NEWS AND UPDATES FROM FUNDY ST. LAWRENCE DAWNING WATERS (FSLDW) AND
REGIONAL COUNCIL 15 (RC15)

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Making Hope Visible – Podcast


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Fundy St. Lawrence Dawning Waters (FSLDW) Committee Interest form.
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NEW Weekly Announcements Starting in 2021

At the start of the new year we will be producing separate Regional weekly announcements and discontinue the joint announcements. Anyone who wishes to receive the new weekly announcements will need to sign up using the below links. Note that once you fill-out the information using the below link you will receive a confirmation that may go into your junk or spam folder, you will not be signed up until you confirm your subscription using the email you receive. If you would like to continue to see what is happening in each Region you are welcome to sign up for both Region’s weekly announcements. (Please do not unsubscribe from the current announcements.)

Fundy St. Lawrence Dawning Waters Regional Council (NB, PEI, Gaspé) announcements

Regional Council 15 (NS, Bermuda) announcements


Condolences: Robert Harry Mills

Our sympathy is extended to the family of Rev. Dr. Robert Mills who passed away November 28, 2020.    As a former Executive Secretary of the Maritime Conference (1989-1995) we thank Rev. Dr. Mills for his service.  Bob’s dedication to his ministry within the pastoral charge, the presbytery, the Conference, the General Council and the Canadian Council of Churches is remembered by the whole church with gratitude. A copy of the obituary can be viewed here.


Condolences: Frederick ‘Fred’ Gamble

Our sympathy is extended to Ruth Gamble, and family, whose husband Fred passed away December 2, 2020.  A copy of the obituary can be viewed here.


Condolences: E. Ellen Wilson

Our sympathy is extended to the family of Rev. E. Ellen Wilson who passed away December 5, 2020.   A copy of the obituary can be viewed here.


Condolences: Margaret Arklie

Our sympathy is extended to the family of Margaret Arklie who passed away November 28, 2020.   A copy of the obituary can be viewed here.


Atlantic Regions Ministry and Personnel Committees – Managing Conflict

A webinar for lay members of M&P Committees
Saturday, February 20, 2021
9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Atlantic, 10:00 a.m. to 12 noon Newfoundland

This webinar will be resourced by the three Regional Ministers of the Atlantic Regions, Kendall Harrison (Fundy St. Lawrence Dawning Waters), David Hewitt (Region 15) and Heather Sandford (First Dawn Eastern Edge). Topics will include roles and responsibilities, stages of conflict, strategies for addressing conflict, resources and support.  An online registration form will be made available in early January. For more information, please contact the Regional Minister for your Region.


Archives and Artifacts Workshops

Have questions about archives and records in the United Church?  Have questions about artifacts that your community of faith owns?  Join us for two workshops via Zoom.  Participants from FSLDW and Region 15 both welcome!

Workshop # 1
Title: To Archive or Not To Archive?
Presented by: Sarah Wallace, Archivist, FSLDW and Region 15
Date: January 21, 2021
Time: 1:30-4:00 p.m.
R.S.V.P.: jmandrs@mta.ca by January 19, 2021

Workshop # 2
Title: Artifacts Unlocked!
Presented by: Julielynne Anderson, Chair, Archives and Records FSLDW and member of the Denominational Working Group on Artifacts
Date: January 28, 2021
Time: 1:30-4:00 p.m.
R.S.V.P.: jmandrs@mta.ca by January 26, 2021


Identity and Mission team

As many of you are aware, the Church and Mission Unit of the General Council Office experienced staff reductions and restructuring. The work of three clusters (People in Partnership, Faith Formation and Mission, and Discipleship and Witness) were brought together to create the Identity and Mission team.
While much of the work and focus of the former clusters will remain with the new team, staff will shift from a program-based approach, to a network-based approach. Network Coordinators will have flexible deployments, which may mean that the individual connecting to a piece of work may shift from time to time so that the team can remain nimble to emerging issues and networks.
The broad areas of work that the team will support include:

  • Communities of Advocacy, Justice, and Public Witness: connecting with people and networks of the United Church to engage in ministries of justice, transformation, public witness, and inclusion in both local and the Canadian context. Lead staff:  Lori Neale and Ren Ito. 
  • Communities of Faith and Worship: supporting, encouraging, and learning from individuals and communities of faith as they seek to live as faithful disciples.   Lead staff:  Alydia Smith and Amy Crawford
  • Communities of Intersectionality and Interculturalism: supporting, encouraging, and equipping faith communities and individuals to embrace the complexity and transformation found in intersectionality and interculturalism.   Lead Staff:  Emo Yango and Ren Ito. 
  • Communities of Leadership Development: supporting and encouraging lay leadership development for the flourishing of individuals and communities of faith.   Lead staff:  Amy Crawford and Sarah Williams
  • Communities of Partnership and Pilgrimage: creating global, regional, and local experiential learning opportunities with emphasis building relationships with global partners and United Church networks, individuals, and communities of faith.  Lead Staff: Sarah Williams and Lori Neale. 

Program Support is provided by Sartu Mohammed.  As always, the team strives to collaborate, connect, convene, and curate resources to engage with others in critical work that lifts up the unique identity of The United Church of Canada, and seeks glimpses of God’s presence in our midst.


Faith Formation and Leadership Development Committee – Lent

Even as we work our way through Advent and Christmas, we need to remember that Lent is not far off.  In 2021, Ash Wednesday will be on February 17, so if you would like to begin planning for Lent early, the Faith Formation and Leadership Development Committee of Region 15 is offering the opportunity to connect via Zoom to look at the lectionary readings for the season and to share ideas and resources.  We will be offering 2 sessions.  On January 14, at 9 am we will explore Ash Wednesday and the first half of Lent from Sunday February 21, to Sunday March 7.  On January 21, at 9 am we will explore the last 2 Sundays of Lent and the days of Holy Week.  If you are planning, or helping to plan worship at any point during Lent we invite you to join us.  This includes ministry personnel, laity and musicians.
Register here by January 11, 2021 –  An email with the zoom link will be sent to registrants January 12, 2021.
For more information you can contact Rev Sharon Lohnes at revsharonbeacon@eastlink.ca


Book Store Christmas Sale

Use this link to check out the sale items from the Book Store, for more information contact llaundry@united-church.ca or call 1-800-268-3781 ext 6141.


Property Report – December Updates

The R15 property report has been updated as of .December 7, 2020, this report lists property (buildings, cemeteries, lands) currently registered to your pastoral charge.  Any forms and amendments received up to .December 7, 2020 are included.  Pastoral charges who do not hold property will not appear on the list.  Please take a moment to review and ensure your pastoral charge details are correct, you can review by A-Z property name or by postal code using the link below and submit a form if there are any additions or amendments.

Property Report