The announcements for this week include:

  1. Condolences – J. Larry Hutchinson
  2. FREE USB Drive with More than Friends Purchase
  3. Public Performance Copyright Site Licenses
  4. Staff Sabbatical
  5. Prayer Bench Lent Email Retreat: Practices for Living in a Troubled Word
  6. Seeking Ministry Personnel for Come and See Pilgrimage
  7. Affirm United Annual Conference
  8. BE….. Breaking News

1. Condolences – J. Larry Hutchinson


Sympathy is extended to the Rev. Roland Hutchinson and family on the death of his brother Larry, 67 yrs, of Salisbury, who passed away on Wednesday February 15, 2017 at the Moncton Hospital.
The Funeral was held at the Salisbury Funeral Home on Saturday February 18th, with Rev. Dan Compton officiating. Interment at Pine Hill Cemetery at a later date. Memorials to Pine Hill Cemetery or a charity of choice would be appreciated by the family.

Full obituary at:

2. FREE USB Drive with More than Friends Purchase 


We are offering a free USB drive to the first five folk who order the More than Friends Marriage Preparation Video Series Leader Package. There are four remaining!

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. 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.

5. Prayer Bench Lent Email Retreat: Practices for Living in a Troubled Word


You receive an email every Saturday in Lent. You retreat in your own space at your own time. Here are the six themes we explore:

An Unfinished World. Is life going somewhere good because it came from goodness? What are the practices for standing in “the tragic gap” and not becoming cynical or idealistic?

To Break Your Heart a Little Bit. Meet Captain Wendy Kean, chaplain with the Royal Canadian Chaplain Service. She is working on a MA at the Atlantic School of Theology on the phenomenon of child soldiers and the problem of evil. I reflect on the practices of hope she is exploring and invite you to ponder what breaks your heart a little bit and how this can be a transforming spiritual practice.

The Beauty of Darkness. Meet Alydia Smith, Program Coordinator, Worship and Spirituality with The United Church of Canada. She helps us explore the imagery that often teaches “light everything (including skin tones) is better.” She offers her favourite images that embrace the beauty of the dark.

Decisional Forgiveness. During the Amish School House shootings 10 years ago, the Amish community astonished the world with their practice of forgiveness. What does it mean to take a stance of decisional forgiveness or sometimes called “premeditated mercy”? Is it possible in our culture? Are we called to forgive much?

Daily Gratitude. Meet Bev Brazier who uses her Facebook account to share daily expressions of gratitude. I reflect on her practice, what difference it makes and what keeps it authentic. We work on our own practices of gratitude and paying attention.

A Common Heart. As we draw near Holy Week we explore Leonard Sweet’s words: “If you want to make the world better, you do it one of three ways: make it more good, more true, or more beautiful. Jesus did all three.” We get ready for the Mystery of Easter.

VISIT to register ($29) or contact Janice through her website at

6. Seeking Ministry Personnel for Come and See Pilgrimage


The United Church of Canada is seeking ministry personnel participants for a Come and See pilgrimage to Palestine and Israel, June 1-10, 2017.

This 10-day pilgrimage for ministry personnel responds to a call from global partners in Palestine and Israel inviting partner churches, including The United Church of Canada, to “come and see”—to witness and experience the lived realities of partners on the ground, including multiple perspectives on mission, ministry, and advocacy in the region.

For more information:

7. 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.



We have set the dates for our next experiences. Mark your calendars. We are coming to Quispamsis on March 16th, Moncton on March 31st, April 22nd in Dartmouth and May 5th in Charlottetown. The locations are still being determined. Can’t wait to tell you. Reserve your spot today.