Direct Connect – December 2013

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

“…God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (Jn 3:16)
This message – the good news that God loves us – brings comfort, hope and new life to millions and millions of people around our world. The news of the day seems at times to drown out this simple, foundational message.

Skeptics point out that dismal, disastrous events cast doubt on the Bible’s message of God’s love. The Advent Season however, reminds us that God’s love is active, intervening, creative and redeeming. The message that God loves us is given credence by God’s loving act of giving himself in the person of Jesus, His Son.

The Christmas Season gives us an annual opportunity to be renewed in our faith and strengthened in our hope in light of God’s supreme act of love which breaks into the darkness of our world.

Let the celebrations begin. Sing the songs of Christmas. String the lights and hang the decorations. Act with generosity and compassion. This is God’s world. He has come to us and has lived among us. His love wins out.

Merry Christmas indeed!

Earl Wood, District Superintendent

Annual Pastors’ Professional Development Days 2013 – with Dr. Gordon Smith

The month of October closed out with many of our pastors gathered in Abbotsford for our annual Pastors’ Professional Days. While not all of our pastors were able to be present there were pastors from Yukon, Okanogan, Vancouver Island and Metro Vancouver who were able to take advantage of this opportunity for a valuable time of personal growth and spiritual development. Dr. Gordon Smith, president of Ambrose University, was the lecturer/speaker for the event. The topic of his addresses to our pastors was UNION WITH CHRIST – DEFINING AND SUSTAINING THE CHRISTIAN LIFE.

NYI Annual Event – Life Between The Trees

The month of November began with youth from Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland gathering in Vancouver for their annual District NYI Council sponsored event titled: LIFE BETWEEN THE TREES. Rev. Brian Postlewait was the speaker for the event which included worship times led by musicians and singers from Abbotsford and Primera. The teens volunteered to serve the people of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside community through the coordination of such permanent ministries as Mission Possible and Union Gospel Mission.

Men’s Retreat

The Men’s Retreat was shortened to a one day event (November 9) and held in Chilliwack under the organization and leadership of Andrew Tarrant, Tim Larson and Pat Weins. One of the highlights of the time together was a skeet shooting activity held on an Island in the Fraser River. Approximately 500 rounds of ammunition were fired by several men (including some of our pastors). The good news is that no animals or people were hit with the buckshot – as far as we know! The day marked a good beginning to what is hoped will develop into a positive activity that men from across the District will plan to participate in.

District Leaders Christmas Gathering

The month of November came to a close with our Pastors/Spouses and District leaders gathering in Abbotsford on November 30th for our annual Christmas Luncheon. This get-together provides an opportunity to celebrate the beginnings of the Advent Season with feasting and song and gift
giving – as is particularly appropriate at this special time of year.

Retired Pastors’ and Spouses Annual Appreciation Luncheon

The District Superintendent and his wife, Vernita, hosted fourteen of our retired pastors and spouses at an October luncheon. Good conversation along with good food and a few “Murphy’ jokes from Dr. Campbell went together to make the event enjoyable for all who were able to participate. We took time to talk about the ministry that the Lord is accomplishing through our church across the District and to remember each other in prayer.

Special Gathering of the Advisory Board

The District Advisory Board, District Superintendent and the District Director met in an all day session November 20th during which time the Board considered our mission and priorities and strategies along with its regular agenda of items to be dealt with. Dr. Lyle Schragg of ACTS was a guest of the Board and led the members in their discussions and deliberations. Thank you to our gracious host, Mark Kennedy, for arranging our venue and meals for the day.

CPD Oasis Ladies Retreat

Co Directors: Hayley Tarrant and Kari Larson
Providing space for women to connect
and grow in Christ
Oasis is a women’s ministry of the Canada Pacific District, Church of the Nazarene. We encourage women from all denominations and walks-of-life to join us for this fun weekend away from their usual responsibilities.

Oasis Guest Speaker 2014
We are privileged to welcome back Debbie Salter Goodwin as our guest speaker.
Debbie Salter Goodwin is a writer, speaker, children’s drama specialist and storyteller. Born in Dallas, Texas, she spent most of her growing up years in Kansas City, Missouri. She graduated from Bethany Nazarene College (now Southern Nazarene University) in Bethany, Oklahoma. Her career pursuits have included Children’s Director at Bethany First Church of the Nazarene, Professor of Speech and Drama at Olivet Nazarene University, and editor of Bread and Etc. magazines for the Nazarene Youth Department. She has authored 9 non-fiction books and 6 children’s drama resources. Two of her latest releases share her most important ministry passions: Raising Kids to

The retreat has 3 main purposes:
(1) to give women a space that is restful, fun and safe, (2) provide opportunity for women to build deeper connections, (3) encourage growth in Christ through scripture application, holistic worship, and conversations with God and others.

Oasis Committee Values:
To care for the women at the retreat, To make decisions prayerfully, To be open and honest

Retreat Dates: FEBRUARY 28 – MARCH 2, 2014 – Registration Open Now

Oasis Guest Speaker 2014
We are privileged to welcome back Debbie Salter Goodwin as our guest speaker.
Debbie Salter Goodwin is a writer, speaker, children’s drama specialist and storyteller. Born in Dallas, Texas, she spent most of her growing up years in Kansas City, Missouri. She graduated from Bethany Nazarene College (now Southern Nazarene University) in Bethany, Oklahoma. Her career pursuits have included Children’s Director at Bethany First Church of the Nazarene, Professor of Speech and Drama at Olivet Nazarene University, and editor of Bread and Etc. magazines for the Nazarene Youth Department. She has authored 9 non-fiction books and 6 children’s drama resources. Two of her latest releases share her most important ministry passions: Raising Kids to Extraordinary Faith and Empowering the Child Who Has Special Needs.

Always committed to local church ministry, Debbie teaches an all-women’s Sunday School class, serves as a Mentor mom for M.O.P.S. (Mothers of Pre-schoolers) and has directed a Drama Camp for children for the last three years.
Debbie is married to Mark Goodwin, senior pastor of Portland First Church of the Nazarene in Portland, Oregon. This follows three decades of pastorates in Texas, Missouri, and Washington. Their young adult daughter, Lisa, lives nearby in Beaverton, Oregon where she continues to demonstrate that life in Christ.

SDMI – Training, Equipping and Action – JOIN US FOR TEA!!!

The SDMI District Council is planning a series of visits to zones on the District starting early in the new year. We will be inviting your youth, children’s and adult ministry leaders to an afternoon including lunch and Training, Equipping and Action (TEA).
Areas of Focus: Children’s Worship
The Discipleshipplace.org

LAMP Update 2013-14
Leadership Team: Lorna Bartram, Monica Wood, Heather Johnson, Rachel Poon and Matt Wood.
“Everybody Leads Somebody Sometime”
LAMP@Camp 2013 (Camp leadership training and development):
– 12 years & older teens interested in working at summer camps & local VBS
– Second year of formalized worker training
– Scenario/role play/debriefing is key element of training
2014 – training for those who desire to work @ Kidz Camp August 4 to 8

Camp Compassionate Ministries Project
(in Haiti and Africa began 2012)
– Fundraising and Education to help build Water Wells through Nazarene Compassionate Ministries
– Project is part of LAMP@Camp and is introduced to campers at Kidz camp

2nd Annual LAMP Retreat
– May 30 to June 1, 2014 at Camp Charis, Chilliwack
– Open to all interested participants ages 12 and older
– Annual retreat designed as an entry point into LAMP

1st Annual LAMP+(plus) Retreat
– February 14-16, 2014 at Twin Creeks Lodge, Abbotsford
– Minimum entry age 17 years
– Equal representation of adult participants by invitation

Contact Info: Lorna Bartram at pacificnaz@telus.net or 604.841.2453

Summer Camp News

A Committee of the Camp Board met with representatives of the Camp Squeah management team in October to consider the experience of both the Canada Pacific Nazarene Camps and Camp Squeah in our first year as tenants at Squeah. The analysis included both specific matters such as on site registration experiences etc., and overall impressions such as the sense of welcome of first time attendees on the grounds and shared values etc. The discussion ended with both parties expressing a very high degree of satisfaction with the summer’s experience and the desire to see our relationship with Camp Squeah continue on into the years ahead. Dates for the Family Camp, Boys and Girls camp as well as Junior and Senior High Camps were agreed upon as follows:
– Jr. High Camp July 1st to 5th
– Family Camp August 1st to 4th
– Kidz Camp August 4th to 8th
– Sr. High Camp August 22nd to 25th
The Camp Board met in November to begin the process of laying plans for the camping season in the summer of 2014. Please begin now to pray for the directors, counselors and staff and all of the campers in our 2014 summer camping ministry.

MISSIONS – NMI News

Nazarene Compassionate
Ministries Canada News
November is of course well known for its stormy weather and the people of the Philippines and of several states in the US mid-west have felt its full force. Del Marie Wergeland, Director of the Nazarene Compassionate Warehouse in Victoria report that they have sent two full containers of relief supplies to the beleaguered people of the Philippines.

Deputation Tour
Hermann and Brigitte Gschwandtner toured our District from October 18 to October 27. They had a good time on our District, starting with Primera church, before Don Johnson had the privilege of driving them up to Kelowna and back to Abbotsford. The Gschwandtners had the opportunity to meet with people from Legacy (Guildford), Community Church (Como Lake), Betel, Nanaimo, Esquimalt and Victoria First before they left. Wherever they went they spoke of the work of NCM in the Eurasia region, and gave everyone an opportunity to get involved in the Child Sponsorship program with kids from Sri Lanka. Don is thankful that we had the chance to get to know the Gschwandtners better, as they were our LINKS missionaries for a couple years ago. Unfortunately, scheduling a deputation tour during that time wasn’t possible.

January – Upcoming Event:

Our annual Pastors’/Spouses’ Retreat
is scheduled to be held January 17th to 19th, 2014 at the Cedar Springs Christian Retreat Centre in Sumas Washington. Dr. David Wilson, General Secretary of the Church of the Nazarene and his wife, Joy, will be our special guests and a worship team made up of Ambrose University students will lead our sessions. We take this time to pray, rest and worship in order that our Lord might renew and refresh us in preparation for the ministry He has called us to.

Southside Community (Port Alberni) – Work & Witness Opportunity
Please note that our Port Alberni building project expects to invite and welcome Work & Witness teams from churches all across our District and beyond as they work to complete their new building (A House of Prayer on King Hill).

Prayer Request
Rev. Magally Figueroa (a member of our Living Hope, Langley pastoral team) has been suffering poor health over the past several weeks. Her doctor’s examinations to date have discovered cancerous tumors located in her lower abdomen. Magally is still undergoing medical tests and the doctors have not yet decided on a treatment regimen for her.

We are asking that the Church Family across our District pray for Magally and for those who are treating her as they enter into these days of important decisions.

Summer Grants – An Opportunity For Ministry

Canada Summer Jobs is a Government of Canada initiative. It provides funding for not-for-profit organizations, public-sector employers, and small businesses with 50 or fewer full-time employees to create summer job opportunities for students between the ages of 15 and 30.

The application period will be from December 2, 2013 to January 31, 2014. These new and extended dates will allow employers to be notified of their application status earlier.

The online application and the paper application, as well as the Applicant Guide, will be available on the Service Canada website as of December 2, 2013. You can submit your application online, by mail, or in person at any Service Canada office. You are encouraged to submit your Canada Summer Jobs 2014 application online.
Service Canada will inform employers of the status of their application in April 2014. For more information:
Click: www.servicecanada.gc.ca
CALL: 1-800-935-5555 (ATS : 1-800-926-9105)
VISIT: a Service Canada office

Website Redevelopment

It’s time for a complete overhaul and revamping of the Canada Pacific District website. Recently, we have launched new websites for Summer Camps and Oasis Ladies Retreat. We are now in the initial stages of redeveloping the main website which will include websites for SDMI, NMI, NYI and LAMP. Our launch goal is District Assembly and Conventions 2014.

Congratulations are in Order!

Brandon and Danae Linse, pastors of our Kamloops church, announce the birth of their second child on the 16th of November – 11 days overdue. They named her Noelle. She weighed in at 6 lbs 11 ounces. Danae and baby Noelle are both doing really well!

Matt and Kadee Smedley, associates of Vancouver First church, also gave birth to a little girl, Juliette Lórien, at 1:53AM on October 13th. She weighed in at 7 lbs 8 ounces and was just under 20 inches at birth. She has been fondly nick-named Baby Ju-Ju by close family and friends.