The announcements for this first week of October include:

  1. Condolences – Harry Eagles; Arthur Lynk
  2. French For Ministry Course – Deadline Extended
  3. Staff News
  4. Commission on Regions Established
  5. Mental Health Work Moving Forward – November 4th
  6. Licensed Lay Worship Leaders Orientation Event & LLWL Learning Units
  7. Common Vision Concerts Coming To 3 Locations In The Maritimes
  8. MORE THAN FRIENDS Video Preview
  9. Tatamagouche Centre Events – Liberatory Story & Play
  10. Email Phising Scam

1. Condolences –


Harry Edward Eagles

Sympathy is extended to David Eagles and family on the death of his father, Harry Eagles of Riverview, formerly of Moncton and Alma, passed away at Lakeview Manor on Monday, September 25, 2017. A funeral service will take place at Cobb’s Funeral Home Memorial chapel on Friday September 29, 2017 at 11am with Rev. David Eagles and Rev. Danny Compton officiating.  Full obituary online at:


Arthur “Art” Ewart Lynk

Sympathy is extended to the Rev. Eric Lynk and family on the death of his father, Art Ewart Lynk, who died on Monday, September 25th. The funeral will be held at 2pm on Friday September 29th in the Newsom United Church, Glace Bay

Full obituary available online at

2. French For Ministry Course – Level 1 – Deadline Extended

Date:  November 6-10, 2017

Location: Mountain View United Church, 85 MacBeath Ave, Moncton, NB E1C 6Z3

Cost: $350 includes lunch each day

Update! We have reached the minimum number of registrations necessary for this program to go ahead.  However, there is still room for a few more people! Please register before October 16th.

If you want to get French for Ministry will help you improve your French language skills, practise the language in a safe environment, and acquire specific church vocabulary. You will become comfortable  welcoming francophones who turn up at your church, reading a scripture passage in French, and presiding over an occasional bilingual baptism or wedding. It will also be a chance to explore ways of introducing French into your local ministry. If you have always wanted to reach out to your French-speaking neighbours, you will find new resources and insights. Bienvenue!

To register click here! To apply for an individual learning grant click hereIf you do not receive a confirmation email, it is likely that your registration has not been received. Please try again or contact the Conference Office for assistance 506-536-1334 or .

Registration deadline October 16th!

3. Staff News

Lorraine Horyl, after 27 years of faithful service, has indicated her intention to retire as of December 31, 2017. Lorraine has provided exemplary service in a variety of areas over her time with Maritime Conference, but it is certainly in the area of support for the Conference Personnel Minister and the work of Pastoral Relations that she is best known. As Presbyteries and Pastoral Charges have wrestled with the delicate work of finalizing changes in ministry personnel, Lorraine has provided gentle and persistent support and direction. We will miss her, even as she enjoys her well-earned retirement! There will be a time for recognition and appreciation for Lorraine at the Conference Annual Meeting in May, 2018.

Given the current state of transition in the United Church organizational structure, Lorraine’s position will not be immediately filled. Rather, administrative work will be redistributed among our current Conference staff. Further details will be provided once they are finalized.

4. Commission on Regions Established

The members of the 42nd General Council (2015) were re-called to a meeting held electronically on Saturday, September 30. The agenda included several motions with respect to following up on the recent Remit results, and preparing for possible transition. In particular, a Commission was established to make decisions with respect to the make-up of Regions, if the 43rd General Council (2018) approves the implementation of the Remits. For a complete report on the meeting please click the link:

5. Mental Health Work Moving Forward – November 4th

Register Now!  

This is an invitation to any who have an interest in or a passion for dealing with mental health concerns in churches and the community at large.  The Mental Health Working Group of the Church in Action Committee of Maritime Conference is hosting a gathering on November 4th to move its work forward.  Mark your calendar!

The gathering will be held at the Maritime Conference Centre in Sackville, NB starting at 10:00 am and windup by 3:30 pm.  Light lunch provided.

For more information and to register click here:

6. Licensed Lay Worship Leaders Orientation Event & LLWL Learning Units

For information about the upcoming Licensed Lay Worship Leaders Orientation Event (October 27-29) to be held at St. Paul’s United Spryfield see attached poster.

A revised brochure outlining 2017-2018 LLWL Learning Units to be held at Tatamagouche Centre is also attached here.

To register email Robyn at

7. Common Vision Concerts Coming To 3 Locations In The Maritimes

Canadian Foodgrains Bank “envisions a world without hunger and believes that every person is created and loved by God and has the right to adequate food.” You are invited to join in this vision of ensuring more people have access to food.  “Common Vision” concerts help by singing to end hunger.  A central part of the Common Vision presentations across Canada features a medley of the hymns and songs of Saskatchewan poet, and former UCC Moderator, Walter Farquharson and BC composer, Ron Klusmeier.

In 2016, the first of these Canadian Foodgrains Bank national awareness events (Spring into Song) was presented in 41 Canadian communities, raising $80,000 to provide food for the hungry of our world.  This was a follow-up to the 2012-2013 Tour of a Lifetime which saw Ron and his partner Christina presenting 135 concerts across Canada and raising another $60,000 for Canadian Foodgrains Bank.

Common Vision takes those two important initiatives to the next level.  Please consider attending one of the two concerts coming up in October or even hosting a Common Vision concert in your church or community!

Sunday, October 15 – 7:00 pm TRINITY UNITED CHURCH
415 Upper Onslow Rd & Meeting House Rd – Upper Onslow, NS 902-895-4188

Monday, October 16 – 7:00 pm ST MARK’S UNITED CHURCH
504 Bernard St – Port Hawkesbury, NS  902-625-2229

Click here for poster.

8. MORE THAN FRIENDS Video Preview

Curious about the More Than Friends Marriage Preparation Video series? Want to watch one of the core videos and see the couple worksheet. You can! Learn more in this More Than Friends blog post:

9. Tatamagouche Centre Events – 

Liberatory Story& Play

with Game Designer Avery Alder

 November 10-12, 2017   Friday 5:30 pm to Sunday 5:30 pm


10. Email Phising Scam

There has been a recent increase in phishing emails that give every appearance of being legitimate, and from someone known, using their correct email address. The email invites you to click a link to view a file in “Adobe Cloud” or some other file sharing service. If you receive an email like this DO NOT CLICK THE LINK, and especially do not provide any passwords after inadvertently clicking the link! Close the email and send your friend a separate email to check and see if they have sent you anything. The General Council has sent the following warning out to its email users:

“If you receive ANY email from a colleague or acquaintance with an attachment and a link to Adobe Cloud (or a similar sharing service such as DocuSign) DO NOT CLICK THE LINK. These emails look very legitimate, even coming from your colleagues or someone you know and an attachment that might be real, but they are an elaborate attempt to gather secure information. This is the latest social engineering attempt to lead you to phishing site in order to get your email and credentials by spoofing your colleagues email addresses. Please confirm with your colleague if possible or delete the email and notify the Help Desk of receipt. If you have already clicked the link, please reset your password right away, and contact Help Desk immediately so they can follow-up with proper security measures.”

Maritime Conference does not use Adobe Connect, or any other file sharing service. We do post files to the Conference website and send out the corresponding link. For more information please contact