The announcements for this week include:
- Condolences – Rev. R. Stewart Clarke
- BE is coming to PEI
- Discussion Page For Regions Proposal
- Preliminary Report from Commission on Regions
- Mission & Service Deadline and More …
- Pastoral Charge Annual Reports
- Two Resources for Lent from the Prayer Bench
- Courage to Lead for Young Leaders and Activists
1. Condolences – Rev. R. Stewart Clarke
Sympathy is extended to the family of the Rev. Stewart Clarke, who passed away on January 21, 2018. A service of celebration of his life will be held in Cole Harbour-Woodside United Church at 1 pm on Friday February 2, 2018. Obituary available online at: https://www.arbormemorial.ca/coleharbour/obituaries/raymond-stewart-clark/14588/
2. BE is coming to PEI
BE is coming back to PEI. There are people from all walks of life and varying ages, people at different points of their spiritual journey. Here’s the thing: we came together to share our hopes, our fears, our needs for the world and within the church.
And, that’s what BE. is all about.
Gathering people to learn, to sing, to talk, to share in some munchies. Our theme is Tending our own Light.. It’s an informal gathering to engage in conversation, contemplation and song.
So in case you missed it, we’re gathering in Tyne Valley, PEI at the Northam Community Centre on Feb 2nd at 7pm.
RSVP at www.be-maritimes.org/countmein
3. Discussion Page For Regions Proposal
Maritime Conference has reactivated our Regions Facebook page for discussion of the Boundaries Commission report on Regions, especially from the Maritime perspective. Please follow the link, and join the conversation!
4. Preliminary Report from Commission on Regions
Remits 1-4 received substantial agreement from both Presbyteries and Pastoral Charges. https://www.gc42.ca/remits Work is underway to prepare for implementation of the Remits, which still requires final and formal approval by the 43rd General Council, meeting in Oshawa, ON in July 2018. Inherent in Remit 1 is the expectation that Presbyteries and Conferences will come to an end, and Regions will be formed as the new “in-between” council of our structure. A Commission has been working to arrive at decisions about the configuration of Regions and has prepared a preliminary report: http://www.united-church.ca/news/interim-report-regional-council-boundaries.
Feedback and suggestions on this interim decision will be accepted until January 31, 2018, at firstname.lastname@example.org. If any church court (pastoral charge, presbytery, Conference) has a suggestion for a specific change, that court’s governing body must pass a motion naming the requested change. Maritime Conference Executive is holding a conference call meeting on January 18 for this purpose. Several Presbyteries (or Executives) have already set dates for this same purpose. If, upon reading the report, you feel called to make a motion for a specific change, please do so through your Pastoral Charge Board/Council, through your Pastoral Charge representative to Presbytery/Synod, or through your Presbytery/Synod representative to the Conference Executive.
Remember, the deadline for feedback is January 31. For assistance, please contact Executive Secretary David Hewitt at email@example.com or 506-536-1334, ext. 1.
5. Mission & Service Deadline and More …
Here is the latest Important Stewardship News. Please take note, and please share with people you feel would be interested.
A Reminder: Mission & Service Deadline is Wednesday, January 31st.
To ensure that your pastoral charge gets credit for all their Mission & Service donations in 2017, please transfer to General Council Office by the 31st.
(Last week I gave details as to how to transfer your Mission & Service to General Council. If you need this information, contact me: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Our 2018 Congregational Stewardship Program, Called to Be the Church: Loving Our Neighbours is just in the mail to every pastoral charge.
You should get yours soon. For more information, be in touch. I am willing to provide workshops, training and consultations in your area.
We are excited to announce that the spring 2018 Seeds of Hope granting cycle is now open and accepting applications!
Applications are due by 8pm EST on April 15th, 2018. Submission by email is preferred.
Seeds of Hope grants will be available Canada-wide for a all projects types!
This year we are also offering a variety of scholarships including The McGeachy Senior Scholarship, The Roy M. Davidson Trust Award, and the W. Norman McLeod Scholarship. Scholarship Applications are due March 15th.
Don’t miss out, visit www.unitedchurchfoundation.ca/grantinfo for more information and to download the application today.
Finally, a great big thank you to all who gave gifts through our Gifts with Vision Program this past Christmas!
The program has become quite popular and through it we are really making a difference with these extra gifts to our Mission & Service Ministries.
Continue to share the booklets and promote the program. The good news is – these Gifts with Vision can be given anytime.
To check out online, see here: Gifts with Vision
6. Pastoral Charge Annual Reports
It’s that time of year again! After you have finished your annual meetings please be sure to send in your Annual Reports to Marlene Trenholm by email to email@example.com. Thanks for your continuing assistance!
7. Two Resources for Lent from the Prayer Bench
Being in Community 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. In this three week study (or over six weeks meeting as a group three times), there will be opportunity to share stories, refresh listening skills and deepen spiritual practices for leaning into an emerging future together. Learn more: https://prayerbench.ca/product/being-in-community/ ($29)
Lent Personal Email Retreat Series
Open Mind, Open Heart, Open Will: In this six week retreat series, we explore practices inviting us to set aside the voice of judgement, the voice of cynicism, and the voice of fear. We seek grounding with open mind, open heart, and open will. Learn more:https://prayerbench.ca/product/lent-email-retreat-open-mind-open-heart-open-will/($29)
Subscription Packages are still available until Jan. 31. Offering discounts for students/learning sites. Contact Janice@prayerbench.ca for information and coupon codes.
8. Courage to Lead: A Courage & Renewal® Retreat for Young Leaders and Activists
Tatamagouche, Nova Scotia
May 3-5, 2018
Deadline to Apply – February 16