Holiday hours

Maritime Conference Office will be closing at noon on Thursday, December 22nd and reopening on Tuesday, January 3, 2017. Voicemail and email will continue to work as normal, and will be responded to promptly upon return to work. The holiday schedule for Conference and General Council offices can be found here: http://www.united-church.ca/sites/default/files/resources/holiday-schedule-gco-conference.pdf

If your concern is particularly urgent during this period, please leave your message with David Hewitt, Executive Secretary, at dhewitt@marconf.ca or 506-536-1334 ext.1.

Blessings to all in this season of light and love!

 

The announcements for this week include:

  1. Condolences – Margaret McKillop
  2. Pine Hill Divinity Hall Continuing Education Bursary
  3. A Day Away for a Mardi-Gras of Moments
  4. Need a gift for someone recently married or getting married in 2017?
  5. The Hours of Christmas Day FREE Resource
  6. Attention M&S Treasurers!
  7. Submit a nomination now for Canada’s Volunteer Awards!

1. Condolences – Margaret McKillop

 

Our sympathy is extended to the Rev. Elroy McKillop on the death of his wife Margaret who passed away on Wednesday, November 30.

Visitation will be at Bethany United Church, Halifax, in the MacKinnon Chapel Friday, December 9th at 2-4 and 7-9 pm. Parking available during day across the street at St. James Anglican Church, during the evening Bethany parking lot also available. Funeral service at Bethany United Church on Saturday, December 10th at 3 pm. Full obituary available at:  http://atlanticfuneralhomessackville.sharingmemories.ca/site/MargaretEvaMcKillop.html?s=40


2. Pine Hill Divinity Hall Continuing Education Bursary

 

Annually, Pine Hill Divinity Hall at the Atlantic School of Theology offer a Continuing Education Bursary for which Ordered Ministers may apply. The details are available on the link below:

2017 PINE HILL DIVINITY HALL CONTINUING EDUCATION BURSARY GUIDELINES
Applications must be made by February 1st, 2017 prior to commencement of study.


3. A Day Away for a Mardi-Gras of Moments

 

If you are Clergy …
If you are a Godly Play Practitioner…
If you are simply curious…
Join us for a day of Freedom for the Soul,
Play for the Mind,
and a Feast for the Body
as we anticipate Lent.

Saturday February 4, 2017, 10am – 3pm
(storm date February 11, 2017)

Cost: $25. Lunch included.

Supported by Godly Play Maritimes.

More information soon on our website: www.godlyplaymaritimes.com

Register: registrargodlyplaymaritimes@gmail.com


4. Need a gift for someone recently married or getting married in 2017? 

 

Offer a gift that goes beyond a Wedding Day.

A MARRIAGE PREPARATION/ENRICHMENT VIDEO RESOURCE they can do on their own.

Interested? Visit this page for more information https://morethanfriends.live/gift-cards/

The cost is $29.


5. The Hours of Christmas Day FREE Resource

 

With Christmas Day falling on a Sunday, I imagined a way a congregation could be together in Spirit,
though perhaps not in a worship service in a church building.

Or use this devotional in a quiet spot in the day to reflect by yourself or with family on the meaning of the day.

Download it here: https://prayerbench.ca/hours-christmas-free-resource/


6. Attention M&S Treasurers!

 

As year-end approaches it is time to check your Mission and Service donations.  Have the donations been submitted? Is your congregation getting close to its goal?  Are there special gifts or fundraisers to be promoted?  Are you promoting giving through the “Gifts with Vision” catalogue? http://www.giftswithvision.ca/

All gifts help connect people in compassion and care, near and far.  Share the joy!


7. Submit a nomination now for Canada’s Volunteer Awards!

 

The 150th anniversary of Canada’s Confederation is fast approaching. During this celebration year, it is important to acknowledge that our country would not be the same without the work of volunteers. We would like to recognize the important work of volunteers across the country.

The call for nominations for Canada’s Volunteer Awards is now open until February 3, 2017. You are invited to nominate a not-for-profit organization, an individual, a group or a business who is making a difference in their community to receive an award.

Award recipients will be recognized at a ceremony and will be able to choose a not-for-profit organization to receive a grant of $5,000 (regional awards) or $10,000 (national award).

Help highlight Canada’s volunteer culture! Nominate a volunteer, not-for-profit organization or business in your community today!

For more information about the Awards, please visit Canada.ca/volunteer-awards or call 1-877-825-0434.