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Condolences: Rev. Donald Stewart MacDougall

Our condolences are extended to the family of Rev. Donald Stewart MacDougall who passed away on February 11, 2023. The obituary can be viewed here.


Condolences: Jeffrey “Jeff” Stuart Hemming

Condolences are extended on the passing of Jeff Hemming, February 4, 2023, brother to Rev. Heather Hemming and brother-in-law to Rev. Dr. Ross Bartlett.  The obituary can be viewed here.


Condolences – Ruth Rudderham

Our condolences are extended to the family of Ruth Rudderham who passed away on February 11, 2023. Ruth was a former President of the Maritime Conference United Church Women. The obituary can be viewed here.


Job Posting: Director of Growth – The United Church of Canada

The United Church of Canada is seeking an individual to fill the role of Director of Growth and Ministry Development in the Organizational Development and Strategy Unit (ODS) on a permanent full-time basis (35 hours/week).  Closing date:  February 20, 2023.

The United Church of Canada has adopted a hybrid workplace model and thus providing flexibility for this position. The incumbent will be provided, for work purposes, use of secure devices and must be available by email, phone, teams or zoom during regular office hours Monday to Friday.  From time to time, they will be required, to work from the General Council Office, currently located at 200-3250 Bloor St. W. in Toronto, and to travel to meetings within Canada.

Please click here for the full job posting.


Seeking Director of Music (Part-time), Grace United Church, Dartmouth, N.S.

We are hiring a new Director of Music (part-time) at Grace United Church, Dartmouth, N.S. The Job Ad as seen here, gives a brief description of the position and information regarding the application process. Please visit our website (http://www.gracedartmouth.ca/music-director) for a detailed job description and information about life at Grace United Church.


Getting Started in Stewardship

Getting Started in Stewardship
Tuesday, February 21 – 2pm AST & 2:30pm NL
Presented on Zoom

Join United Church people from across the country to learn some stewardship first principles.
Start with an online 2-hour course that answers questions like: What is stewardship all about anyway? Isn’t stewardship just a churchy word for fundraising? Why do people give, and why would they give to our church? What can we do to encourage greater generosity?

The practical assignments that follow will help you reflect on giving and generosity as part of your faith, gather and interpret some of the giving data from your community of faith, and build a stewardship team in order to start making stewardship a priority in your community of faith.

Completion of this course is a great first step before participating in Called To Be The Church: The Journey (Module 1), which will be offered next in March 2023.

Registration link

Any questions, please contact Roger Janes at rjanes@united-church.ca.


The Nominations Committee is Seeking Interested Individuals

As a region, we can only do the important work and ministry within Nova Scotia and Bermuda with the help of dedicated volunteers like you. As we approach the annual meeting, some terms are ending. The Nominations Committee is seeking interested individuals who may be willing to participate in the region by serving on a committee. 

Currently, we are in need of individuals who are willing to serve:
-Nominations Committee
-Incorporated Ministries Committee
-Property Committee
-Archives Committee
-Faith Formation and Leadership Development Committee
-Faith Story and Community Covenants Committee
-Future Directions Committee 

If you interested in any of these positions, please contact Nominations chair, Rev. Alicia Cox at aliciadawncox@msn.com 

If you are interested in a position not listed above, or you are not sure where your gifts or interests might fit, please fill out the Nominations form found here: https://ucceast.ca/56874-regional-council-15-committee-volunteer-form/   

Please share this information with your congregations. Committee membership is open to all community of faith members within the bounds of Region 15, and is not limited to elected representatives to the region.


Lent Pause & Practice

PAUSE & PRACTICE: Each Saturday in Lent you receive an email highlighting one spiritual practice. Your email will have a downloadable video recording. It is a simple video or audio recording giving background to the practice and outlining the process so you can try it.

You will also receive a sheet with a suggestion for a Pause before you begin your practice, and Prompts for reflection or journaling, along with a script highlighting what is said on the recording.

THE PRACTICES: Mindful Eating, Gospel Contemplation, Contemplative Service, Eco Divina, Centering Prayer, Active Prayer. Whether you are familiar with our six ways of practicing or learning a new one, this series provides space to Pause & Practice.

Learn more at the Prayer Bench. https://prayerbench.ca/product/pause-practice-lent-series/


reVITALize Conference

reVITALize is a gathering for ministry leaders and lay people to REFRESH, LEARN, and BE SUPPORTED. Speakers talk about what is revitalizing them at the moment, and time is given for people to gather with friends and colleagues and meet new folks. All denominations and traditions welcome!

Conference Dates: Wednesday, June 7, 2023 at 1:00 pm – Friday, June 9, 2023 at 4:00 pm
Locations: St. Andrew’s United Church, the Atlantic School of Theology, and other locations in Halifax, Nova Scotia

Cost:
Early Bird: Register on or before March 1st: $205 plus Eventbrite fee
Regular: Register after March 2nd: $225 plus Eventbrite fee
Learn more and register at www.revitalizeconference.ca.


Call for Nomination to General Council Committees – Spring 2023

General Council launched their call for Nominations on February 1 and they have a few exciting and different opportunities available during this current recruitment, specifically the National Muslim Christian Liaison Committee and the Task Group to Review the Roles of the Moderator and General Secretary.  Please review the current calls and share with others.  If you think you or someone you know would be a food fit, encourage them apply or contact Member Engagement.  The deadline for receiving nominations is Thursday March 23.

National Muslim Christian Liaison Committee
The National Muslim Christian Liaison Committee fosters open dialogue, mutual respect and builds long-lasting friendships and cooperation between Christians and Muslims.  We are currently seeking one United Church of Canada representative at this time.
To apply for this vacancy, please express interest or nominate someone.

General Council Business Coordinator
We are seeking someone to plan and oversee the faith-filled decision-making process of the 45th General Council. The Business Coordinator serves as a part of the General Council Planning Committee to create a joyful, decisive, effective, and equitable General Council held during the United Church’s 100th anniversary.
To apply for this vacancy, please express interest or nominate someone.

Task Group to Review the Roles of the Moderator and General Secretary
We are currently seeking five individuals for the Task Group to Review the Roles of Moderator and General Secretary.
What role will the Moderator and General Secretary play in a future United Church of “Deep Spirituality, Bold Discipleship, and Daring Justice”? This task group will explore this question in conversations within and outside the church and develop recommendations for any changes to the roles.
To apply for this vacancy, please express interest or nominate someone.

General Council Executive
The General Council Executive seeks a forward-looking collaborative colleague to join them in their oversight and governance responsibilities. To broaden the Executive’s capacity for effective governance engagement with the Strategic Plan, we are seeking nominations for people who can lead and contribute to discussions of strategy, performance, and risk related to the United Church’s climate commitments or growth objectives.
To apply for this vacancy, please express interest or nominate someone.

Member Engagement
The United Church of Canada
3250 Bloor Street West, Suite 200. Toronto, ON M8X 2Y4
Tel: 416-231-7680| Toll-free: 1-800-268-3781 | Fax: 416-231-3103


Grant Opportunity – Relief Fund for Thriving Congregations

The United Church of Canada Foundation has sent us the below information for a grant opportunity that your community of faith may benefit from:

“Last year an anonymous couple, who have deep love for the church and who have been members of various congregations across the country, created the Relief Fund for Thriving Congregations.

This granting fund will provide the opportunity for congregations that have plans to continue to be of service to their communities and that have vibrant programs and outreach to receive a grant to help alleviate the pressure of debt.

We understand that some congregations in your region have been carrying significant debt and believe that this grant opportunity may be of help to you. We will be accepting applications for this grant from 15 January – 15 April 2023. The application, and additional details, is available on our website (click here).”

Please contact Jenna Yango Leonard, Foundation Coordinator at JYLeonard@united-church.ca or 1-866-340-8223 with any questions you may have and please feel free to share details of this grant with other congregations you think may benefit.


 

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