NEWS AND UPDATES FROM REGIONAL COUNCIL 15 (RC15)
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Making Hope Visible – Podcast
Regional Council 15 (RC15) Committee Volunteer form.
Condolences: George Davidson
Our sympathy is extended to the family of Rev. George Davidson who passed away August 16, 2021. Rev. Davidson formerly served New Carlisle Pastoral Charge; Gagetown-Grand Lake Pastoral Charge and was chaplain for Miramichi Presbytery during the 1960’s.
Covenanting Service for Katie Logan and Orchard Valley United Church
On Sunday September 26th at 7pm, we will be celebrating and establishing the covenant between Orchard Valley United Church, Region 15, and Katie Logan, Youth and Outreach minister. Please know you are welcome to come and be a part of this special occasion. Due to COVID-19 protocols, we request you register by end of Friday, September 24 by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or phoning the church at (902) 681-0366, and leave a message for our administrator.
Forms and Reports – A Reminder to submit
There are a number of Pastoral Charges that have not yet submitted their 2021 Pastoral Charge information forms and Annual Reports for 2020.
Please click on the link below to complete the Pastoral Charge form (if you have not already done so). If you have not had your annual meeting, and have the same people serving in the governing body, we ask you to still fill out the information forms.
Annual Reports for 2020 – any pastoral charge still to submit their 2020 Annual Report is asked to email the report to the Regional office email@example.com at your earliest convenience.
We thank all Pastoral Charges who have already provided these documents to Regional Office, if unsure if your pastoral charge has submitted the form/report please email firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm.
Nuclear Issues Report to Regions East Eco Justice Working Group
Read the Report on two initiatives involving regional input in response to nuclear issues here:
– government funding for ‘Small Modular Nuclear Reactors’
– Canada’s Nuclear Waste Policy Review
These are issues falling under the long term United Church of Canada policy on nuclear power. This and other resources and links are found on the ucceast.ca Justice and Mission page
A New Program: AUTUMN RAMBLES, Starts Soon
Autumn Rambles is a new program beginning September 25. Each day for 14 days you’ll receive a curated digital scrapbook page to inspire your ramble and set you off on your own autumn discoveries.
Here is a sample page for you: “Tastes of Autumn” see https://autumnrambles.com/freepb
Join us as we walk the streets, beaches, woods, and bush and collect our favourite autumn signs and sightings and share our memories of Autumn. Look in on the wisdom this season lends us in our journey of faith.
Rambles is available for Individuals or Groups. Learn more here. https://prayerbench.ca/shop/
Returning from Exile
Plan to join us for a 24 hour in person gathering for aUCC members from 3pm – Sunday Sept 26th to 3pm – Monday Sept 27th at Berwick Camp in Berwick NS. Registration will be limited to 50 people. aUCC members will be given priority.
Cost – aUCC members $50
Theme – Returning from Exile
Reflecting with the Prophet Jeremiah as we reflect with others on our pandemic experience in a safe, collegial space.
Our time together will include aspects of each of our aUCC pillars – Community, Advocacy, Renewal and Education.
Register at Eventbrite: https://auccretreat.eventbrite.ca
NOTE: registration will open up to non-members in September if there is space. If you join the aUCC right now, your membership fees will essentially pay for themselves with this one retreat. There are so many other advantages. Check out yoursanctuary.ca. Membership fees are calculated on the basis of 10% of your educational allowance.
Guaranteed Liveable Income
An Election has been called. Whatever you might think about the timing, it is an opportunity to highlight and advocate for a Guaranteed Liveable Income. Make guaranteed livable income an election issue. Ask: “Will your candidate and their party implement a guaranteed livable income for all?” Join with others across civil society through Basicincomenow.ca. See United Church election resources.
It is important to ask candidates during the campaign where they or their party stand in relation to GLI. If there is no all candidates meeting in your area, it is important to call or write the candidate office with the question posed by the United Church. The following link is a very good article on Basic Income (GLI) which may help you in understanding the importance of raising it during the upcoming election campaign: https://www.tvo.org/article/will-basic-income-get-its-due-on-the-campaign-trail
Also please watch for Worship Resources for October 17, a Sunday we have designated for special emphasis on Guaranteed Livable Income. The resources will be made available to all United Church congregations in the next couple of weeks. It is important to access the United Church website for the latest information on GLI resources.
We know that time for this election is limited, but we need to do as much as we can to keep the focus sharp and alive. Clearly we need to be in this struggle for the long haul.
Strength and peace to you
Hal and Karen Llewellyn
Regional Co-ordinators for Guaranteed Livable Income Network
Appeal for Haiti
The United Church of Canada is in contact with Mission & Service partners in Haiti to find out how we can support their communities. Today, people in Haiti need emergency shelter, clean water, and food. The United Church has launched an appeal. To view further details and donate, click here.
Vital Church Maritimes 2021 Conference
Wilderness Calling: Trusting in Jesus
October 14 – 16, 2021
Inn on Prince, Truro, N.S. (+ limited Zoom option)
Engaging in ministry these days is like trekking into unknown territory. One popular author describes congregational engagement with our neighbours, saying it is like ‘canoeing the mountains’ – what traditionally and typically worked in years past is no longer effective. We are CALLED TO THIS WILD using new approaches, including humble listening and courageous experimentation.
Join with congregational leaders from a variety of backgrounds to share experiences and ideas in exploring outward-oriented ministry in this wilderness time. Step out into an unmapped missional journey, discover the signs of the Spirit’s leading, and share best practices for this holy hinterland. Christ beckons and we venture together!
This 3-day conference features plenty of inspiring discussion, Bible studies, a special outdoor worship, meals and much more! Two-thirds of VCM participants are lay leaders, including some from Lutheran, United and Presbyterian churches. There are also several limited Zoom sessions for those who are unable to attend in person. Click here to view the poster for the event. The Conference schedule can be found here.
HURRY TO REGISTER! Special Early Bird rates until Sept. 20. (Registration closes midnight Oct. 6)
United Church Bookstore
The book store is now taking orders for the following book. Deadline to order is Monday September 20, 2021. Please contact Leona at email@example.com to place your order.
Return to the Root by Joyce Rupp. For more than a decade, bestselling author and international retreat leader Joyce Rupp has written a monthly newsletter offering personal reflections and inspiration from her heart to ours. In Return to the Root, Rupp expands on the best of those reflections to invite all of us who feel overwhelmed by busyness, cut off from the Divine, or adrift in the world to reach solid ground.
Through her reflections, as well as new poems and prayers, she guides us to see the essential—what is at the root of our lives and what keeps us rooted—so that we can feel at peace no matter the events of the world around us. $30.00 taxes Included.