The announcements for this week include:
- Condolences – Fraser, Rev. James; Churchill, Shannon; Redden, D. William; Johnston, Charlotte
- Annual Declaration in Respect to Criminal Charges and/or Criminal Record
- #TrueStory: Invitation to Table Group Facilitators, 93rd Annual Meeting of Maritime Conference
- Ministry of Supervision course at the Atlantic School of Theology
- Supervised Pastoral Education
- Job and Volunteer Opportunities
- Ready for Lent? Some Resources to Help
- Halifax Presbytery Workshop – Beyond Snakes and Shamrocks – April 6th and 7th
- Maritime Conference United Church Women Biennial Meeting
- United Church Men’s Spring Rally 2018
1. Condolences –
Fraser, Rev. James (Jim)
Sympathy is extended to the family of the Rev James (Jim) Fraser, 90 yrs, of Dartmouth, who passed away on Sunday February 4th. Visitation will be at the Atlantic Funeral Home on Wednesday Feb. 7, 2018 from 2 – 4 pm and 7 – 9 pm. Funeral service will be held at Woodlawn United Church on Thursday Feb. 8, 2018 at 2:00 pm. Obituary is available at
Our deepest sympathy is extended to Gloria and Len Churchill on the death of their son Shannon Churchill, 44 yrs, who passed away on Wednesday January 31st . There will be a gathering of family and friends to celebrate his life and reception on Sunday Feb. 11th at 6pm in the Alderley Landing Theatre and Atrium in Dartmouth. Obituary is available online at http://thechronicleherald.ca/obituaries/1542767-churchill-shannon-leonard
Redden, D. William “Bill”
We extend our condolences to Shawn Redden and family on the death of her father, Bill Redden, 88 yrs, of Stewiacke, who passed away on February 1st. Funeral service will be held at Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow Street, Truro at 3 p.m. on Monday, February 5 at the Upper Stewiacke United Church, Marty Clark-Ettinger officiating. Obituary is available online at http://colchesterfuneral.frontrunnerpro.com/book-of-memories/3420235/Redden-D-William-Bill/obituary.php
Johnston (nee Cairns), Charlotte Anderson
Sympathy is extended to Beth Johnston on the death of her mother, Charlotte Anderson Johnston, who passed away on February 3rd. Funeral service was held at Central United Church, Dunstaffnage on Tuesday, February 6, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. Obituary available at: http://www.peifuneralcoops.com/Hillsboro.php
2. Annual Declaration in Respect to Criminal Charges and/or Criminal Record
Ministry Personnel are searching for the form for the annual declaration of Police Records Check. Here is the link:
Deadline for completion of this form is June 30th, annually.
3. #TrueStory: Invitation to Table Group Facilitators, 93rd Annual Meeting of Maritime Conference
I’m writing to the members of Maritime Conference with an invitation on behalf of the Annual Meeting 2018 Planning Committee.
To say that The United Church of Canada and the Maritime Conference are moving through days of change and challenge is an understatement. The 93rd Annual Meeting of Maritime Conference will quite possibly be our last meeting in our current shape and structure. Although detailed information related to our future is unavailable at this time, the Annual Meeting Planning Committee is working to create an agenda that allows significant time for discussion, reflection and discernment. Most importantly, we will take time to celebrate the story of Maritime Conference as we have been and as we may become: #TrueStory.
If you are willing to volunteer or if you’d like to know more about this opportunity, please contact Robyn Brown-Hewitt at firstname.lastname@example.org by March 30th.
4. Ministry of Supervision course at the Atlantic School of Theology
October 22-26, 2018 & May 6-10, 2019
Application Deadline is July 24th, 2018 as space is limited.
5. Supervised Pastoral Education
in a Correctional Setting
Northeast Nova Scotia Correctional Facility
New Glasgow, Nova Scotia
17 April – 6 July 2018
Application for Clinical Pastoral Education
in association with Acadia Divinity College and
Northeast Nova Scotia Correctional Facility
Canadian Association for Spiritual Care
Certified Supervisor Educator, CPE: Peg Noseworthy
6. Job and Volunteer Opportunities
WCC Ecumenical School for an Economy of Life, Mexico City
Feb 02, 2018 01:34 pm
Position Type: Other Opportunities
Opening/Closing Date: February 2, 2018 to February 14, 2018
Anticipated Start Date: Sunday, August 19, 2018
Applications are invited for the WCC Ecumenical School on Governance, Economics and Management for an Economy of Life, August 2018.
National Council of Churches in Korea Peace Treaty Seminar
Feb 02, 2018 01:11 pm
Position Type: Other Opportunities
Opening/Closing Date: February 2, 2018 to March 31, 2018
Anticipated Start Date: Sunday, June 10, 2018
The United Church is seeking an individual to participate in the 2018 Korea Peace Treaty Seminar in Korea, and to become part of national and global networks focusing on peace and reunification in the Korean peninsula.
7. Ready for Lent? Some Resources to Help
Two Resources for Deepening Your Personal Spirituality:
Contemplative Moment Cards
These contemplative moment cards invite us to pay attention, be grateful, and aware of the gifts of this moment. All we have is this moment. In this exact moment, something of our life is here to be lived, noticed, or engaged. Each card offers a simple gesture or a focusing experience that invites us to be present with our whole self; to be really here. Read more about this set of 40 cards
Lent Email Retreat
In this six week email 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. Read more: https://prayerbench.ca/product/lent-email-retreat-open-mind-open-heart-open-will/
A New Resource For Personal Meditation and for Communities of Faith
Festival & Sabbath: A Prayer Bench Collection of Meditations, Prayers and Reflections for the Spring of 2018.
This collection of Prayer Bench writing contains:
- Devotionals/readings for opening of meetings, small group gatherings or retreats. Each devotional has an opening, reading, questions for discussion or journalling or a spiritual practice, and a closing. May also be used as a resource for pastoral visitors to share during visits, and for personal meditation and reflection.
- Prayers for personal meditation, or for worship or small group gatherings, creative pastoral prayers.
- A complete liturgy for worship or as a resource for a personal or small group retreat. Read more: https://prayerbench.ca/product/festival-sabbath-collection-vol-1-spring/
8. Halifax Presbytery Workshop – Beyond Snakes and Shamrocks – April 6 & 7
The Rev. Dr. Ross Lockhart, Associate Professor at St. Andrew’s Hall at The University of British Columbia will be leading a workshop on Missional Leadership on April 6 and 7th at Cole Harbour Woodside United Church.
Ross is the founding Director of The Centre for Missional Leadership. He is author of Lessons from Laodicea: Missional Leadership in a Culture of Affluence and his forthcoming work Beyond Snakes and Shamrocks: St. Patrick’s Missional Leadership Lessons for Today will be published in early 2018.
Ross will be sharing the lessons from his latest book and inviting us to think about how we can reach out to our own communities with the Good news of the Gospel.
As Ross writes, “There is wisdom in the missional leadership of the one we call St. Patrick that goes well beyond tales of snakes and shamrocks. How might Patrick’s mission experience with pre-Christian peoples direct our contemporary missional encounter with post-Christian peoples? Come explore the story of the shepherd slave turned shepherd of souls and discover that there is power still in the legacy of Patrick, when combined with the Spirit-filled presence and purpose of the risen Christ.”
The workshop will start at 1pm on the 6th with sessions in the afternoon and evening and Saturday morning and afternoon. Registration is $150 which includes supper on Friday and lunch on Saturday.
To get more information and register please email Susan MacAlpine-Gillis at email@example.com
9. Maritime Conference United Church Women Biennial Meeting
April 27-29, 2018
“ Bridging Changes.”
Trinity United Church
90 Spring Street, Summerside, PEI
902 436 3155
Registration is now open! Click here to register and for more information!
10. United Church Men’s Spring Rally 2018
When: April 21, 2018
Where: Trinity St. Stephen United Church, Amherst, NS
The cost is $45 and includes Muffins and Coffee and a full turkey dinner. Preregister before April 15 for $40!
For more information and to register click here: