Newsletter October 11, 2017

WOOLASTOOK PRESBYTERY NEWSLETTER

October 11, 2017

Please scroll down to see all news items.

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From Merle Blake:

A Service of Covenanting between Rev. Christine Johnson and the Harvey Station Pastoral Charge and Woolastook Presbytery, will be held on Sunday, October 22nd,  at the St. Andrew’s United Church in Harvey, at 3:00pm.

Covenanting services are considered meetings of Presbytery, so if Presbyters are present, please sign the attendance sheet, so that your name is recorded in the minutes.

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From Brian MacDonald:

Wesley United Church at 2371 Rte 102 hwy in Lincoln will hold a Casserole Supper

Sat. Oct. 28th, 4 – 6 p.m.  Adults: $10, children under 12: $5.  Takeout available.

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Fraudulent Email Concerns

The United Church has posted a warning about fraudulent emails. The text and link is below.

We have become aware of a very clever but fraudulent email targeting some of our contacts. Please note we have not sent out any personalized solicitation emails for funds recently. Don’t open any attachments or links.  Delete the email. For best practices, we also suggest you change your password for your email account.

http://www.united-church.ca/news/fraudulent-email-concerns-0

 

Newsletter October 2, 2017

From Barb Kelly:

Mission & Service Enthusiasts:  Just a heads up to let folks know that there will be short conference calls happening in September for Mission & Service Enthusiasts.

Ours for Maritime Conference will take place Friday, October 20th at 1:00 pm.
Spread the word … please consider attending.   To get more info … and to register … click here:
https://www.united-in-learning.com/index.php/webinars/122-m-s-enthusiasts-learning-session


From Jim Bubar:

Annual Roast Beef Supper will be held at Keswick Ridge United Church, 499 Rte 616 Keswick Ridge on Saturday, October 28th.  There will also be a Home Baking and Handicraft Sale sponsored by the UCW. Tickets are $15 and $7 for children.  Sittings at 4 and 5:30 p.m. and take-outs are available as well.  ADVANCE TICKETS ONLY…. Call C. Sheppard (363-2284) or B. Kelly (363-2739) to reserve.


From UCC Grants:

There are only two weeks left to submit your Seeds of Hope grant applications! Applications are due by 8pm EST on October 15th, 2017. Submission by email is preferred. grants@united-church.ca

The fall 2017 round will only provide grants for seniors programs and projects (grants available nation-wide), leadership initiatives (grants available nation-wide), and events (grants only available for events within Ontario). Grants for all project types, Canada wide will be available again in the spring 2018 Seeds of Hope round.

Don`t miss out, visit www.unitedchurchfoundation.ca/grantinfo for more information and to download the application today.

Condolences: Rev. Gil MacKenzie

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From Merle Blake:

Our condolences to the family of the Rev. Gil MacKenzie , who passed away on Friday, September 15, 2017, in Fredericton.

Visitation will be held at McAdam’s Funeral Home, 160 York St., Fredericton on Monday, September 18th between 2:00 – 4:00pm and 7:00 – 9:00pm.

A memorial service will be held at St. Paul’s UC on Tuesday, September 19th at 11:00am,

Condolences at www.mcadamsfh.com.

http://www.mcadamsfh.com/obituaries/119287

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Newsletter September 15, 2017

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From Merle Blake:

The regular meeting of Woolastook Presbytery will be held at Forest Hill UC on Thursday, September 28th, beginning at 11:00 am sharp, with Committee Meetings gathering earlier.

At this meeting we will be having 2 guests, Rev. Steve Berube in the morning and David Hewitt, Maritime  Conference Executive Secretary in the afternoon.

If you have dietary concerns for the lunch, please be in touch with Diane Robinson at: robinsondiane47@gmail.com or telephone 506- 459-8779 as soon as possible.

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From Brian MacDonald:

All persons who’ve ordered The Meaning of Jesus: Two Visions by Marcus Borg and N.T. Wright through presbytery for the book club are reminded to please bring their $20 to the September 28th meeting.

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Coming up at Hillcrest United, Graveyard Hill, Stanley:

ANNUAL ELLEN’S COUNTRY KITCHEN

11:00 – 1:00

For reservations (10 or more) call Geraldine at 440-7896 or leave a message at church office 367-2288.

Mon., Sept. 25     Turkey Dinner (apple, pumpkin pie)
Tues., Sept. 26    Roast Beef (lemon, coconut cream pie)
Wed., Sept. 27     Potato Scallop, Ham, Baked Beans (apple crumble, butterscotch pie)
Thurs., Sept. 28   Roast Chicken Breast (cheesecake)
Fri., Sept. 29        Roast Pork (strawberry shortcake)

PLUS

Sat., Sept. 30, 3:30 – 5:30
Turkey Dinner (assorted pies)
Available daily:
– drumstick pie, rice pudding
– sale of homemade preserves

All meals:  $14

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From Gail Wylie:

Reminder Re September 27th event with Guest Speakers Gretta Vosper (atheist) and John Valk (theist). The event “Commitment to Community, With or Without God: Promoting Respectful Dialogue as We Look to the Future of the United Church” will take place in Forest Hill United during the day between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.  (two presentation-plus-discussion sessions with lunch/refreshments provided) and at UNB Dineen Hall, a dialogue with John Valk in the evening 7-9 p.m.  Also meet congregants from West Hill United where Gretta is Minister. Details on the evening program are now available on Murray McFarlane’s Facebook site.  All details for both day and evening sessions, are available both electronically (printable PDF) and as hardcopy printed brochures by contacting Gail Wylie  wylie1@nb.sympatico.ca, Murray McFarlane murrayfmcfarlane@gmail.com and Owen Washburn.  To register, contact Owen Washburn, owenw@nbnet.nb.ca with your name, address, email address and phone number.  Please encourage anyone interested to attend – we need feedback from all perspectives!

Download the Brochure

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From Greg Williams:

Additions and changes to the website:

News items are now also available on the website. Simply point your favorite browser to: http://woolastook-presbytery.ca/news/ 

Executive meeting minutes for March 17, July 13, August 31 and September 1 2017 are now available under MINUTES.

I have received one new photo for Forest Hill but am still looking for others. Please get a recent photo of your church and send it to me with pertinent details (location, date, photographer). Photos should be 1024×768 resolution minimum. Thank you for helping to make the site look good.

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Website Update

There has been a major update to the Woolastook website. The address has not changed. You can access the site at:

http://woolastook-presbytery.ca/

As you can see, the homepage still has the images from the old site. I invite you to take NEW high-resolution photos. Today’s cell phones do an amazing job and give nice big photos. I would like to replace all the photos and having a photo (or two) from each of our congregations would be wonderful. Photos should be of the highest resolution and be clear and bright. Please send your submissions to:

gregw66@gmail.com

I need the name of the church, the location of the church, the pastoral charge and if possible, the name of the photographer.

The bi-weekly newsletters will now be posted on the website for your reference.

Note that the delegate list links to the Maritime Conference Directory which is not updated by us, for changes, please direct inquiries to the Maritime Conference office.

Under “Find Us” I have listed links to the pastoral charges that have provided links. I can also link to Facebook pages, so let me know if there are any updates there.

The Minutes will take a while to get sorted. They will appear slowly from newest to oldest. If you have need for an older set of minutes, please contact me gregw66@gmail.com. Nothing has been lost.

I welcome comments, suggestions and corrections. I am not a graphic artist so am using a preset theme that combines ease of use with clear and easy to read format. Content I have full control over, so please focus on what you want to see rather than how it looks.

Newsletter Special Announcement

From Gail Wylie:

Reminder Re: September 27th event with Guest Speakers Gretta Vosper (atheist) and John Valk (theist). The event “Commitment to Community, With or Without God: Promoting Respectful Dialogue as We Look to the Future of the United Church” will take place in Forest Hill United during the day between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.  (two presentation-plus-discussion sessions with lunch/refreshments provided) and at UNB Dineen Hall, a dialogue with John Valk in the evening 7-9 p.m.  Also meet congregants from West Hill United where Gretta is Minister. Details on the evening program are now available on Murray McFarlane’s Facebook site.  All details for both day and evening sessions, are available both electronically (printable PDF) and as hardcopy printed brochures by contacting Gail Wylie  wylie1@nb.sympatico.ca, Murray McFarlanemurrayfmcfarlane@gmail.com and Owen Washburn.  To register, contact Owen Washburn, owenw@nbnet.nb.ca with your name, address, email address and phone number.  Please encourage anyone interested to attend – we need feedback from all perspectives!

Download the Brochure

Newsletters

The Woolastook Presbytery newsletter is normally e-mailed to Presbytery delegates twice a month: near the beginning and mid-month. Special notices may also be sent from time to time, especially if there are items of an urgent or time-sensitive nature.

If you have information about Presbytery or congregational events to be included, please send announcements at least three weeks in advance to the web site administrator Greg Williams or the Presbytery secretary Merle Blake.

Newsletter September 1, 2017

From Merle Blake:

1. The United Church of Canada Foundation announces that the fall 2017 “Seeds of Hope” Granting cycle is open and accepting applications until Oct. 15, 2017.
Submission by mail is preferred. Visit www.unitedchurchfoundation.ca/grantinfo for more information and to download the application.

2. The next Presbytery meeting will be held at Forest Hill UC, Fredericton, on September 28, 2017.