NEWS AND UPDATES FROM REGIONAL COUNCIL 15 (RC15)

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Making Hope Visible – Podcast


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Condolences: Wilena Doucette

Our sympathy is extended to Rev. Connie McNamara, and family, whose mother-in-law Wilena Doucette passed away February 27, 2021.  A copy of the obituary can be viewed here.


Condolences: Robin Postil

Our sympathy is extended to the family of Rev. Gordon Postil, and family, whose wife Robin Postil passed away January 29 , 2021. Rev. Postil formerly served the Margaree Pastoral Charge in Cape Breton.  A copy of the obituary can be viewed here.


Annual Meeting Registration is Now Open

Registration is now open for the annual meeting. Please read the memo sent on March 8, 2021 from the Executive Minister. Visit the annual meeting webpage regularly for the latest updates and information on the upcoming meeting.


Nominations are Open for President-Elect

Regional Council 15 is seeking nominations for President-Elect. The President serves for a total of 3 years: as President-Elect, President, and Past-President. The President-Elect will serve as a member of the Regional Executive, leading our Region in its work and ministry, within the bounds of Nova Scotia and Bermuda. Serving as President of the Region offers many unique and exciting opportunities to engage in the work and life of the Region. More information on the role of President can be found here.

As this election will take place through the Annual meeting held online, and due to the nature of the online voting process, no nominations will be accepted from the floor. All nominations must be received by May 13, 2021 at midnight. Nominations are open to all members of Region 15, including ministry personnel and lay representatives. To submit your nomination, please fill out the form here. The nomination form must include the name of the mover and seconder of the nomination. The Nominee, the mover and seconder must be members of Regional Council.


2021 Annual Declarations

It’s no joke! 2021 annual declarations open April 1, until June 30.
Also no joke: if you make your declaration (about whether you’ve had criminal charges in the last year or not) each year, you never have to get a police records check again! Plus, it’s free and only takes a few minutes, by logging in to www.churchhub.ca  (Just remember to use Chrome or Edge as your browser; do not use Safari).  Need help accessing ChurchHub? Please contact ministry@united-church.ca


Passionate about Leading Music?

Are you passionate about leading music? The Annual Meeting Planning Committee for Regional Council 15 is looking for a music leader for our Worship Team for this years virtual meeting. The leader of the Music Team will be responsible to gather musicians from around the region virtually. The leader will be a member of the Worship Team for the annual meeting.  If this is of interest to you please send an email expressing your experience to Jennifer Whittemore at jwhittemore@united-church.ca by March 21, 2021.


Communities of Faith Annual Reports

It’s that time of year again where we request your Annual Reports.  Please email when they are available (electronic files are preferred especially during the current pandemic) to your Regional Council using the following email:

Regional Council 15: info4RC15@united-church.ca

If you are unable to submit by email please mail one copy of your report to:
Regional Council 15
21 Wright Street
Sackville, NB  E4L 4P8


The 2021 Manual Print Copies

The United Church Bookstore (First Dawn Eastern Edge Regional Council) is selling print copies of The Manual 2021. Don’t miss this opportunity. Pre-order your copy today.  The cost $19.95 (tax included) plus shipping. We ship anywhere in Canada. If you are interested in ordering a copy or have any additional questions, please contact Leona at llaundry@united-church.ca  See further details here


Prayer Bench Program: Soul of the Preacher, beginning April 15 on Zoom. 

This program was offered last spring and fall in the Pacific Region through LeaderShift.  Read reviews here.

You can find the program description and more information here: https://prayerbench.ca/product/soul-of-the-preacher-zoom/
Prayer Bench 2021 Subscribers (Group & Personal) can use their 50% off coupon for this program.


Soup Nights for Young Adults!

Join Laura Hunter and Catherine Stuart this coming Sunday night at 7pm via Zoom to learn to make soup and connect with other young adults from Across the Atlantic Regions.  Only yourself, your kitchen, and some basic ingredients are required. If you haven’t joined us yet, not to worry, there is room for you! Register here: https://ucceast.ca/60984-soup-nights-2021/  With questions or concerns, contact Catherine Stuart cstuart@united-church.ca or by phone 1-800-268-3781 ext. 6158.


Join Ukulele Church for the rest of Lent/Easter! 

Are you looking for a meaningful and musical way to observe the end of Lent and Easter?  Have you ever wanted to go to church with a Ukulele in your hands?  If you’ve answered yes to both of these questions, look no further! Join Linnea Good, Catherine Stuart and Dana Ducette on Sundays at 12:30pm for an hour-ish of ukulele lessons, prayers, crafts, bible stories and worship! No experience is necessary.  For more information and to register, visit our website: https://cyayaucceast.wixsite.com/ukuchurch  If you have questions or are in need of an instrument, contact Catherine Stuart by email cstuart@united-church.ca or by phone 1-800-268-3781 ext. 6158


The Festival of Biblical Storytelling!

The Network of Biblical Storytellers of Canada and Pacific Mountain Region invite you to attend The Festival of Biblical Storytelling! This year’s theme is This Changes Everything: The Peacebuilding Power of Scripture Telling.  Dates: April 9-11, 2021, all online! For more details see: https://www.leadershiftpm.ca/festival-of-biblical-storytelling-2021 or email Catherine Stuart cstuart@united-church.ca or Linnea Good lg@linneagood.com


Climate Action – March 11th – Join largest ever international Interfaith Day of Action!

ADD YOUR VOICES and commitments for climate justice by taking action on the “11th hour of the 11th day” – March 11th. Actions can be large or small.  But let’s MAKE IT PUBLIC!  The Regions’ Ecological Justice Working Group is encouraging individuals, groups, and communities of faith to take part in this widespread event organized by Greenfaith International.  It is called “Sacred People, Sacred Earth”.
Find out more about HERE.  If you need inspiration, find suggestions for possible actions from the Working Group HERE.

OUR ACTION: the Ecological Justice Working Group will host 2 online events:

  • Mar. 21st  7pm, Soulful Solstice Check-in – Come share what is happening on climate issues in your neighbourhood, or what you wish was happening. Celebrations from “Sacred People, Sacred Earth” activities, inspirations, and lamentations are all welcome.  REGISTER HERE
  • Earth Day – April 22nd, 11:30 am – “Creation, Climate, and You” – This online gathering is for people who have rarely, if ever, talked about climate change in a group setting and are looking for an encouraging first step.  It is a gentle opening to making connections between experience, faith, and climate action.   REGISTER HERE

Spring Book Study: Rachel Held Evans’ Inspired

The Region 15 Faith Formation and Leadership Development Committee will be leading an online book study at 10am on Wednesdays, April 21st – May 12th. Our title is Rachel Held Evans’ Inspired: Slaying Giants, Walking on Water, and Loving the Bible Again, selected for its youthful voice, accessible approach to the interpretation of scripture, and imaginative retellings of well-known stories. Participants are asked to obtain their own copy in advance, but no reading is required for the first session. Lay people and ministry personnel across the Regions are invited to register by April 13th for what is sure to be a lively and inspiring group: https://ucceast.ca/61453-rc15-inspired-book-club/


Wanting to engage more people in dialogue and action on climate justice?  Here’s an opportunity:

You are invited to participate in a training for hosting/facilitatingFaithful Climate Conversations”, from For the Love of Creation .

Tuesday, March 16th, 6:30-8:30pm. 

Faithful Climate Conversation Training:  Although training is not mandatory for leading a Faithful Climate Conversation, training sessions are being offered to those who would like further background information or support to lead a conversation. This training walks facilitators through some of the tools for leading online discussions, how to navigate difficult topics, where to find climate stories, and tips for having engaging conversations about the climate. Register in advance here: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwvceGorDsqG9KbtA0gwJnWzs7LeyjLIoqM  After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting (space will be limited to 20 participants).


2021 Christian Left Conference–Call for Papers

2021 Christian Left Conference–Call for Papers Emmanuel College’s Centre for Religion and Its Contexts, Trinity St. Paul’s United Church, the Centre for Philosophy, Religion and Social Ethics of The Institute for Christian Studies and the Toronto Mennonite Theological Centre are hosting the second Christian Left Conference (free and online) from July 23–24, 2021. This year’s theme is Rethinking the Christian Left from the Belly of Empire: Charting New Paths Beyond Colonization. Paper proposals are due March 19, 2021 and can be submitted online.