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: Jim St. Clair
Our sympathy is extended to the family of Jim St. Clair who passed away May11, 2021 (lay rep to Maritime Conference and a supervisor of theological students). A copy of the CBC notice can be viewed here.
No Registration No Vote for Annual Meeting
Register for the Regional Council annual meeting (registration deadline is tomorrow, May 20)
Submit your regrets
Visit the Recall of the Second Regional Council 15 annual meeting web page for information regarding the meeting. This page will be updated as information becomes available.
Annual Meeting Information Webinars
Planning is well underway for the 3rd Annual Meeting of Fundy St. Lawrence Dawning Waters Regional Council, being held on June 4-5,and 14, 2021. In preparation for the Annual Meeting, the Executive is offering three webinars so that members are able to ask questions for clarification about the matters that we will be voting on at the meeting. You will also have the opportunity to hear from the nominees for commissioners to General Council and President-Elect, so you are familiar with those whose names will be presented for voting.
It will help all of us have a productive meeting in June to have as many people as possible take part in the webinars. Thank you for your commitment to this United Church of ours and to your Regional Council. As more information becomes available, it will be posted on the website. In preparation for the webinars and the Annual Meeting, please take the time to read the posted material, including the Agenda, accessed using the link: Annual Meeting 2021
Webinar #1: Intro to Zoom/Practice Voting/Orientation for New Members – Wednesday, May 26, 2021 at 12:00pm-1:00pm (ADT) – Lunch & Learn
Webinar #2: Committee Reports/Budget 2022 and 2020 Audited Statements – Tuesday, June 1, 2021 at 7:00pm-8:30pm (ADT)
Webinar #3: GC44 Commissioner and President-Elect Nominee Introductions and Proposals – Thursday, June 3, 2021 at 7:00pm-8:30pm (ADT)
Webinars will take place using zoom video conferencing. Please contact the Regional Council Office if you have not received the April 26 email with links to join.
Nominations Close Tomorrow, Thursday, May 20, 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 20, 2021. 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.
Nominations Close Friday, May 21, for 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
Online Retreat for Children and Youth
The Faith Formation and Education Committee of Fundy St. Lawrence Dawning Waters is inviting all Children and Youth in our region to a one day, online retreat. We recognize all of the work and energy that has gone into making this year of pandemic happen for our communities, and so we are offering you some time of rest, renewal and fellowship with each other. Join us on Saturday, June 19th from 10am-11:30am and 1pm-2:30pm via zoom. For more information and to register, click here: https://ucceast.ca/62033-online-retreat-for-leaders-of-children-and-youth/
General Council Youth Forum
The Faith Formation and Education Committee of Fundy St. Lawrence Dawning Waters is calling for youth between the ages of 15-19 (in 2022) to consider letting their names stand to be a member of General Council Youth Forum 2022. This person will be a Commissioner (voting member) of the General Council and will also attend Youth Forum. All General Council events will take place online via Zoom. At this time, there is a possibility of employment, as well as the opportunity to attend the GO Project as part of this experience. For more information and to state your interest, please email Catherine Stuart, Minister for Children, Youth and Young Adults at email@example.com Please express your interest by June 5, 2021.
Looking for help to complete your 2021 annual declaration?
Attention Ministry Personnel!
Looking for help to complete your 2021 annual declaration? The Office of Vocation Ministers are hosting several sessions over the coming weeks to provide assistance and walk you through the process. These sessions will be on Zoom:
Tuesday, June 1st at 1:00 pm https://united-church.zoom.us/j/95349643212
Remember to have the date of your most current police records check handy and be logged in to our ChurchHub account https://churchhub.ca/.
It’s free and only takes a few minutes, by logging in to churchhub.ca (Just remember to use Chrome or Edge as your browser; do not use Safari).
Need help accessing ChurchHub? Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Official Members to Regional Council
An email was sent earlier today to Pastoral Charges who had not submitted their Elected Members form online, with a deadline of May 20, 2021 @ 3pm) to complete – many thanks to those who have already responded. For those still to submit, if you have not had your annual meeting and your members will remain the same as last year please let us know by filling in the form using this link https://ucceast.ca/61189-2021-elected-members-to-regional-council-15/.
If your Pastoral Charge does not have an elected member and/or minister then please also complete the form and put vacant as name/address, use 111-111-1111 as the telephone number and your pastoral charge email as the email.
A staff person will be calling after the deadline to get any information not yet submitted but needed to ensure we have our full membership list. As you might understand this is adding a significant amount of work to our staff. Contact email@example.com if you have questions.
Call to Preach for Palestine and Israel
“I have called you by your name
You are mine
I have gifted you and ask you now to shine.”
It’s a song we treasure – a thought we treasure – to be called by name.
On this Pentecost Sunday we are asking you to extend this same blessing to the people of the Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood in East Jerusalem. We ask you to talk about their situation during your worship time and to pray for them as they face eviction from their homes of 50 years because of a ruling by the Israeli Court.
Our Christian kindred in Palestine are calling people of faith to take prophetic actions and to speak out boldly against their oppression. Here is a link to their call. Please read it, share it, and incorporate it into your service. https://www.kairospalestine.ps/images/kairos-palestine-call-for-world-solidarity.pdf
The United Church of Canada asks us to take action to stop the latest evictions of Palestinians from East Jerusalem: https://united-church.ca/social-action/act-now/stop-latest-palestinian-evictions-east-jerusalem
Rev. Marianna Harris offers a prayer for use in your service: Pentecost and Sheikh Jarrah