The announcements for this week include:
- Region 15 Governance Handbook
- Link to Observer article with Sister Maudilia/News on Mining Restitution Fund
- Licensed Lay Worship Leaders Atlantic Program: Upcoming Events at Tatamagouche Centre
- Youth Forum Facilitators Wanted
- I@C Facilitators Wanted
- Winter Gaming Retreat at Tatamagouche Centre, February 8-10
- More Than Friends Leader Package Now Has More!
- Prayer Bench 2019 Subscription Packages
1. Region 15 Governance Handbook
Do you know that the Region 15 Governance Handbook is posted on the Region 15 page on the Maritime Conference website? It is found under the “About Us” section. You can also access it by clicking here. In a couple of weeks there will be a recorded training session available to help you to become familiar with this living document. In the meantime, please take some time to read through it.
2. Link to Observer article with Sister Maudilia/News on Mining Restitution Fund
The Mining the Connections/Environment Working Group invites you to read and share the United Church Observer article with Sister Maudilia Lopez Cardona online. https://ucobserver.org/interviews/2019/01/sister_maudilia_lopez_cardona/
As you may recall, Maudy spoke powerfully to the Annual Meeting of Maritime Conference last May. She was also able to speak at the General Council offices, where this interview took place.
We also want to announce that together Church in Action and the United for Mining Justice Network raised $6505 for the Marlin Mine-affected Communities Restitution Project. (Background info: https://www.unitedforminingjustice.com/restitution-for-goldcorp-victims) We thank the many individuals and five Maritime Conference Presbyteries that contributed: Halifax, Woolastook, Miramichi, Sydney, St. Croix.
Jackie McVicar, a Mining the Connections Working Group member and Coordinator of the United for Mining Justice Network, will travel from Guatemala City, where she is presently living, to San Miguel Ixtahuacan, to present the funds to FREDEMI (the community group that has risked much to resist Goldcorp’s Marlin Mine) and the Catholic Parish and to express our sorrow and righteous indignation with the refusal of the United Church Pension Board to divest.
3. Licensed Lay Worship Leaders Atlantic Program: Upcoming Events at Tatamagouche Centre (see attached posters for details)
Orientation Event: Feb.28-Mar.1
Learning Unit 2: Wilderness & Wonder – preparing for Lent-Eastertide
4. Youth Forum Facilitators Wanted
Youth Forum is now looking for people to fulfill this important role of facilitator. Applications are due February 2nd, 2019.
Are you a Youth Forum alumni? Do you love working with youth? Do you want to have the best weekend of your life? Do you love to dance, sing, pray, eat, and party with 100 youth from the Maritimes and Bermuda?
Are you over the age of 21 or have completed your “gap year” (taken one year off from your last year as a YF participant)?
If you answer “yes” to any of the above, you should apply to be a Youth Forum Facilitator and lead small groups of teens in faithful discussions and be part of our wonderful family.
Go to www.youthforum.ca to fill out the application.
5. I@C Facilitators Wanted
Together we are more! Be a leader with I@C
I@C is looking for a fun and diverse set of facilitators who enjoy working with Jr High aged youth for our program during the regional meetings.
Applications can be filled out online at http://www.springparkunitedchurch.ca/iac
by the end of February (sooner is better!)
Please pass along to anyone you feel has gifts, talents and interest!
I@C 2019 Seek.Love.Walk.
6. Winter Gaming Retreat at Tatamagouche Centre, February 8-10
Register Now for the Winter Gaming Retreat at Tatamagouche Centre
February 8 – February 10, 2019.
Storm Date: February 22-24, 2019
A peer-led weekend get-away to play tabletop roleplaying games!
Whether you’ve never played a roleplaying game before, or you’ve been playing for years, this a winter retreat to gather with others to play some new and familiar games.
Some of the themes we will explore together:
- how to make the move from player to game leader
- how to build inclusion and community through games
- how to support diversity, disability, and mental health through RPGs
Leadership of this retreat is a collaboration between the volunteers of Heroes and Adventurers and the Tatamagouche Centre.
Sliding scale registration cost – $150-$350 – as well as low-income bursaries available.
7. More Than Friends Leader Package Now Has More!
Purchase a Leader’s Package and get 5 printed couple gift certificates, which you receive by mail. Support the couples in your community of faith by giving them a Couple package and help contribute to the creation of a healthy marriage. Visit the More Than Friends webpage: https://morethanfriends.live/
8. Prayer Bench 2019 Subscription Packages
Only available until January 31. See the new resources for 2019 and compare packages. There is also a value package for Students and Learning Sites. Visit here to learn more: https://prayerbench.ca/2019-subscription-packages/