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.


Condolences: Alastair MacPherson

Condolences are extended to Rev. Mary MacPherson (FSLDW), and family, whose father Alastair MacPherson passed away on December 8, 2021.  The obituary can be viewed here.


Obituary for Rev. Arlene Riches

The obituary for Rev. Arlene Riches can be viewed here.


Holiday Hours for Regional Council Office

Regional Council Office will be closing on Wednesday, December 22, 2021 at 4:00 pm for the Christmas holidays.  Staff will be available again on Tuesday, January 4, 2022 at 8:00 am. In cases of emergency situations please contact Faith March-MacCuish, Executive Minister at 1-709-691-3524.

Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!


Advent Letter from the President

View the Advent Letter from Jane McDonald, President of Regional Council 15.


Region 15 Pastoral Relations News – December 2021

  • Approved the Short-term Appointment of Diane Tingley with Bedford United Church, 20 hours/week, November 23, 2021 to January 18, 2022.
  • Approved the Renewal of Appointment of Donald MacPherson with William Black Pastoral Charge, 16 hours/week, November 1, 2021 to November 1, 2023.
  • Approved the re-posting of the Short-term half-time supply position with Central United Church, Lunenburg.
  • Approved the position description for short-term half-time supply at Crossroads Pastoral Charge. The position has been posted on ChurchHub.
  • Approved the Profile and position description for full-time ministry with Kingston Pastoral Charge and authorize Search to begin. Thanks to Don Sellsted who is serving as Liaison.
  • Approved the Call of Heather Ferrier with the collaborative ministry between Mahone Bay Pastoral Charge and Blue Rocks Pastoral Charge, 28 hours/week, effective January 1, 2022.
  • Directed the four pastoral charges in Queens County (Brooklyn, Caledonia, Port Mouton and Liverpool) to form a collaborative ministry to support a full time ministry position. Regional Minister David Hewitt is instructed to facilitate the collaboration.
  • Approved the Call of Kym Burke-Cole with Knox United Church, Lower Sackville, 20 hours/week, effective January 1, 2022. Kym will continue 20 hours/week with Lawrencetown Lake Echo Pastoral Charge.

Hunter Church – Grant Applications 

The Hunter Church Building Fund is accepting grant applications from Nova Scotia United churches for small and large building projects.   All applications received via the Region 15 Property Committee will be reviewed at the Hunter Fund Trustees spring meeting in May 2022.   Application forms can be obtained here.


It’s Your Call Pod Cast – A new episode now available

This week we meet Rev. Dr. Jennifer Janzen-Ball the program co-ordinator for the Candidacy Pathway Program. Jennifer shares with us the how the Pathway came into being by some deep discernment from the church.  Listen here.
You can also catch this episode as an podcast on Apple and Google as well.


Gifts with Vision – Gifts that Make a Difference:

In this season of giving would you like to give a gift that lasts all year long? Want to remember someone special in a very special way? Want to avoid gifts that will require exchanging, watering, dusting, or recycling? Give a gift with impact! Consider a donation to the Region 15 outreach programs that depend on the Mission & Service fund! These programs support the lives of those in need in our communities in very practical ways.  Please note: Not all M&S outreach programs are included in the printed edition of the Gifts with Vision catalogue. All programs are listed on the Gifts with Vision website: Gifts with Vision

Region 15 Outreach Programs
GWV 21-28   Multifaith Monday Meal (Dalhousie UCC Chaplaincy)
GWV 21-21   Outreach Program: Pandemic Recovery (Brunswick Street Mission)
GWV 21-18   Send a Kid to Camp (Camp Kidston)
GWV 21-24   The GO Project (programming for children & youth)

Please share with your congregations!


KAIROS Launches Women of Courage Podcast

Today, we are extremely proud to launch a new audio podcast, Women of Courage. This podcast series will provide an additional effective and accessible platform to highlight the voices and work of partners – women-led human rights organizations, women peacebuilders, land defenders and environmental activists – in discussions of current and emerging gender equality and ecological justice issues, and future priorities for transformational feminist strategies.  Listen to the Podcast


Rural Routes through the Holy

Rural Routes through the Holy is back, June 16 – 18, 2022 at Camp Ta Wa Si.  This is a gathering for anyone involved in the life of rural faith communities.  We’ll worship, talk, learn, lament, celebrate and imagine together.  Dr. Marvin Anderson will be our main speaker but there will be lots of taster presentations by people who have agreed to share ideas that are bubbling in their own rural congregations and communities.  We’ve also started, The Postcard Project, so keep an eye out for the first in a series of postcards (Rural Hope) arriving through the mail.  For more information please email us  – ruralroutesatlantic@gmail.com