The announcements for this week include:

  1. Condolences – Ella Irene Lewis
  2. Last Chance!! Register Now for Mental Health Work Moving Forward – November 4th
  3. November 18-20, 2017 meeting of the General Council Executive
  4. Giving Program Survey and Resources
  5. True Stories from Palestine Webinar – next Wednesday, Nov 8
    at the Tatamagouche Centre – November 20-23, 2017
  7. Archives and Artefacts Beacon

1. Condolences – Ella Irene Lewis

Sympathy is extended to the Rev. Blair Lewis on the passing of his mother, Ella Irene Lewis, aged 88, at her home on Thursday October 26.

Full obituary is available at

2. Last Chance!! Register Now for Mental Health Work Moving Forward – November 4th

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.

Please register by deadline – Thursday Nov 2 at 5pm!

For more information and to register click here.

3. November 18-20, 2017 meeting of the General Council Executive

The General Council Executive (GCE) will meet in Toronto on November 18-20, 2017. The workbook materials can be found at this link and also below. Please have a look, and if you have any questions or concerns, please contact Pauline Walker and Sean Handcock, elected representatives to the GCE, or David Hewitt, Executive Secretary. Their contact information is in the online directory at

4. Giving Program Survey and Resources

Dear Delegates,

Warm Greetings!

I am contacting you at this time to ask those of you whose charges have used any part(s) of our three Giving programs (“Called to be the Church” 2015, “Salt & Light” 2016, and “We Sing Thanksgiving” 2017) to please give us a little time, and some very important information, by filling out a brief survey.   Would you?  Please????

The purpose of the survey is twofold – to hear about successful practices and to offer constructive comment to improve the resource.

Please click on the following link:   Giving Program Survey to start.

Feel free to share the link with any individuals who might be open to contributing.

Thank you so much in advance for participating!  For those who have not yet used these resources, but who are interested in learning more about them, or any of our excellent Stewardship resources, please e-mail or call me.

Roger Janes

5. True Stories from Palestine Webinar – next Wednesday, Nov 8

Hello all

Please promote this webinar and plan to join us if you can.

Brad Parker from No Way to Treat a Child will be joining us and will be available for a few questions. This is a great opportunity to introduce people to the reality of life in Palestine and actions they can take.

8 days away! November 8, 2017 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm Please note, all times are listed in Eastern Time: Newfoundland: +1.5h  |  Atlantic: +1h  |  Central: -1h  |  Mountain: -2h  |  Pacific: -3h

True Stories from Palestine

Shared by a recently returned ecumenical accompanier

Listen to eye-witness accounts and discover more about the reality of Palestine and Israel in this 90-minute webinar. You will be able to learn more about the occupation, and hear how you can link your community of faith to a new campaign as well as a tried-and-true resource. We will learn about The No Way to Treat a Child Campaign; this is a campaign that you may want to highlight on Children’s Sunday (November 19). We will also briefly review The Advent Peace Box, which has new ideas for 2017. (The order deadline for the Advent Peace Box is November 17.)

Speaker: Members of The United Church of Canada have been active participants in the Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI), which is a program of the World Council of Churches. The EAPPI creates an international presence to contribute toward the realization of a just peace in Palestine and Israel. Our presenter was an Ecumenical Accompanier from January to April 2017.

Free, accessible from anywhere. Use this as a moment to introduce a friend to this topic.

Click here to register:

at the Tatamagouche Centre – November 20-23, 2017

Transform your youth program, your community and our collective potential.

Practice techniques, games, activities and explore initiatives in becoming a dynamic and effective facilitator of youth programs. This program is suited to anyone who is interested in high-level training in youth engagement and program planning/design to enhance their abilities as youth workers, mentors, social workers, employment counsellors, teachers, volunteers or recreation staff.
Click here to Register.

This is a joint initiative of the HeartWood Centre for Community Youth Development, Tatamagouche Centre & Nova Scotia Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage.

The deadline to register for this program is November 10th.

7. Archives and Artefacts Beacon

The latest edition of the Archives and Artefacts Beacon newsletter is hot off the presses ( )

You can also read past editions of the newsletter by clicking on this link: