NEWS AND UPDATES FROM REGIONAL COUNCIL 15 (RC15)

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Making Hope Visible – Podcast

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Condolences: Margery Jean Crooks

Condolences are extended to the family of Margery Crooks, widow of Rev. Robert Crooks, who passed away on May 1, 2022.  The obituary can be viewed here.


Condolences: Dr. Elmer MacKenzie

Condolences are extended to Rev. Kevin MacKenzie and family on the passing of his father, Dr. Elmer MacKenzie, on May 7, 2022.  The obituary can be viewed here.


Covenanting Service between Rev. Rosemary Godin, Trenton Pastoral Charge and Regional Council 15 

A Covenanting service to celebrate the pastoral relationship and shared ministry of Rev. Rosemary Godin, Trenton Pastoral Charge and Regional Council 15 will be held at First United Church, 81 High Street, Trenton, Nova Scotia on Sunday, May 15, 2022 at 2:00pm.  Rev. Mavis Peddie will be the preacher and Rev. Jim Webber-Cook the presider.  All welcome to attend! A time of refreshments will follow the service.


Covenanting Service between April Hart, St. David’s & Coldstream Co-operative ministry and Regional Council 15

A Covenanting service between April Hart, St. David’s & Coldstream Co-operative Ministry and Regional Council 15 will be held Sunday, June 19th at 2:30pm at St. David’s United Church in Bible Hill.


Sunday Service May 29, 2022 – Annual Meeting

Please view the link to the Service for Congregational use for AGM Sunday May 29, 2022.


No Registration No Vote – Annual Meeting Registration Deadline Extended to Friday, May 13

Thank you to those who have already registered for the upcoming Regional Council 15 annual meeting happening May 27-29 via Zoom. For those who have not registered yet we have extended the registration deadline to Friday, May 13 using this link.

This is a firm registration deadline as it takes a large amount of work behind the scenes in order to prepare for a virtual meeting. Note that when your registration has successfully gone through you will receive a confirmation email, if you have not received a confirmation email then your registration was not successfully completed.

You have to register yourself individually, the annual meeting registration is separate to the Official Members to Regional Council form.
If you are unable to attend the meeting please fill out the regrets form.

All material for the meeting, including the information for the webinars is available on the Regional Council annual meeting web page.  It is highly recommended that members of the Region attend the preparatory webinars, these webinars will allow time for questions for clarification and help us to be prepared for the AGM. If you are unable to make the webinar on the allotted day, they will be recorded and posted on the annual meeting website page the following day for viewing. If you have questions after viewing you may direct them to the presenters. The Zoom information for the annual meeting will be emailed to your email address you used for your registration by May 24. If you do not receive the link please let us know.


Annual Meeting Regrets

Ministers or Elected Members unable to attend the Annual Meeting please submit your regrets using this link, if you haven’t already done so.


Ministry & Personnel Committee Event

M&P Webinar

Region 15 periodically offers M&P webinars and workshops. A webinar was already held this spring, and the next will be held later in the fall. In the meantime, our friend Kendall Harrison, Regional Minister for Fundy St. Lawrence Dawning Waters Regional Council is offering an M&P webinar on May 28, 2022. He has extended the invitation to include M&P Committee members from Region 15. Please see the information on the poster for further information and direct any questions to Kendall.


How Are We Doing?

A Report on the 2021 Self-Assessments of the Communities of Faith in Region 15

Greetings from your Faith Story and Community Covenant Committee,

After many months, we are happy to announce that we have completed the 2021 Self-Assessment Process. Thank you to the 91 communities of faith who contributed information and to the various committees and divisions who provided feedback and questions which helped to guide this first big snapshot of our collective ministry as Regional Council 15.
The full dataset has been distributed to the committees and divisions of the Region, however we want to also provide here a brief summary of what you shared with us and what we learned about the realities of ministry in our Region in 2021. You may view this summary here [—] and are encouraged to share it within your communities of faith.
If you have specific questions about the data we collected, feel free to contact the committee through our Chair, Rev. Heather Fraser, at revheatherfraser@gmail.com

The next Self-Assessment will be done in 2023. Until then, continue to be the bold, daring, Spirit-led communities of faith that we know you to be!

Many blessings on your ministry, Your Faith Story and Community Covenenant Committee

View the full report here.


Maritime UCW Executive are hosting through Zoom….

“UCW Spirituality Morning ” with Janice MacLean of Prayer Bench

“Continuing in Hope” – Monday May 16, 2022

Please contact Ruth Kennedy ulvashepherdns@hotmail.com to register.


Property Inventory Update – May 2022

The RC15 property inventory list has been updated for May 2022, this inventory lists property (buildings, cemeteries, lands) currently registered to your pastoral charge.  All forms and amendments received up to May 1, 2022 are included.  Pastoral charges who do not hold property will not appear on the list.  Please take a moment to review and ensure your pastoral charge details are correct, you can review by A-Z property name or by postal code using the link below and submit a form if there are any additions or amendments.

Property Inventory


Vacancies

Park Royal United Church, PEI are seeking a full time Order of Ministry Personnel (40 hours/week).

The Community of Faith Profile team recognize and appreciate a history of strong ministerial leadership and active volunteer participation at Park Royal United. Ministerial work at Park Royal has, at times, been supplemented by additional paid staff for specific roles and responsibilities.
Park Royal is facing aging membership and it can be a challenge to engage new and existing members on Sunday mornings. Despite this, the church has remained resilient and began quickly drawing young families back when pandemic restrictions eased.
Building a dynamic program of pastoral care and community outreach throughout the week, while actively engaging with the congregation on Sundays, are both critical components of this role.
This position description outlines the areas in which Park Royal requires leadership and reinforces the need for an individual who can bring a positive, compassionate, and forward-thinking approach to this community of faith.
The primary responsibility of the minister is to lead Park Royal in the ministries of Pastoral Care, Worship, Christian Education, and Congregational Development. The incumbent will report directly to the Official Board and will be supported by Ministry & Personnel.

View the Community of Faith profile here and find full details in ChurchHub.


Learning on Purpose

Learning on Purpose is a 2-week leadership development course and introduction to learning in community offered by the Centre for Christian Studies.  It will be offered this year from June 13 to 24, 2022 in London, ON at Metropolitan United Church.

It is a practical, holistic, hands-on, theological, learning community experience.  Those who take it come out feeling transformed (in a good way!).  LoP can be taken as a stand-alone Continuing Studies course or as the beginning of the Diaconal Ministries program or for personal discernment. If you would benefit from this kind of learning and can make it to London in June, check it out HERE or email info@ccsonline.ca for more information.  There is still time to register.


An Event for Those who Love Rural Congregations: Rural Routes Through the Holy:  Thrive Where You Are  

From June 16 – 18, 2022, we’ll gather at CampTa Wa Si, Johnston Point, NB for a time full of worship, learning, conversation, resources and good food, to enliven and nurture the life of rural congregations.  (Proof of vaccination is required). Dr. Marvin Lee Anderson will be our main speaker and Rural Café facilitator but others will also be on hand to offer ‘tasters’, small presentations on things that they’ve tried and loved.     You can read a much fuller description and/or register here .  New information has just been posted, including the speaker bio, Covid precautions and The Postcard Project.  The full itinerary will be up May 15th.   If you’re having trouble finding accommodation or have questions about registration please email ruralroutesatlantic@gmail.com or call 506-536-0216.