NEWS AND UPDATES FROM FUNDY ST. LAWRENCE DAWNING WATERS AND
REGIONAL COUNCIL 15

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Staff Directory

Emergency Response Memo’s Regional Council 15       

Emergency Response Memo’s Fundy St. Lawrence Dawning Waters

Making Hope Visible – Podcast


To view upcoming programs at the Tatamagouche Centre please click here.
To view upcoming events at the Atlantic School of Theology please click here.
To view upcoming programs at the United Theological College please click here.


Condolences: Lucy Millicent Freake

Our sympathy is extended to the family of Lucy Millicient Freake, spouse of the late Reverend Charles E. Freake, who passed away on April 26, 2020.  A copy of the obituary can be viewed here.


A Letter of Thank you to Fundy St. Lawrence Dawning Waters Regional Council Ministry Personnel

A letter of thank you, appreciation, encouragement and reminder to you our Ministry Personnel who are our greatest gift. The full letter can be viewed here.


UCC East has a YouTube Channel

UCC East has a YouTube Channel! And it’s first video is a service that Communities of Faith can share to celebrate Camping Sunday.  Thanks to everyone who helped to make this happen, and to all of you for your patience! Feel free to use it as much or as little as you’d like.  I’m also open to more suggestions on how to regularly use this platform, so send any suggestions or questions to cstuart@united-church.ca


Online Worship

With the Moderator’s Online Worship services ending (at least for now), General Council are looking to share online worship services from across the regions. There is an interactive worship map accessible from the United Church website (it currently lists 334 online worship services).  Please let us know if your Community of Faith is providing online worship so they too can be included on the General Council website listing COVID-19 page.  Send information to trose@united-church.ca


The latest podcast episode of Making Hope Visible is live

In this episode I take you to visit a lunch and activity program in Chipman, New Brunswick, called “LIFT.  I talk with Rev. Betty-Jean Friedman, minister with the Chipman-Gaspereau Forks Pastoral Charge and Faith Kennedy, Coordinator at the Chipman Youth Centre.
You will hear how children, teens, and seniors are building relationships and lifting spirits in their rural village.   A small congregation supports an important outreach project with the help from the United Church of Canada’s Mission and Service Fund. It’s a beautiful example of partnership and care in community.  Find this and past episodes here: Making Hope Visible
Send comments, suggestions, or questions to justiceandmission@gmail.com
More about the Justice and Mission network at ucceast.ca .  Sign up there to receive regular emails, including notices of new episodes of this podcast.  You can also stay in touch through the Facebook group – Justice and Mission – UCC Atlantic.


Support Breaking the Silence,  a Justice, Mission and Outreach Committee partner, by buying BTS coffee.

For several years, in early May, many of you have ordered cases of Breaking the Silence coffee at the wholesale price for pick-up at Annual Meetings. Although that cannot happen right now, you can still purchase Breaking the Silence coffee for your church and for personal use. You have several options: Purchase it at the Just Us! coffee display at Sobey’s, Foodland, and participating Coop Stores; Purchase it from Just Us! (justuscoffee.com/ ) with free shipping for retail orders over $50 and wholesale orders over $200 (churches can become wholesale customers); In the Halifax area,  order with free delivery from Susanne Litke  https://bts390790953.wordpress.com/
Why buy Breaking the Silence coffee?  The Maritimes-Guatemala Breaking the Silence Solidarity Network (BTS) has been a long-term partner of the Church in Action Committee, now the Justice, Mission and Outreach Committees. BTS partners with the CCDA (the Highlands Committee of Small Farmers) ~ a collective of coffee farmers in Guatemala ~ and with Just Us! Fair Trade Coffee Roasters Co-op ~  to bring fair trade, organic coffee to the Maritimes.  The proceeds of each bag of coffee purchased supports BTS human rights solidarity work.
Guatemalan liturgical stoles, created by Mayan women, are also available for $40. A number are available in various colours, as well as a rainbow theme. To purchase stoles, contact Kathryn Anderson at kathrynande@gmail.com.


Faithful Footprints Atlantic Webinar

Does your green team or building committee need some advice about how to improve your faith community’s building in the future?   Join Ben Grieder from the Ecology Action Centre and local climate champions for an interactive online webinar where you can learn about how you can make your faith-based institution buildings more energy efficient and environmentally friendly! Open to all faith-based institutions.

First event: Faithful Footprints Atlantic Webinar
Thursday, May 7, 2020, 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM   RSVP by emailing bengrieder@ecologyaction.ca
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Second event:  Faithful Footprints Atlantic Webinar
Wednesday, May 13, 2020, 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM   RSVP by emailing bengrieder@ecologyaction.ca


Scam Emails

The Region 15 office has received concerns about recent emails that give the appearance of coming from ministers, asking for money and/or gift cards. These emails use the email address unitedclergy01@gmail.com. Please be advised that it is not a typical practice for ministers to request money or gift cards to be sent to them personally. Furthermore, when receiving an unusual request like this, it is a wise practice to check the email address. If the originating (or reply-to) email address is not familiar to you, it would be appropriate to ignore the email, or contact your minister by phone or confirmed email to verify the information.  This kind of scam is called “spoofing,” where the fraudster attempts to masquerade as a trusted person. Your email has not been “hacked,” neither has your minister’s email been “hacked.” Neither of you have lost control of your accounts. The spoofer is using a publicly available name and an completely different email address to make contact. Please delete the email, ignore future emails like this, and block the email address from making future contact. You can also report it to your internet company (ISP).