Conference Weekly News - September 17, 2015

Conference Weekly News

September 17, 2015


Website Notice

The old website (
) is now an historic document. All additions to the Conference website are being made to the new website address:

One significant thing to note is that the vacancies in pastoral charges and community ministries are NO LONGER posted on the old website but are available on the new website under Ministry Personnel : Vacancies

 42nd General Council
For news, the photo library and the video library, go to >> GC42


Calendar for September & October

September 19 - CGIT Anniversary Celebration - (see info below)

September 20 - Justice-Focused Film & Discussion - Film

September 22 - Just Read Book Club - Book

September 22 - Calling Lakes Centre Annual Meeting - (see info below)

September 20 - 26 - World Week for Peace in Palestine & Israel - Peace

September 24 - St. Matthew's-Maryland CM Annual Meeting - Meeting

September 26 - KAIROS Gathering and General Meeting - KAIROS

October 2 - Oak Table Fall Luncheon - Luncheon

October 3, 2015 - Re-placing Church Workshop - Re-placing

October 5 or October 30 - Boundaries Online Webinar - Boundaries

October 14, 2015 - An Evening with Barbara Coloroso - Evening

October 15-18 - Healing Our World Conference - Healing

October 16 - World Food Day - Food

October 17 - Messy Harvest - Messy

October 19-21 - Ministry in Motion Conference - Motion

October 23-25 - ALF 2015 - ALF

October 29 - The Pope, The Planet, and Politics Lecture - Lecture



New This Week                New This Week


Moderator’s Message: Syrian Refugee Crisis

Please click here for The Right Rev. Jordan Cantwell's message regarding the Syrian Refugee Crisis.

Three Ways You Can Help Syrian Refugees

The Moderator of The United Church of Canada, The Right Rev. Jordan Cantwell, is urging your participation in a church-wide appeal for Syrian refugees who are seeking relief from protracted civil war in their country. 
Read more . . .

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 Your Donations Are Helping

Thanks to your faithful and generous support, as of September 2015 the United Church has contributed almost $400,000 to support Mission & Service partners such as ACT Alliance and the Middle East Council of Churches (MECC) responding to the crisis in Syria, Jordan, and Lebanon. 
Read more . . .


Winnipeg Presbytery Minister
Richard's Blog

>> Trust & Hope 

Conference of Manitoba and Northwestern Ontario Directory

The Directory Page on the Conference of Manitoba and Northwestern Ontario website is now operational.  Please check your information and inform us of any errors at  Please keep in mind this is a work in progress.  Thank you.

>> Conference Website


New Office Hours 
Conference of Manitoba and Northwestern Ontario

Please be advised that based on staffing changes, the Conference Office hours are now Monday to Friday, 8:00am to 4:00pm. 


KAIROS Cambrian-Agassiz Annual Gathering and General Meeting
Saturday, September 26
>> Poster
>> Agenda
Everyone is invited to attend the KAIROS Cambrian-Agassiz Annual Gathering and General Meeting taking place on Saturday, September 26, from 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. at North Kildonan United Church (174 Pentland St., Winnipeg).   For more information, to set up a display, or to RSVP, contact Carin Crowe at  Dietary restrictions?  Contact Linda at


ALF 2015

A Youth Event for Grades 7 to 12
October 23-25
At Asessippi Resort in
Russell, Manitoba
On-line Registration – click here

Registration Deadline -
Friday, October 9

Questions?  Contact the Conference of Manitoba & Northwestern Ontario office at   


Visit Israel & Palestine

You are invited on a trip to visit Israel and Palestine in February, 2016.  Anticipated cost is between $2,600 and $3,000 plus airfare.  The trip will include visits to key holy sites and meeting people who live in Palestine and Israel.  Leadership will be offered by Kathy Bergen and Rev. Marianna Harris.  Registration deadline is November 30, 2015.  Read more . . .

Free Justice-Focused Film & Discussion
September 20
7:30pm at Moksha Yoga Kildonan
Mark your calendars and let your community know and gather for a free justice focused film and discussion once a month this Fall! 
On September 20, our first film, Life on Victor Street, focuses on obstacle and opportunity in Winnipeg’s West End.  Learn more here! 3, 2, 1, ACTION
Mark your calendars also for October 25 & November 15

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Just Read Book Club

Join 1JustCity for the Just Read Book Club at McNally Robinson starting Tuesday September 22nd at 4:30 pm (Oct 27, Nov 24, Dec 8th).

Share a meal, share in discussion and share the work of change! To register, please click here >> Registration.

Oak Table Fall Luncheon
Friday, October 2, 2015
11:30a.m. - 1:30p.m.

>> Poster

We have a tasty lunch planned at Charleswood United Church (4820 Roblin Blvd., Winnipeg), with a scarf boutique, a program honouring Joan Hibbert for her decades of service and the importance of art opportunities for our guests.  We are currently averaging 400 visits a week from our less fortunate guests.  Come enjoy a meal so others might also!  Tickets $30 - tax receipt $20.  For tickets or to reserve or sponsor a table for 8, please contact Cindy at 204-885-8599 or


Nepal Earthquake Appeal

The United Church is appealing for donations for Nepal Earthquake Relief in response to the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that hit the south Asian country on April 24 and a second, 7.2 magnitude earthquake that struck May 12.  As of September 2015, the United Church has received over 3,400 donations to support partner work in Nepal, for a total over $840,000.  Read more . . .

Academic Awards and Scholarships Sub-Committee


This committee awards grants and scholarships for theological and academic work, including the McGeachy Scholarship. They are seeking one or two people with the skills and experience to assess the merit of the various applications.  Read more . . .

International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

The International Day for the Eradication of Poverty has been observed on October 17 since 1993, when the United Nations General Assembly designated this day to promote awareness of the need to eradicate poverty and destitution in all countries.  Read more . . .

The 'Called to Be the Church' Stewardship Resource Kit is now online! 

Please click here >> Toolkit
It will soon be in the mail to every congregation!  Attached here are the Program Guide and the Resource Kit.
In addition to the Resource Kit, containing all the resources to carry out a Congregational Giving Program, further support materials will be posted as they are prepared – digital slides for each Sunday; bulletin inserts for each Sunday – black and white as well as colour, etc.  If you have an idea for a
resource, let Congregational Giving & Stewardship know.  They will create and post it.
Check it out!  Share it!  Use it!  Encourage others to use it!


Calling Lakes Centre (PCTC) Notice of Annual Meeting

Date:  September 22, 2015  10:30 a.m.
Location: Calling Lakes Centre
Refreshments to follow
Everyone from Saskatchewan and Manitoba Northwestern Ontario Conference, as well as friends of the centre are invited to attend.  Your input would be welcomed as we continue this challenging journey.
If you know you would like to come let Margaret McKechney (Convenor of the Board) at  or Erin at Calling Lakes Office ( know. Please come even if you can not let us know.




Project Peacemakers

>> September 11, 2015 Edition


United Action for Justice

>> September 17, 2015 Edition


Upcoming Dates

November 13-14 - Stewardship is a Way of Life Workshop - Stewardship

November 18 & 19 - Racial Justice Online Webinar - Racial

November 20-21 - Intercultural Worship Program - Intercultural

January 25-29, 2016 - Intercultural Program in Saskatoon - Intercultural

Stewardship is a Way of Life Workshop
November 13-14

Everyone is invited to attend a special Stewardship Workshop being held on November 13 and 14 at Westworth United Church (1750 Grosvenor Ave., Winnipeg). 


  • Learn to tell your story through narrative budgets
  • Adopt stewardship in worship, learning and serving
  • Complete the circle of stewardship with thanksgiving

Sessions will include: Church Treasurer 101; Year-Round Stewardship; The Narrative Budget; Giving as a Spiritual Practice.

>> Brochure

The registration fee starts low and gets lower as your team gets larger!  So, bring a crowd!

The Brochure contains the Mail-in Registration Form or
Register online here >> 
Registration Form

Registration Deadline:  October 30, 2015


Repeat News

President's Ponderings

A message from Joey Dearborn

>> Back to School


The United Church Urges Canada to Sponsor Syrian Refugees

The United Church of Canada extends its deepest condolences to those mourning the tragic deaths of Syrian refugees Aylan Kurdi (three years old), his brother Galip (five years old), and their mother, Reham. We pray also for the thousands of others from various countries who have also died or lost relatives as they risked their lives in search of safe haven on distant shores, including Canada.  Read more . . .  

Memo from Toronto Conference
Regarding Refugee Sponsorship Grants

Please read the following memo from Rev. David Allen, Executive Secretary of the Toronto Conference regarding Refugee Sponsorship Grants that are being offered by the Toronto Conference. 
Read more . . .


CGIT Anniversary Celebration
September 19, 2015

CGIT is celebrating 100 years!  Come share your stories and memories on Saturday, September 19, 2015 from 1:00-4:00pm at The United Church in Meadowood (1111 Dakota St., Winnipeg).  For more information, go to the CGIT Manitoba website >> CGIT.

St. Matthew’s-Maryland Community Ministry Annual Meeting

Thursday, September 24, 2015

5:30 to 7:15

>> Poster


Your RSVP is appreciated 204-774-3957 or

The Annual Report is available by going to their website >> St. Matthew's-Maryland  

Messy Harvest
Saturday, October 17
>> Poster
Messy Churches are coming together to celebrate Messy Harvest at Grace Lutheran Church (211 Kimberly Avenue, Winnipeg) on Saturday, October 17 from 10 am to 1 pm.  Everyone is welcome!  Pre-registration is appreciated!  Please contact Carol Fletcher at Transcona Memorial United Church for more information 204-222-1331.


6th Annual Knowles-Woodsworth Lecture
The Pope, The Planet, and Politics
October 29, 2015 – 7:00pm

Everyone is invited to this free lecture which will be given by Dr. Chris Hrynkow, Professor of Religion and Culture at St. Thomas More College, University of Saskatchewan.  Read more . . .  


Advisory on Partisan Political Activities 

Since we are in an election period, we remind registered charities that they are prohibited from devoting any of their resources to partisan political activities. A partisan political activity is one that involves the direct or indirect support of, or opposition to, any political party at any time, whether during an election period or not, or a candidate for public office.
  Read more . . .


2015 Federal Election
On October 19, Canadians will be called to vote in the 2015 Federal Election. An election is a key opportunity to evaluate political issues through the lens of our faith. It is also a time to help shape the leadership of our country by engaging in the political process. 
Read more . . .


Mauro Centre for Peace and Justice

at St. Paul’s College, University of Manitoba


For Peace and Justice News and Events, please >> click here.

The United Church of Canada Foundation
Just released – the Foundation’s 2014 annual report is now available. 
Read more . . .


World Week for Peace in Palestine and Israel

Many churches around the globe use the World Week for Peace in Palestine and Israel (WWPPI) to pray, educate, and advocate for peace in the region. In 2015, the week will be observed September 20–26. September 21 is also the International Day of Peace.
Read more . . .


World Food Sunday

World Food Sunday is celebrated on the third Sunday in October. The resources provided below are offered to help with worship planning. Feel free to adapt these resources to your context and change language as necessary to affirm our commitment to inclusion.  Read more . . .

Graces and Prayers

Graces, bedtime prayers, and other prayers for families and congregations. 
Read more . . .


The United Church generally follows the Revised Common Lectionary, which includes the Daily Revised Common Lectionary. Daily and weekly lectionary readings are available to download from the website of the Consultation on Common Text
Read more . . .


Art as Spiritual Practice Certificate Program
Nov 2015 - April 2016
Explore the relationship between art and spiritual with wise and
innovative teachers in the Winnipeg Holistic Expressive Arts Therapy
Institutes' Art as Spiritual Practice Certificate program. Valuable to
anyone wishing to integrate the arts into their personal or professional
spiritual practice including clergy, healers, elders, therapists,
educators and artist.  Read more . . .




The United Centre for Theological Studies

>> September 2015 Edition


Centre for Christian Studies

 >> September 4, 2015 Edition




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