Conference Weekly News - May 19, 2016

Conference Weekly News

May 19, 2016



The Conference of Manitoba and Northwestern Ontario website:

Please note: the vacancies in pastoral charges and community ministries are available on the new website under Ministry Personnel: Vacancies 

Prayers of Concern

Please hold the following in your thoughts and prayers . . .

. . . Noelle Bowles and family on the death of her Grandmother, Una ‘Frances’ Bowles, on May 13th, 2016.  Noelle is Ministry Personnel Retained on the Roll of Winnipeg Presbytery.


Help Shape the United Church’s Future
The 42nd General Council made major decisions to transform the structure of The United Church of Canada.  These decisions do not take effect unless the broader church approves through the “remit” process.  The eight remits, with background information about them, are now available at  
Read more . . .


Annual Meeting
There will be no full gathering of the Conference of Manitoba & Northwestern Ontario in 2016, however, there will be a Retirees Dinner and Celebration of Ministries in Kenora, Ontario, May 28 & 29.  The Retirees Dinner and Speeches will begin at 5:30pm at Knox United Church (116 - 5th Ave. S.), Kenora on Saturday, May 28.  Tickets are available for $20/person from the Conference Office -   The Celebration of Ministries Service will be Sunday morning, May 29, at 10:00am at Knox United Church and all are welcome to attend.

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Retirees Profiles & Commissionand Profile

We will be celebrating the ministries of the Retirees and the Commissioning of a new Minister in Kenora, May 28 & 29. 

To view the Retirees Profiles, please click here >> Retirees

To view the Commissionand Profile, please click here >> Commissionand
Calendar for May & June

May 25 & June 8 - 50 Minute Retreat - Retreat

May 27-30 - Reconciliation Workshop - Reconciliation

May 30 - Manitoba Multifaith Council AGM - (see info below)

June 3 - 5 - The Way of the Wind with Rev. Bruce Sanguin - Sanguin

June 4 - Giant Blanket Exercise - (see info below)

June 5 - Winnipeg Pride Parade - (see info below)

June 8 - Mining Justice Webinar - Mining

June 10 - 12 - UCW Rally - UCW

June 15 & 16 - Mandatory Racial Justice Webinar - Justice

June 15 - 18 - Pathways to Reconciliation - Pathways

June 18 - Urban Retreats Garden Tour - Garden

June 22 – Mandatory Boundary Issues for Church Leaders Webinar - Boundary


      New This Week                     Repeat News


Winnipeg Presbytery Minister
Richard’s Blog

>> Words


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:

**Funding is available to support all those interested!


To contact Naomi, who is organizing the tour, email


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
>> Chaplain


Mining Justice Webinar
June 8
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


Upcoming Dates

July 10 - 14 - CGIT Camp - CGIT

August 15 - 27 - Changing Leadership for Changing World - Leadership

September 16 – Mandatory Racial Justice Webinar - Justice


Winnipeg Presbytery Minister
Richard’s Blog

>> April Verses


Ministry Of Supervision Course

The prairie conferences are currently discussing the possibility of sponsoring a Ministry of Supervision Course in the near future. The Ministry of Supervision course is a course for those interested in functioning as Educational Supervisors for students during their Supervised Ministry Experience aspect of their training toward ordination in the United Church of Canada. The course given on the prairies is a ten day residential format which includes relevant education and practise of the supervision model. It is open to both Ministry Personnel and lay people.

It was last offered in February, 2012 in St. Albert, Alberta and is being planned for Saskatoon, Saskatchewan for late January, early February, 2017. We will only proceed with the planning process if there are a sufficient number of persons interested in and available to take the course at this time. If you are interested in the possibility of taking the course in 2017, please email Judy Hare the Conference Personnel Minister by June 01, 2016 (Email:
If you have any questions about the course or the ministry of supervision opportunities within the conference, please do not hesitate to contact Judy as well.  


2015 Audited Financial Statements
The 2015 Audited Financial Statements for The Conference of Manitoba & Northwestern Ontario are attached for your information.  Please click here >> Financial Statements

UCW Rally
June 10-12
The UCW Rally will be taking place Friday, June 10 - Sunday, June 12 at Wilderness Edge Retreat & Conference Centre in Pinawa, Manitoba.  The Worship Leader will be Oriole Veldhuis; the Theme Speakers will be Phyllis Buchner and Joy Smith; the Music Leaders will be Dorcas Windsor and Darlynne Smith.  Registration fee: $175.00 which includes accommodation, meals (Saturday & Sunday), and workshops.  Friday dinner not included.  Registration deadline: May 31.  For more information or to register, please see the attached
>> Brochure/Registration Form


Conference Bursary Fund and UCW Bursary

Application forms for the Conference Bursary and for the UCW Bursary are available. 
The Conference Bursary Fund is to financially assist promising candidates for Order of Ministry (ordained or diaconal) from our Conference who are registered in theological studies as well as applicants for the Designated Lay Minister program, to qualify for leadership in the church.  Deadline: May 31, 2016. 
>> Conference Bursary Fund
Application Form

The UCW Bursary is available to any person, at least 18 years of age (who is not in, or studying towards, paid accountable ministry).  The applicant must be actively involved in a United Church congregation and taking a course that would benefit a local United Church congregation.  Deadline: May 31, 2016.
>> UCW Bursary Application Form


From Relief to Recovery: Nepal One Year Later
Many have paused recently to reflect on the anniversary of the two earthquakes that struck Nepal in April and May 2015. United Church people have demonstrated their faithfulness and compassion over the last year by contributing 3,500 donations totalling $863,000 to support recovery and rehabilitation programs on the ground in Nepal.  Read more . . .

New Session for Remit 4 Webinar Added

Due to demand, we’ve added a second webinar on Remit 4: Funding a New Model on May 25.  Read more . . .

Annual General Meeting
Monday, May 30
You’re invited to the Annual General Meeting of the Manitoba Multifaith Council on Monday, May 30 at 7:00 pm (registration at 6:45pm), at Mulvey School (750 Wolseley Ave., Winnipeg).  The Annual Report will be available approximately a week prior to the meeting on their website >>  MB Multifaith Council


Solidarity with Korean Colleagues for LGBT Inclusion
We affirm that all human beings are made in the image of God regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. United Church partner the National Council of Churches in Korea (NCCK) recently began examining issues around sexual orientation and diversity, with a particular focus on the human rights of LGBT people.  Read more . . .

Giant Blanket Exercise
June 4  10:00am – 12noon
KAIROS will be holding a Giant Blanket Exercise on Saturday, June 4, 10:00am – 12noon on the lawn in front of the Broadway entrance to the Manitoba Legislature, to mark the one year anniversary of the release of the TRC's final report.  Connie Budd from Northend Stella Community Ministry will be facilitating.  The Blanket Exercise is an experiential exercise which teaches the history of Canada's relationship with the Indigenous peoples of this land.   This event is for everyone!  All are welcome!  Bring a friend!


Winnipeg Pride Parade

June 5


The Winnipeg Pride Parade will take place on Sunday, June 5th at 12 noon.  The United Church of Canada (Conference of MNWO) and Winnipeg Presbytery have registered as a walking group.  You are invited to bring your church banners and join the parade.  Let’s walk together in solidarity.  Look for Joan Jarvis and The United Church of Canada banner in the marshalling area on the Legislature grounds. 

Fred Douglas Gardens
>> Fred Douglas Gardens
Attached is a pamphlet highlighting some of the features of our newest project, a senior’s life lease being constructed on our Burrows Avenue Campus.  Please contact 204-982-2000 for more information. 




Mauro Centre for Peace & Justice at St. Paul's College


>> May 2016 Edition


Intercultural Ministries

The United Church has responded to God’s call by journeying to become intercultural communities. When we live together with a respectful awareness of our differences, it deepens our understanding of God and of each other.  If you wish to receive periodic e-mail updates from the United Church related to intercultural ministries, please subscribe using this link >> Intercultural updates

Care and Concern from Korea
In response to news of the devastating fires in northern Alberta, the Presbyterian Church in the Republic of Korea (PROK) has written to express their sympathy and solidarity with The United Church of Canada and the people of Fort McMurray United Church in particular.  Read more . . .


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