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Hello ECORC Family,

Happy Canada Day! I hope this newsletter finds you well! Once again this week, we start our newsletter with a "Sharing Circle of Community of Faith Events" story! If you have a story to share, please send it to and let's share!

Wishing you and yours a very Happy Canada Day weekend!

Karen Wilson
Communications and Administrative Support
1-800-268-3781 Ext 6146

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General Council 44 (GC44): The latest General Council news 
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E-ssentials: Moderator Nominee, Refugee Sponsorship News, and more!
United Church Bookstore (UCRD): New Book Alert, plus Sunday School Supplies–Get Them While They Last!
Sharing Circle of Community of Faith Events
MEET & GREET in Prince Edward County
It was a lovely afternoon for our first “meet and greet” of summer 2022. Church friends from Cressy Glenora United Church gathered at a local outdoor kitchen called Cressy Mustard. We shared a lot of laughs, fresh fish tacos and delicious ice cream… with warm-hearted, fun-loving people. The breeze off the lake was divine!  I'm so glad we took a "group selfie" to remember moments like these.
(Next gathering July 21st at 4:30)

Shared by Student Minister Aaron Miechkota, Cressy Glenora United Church
[Group selfie photo by student minister Aaron Miechkota]
Newsletter News for July and August
Please note that for the months of July and August, the newsletter will arrive in your inbox as follows:
  • July 14th, 28th
  • August 18th and 25th
I will be out of office Monday, August 1st till Friday, August 15th for summer vacation. 
General Council Office (GCO) News and Information

General Council 44 Update: One Nominee for Moderator Election: From June 17 to 19, 2022, Commissioners and Corresponding Members, including ecumenical and interfaith guests, global partners, and representatives of Youth Forum, focused on in-depth discussion on the proposals facing GC44. Find out more about the work that happened during the Discussion sessions, and prepare to move toward the Decision sessions scheduled for July 21‒25, 2022. On June 17 at 2:00 p.m. EDT, nominations closed for 44th Moderator of The United Church of Canada. At that time there was only one nominee, the Rev. Dr. Carmen Lansdowne. The United Church of Canada requires an election process for Moderator. That election will happen on July 23, and the individual elected at that time will be installed on August 7, 2022. Learn more about the nominee in this biographical statement. At the close of the GC44 Discussion Sessions on June 19 the General Secretary outlined the process for the election, and a video of placing a stole on the moderatorial nominee was shown. 

Pilgrim in Mission | November 20 – 26, 2022 | $100 | Young Adults (ages 18-30): The United Church of Canada encourages young adults to apply to attend the World Council of Churches Eco-School in Stoney Point Centre, New York, USA in November of 2022. The Eco-School motivates and prepares young people to contribute to the work of the churches at the regional and local level on issues related to water, food, nutrition, health and climate change towards a sustainable future.   It will bring together 25 young people from North America region to discuss the nexus between Water, Food and Climate Justice. Please click this link for more information about this exciting opportunity! World Council of Churches Weeklong Eco-School, Stoney Point, NY, USA | The United Church of Canada (
ECORC Regional Council News and Information
In case you missed it, an invitation was sent out yesterday to join us as we celebrate Rev. David Timpson's Ministry with ECORC. You can find the invitation and registration form at Celebration of Rev. David Timpson's Ministry - East Central Ontario Regional Council of the United Church of Canada (

2022-23 Voluntary Associate Minister (VAM) Forms 

Download form: Voluntary Associate Minister Appointment Form ( 

Thank you to all who were able to join us on Tuesday evening at our Gathering and Information Session. There will be a video and notes available soon!

Email Scam Alert! In case you missed it, a notice went out earlier this week about email scams. You can see it HERE. When using email for ECORC business always BE AWARE AND STAY ALERT of who you are communicating with and who is trying to communicate with you.
Formation, Nurture and Justice Team
As National Indigenous History Month comes to a close support reconciliation efforts with a gift to the Justice and Reconciliation Fund—a meaningful way to show you care every day of the year. 

Go deeper in your work toward reconciliation. In his book, "The Other Side of the River," Alf Dumont shares his story of walking between the worlds of Indigenous and settler, Traditional Spirituality and Christianity. Dumont challenges the church and non-Indigenous Canadians to re-examine their relationships and responsibilities with Indigenous peoples through stories, humour, poetry, and insight. Available from the United Church Bookstore.

Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors! Registration is now open for this Women's Weekend Retreat in September at Kingfisher Bay Retreat Centre on Stony Lake north of Peterborough. For more information and to register, visit Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors! Women's Weekend Retreat (

Cathedral of the Trees- Algonquin Park Network - We are excited that we have been given the approval by Algonquin Park to provide Ministry this summer. Please help spread the word that we are back for 2022 and join in on a Sunday morning if you are near Algonquin Park. Cathedral of the Trees Algonquin Park is a ‘new shoot’ of a longstanding ministry of the former Bay of Quinte Conference, which saw ministry personnel providing an outdoor worship service at Algonquin Park on Sundays in the months of July and August. Cathedral of the Trees in Algonquin Park, is a Forest Church where we share our experiences of Holy Wonder in Creation. Our ancestors say that to know nature is to know something of God. It is an interdenominational worship service in the Outdoor Theatre - Hwy 60 (km 35.4) Sundays from July 17 to August 28 at 10 am. All are welcome- please add to your church newsletter and bulletins- so people are aware of this outdoor service if they are vacationing near Algonquin Park.

SAVE THE DATES: October  26 - November 23, 2022 from 7:00 - 9:00 PM Wednesdays (on Zoom): ECORC'S Anti-racism, Interfaith and Intercultural Forum, invites you to learn about our world, our communities and our neighbours through an exploration of some of the world's religions. In exploring our neighbours religion, we will learn about ourselves. Join us for an exploration, both outward and inward. More details will be shared in September.

SAVE THE DATE! Tuesday November 8, 2022, 9:30 am to 3:00 pm
Location:  Trinity United Church, Cobourg: Clergy and LLWL Training - Interpretation of Scriptures Through the Art of a Lens of Anti-racism. To be facilitated by: Dr. Dorcas Gordon, former Director, Toronto School of Theology, Professor, and Principal of Knox College, UofT. Offered by The ECORC Anti-Racism, Interfaith and Intercultural Forum. More details to follow.
Events of Interest

HUGS in Brighton: Helping Ukrainian's Get Settled - Boots On The Ground! Join us at Trinity St. Andrew's United Church in Brighton on July 7th at 7pm. Listen to 2 speakers talk about their recent experiences providing medical support in Poland for the displaced Ukrainians. PLUS listen to 2 speakers from Brighton talk about their experiences hosting Ukrainian families. Please visit our event page for more information at Boots On The Ground speaker event- Helping Ukrainian's Get Settled - East Central Ontario Regional Council of the United Church of Canada (

Henderson United Church and Henderson United Church Women (UCW) host a HENDERSON VENDOR BASH on Sat. July 9, 2022 at Henderson UCW Hall, 2384 Henderson Rd from 10:00 AM till 3:00 PM with over 30 Vendors, Bake Sale, Grab n Go lunch (to purchase), Children’s Corner, Bucket Draws, Door Prizes! Your support enables our little United Church on the corner to offer weekly worship, prayers, outreach, funerals, and for our UCW Hall to be rented for funeral lunches, meetings and community events. Info: Angela Deline 613-876-9712, Vikki Newlove 613-888-7041 or Sheila 613-336-2467

On-Line Discussion Group:  Five Little Indians by Michelle Good
Hosted by Bay of Quinte United Church Women East Central Ontario Region: You are invited to a fall online book discussion for Five Little Indians. Discussion will focus on connecting through our experience of the book. Visit our event page at Fall online book discussion for Five Little Indians - East Central Ontario Regional Council of the United Church of Canada ( for more information.
Emmanuel College

Emmanuel College supports its alumni/ae and local religious communities by offering a variety of continuing education programs and initiatives to further interfaith dialogue and for ministry professionals to replenish their spiritual wells. Complete the subscription form to receive our monthly newsletter, EC Connects. Please visit Continuing Education Events and Courses » Emmanuel College ( to view upcoming workshops and save on registration with Early Bird Registrations!

Job and Volunteer Opportunities in ECORC
St. Andrew’s By-The-Lake United Church is looking for a Volunteer Treasurer. For more information, please click HERE.

Eastminster United Church, Belleville, is seeking an Administrator. For more information, please click HERE.

Grace United Church, Peterborough - Organist: We are seeking a permanent part-time organist (10 hours/week) who is enthusiastic about working as part of a worship team to present inspiring traditional choral music. For more information, please click HERE. Deadline is July 15, 2022.

Newburgh Centreville Pastoral Charge: Pastoral Charge Administrative Assistant -- 3-6 hours a week. Need to be computer literate and have Power Point software and knowledge.  The job has changed, due to Covid, and can mostly be carried out remotely. If interested, or have any questions, please email Colleen Jelley 
at or call 613-453-9732
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