There will be no weekly announcements for the next 2 weeks as I will be on vacation.

Take note that the Conference Office will be operating on Summer Hours again this year from July 1st to September 5th inclusive. The office hours are Monday to Friday 8:30 am to 4:00 pm. Wishing everyone a great summer!

The announcements for this week include:

  1. Condolences – MCpl Robert B MacDonald
  2. Affirm United Conference – July 22-24
  4. Thinking of Going to Camp? It’s Not Too Late!
  5. Peace and Friendship Gathering “JIKSITUI” 2016

1.) Condolences – MCpl (Ret) ROBERT BRUCE MACDONALD


Our deepest sympathy is extended to the Rev. Laurie MacCuish and family on the tragic death of her brother Robert MacDonald, 53 yrs, who passed away as a result of a motorcycle accident on July 1, 2016.

Predeceased by his father, Mackie, Rob is survived by his mother, Norma MacDonald of Dutch Brook. He is also survived by his loving partner June Smith and her daughter Katelyn; his daughter Amanda (Nathan Stewart) and his son Brad, both of Fredericton, N.B.; sisters Gayle MacDonald, Halifax; Laurie MacCuish (Rick), Dutch Brook, and brother Kevin, Dartmouth; nieces Ainsley MacCuish and Breagh MacDonald Rahn, and nephew Eris MacDonald Rahn; his aunt Kathy MacDonald, Dutch Brook, many cousins and many, many friends. He is also survived by the mother of his children, Ann Louise.

Visitation will be from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Wednesday, July 6, 2016 at the Oromocto Funeral Home. Funeral will be Thursday, July 7, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. at Oromocto United Church, 144 Winnebago St., Oromocto, NB.  Rev. Lori-Beth Sheffield Bowles and Rev. Laurie MacCuish officiating. Interment will be at Oakfield Cemetery, Mira, Cape Breton at a later date.

Suggested memorial donations to:   Gagetown Military Family Resource Centre ( The Wounded Veterans Fund or the Children’s Wish Foundation

Click here for the full obituary.

2.) Affirm United Conference – July 22-24


Register now for the Affirm United/ S’affirmer Ensemble conference July 22-24 in Ottawa! And have a look at two other excellent summer event options:  SpiritPride and Skylight.

Join us July 22-24 2016: Affirm United/ S’affirmer Ensemble annual conference in Ottawa at Glebe-St. James United Church.   We welcome your registrations for our Ottawa conference as soon as possible! All are welcome, no matter your identity or understanding of faith and spirit. We offer a special welcome to new Affirming ministries. Please join us so that we can welcome you to the family in person and hear your stories.

Our main conference page has accommodation information, a draft agenda, an online registration and payment form, and a downloadable PDF for print registration.



Have you prepared any resource materials that you have found helpful in your context? Perhaps a brief summary sheet or bulletin insert? A Powerpoint or Prezi? Would you be willing to share it for use by others? If so, please post your info on the Conference Facebook page

Or, if that’s not a good option for you, please send to the Conference Office at, and we’ll find a way to share it. Thank you very much!

4.) Thinking of Going to Camp? It’s Not Too Late!


There is still lots of room and time to register for the various camping programs.  Go to and click on the desired camp.  Enjoy the summer!

5.) Peace and Friendship Gathering “JIKSITUI” 2016

Aug 16 – Aug 19, 2016 Tue 12:00 PM – Fri 2:00 PM


This year’s theme “JIKSITUI” is a Mi’kmaq word that can be interpreted as “Listen to Me” we will be using this word in the context “Listen to the Spirits of our people”.

This gathering is a four-day opportunity to gain knowledge around Aboriginal spirituality and traditional practices. Led by a group of recognized and experienced elders and ceremonial leaders everything happens in the context of the ceremony on the first day and closes in the same way at the end of the fourth. Throughout the gathering, from time to time, there will be smudging with sacred plants. A sweat lodge will be available for anyone who wishes to participate. Participation in any of these ceremonies is voluntary.

The Gathering will start at 12 pm on Tuesday August 16 until 2pm on Friday August 19. It is hoped that most participants will be able to stay for all four days, but people are free to come for a day only.

The cost for the entire 4 days is $390 including all meals and shared overnight accommodations.  The day rate without an overnight stay is $95.
Please register at least two weeks in advance to secure your spot in this gathering!

There are bursaries available for seniors 55+. Click here for the bursary application. Other financial support may be available through sponsors such as church, union, organization, etc.