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Making Hope Visible – Podcast
Fundy St. Lawrence Dawning Waters (FSLDW) Committee Interest form.
Affirm Committee Event – What is Ableism?
A series of educational events are being offered by the Fundy St. Lawrence Dawning Waters Regional Council Affirm Standing Committee.
The first two events took place on February 17, 2021 (Gender Diversity and Becoming an Ally), and March 10, 2021 (Becoming an Anti-Racist Church) Resources and materials from these education events are now available on the regional website. https://ucceast.ca/affirm-committee/
The next event is now open for registration:
April 15, 2021: What is Ableism?
Register Now! Using this link: Click Here to Register
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the event. The webinar will take place from 2:00pm – 3:15pm (Atlantic) using zoom video conferencing. Please share this information with your committees/networks and save the dates in your calendars!
Future Dates (Registration and details to follow closer to the event date):
May 13, 2021: Creating Safe Spaces
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
“See” you on the 19th!!!
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.
The latest versions of the Property Handbook and Appendix A are now posted on the ucceast.ca website. Appendix A contains fillable forms which can be completed online and then printed, scanned and emailed or printed and mailed to Regional Office via Canada Post
Stewardship Training and Support for your Community of Faith
The road to better stewardship and increased generosity does not have to be stormy!
Called to Be the Church: The Journey can help you increase revenue in order to better fulfil your Mission!
Called to Be the Church: The Journey module 1 is set to launch in your Region during the first week of May (a separate session for each Region).
Module 1: Stewardship Best Practices consists of four 2-hour online sessions to dive into these vital best practices:
- Claim Your Mission –it is really why people give to you
- Cultivate Generosity –practical ways to increase giving
- Create A Culture of Gratitude –saying thank-you is critical
- Stewardship Is Discipleship –integrating stewardship in your spiritual growth programming
Module 1 also includes a Stewardship Analysis report, customized with your community of faith’s giving and stewardship data. Along with ongoing coaching and support after the four classes, the recommendations in the report will help you set solid, achievable, stewardship next steps.
To get more information, and to register, contact Roger by e-mail, email@example.com, or telephone, 709-486-3239.
First Annual Educational Event – The Association of United Church Clergy
The Association of United Church Clergy invites all ministry personnel to our first annual Educational Event. With special guest leaders Janice MacLean (spiritual renewal) and Kevin Parks (digital media in ministry). Registration is free with your membership in the Association, $49.00 for non-members. Thursday April 22nd, 9-12 on Zoom. To register go to https://www.yoursanctuary.ca/ and scroll down to the registration link. Hope to see you there!
Moderator Town Halls
This is an invitation to leaders across the church to give input into the development of a 2022‒2024 Strategic Plan for The United Church of Canada, with particular shape and direction of the work of the General Council Office.
I am grateful for the leadership role you play in the church. I would appreciate hearing your wisdom, insight, and perspectives through participation in a Moderator’s Town Hall. Two opportunities are “friendly” to western time zones, and I invite you to register to attend one. Please feel free to also pass this invitation on to someone else from your region or community who would make an important contribution. I am reaching out to you as a person in leadership, but the participation and insight of all members of The United Church of Canada is welcome. The sessions will offer an opportunity to hear about the context of this plan and to give high-level input to strategic direction.
Town Halls for Eastern, Atlantic, and Newfoundland time zones in English
Saturday May 1: Noon (EDT), 1 p.m. (ADT), 1:30 p.m. (NDT). Register now
Tuesday May 4: 6:30 p.m. (EDT), 7:30 p.m. (ADT), 8:00 p.m. (NDT). Register now
Town Hall in French
Thursday May 6: 3:00 p.m. (NDT), 2:30 (ADT), 1:30 (EDT), 12:30 (CDT), 11:30 (MDT), 10:30 (PDT). Register now
These Moderator’s Town Halls are part of a consultation process that also involves focus groups, including four regional circles with the Indigenous church, and a series of interviews, surveys, and discussions with varied stakeholders. To view the full invitation please view using this link https://mailchi.mp/united-church.ca/invite-to-moderators-town-halls-on-strategic-plan?e=53786d38a3
Soul of the Preacher begins Thursday, April 15
Last opportunity to Register
What a diverse group we are – from all Atlantic provinces, Ontario and British Columbia, from the USA and New Zealand. We are clergy and lay worship leaders. There are four spaces left in this online program rooted in the contemplative tradition designed to nourish your soul and support your worship ministry. Use this coupon code to claim a 25% discount for this program. Soul25 You can find the program description and more information here: https://prayerbench.ca/product/soul-of-the-preacher-zoom/