The announcements for this week include:

  1. Grants to UCC congregations that are sponsorship Syrian refugees through PSRs – family/friend connection
  2. LAST CHANCE! Public Performance Copyright Site Licenses – Deadline March 14th
  3. Chasing the Spirit
  4. Latest Stewardship Blog by Roger Janes: “Where There Is A Will …”
  5. Attention Church Administrators!
  6. Register now for Ministries in French course – May 16-20, 2016
  7. Finance and Property Workshop
  8. Youth Event South Shore Presbytery April 2, 2016
  9. UCW Biennial 2016 – April 22, 23 & 24, 2016

1. Grants to UCC congregations that are sponsorship Syrian refugees through PSRs – family/friend connection

Please share this information with congregations in your conference including those who are sponsoring privately named (PSR) Syrian refugees.

direct link to the French:


If groups have already submitted their application and require a confirmation of submission which includes file numbers, please have them contact me with the names of the principal applicant (surname first) and I will forward them the CPO-W confirmation as proof of submission.


Khwaka Kukubo
Advisor, Refugee Program
Communities in Mission
Church in Mission Unit
United Church of Canada
Toll-Free: 1-800-268-3781 Ext 4068

2. LAST CHANCE! Public Performance Copyright Site Licenses – Deadline March 14th


This is the tenth year that Maritime Conference has negotiated a public performance copyright site license agreement with Criterion Pictures and Audio Ciné Films Inc.  We are able to offer a similar opportunity this year.  Although the cost has risen slightly from last year, it remains a better rate than an individual congregation could negotiate.  You may wish to visit their respective websites for further information: and

The combined cost for both companies to cover congregations in Maritime Conference will be $1.30 per person plus HST based on average Sunday attendance as reported in the Year Book.  The license will be in effect from April 1, 2016, to March 31, 2017.

Please complete the application form if you are interested in registering your congregation for this license and forward it to Maritime Conference Office along with a cheque made payable to Maritime Conference Fund by Monday, March 14, 2016.  This is the LAST opportunity to enroll for this year!

If you have any questions about this program, please contact Lorraine Horyl by email or by phone 506-536-1334, Ext 5.

3. Chasing the Spirit

We know not everyone loves the name.
So help us out, won’t you?

Chasing the Spirit began as an initiative of the 42nd General Council, committing 10% of the church’s annual Mission & Service givings to supporting new ministries, ministry renewal, and new forms of ministry.

The name Chasing the Spirit was first introduced in the report of the Comprehensive Review Task Group. It was a name meant to be temporary but it stuck – even though many people suggested it should be changed. So this is your chance to do just that.

What name would you use for a program that is designed to be innovative, Spirit-filled, broad-reaching, renewing, exciting, and so much more?

Suggestions for names will be accepted until April 8, 2016. Then, between April 15-29 you will be invited to vote on a short list of names selected from all the submissions received. That’s right, you get to choose.

The winning name will be announced in July 2016, at the ​Skylight Festival​ in Paris, Ontario! The person who suggests the winning name will receive a Datawind tablet.

Contest rules:

How to Submit a Name:

To contact Chasing the Spirit:
Phone: 1.800.268.3781 x4111

4. Latest Stewardship Blog by Roger Janes: “Where There Is A Will…”


In this blog Roger emphasizes why it is so important to have an up-to-date Will.

He shares that only 44% of Adult Canadians have a Will prepared and what is at stake is more than just money.

Roger lifts up a wonderful free resource called “Will Workbook” .  Here is the link:

Looking for Stewardship resources? Go to the Stewardship Tool Kit!

5. Attention Church Administrators!


The Maritime Church Administrators Association invites you to their Annual Conference to be held April 29, 30 and May 1 at the Tatamagouche Centre, Tatamagouche, NS

Click here for details and  for Registration form.  Information is also available on our website  or email us at

Looking forward to meeting you and please, pass this along to another Church Office Administrator!

6. Register now for Ministries in French course – May 16-20, 2016


Ready to take your french language skills to the next level?
Looking for a safe environment to try your skills?
Searching for ideas and support to introduce french into your ministry?

This French course will be held May 16 – 20, 2016 at Mountain View United Church, 85 MacBeath Avenue, Moncton, NB.

Online registration is now live! Click here for poster and more information. To register click here Deadline for registration is April 29th!  

7. Finance and Property Workshop


Finance and Property Workshop, with a special focus on congregational property transitions, to be held at the Conference Office, Sackville, NB, on Wednesday, April 27 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Open to all interested persons, but especially for members of Presbytery Finance and/or Property Committees. Lunch provided. Register here!

8. Youth Event South Shore Presbytery April 2, 2016


When:  Saturday, April 2

Where: “BLACK  LOYALIST  HERITAGE  CENTRE”, Birchtown, Shelburne County NS.

Theme: “Youth Being Welcoming”

“I was a stranger, and you welcomed me”  will be the focus of the day’s program, through Drama, Poetry and Music activities.

The Program has been planned for 2 age groups:  9-12 and 13-18 yrs.

Church affiliation is not required. Sponsored by South Shore United Church Presbytery.

Click here for Registration form and information poster.

Deadline for Registration:  Applications and Registration fee of $10, to be in by March 13, 2016:  Two age groups – Age 9-12 yrs and 13-18 yrs, from 9:30 am to 4 pm

9. UCW Biennial  2016 – April 22, 23 & 24, 2016

Knox United Church, Brookfield, NS

Theme:  “Love in My Heart”

The Biennial for the Maritime Confererence UCW is fast approaching.

The dates are April 22,23 and 24, 2016

to be held at Knox United Church in Brookfield, NS.

Theme is “Love in My Heart“.

Click here for UCW Biennial Registration Form.

Please mail registration forms to Dorene Matheson, PO Box 63, Brookfield, NS. B0N 1C0. Registration fee is $25 which includes Friday supper & Saturday Lunch.  The cost for the Banquet is $15. ($40 total)

Registration is Friday April 22 from 12:30 – 3:00 P.M.

Cheques should be made payable to Maritime Conference UCW.

Workshops on Saturday are:

A) “Photography” – Chris Sandeson
B) “Move With Me” – Barb Burley
C) “Fashions for Seniors” – Morag/ Karen from “Elegant Steps” (Inglis Place)
D) “Crafts” – Brenda Moore
E) “Chair Yoga” – Leah Roop
F) “Music” – Emily Kierstead.

Registration deadline is March 15.

Click here for a printable document.