The announcements for this week include:

  1. Condolences: Rev. Sandy Clark; Katherine MacLeod; Millie Burrows; Annie Ihasz
  2. November 18-20, 2017 meeting of the General Council Executive
  3. Artifact Cataloguing Project
  4. Two New Programs for Advent from the Prayer Bench
  5. Breaking the Silence Annual Delegation to Guatemala, May 5 – 19, 2018
  6. Giving Program Survey and Resources
  7. Fundraising for Social Change with Kim Klein at Tatamagouche Centre – Nov 24-26, 2017

1. Condolences


Rev. John Alexander “Sandy” Bishop Clark

Sympathy is extended to the family of the Rev. Sandy Clark who passed away on November 6, at the age of 78 years.  Visitation will be held Thursday, November 9 from 4-7 pm at the Belvedere Funeral Home. A service in celebration of Sandy’s life will be held at Peter Gordon Memorial United Church in Morell on Friday November 10 at 2:30 pm.

Full obituary available here: 


Katherine Mary MacLeod

Sympathy is extended to the Rev. Bill MacLeod on the passing of his mother Katherine MacLeod, 88 years, who passed away on October 24, 2017 in St. Martha’s Regional Hospital, Antigonish.

Full obituary available here:


Eunice Mildred “Millie” (Pulsifer) Burrows

Sympathy is extended to Elaine and Rev. John Wilson, and Rev. Tara Ann Gourson and family on the death of their mother/grandmother Eunice Mildred “Millie” (Pulsifer) Burrows of  Beaver Brook, who died on Wednesday November 1, 2017 at the age of 96.

Full obituary available at:


Anne Millicent Ihasz

Sympathy is extended to Rev. Vincent Ihasz and family on the passing of his wife Anne, who died on October 31, 2017 at age 78 years.  Visitation will take place in the Bethany United Church Chapel Saturday, November 11th from 2-5 p.m.  A private family burial will take place prior to a service celebrating Anne’s life at Bethany United Church, Sunday, November 12th at 3 p.m.

Full obituary available at:

2. 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 . 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

3. Artifact Cataloguing Project

There is currently underway a project to collect information about and pictures of United Church artifacts. Now available on the Maritime Conference Archives website is a draft copy of a guide booklet and worksheet template for cataloguing artifacts (click here for a copy) . If you are interested in joining this project, please download the guidebook. Send any feedback about usability and errors to In addition, please send any completed cataloguing sheets and corresponding pictures to or to Maritime Conference Archives, Maritime Conference, 21 Wright Street, Sackville, NB E4L 4P8

4. Two New Programs for Advent from the Prayer Bench and an Update

We are on the path to Advent. Here are two new programs to support your planning:


Being in Community: A Small Group Study

This small group study offers an intentional pause for a group wanting to strengthen trust and confidence in one another and in the journey of faith unfolding among them. Using “Theory U” and three scripture stories, audio reflections, and discussion questions, the study offers a chance to share stories, refresh listening skills and deepen spiritual practices for leaning into an emerging future together. Learn more here:


Personal Email Retreat: Advent EntryWays

Advent is for getting ready. It’s a time for intention, for looking with curiosity in the bare and wild places, for gathering up the beautiful strands of our courage, and celebrating our own personal “yes” as we prepare for Christmas. These email retreats, based on four of the lectionary readings (RCL) for Advent, invite you to make space in a hectic time, and consider four EntryWays while crossing Advent’s threshold into Christmas. Perfect for personal reflection or worship preparation in Advent. Begins Saturday, November 25. Learn more here:


The Praying the News Small Group Study now has a study guide with Advent editions. How do we hold together the Good News message of Advent alongside the news of the day?  Please see:

5. Breaking the Silence Annual Delegation to Guatemala, May 5 – 19, 2018

The Maritimes–Guatemala Breaking the Silence Network (BTS), a longtime partner of the Maritime Conference Church in Action Committee, invites you to join a two-week delegation led by Breaking the Silence Coordinators and Guatemalan partners, grassroots organizers and Indigenous Maya and Xinca  communities working for social change and justice.

Apply by: January 12, 2018   //   Orientation weekend: February 9 – 11, Tatamagouche Centre. Cost: $2300, including international airfare and in-country expenses. For more information and details, write to Lisa Rankin, BTS delegations are a meaningful way to connect struggles for justice and social transformation in Canad and Guatemala. Join us!

6. 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

7. Fundraising for Social Change with Kim Klein at Tatamagouche Centre
– Nov. 24 – 26, 2017

The premise of fundraising for social change is simple: it is possible to raise the money you need to do the work you want.  It is not necessary to compromise your values or change your programs and it doesn’t matter if you work in a rural or urban community. Fundraising is also part of community organizing and can be built into everything an organization does.

Kim Klein is an internationally known speaker and author, and the author of five books including Reliable Fundraising in Unreliable Times, which won the McAdam Book Award in 2010.   Her classic text, Fundraising for Social Change, now in a new 7th edition, is widely used in the field and in university programs. Come learn from the best – It is possible to raise the money you need to do the work you want!  Click Here for more information.