Happy Easter!

The announcements for holy week include:

  1. Condolences: Peg Bottomley; Rev. E. Wayne Mitton
  2. Registration for Conference Annual Meeting is now live!
  3. 2015 Mission and Service Giving Summary Report
  4. “From Emmaus to ‘Canada Park’”
  5. Finance and Property Workshop
  6. Ministries in French course – May 16-20, 2016
  7. Deadline Approaching for IAC and YF Applications
  8. Parish Nursing Ministry Learning Event
  9. Wanted: Your Surplus Voices United and More Voices
  10. Healing Pathway Phase 1 Workshop, South Shore United Church, Tryon PEI
  11. The Authority and Interpretation of Scripture

1.) Condolences


Ms. Peg Bottomley –

Our sympathy is extended to the Rev. Meggin King and family on the death of her mother, Peg Bottomley, who died peacefully at her home in Richmond, California, on March 16th.

Meggin offers the following…She was 88 years old, and had struggled with COPD for many years. She led a full and busy life, as a journalist and author, and was looking forward to having one of her children’s books republished, 52 years after its original publication. Mom died knowing that my dad, Tom, and all us four siblings were with her. She was the strongest, bravest, and smartest woman I have ever known, and she will be missed not only by me and my family, but by her extended family, and the volunteer community that were so much a part of her life.


Rev. E. Wayne Mitton –

The funeral service for the Rev. Wayne Mitton will be held at 1:00 pm, Wednesday, March 23, in the Berwick United Church, 240 Commercial St., Berwick, with the Rev. Tom Woods officiating, assisted by the Rev. Karen Lynch. Interment will take place at a later date in the Arlington Cemetery. Donations in his memory may be made to the Trinity United Church Memorial Fund, Waterville, or to a charity of choice. Arrangements have been entrusted to Middleton Funeral Home, 398 Main St., toll free 1 (855) 825-3448.

Full obituary at http://www.middletonfuneralhome.com/memsol.cgi?user_id=1759006

2.) Registration for Conference Annual Meeting is now live!


The registration for Maritime Conference and also the Mount Allison University form for Meals and Accommodations are up and ready to roll! To register click here.

3.) 2015 Mission and Service Giving Summary Report


We are grateful to the people of The United Church of Canada for their generous gifts for Mission & Service in 2015. I attach the MS 2015 year end summary report and would like to highlight a few points first.

A)  Mission & Service Annual Giving 2015 – Mission & Service annual giving from UCW, congregations and individuals totaled $24.99M, a decline of $0.67M from prior year, and the second lowest decline in 5 years. This giving was supported by a continuation of the “Each One Ask One” program along with the new “Called to be the Church” program.

B) Mission & Service Bequest Giving 2015 – Annual bequest giving from wills and other planned giving to Mission & Service varies from year to year based mostly upon the size of the largest gifts received in any one year. After a relatively low 2014, 2015 reverted to past average levels at $2.1 million.

C) Mission & Service Annual and Bequest Giving in Total 2015 – combined, the annual and bequest giving to M&S had a increase of $0.49M over 2014.

(It is important to note that the above giving occurred in a year of unprecedented generosity to the Syrian refugee crisis. This enormous generosity included $0.9M given through the emergency fund to support Syrian Refugees in Camps, plus over $8M raised by congregations for refugee resettlement in their communities.)

What a year of generosity in giving to the Mission & Service of the church to carry out Gods work!

Thanks and blessings to all,
David Armour,
Director of Philanthropy

4.) “From Emmaus to ‘Canada Park’”

Sunday April 3rd, 7:00 pm
St Andrew’s United Church (sanctuary) 1390 Robie St., Halifax


The Sunday after Easter, come hear Heidar Abu Ghosh, who was born and raised in the Palestinian village of Imwas, widely understood to be the site of the biblical village of Emmaus. In 1967, at the age of 14, he became a refugee when the Israeli army expelled him and all residents of Imwas, Yalu and Beit Nuba – all later demolished. Now, on the ruins of those villages, sits “Canada Park”, a recreational site established and maintained through tax-deductible donations of Canadians. How is this happening? How are we implicated in this past and on-going injustice? How can we make a difference?


Sponsored by: Independent Jewish Voices–Canada; United Network for Justice and Peace in Palestine and Israel; Canadians, Arabs and Jews for a Just Peace; Students Against Israeli Apartheid-Dalhousie, Canada-Palestine Association; Kairos Halifax

5.) 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. Please register to attend by clicking this link: https://ucceast.ca/46595-finance-and-property-workshop-april-27-2016/

6.) 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.

Register online here!  Attached is poster and more information.

Deadline for registration is April 29th!

7.) Deadline Approaching for IAC and YF Applications 


Attention: CLG convenors

It’s time to gather and send in your applications for Intermediates (IAC) and Youth Forum to Conference Office to the attention of Marlene Trenholm. Thanks!

8.) Parish Nursing Ministry Learning Event


A Parish Nursing Ministry Learning Event will be presented on Saturday, April 30, at Sackville United Church, N.B.  Advanced registration deadline is April 25. Cost is $10 ($12 at the door) A representative of the Canadian Association of Parish Nursing Ministry will be the main facilitator, with representatives of various denominations’ congregational nursing ministries from across the Maritimes. Information from the Maritime Conference will facilitate discussion of how Parish Nursing Ministry can be applied in a United Church context. Sandpiper Catering of Sackville, N.B. will provide lunch and refreshments.

Send your Registration form to ChignectoLearningEvent@gmail.com

9.) Wanted:  Your Surplus Voices United and More Voices 

Wesley Methodist Church in Bermuda are looking for any surplus Voices United or More Voices Hymn books.

Any contributions would be appreciated and could be taken to the upcoming executive meeting or the conference in May for transport back to Bermuda.

10.) Healing Pathway Phase 1 Workshop
South Shore United Church, Tryon PEI

Friday April 29th – 9am-5pm
Saturday April 30th – 9am-5pm


An introduction to the basic concepts of Christian-centered healing; through prayer, meditation and the laying on of hands, to reclaim the healing ministry that Jesus taught.

Fee: $210 ($105 for people repeating Phase 1)

Instructors: Helen Bonnett & Karen MacLeod-Wilkie

The Healing Pathway Program, is offered through the Healing Pathway Society, to enable people to develop the gifts and skills of energy-based healing within the Christian tradition, and to foster the development of healing ministries within faith communities. The Healing Pathway Program has been offered since 1993.

Click here for Registration form.  For more information see attached flyer.

11.) The Authority and Interpretation of Scripture

Last week an incorrect phone # was posted on the link for this book.  This link has the corrected phone #.

Attached is a promotional flyer for a book, The Authority and Interpretation of Scripture, that was produced with support from a United Church Local Initiatives Grant.