Greetings!  The announcements for this last full week of August include:

  1. Condolences – Eugenie “Genie” MacLeod; Marie Cecile Barkhouse
  2. Mission & Service Global Pilgrimage to Kenya 2017
  3. Licensed Lay Worship Leader Orientation Weekend

1. Condolences


Eugenie “Genie” MacLeod

Sympathy is extended to the family of Eugenie “Genie” MacLeod of Halifax who passed away on Saturday, July 30th, 2016, at Northwood Ivany Place, Bedford. Predeceased by her husband, the late Rev. Jack MacLeod, who died in 1951. She is also a Great Aunt of the Rev. Catherine Stuart, President of Conference.  She is survived by sister, Hazel Moore, Riverview , N.B.; daughters Barbara (Des) Desprey and Elizabeth (garnet) Lalla- Maharajh, both of Hammonds Plains , N.S.; grandchildren Melissa Spence, Carolyn Champagne, Ian Lalla-Maharajh, Jon Desprey, and Stuart Desprey; great-grandchildren Kyle and Abbey Spence, Xander Champagne and Amelia Desprey; many nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be at J.A. Snow Funeral Home, 339 Lacewood Drive, Halifax, on Tuesday, August 30th from 2 -4 pm and 7 – 9 pm. A Celebration of Life service will be held on Wednesday, August 31, 2016 at 2pm at Hope United Church, 3055 Connaught Avenue, Halifax, followed by a reception in the church hall.

Click here for Eugenie “Genie” MacLeod Obituary.


Marie Cecile Barkhouse

Sympathy is extended to the Rev. Catherine Stuart on the death of her Grandmother, Marie Cecile Barkhouse, who passed away on August 15th at the age of 94 yrs.  Funeral Mass was held at St. Ann’s Church, Glace Bay on Saturday, August 20th at 10 a.m.

Click here for Marie Cecile Barkhouse Obituary.

2. Mission & Service Global Pilgrimage to Kenya 2017


GO, SEE, TELL the connections between global Mission & Service and United Church communities of faith by traveling with a delegation to visit our partners in Kenya, March 25 – April 4, 2017.

We are seeking applications from United Church members who are committed to animating and strengthening Mission & Service giving.  One Mission & Service Enthusiast from each Conference (13),  one UCW representative (1) (United Church Women), and one Conference staff person will be chosen to join this pilgrimage.  You can find more information and the online application process at

What a wonderful opportunity to deepen faith, make stronger partnership relationships, generate new insights into the possibilities for being church, and strengthen Mission & Service giving!

3. Licensed Lay Worship Leader Orientation Weekend


Attached is a Poster and a Bulletin Insert for September’s Licensed Lay Worship Leader Orientation Weekend.

Hazel and St. Ann’s Bay United folks have been working to make this event in Cape Breton a possibility. ANYONE who’s interested in this program can attend, even if they have not yet been recommended by their Presbytery to become a LLWL.

Those who have completed the Orientation are encouraged to take the first subsequent Learning Unit “Advent/Christmas” at Tatamagouche Centre, October 21-23. The additional Learning Units – “Lent/Easter”, “Pentecost”, and “Creation” – will be planned for 2017-18. A poster with more specific information will be available soon.

Please share this information far and wide. If there are questions, please contact Robyn Brown-Hewitt at