NEWS AND UPDATES FROM FUNDY ST. LAWRENCE DAWNING WATERS (FSLDW)
It’s Your Call – 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.
To view Continuing Education opportunities at the Atlantic School of Theology please click here.
Fundy St. Lawrence Dawning Waters (FSLDW) Committee Interest form.
Elliott Andrew Lawrence Peters – Obituary
An obituary is now available for Elliott Andrew Lawrence Peters, son of Rev. Mavis Peddie Peters (RC15), who passed away on January 7, 2023. The obituary can be viewed here.
Invitation to Online Clergy Gatherings
CORRECTION – the link in the letter is now live, sorry for the inconvenience. Please click here to find a secret invitation from Kendall Harrison, the Regional Minister, to ALL ministry personnel of the region.
United Fresh Start Free Training, January 24, 25, 26 – 1 Spot Left!
There has been a last minute space open up for the United Fresh Start Program being held at the Regional Office in Sackville next week. If you would like to claim this spot, please contact the Regional Minister. email@example.com
Ally is a Verb
Have you ever wanted to know more about land acknowledgments, or wondered why land acknowledgments are offered in church settings? Join the Regions East Anti Racism Network on January 25th from 2-4pm Atlantic Time in a conversation to learn how to prayerfully craft your own land acknowledgements! Click here to register.
A New Year with Prayer Bench Resources
Read on for more information:
THE PERSONAL SUBSCRIPTION ($49)
A January mini retreat coming soon
Lent Pause & Practice ( Six practices for Lent.)
EASTER Email Retreat
Stroll for Your Soul
Advent Email Retreat
THE GROUP SUBSCRIPTION ($99)
A January mini retreat coming soon to share with community of faith.
Lent Pause & Practice (for group study or Lenten lunches)
EASTER Email Retreat
Group Stroll for Your Soul (unlimited sign up)
Group Autumn Rambles (unlimited sign up)
Advent Email Retreat
Advent Small Group Study – Musicians of Holy Mystery. Already at work on this with Dr. Janet Hammock.
Register six (or more) group participants to receive all resources directly.
Visit here for even more information.
Notes from Pastoral Relations Committee
Annual Declaration of Criminal Records
As we celebrate a New Year, we wish for you continued grace and fortitude to continue in your service to Christ and all those around you through the ministry of the Church. We’d like to advise you that the 2023 Annual Declaration for ministry personnel is now open, until May 19, 2023. It’s free and only takes a few minutes. Log in to churchhub.ca (Remember that Chrome or Edge are preferred browsers for ChurchHub; Safari is not optimal) If you make your Annual Declaration (about whether you’ve had criminal charges in the last year or not) each year, you do not need to get a new police records check! Need help accessing ChurchHub? Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
In case you missed it – Jan 17, Affirm Webinar recording
The video recording of the Jan 17 Webinar “Where to Start in Becoming an Affirming Ministry” is now posted on our website or click here for the link. Also, click here for the link to the resources for the webinar.
Save the date. Affirm Webinar Feb 7, 7 pm Theme: Speaking Inclusively
Guests Heather MacDougall and Debbie Atkin will lead us in a conversation on the theme of “Speaking Inclusively.” This will be an opportunity to explore our language and our biases with respect to our relationship to the Earth, to Gender, to Visible Diversity and to Divine presence.
Speaking and living inclusively influence our ability to live in right relationships.
Link to register will be available with next week’s announcements.
Information from the Regional Ecological Justice Working Group
(Please include this notice from the Regional Ecological Justice Working Group in your church newsletter or its equivalent and share it with relevant committees.)
How is our church helping to protect God’s life-giving Creation?
Watch a video of what some United Churches in the Maritimes have been doing.
What ideas does this give us? What else can we do?!
Did you know:
The United Church of Canada has a new, ambitious policy to address the climate emergency! The whole church is committed to the goal of an 80% decrease in carbon emissions by 2030!
The United Church’s Faithful Footprints program (opens in a new tab) is currently working with 260 congregations to make their buildings more energy efficient. This is more than half way towards the goal of reaching 500 communities by 2025. For the 56 completed projects, carbon equivalency savings are equal to the annual energy of 147 homes (i.e., 628 metric tonnes of CO2e saved).
The United Church is also committed to stronger advocacy at both the provincial and the national government levels for bold climate action. The church is continuing its disinvestment from fossil fuels. We want to strengthen our work with Indigenous communities, global partners, ecumenical organizations, and relationships with young people who have shown great moral climate leadership.
What steps do you propose we – our congregation – take to live up to our commitment as the United Church of Canada? Send your proposals for action to our Council/Board.
Rural Routes Through the Holy 2023: Save the Date
Rural Routes Through the Holy will hold its 2023 gathering from June 15 – 17 at Camp Abby, PEI. These gatherings provide a space of nurture for those in rural congregations and for the communities in which they live. Rural Routes is a gathering with time for both structured and informal conversations, worship, education, play, prayer, and table fellowship.
We’d like to share our stories and to hear yours; what is working well and what you lament or long for, what brings you joy and who is your neighbour. We’d like to imagine together ways in which members of small, rural congregations might remain grounded in and able to share the Gospel despite challenging circumstances. You can read about last year’s gathering here.
Camp Wegesegum – 100th Year Anniversary
Camp Wegesegum – Chipman, New Brunswick
We will be hosting a party to honor 100 years of camping at Camp Wegesegum. There will be music, food, children’s activities and everything that makes camp good. More details to come.