Winnipeg Presbytery Minister
Important Transitional Matters
Connex Issue 47 May 2016 is now available. It contains important information for treasurers as we transition to the McAteer Group as the coordinator of the member and employer Benefits Centre for the United Church’s pension and benefits plan as of July 1, 2016.
This is especially important for those employers with outstanding premiums or those employers or individuals currently receiving invoices for benefits.
>> Connex Issue 47
2017 Minimum Salaries for Ministry Personnel & Pulpit Supply Rate
The 2017 Minimum Salaries for Ministry Personnel is now available. It reflects a cost of living increase of 1.1% above 2016. One matter to note is the significant change in the 2017 Minimum rate for Visiting Ministry Personnel providing occasional Sunday worship, program or pastoral services. The minimum rate for 2017 is $206.00 (based on an eight hour day for category F Cost of Living Group 1 minimum salary for Order of Ministry). This reimbursement rate is not considered an honorarium as it is not consistent with the Canada Revenue Agency’s definition of “voluntary payment”. This
Rate was approved in a meeting of the Sub-Executive of General Council on March 23, 2016. Future increases will be based on the cost of living. This minimum is applicable to ministry personnel (pastoral charges and/or presbyteries set rates for lay leadership). Please click here for the >> 2017 Minimum Salary Schedule.
Summer Students Needed for St. Matthew’s-Maryland Community Ministry
St. Matthews Maryland is hiring two summer students (one starting in mid-June, one the beginning of July) to provide leadership in their summer program focused on recreation and learning about Aboriginal cultures.
>> Summer Program Coordinator
>> Summer Program Assistant
Deadline for applications is May 24. For more information about these positions and St. Matthew’s-Maryland Community Ministry, please go to their website
>> St. Matthew’s-Maryland
Educators Tour to Nicaragua
The deadline is fast approaching for applications for Canadian Foodgrains Bank Educators Tour to Nicaragua this August. This is a unique opportunity for all types of educators to learn firsthand about global hunger, and gain knowledge that they can share with their students and use to develop and strengthen lesson plans and learning around global issues.
The tour includes visits and discussions with small-scale farmers, homestays in local villages, and a river boat tour through Nicaragua’s remote Northern Autonomous Region to visit Indigenous communities in the area.
Dates: August 2-15, 2016
Deadline to Apply: *Extended to May 27th
Application available at: http://foodgrainsbank.ca/current-tours/
**Funding is available to support all those interested!
To contact Naomi, who is organizing the tour, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Please share this with your contacts and encourage them to apply by next week!
Cadet Training Centre Chaplains Needed
Chaplains are needed to provide religious, spiritual and pastoral services for Cadet Training Centres in Gimli, Manitoba and Rocky Mountain, Alberta from June 23-August 21, 2016. They “will minister to their own, facilitate the worship of others and care for all.” For more information and application instructions, please see the attached job description
Mining Justice Webinar
Friends, we are pleased to announce an upcoming mining justice webinar, a great way to follow up from the United for Mining Justice workshops held in the past. Read more . . .
Urban Retreats Garden Tour
June 18 – rain or shine!
Everyone is invited on Saturday, June 18 from 10:00am-4:00pm (rain or shine), to the Urban Retreats Garden Tour. This is a self-guided tour of beautiful Wolseley gardens in support of St. Matthew’s-Maryland Community Ministry. Tickets $15, available at McNally Robinson Booksellers, Jensen’s Nursery & Garden Centre, Lacoste Garden Centre or by calling the Community Ministry at 204-774-3957.
As well, a Manitoba Tea and Craft Sale will be held from 11:30am–2:00pm at St. Margaret’s Anglican Church, 160 Ethelbert St. on June 18. Garden tour tickets will also be available on June 18 at St. Margaret’s Anglican Church. For more information, please go to the website
>> St. Matthew's-Maryland
50 Minute Retreat
May 25 and June 8
Need to build in time to pause in the midst of busy schedules? Consider the online 50 Minute Retreat on Wednesday May 25 and June 8th. Read more . . .
Inviting Your Stories about Adoption
How has adoption shaped your sense of identity and belonging? How has it influenced your faith? The Theology of Adoption Working Group is seeking stories about adoption and forming families of choice. If you have been affected by adoption as an adoptee, parent, grandparent, family member, and/or in some other way, we invite you to tell your story. Read more . . .
>> May 19, 2016 Edition