Happy 150th Birthday Canada! 

Wishing you all a great Canada Day weekend!

The weekly announcements will be sporadic over the summer due to staff vacation. There will be no announcements for the next 2 weeks as I am going on vacation.

If you know someone who would like to receive the weekly announcements they can subscribe from the website or send me your email address and I will subscribe you/them.

Take note that the Conference Office will be operating on Summer Hours again this year from July 1st to September 4th inclusive. The office hours are Monday to Friday 8:30 am to 4:00 pm. Wishing everyone a great summer!

The announcements for this week include:

  1. Archives Hours
  2. Search for Fall Gathering Coordinator for the Peace and Friendship Project, Tatamagouche Centre
  3. Contemplative Moments Cards – from the Prayer Bench – Postage Free
  4. LLWL Learning Unit 4: Creation – Let All Creation Sing!
  5. Grants Available
  6. Article on Maritime Conference Archivists
  7. Vital Church Maritimes 2017 Conference
  8. Ready to take your french language skills to the next level?
  9. Camp Wegesegum Annual Meeting
  10. Appointment of Gordon Memorial Scholar

1. Archives Hours

The Archives will be closed from June 30 to July 10 inclusive. In the meantime you can send Sarah an email at archives@marconf.ca or leave a voicemail at 506-536-1334 ext. 7

2. Fall Gathering Coordinator for Peace & Friendship Project

Tatamagouche Centre is looking to hire Fall Gathering Coordinator for the Peace and Friendship Project! Click here for full description.

The deadline for application is July 9th.

3. Contemplative Moments Cards – from the Prayer Bench – Postage Free

A set of 40 cards inviting us to pay attention, be grateful and alert to the moments of our everyday life.

How to Use these Cards:

  • Choose a card in the morning and meditate with your morning coffee.
  • Choose a card from the pack as a focus for your daily prayer.
  • Carry the card in your pocket throughout the day to remind you to pay attention.
  • Choose a card and use it as a prompt for writing in your journal.
  • Create a sunset to sunset Sabbath using your cards.
  • Many cards can be used with groups as an opening for meetings.

Learn more here: https://prayerbench.ca/contemplative-moments/

Order postage free for the holiday weekend: https://prayerbench.ca/product/contemplative-moments-40-cards/

4. LLWL Learning Unit 4: Creation – Let All Creation Sing!

This Learning Unit is open to all who are currently serving as and all who are training to be Licensed Lay Worship Leaders. This Unit will focus on the liturgical season of Creation and on music for worship. For more details click here.

5. Grants Available

There are still Capital Assistance grants available for 2017 (church and manse modernization, technology and camp grants).

Congregational learning grants are also still available to individuals or groups who wish to participate in an event or programme.

The forms are available on our website under Resources – Forms https://ucceast.ca/forms/

If you have any questions or need clarification you can contact Marlene or Laura at conference office.

6. Article on Maritime Conference Archivists

Eldon Hay has written an article on the past 3 Conference Archivists for Generations magazine. The article can be read at https://sunriseweb-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/Three-NB-Women-Archivists-2017-by-Eldon-Hay.pdf and can also be accessed under Resources on the Maritime Conference website.

7. Vital Church Maritimes 2017 Conference

This is an invitation for lay and clergy leaders from Maritime Conference (United Church) to our 4th annual Vital Church Maritimes 2017 conference.

WHAT: A 3-day learning event focused on mission and Fresh Expressions of Church (planting). Hear inspiring stories of hope and share ideas for starting new faith communities. Discuss, dream and design ways to create vital congregations and reach out to newcomers.

WHEN: Thursday, Sept. 21 to Saturday, Sept. 23

WHERE: Holiday Inn, Truro, NS

WHO: Keynote speaker is The Rev’d. Canon Phil Potter, the Archbishops’ Missioner and Fresh Expressions Team Leader in the Church of England. Phil was vicar of St Mark’s, Haydock, Merseyside, for 20 years, leading and pastoring the church through many transitions; later serving as Director of Pioneer Ministry in the Diocese of Liverpool.

MORE INFO:  See the brochure attached and also our Diocesan website for registration details. www.nspeidiocese.ca

We would dearly love to have some of your leaders join us!

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Rev. Lisa Vaughn

Parish Vitality Coordinator
Diocese of Nova Scotia & Prince Edward Island
1340 Cathedral Lane
Halifax, NS   B3H 2Z1
902-420-0717, Ext.# 1169

8. Ready to take your french language skills to the next level?

Ready to take your french language skills to the next level?
Looking for a safe environment to try your skills?
Searching for ideas and support to introduce french into your ministry?

We need to hear from you before the end of June!

In cooperation with General Council Ministries in French, Maritime Conference is looking to offer a week-long immersion course to assist in developing french language capability as well as to work on strategies for introducing ministry in french into your local context. More details will be posted as planning develops.

Instruction will be offered by Angelika Piché, Director of French Leadership Development at United Theological College, Montreal, and by Carole Bourgault, a French language teacher and tutor from Moncton.

There are two possible dates for this course: October 30 to November 3, 2017 or November 6 to 10, 2017.

We expect to be able to keep the participant cost for the program under $300 (includes daily lunch). Local accommodations, other meals and travel are not included in this price. Bursary assistance will be available from both Conference and General Council.

To help with the planning, it is important that you respond before the end of June. Please contact Executive Secretary David Hewitt at dhewitt@marconf.ca or 506-536-1334 to express your interest in this program, and to indicate your preferred date choice(s).

9. Camp Wegesegum Annual Meeting

Saturday, July 8, 2017, 1:00 pm
Lodge, Camp Wegesegum

10. Appointment of Gordon Memorial Scholar

Pine Hill Divinity Hall, Atlantic School of Theology, and the General Council of The United Church of Canada (People in Partnership) are pleased to announce the appointment of the Rev. Dr. Marjorie Lewis as the Gordon Scholar for 2017-18.

Dr. Lewis is past President of the United Theological College of the West Indies, past Moderator of the United Church in Jamaica, past General Secretary of the Jamaica Council of Churches, and was Racial Justice Advocate and Researcher with the United Reformed Church and the University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom. Her Ph.D. (2007) is from the University of Birmingham.

In the last two years, Dr. Lewis has been in Halifax, Nova Scotia, undertaking specialized training in Clinical Pastoral Education. Her area of research is in spiritual care and diversity, especially with respect to the inclusion of LGBTQI persons.

We are very happy that Dr. Lewis will continue her presence and her research on the campus of Atlantic School of Theology and in the Halifax area. As a global scholar, Dr. Lewis has a great deal to offer to AST, the wider community, and The United Church of Canada.

Please join us in welcoming Dr. Lewis and congratulating her on her appointment.

Rev. Catherine MacDonald, Chair, Pine Hill Divinity Hall
Dr. Rob Fennell, Academic Dean, AST
The Rev. Michael Blair, Executive Minister, Church in Mission
Patricia Elson, Team Leader, People in Partnership, United Church of Canada