NEWS AND UPDATES FROM FUNDY ST. LAWRENCE DAWNING WATERS AND
REGIONAL COUNCIL 15
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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: Carman G. Burns
Our sympathy is extended to the family of Carman G. Burns, who passed away on May 31, 2020. A copy of the obituary can be viewed here.
Condolences: Brian Carmichael
Our sympathy is extended to the family of Brian Carmichael who passed away on May 27, 2020. A copy of the obituary can be viewed here.
Condolences: Harry Engeland
Our sympathy is extended to Rev. Krista Winn, and family, whose father Harry Engeland passed away on May 24, 2020. A copy of the obituary can be viewed here.
Region 15 Annual Meeting via Zoom
Registration for the Region 15 annual meeting is closed.
The region will meet via zoom video Conferencing to conduct the business of the region, including accountability reports, election of General Council Commissioners, remit vote, approval of the 2019 Audited statements and the approval of the 2021 budget. Please ensure to read the “Reports to the Regional Council” (found at the bottom of the annual meeting page) prior to the meeting.
The business portion of the annual meeting will take place on June 10, 2020 from 6:30pm-9:00pm (Atlantic) by zoom video conferencing.
Region 15 Annual Meeting Regrets
If you are unable to attend the meeting please fill out the regrets form using the following link. If you previously filled out the regrets form we would ask you to fill it out again for the virtual meeting.
Annual Meeting 2020 – Webinar Series
In preparation for the June 10, 2020 Annual Meeting of Regional Council 15, the Executive is offering three webinars:
– Webinar 1: Division Reports and the Remit was on May 28. Watch the recording here, password 7E^4*j!7.
– Webinar #2: General Council Commissioner Nominee Introductions was on June 2. Watch the recording here, password 2p%+^haB.
– Webinar #3: Division of Finance and Administration is tomorrow, June 4 (see below for the information). The link and password for this will be available on June 5 on the annual meeting web page under the heading “Information Webinars”.
It will help all of us have a productive meeting on June 10, 2020 to have as many people as possible take part in the webinars (or watching the recordings following the webinars). Thank you for your commitment to this United Church of ours and to your Regional Council 15. Read the Full Memo giving further information.
Webinar #3: Division of Finance and Administration (Budget 2021 and 2019 Audit)
It is important to have read the audited statements and the 2021 budget for the webinar so you are able to ask questions for clarification. This information is found on the annual meeting page under “Reports to Regional Council 15 / Division Reports” (this information will be posted following the Executive meeting on June 4).
Date: Thursday, June 4, 2020 at 7:00pm (Atlantic) Zoom Link
*For users without computer/tablet, access by phone: 647 558 0588 or 855 703 8985 (Canada Toll-free)
Meeting ID: 942 4528 3006
As information becomes available it will be posted on the website. In preparation for the webinars and the Annual Meeting, please take the time to regularly check and read the posted material.
Election of General Council Commissioners for the 2021 Meeting of the General Council
Currently, Region 15 is eligible to elect fifteen (15) commissioners, along with the President of the Region to the 44th General Council in Calgary, AB, in 2021. A minimum of 1/3 of the commissioners must be ministry personnel, and a minimum of 1/3 of the commissioners must be lay personnel. Attention should be given to diversity of age, gender, racial and cultural identities, and sexual expressions. Read further here…Election of General Council Commissioners for the 2021 Meeting of the General Council. Nominations are now closed. Read the nomination forms of those nominated.
Regional Council 15 Faith Formation and Leadership Development Team Questionnaire
The Faith Formation and Leadership Development Team of Region 15 is a new committee and we need your help to determine how we can best serve you. The survey has just NINE questions. To find the online link click here. For a Paper Copy to print and mail out to folks without a computer please click here.
Re-entry through COVID-19 for Nova Scotia and Bermuda
View the document from Executive Minister Faith March-MacCuish providing guidance in re-entry thorough COVID 19. Re-entry through COVID-19 NS and Bermuda
“How then shall we live?” – Coming out of Covid: Region 15 Town Hall
As Nova Scotia provincial restrictions begin to be eased by Public Health authorities, how will church functions continue to adapt to changing circumstances? Guidelines have been offered by government and church bodies, but what does this mean in our local context? Please join Region 15 Executive Minister Faith March-MacCuish for a Zoom discussion on Monday, June 8 at 7:00 p.m. Please click this link to register, and receive the Zoom connection instructions.
Region 15 Pastoral Relations News – May 2020
Approved the Call of Phillip Kennedy to Clifton Pastoral Charge, full-time, effective July 1, 2020.
Approved the Appointment of Jennifer Evans, Candidate, to Whycocomagh East Lake Ainslie Pastoral Charge, 30 hours per week, September 1, 2020 to August 31, 2022.
Approved the Renewal of Appointment of Stephen Mills to North Sydney St. Matthew-Wesley Pastoral Charge, 20 hours per week, July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2022.
Approved the SME Appointment of April Hart, Candidate, to the collaborative ministry of Coldstream Pastoral Charge and St. David’s Bible Hill Pastoral Charge, full-time, June 1, 2020 to May 31, 2021.
Approved the Appointment of Robyn Brown-Hewitt to Dalhousie University Campus Ministry, 24 hours per week, August 15, 2020 to May 15, 2021.
Church in Mission Prayer Rooms
Church in Mission Unit is offering an opportunity to Pray for each other across the Country from East to West beginning with The First Dawn Eastern Edge Prayer Room which took place June 2.
Given these uncertain and overwhelming times for our congregation and leaders, we invite you to join a facilitated half hour online time of prayer (modeled after the Prayer Room at GC43), to pray for every pastoral charge by name. Prayer rooms will happen throughout the summer beginning with the East and working our way to the West hosting one prayer session per region once a week. Nothing is required except your presence.
View the full Prayer Room across the Regions schedule and zoom links here.
Funding Ministry in a COVID 19 World
There will be a Webinar and Brainstorming event on June 11th, 2020 @ 1.30 -3.00 pm. The facilitator will be Roger Janes, Stewardship and Gifts Officer. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org to receive the zoom link.
See Fundraising in a Covid 19 World poster.
Camp in a Box
Fundy Saint Lawrence Dawning Waters and Region 15 are thrilled to announce a new initiative being launched by our four United Church camps in the region. We know that due to precautions necessary to slow the spread of COVID-19, the 2020 camping season will not be the same as it has been in the past, and “camp” will not look the same either. Read more about the new Camp in a Box initiative.