NEWS AND UPDATES FROM REGIONAL COUNCIL 15 (RC15)
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Making Hope Visible – Podcast
Regional Council 15 (RC15) Committee Volunteer form.
Condolences: Rev. Wilfred Elmore Pelley
Condolences are extended to the family of Rev. Wilfred Elmore Pelley who passed away on October 25, 2021. The obituary can be viewed here. There will no visitation or memorial service at this time.
Covenanting Service between Ron Shaw, Boularderie Pastoral Charge, and Regional Council 15
A Covenanting Service for Ron Shaw will be held at St. John’s United Church, Big Bras D’Or, on Sunday, November 7, at 7:00 pm. Everyone is warmly welcome.
Called to Be the Church: The Giving Program 2022
As part of the stewardship life of your community of faith, the United Church’s annual giving program, Called to Be the Church, provides all the resources you need to hold a successful annual giving program. Now you can choose! Check out the new Do It Yourself webpage or Do It With Us webpage for help and support. Downloads include a Worship Sampler, featuring a new Epiphany worship resource: Discover Your Gifts – Share Your Gifts. Watch for the full resource to be available soon from UCRDstore.ca.
For more information please contact: Roger Janes, Stewardship & Gifts Officer (email@example.com or call 709-486-3239).
United Church Bookstore-Following: Embodied Discipleship in a Digital Age
The bookstore is taking orders for the book Following: Embodied Discipleship in a Digital Age. Deadline to order is November 1, 2021. Contact Leona at firstname.lastname@example.org to place your order.
This book offers theological perspectives on the challenges of discipleship in a digital age, showing how new technologies and the rise of social media affect the way we interact with each other, ourselves, and the world. Written by a Gen X digital immigrant and a Millennial digital native, Following explores a faithful response to today’s technology as we celebrate our embodied roles as followers of Christ in a disembodied time. $27.95 tax included.
YOU ARE INVITED!
Join your colleagues/friends/neighbours in the three Atlantic Regions in an on-line book study through 4 weeks in November. We’ll read together Canadian Senator (Retired) Hugh Segal’s recent book : Bootstraps Need Boots; One Tory’s Lonely Fight To End Poverty in Canada (UBC Press, Vancouver, 2019.
The four Zoom sessions are to be held on Wednesdays, November 3, 10, 17 and 24th at 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. Atlantic Time; 7:30 to 9 NL time. Each session will be 1 ½ hours duration. Meetings will be hosted by Marion Pardy (NL), Karen & Hal Llewlellyn (NS) and Rose-Hannah Gaskin (NB).
We ask those who register to make a commitment to read through the book and to participate as fully as possible in the sessions. The plan is to go through 5 chapters each evening of the 3rd, 10th, and 17th. We have Senator Hugh Segal himself confirmed for November 24th discussion and final session.
The registration form can be accessed here. Registration deadline is October 31.
There is no charge for the course. We invite participants, however, to consider making a free-will offering to the Mission and Service Fund of The United Church of Canada.
The books can be purchased through the United Church Resource Centre, St. John’s, NL at a subsidized cost of $25 (plus shipping, if necessary). United Church Resource Centre, 320 Elizabeth Avenue, St. John’s, NL A1B 1T9, 1-800-268-3781, extension 6141, Leona Laundry, LLaundry@united-church.ca.
Center for Christian Studies: CCS Friday-Unanswered Questions About 9/11:
The next CCS Friday on November 5 at noon (Winnipeg time), will be an online discussion of Ray McGinnis’ recent book, Unanswered Question about 9/11 (with a study guide for churches). Join in as Ray, guest, author, and CCS grad, shares what he learned about the families of those killed in the terrorist attack on the World Trade Centre on Sept. 11, 2001, and their attempts to get answers from their government.
CCS Fridays are Online conversations once a month to help us all to respond faithfully to emerging issues in local contexts. These workshops are open to anyone who might be interested. Each session will be on a Friday from 12:00 to 1:00 CT in the form of a Zoom workshop. There will be a presentation that will be recorded for future viewing, plus opportunities to engage with the ideas in small groups.
These sessions are free, but you must register: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0scOyvqzMtHdDn9rFw92whQ4Z2NqonzKg2
The last CCS Friday of the year will be on December 10 with Natalie Wiggs-Stevenson discussing her book Transgressive Devotion: Theology as Performance Art and theological methodologies.