First Dawn Eastern Edge Regional Council
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September 8, 2020

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Weekly Prayer from Rev. Ian March-MacCuish, First United Church, Mount Pearl
Let us pray. Loving God, you are on every breath. Each morning we breathe you in and you invite us to live each day in your creation. We remain amazed at the colours of life that surround us. With the passing of each season we are reminded of the beauty that leaves us speechless. A sunrise or sunset, a full moon or a sliver of moon, a gentle breeze or a strong wind that fills our sails causing us to move forward feeling your tug on us O God. Pull us where you want us to be and help us to grow where you have planted us. Our prayers continue to be with your pandemic stricken world. Each day there is news of still more numbers who have contracted the virus. Help us to remember that with each number there is a human life attached. A life that continues to need your love, our love and all our support. Give each of us the strength to do our part, to refrain from large group gatherings, where physical distancing is not possible, to wear a mask to offer protection to ourselves and others, and listen to the medical professionals who are tasked with sharing knowledge and offering advice. Our prayers are shared with those who are restricted from seeing loved ones because of senior home rules, or essential travellers, or hospital restrictions. We continue to pray for all those looking for a vaccine. We pray their work is done for the good of humanity and not for reasons of profit or nationality or other biases.

O God, as we give thanks for the changing seasons, we also hold in prayer those affected by hurricane season. For those who felt the impact of recent storms, whose home was destroyed or business ruined, we include in our prayers. For those who have and continue to be affected by forest fire season, we hold in prayer. For all the support people who have given of their time to help those in need, those who need clothes and food, those needing medical attention, we hold in prayer. We prayer for ourselves. For wherever we find ourselves on the journey of faith. For those who are experiencing a medical situation, may you hear their prayers and the prayers of those who love them. For those who are having a crisis of faith, may they feel your hand of support rest upon their shoulder. May your love continue to wash over us and your mercies never end. Bless us, your children. Amen

First Dawn Eastern Edge Annual Meeting Registration
Registration for the October 16-18, 2020 meeting of First Dawn Eastern Edge Regional Council is now open! As outlined in the July 20, 2020 memo, please note that all ministry personnel and lay members will have to register for the meeting in order to participate.  The deadline for registration is October 2, 2020. You will be required to fill out the registration form found on the website, using the registration link REGISTER HERE.

Annual Meeting Proposals Template
Please see the template and information for Proposals. The deadline for submission for proposals is Tuesday, September 29, 2020 at noon. Proposals that are time sensitive or require the action of the Region will be addressed at the AGM. Others will be forwarded to the Executive or held for the 2021 Annual Meeting. Information can be found on the Regional Council website: FDEE Proposals Template

Annual Meeting 2020 Information & Material
It will help all of us have a productive meeting in October to have as many people as possible take part in the webinars. Thank you for your commitment to this United Church of ours and to your First Dawn Eastern Edge Regional Council. As more information becomes available, it will be posted on the website. In preparation for the webinars and the Annual Meeting, please take the time to read the posted material, including the Agenda, accessed using the link: Annual Meeting 2020

Pine Hill Alumni Association Scholarship
The deadline for applications for the year 2020-2023 is December 1, 2020. The decision will be announced on the following February. The successful applicant shall begin the program of studies in the academic year following the announcement of the award. For more information, please contact: pinehill@astheology.ns.ca

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Save the Date
Annual Clergy Retreat: October 21-23, 2020 – Janice MacLean from Prayer Bench Ministry will be our guest presenter for the annual clergy gathering. More details to follow as the date gets closer.

Annual Fall Learning Event: November 5, 12 & 19, 2020 – This year our Fall Learning Event will take the form of on-line lunch and learn sessions with topics on Pastoral Relations. Thursdays, November 5, 12 & 19 from 11:30 am – 1:00 pm. Please look forward to a survey narrowing down on the topics that will be most beneficial for each session.

Children, Youth and Young Adults Network
Catherine Stuart is updating the network for Children, Youth and Young Adults. If leaders from your church/Sunday school/youth group/camp and friends would like to receive email updates about things happening in our regions regarding these groups, please email cstuart@united-church.ca to be added to this list! Thanks

Expressing Wonder 2020
There is wonder in learning about the life experience and courage of others, gaining empathy and choosing actions in the spirit of justice, respect, and compassion. Join for a weekend of learning and appreciation through speaker presentations, interactive discussions, spoken word and other poetry, storytelling, art, and music. For more information, follow this link: Expressing Wonder 2020

First Dawn Eastern Edge Regional Council Webpage Emergency Response Link
Stay updated with Emergency Response Updates on COVID-19 on the First Dawn Eastern Edge Regional Council webpage.

Announcements
If you have news to share relating to First Dawn Eastern Edge Regional Council, please share it with us and we will include it in our weekly announcements.

Send any information to: info4rc16@united-church.ca

Prayer Room Ministry
Church in Mission Unit is offering weekly Prayer Rooms for each Regional Council. Congregations and leaders are invited to join facilitated half-hour online times of prayer (modeled after the Prayer Room at GC43) to pray for every pastoral charge by name. Nothing is required except your presence.

Sign up online and join us every Tuesday on Zoom at 1:00 PM EDT beginning June 2, 2020 running until mid September

September 15, 2020: Pacific Mountain