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“Trust, Covenant & Unity”

The East Central Ontario Regional Council Inaugural Meeting takes place from May 31, 2019 to June 2, 2019 at Cambridge Street United Church in Lindsay, Ontario.

ECORC Inaugural Meeting Agenda

PLEASE NOTE: Changes may occur during the Inaugural Meeting – if they do we will update as required.

ECORC Inaugural Meeting Agenda [PDF Version]

FRIDAY, MAY 31, 2019 – during which we gather

WORSHIP PLACE: Call to Worship

9:30 a.m. • Registration and ‘Coffee Hour’ Community Time in Dining Hall
10:15 a.m. • Welcoming Music

10:30 a.m.Meeting begins by Acknowledging First Nations Territory
11:00 a.m.
• Welcoming, Announcements to Facilitate Time Together: Rev. Craig Donnelly, Cambridge Street United Church

• Call to Order, Enabling Motions, Introductions: Rev. Jean Wilson, Castleton-Grafton Pastoral Charge, Speaker, ECORC Assembly of Elders
• Duty of Care: Equity Monitor
11:15 a.m. • Covenanting with Communities of Faith, Covenanting as a new Regional Council

11:25 a.m.Opening Worship and Communion
• Text: 1 Corinthians 12 (one body)
• Worship Preacher: Rev. Kim Heath, Wall Street United Church, Past President of Bay of Quinte Conference • Biography

• Presider: Rev. Wanda Stride, Trinity-St. Andrew’s United Church, Assembly of Elders
12:25 p.m. • Announcements and Grace
12:30 p.m. • Lunch in the Dining Hall – 2 Servings (registrants will receive further direction about sitting upon registration)

WORSHIP PLACE: Prayer of Approach

1:30 p.m. • Networks and Clusters Fair
3:00 p.m. • All Purpose Break
3:15 p.m. • Gathering Music
3:30 p.m. • ECORC Executive Minister’s Annual Story: Rev. Rosemary Lambie
3:45 p.m.
• Report of Assembly of Elders
• Introduction of Governance Structure – Part 1: Rev. Dr. Larry Doyle (process), Rev. Jean Wilson & Rev. Ryan McNally, ECORC Assembly of Elders (content)
5:00 p.m. • Office of Vocation: Karen Valley, Minister for the Office of Vocation, Québec and East Ontario
5:30 p.m.
Introduction of Candidates: Karen Valley & Rev. David Timpson, ECORC Pastoral Relations Minister
6:00 p.m. • Supper with Whomever and Wherever You Wish

WORSHIP PLACE: Children’s Time

7:00 p.m. – Retirees Banquet
8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. • Social Gathering Opportunity: Pie Eyed Monk Restaurant & Pub – (with youth & adults present)
9:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. • Social Gathering Opportunity: Pie Eyed Monk Restaurant & Pub – (adults only)

SATURDAY, JUNE 1, 2019 – during which we gather

WORSHIP PLACE: Scripture and Message

7:00 a.m.Prayers for the Water Ceremony at Queen Street Waterside with Dorothy Taylor, Curve Lake First Nation, at McDonnell Park West (17 Lindsay St. North) – near Celebrations (former Queen Street United Church facility)
9:00 a.m.Gathering Worship, Smudge, Communion

10:00 a.m. • All Purpose Break
10:30 a.m. • Indigenous Teaching
11:00 a.m.
• 2019 ECORC Budget Conversation: Brian James, ECORC Assembly of Elders

• Mission and Service: Susan Graham Walker, Manager, Manager, Congregational Giving & Stewardship, United Church of Canada
11:30 a.m.
• Nominations Report: Rev. Wanda Stride, Assembly of Elders & ECORC Nominations Team
• Covenanting with ECORC Assembly of Elders & ECORC Leadership Teams
• Covenanting with ECORC Staff
12:00 p.m. • Mission Priorities
12:20 p.m. • Announcements and Grace
12:30 p.m. • Lunch in the Dining Hall – 2 Servings (registrants will receive further direction about sitting upon registration)

WORSHIP PLACE: Reflection and Response

1:45 p.m. • Governance Structure – Part 2: Discuss – 15 Discussion Groups
3:15 p.m. • All Purpose Break
3:35 p.m.
• Orientation to the New Church Structure: Rev. Rosemary Lambie
• United Church of Canada Moderator’s Message by Video
• General Council Executive Report and Question Period: Rev. Dr. Larry Doyle, Rev. Dr. John H. Young
4:00 p.m.
• Motion for Report Book with All Inclusions
• Proposal regarding Future Meetings: Rev. Paul Reed, ECORC Assembly of Elders
4:15 p.m.
• Governance Document – Part 3: Decisions – Brief Synopsis from Discussion Groups
5:30 p.m. • Affirming Presentation – Rev. Elizabeth Macdonald, ECORC Assembly of Elders, Sharon Hull, ECORC Minister for Spiritual Nurture, Respectful Relationships and Justice with All Ages
5:45 p.m. • Youth Presentation
6:00 p.m. • Enabling Motions
6:15 p.m. • Supper with Whomever and Wherever You Wish
6:15 p.m. • Celebration of Ministry Service Rehearsal
7:45 p.m to 9:15 p.m. • Film “Kayak to Klemtu” at Celebrations (former Queen St. UC, 35 Lindsay St. N).

SUNDAY, JUNE 2, 2019 – during which we gather

WORSHIP PLACE: Reflection and Response

10:00 a.m. – Assemble participants for Celebration of Ministry Service
10:30 a.m.Service of Celebration of Ministry Service (with Communion)
12:30 p.m. – Reception Luncheon
Safe Travels Home

Message from the Worship Team

The theme for the Inaugural Meeting of the East Central Ontario Regional Council (ECORC) is “Trust, Covenant, and Unity”. We wish to hold up both “God’s new thing” that is being created and explored throughout the meeting and within each participant, while still being strengthened and nourished by the age-old reality that is the Body of Christ.

In committing to Trust, we recognize that many communities of faith have anxieties about these new structures and are longing for some stability or guidance in this time of transition. We place trust in the revelations of our faith, that “God’s steadfast love endures forever” (Psalm 107:1). From this trust in God, we commit to trusting each other through this new ministry.

In committing to Covenant, we commit ourselves as individuals and as worshipping communities once again to God’s mission in Creation, upholding the loving and diverse relationship that God has with God’s peoples. As God commits to us as individuals, us as siblings in Christ, and with all of Creation, so we desire to commit ourselves to one another in covenant. We commit to covenant in water and clay, bread and the vine, and in the recognition of vocation.

In committing to Unity, we recognize that as the Body of Christ, broken and fallible as we are, we all bring something unique and faithful to this meeting, a unity of many parts. In this worshipful body, we are called to “strive for the greater gifts, and [God] will show you a still more excellent way.” (1 Corinthians 12:31)

These themes are represented in the logo for this meeting. The chalice represents the covenant and tradition of our faith, given by the grace of God through Christ. From our faith and witness, we bring a piece of ourselves, broken and complex, into the creation of this new ministry. Baptized by the Holy Spirit and fire (Luke 3:16), we will live out this new and ancient ministry with God and with each other, forming new connections and ways of being Church, anchored by the faithfulness of the One whose love and grace knows no end.

ECORC Worship Team and Musicians

Morgan Bell, Larry Doyle, Doug Farris, Kevin Fitzpatrick, Alex Jebson, Derek Marsellus, Kaitlyn Ostrander, Chyvonne Pancer, Wanda Stride, Timothy Wisnicki

ECORC Prayer Shawl Ministries

The East Central Ontario Regional Council (ECORC) gives prayer shawls to new ministers (to celebrate ordination, commissioning or admission), retiring ministers, newly covenanted staff, and special guests at regional events. They may be given throughout the year by ECORC staff providing pastoral care or support or to honour special guests.

Click here to learn more about ECORC Prayer Shawl Ministries.

Cambridge Street United Church in Lindsay, Ontario

Cambridge Street United Church in Lindsay, Ontario is the site of the ECORC Inaugural Meeting from Friday, May 31, 2019 to Sunday, June 2, 2019.

ECORC Inaugural Meeting Report Book

ECORC Governance Handbook

The Inaugural Meeting of the East Central Ontario Regional Council (ECORC) will be held Friday, May 31, 2019 to Sunday, June 2, 2019 at Cambridge Street United Church (61 Cambridge Street North) in Lindsay, Ontario. Per section C.4.1 of The Manual (2019), regional councils must meet at least annually. The annual meeting maybe a meeting of the entire regional council or the executive of the regional council, as determined by the regional council.

The primary objectives of this Inaugural Meeting will be:

  • the forming and highlighting of Clusters and Networks;
  • reviewing the work of the Region 11 Transition Commission and the ECORC Assembly of Elders;
  • setting priorities for 2020; and
  • electing Elders for the Assembly of Elders

Worship Service for Communities of Faith to Use [PDF]

Sunday, June 2, 2019

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Celebration of Ministry Service

This year, four people will be Ordained to the Order of Ministry and one person will be Readmitted to the Order of Ministry of the United Church of Canada by the East Central Ontario Regional Council.

Ordinands

  • Pamela Holmes

  • Megan Jones

  • Sarah Magie

  • Daniel Reed

Readmittand

  • Reverend Bradley Ford

Videos and Biographical Sketches of Ordinands and Readmittand

Things you need to know

  • “The water of life”Each Community of Faith is being asked to bring a small vial of water which will be blessed in worship, and then used to create a new set of chalices for use of the East Central Ontario Regional Council.
  • The United Church of Canada General Council representative for this meeting will be Rev. Dr. John Young, Executive Minister, Theological Leadership, and he will be our guest preacher at the Celebration of Ministry Service.
  • “Lug-a-mug” – please bring your own coffee mug for use at the meeting
    We ask that you respect others by NOT bring anything with nuts, and to refrain from using scent.
  • Special diets – when you register make sure you express your dietary requirements; meals will be prepared to meet your needs

Letter for ECORC Communities of Faith

Rev. Jean Wilson, Speaker of the Assembly of Elders, East Central Ontario Regional Council (ECORC)

It is my pleasure to personally extend an invitation to every Community of Faith in the East Central Ontario Regional Council to participate in the Inaugural Meeting of the East Central Ontario Regional Council, which will be taking place May 31, 2019 to June 2, 2019 at Cambridge Street United Church in Lindsay, Ontario. Our theme will be “Trust, Covenant & Unity” which will recognize all of the new relationships in the new structure, as well as celebrate those historic covenants already in place across the Regional Council.

You may ask, why at this late date I am extending this invitation when the Inaugural Meeting is but a month away. We (ECORC) have been communicating as best we could with the Friday weekly newsletter while operating without a website. I won’t go into the myriad of reasons why, but our website was only up and running on April 18, 2019; we have a lot of catching up to do. I am taking this opportunity to communicate in but another fashion with the hopes of spreading the word farther.

Each Community of Faith is responsible for sending their minister and the appropriate number of lay delegates as defined in the Manual.

This year we have chosen to provide lunches at no cost; evenings are free time so everyone will be responsible for their own dinner arrangements. Other costs such as mileage and accommodation should be provided, or at least subsidized by the Community of Faith. We realize that in that past travel has been reimbursed, but with a much smaller budget, it is no longer possible and the Transition Commission made an intentional decision not to request further assessment from Communities of Faith. There will be travel assistance for retired ministers not in active ministry, and retained ministers.

There are some evening options: on Friday evening there will be a Retirees Dinner at a cost of $18.00 (Celebrated Retirees and a designated guest will not pay). On Saturday evening will be an optional BBQ with the Youth, and the projection of “Paddle to Klemtu”. Late night entertainment can be found at the Pie-Eyed Monk.

It has been an “interesting” journey for the Transition Commission as we started from scratch to pull together all of the different pieces needed to form the new Regional Council, and to set in place a structure for the East Central Ontario Regional Council that fulfilled all the requirements of the three-court model approved at General Council 43 in 2018. The Transition Commission has tried to uphold the “best” practices used in the past while recognizing we are creating something new.

I look forward to seeing each Community of Faith represented at the Inaugural Meeting of the East Central Ontario Regional Council.

Yours in Christ’s service, Rev. Jean Wilson
May 3, 2019

Some of the wonderful Ladies of the Cambridge Street United Church UCW in Lindsay who are helping to prepare food for the Registrants at ECORC Inaugural Meeting.

(l to r) Maxine, Marian, Joanne, Dianne & Lillian

Community of Faith Membership on the ECORC

Adapted from section C.1.2 of The Manual (2019) (PDF)

Communities of faith that are congregations or pastoral charges continue to elect representatives to the ECORC in the same way they elected representatives to the presbytery prior to January 1, 2019.

They may also change the way in which they elect representatives within denominational policies, with the agreement of the ECORC, and by including it in the covenant between the community of faith and the ECORC. The lay members of the ECORC are members of the United Church of Canada who are not ministry personnel and who are

a) elected by communities of faith on the following basis:

i) one representative from each community of faith with 100 or fewer members;
ii) two representatives from each community of faith with 101 to 200 members;
iii) three representatives from each community of faith with 201 to 300 members;
iv) four representatives from each community of faith with more than 300 resident members; and

b) additional lay members as determined by the ECORC if necessary to respect a balance of ministry personnel and lay members who are not ministry personnel in the membership of the ECORC.

Note: Communities of Faith are responsible for assisting with the costs of their members of the Order of Ministry and lay members to attend the Inaugural Meeting.

Ministry Personnel and other forms of Membership

The ECORC also consists of members of the order of ministry, other ministry personnel, lay members of the United Church of Canada, and leaders of associate member ministries, all as set out in sections C.1.1 to C.1.3 of The Manual (2019) (PDF).

“Ministry personnel” is a general term that refers to members of the order of ministry, designated lay ministers, candidates serving under appointment, diaconal supply, and ordained supply.

Corresponding Members

The ECORC may include corresponding members as determined by the ECORC.

Note: Communities of Faith are responsible for assisting with the costs of their members of the Order of Ministry and Lay Representatives to attend the Inaugural Meeting.