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RC15 Mission Support Announcement

Dear Members of Regional Council 15,

A good news story and a testament to faith and hope. In the midst of a very difficult two years, our Region’s contribution to the Mission and Service Fund has only had a small drop, so we have been holding our own. In the 2020 year we raised $1,183,328 and the contribution for 2021 was $1,146,514.00. Well Done! The ministries that you have provided through your givings will continue to be felt by so many locally and globally. Thank you, thank you, a Good News story indeed!

Blessings,

Faith


Mileage Rate

At the October 7, 2022 meeting of the Financial Accountability & Investment Committee, the mileage rate for regional related travel was approved to remain at 35 (thirty-five) cents per kilometer until December 31, 2022. Please note that this rate is for the volunteer work of the Region and does not pertain to the Pastoral Charge Supervision Policy.


2023 Salary Schedule Updated

The 2023 Ministry Personnel Salary Schedule was posted to the General Council website last week. However, a message from General Council was received on Friday:

“I offer you an update regarding the 2023 Salary Schedule. We were alerted to a discrepancy by Stats Can in their COLA figure that they have corrected since we initially posted the new schedule. Please note that we have updated our schedule as a result of StatsCan’s issuing of the corrected COLA (3.4%). The updated salary schedule is live on the websites https://united-church.ca/sites/default/files/2022-09/salary-schedule-ministry-personnel-2023.pdf and https://egliseunie.ca/ressources/vie-en-paroisse/administration/salaires-minimums-et-remboursements-pour-le-personnel-ministeriel-2023/ and the ROCA in ChurchHub has been updated as well.”

Karen Valley
Program Coordinator, Pastoral Relations & Remedial Processes
The United Church of Canada/L’Église Unie du Canada


Ministry of Supervision Course

Certificate in Ministry of Supervision, October 17-21st 1pm (AT)-4pm via Zoom

The Certificate in Ministry of Supervision provides participants with the information and skills to mentor individuals preparing for ministry by equipping them for supervision including pastoral practices, leadership, reflection, feedback and spiritual guidance. It is designed for clergy and lay individuals who are interested in supporting students and communities for supervised ministry education (SME), internships and field education. Attention will be given to those wanting to supervise in the United Church of Canada but the course will be adapted and include training for other denominations.

Tuition: $280
Instructors: Brenda Fawkes and Andrew Richardson
Register online at: https://vst.edu/courses/certificate-in-ministry-of-supervision/
For more information email Andrew at ARichardson@united-church.ca


Atlantic School of Theology Continuing Education Offering

Book Talk: William Forsyth: Land of Hopes and Dreams

Join author Carolyn Nicholson on October 17th as she unfolds the story of William Forsyth. At the turn of the eighteenth century, Forsyth, a newly graduated Church of Scotland minister, accepted a call from Cornwallis Township, Kings County, Nova Scotia.

This event is free to attend. Click here to register. A poster of the event can be viewed here.


Healing Pathway Phase 1 Course – Halifax – Oct 21 & 22

St. Andrew’s United Church, Halifax, is hosting a Phase 1 course of the United Church’s “Healing Pathway” programme. This two day course will be instructed by Rev Sharon Moon and Rev Howard Clark, retired United Church ministers from Ottawa.

The course is $210/person, and the Region 15 has made funds available to subsidize up to 10 people, bringing the cost down to $110/person.

For more information, and to register, go to: https://conta.cc/3drXK4e

A copy of the brochure is available here.


Covenanting Service between Rev. Daniel MacDonald, Central United Church, Lunenburg, and Region 15

A covenanting service to mark our new ministry with Rev. Daniel MacDonald will be held on Sunday, November 6th at 7:00pm at Central United Church, Lunenburg. All are welcome and invited to attend. The Rev. Dr. Ross Bartlett will be offering the sermon. A light lunch and reception will follow the service. Please consider joining us as we celebrate this new beginning!

Details:
Sunday, Nov. 6th at 7:00pm
Central United Church,
136 Cumberland St., Lunenburg
Parking is available on either Cumberland, King or Lincoln Streets.


aUCC Membership

Clergy? Student Clergy? Retired clergy? We want you to join the Association of United Church Clergy – a.k.a. the aUCC!

Our mandate is to C.A.R.E. – community, advocacy, renewal, and education. We are working to facilitate the strengthening of the clergy community through these four pillars. Memberships are open on an on-going basis with a tiered fee structure. Benefits include reduced costs at retreats, unique continuing education opportunities and clergy events.

Check us out!

https://www.yoursanctuary.ca/


 

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