even make an argument for the proposal below, being likened to Old Testament festivals that required time away from work, travel time, and therefore the gift of family time and resting time. God built several festivals into His people’s annual rhythm, beyond the daily and weekly sabbath. John Wesley traveled thousands of miles preaching, but in between he logged a lot of horseback time – time that he prayed, thought and read. The difference between busy 50 years ago, and busy today is that technology gives us no down time, no time to breathe. We are not good sabbath-ers, and of course there is a pandemic.

In consultation with your Regional Coaches, the National Leadership Team would like to extend to you leaders and to your churches a week off, the week prior to General Conference, May 31-June 4. It is my hope that all of our churches will participate in the June 6 worship service, which also means that you (pastors) will not be preparing a message that week. I would recommend that you would offer all your local church leaders the week off – a church-wide sabbath.

Breathe, read, write, exercise, create, worship, family (I am using “family” as a verb) and PRAY. Perhaps make it a church-wide week of prayer with a prayer guide, or triads that would connect a couple of times with each other to pray. Perhaps you will find a spiritual director to help you plan a spiritually meaningful week (I saw a pamphlet that Lakeview created for prayer for their church – I’m sure they’d share!). If you prefer, then use the week to catch up on all the virtual workshops being offered for General Conference (and certainly invite your church family to watch them too).

The bottom line is that May 31-June 4 is being offered to you and your church family as a sabbath week.


SPRING GATHERING

LOVE LED US HERE – A PILGRIMAGE
SATURDAY, APRIL 17 @ 12PM EST

Typically, we would meet regionally with members of the National Leadership Team travelling across the country to be with you in person, but this year is not typical. This year we will all gather together virtually to begin a pilgrimage.
For more information please visit: https://www.fmcic.ca/spring-gathering-2021/ 

 


WHAT’S NEW THIS WEEK

Coffee with Jared: https://vimeo.com/533730644

Interview with Sabrina Hinds and Sharon Lindsay of Kingsview FMC re: Black History Month: https://vimeo.com/533599135

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN

Tuesdays: Cliff’s Notes
Thursdays: Church Health Thursday article share
2nd Tuesday of each month: What’s Got You Thinking?
3rd Wednesday of each month: Get the Scoop with Lisa and Alison
4th Thursday of each month: Church Health Thursday
Message from Bishop Cliff: https://vimeo.com/518725147
Coffee with Jared: https://vimeo.com/533730644
Mystery Beverage with Marc: https://vimeo.com/504427854


ANNOUNCEMENTS

John-Mark Cockram – co-Lead Pastor at Kingsview FMC, Etobicoke, ON – in transition effective June 30


ORDINATION SERVICES

Wilder Boutin – date and time TBA – Centre Biblique Louange a L’Eternel, Montreal, QC

Leonard Bruce –    date and location TBA

Blake Found – date and time TBA –  Uxbridge FMC, Uxbridge, ON

Jessica Isaak – date and time TBA – Hampton FMC, Saskatoon, SK

Erika Mills – July 25, 2021, Time TBA – Blue Mountain Community Church, Thornbury, ON

Benjamin Platz – date and time TBA – Next Church, Kingston, ON

Douglas Smith – May 2, 2021 at 2:00 pm, Fellowship of Joy, St. Williams, ON

 

COMMISSIONING SERVICES
Alyson Lauber – Date and time TBA – Lakeview FMC, Saskatoon, SK
Nathaniel Prakash – Date and time TBA – Surrey FMC, Surrey, BC


FOUNDATIONAL COURSES  http://www.fmcic.ca/foundational-courses/

Register online through the link above (Tuition payment is not required when registering for a course.  Payment is due 10 days before the course begins.)

Lay Ministers tracking for credentialed ministry and those transferring ordination credentials into the FMCIC need to take the following two courses for full credit – and if possible, the Heart course first and then Wesleyan Theology.

Heart of Canadian Free Methodism:
Nov 5-7, 2021 – location TBA*

Wesleyan Theology:
Nov 5-7, 2021 – location TBA*

Also available:

Ministerial Candidates tracking for Commissioned or Ordained Minister are required to take the following two courses for full credit.  Those who are already commissioned or ordained are required to either audit these two courses for 1 Continuing Education Unit (CEU) each or take the two courses and complete the assignments for 3 CEUs each.

Culture and the Missional Church:
Date and location TBA*

Personal and Church Stewardship:

5-week online course – Start Date TBA

(* These course locations are selected based on where the majority of the participants reside – so please register early! )


SCHOLARSHIPS

2021 APPLICATIONS   http://www.fmcic.ca/scholarships/

LEADERSHIP SCHOLARSHIP PLAN (LSP):

October 15 is the deadline to apply for LSP for any courses taken during the summer/or fall semesters of 2021.  The 2021 application forms and instructions  are now available to download from the link above.  Please use the application forms marked “rev 2021.”

SPECIAL SCHOLARSHIPS:

October 15 is the deadline to apply for the annual Special Scholarships for courses taken during the 2021 calendar year – apply online anytime from the link above.  Special Scholarships are awarded in late November/early December each year.

CONTINUING EDUCATION UNITS (CEUs)   https://www.fmcic.ca/introduction-to-continuing-education/

Ordained and Commissioned Ministers (except retirees) are to annually report Continuing Education Units (CEUs) acquired during each year.  Check the link above for information on CEUs, the report form and a list of examples of many different types of life-long learning that can be applied as CEUs.
Note:  For those who attend the fall Minister’s Conferences or the spring Regional Gatherings, add 6 hours of CEU credit for each event when you send in your annual CEU report.

____________________________________________________________________________________________

CHURCHES IN TRANSITION
Interviewing

Cedar Street Community Church, Simcoe, ON
Dunnville FMC, Dunnville, ON [Interim Pastor-Neale Robb]
New Hope FMC, Bracebridge, ON

 

Church Profiles available
Contact Davika Dotson in the  Leadership Development Office to request a church profile – [email protected] or 416-240-7845   (deadline to apply in brackets)

None available at this time

Preparing Profiles

(If you are interested in seeing the profile for any of these churches, please contact Davika in the Leadership Development Office [see above] and the profile will be emailed to you as soon as it becomes available.)

Campbellford FMC, Campbellford, ON (Rev. Jurgen Rausch-Transition Pastor)
Cornerstone FMC, Prince Albert, SK
Harrowsmith FMC, Harrowsmith, ON
First FM Church, New Westminster, BC
Frankford Community Church, Frankford, ON
Lakeland Community Church, Spiritwood, SK
New Horizons Community Church, Sarnia, ON (Rev. Mary Lee DeWitt-Transition Pastor)
Pineview FMC, Cloyne, ON
Richmond Hill Chinese & English FM Churches, Richmond Hill, ON (Rev. Louis Leung – Interim Pastor)
Trinity Christian Centre, Dresden, ON (Rev. Alan Adams – Interim Pastor)
Warkworth FMC, Warkworth, ON
Whitby FMC, Whitby, ON (Rev. Vic Stonehouse-Transition Pastor)


EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
Youth and Young Adult Ministries Associate Pastor – Barrie FM Church
Camp Director –  Harbour Ridge Camp

 


ANNOUNCEMENTS

Blake Found – Lead Pastor at Uxbridge FMC, Uxbridge, ON – approved for Ordained Minister


ORDINATION SERVICES

Wilder Boutin – date and time TBA – Centre Biblique Louange a L’Eternel, Montreal, QC

Leonard Bruce –    date and location TBA

Blake Found – date and time TBA –  Uxbridge FMC, Uxbridge, ON

Jessica Isaak – date and time TBA – Hampton FMC, Saskatoon, SK

Erika Mills – July 25, 2021, Time TBA – Blue Mountain Community Church, Thornbury, ON

Benjamin Platz – date and time TBA – Next Church, Kingston, ON

Douglas Smith – May 2, 2021 at 2:00 pm, Fellowship of Joy, St. Williams, ON

 

COMMISSIONING SERVICES
Alyson Lauber – Date and time TBA – Lakeview FMC, Saskatoon, SK
Nathaniel Prakash – Date and time TBA – Surrey FMC, Surrey, BC


FOUNDATIONAL COURSES  http://www.fmcic.ca/foundational-courses/

Register online through the link above (Tuition payment is not required when registering for a course.  Payment is due 10 days before the course begins.)

Lay Ministers tracking for credentialed ministry and those transferring ordination credentials into the FMCIC need to take the following two courses for full credit – and if possible, the Heart course first and then Wesleyan Theology.

Heart of Canadian Free Methodism:
Nov 5-7, 2021 – location TBA*

Wesleyan Theology:
Nov 5-7, 2021 – location TBA*

Also available:

Ministerial Candidates tracking for Commissioned or Ordained Minister are required to take the following two courses for full credit.  Those who are already commissioned or ordained are required to either audit these two courses for 1 Continuing Education Unit (CEU) each or take the two courses and complete the assignments for 3 CEUs each.

Culture and the Missional Church:
Date and location TBA*

Personal and Church Stewardship:

5-week online course – Start Date TBA

(* These course locations are selected based on where the majority of the participants reside – so please register early! )


SCHOLARSHIPS

2021 APPLICATIONS   http://www.fmcic.ca/scholarships/

LEADERSHIP SCHOLARSHIP PLAN (LSP):

October 15 is the deadline to apply for LSP for any courses taken during the summer/or fall semesters of 2021.  The 2021 application forms and instructions  are now available to download from the link above.  Please use the application forms marked “rev 2021.”

SPECIAL SCHOLARSHIPS:

October 15 is the deadline to apply for the annual Special Scholarships for courses taken during the 2021 calendar year – apply online anytime from the link above.  Special Scholarships are awarded in late November/early December each year.

CONTINUING EDUCATION UNITS (CEUs)   https://www.fmcic.ca/introduction-to-continuing-education/

Ordained and Commissioned Ministers (except retirees) are to annually report Continuing Education Units (CEUs) acquired during each year.  Check the link above for information on CEUs, the report form and a list of examples of many different types of life-long learning that can be applied as CEUs.
Note:  For those who attend the fall Minister’s Conferences or the spring Regional Gatherings, add 6 hours of CEU credit for each event when you send in your annual CEU report.

____________________________________________________________________________________________

CHURCHES IN TRANSITION
Interviewing
Dunnville FMC, Dunnville, ON [Interim Pastor-Neale Robb]
New Hope FMC, Bracebridge, ON

 

Church Profiles available
Contact Davika Dotson in the  Leadership Development Office to request a church profile – [email protected] or 416-240-7845   (deadline to apply in brackets)

Cedar Street Community Church, Simcoe, ON

Preparing Profiles

(If you are interested in seeing the profile for any of these churches, please contact Davika in the Leadership Development Office [see above] and the profile will be emailed to you as soon as it becomes available.)

Campbellford FMC, Campbellford, ON (Rev. Jurgen Rausch-Transition Pastor)
Cornerstone FMC, Prince Albert, SK
Harrowsmith FMC, Harrowsmith, ON
First FM Church, New Westminster, BC
Frankford Community Church, Frankford, ON
Lakeland Community Church, Spiritwood, SK
New Horizons Community Church, Sarnia, ON (Rev. Mary Lee DeWitt-Transition Pastor)
Pineview FMC, Cloyne, ON
Richmond Hill Chinese & English FM Churches, Richmond Hill, ON (Rev. Louis Leung – Interim Pastor)
Trinity Christian Centre, Dresden, ON (Rev. Alan Adams – Interim Pastor)
Warkworth FMC, Warkworth, ON
Whitby FMC, Whitby, ON (Rev. Vic Stonehouse-Transition Pastor)


EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
Youth and Young Adult Ministries Associate Pastor – Barrie FM Church
Camp Director –  Harbour Ridge Camp