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.
Condolences – Rev. Barend Biesheuvel
Our condolences are extended to the family of Rev. Barend Biesheuvel who passed away on January 28, 2024. The obituary can be viewed here.
Condolences – Rev. Dr. Hans-Martin Rumscheidt
Our condolences are extended to the family of Rev. Dr. Hans-Martin Rumscheidt who passed away on January 29, 2024. An “in memoriam” can be viewed here and an obituary notice can be viewed here. The full obituary will be posted when it is available.
Nominations are Open for President-Elect
Fundy St. Lawrence Dawning Waters Regional Council is seeking nominations for President-Elect. The President serves for a total of 3 years: as President-Elect, President, and Past-President. The President-Elect will serve as a member of the Regional Executive, leading our Region in its work and ministry, within the bounds of the Region. Serving as President of the Region offers many unique and exciting opportunities to engage in the work and life of the Region. More information on the role of President can be found here.
The election will take place at the Annual meeting. In order to post bios of the nominees and allow for printing of meeting materials, please submit nominations by May 17, 2024 at midnight. Nominations can also come from the floor of the meeting at which time nominations will close at the close of the Friday night session. Nominations are open to all members of the Regional Council, including ministry personnel and lay representatives. To submit your nomination, please fill out the form here. The nomination form must include the name of the mover and seconder of the nomination. The Nominee, the mover and seconder must be members of Regional Council. If you have any questions, please contact Nominations Chair, Rose-Hannah Gaskin.
The minutes from the October 25-26, 2023 meeting were approved at the January 31, 2024 Executive meeting and are now available on the FSLDW website.
Chaplains needed for Y@R
We are looking for 1-2 chaplains to help with our youth program during our annual meeting taking place at UPEI May 30-June 2. You would be responsible for providing pastoral care to the youth and helping the leadership team prepare worship with the youth. If interested or for more information please contact Lisa Folkins.
Reimagining Church-Reclaiming your Call (for Lay People only)
February 10, 24, March 9, 23, April 6, 20, 2024
1:00 – 3:00 pm ET
Register at United in Learning https://churchx.ca/local/shop/product.php?id=132
Imagine your community of faith as a fellowship of disciples (instead of a floundering institution);
Imagine following in the footsteps of our radical Teacher (instead of being ground down by budget shortfalls and petty conflicts);
Imagine being part of a Christian community that understands the essence of our identity and call as people of God.
Fall in love with your faith all over again!
Please click here for more details on this program.
Greetings Growth Seekers from Growth Animator Sharon
Do you have a variety of ways to gather information? Do you invite your congregation and wider community to share their ideas to explore ways to grow?
How about putting idea boxes around points of interests in your neighbourhoods to invite them to share what they need? Perhaps you can share ideas through a hopes and dreams jar? How might you phrase one or two great questions to get the feedback you need? Perhaps you have an idea and wonder if people feel they would use the thing you are proposing? Maybe it is time to do an interest survey? How about a door hanger or post card handout in your neighbourhood? Just want to show you care and let others know your community of faith is there, consider handing out homemade cards and including a note of encouragement.
What sort of symbols resonate in your community of faith? Perhaps you will create ideas on a collection of rainbow post-it notes and grow your rainbow of love? Perhaps you are into puzzles and you’ll create puzzle pieces, building your puzzle together. What pieces won’t fit in the renewal and creation of who God is calling you to be in 2024? Maybe it is the image of gardens, trees and growth, what are the seeds emerging in your community of faith? Let me know what resonates for you. You can reach me by email at email@example.com or by phone 705 875-8837. Let’s grow together with deep spirituality, bold discipleship and daring justice
Candles for Lent – Just Peace Working Group
Join the Just Peace Working Group as we gather in support of Palestine. Each Thursday evening at 8:00 beginning on February 15th, we will gather on Zoom to extinguish candles using the liturgy from UNJPPI. Afterwards we will spend some time together for support. Please join us for one week or all six. Registration is not limited.
You can register here.
Communities of Faith: Singing Songs of Hope to Support Mental Health – Feb 21 7:00PM
Our next Affirm Webinar : Our spirituality is our unique SONG: our sense of Self; connection to Others, understanding of the Natural order of things and our relationship to God.
When life is out of balance a person’s mental well-being can become compromised. They might change behaviors, forgot who they are, who cares for them and maybe they even feel disconnected from God.
This webinar will be an opportunity to dive deeper into our understanding of spirituality, mental health and the impact a community of faith can have on providing support.
Our Presenter is Kelly Hudson-Lewis, Manager of Spiritual Care for the Saint John Area of Horizon Health. Kelly is a United Church minister who, in 25 years of ministry, has served in congregations, community advocacy agencies as well as mental health outreach.
For registration please click on this link.
First United Church Trenton NS
First United Church is in the search process for a full time Ordained Minister effective January 1, 2024. The Community of Faith Profile and contact information are on Church Hub or by contacting the search committee at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Montreal Dio – French for Ministry Intensive Course
Montreal Dio is offering a one week French for Ministry Intensive Course starting May 6, 2024. To read more about the details, cost, and how to register, click here.
Grief Radio – A Podcast About Grief
Grief Radio – A Podcast About Grief is a soon-to-be-launched podcast offering Support/Education/Links for training & research and upcoming events. It is being launched by Rev. Ian Smith, a retired, ordained United Church of Canada clergy person residing in Ontario and Dr. Vivianne LaRiviere, residing in Nova Scotia. To read the full details, please click here.