NEWS AND UPDATES FROM FUNDY ST. LAWRENCE DAWNING WATERS (FSLDW)

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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.
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Fundy St. Lawrence Dawning Waters (FSLDW) Committee Interest form.


Condolences – Joseph Nesbitt

Our condolences are extended to Rev. Brenda McKay and family on the passing of her son, Joseph Nesbitt, on February 20, 2024. The obituary can be found here.


Agenda Time Requests Deadline

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


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.


Elected Members to Regional Council 2024

Please use the below link to view a memo from the Executive Minister, Faith March-MacCuish, regarding elected members to Regional Council for 2024.

Fundy St. Lawrence Dawning Waters Memo


Hello from FSLDW President Elizabeth

With Friday, March 8, being International Women’s Day thoughts of wonderful, courageous, ‘church’ women come to mind.

My personal biblical heroes are Shiphrah and Puah, two midwives who stood up to power and refused to do Pharaoh’s bidding. (Exodus 1)

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


Greetings Growth Seekers from Growth Animator Sharon

What are the markers/qualities/ characteristic of your ministry? How does your congregation describe itself? How would others characterize you? Do people outside your doors know you? What outreach connects people? A General Council office staff recently shared these markers of a successful New Ministry:
•Clearly articulated mission
•A strong and committed team
•Spiritual and faith formation of the leadership
•A plan for financial sustainability
•Outside Partnerships, as taken from the UCCan New Ministry Strategy (revised 2020) document.
What does new ministry mean in your contexts?
Are there renewed ministries growing? How does your community of faith strengthen invitation and welcome? 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


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


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).


Affirm Committee Webinar 

The Affirm Communities of Faith: Singing Songs of Hope to Support Mental Health webinar is now available for viewing.  To see the recording please click here.


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!


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.

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.


March CCS Friday – An Ecology of Faith Formation

Join the Centre for Christian Studies on Friday, March 15 (noon Central, 1pm Eastern, 11am Mountain, 10am Pacific, 2pm Atlantic) for an online conversation about the eco-system of faith formation in congregations. Our special guest will be UCC Growth Animator Greg Smith-Young.

Within creation, ecosystems form as different and diverse creatures (living and non-living) interact together. Each part plays a vital role in making the whole. Ecosystems are about interdependence and integration. What can happen when we bring an “ecosystem” way of thinking into the faith formation work of congregations? Join us as we imagine the possibilities.

Greg Smith-Young (he/him) is a Growth Animator with the United Church of Canada. He serves alongside existing and newly-forming communities of faith in southwest Ontario, helping them to share in what Jesus is already doing in their places: inviting, welcoming, engaging, forming disciples, and sending to share in God’s Presence.

CCS Fridays are free. Please register HERE to receive a zoom link.

CCS Fridays are online conversations to help us all to respond faithfully to emerging issues in local contexts.  These workshops are open to anyone who might be interested. Each session will be on a Friday from 12:00 to 1:00 CT and in the form of a Zoom workshop.  There will be a presentation that will be recorded for future viewing, plus opportunities to engage with the ideas in small groups.


Are you considering retirement?

If you are considering retiring or have retired since our last annual meeting, please see our Regional retirement resource. If you have made the decision to retire please fill out the form.

Thank you.


 

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