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Margaret Ann Plant – Obituary

An obituary is now available for Margaret (Maggie) Ann Plant who passed away on April 18, 2023.  The obituary can be viewed here.


Annual Meeting Registration Deadline Saturday, May 13

Annual Meeting registration deadline is Saturday, May 13. Thank you to those who have already registered for the upcoming Regional Council 15 annual meeting taking place June 9-11, 2023 at Mount Saint Vincent University (MSVU). For those who have not yet registered for the Annual Meeting, please do so before the deadline. 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 webpage. 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.

MSVU Meals and Accommodations deadline is May 19. Please note that all payments must be received by the University by this date. If you have questions regarding this please contact MSVU, their contact information can be found using the above link.


Interested in Attending the Retirees and Jubilarians Dinner?

If you are interested in attending the Retirees and Jubilarians dinner being held at Mount Saint Vincent University (MSVU) on June 10 fill-out the MSVU Meals and Accommodations form choosing option “Selecting Meals Individually”, then select “Dinner June 10”. From there you can follow payment instructions. If you have any questions please contact MSVU directly, their contact information can be found on the link above.


Childcare Available at Annual Meeting

We pleased to announce that we will be able to provide childcare for those children 11 and under during the business portions of the meeting (no childcare will be provided during meal times or Saturday evening Kitchen Party).

If you do require childcare please ensure to include in your registration. If you need to update your registration to include childcare please contact Shari Kaster.

Closer to the Annual Meeting we will post an agenda that will include the location the childcare is being provided.


Covenanting Service – Rev. Kymberly Burke

Please Join us for this special occasion Sunday May 07, 2pm for the Covenanting Service of Rev. Kymberly Burke at Stairs Memorial United Church.
Guest Preacher: Rev. Gloria Churchill
All are welcome.
44 Hester St, Dartmouth NS


Zoom Meeting: Maritime Circle for Progressive Christianity

The Maritime Circle for Progressive Christianity will meet via Zoom link on May 12th at 10:30 a.m. We will discuss plans for a summertime in-person gathering, with guest, Nancy Steeves, as well as other topics you’d like to bring to the group. All are welcome! Contact pixonsand@gmail.com for the Zoom link.


Order by June 1st for Guatemalan stoles, Breaking the Silence coffee to pick up at Region 15 Annual Meeting

The Maritimes-Guatemala Breaking the Silence Network is pleased to once again offer Guatemalan stoles, often purchased as ordination gifts or gifts for ministers. Breaking the Silence is a human rights solidarity network and a partner of the Justice, Mission and Outreach Committee. These beautifully woven stoles by the Mayan women of Santiago Atitlan combine Christian and Mayan symbols such as corn. At this time, I only have: two red stoles and three rainbow stoles, so you may wish to reserve the stole purchase in advance.

We will also be selling gorgeous crafts from a Guatemalan women’s cooperative and Breaking the Silence fair trade coffee, which supports a courageous indigenous land rights organization and coffee farmers. I will order boxes of six bags of ground Breaking the Silence coffee for purchase at the wholesale price for churches. $60 per box. Orders for boxes of six bags must be sent no later than June 1st., with payment at the Regional Meeting or by E-transfer. To order stoles and coffee, contact: Kathryn Anderson, kathrynande @gmail.com And please stop by the Breaking the Silence table.


Spring Resources & Programs

WORSHIP SHEETS
If you are an occasional worship leader, looking for inspiration, or want reflections for personal reading, check out Worship Sheets here. in the description there, is a sample you can read and use.

STROLL FOR YOUR SOUL
This popular email program begins May 12. You receive a brief email each day for 21 days inviting you to use one of your seven senses to mindfully explore our green and growing world. Sign up for an INDIVIDUAL subscription or stroll with a GROUP (Unlimited numbers) at the Prayer Bench.


Camp Kidston Eco-Fundraiser

Our communities of faith have always been strong supporters of United Church campers. Last summer, 1 of every 4 campers who attended Camp Kidston received some type of financial support through Kidston’s Sponsorship fund. This year, we have more campers in need of help than ever before. We hope you will once again step up, to help bring camp into their lives.

As always, donations can be made through our Canada Helps page at www.campkidston.com/donate .

In addition, there is a NEW way to show your support!! Tru Earth will be donating 20% of all sales on their products which are made through our fundraising page. Tru Earth is a respected Canadian Company which produces eco-friendly, plastic-free cleaning and laundry supplies. Learn more or place an order at https://www.campkidston.com/truearth . Your purchase will help a camper AND help keep plastic waste out of landfills and waterways!

If you would like to talk with someone about this fundraiser, please email Isabel at program@campkidston.com .

DID YOU KNOW? Through 2015, the world produced some 6.3 billion tons of plastic waste, only 9% of which has been recycled, and only ~1% has been recycled more than once. Additionally, 12% was incinerated and the remaining 79% sent to landfill or to the environment including the ocean. Almost all plastic is not biodegradable As of 2015 approximately 8 million tons of waste plastic was entering the oceans annually. The UN Environmental Program estimated that “for every square mile of ocean” there are about “46,000 pieces of plastic.”


ASTE 2023 COMING SOON

The 54th annual Atlantic Seminar in Theological Education will be happening at the Tatamagouche Centre June 11th to June 16th, 2023.
We will continue the theme “Building Respectful Relations” centering this year on experiences of Black Persons within Canadian Society.
We hope you will join us as we spend 5 days exploring the history, culture and impact of the Black Community in the Atlantic Provinces and how Individuals and Communities of Faith can work as true allies.

This is an opportunity to explore this topic in depth in a safe and supportive environment under the guidance of Dr. Harvey Amani Whitfield, The Rev. Brigid Maya Douglas and the ASTE 2023 community.

More information can be found on our webpage ASTES2023.


Rural Routes Through the Holy 2023

The schedule is now posted for this years gathering from June 15th – 17th at Camp Abby, PEI. Dr. Marvin Lee Anderson will offer the main presentation, Restoring and Re-storying Community.

There’ll also be Tasters, brief presentations, on Faithful Footprints, Pop-Up Church and more. During free time you can choose to experience Healing Pathway ministry, participate in a prayer-writing workshop, sample a variety of prayer practices, or try out a new resource for congregational or individual discernment. There’ll be music and worship and good food. You can view the complete schedule here and register here.

For questions email ruralroutesatlantic@gmail.com.


Camp Wegesegum – Celebrating 100 Years!

Camp Wegesegum – 100th Anniversary Party July 15, 2023

We are so excited to finally announce the schedule of events for our 100th anniversary party! Mark your calendars! Come celebrate with us !!


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