The announcements for this week include:

  1. Condolences – Rev. Russell Newhook; Dwight Scott; James Walsh
  2. Open Space Reports and Worship Now Online
  3. Annual Meeting – Lost and Found
  4. Free Mining Justice Webinar – Sign up by June 3rd
  5. Part Time Summer Job Opportunity with Camp Tawasi
  6. Inviting your stories about adoption


1. Condolences:


Rev. Russell Newhook –

Sympathy is extended to the family of the Rev. Russel Herbert Newhook, 80 years of age, who passed away on May 18, 2016 at Dykeland Lodge, Windsor, NS. Besides his wife, Russel is survived by his children, MaryDean (Blair) Carman, Arlene Newhook, twins Sheila MacLean and Sheryl (Bruce) Smith, Wade (Sheri), Cecile (Alan) Heighton, and Ward (Grace), as well as 17 grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his siblings, Mamie Higgins, Rena Russell, Eric (Doreen), Gladys (John) Dobson, Cecil (Phyllis), and Linda Hunt.  A graveside committal service took place at Grace United Church Cemetery, Walton, on Sunday, May 29 at 2:00 p.m., Pastor Kayla Colford officiating.

Full obituary available at:


Dwight George Scott –

Our sympathy is extended to the Rev. Val Chongva and family on the death of her husband, Dwight George Scott, age 74 years, who passed away on Tuesday, May 24th at the Dr. Georges-L.-Dumont University Hospital Centre,  Moncton.  A celebration of Dwight’s life was held on Sunday, May 29, at 3pm at Central United Church, 150 Queen Street, Moncton, with the Rev. Dr. James MacDonald officiating.

Full obituary online at:


James Edmond Walsh –

Sympathy is extended to the Rev. Lynn McKinnon and family on the death of her father,  James Walsh, who passed away on Saturday May 14, in the Veterans Wing of Harbourview Hospital in Sydney Mines, at the age of 89.

The Funeral Service  was held at 3:00 PM on Wednesday, May 18, 2016 at
St. Matthew Wesley United Church, North Sydney with Rev. Nancy Ritchie officiating.

Full obituary available at:

2. Open Space Reports and Worship


All of the reports from the Open Space Technology and also the Worship Services are now available  on our website for your information and convenience.

3. Lost and Found


If you inadvertently took a black fleece jacket (MEC) with a new United Church Crest pin on the left lapel from locker room #2 on Sunday, please let the Conference Office know. The owner would like it back. Thanks!

Also a black Laura Ashley ladies coat has been left behind without an owner. If this belongs to you please email

4. Free Mining Justice Webinar – Sign up by June 3rd


This Webinar is sponsored by the United for Mining Justice Network, The United Church of Canada (UCC), Global Partners and the Canadian Network on Corporate Accountability (CNCA), of  You will learn about the “Open for Justice” campaign, and how

you can be part of the campaign to advocate for laws and policies that will make Canadian mining companies more accountable for their actions overseas.

It is the best opportunity we as Canadian citizens will have to start the process of holding Canadian extractive companies accountable for their impacts overseas.

You will hear the experiences of UCC global partners who are working to defend their territory and livelihoods in communities affected by Canadian mining corporations. You will increase your knowledge and confidence through sharing of best practices of how to prepare for contacting and meeting with MPs.

When: Wednesday, June 8 from 2:30-4pm1:30-3:30pm Eastern Daylight Time

Cost: Free, but you must register by June 3.

5. Part Time Summer Job Opportunity


Camp Ta-Wa-Si is looking to hire a part-time handyman for the 2016 camping season. The camp is located about 20 minutes outside of Port Elgin, and travel to and from the camp is the responsibility of the applicant, though room and board could be accommodated. Click here for details of Job Opportunity.

The position is 15-20 hours per week in July and August. The schedule is flexible. An up-to-date police record check must be provided in order to work at the camp.

Please submit a resume and cover letter explaining your interest in the position to

6. Inviting your stories about adoption


Do you have a story to tell about adoption?

The Theology of Adoption working group would be honoured to hear it.

We are seeking stories about adoption and forming families of choice. If you have been affected by adoption as an adoptee, parent, grandparent, family member, or in some other way, we invite you to tell your story. We recognize that these experiences may be positive, negative, or mixed.

– How has adoption shaped your sense of identity and belonging?

– How has it influenced your faith?

You are welcome to respond with a spoken or written story, or by submitting an original video, photograph, piece of art, music, or other form of expression.

Your stories will inform our work expressing a theology of adoption for the United Church. Personally identifying features of the stories will be changed. We will seek your permission before sharing your stories in widely distributed format.


Responses can be sent by:

John Young
The United Church of Canada
3250 Bloor Street West, Suite 300
Toronto, ON
M8X 2Y4

  • Fax (416) 231-3103 (attention John Young )

Responses will be received until July 15, 2016