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.


M&P Webinar – February 26, 2022

A webinar for Ministry and Personnel (M&P) Committees will be held on Saturday, February 26 from 10:00 a.m. to noon. This workshop will review the essential responsibilities of the M&P Committee, reference available resource materials and respond to questions. Please register here to receive the Zoom link.

For more information, please contact Regional Minister David Hewitt dhewitt@united-church.ca.


Interested in Pastoral Relations?

Region 15 has need of additional Liaisons to support and facilitate the work of Pastoral Relations. Liaisons offer training and guidance with local committees to prepare Profile materials and position descriptions, and to Search for ministry personnel to serve in ministry in local settings. Both lay members and ministry personnel are eligible to serve as Liaisons. The first training module has been scheduled for Wednesday, February 16 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. by Zoom. If you are interested in receiving the training and discerning your Call to the role of Liaison, please contact Regional Minister David Hewitt dhewitt@united-church.ca


Annual Declaration of Criminal Records

It is that special time of year again…

As ministry personnel (including candidates in Supervised Ministry Education appointments or other appointments) you need to submit your annual declaration on criminal charges form on ChurchHub. This can be done now, and the portal will remain open until May 15, 2022.

It is essential that you fill out this form in order that you may remain on the registry of accredited minsters, be eligible for calls or appointments and for licenses for sacraments and marriages.

There is no payment required, neither does it require a lot of time. To fill out the form:

  1. Log in to churchhub.ca and click the “My Ministry Page” tile.
  2. Look to the right for the “My Professional Requirements” box and then select the “View” link next to “Annual Declaration 2022”.
  3. Enter the date of your last police records check. (Contact your OV minister if you do not have the date of your last police records check).
  4. Tick the appropriate box for your declarations and submit.

If you are having technical problems with ChurchHub, please contact ministry@united-church.ca


News from the Pews

The first edition of “News from the Pews”  the Region 15 newsletter could be coming to your inbox soon.  With a different focus from the Weekly Announcements sent by Regional Office on Wednesdays, we will feature stories and commentaries about events, trends and programs that involve God’s people striving to be the best they can be by following the teachings of Christ.

The hope is that this publication will come out at least monthly and help our communities of faith connect, learn and share. If you would like to subscribe, (it’s free!) you can do so here.

If you have a story or a reflection or a piece of poetry, please send it along to kevin.cox@ns.sympatico.ca. Submissions should be 500 words or less.


Lenten Planning Workshop

Lent is not far off! If you’d like to plan for Lent with us, the Faith Formation and Leadership Development Committee of Region 15 is offering the opportunity to connect via Zoom to look at the lectionary readings for the season together and share ideas and resources. We’ll gather Thurs. Feb. 10, 2022 from 9am to noon. If you’re planning, or helping to plan worship at any point during Lent, we invite you to join us; this includes ministry personnel, lay leaders, and musicians. Please register here.
For more information, contact Rev. Sharon Lohnes at revsharonbeacon@eastlink.ca. Further information will be sent out prior to the workshop.


Lesser Evils

Lesser Evils, Edited by: Alydia Smith
Regardless of how righteous we might feel about our decisions, we choose evils every day, hoping that we are choosing the lesser ones. Lesser Evils explores everyday dilemmas of seeking the good while choosing the lesser evil from a Christian perspective. This collection of Lenten devotions challenges all followers of Jesus to faithfully attempt to do and seek good in our actions and choices. A study guide is included.  $18.95 tax included

The bookstore is now taking pre-orders for this book.  Deadline to order is February 7, 2022.  If you have any questions or to order please contact Leona at llaundry@united-church.ca


The Post Card Project (a companion to Rural Routes Through the Holy)

Our second postcard. Rural Fear, (the first was Rural Hope) has gone out to those whose faith communities fall within the parameters of size and geographic range the price of stamps has suggested we set.  But anyone can participate in The Postcard Project by clicking on the links offered here or by visiting our Rural Routes Facebook page.  . Don’t forget to like or follow the page to stay in touch with resources and goings on.  We’d love to hear from you too so message the team or drop us a line.


Church Extension Board Introduction

View an introduction to the Church Extension Board letter here.


Painting Canadian Lives

CCS Fridays continue in 2022, starting on Friday, February 11 with “Painting Canadian Lives”, an online discussion of art and history and learning with artist Kellen Hatanaka. You can find more information on the CCS website.
CCS Fridays start at noon Winnipeg time. Register here.


Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission Hearings

NB Power is applying for 25 year licence renewal.   A webinar workshop on  INTERVENING AT CANADIAN NUCLEAR SAFETY COMMISSIONS HEARINGS will be held on February 7th from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Learn more and register here.

Even though Lepreau is in New Brunswick, people all across the country are disturbed at the precedent being set by a 25 year license renewal request.