NEWS AND UPDATES FROM REGIONAL COUNCIL 15 (RC15)

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www.ucceast.ca 

Staff Directory

Emergency Response Memo’s Regional Council 15 (RC15)       

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.

Regional Council 15 (RC15) Committee Volunteer form.


Condolences: Anthony Ware

Our sympathy is extended to the family of Rev. Anthony ‘Tony’ Ware who passed away January 15, 2021.  A copy of the obituary can be viewed here.


Condolences: Sue Palmer

Our sympathy is extended to the Rev. Neal Palmer, and family, whose mother Sue Palmer passed away January 9, 2021.  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
Register here – deadline to register Feb 15, 2020

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.   For more information, please contact the Regional Minister for your Region.


Call for Nominations

Region 15 needs your help!  As a region, we can only do the important work and ministry within Nova Scotia and Bermuda with the help of dedicated volunteers like you. The Nominations Committee is seeking interested individuals who may be willing to participate in the region by serving on a committee.  Currently, we are greatly in need of individuals who are willing to serve:
-The Annual Meeting Planning Committee
-Faith Story Community Covenant Committee

As well, we are also seeking Diaconal Ministers and Designated Lay Ministers who may be interested in serving the region through the work of our regional committees.  If you interested in any of these positions, please contact Nominations chair, Rev. Alicia Cox at aliciadawncox@msn.com.
If you are interested in a position not listed above, or you are not sure where your gifts or interests might fit, please fill out the Nominations form found here: https://ucceast.ca/56874-regional-council-15-committee-volunteer-form/  Information on all committees can be viewed here.

Please share this information with your congregations. Committee membership is open to all community of faith members within the bounds of Region 15, and is not limited to elected representatives to the 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 a workshop via Zoom.  Participants from FSLDW and Region 15 both welcome!

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


Lenten/Advent Folders

With no access to Lenten/advent folders anymore, the United Church Bookstore have decided to have our own printed. The cost is $2.95 tax included for each folder. View Lenten Offerings folder and further details here.


Congregational Stewardship

Welcome to Called to be the Church 2021

“We are not alone.”  These words from A New Creed have more meaning than ever in these days of pandemic. Worship delivery has changed; pastoral care has changed; everything has changed—and so has Called to be the Church. This year, we’re introducing:

  • A newworship focus for any five weeks of the year on our theme, Discipleship is Stewardship
  • New Stewardship@Homematerials to use during the week to reinforce the Discipleship is Stewardship message
  • A new web locationfor all your stewardship digital resources: united-church.ca/stewardship

And YOU are not alone.  Introducing Called to be the Church: The Journey—tailored and topical modules with coaching and ongoing support to meet your stewardship needs.  Module #1: Stewardship Best Practices is rolling out in early 2021.   View further information here.

Don’t let your community of faith miss out on this! To find out when Called to be the Church: The Journey modules will be offered in your region, subscribe to “God’s Mission, Our Gifts” at  https://united-church.ca/e-newsletters  or contact Roger.   (Currently looking for participants for our first course offering in February! Let me know if you are intested.)

For more information, or for support for your Congregation’s Stewardship initiatives, please contact Roger Janes  (rjanes@united-church.ca)  or Call 709-486-3239


UN World Interfaith Harmony Week Halifax

Sharing Common Ground in Uncommon Times” UN Interfaith Harmony Week Halifax. Jan.31-Feb.7, 2021. Join in the celebration! This year’s events (worship, ritual, prayer, practice, study) are all available online! See the full Sacred Spaces schedule at ihhalifax.ca. Sacred Spaces Hosts include: Brahma Kumaris Centre, Mi’kmaq Pipe Carrier George Doyle-Bedwell, Shaar Shalom Congregation, Halifax Universalist Unitarian, Ummah Masjid, Shambhala Buddhist Centre, Baha’i Community, Earth Spirit Society, Presbyterian Church of Saint David. Want to deepen your experience? Join in the Interfaith Engagement Program –  Full details here.


Prayer Bench 2021 Subscription Packages available until Jan. 31

You may notice that I am offering a smaller package of resources this year and at a lower cost in order to open space for study and personal reflection in 2021. It is a semi-sabbatical as I enter into the 7th year of the Prayer Bench part-time ministry and serve a part-time pastoral charge.
The new resources for 2021 reflect the most popular resources: Stroll for Your Soul, Email Retreats, daily emails during Holy Week and an Advent small group stud and a new program, Fall Rambles. There are other benefits to being a subscribers like 50% of other resources, including Soul of the Preacher, a zoom course coming this year. There are other changes in the delivery of the group package to make resources more available for communities of faith during COVID.  Review what is included in the two packages by visiting the Prayer Bench Shop and try out the samples provided to give you a taste of Prayer Bench resources. Visit the Prayer Bench Shop https://prayerbench.ca/shop/  These packages are available until January 31, 202. Resources are then available for full price from the shop as they become available.


Centre for Christian Studies Fridays

A chance to join the Centre for Christian Studies virtually for an hour to explore timely topics of theology, life, and faith.  It is open to laypeople and clergy.  On February 12 from 12:00 to 1:00 CST we will look at Zoom Tips for Annual Meetings.  We will review the basics of how to use Zoom, go over the nitty gritty of hosting a virtual annual meeting, and have a chance to share tips and favourite features.  The workshop is free but you must register in advance by clicking on the workshop name and filling in the form.   If you have questions, e-mail info@ccsonline.ca