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 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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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 January 31, 2018

WOOLASTOOK PRESBYTERY NEWSLETTER

January 31, 2018

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From Merle Blake:

The next meeting of Woolastook Presbytery will be Thursday, February 22nd at 11:00 AM at Wilmot United Church, Fredericton. There will be an Order of the Day with Roger Janes (Stewardship and Gift Officer- Atlantic Region) at 12:15PM, for a short Stewardship presentation and Q & A around Mission and Service in the new structure. Remember that the Presbytery book Club will meet at 1:10 – 1:30PM.

If your pastoral charge would like to host the Presbytery meeting of April 26th or June 7th, please be in touch with the secretary, Merle, at mernie99@nb.sympatico.ca, or telephone 506-357-5104.

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Reminder from Lauren King, Maritime Conference Office, that registration for Intermediates at Conference and Youth Forum will again be done ONLINE. For further information contact Lauren at 506-536-1334 EXT. 4.

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Mission and Service Deadline is today, Wednesday January 31, for your pastoral charge to get credit for all their Mission and Service donations in 2017. Please transfer to General Council Office by this date.

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The United Church Foundation is pleased to accept applications for the spring 2018 Seeds of Hope granting cycle. Applications are due by 8pm EST, April 15, 2018, preferable by email. Visit www.unitedchurchfoundation.ca/grantinfo, to download the application and for more information.

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The 2017 Statistical and Information Forms were mailed to all pastoral charges on January 5, 2018. If you did not receive yours, please contact Susan Jackson at General Council Office. Forms are also offered electronically and were available after January 19th at https://webapps.united-church.ca.

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From Kelly Burke:

Hi Friends

After you have finished your annual meetings please be sure to bring along/send in  3 copies of your Annual Reports to our Presbytery meeting on Feb 22nd at Wilmot United Church.  Either 3 hard copies or 1 hard copy and a link to an on-line version is OK!

If you have not yet had your meeting by then, please be in touch with Kelly:

revkelly08@gmail.com

Looking forward to seeing you all and reading about your lives!

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Presbytery Newsletter January 15, 2018

 

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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From Merle Blake:

The preliminary report from the commission on Regions has been released. You can find the report at:

http://www.united-church.ca/news/interim-report-regional-council-boundaries

Also:

A live YouTube webinar will be held on January 15 to provide more information and background to the report from the Boundaries Commission on what the Regions should be in the new structure of the church. Please go to:

https://www.united-in-learning.com/index.php/the-boundaries-commission-reports.

Boundaries Commission Chairperson, the Rev. Andrew Richardson, will host a YouTube Live event on the Commission’s processes tomorrow, Monday Jan 15, 2018 at 2:00 p.m.Itwill be recorded and available on:

www.youtube.com/unitedchurchofcanada

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From Yvette Swan:

Hope you have been having a great Christmas Season, and that 2018 will be a great one for all.

I am writing to ask you to send out a broadcast to inform all of a change is my email address.

It is now <yvette.swan@bellaliant.net>

Shalom

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Presbytery Newsletter December 15th, 2017

From Greg Williams:

The minutes of Nov. 23 meeting have been uploaded to the website and are available for viewing under the “minutes” tab.

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From Merle Blake:

Prayers and sympathy are extended to the family of Rev. Willard B. Lyons on his passing on Sunday, December 10th, 2017. A memorial service will be held at the Boiestown UC on Thursday, December 14, 2017 at 11:00am. Visit www.miramichivalleyfh.com.

The late Rev. Willard B. Lyons of Ludlow, NB passed away on Sunday, December 10, 2017 at the Dr. Everett Chalmers Regional Hospital at the age of ninety two years.

Born in Carroll’s Crossing, NB on October 9, 1925, he was one of five brothers born to the late Tully and the late Florence Lyons. One other brother, Clarke died of polio as a child and all four of Willard’s brothers, Marple, Bernard, Gerald and Len have predeceased him.

During the Second World War, Willard served overseas with the Carleton York Regiment of New Brunswick.

In August of 1949, Willard married Evelyn Walls of Blackville. They had fifty six years of marriage before her passing in January of 2005. Willard is survived by three sons and one daughter, Keith (Beverley) Tully, Allan (Danica), and Beth (Raymond) Morrison. Willard was also predeceased by one daughter-in law, Darlene.

Mr Lyons also leaves to mourn four grandsons, Devin (Marie) of Vancouver, Mark (Laurie) of Toronto, Christopher (Katherine) and Jordan (Alissa) both of Fredericton. Mr Lyons also had three great-grandchildren, Emma and Brayden of Fredericton and Nola of Vancouver.

For many years the family lived in Blackville and Willard was employed at the RCN ammunition depot in Renous.

During twenty four years of ministry with the United Church of Canada, Willard served pastorates in Advocate Harbour, NS, Sheffield, NB Bideford, PEI, Collingwood, NS, Millstream and Stanley, NB. Since his retirement, Willard has lived in Ludlow, NB.

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From Maritime Conference Office to all Pastoral Charges:

If your pastoral charge has voted on Remit 6, please send in the results of the vote as soon as possible.