The announcements for this week include:

  1. Condolences – Catherine “Cathy” L. Smith
  2. CAM Announcement #9 – Canteen and Book Display
  3. Photos of Special Moments (CAM announcement #7)
  4. “Congregational Minutes” for CAM
  5. O​rder Breaking the Silence Fair Trade​ Coffee, wholesale price,​ by Thursday, May 17th.
  6. Maritime Conference Executive Digest of Meeting
  7. Berwick Camp Registration Now Open
  8. Call for Nominations
  9. Annual Declaration in Respect to Criminal Charges and/or Criminal Record

1. Condolences – Catherine Louise “Cathy” Smith

Our sympathy is extended to the family of Cathy Smith, 77 years, of Truro, NS. Cathy worked at Maritime Conference as former Christian Life and Growth staff.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Mattatall – Varner Funeral Home, 55 Young Street, Truro, where Cathy’s family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m., Wednesday, May 2, 2018. Funeral service will be held 2 p.m., Thursday, May 3, 2018, at Brunswick Street United Church, 250 Brunswick Street, Truro, Rev. John Parsons and Rev. Boyd Vincent officiating.

Full obituary available online at

2. CAM Announcement #9 – Canteen and Book Display

(All CAM announcements can be found at

Canteen services will be provided again in the upper lounge area of the arena. Coffee (fair trade), tea, pop, juice, chips, bars, a small selection of fruit and a few muffins will be sold.

Thursday 5:30-9 pm
Friday 8 am-1 pm, 6-9 pm
Saturday 8-11 am, 2-4 pm, 6-9 pm


Book Room
The United Church book display will be available from Thursday evening until Saturday at supper break. Come check out the latest in reading materials, church supplies, and UCC swag, either for purchase or order. UCRD account numbers accepted for payment.

3. Photos of Special Moments (CAM announcement #7)

The theme for the upcoming Conference Annual Meeting is #TrueStory (John 21:25). Conference members are invited to send in photos ahead of time which reflect a special moment, personality or event that occurred in your pastoral charge in the past, which may not have been fully captured in the minutes. We will be looking back on our past as a Conference and these photos might help stimulate table group discussions. Please email photos to

4. “Congregational Minutes” for CAM

In preparation for this years AGM and Theme Presentation table group time, you are invited to ponder a “Congregational Minute”.  A 1-2 minute story from your congregational life.  A story that uplifts and celebrates the congregation you are now part of; Or perhaps the one that was part of your growing up; or perhaps one in which you serve or served in ministry. Is there a story that you have told over and over and over again?

Or perhaps one you have never shared before, but is held deeply in your heart and memory.

If you wish bring along a momento, a photo, or an item – something to “Show & Tell” your Congregational Minute.

If you have any questions please contact Mary Beth Moriarity.

5. O​rder Breaking the Silence Fair Trade​ Coffee, wholesale price,​ by Thursday, May 17th.

Guatemalan liturgical stoles and brand-new crafts also available at BTS table.

The Maritimes-Guatemala Breaking the Silence Network (BTS), a  Church in Action Committee partner, is again offering cases of Breaking the Silence Fair Trade Coffee (ground) at the wholesale price ($58 for 6 12 oz. bags per case or $24.25 for a 2-lb. bag.) We make this offer to encourage churches to purchase Breaking the Silence coffee on an ongoing basis, buying wholesale from Just Us! for church events. Orders must be received no later than Thurs., May 17th. Email orders to Kathryn Anderson, You pay by cheque or cash at the Breaking the Silence table at the Annual Meeting.

BTS is also delighted to announce that Breaking the Silence coffee is now available at all Sobey’s and Foodland stores. By purchasing the Breaking the Silence brand of Just Us! coffee, you  support small farmers and their families as well as the courageous work of the Highland Committee of Small Farmers (CCDA) in seeking land reform and economic justice. In addition, Just Us! gives BTS $.20 for each pound of coffee sold. PLEASE ​ENCOURAGE CHURCH MEMBERS TO PURCHASE BREAKING THE SILENCE COFFEE AT SOBEY’S AND FOODLAND.

6. Maritime Conference Executive Digest of Meeting

Maritime Conference Executive met this past weekend in Sackville, NB. To read a digest of actions for Conference Executive and Sub-Executive meetings, please follow this link:

7. Berwick Camp Registration Open

The Board of Directors of The Berwick United Church Camp are pleased to advise that registration is now open for those interested in attending our 147th encampment from July 27th to August 5th, 2018. The link to our website is below.

The Very Reverend Gary Paterson, the former Moderator of the United Church of Canada will be this year’s Minister in Residence.

Complete information on times, programs etc are available on the site. We look forward to seeing our returning and new campers!

8. Call for Nominations 

The General Council Nominations Committee has launched a call for nominations for a few key vacancies. People across the church are invited to express their interest, or nominate others who have the gifts to serve well in these leadership roles.

French-language postings for the Nominations Committee and the Theology and Interchurch Interfaith Committee are available at this link.


Audit Committee

The Audit Committee is seeking three to five people with expertise in financial reporting for this low time commitment but important role.

Closing Date: May 22, 2018


Nominations Committee

We are seeking six members to form the core of the proposed new Nominations Committee. Members will be committed to the goal of becoming an intercultural church and be willing to use discernment practices to encourage and recommend volunteer leaders for the church.

Closing Date: May 22, 2018


Theology and Inter-Church Inter-Faith Committee

The Theology and Inter-Church Inter-Faith Committee facilitates the church in expressing its longing for God, its theological identity, and its commitment to whole-world ecumenism.

Closing Date: May 22, 2018


Expressions of interest and nominations can be submitted using this simple online form. However, people are also welcome to submit by email, mail, or whatever method works best for them, so long as it is received by May 22.

9. Annual Declaration in Respect to Criminal Charges and/or Criminal Record

Attention Ministry Personnel! This is the form for the annual declaration of Police Records Check. Click on this link:

Deadline for completion of this form is June 30th, annually