The announcements for this last week of March include:

  1. Condolences – Rev. Alastair Anderson; Wendy Topolski
  2. United Church Adopts UN Declaration as Framework for Reconciliation
  3. Attention Church Administrators!
  4. STROLL FOR YOUR SOUL. A Daily Email Program
  5. ASTE – June 12-17, 2016
  6. Finance and Property Workshop –
  7. Ministries in French course – May 16-20, 2016
  8. Deadline Approaching for IAC and YF Applications
  9. Parish Nursing Ministry Learning Event

1. Condolences –


Rev. Alastair S. Anderson

Our sympathy is extended to the family of Rev. Alastair  Anderson, 64, who passed away on March 28 in Saint John, NB. Before retirement Alastair served at St Andrew and St David’s United (Saint John Presbytery), and Port Elgin/Baie Verte/Tidnish Pastoral Charge (Chignecto Presbytery). Alastair’s many friends and family are invited to celebrate his life at the Saint John Ale House, 1 Market Square, Saint John, NB on Thursday, March 31, 2016 from 2-4 PM. Arrangements are under the care and direction of Brenan’s Funeral Home, 111 Paradise Row, Saint John, NB (634-7424).


Wendy Topolski

Sympathy is extended to the family of Wendy Topolski, 66 yrs, of Fredericton who passed away on March 23 at the Dr. Everett Chalmers Regional Hospital. Wendy’s long time volunteer work and support of Mission and Service Fund projects and the Stewardship Committee of Maritime Conference is greatly appreciated and will always be remembered.  A Memorial Service will be held from Wilmot United Church, Fredericton, NB on Friday, April 1, 2016 at 1:30 pm with Rev. Rose-Hannah Gaskin and Rev. Ellen Beairsto officiating and Rev. Bob Jones assisting. Full obituary:

2. United Church Adopts UN Declaration as Framework for Reconciliation


You are invited to be part of an important moment in the United Church’s journey of reconciliation

On March 30 and 31, 2016, The United Church of Canada will participate in events marking our commitment—as a denomination and as part of the ecumenical community—to adopt the principles, norms, and standards of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples as the framework for reconciliation. We do this in response to Call to Action #48 of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. And we invite all United Church people to be a part of this important moment in the church’s journey.

More details at:

3. 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.

4. STROLL FOR YOUR SOUL. A Daily Email Program


Stroll for Your Soul offers 21 days of accompaniment through a brief email delivered early each morning to your inbox. Each email will offer a practice, or a reflection, or a poem, or a photograph giving direction and encouragement to your time spent walking or jogging or biking or even skateboarding. It takes 21 days to create a habit. Use these daily emails as motivation to get outside. If you are a regular walker, they offer practice at paying attention and being in the present moment. Give yourself 21 days and make it a habit. Beyond motivation, these emails help connect us with the Universe Story. We  find hope and courage in this old, old 13.7 billion year story.

WHEN: Begins with a welcome email on April 27 and 21 daily emails from May 1- 21.

COST: Individual $15 or sign up with a friend for $8 each. See the website for details.

CONGREGATIONS OR GROUPS: Sign up a congregation/group for $50. That’s $5 per person if you gather a group of 10 people. Your group can be any size. Unlimited! See this webpage for details:

Contact Janice at the Prayer Bench for more information.

5. ASTE – June 12-17, 2016


REGISTER NOW for the 48th Atlantic Seminar in Theological Education to be held at the Dalhousie Agricultural Campus in Bible Hill ND on June 12-17, 2016. Theme: AN INCONVIENENT FAITH – Moving to Action. Leaders  are: Rev. Bruce Sanguin and Jan Phillips. Full details including brochure and biographies at:

Churches, please included this notice in your bulletins. Thank You.

6. Register Now for 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:

7. 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!

8. 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!

9. 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