The announcements for this week include:

  1. Condolences – Joyce O’Brien
  2. Affirm United Annual Conference
  3. Public Performance Copyright Site Licenses
  4. Grants Available
  5. Licensed Lay Worship Leaders Atlantic
  6. Our Committees Need You!
  7. Youth Forum and Intermediates at Conference Registration Online!
  8. Youth Leaders’ Retreat – March 17-19
  9. Staff Sabbatical
  10. Lenten Calendar 2017

1. Condolences – Joyce O’Brien

Sympathy is extended to the family of Joyce O’Brien, LPM, who passed away on Saturday evening, February 4, 2017, at Cedarstone Enhanced Care, Truro, NS. Joyce was predeceased by her husband, Rev. Allison O’Brien. Arrangements have been entrusted to Mattatall – Varner Funeral Home, 55 Young Street, Truro, where Joyce’s family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m., Wednesday, February 8, 2017. Memorial service will be held 2 p.m., Thursday, February 9, 2017, in Saint Andrew’s United Church, 55 King Street, Truro, Keith Selwyn-Smith, DLM officiating. Reception and ice cream social to follow in the foyer. Spring interment in Noel Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in Joyce’s memory to Berwick Camp are welcomed. Private messages of condolence may be sent to the family by viewing Joyce’s obituary on-line and selecting “Send A Condolence” at:

2. Affirm United Annual Conference 


The Affirm United/S’affirmer Ensemble 2017 annual conference will be shared in partnership with St. Andrew’s Wesley United Church and its wonderful Spirit Pride conference in Vancouver, British Columbia. The conference will be held July 28-30 on Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh unceded traditional territories. Spirit Pride precedes Vancouver Pride, which takes place over the August long weekend.  The Maritime Conference Committee on Affirming Ministry is pleased to offer financial assistance of $500 each for two representatives from Conference to attend.  If you would be interested in attending, submit your name and a brief statement of why you want to attend and what benefit you hope you might derive to Rev. Bob Johnson ( or 506-465-9040) before April 30, 2017.  For more information about these events, check the Affirm United website or the links above.

3. Public Performance Copyright Site Licenses


This is the eleventh year that Maritime Conference has negotiated a public performance copyright site license agreement with Criterion Pictures and Audio Ciné Films Inc.  We are able to offer a similar opportunity this year. You may wish to visit their respective websites for further information: and

The combined cost for both companies to cover congregations in Maritime Conference will be $1.30 per person plus HST based on average Sunday attendance as reported in The United Church of Canada Year Book & Directory – Volume 1 Statistics.  The license will be in effect from April 1, 2017, to March 31, 2018.

Please complete the application form if you are interested in registering your congregation for this license and forward it to Maritime Conference Office along with a cheque made payable to Maritime Conference Fund by Monday, March 13, 2017.  This is the ONLY opportunity to enroll for this year!

If you have any questions about this program, please contact Lorraine Horyl by email or by phone 506-536-1334, Ext 5.

4. Various Grants Available


Wondering if there are any grants available?  There are a variety of grants available within Maritime Conference and forms for all.  Click on Resources then go down to Forms. Here are some of them:

  • Congregational learning grants for individuals.  The forms can be found here.
  • Youth Opportunities Fund is available for youth and young adults 13 – 33 with home address in Maritime Conference.
  • Capital Assistance grants are available as well for Church/Manse  modernization, Technology, Camps.

The Financial Support Committee meets regularly to review any applications received.  Need more information or clarification? Contact Laura Hunter or Marlene Trenholm at Conference Office at 506-536-1334.

5. Licensed Lay Worship Leaders Atlantic

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

(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.

6. 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.

7. Registration for YF and I@C Now Online!


Registration for Youth Forum and Intermediates at Conference is now online! Deadline to register is March 31st.  All presbyteries generously offer funding to participants – not sure what presbytery you belong to? Ask your minister to find out! Or click on the Maritime Conference Presbytery Map!

Click here to register for YF:

Click here to register for IAC:

8.  Youth Leaders’ Retreat  – March 17-19


Come join us at the Tatamagouche Centre for a weekend to relax and nourish yourself. Share stories, ideas, resources, and learnings with colleagues and friends. Cost is $50. Contact Lauren King at the Maritime Conference Office for more information at

Click here to register!   Click here for poster!

9. Staff Sabbatical


Executive Secretary David Hewitt will be taking a partial sabbatical between February 22 and April 11. During this time, Kendall Harrison will be acting Executive Secretary, with support from Laura Hunter. If you have matters for the Executive Secretary that can wait until after April 11, please continue to leave messages for David by voicemail or email. If your matter requires a more immediate response, please contact Kendall. Please bear in mind that Kendall will continue to attend to his regular personnel work during this time which will be reflected in his response time.

David’s sabbatical will involve some reading and writing, a week of French immersion in Quebec City, and the 10-day Mission and Service pilgrimage to Kenya.

10. Lenten Calendar 2017


Lent is a time of year when one tries to live a little more soberly, inspired by the 40-day fast that Jesus did in the wilderness. At this moment in time when the work of God is threatened, Christians are invited to convert and change their behavior to reduce their footprint on Creation.

Would it be possible to promote this tool in your institution?

It is possible to download this calendar for FREE from the following webpage:

It is also possible to order a reasonably priced printed version in colour on 100% recycled paper. You can place your order before February 13, 2017:


Cost: 1 to 99 sheets:      65 cents / sheet
100 to 199 sheets:           35 cents / sheet
200 sheets or more:       25 cents / sheet
+ shipping

As indicated on the Lenten Calendar 2017, you can also subscribe to the newsletter, like our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter to experience Lent as you have never experienced it before.

This paper version of the Lenten Calendar 2017 is sent across Canada to all church groups and schools of all Christian denominations. The eldest will see an inspiring and concrete way of living Lent. The youngest will be able to share easily what they believe in thanks to the hashtags (#) on social media.

I wish you an ecological and inspiring Lent!

Norman Levesque
Director of the Green Churches Network
Tel.: 1-844-490-6464  (toll free)