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The announcements for this week include:

  1. Communities of Faith
  2. Kairos Atlantic Gathering
  3. R15 Regional Name Suggestions
  4. Covenanting Service Brunswick St United Church
  5. Decommissioning Service River Philip United Church
  6. Music Matters
  7. Celebrate Earth Day at St. Andrew’s
  8. Men engaging the Third Age

1. Communities of Faith

As we journey this Holy Week in the footstep of Christ we are reminded that the pain of the crucifixion gives us a path to the Joy and Hope of the Resurrection.
May your Easter be a time of faithful renewal.

As we are just a month away from the inaugural meetings of our new regional councils here are a couple of reminders:
Please remember when you elect your members to the Region Council from your congregations you need to fill out the information sheet found on the website,,  so we have a list of all lay members to the Region Council.

Please encourage your Ministry personnel and your lay members to register for the annual meetings,, as this is a historic meeting in which we will be honouring and saying goodbye to Maritime Conference and marking the beginning of Fundy St. Lawrence Dawning Waters Regional Council and Regional Council 15.

A reminder to Communities of Faith that as stated in the Manual 2019; Communities of Faith have a responsibility to help fund the cost of sending your elected members to the Regional Council.
B.2.1.5 Participation in Regional and Denominational Life
The community of faith is responsible for
1. a) helping to fund the cost of sending members to the meetings of the regional council;”

Youth Forum and I@C are happening again this year and you are asked to encourage the youth in your Community of Faith to attend again this year.  Contact Lauren King ( for more information.

If you have any question please do not hesitate to be in touch.

Rev. Faith March-MacCuish
Executive Minister
Fundy St. Lawrence Dawning Waters Regional Council
Regional Council 15
First Dawn Eastern Edge Regional Council
1-800-268-3781 Ext. 6156

2. Kairos Atlantic Gathering

Click below for details of Kairos Atlantic Gathering

Streams of Justice May 2-5, 2019

A Feast for Justice, May 3, 2019 @ 6pm

3. R15 Regional Name suggestions

The executive of Region 15 (Nova Scotia and Bermuda) is seeking suggestions for a new regional name!  All entries will be considered and general themes noted. There will be time for some table group discussion at the Annual Meeting and other suggestions may be made there. A committee will narrow the list down to a few names to be voted on before the end of the meeting. Names could reflect geography, faith, purpose etc. Prayerfully and creatively discern! Please submit by May 16. Thank you for participating!

Entries may be emailed to Derek Elsworth at

Covenanting Service – Brunswick St United Church

May 5, 2019  at 11am at Brunswick St United Church, Truro – Covenanting Service between Brunswick St-North River Pastoral Charge, Rev. Lynda MacCulloch and Regional Council 15.  Social and refreshments to follow.

4. Decommissioning Service River Philip United Church

May 5, 2019 at 2pm – Decommissioning Service at River Philip United Church, 2808 Wyvern Rd, River Philip, Cumberland County.  Social and refreshments to follow.

5. Music United’s Annual National Event

Music Matters, will be hosted at St. Andrews United Church in Halifax.  The learning event is Friday April 26th opening at 1 pm and all day Saturday April 27th, 2019. Participants staying for Sunday can participate in worship at St. Andrews and the annual AGM for Music United. Music Matters poster

Music Matters provides a wonderful opportunity for musicians, music directors, choristers, clergy and worship planners to come together to learn and share ideas/concerns.  This year, we are offering 7 interactive workshops as well as our first stream of 3 workshops in hymn composition and copyright which will run concurrently.  Participants receive anthem packages they can keep (10 pieces of music) from the anthem reading session.

There is a mini-hymn festival on Friday night open to the public and we are attending Rick Gunn’s premiere of his new cantata on Saturday evening.

The cost on-line is $120 or $140 at the door.  Or people can register for just one day – Friday (includes supper) or Saturday (includes lunch) for $70.

People can register at

To view the full event schedule and bios of the workshop leaders, visit

6. Celebrate Earth Day at St Andrew’s United Church

We are thrilled that St Andrew’s United Church will host Silver Donald Cameron, Canadian journalist, author, playwright and university teacher whose writing, teaching and lifelong work focuses on social justice, nature and the environment-celebrate Earth Day: Tuesday April 23rd, 7:00 pm

Location: St Andrew’s United Church, 6036 Coburg Rd, corner of Robie St., Halifax

Silver Donald Cameron will show his documentary film, “Green Rights”, and respond to questions about what we can do to protect Mother Earth, the health of the people and places we love, and the sources of life – now and for the future.  Click to view Poster

Come and invite others: be inspired, motivated and challenged to make a difference for Climate Justice and for a healthy, sustainable life for us, our children and grandchildren

Admission: by donation

7. Men Engaging the Third Age

May 15 – 17, 2019, Wed 5:00 pm – Fri 1:30 pm, Tatamagouche Centre.

“I wish only to be a man” – Dietrich Bonhoeffer (resister, Nazi fascism), Tegel Prison, Berlin, 1944

No longer youth or middle-aged?  The Third Age can be a time of reflection, integration and new purpose! This program will provide an opportunity for listening, reflection and sharing in a contemplative way, men’s journeys as we live the last third of our lives!

Leadership: Don MacDougall, former university minister and program director at Tatamagouche Centre, has led many wilderness retreats for youth and adult men. He is a founder of the Contemplative Pathways Program for Spiritual Deepening and Guidance, and currently leads adult conversations on the relevance of Jesus for post-modern life.

Peter Hough is a very active “retiree”.  His third age spiritual path led to a renewed interest in the Christian tradition and daily meditative practice. With a heightened awareness of the many challenges facing our local and global communities he continues to seek ways to contribute to the social and spiritual transformation he sees as key for a viable future.

Wilf Bean is a retired adult educator with a continuing interest in personal and social transformation. A former staff member of Coady International Institute, St FXU Antigonish, Wilf later worked at Tatamagouche Centre.  He has been a member of a local men’s group for well over a decade and is also co-leading a study group on Marcus Borg’s New Perspectives on Christianity.

For more information and to Register, contact Tatamagouche Centre at or Phone 1-800 218 2220