The announcements for this first week of 2016 include:

  1. Condolences – Rev. Norman J. Whitney
  2. Racial Justice Training – January 16, 2016
  3. Pine Hill Divinity Hall Bursary
  4. Lent Small Group Study: The Trinity & Everyday Spirituality
  5. 2016 Yearly Subscription to Prayer Bench Personal E-mail Series
  6. Attention Mission and Service Treasurers

1.) Condolences – Rev. Norman J. Whitney

 

Our sympathy is extended to the family of the late Rev. Norman Whitney who passed away this morning in Fredericton.  The funeral will be held at the Nashwaaksis United Church on Monday, January 11 at 2:00 pm with the Rev. Kelly Burke presiding. The obituary was unavailable at this time of posting.


2.) Racial Justice Training – January 16, 2016

 

The next Racial Justice workshop is happening 16 January, 2016 – a day-long Saturday workshop. Cost: $50 — $10 discount if you pay online.
More information posted on https://www.united-in-learning.com/index.php/webinars/7-racial-justice-workshop

Looking for a particular webinar?  Check here: https://www.united-in-learning.com/index.php/webinars


3.) Pine Hill Divinity Hall Bursary

 

Annually, Pine Hill Divinity Hall at the Atlantic School of Theology offer a Continuing Education Bursary for which Ordered Ministers may apply. The details are available on the link below:
2015-2016 PINE HILL DIVINITY HALL CONTINUING EDUCATION BURSARY GUIDELINES

Applications must be made by February 1st, 2016 prior to commencement of study.


4.) Lent Small Group Study: The Trinity & Everyday Spirituality


A six-week study with the Rev. Dr. Rob Fennell, Atlantic School of Theology Professor and a liturgy provided by the Rev. David Roberston from High River, Alberta, with process by Janice MacLean, Host of the Prayer Bench. For more information see http://prayerbench.ca/product/the-trinity-everyday-spirituality/


5.) 2016 Yearly Subscription to Prayer Bench Personal E-mail Series

 

As I come close to the first anniversary of the Prayer Bench, I offer an opportunity to sign up for the three 2016 E-mail Retreats at the 2015 price. You will receive the three retreats for $60 (a $15 saving) by ordering them between now and January 30th. (If it is more convenient, you can pay by cheque in two installments: one cheque now for $30 and the balance on a post-dated cheque for May 1, 2016.)

This saves you the hassle of registering three times and it is good for me too. This offer ends January 30, 2016.

You can sign up two ways:

Here are general DESCRIPTIONS for the 2016 Personal E-mail Retreat.

Lent 2016:  I am Sayings
Journey toward the mystery of Easter by exploring the seven sayings of the Wisdom Jesus. These ordinary metaphors help us notice blessing in our lives and deepen our contemplative life by suggesting everyday spiritual practices.

Autumn 2016: The Colour of Energy
As creation changes colour before our eyes, we explore our inner energy. We turn to 4th century desert teachers and modern practitioners to learn more about colour, energy and healing.

Advent 2016: The Quarters of Light
We are familiar with lighting candles of Hope, Peace, Joy and Love or perhaps even for Prophets, Angels, Shepherds, and Magi. This Advent we are invited into a large vision of creation honouring seashells and bones, small plants and pine cones, beasts of the field, and so much more. Discover the quarters of Light.


6.) Attention Mission and Service Treasurers

 

As the new year begins it is time to check your Mission and Service donations for 2015.  Have the donations been submitted?  The deadline for submitting the M&S donations is fast approaching.  Get yours in now in order to be counted in for 2015.

All gifts help connect people in compassion and care, near and far.  Share the joy!

Rev. Roger Janes has taken up the position of Stewardship and Gifts Officer for the Atlantic Region. To contact him  email: rjanes@united-church.ca.