NEWS AND UPDATES FROM REGIONAL COUNCIL 15 (RC15)

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www.ucceast.ca 

Staff Directory

Emergency Response Memos for Regional Council 15 (RC15)       

Making Hope Visible – Podcast


To view upcoming programs at the Tatamagouche Centre please click here.
To view upcoming events at the Atlantic School of Theology please click here.

Regional Council 15 (RC15) Committee Volunteer form.


Celebration of Life – Rev. Karen Pearce

There will be a celebration of life service for Rev. Karen Pearce (NS) on Saturday 25th September, 2021, at 1pm. St Matthews United Church, Barrington St Halifax NS.  Covid protocols will be in place.  Rev. Pearce passed away January 5, 2021. View the Obituary.


Vacancy – Minister for Justice, Mission and Outreach

Region Fundy St. Lawrence Dawning waters (Gaspé coast of Quebec, New Brunswick, PEI), Region 15 (Nova Scotia and Bermuda) and Region First Dawn Eastern Edge (Newfoundland and Labrador), as part of the wider United Church of Canada, is seeking a of Minister Justice, Mission and Outreach.  This is a permanent full-time position (35 hours/week).  This position is shared equally among Fundy St. Lawrence Dawning Waters, First Dawn Eastern Edge and Regional Council 15. View job description here.


Promise Bursary Applications

The applications for the Promise Bursary are open until December 1st, 2021.  The Promise Bursary is awarded to a person whose Faith Community has recognized in them significant promise for leadership within The United Church of Canada in the future. Attached are the instructions on how to apply for the Promise Bursary.  

If you have any questions, please contact Brenda Munro bmunro@astheology.ns.ca


Region 15 Pastoral Relations News – September 2021

  • Approved the Change in Terms of Call for Duncan Roach, Calvin New Waterford Pastoral Charge, from full time to half time, effective January 1, 2019.
  • Approved the Appointment of Sandra Cox to Knox United Church, Lower Sackville, full-time, effective July 1 to November 30, 2021.
  • Approved the Renewal of Appointment of Dale Crawford, DLM, with River and Lakeside Pastoral Charge, half-time, September 1, 2021 to August 31, 2022
  • Approved the Appointment of Heather Ferrier with Mahone Bay and Blue Rocks Pastoral Charges, 28 hours per week, October 1 to December 31, 2021, while Search continues.
  • Approved the short-term, part-time supply position at St. Paul’s United Church, Spryfield, and authorize Search to begin.
  • Approved the Request for Change in Pastoral Relations of Kathleen Anderson of Crossroads Pastoral Charge, effective November 30, 2021.

Regional Council 15 Executive Minutes

View the Minutes of the June 10, 2021 meeting of Regional Council 15 Executive, approved at the September 16, 2021 meeting here.


Archives and Artifacts Workshops

Have questions about archives and records in the United Church?  Have questions about artifacts that your community of faith owns?  Join us for some workshops by Zoom.  Participants from FSLDW and Region 15 both welcome!

Workshop # 1
Title: To Archive or Not To Archive?
Presented by: Sarah Wallace, Archivist, FSLDW and Region 15
Date: October 20, 2021
Time: 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Format: Zoom
R.S.V.P.: jmandrs@mta.ca by October 18, 2021

Workshop # 2
Title: Artifacts Unlocked!
Presented by: Julielynne Anderson, Chair, Archives and Records FSLDW and member of the Denominational Working Group on Artifacts
Date: October 28, 2021
Time: 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Format: Zoom
R.S.V.P.: jmandrs@mta.ca by October 26, 2021

Please note that these are similar workshops to the ones that were offered in January of 2021.  Please also note that these are two different workshops.  In addition, if you took part in the previous workshop on artefacts and have a small group who would like a more in depth workshop on cataloguing artefacts please contact Julielynne Anderson at jmandrs@mta.ca


Book Launch and Celebration

Wednesday 29 September 2021 @ 8 pm Atlantic/7 Eastern/6 Central/5 Mountain/4 Pacific

Please join Russ Daye and Rob Fennell to celebrate the release of their new book Turning Ourselves Inside Out from Fortress Press. All are warmly welcome!  Zoom link:https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86073826511?pwd=UU9yODNrMTdRV1BJZTR5bGFNOWtOQT09

Turning Ourselves Inside Out emerges from the Thriving Christian Communities Project started by the authors in 2015, as well as from a Facebook conversation where someone asked“We always hear about the problems in our churches. When are we going to talk about the good news stories?” This got the authors thinking: How do we learn about what is exciting and what the Holy Spirit is doing? How do we broaden the conversation beyond how sad, afraid, and grumpy we often are as church people?  The bookstore is taking orders for the following book.  Deadline to order is Monday September 27, 2021 $36.95 tax Included. Email llaundry@united-church.ca or call 1-800-268-3781 ext 6141


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.


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)

VISIT: www.nspeidiocese.ca