NEWS AND UPDATES FROM FUNDY ST. LAWRENCE DAWNING WATERS (FSLDW)
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Making Hope Visible – Podcast
Fundy St. Lawrence Dawning Waters (FSLDW) Committee Interest form.
Condolences: George Mossman
Our sympathy is extended to the family of Rev. George Mossman who passed away March 15, 2021. A copy of the obituary can be viewed here.
Condolences: Theodore Snelgrove
Our sympathy is extended to the family of Rev. Theodore Snelgrove who passed away February 18, 2021. Rev. Snelgrove served 3 years in PEI (West Cape) 1958-63. An obituary is currently not available.
Faith Based Gathering – Guidelines
A message from Executive Minister Rev. Faith March-MacCuish
Greetings to you members of Fundy St. Lawrence Dawning Waters Regional Council, (PE, NB, Gaspé).
As we walk through Holy Week, I wish you a blessed journey. As we move towards the Cross may we lay our grief and burdens down. At Easter Saturday, in the time of waiting may you find companionship in the Christ who walks this road with you and as we awake one Easter Sunday may we all celebrate together the blessed Resurrection Morn.
Read the guidelines for Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick and Gaspe here.
General Council Commissioners
The 44th General Council of The United Church of Canada will meet in July 2022, entirely online, for the first time in the history of the United Church. We encourage you to prayerfully consider serving as a General Council commissioner, which provides you a unique opportunity to be part of the wider church and have an impact on the future of The United Church of Canada. General Council Commissioners are voting members of the General Council meeting, and serve as commissioners for 3 years. More information about the role of a commissioner can be found here.
The Fundy St. Lawrence Dawning Waters Regional Council will elect thirteen (13) commissioners and their alternates at our 2021 annual regional meeting.
We will elect:
- five (5) ministry personnel as well as their alternatives;
- five (5) lay representatives as well as their alternatives;
- one (1) position will be saved for the Regions Youth Pilgrim (process of selection to be determined by GC);
- two (2) youth/young adult (15-35) commissioners.
It is important when nominating commissioners, you pay particular attention to the diversity of our Region.
Nominations will close on May 21, 2021 at 11:59pm. There will be no nominations received from the floor. All nominees must be either elected lay representatives of a community of faith within the bounds of the Region, or ministry personnel within the bounds of the Region. Each nomination needs to moved and seconded by someone other than the Nominee (no self nominations), and the mover and seconder must be a member of a community of faith within the bounds of the Region. These nominations do not need to be passed through a governing body of a community of faith.
If you are interested in serving as a Commissioner to the 44th General Council, please fill out the form here. If you have, any questions, please be in touch with the Nominations committee chair, Rose-Hannah Gaskin, firstname.lastname@example.org
Ministry Personnel Available for Pulpit supply
The Pastoral Relations Committee of FSLDW is developing a list of ministry personnel (Diaconal, Ordained, Designated Lay Ministers) who are available for Sunday supply – this would include retired, left without call/ appointment, retained on the roll, nd who are in good standing.* If you are interested in having your name on an approved list on the region’s website, please send your name, address, email, and phone number to Jenn Whittemore Jwhittemore@united-church.ca Please indicate the geographic areas to which you would travel.
*All ministry personnel need to have the mandatory Racial Justice and Boundaries training, plus a current Police Records declaration.
Nominations are Open for President-Elect
Fundy St. Lawrence Dawning Waters Regional Council 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 New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Gaspé, Quebec. 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 Fundy St. Lawrence Dawning Waters Regional Council, 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.
UCW Gathering April 19, 2021
All UCW members from all districts are invited to a Spring ZOOM gathering. We have had to put our Biennial on hold for two years now and we miss the connection. There will be a ZOOM gathering on April 19th 2021 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon, and you are invited. Check in at 9:30 to have a time of chatting and reconnecting before the real gathering starts. Invite your UCW bubble of friends. We hope you will be able to attend.
Meet our new MUCW President , co-vice Presidents, and second vice. We will have worship, a presentation on our UCW special project “Women for Change Zambia” by Rev. Dr. Japhet Ndhlovu, the 60th Anniversary celebration in Sydney, NS and more. No business just facts, fellowship and fun. If you wish to attend, please send a request for the Zoom details to: email@example.com
“See” you on the 19th!!!
Guaranteed Livable Income (GLI) – Virtual Vigil April 8th
Join others across the country by lighting a candle and joining in prayer, and/or by contacting your MP on April 8th to urge government to keep GLI on the agenda for addressing poverty in this country. Resources and tips available here.
Concerned about Climate Change?
Opportunities for learning and action are listed on the Ecological Justice page on the Region’s website. Take note of a newly added PETITION demanding more ambitious targets for reducing emissions in Canada.
Also, note Earth Day, April 22nd at 11:30am – 1:30pm, the Working Group will be hosting an online conversation from For the Love of Creation, called “Creation, Climate, and You” – a gentle entry into talking about climate change and how it relates to our emotional and spiritual lives. A great start for those who are beginning or seeking to make the connections between climate and faith. Also you might want to attend if you are considering hosting Faithful Climate Conversations from “For the Love of Creation”.
Register here: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwuf-qvpz0sHdKDGoQLi0jvp0zD-dbfjZ0V
A few Earth Sunday worship resources can be found 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 join us, please register by April 13th for what is sure to be a lively and inspiring group: https://ucceast.ca/61453-rc15-inspired-book-club/