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.

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 for more information and to download the application today.


David Armour
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:

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, with your contact information. Please be in touch as soon as possible.


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.
  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:


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


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


Presbytery Newsletter January 31, 2018


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, or telephone 506-357-5104.


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.


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.


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, to download the application and for more information.


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


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:

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


Presbytery Newsletter January 15, 2018



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From Merle Blake:

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


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:

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:


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 <>



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.


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

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.


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.

Presbytery Newsletter November 15, 2017

From Merle Blake:

The next regular meeting of Woolastook Presbytery will be held at Saint James U.C., Woodstock, NB, beginning at 11:00 am on Thursday, November 23, 2017.

(All Committees to meet earlier as needed.)

There will be an Order of the Day at 1:30 pm to vote on Remit # 6, (One Order of Ministry). The Remits and study guides can be found on the General Council website at

Directions to St. James:

From Frederiction: Take the Trans Canada West to exit 185 follow the exit veering right and you will be on Connell street. Follow Connell three and a half kilometers and turn left onto Green Street. The church is at the next intersection on the corner of Green and Chapel Streets.

From Edmunston: Take the Trans Canada East to exit 185 Turn left onto Rte. 550 (Connell Street) Follow Connell three and a half kilometers and turn left onto Green Street. The church is at the next intersection on the corner of Green and Chapel Streets.


From the Interchurch Refugee Committee to the members of the Woolasook Presbytery:

When you and your congregations are planning Christmas financial donations please consider the Interchurch Refugee Committee. For the past few years we have been supporting several new refugee families. Our costs have been greater than anticipated related to increases in the cost of living and unexpected expenses. In order to meet commitments to our families we need to raise funds. Donations will be gratefully received with payments to your local church treasurer and designated for the interchurch Refugee Fund.

Many thanks to all for your considerations.


From Rev. Jane Johnson:

Trinity United Church, Minto: Breakfast & Bazaar

Eggs, toast, beans, bacon, coffee, tea, juice.

Saturday November 18 – 8:00 – 11:00am

Breakfast Tickets: $8

Bazaar tables will have home baking, hand knitting, crafts & a while elephant table with Christmas Items.


From Shirley Cleave:

Wendy Topolski Memorial Scholarship

Click to download a PDF of this application: Wendy Topolski Memorial Scholarship

The Wendy Topolski Memorial Scholarship will be awarded to one recipient per year. The recipient will receive one thousand dollars for their post-secondary education expenses.


  • Must, at present or in the last two years, be involved in a United Church committee, group or activity.
  • Must be attending an accredited University or Community College in Canada.
  • Candidates may receive the scholarship for a maximum of two years (consecutive or non-consecutive). Candidates must apply each year to be considered.

Selection Process

How will selections be made:

  • Priority will be given to those with the greatest financial need.
  • The secondary priority is the level of involvement in Church activities.
  • The final selection will be made by a committee.
  • Creativity in the application is encouraged. What is the deadline?

For 2017:

The deadline for applications is: December 15, 2017.

For 2018:

Applications open on June 1, 2018 and the deadline for applications is July 4 2018.  The recipient will be notified by August 15, 2018.

How to Apply:

Send your application package via email to: with the subject line: Wendy Topolski Scholarship.

Documents can be in .doc. pdf, or jpg format.


There are two parts to the application.  First, provide us with a bit of background by answering the questions below and making sure we have your contact information.

Please provide your Name, Address, Phone Number and Email address and tell us:

  1. What is the approximate cost of your tuition and living expenses:
  2. Have you received any other scholarships? If yes please list them and the amount of funding:
  3. What is the one thing you are proudest of accomplishing?
  4. What Church activities are you involved in and how long have you been involved?
  5. What did you get out of being involved in these activities? Second, please include the following supporting documentation:
  • A reference letter from you, about you! Tell us about yourself, your accomplishments, passions and what you hope to study. Why would you recommend yourself for this scholarship. Be creative and have fun!
  • A reference letter from someone who knows you from your church-based activities
  • A copy of your transcript
  • A copy of your acceptance letter to where you will be studying.

Questions may be sent to: