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.

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.

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 GC42.ca/remits.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Criteria

  • 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: wilmotuc@nb.sympatico.ca with the subject line: Wendy Topolski Scholarship.

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

Application

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: wilmotuc@nbsympatico.ca

Meeting of Presbytery November 23, 2017

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 GC42.ca/remits.

Trinity United Church, Minto-Christmas Bazaar

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.

Newsletter October 31, 2017

WOOLASTOOK PRESBYTERY NEWSLETTER

October 31, 2017

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From Merle Blake:

  1. A reminder that November 4th is the cut-off date to send your comments on the Boundaries Commission letter, which was sent out to all Presbyters from the secretary on October 19th. Please forward comments to Merle at mernie99@nb.sympatico.ca.
  1. A covenanting service between Woolastook Presbytery, St. Paul’s UC and Rev. Michelle Armstrong will be held at St. Paul’s UC, Fredericton, on Sunday, November 12. at 2:30pm.

The covenanting service is a meeting of Presbytery, and attendance of all Presbyters will be recorded..

  1. In September, General Council sent information regarding policy changes and implementation which affect all Ministry Personnel.

These changes affect the following:

  1. Sexual Misconduct Prevention and Response Policy
  2. The Police Records Check Policy
  3. Workplace Violence and Harassment Policy

(a) A poster to inform every pastoral charge about this policy and to start conversations about healthy relationships is coming out in Infopac this fall.

General questions about the policy changes can be directed to your Conference Personnel Minister or go to Kathy McDonald at General Council at 1-800-268-3781 x 2063 or kmcdonald@unitedchurch.ca

All three policies are available on The United Church of Canada website: www.united-church.ca

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From Bob Fisher:

It seems like a number of charges have not passed on this information to their treasurers. Another reminder in the newsletter might help.

The presbytery allocations were unchanged, the same as last year. No invoices were sent out as the presbytery reps were expected to update their treasurers. The allocations list was handed out at Presbytery with the budget. If there are any questions please have them contact me at mltvrs@GMAIL.COM

Thanks,

Bob

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Newsletter October 11, 2017

WOOLASTOOK PRESBYTERY NEWSLETTER

October 11, 2017

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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