Presbytery Newsletter May 16, 2018

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From: Jane Johnson

Fundraiser Music Concert
Trinity United Church, 536 Pleasant Dr., Minto
Sunday June 3, 3:00 pm.
Linthutine Music Choirs of Oromocto
Children and Adult choirs
Special guests:  David Berry, organist
Choir Director:  Helen Morag McKinnon
Choir Accompanist:  Lynn Mills
Admission:  Monetary Donation at the door
Fundraiser is for church organ repairs
The name “Linthutine” is a Maliseet word meaning “Let Us Sing”
Refreshments following the concert.

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From Merle Blake:

“Our thanks to those pastoral charges who have already stepped up to offer help with the flood clean up for Sheffield and Chipman (Red Bank Cemetery).”

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Presbytery Newsletter April 11, 2018

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From the Woolastook Presbytery Executive to all pastoral charges :

In an effort to coordinate the response of local United Church congregations to the recent flooding, particularly as it has affected the Sheffield and Chipman-Gaspereau Forks Pastoral Charges, each pastoral charge, in a position to do so, is asked to please forward the name, e-mail address and phone # of any individual willing to be the liaison person between Woolastook Presbytery and their charge, concerning assistance needed (helping hands, equipment/implements, expertise and possible fundraising).  It is hoped that these individuals could also coordinate whatever help might be forthcoming from their pastoral charges.  Please pass names and contact information to Merle Blake, Secretary of Woolastook Presbytery, at mernie99@nb.sympatico.ca

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Executive Minutes for March 22 and Regular meeting minutes from April 26 are available on the website.

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Presbytery Newsletter May 4, 2018

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From Merle Blake:

  1. From Deborah Ambridge Fisher: the attachment below.

  1. From David Hewitt, Executive Secretary, Maritime Conference:

There are several kinds of elections taking place at the Conference Annual Meeting this year. Notice has gone out in the weekly announcements a couple of times, but responses have been slow coming in.Please see the information on the link:

https://marconf.ca/ac2018-93rd-annual-meeting/elections-conference-annual-meeting-cam-announcement-3/

You are encouraged to volunteer.

Several folks are interested in being a Commissioner to General Council, but we still need folks to serve on the new Denominational Executive , plus a President-elect.

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From Robert Christie:

Forest Hill United Church in Fredericton will be having a special event celebrating our 50th Anniversary on Sunday May 27,2018 at 7:00 pm.  It is a HYMM SING featuring our music director and musical members of our congregation.  To request a hymn, contact the church office at    foresth.office@bellaliant.com     or 506-455-0988.

www.foresthillunited.com Facebook.com/foresthillunited.


 

Presbytery Newsletter April 29, 2018

April 29, 2018

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Late Breaking News:

United in Learning Presents:
Our New Pastoral Relations System — an update

April 30, 1:00 p.m. ET / 10:00 a.m. PT

Course Description:

A panel discussion on YouTube Live about the new pastoral relations system, as well as time to ask questions. The changes won’t be “final” until they’re passed by General Council this July, so this will give you a chance to hear about what we’re working on, and the directions we anticipate.

The program will include about 20 minutes of dialogue between host Lauren Hodgsen and her guests, and then Q&A with the audience. Please use the YouTube chat to ask your questions.

Cost: Free

To Sign up:

https://www.united-in-learning.com/index.php/webinars/181-our-new-pastoral-relations-system-an-update

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Keswick Ridge Church will be hosting Linnea Good on August 18th at 7 p.m.

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WILMOT UNITED – TEA & ARTIST Show & Sale

On  Saturday, May 12 from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm enjoy an elegant tea featuring fancy sandwiches and dainty sweets along with an exhibition and sale of Wilmot congregation’s fine arts and crafts.  In addition, there will be a display of beautiful quilts in the sanctuary.  Admission is $10.00.  Advanced tickets are available from Shirley Cleave (459-7743, scleave@nb.sympatico.ca) or the church office (458-1066).  Limited tickets will be available at the door.

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Presbytery Newsletter April 17, 2018

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From Merle Blake:

  1. A new website for the Green churches Network is now available. www.GreenChurches.ca. Various resources in “Spirituality”, “Education” and “Action” tabs are accessible on the new website along with tools to help churches advance in eco-spirituality and eco-justice. For more information contact Norman Levesque, Executive Director-Green Churches Network at info@greenchurches.ca.
  2. From Churchweb Support Inc. – now that the Final Report on the new Regional Councils has been released, and as we await the passing of Remit 1 by the 43rd General Council in July, we are alerting you that we are available to assist with new Cluster and Network Websites. Visit us at www.churchwebcanada.ca. E-mail us at help@churchwebcanada.ca or call us at 1-844-541-4212.
  3. Linnea Good, a native of Fredericton, and her husband David Jonsson, will be coming to the Maritimes this summer August 9 – 19, 2018 and are looking for opportunities to share their music ministry with friends and fans. Contact Layton Peck, Chair of Music United, the Association of Musicians in our United Church of Canada, at 506-650-2184 or email: layton.ucmusician@gmail.com. Posters available at the meeting.
  4. Presbytery meeting on Thursday, April 26 at 11:00am at Gibson Memorial UC, Gibson St., Fredericton, NB. Information was sent out today on “Naming people to Regional Council Transition Commissions”. There will be an Order of the Day for discussion and time for questions.

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From Brian MacDonald:

If anyone has a copy of the book “Jesus and the Victory of God” by N.T. Wright, could they please bring it to the April 26th meeting of Presbytery.  Brian MacDonald, chair of Gospel, Interfaith and Theology, would like to refer to it before leading that day’s session of our Presbytery Book Club.  Thank you.

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From the Webmaster:

Executive minutes for January 18, 2018 posted to website

Covenanting Minutes March 18, 2018 posted to website

Covenanting Minutes April 11, 2018 posted to website

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Presbytery Newsletter April 3, 2018

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From Merle Blake:

1. Next meeting of Presbytery will be Thursday, April 26th at Gibson Memorial UC in Fredericton.

2. Covenanting service for Rev. Kelly Higgins, Gibson Memorial UC and Woolastook Presbytery will be held on Wednesday, April 11th at 7:00pm. Please be sure the Secretary records your attendance for this meeting of Presbytery.

3 All annual reports for Pastoral Charges are now due. If you have an electronic copy, please forward to the Secretary at mernie99@nb.sympatico.ca, as soon as possible. Thank you to those who have sent them already.

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From Jackie Saunders:

“The production Solitary Refinement is coming to Fredericton, specifically to Morning Gate Church. It is a one man theatrical production, highlighting the life and calling of Richard Wurmbrand, the founder of The Voice of the Martyrs. Come spend an evening and get a glimpse into the life and sacrifice this man gave for our Saviour and the Persecuted Church. Showtime is 7 pm, Wednesday, April 11, 2018. Freewill offering in support of The Voice of the Martyrs.”

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From Sanda MacBean:

The annual Spring Rally for UCW groups in the presbytery will be held Sat., Apr. 28, at Forest Hill United Church, Fredericton. Details are being sent to all UCW’s. Please make sure that the UCW in your church is aware of this date. Thanks from Sandra MacBean, chairperson.

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United Church of Canada Foundation

There is only 45 days left to apply for a spring 2018 Seeds of Hope grant! Grants are available Canada-wide for all projects types! Applications are due by 8pm EST on April 15th, 2018. Submission by email is preferred.

We are also offering a variety of scholarships including The McGeachy Senior Scholarship, The Roy M. Davidson Trust Award, and the W. Norman McLeod Scholarship.  Scholarship Applications are due March 15th.

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

Blessings,

David Armour
President
The United Church of Canada Foundation

Download the Application Now!

 

Presbytery Newsletter March 1 2018

March 1 2018

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From Merle Blake:

  1. Registration for the annual meeting of Maritime Conference is available tomorrow, March 1st at  the Conference website:https://marconf.ca/delegate-visitor-registration/.

Only those names that have been forwarded by Presbytery and who have registered through the Maritime Conference office by April 27 will have a confirmed seat on the Conference floor.

The meeting will open with the Service of Remembrance on Thursday, May 24, 2018 at 7:00pm, at the Tantramar Veterans Memorial Civic Center in Sackville, NB.

  1. Lay Delegates:  Please take the time to let the Secretary know if you are no longer the Presbytery representative for the coming year, and the name and contact information of the person replacing you.  Remember you are still the representative until the rise of Conference, and it would be lovely if you came to the April meeting and brought your replacement with you to introduce them to the Court!! The Secretary has to send a list of all the lay delegates to Presbytery and Conference before April 2nd. If your pastoral charge wishes to nominate someone to attend Conference who is not a Presbytery delegate, please send that information to the Secretary as well.

There will be an orientation program for new delegates to Conference. It will begin at 3:00pm on Thursday, May 24th at the Maritime Conference Center.

  1. Tellers at Conference: People who are interested in volunteering as tellers at Conference, please contact the secretary, Merle Blake at mernie99@nb.sympatico.ca, with your contact information. Please be in touch as soon as possible.

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From Rev. Brian MacDonald:

Presbytery book club on The Meaning of Jesus: Two Visions

by Marcus J Borg and N.T. Wright

For the February meeting, please read Part II:  What Did Jesus Do and Teach? (pages 31 through 76).

Question to think about before the February meeting:

It may surprise us that on this point, Wright and Borg present complimentary rather than starkly clashing pictures of Jesus.  Yet there certainly are differences.  How are their portrayals the same or similar, and how are they different?

For the April meeting, please read Part III: The Death of Jesus (pages 79 through 107).

Question to think about before the April meeting:

Borg and Wright take very different approaches to the question of why Jesus was killed / why he died.  Borg and Wright certainly share a belief in the “salvific meaning of Good Friday.” (p. 82) Where they part ways is on the matter of “whether Jesus saw his death as having a saving purpose [i.e., at the time of his death].” (p. 82)  Borg’s conclusion is “Probably not,”  while Wright is convinced that Jesus saw his death as having a saving purpose at the time of the passion.

Aside from the fact that while Borg regards only Mark and Q as being reliable sources of “history remembered” (as opposed to “history metaphorized”) while Wright regards all four Gospels as reliable sources, what accounts for their different conclusions?

 

Presbytery Newsletter February 15 2018

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From Merle Blake:

  1. Reminder of the regular Presbytery meeting next Thursday, February 22nd at 11:00AM at Wilmot UC in Fredericton. All committees to meet earlier at their discretion, so as to be ready to start promptly at 11:00. Lunch at 12:30 – 1:30, with those who are participating in the Book Club to meet from 1:10 – 1:30.
    Please remember to bring copies of your annual reports.
    Looking forward to being with you all.
  1. We are still looking for a pastoral charge to host our April 22nd meeting. Harvey Station and Minto have graciously offered the June and September meetings. Please be in touch with the secretary, Merle, if you are able to host April 22nd. mernie99@nb.sympatico.ca.
  1. Mount Allison University will be doing renovations on Windsor Hall and therefore there will be changes for where to stay on campus for the Conference annual meeting.If you have specific requirements, please register early. Registration online can be done starting March 1, 2018. Visit: http://marconf.ca/ac2018-93rd-annual-meeting/cam-announcement-1-residence-changes-annual-meeting/

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Stewardship Best Practices:

How to improve Stewardship and increase Giving

The reality is we need money to fund our ministry activities, but what are the best practices to achieve our funding goals?    Come and explore how our focus on finances and “meeting our budget” may be hurting us and learn stewardship best practices based on Barb Fullerton’s research as Roger Janes (United Church Stewardship & Gifts Officer for the Atlantic Region) lays the framework for developing a more holistic stewardship theology.

When:  February 22, 2018 at 7pm

Where:  St. Paul’s United Church -224 York Street, Fredericton

Parking lots off of George Street and Charlotte Street

Freewill offering refreshment table

For More Information:   Rev. Michelle 458-1183

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From Sandra MacBean:

The annual Spring Rally of the UCW groups in Woolastook Presbytery will be held Sat., April 28, at Forest Hill United Church, Fredericton.  Information will be sent out.  Please bring this to the attention of the UCW in your congregation.

Sandra MacBean, 367-2163

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