Warm greetings!  I hope you are all safe and warm after this latest ice storm!

The announcements for this week include:

  1. Condolences – Chuck Paterson
  2. Considering Sponsoring Another Refugee?
  3. A Mid-Winter Day Away
  5. Our Committees Need You!
  6. Ways More Than Friends can work for you and your wedding couples
  7. Prayer Bench Yearly Subscriptions
  8. How to Ask from the Pulpit

1. Condolences – Chuck Paterson


Sympathy is extended to the family of Chuck Paterson, former DLM, who passed away on January 14th, 2017.  Funeral service will take place at a later date. Obituary is not available at this time.



There have been many recent calls and emails with questions from groups about additional refugee sponsorships, perhaps for family members of newcomers or other associated people.  In addition, some groups continue to wait for news of their applications.  So we have crafted an overview.

Please see the attached update and recommendations.

3. A Mid-Winter Day Away


Think purple…think green…think gold: the colours of Mardi Gras!

Think gumbo… think chile… think chocolate and crepes: the food of Mardi Gras!

Think space for story…think soul pause for prayer… think circle of community:

the celebration of Mardi Gras!


Join us for a for a Mardi Gras of Moments as we anticipate Lent.

Saturday February 4, 2017, 10am – 3pm

(storm date February 11, 2017)

Maritime Conference Centre

Cost: $25. Lunch included.

Supported by Godly Play Maritimes and Maritime Conference Christian Life & Growth.

More details  and to register, please visit us on our website:


Please Register by January 29th. (Registration limited to 30).

Questions? Contact our Registrar: registrargodlyplaymaritimes@gmail.com


LEARNING UNIT 2:  Rejected, Ravaged, Risen – LENT, HOLY WEEK, EASTER

Friday, February 24, 5:30 p.m. – Sunday, February 26, 2:30 p.m.

Tatamagouche Centre

The services of Lent, Holy Week and Easter present a significant challenge to the worship leader, tasked with guiding worshipers along the journey to the cross and beyond. In this Learning Unit participants will explore theological themes such as brokenness & healing and death & resurrection, and review liturgical resources for Lenten practices, Palm/Passion Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter and Eastertide. This Unit will also focus on crafting public prayer.  Those who are currently licensed by their Presbytery as Licensed Lay Worship Leaders and those who have been recommended by their Presbytery for LLWL training and those who have completed an LLWL (Atlantic) Orientation event are welcome and encouraged to participate.

To Register: Robyn at llwlatlantic@gmail.com

(please provide contact information & any dietary or accessibility concerns)

Payment: $275 (includes meals & double room accommodation) $310 (single room)

Please confirm your registration by sending full tuition or a deposit of $150 on or before Feb. 10

Make cheque payable to ‘Maritime Conference Fund’ and mail to

Maritime Conference Office, 21 Wright Street, Sackville, NB E4L 4P8

or contact Jennifer Whittemore for payment options:  506-536-1334 EXT. 6

Click here for poster.

5. Our Committees Need You!


Serving on a Conference committee is a great way to contribute to the work of the church. A new online form will help match potential volunteers with vacancies.

You will be asked your contact information, past experience, skills, and interests. You may express interest in one particular committee, or simply indicate “Willing to serve where needed.”

When a vacancy opens, a member of the Nominating Committee may contact you. Filling out the form is an expression of interest only – not a commitment. All members of conference and presbyteries are strongly encouraged to fill it out as soon as possible.


6. Ways More Than Friends can work for you and your wedding couples 


Do you have weddings planned for the summer?

Consider getting a More Than Friends Marriage Preparation Leader package included in your 2017 budget. It’s a one-time purchase.

You don’t do many weddings?

Consider including the cost of a Couple Package in your “fees” so couples  can view the videos and work through the worksheets on their own.

Or you might want to offer a More Than Friends Couple package as a gift from the congregation.

Contact us through the More than Friends website for more information: https://morethanfriends.live/contact/

7. Prayer Bench Yearly Subscriptions 


A Yearly Subscription is convenient and you save money, The Prayer Bench is offering two Yearly Subscription packages for 2017,  but only until January 31.

Check out the packages here: https://prayerbench.ca/2017-yearly-subscriptions/

8. How to Ask from the Pulpit

February 7, 2017 (3:00 pm – 4:30 pm) Eastern Time

It can be tough to talk about money in a sermon. To some clergy it feels like begging for their salary; to others it’s hard to make the connection between the administrative needs of the church and the gospel of Jesus Christ.

In this webinar Dave Jagger and Roger Janes will share their experience of encouraging generosity from the pulpit and in other congregational settings, and describe how giving can be a spiritual discipline.

We’ll explore topics such as:

  • New research on why people give
  • Practical things that Dave and Roger have done successfully
  • How to be ready with clear answers when parishioners ask about generosity and church finance
  • How to connect mission and finance

Everyone who registers will receive a copy of Cliff Christopher’s book Not Your Parents’ Offering Plate! 
Click HERE for more information.