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: John Campbell Lloyd Hudson
Condolences are extended to Rev. Kelly Hudson-Lewis, and family, whose father John Campbell Lloyd Hudson passed away on November 21, 2021. The obituary can be viewed here.
Advent Letter from the President
View the Advent Letter from Sheila Gallant, President Fundy St. Lawrence Dawning Waters.
Ministry Personnel Letter of Appreciation
View a letter of appreciation and a gift for ministry personnel of the FSLDW Region.
Gifts With Vision
New gifts ideas for 2021-2022 are now available. Once again, you have the opportunity to “help change the world” with your generosity, and through specific Mission & Service Partners! A sampling of available gifts is included in the paper Gifts with Vision catalogue. Your gift giving choices are even bigger when you visit the Gifts with Vision website to find the complete list of this year’s gift options. Your gifts Transform and save lives, inspire meaning and purpose and build a better world. Some of our Region’s Ministries that will make a difference through this year’s gifts include:
- GWV 21-15 “Whatever They Need Most” Coverdale Centre for Women, Saint John, NB
- GWV 21-24 “The Go Project” National Program that has included our youth and leaders.
During the Advent and Christmas gift giving seasons, I invite you to share some Gifts with Vision, to help change the world, in Jesus’ name.
Called to Be the Church: The Giving Program
Good things happen when a church focuses time, energy, and money on others. Carrying out a giving program annually lets everyone know your church has a vision that is bigger than just keeping the doors open! 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. Order the full resource on paper from UCRDstore.ca.
For more information please contact Roger Janes (firstname.lastname@example.org or 709-486-3239).
Guaranteed Liveable Income Working Group
Grace and Peace to you in Advent. We wanted to give you an update on the work for Guaranteed Liveable Income (GLI) in the past few months. There have been regular connections of our provincial, regional and national level networks. At this time, there is a need for immediate action. Read full update here.
Find a sample letter to send to your Member of Parliament and view the Senators’ statement in full on the Justice, Mission and Outreach website page under Resources.
You Are Invited!
Join your colleagues/friends/neighbours in the three Atlantic Regions in the rescheduled on-line book study through 4 weeks in early 2022 (January 12, 19 26 and February 2). 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, January 12, 19, 26 and February 2 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), Audrey Lounder 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 January 12, 19 and 26. We have Senator Hugh Segal himself confirmed for the February 2 discussion and final session. The registration form can be found here.
Registration deadline is January 4, 2022.
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. A number of the books are now in stock at 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.
Christianity and Environmental Apocalypse: Lessons from the Nineteenth Century.
Shawn Kazubowski-Houston from the Centre for Religion and its contexts at Emmanuel College invites you to join the event on Thursday, December 2, 12–1:30 p.m. EST (Online, Free, Register Here) for a presentation–conversation on Christianity and Environmental Apocalypse: Lessons from the Nineteenth Century.
Church leaders in North America now confront an environmental crisis that already shapes our lives and seems to threaten apocalyptic destruction. However, as many Indigenous authors and scholars–including Nick Estes (Kul Wicasa), Kim TallBear (Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate), and Cherie Dimaline (Métis)–have pointed out, colonialism has already brought apocalypses to North America that are intimately connected to the current crisis. Read full invitation here.
ATTENTION YOUTH 15-19!!!
General Council 44 is coming up, and with that, comes the opportunity for youth between the ages of 15-19 to participate in Youth Forum! Along with that, Home Group Leaders are needed! Each region will get to have 4 participants (the other 1 from each region is your commissioner…please speak to me if you have questions about who that person is from your region) to the event that takes place throughout the year, starting in the winter of 2022. As you’ll see, it is also an opportunity for employment! Share both of these links far and wide.
Please email or phone Catherine Stuart, Regional Minister for Children, Youth and Young Adults, for further information, email@example.com 1-800-268-3781 ext 6158