Posted on Feb 27, 2013 in Notices

The announcements for this last week of February include:

  1. Condolences – Van de Valk, Andrea Maureen
  2. Condolences – Wood, Lora
  3. Lenten Practices for Sustainable Living
  4. Beyond Diversity
  5. Warning from United Church of Canada – ADP Email Spam
  6. Registering NOW for Fredericton Godly Play Workshop
  7. United In Learning Pre-Retirement Seminar
  8. Call for Nominations for General Council Committees
  9. Prayer Beyond Belief: The Gentle (And Not So Gentle) Art of Changing the Way Congregations Pray
  10. Jessie MacLeod – One of the 2013 Companions of the Centre

1.  Condolences – Van de Valk, Andrea Maureen

Our sympathy is extended to the Rev. Ian and Mary Jo Harrison on the death of Mary Jo’s mother, Maureen, 59, of Antigonish, who passed away this week.

Visitation will be in C.L. Curry Funeral Home, 135 College Street, Antigonish on Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 pm. Funeral Service will be held in C.L.Curry Funeral home on Thursday at 10:00 am with Reverend Peter Smith presiding.

2.  Condolences: Wood, Lora

Sympathy is extended to the family of Lora Annie Wood, (wife of the late Rev. Lewis Wood -deceased in 1975) of the Jordan Lifecare Center (formerly of Mill Cove, NB) who passed away on February 24, 2013.

Resting at Sherwood’s Funeral Home and Life Tribute Centre (506-839-2156), 18 Scovil Road, Norton, NB, with visiting Friday 3 to 5 and 6 to 8 pm. Funeral Service will be held at 2:00 pm, on Saturday, March 2, 2013, from First Cambridge Baptist Church, on Route 715, McDonalds Corner, NB.

3.  Lenten Practices for Sustainable Living

Look for a new addition each week.  Week 3 is Give Awareness.  It is added to the full printable version below.

Click on this link for the full printable version of  Lenten Tips for Sustainable Living.

4.  Beyond Diversity

When:  April 16, 2013 – April 17, 2013

Where:  The United Church of Canada, General Council Office, 3250 Bloor St. West, Toronto, ON

Cost:  $355 early registration by February 28, 2013; $390

March 1–April 15

Online registration now available!

In addition to being an excellent learning opportunity, it is the opinion of General Council that this event is eligible for approval by Presbytery as meeting the mandatory Racial Justice Training requirement.

Click on the link:

5.  Warning from United Church of Canada – ADP Spam Email

Attention Church Treasurers and Ministry Personnel:

There’s email spam being circulated which claims to be from ADP. Delete it – do not open it. ADP will NEVER email a treasurer, or minister, or anyone about their personal, business, or pastoral charge account. Like other common spamming methods, this email attempts to use the name of a well known service provider to gain your trust (one-fifth of people in North America have a human resource related service from ADP). Don’t be fooled! If you aren’t sure of the source of an email you receive claiming to be from ADP, don’t hesitate to call them directly, ADP: 1-877-377-4784.

6.  Registering NOW for Fredericton Godly Play Workshop

March 15 (from 6-9pm) & Saturday, March 16th (from 9-4pm)

St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Fredericton, NB

Cost: $25.

For more information and to register – click on this poster.

7.  United In Learning Pre-Retirement Seminar

United Church Pension Plan members, join us for a free pre-retirement webinar, Monday, March 4 at 2:00 p.m. ET. Presented by the Ministry and Employment unit, this webinar will cover the basics of the plan, the choices you need to make, and more. For information and to register, see the United in Learning website.

When:   Monday March 4  2:00pm – 3:30 pm Maritime time

For more information click on the link:

8.  Call for Nominations for General Council Committees

A list of the current vacancies is posted at

Completed expressions of interest of approximately 500 words need to be received by Monday April 8, 2013. Please note that the deadline for nominations to the Pension Board is March 29.

9.  Prayer Beyond Belief: The Gentle (And Not So Gentle) Art of Changing the Way Congregations Pray

April 7-9, Sun 7 pm to Tue 1 pm

Grapple with the implications of traditional prayer. Find ways to experience the benefits prayer might still offer beyond the beliefs that divide. Leadership: Gretta Vosper, (author of With or Without God and Amen: What Prayer can Mean in a World Beyond Belief) Donnadale Smith, Pat De Méo (PRG)

Program Details:

Please register at or 1-800-218-2220

10.  Jessie MacLeod – One of the 2013 Companions of the Centre (CCS)

The Centre for Christian Studies honours 3 significant women.  The “Companion of the Centre” award is presented annually to individuals whose life and ministry epitomize the values of CCS – spirit-filled engagement with the world, transformational and empowering service, and commitment to justice, wholeness, and compassion.

Jessie MacLeod will be honoured on :

Thursday, May 2, 7 p.m. (DUCC conference)

Tatamagouche Centre, 259 Loop Route 6, Tatamagouche, Nova Scotia

For the full announcement click on Companions events 2013.

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