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It’s Your Call – Podcast

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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.


Workshop Space Requests Deadline

The deadline to submit your request for Workshop Space is today, February 28. Please click here to submit your request.


Agenda Time Requests Deadline

The deadline to submit your request for agenda time is March 8. Please click here to submit your request.


Pastoral Charge Information Form 2024

The 2024 Pastoral Charge Information Form is now live. The completion of this form is important to the region in order to have current contact information for staff and committees as we attempt to provide you with current communications relevant to your Local Board, Council or Committee. If you do not have some of these officers in your community simply mark that section as N/A (non-applicable).  It is essential that each Pastoral Charge completes and submits this form.

If you have had your annual congregational meeting and have elected your governing body for 2024, please click on the link above to complete.  If you have not had your annual meeting, and have the same people serving in the governing body, we kindly ask you to still fill out the information form. The form should be completed and submitted immediately after your annual meeting or by April 30th at the latest, with information current at that time.  The form can then be updated following your 2024 annual meeting with any new information.

Thank you for your attention to this important request. In the past the response to this request has been low and a complete response from all charges is critical.

You are reminded that electronic copies of your annual report can now be uploaded to your Church Hub site, as well as emailed to the Regional office (info4RC14@united-church.ca).


Hello from FSLDW Region President Elizabeth

As we come to the close of February and Black History Month, I thought of several Black leaders in our Region.

Please click here to read the full Hello from FSLDW President Elizabeth.


Communities of Faith Annual Reports

It’s that time of year again where we request your Annual Reports.  Please email when they are available (electronic files are preferred) to your Regional Council using the following email:

Fundy St. Lawrence Dawning Waters Regional Council: Info4RC14@united-church.ca

If you are unable to submit by email please mail one copy of your report to:
Fundy St. Lawrence Dawning Waters Regional Council
21 Wright Street
Sackville, NB  E4L 4P8


Herbert S. Sharp Scholarship – Deadline March 1, 2024

This scholarship was established by Herbert S. Sharp, Class of 1890 and is awarded to students located in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, or Prince Edward Island, who are Protestant, a non-smoker, and who have demonstrated financial need. Preference given to members of the United Church of Canada and to applicants from Prince Edward Island.  The application deadline is March 1, 2024.  Further details on how to apply here.


Greetings Growth Seekers from Growth Animator Sharon

How am I showing others Christ through my attitudes and actions? How can I support others on their spiritual journey with Christ? What are some of our stories of transformation? Where is God sending us into the world? Too often we don’t feel enough. Explore “worth-ship” and “with-ness.” God uses each of us, warts and all! Reimagine your WARTS. To grow we Welcome, Attract, Retain, Transform and Send people into the world. Is there a word from our WARTS that stands out in your community of faith? How can you grow that strength? Moving beyond our warts, what is the realm of impact we have being sent out to our neighbours. Re-imagine your community of faith, your neighbourhood, town or city as an eco system working together, interdependent, deepening relationships and being strengthened to make a difference one seed at a time.! Connect with me to chat about what you are doing and how we can keep growing. You can reach me by email at sballantyne@united-church.ca or by phone 705 875-8837. Let’s grow together with deep spirituality, bold discipleship and daring justice


Time for action

Your Regional Affirm committee is discussing how we can be supportive to our trans youth in this time of political debate and decision making that is impacting their lives. Our suggestions…

  • stay up on the information…. egale.ca -national group with up to date info ; peersalliance.ca (a PEI support organization); pflagcanada.ca – for 2SLBGTQ+, families, friends and allies. Chapters in Grand Falls-Windsor and St John’s NL; Halifax, Southwest NS, Sydney-Cape Breton and Truro; Fredericton, Sackville and Saint John, NB. Chromanb.ca in Saint John, NB area.
  • attend public gatherings supporting trans youth
  • encourage your congregation to have P.I.E. events – that’s Public, Intentional, Explicit actions of support for 2SLGBTQ+ people
  • follow Affirm United on Facebook… share posts that help educate and support our youth.
    we all need to be doing our part…. join this call to action.

Lenten Reflections

Daily Lenten reflections from Orchard Valley United Church are available on YouTube or Orchard’s Valley website, throughout the Lenten Season. Please join Rev Don as he ponders and shares thoughts on what the season of Lent means. A fun way to help us take time each day to reflect on the Lenten journey.


Potential CIRA Internet Grant Opportunities for Rural Areas – Next Window for Applications begins March 1

Sharing a potential granting opportunity (which might be linked to the broader Rural interests in general), with CIRA. CIRA is the Canadian Internet Registration Authority. They have infrastructure grants available to support providing high speed internet to more rural and remote spaces. You can find more information here.


Younger Ministry Personnel Spring Retreat

Once again, the younger ministry personnel (under 50-ish) of Bermuda-Nova Scotia Region and Fundy St. Lawrence Dawning Waters Region are organizing a time of retreat.

Please join our spring retreat as we come together to be together.  This retreat is designed to be a time of rest and reflection for all those 50ish and under in the Atlantic Region, and will include a special worship to laugh and to cry as we remember and lament our dear friend and colleague, Alison Etter.  Please join us at 1 pm on April 4, at the Tatamagouche Centre, for this special 24-hour retreat.

The spring retreat will be held at the Tatamagouche Centre on April 4th and 5th, at a cost of $170 per person. This cost includes all food and accommodations. There is a reduced rate of $150 per person for those who are interested in sharing a room.

More details will be shared closer to the date, but registration is now open.
Visit the UCC Regions East website here to register today!

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact Daniel MacDonald


GLI Urgently Needed

Friends: There are many anecdotal stories about the increasing level of poverty in the Atlantic provinces, indeed in all of Canada. And we experience it daily in terms of food bank usage and visually as we go about our daily activities. The following video and article from Global News confirms statistically that poverty is indeed an intolerable reality. It is specific to Nova Scotia, but has implications for all Atlantic Canada. It challenges the current political response and calls for policy and action that will deal with the pain and hurt that poverty brings. In short it points to the need for a consistent, reliable source of income for all, that is a Guaranteed Livable Income. Please read and listen and call on the powers that be for action that matters.

Hal and Karen Llewellyn (Volunteer GLI Coordinators for Bermuda-Nova Scotia region)
How Nova Scotia’s affordability crisis was years in the making
While the COVID-19 pandemic may have been a driving factor in Nova Scotia’s affordability crisis, experts say the issue has been years in the making.
Read in Global News


World Day of Prayer resource for 2024

Many UCW groups join with women of other churches – such as Anglican, Presbyterian, etc. – for The World Day of Prayer service on the first Friday of March.
Each year the church women of a different country compose and write the resource to be used. The resource this year was written by some of the Palestinian church women.
Whether or not your church has an active United Church Women’s group, this is an informative and inspiring resource for any group.
Here is the link to the World Day of Prayer website
Join the Women’s Interchurch Council of Canada (WICC) national World Day of Prayer service online Saturday March 9.
There’s more info on the WICC website about the annual service and how to participate.


Save the Date

Celebration for the Rev. Ivan Gregan on his upcoming retirement.

Port Wallis United Church, 263 Waverley Road in Dartmouth NS
Saturday, May 25th, 2024

Details to follow as the date gets closer. Hope you can plan to attend and add to your calendar.

Ivan’s final Sunday at Port Wallis is June 30th!


Music Director Opportunity

St George & St Andrew United Church, Annapolis Royal, NS, is seeking a part-time Music Director/Organist/Choir Director. Duties include playing at regular Sunday services, for special services as required, and conducting a weekly rehearsal of forthcoming choral anthems and other music.

We have a two-manual baroque-style (with Swell) tracker-action instrument by Orgues Létourneau (Opus 28, 1991) and a Yamaha digital grand piano (CLP-695GP). The church boasts a strong music programme, with choral anthems as a regular part of every service, and many other musical events take place in our sanctuary due to its excellent acoustics.
For further information and details please email: andrea.boulding@gmail.com.


Annual Declaration of Criminal Records

Dear colleagues in ministry,

You’ve made it through another intense Advent and Christmas season!  We know, and appreciate, how much you have put into your ministry as you enter this season of Epiphany.  Of course, there are always more tasks and ministry waiting for you in 2024.

The Annual Declaration is one of those required administrative tasks that Ministry Personnel are asked to prioritize each year.

The Annual Declaration is a mandatory process, where Ministry Personnel declare whether or not they’ve been charged with a criminal offense in the past year. This is a simple process that must be done through ChurchHub, by logging in to your account at churchhub.ca.

As per the Police Records Checks policy, if the Annual Declaration is done by the deadline, you will not be asked to obtain a new formal level 1 and level 2 Police Records Check.

Please remember that even if you were late in completing the form for 2023, it still needs to be done on schedule this year.

If you have any questions about this process, please contact your Vocational Minister Andrew Richardson (ARichardson@united-church.ca ). Need help accessing ChurchHub? Please contact ministry@united-church.ca

Don’t delay, complete your form today!


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.


Bridges to Hope: Connecting Spirituality and Imagination

ASTE 2024 invites you to a time of deepening spirituality. Daily we experience spiritual angst and despair arising from; climate collapse, wars, illness, personal and/or global discord. Presenters from Celtic and Indigenous perspectives will explore the potential of our innate ability for imagination and spirituality to lead us out of despair and into hope. This is an opportunity to explore the topic Bridges of Hope: Connecting Spirituality and Imagination in depth in a safe and supportive environment under the guidance of The Rev. Dr. Teresa Burnette-Cole, The Rev. J Ivan Gregan and the ASTE2024 community.
Have questions, have answers, join us – Tatamagouche Centre, June 17-20, 2024; ASTE2024


 

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