CliffsNotes – August 22, 2017

I’m feeling very French today! This weekend Karlene and I met with most of our pastors and their spouses from Quebec (I was really proud of Karlene for dusting off her one year of high school French for the weekend: she met with all the pastors’ wives, and then taught a worship seminar the next day). All of our pastor’s in Quebec are bi-vocational. Below is Pasteur Philippe’s summary of the event.

Karlene and I loved worshiping with the St. Henri church. I think that I was told that there are 15 nations represented in this church family. The Board is quite excited about what God has in store as they learn how to accept responsibility for their community.

Did you know that Quebec is a largely unreached province? This means that there are very few evangelicals and even fewer people in Quebec who have heard or been exposed to the Gospel. This is happening in Canada – on our watch FMCIC.

Here’s Pasteur Philippe’s summary of the weekend:

Nous avons eu la joie d’accueillir pour la première fois au Québec, l’évêque Cliff Fletcher et sa femme Karlene dans le cadre d’une rencontre de tous les pasteurs et de leurs femmes des églises méthodistes libres au Québec. Nous étions une trentaine de personnes rassemblée pour vivre une rencontre avec notre nouvel évêque, afin de partager les orientations et vision de l’ÉMLC désirait mettre en place. Nous avons pu partager de ce que le Seigneur fait dans nos églises et nos défis que nous rencontrons. Il y a eu une rencontre avec Karlene et les femmes des pasteurs où elles ont pu partager les enjeux du ministre et d’être une femme de pasteur. Durant ce temps, l’évêque a partagé un moment édifiant avec les pasteurs pour connaître ce qu’ils peuvent vivre au sein de leur congrégation.
Une belle journée de partage et de retrouvaille pour créer des liens et s’encourager mutuellement à poursuivre l’œuvre du Seigneur au Québec.

(Note: did you find it inconvenient to copy and paste this text in Google Translate? Did you even bother? Remember that our Francophone brothers and sisters have to deal with this all the time! Pray for our Francophone church family – they are our community too for whom we have to accept responsibility.)


MEDIA CONNECTIONS

Church Health Thursdays – Grandma Didn’t Go to Church: https://www.fmcic.ca/grandma-didnt-go-to-church-9-ways-first-generation-christians-are-making-me-a-better-pastor/ New
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– a Free Methodist theology blog: 3 Minute Theology 2.5: Knowing the Bible Inside Out: http://www.fmcic.ca/3-minute-theology-2-5-knowing-the-bible-inside-out/
New Leaf Podcast: Brandon Richardson – The Embassy -> Slate Church:https://www.newleafnetwork.ca/podcast/ep-47-brandon-richardson-embassy-slate-church/
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St. Henri FM Church


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SCHOLARSHIPS

The next deadline is October 15, 2017 to apply for both the Leadership Scholarship Plan (LSP) for the summer and fall semesters of 2017, and for the Special Scholarships. More information is available at this link:http://www.fmcic.ca/scholarships/

FOUNDATIONAL COURSES
Heart of Canadian Free Methodism:
Nov 3-5, 2017 at Trulls Road FMC, Courtice, ON

Wesleyan Theology:
Nov 3-5, 2017 at First FMC, New Westminster, BC
(also available online through FMC-USA:http://fmcusa.org/leadership/courses/)

Personal and Church Stewardship
6-week online course – start date TBA

Culture and the Missional Church:
Date and Location TBA

(*these locations will be selected based on where the majority of the participants reside – so please register early!)Registration is online for all courses at this link: http://www.fmcic.ca/foundational-courses/ and now includes PayPal or credit card payment options. Those tracking for credentialed ministry should take the Heart course first and then Wesleyan Theology if possible.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • Rev. Jason and Erika Mills will become co-pastors at Blue Mountain Community Church in Thornbury, ON, effective September 1, 2017.

Ordination and Commissioning
N/A


CHURCHES IN TRANSITION
Interviewing
Smiths Falls FMC, Smiths Falls, ON
Warkworth FMC, Warkworth, ON
Westdale Park FMC, Napanee, ON

Church Profiles available
(Contact Susan DePlanché at the Personnel Office to request a church profile –[email protected])

Dryden FMC, Dryden, ON – Personnel Office receiving resumes until September 5

Preparing Profiles
(If you are interested in seeing the profile for any of these churches, please contact Susan at the Personnel office [[email protected]] and the profile will be emailed to you as soon as it becomes available.)

Athens FMC, Athens, ON
Asbury FMC, Perth, ON
Caistor Centre FMC, Caistor Centre, ON (Mary Lee DeWitt-Transition Pastor)
Cornerstone FMC, Prince Albert, SK – (Dyan Mouland-Transition Pastor)
Grapeview FMC, St. Catharines, ON
Harrowsmith FMC, Harrowsmith, ON (Carl Bull – Transition Pastor)
Melfort FMC, Melfort, SK
Rustle FMC, Kingston, ON (Todd Stelmach-Interim Pastor)
Sault Ste. Marie FMC, Sault Ste. Marie, ON
Tabernacle de la Grace, Montreal QC


Functioning with approved local arrangements
Avonlea FMC, Avonlea SK
Campbell’s Bay FMC, Campbell’s Bay, QC (Orville White)
Church On The Hill, Orillia ON (Ousman Ali)
Cordova Mines FM Fellowship, Cordova Mines, ON
Eglise Chrétienne Méthodiste Libre de Le Gardeur, QC (Duplan Auguste Lython)
Enterprise FMC, Enterprise, ON
Frankford Community FMC, Frankford, ON (Bruce Kellar, Transition Pastor)
Killarney FMC, Killarney, MB (Raymond Riglin)
Markham FMC, ON (K.K. Leung)
Pineview FMC, Cloyne, ON
Richmond Hill Chinese & English Churches, Richmond Hill, ON (K.K. Leung)
Roblin FMC, Roblin, MB (Heath Butler)
Surrey FMC, Surrey BC (Nathaniel Prakash)
theStory, Sarnia, ON
Timmins FMC, Timmins, ON (Lewis Byer)
Vennachar FMC, Vennachar, ON (Laurie Lemke)
Wesley Chapel Japanese FM Church, Toronto, ON (Misa Mochinaga)
Wyevale FMC, Wyevale, ON
Yarker FMC, Yarker, ON (Ken Babcock)

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PASTORS IN TRANSITION

William Crozier
Roxanne Goodyear
Kim Henderson
Dan Sheffield
Derek Spink
Grant Wolfe
Mary-Elsie Wolfe
Wesley Wood


EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
Associate Pastor – Barrie FM Church
In-Program Supervisor – Little Blessings Nursery School, Whitby, ON
Associate Pastor – Trulls Road FM Church
Youth and Children Ministry Director – Verona Free Methodist Church