CliffsNotes – August 8, 2017

A few years back Terry and Cindy (our pastoral family in Newmarket, ON) contacted me to extend an invitation to use a cottage designated for pastors. “It’ll cost you $100 for the week Cliff,” he said, “and that’s only to pay for the cleaner to prepare the cottage for the next guests.” Karlene and I have now gone twice. We brought up our kayaks, explored both lakes, found a river nearby, jogged, and read. It was beautiful and refreshing. Terry and Cindy have taken this ministry on (promoting and booking) for pastors. They believe in you and want to bless you. They receive no earthly compensation for this ministry! I asked them to tell you about it (let me be clear: I keep saying “Terry and Cindy,” but the truth is that all your emails and contact will be with Cindy. In fact, even though I contacted “Terry and Cindy” to write this, it’s all Cindy!! Thank you Cindy and Terry ):

It has been our privilege over the past several years to assist in managing « Getaway » opportunities for families in full-time ministry, in order to provide a time of rest, reflection, fun, study and recreation.  Through the generosity of a couple that has a heart for pastoral well-being, we have been very blessed to assist with making this opportunity a reality for many families.  Our motivation to be part of this ministry comes from a firm belief that it is imperative to be refreshed spiritually, physically, emotionally and mentally, to effectively minister to others.  We have experienced first-hand the benefits of taking time for retreat and relaxation so that we can serve Christ with the energy, vision, and commitment that He calls us to.  Some recent comments from guests continue to compel us to believe that this opportunity is well worth the investment of our time and energy and we will be forever grateful to the folks that have made this ministry possible.  « We have been facing many difficult challenges over the years, an the timing of our time at the cottage was amazing. Very needed rest for our body and mind. »  « We loved it and it was a wonderful quiet place to rest and retreat. We’d love to book it again next summer if possible. »  « Truly, what a lovely cottage! Not only was everything kept so clean but everything seemed so new! The view of the lake was so inviting and relaxing – especially as a first view in the morning! We loved the stillness. »  « It turned out that the timing for the cottage couldn’t have been better. »

« Getaway » opportunities are available at:

  1. Wesley Acres Christian Retreat Centre, on West Lake in beautiful Prince Edward County, Ontario (2 mobile homes):
  2. Twin Sisters Lake (Gemm Lake), in Marmora, Ontario (fully equipped cottage):
  3. Wolfe Springs Resort, on Wolfe Lake, close to Westport, Ontario (beautiful villas):

Please contact Terry & Cindy Gibson for further information ([email protected])


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Blue Mountain Community Church, Thornbury, ON
Smiths Falls FMC, Smiths Falls, 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
Frankford Community FMC, Frankford, ON  – Personnel Office receiving resumes until August 8
Warkworth FMC, Warkworth, ON – Personnel Office receiving resumes until August 8

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
Blue Mountain Community Church, Thornbury, ON
Caistor Centre FMC, Caistor Centre, ON (Mary Lee DeWitt-Transition Pastor)
Cornerstone FMC, Prince Albert, SK – (Dyan Mouland-Transition Pastor)
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
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)


William Crozier
Roxanne Goodyear
Kim Henderson
Dan Sheffield
Derek Spink
Wesley Wood

Associate Pastor – Barrie FM Church
In-Program Supervisor – Little Blessings Nursery School, Whitby, ON
Associate Pastor – Trulls Road FM Church