Conference Weekly News - December 15, 2016

Conference Weekly News

December 15, 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 keep the following in your thoughts and prayers . . .
. . . for the family and friends of Doug McMurtry, who passed away on December 14, 2016 at the age of 97.  Doug was retired ministry personnel on the roll of Winnipeg Presbytery and active at Immanuel United Church.  The funeral arrangements have yet to be finalized.


Annual Meeting Logo Needed

The Conference Annual Meeting will be taking place May 25-28, 2017 at the CanadInns in Portage la Prairie, Manitoba.  The theme of the meeting is “Being Church…Not Because We Have To”.  There will be workshops in four theme areas: Deepening Spirituality, Indigenous Relations, Youth and Young Adults, and the Environment.  We are looking for logo submissions by January 31, 2017.  Please submit your ideas to Cherry Abad at

More information regarding the Conference Annual Meeting will be available in the new year.


Holiday Hours

The Conference Office will be closed Friday, December 23 – Monday, January 2; re-opening Tuesday, January 3, 2017.


The Winnipeg Presbytery Office will be closed Monday, December 19 – Monday, January 2; re-opening Tuesday, January 3, 2017.


The United Church Archives – The United Church Archives will be closed Tuesday, December 15 – Friday, January 6; re-opening January 9, 2017.


Conference Weekly News Holiday Schedule

This is the last edition of the Conference Weekly News until January 5, 2017.

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 . . .

Calendar for January

January 18-25, 2017 - Week of Prayer for Christian Unity - Prayer

January 26 - 29, 2017 - Epiphany Explorations 2017 - Epiphany


      New This Week                     Repeat News

Condolences to Coptic Church after Cairo Bombing

General Secretary Nora Sanders has sent condolences to leaders of the Coptic Church in Canada and Egypt following the bombing of a Cairo church. 
Read more . . .


Advent Greetings From Your
Mission and Service Giving Team

To view this message, please click here >> Greetings

Church in Mission News
>> Fall 2016 Edition


CCS Seeks New Principal
>> Poster
The Centre for Christian Studies is looking for a new Principal to start in August 2017.  A detailed position description and information package is available online at:  Application Deadline: February 15, 2017.


Repeat News

Trans Mountain Pipeline Decision: United Church Response

Moderator Jordan Cantwell expresses the church’s concerns about the approval of the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Pipeline. 
Read more . . .


Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
January 18-25, 2017
>> Poster
>> Draft Service Schedule
>> Choir Invite
>> Introduction to the Theme for 2017
The Week for Prayer for Christian Unity in Winnipeg will be from January 18-25, 2017.  The City-Wide Ecumenical Worship Service will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, January 22, 2017 at Grace Lutheran Church.  Once again, an Ecumenical Choir is being formed for the upcoming city-wide ecumenical worship service.  Information concerning rehearsal times is included on the main WPCU 2017 poster.  A suggested bulletin announcement concerning the choir is also attached.  
A list of venues will be distributed when finalized.


Upcoming Dates

February 1 - 10, 2017 - Ministry of Supervision Training - Training

The Month of February, 2017 - Just Read Book Club - Book

March 6 - April 3, 2017 - Lenten Study 2017 - Study

April 18-28, 2017 - Come & See Palestine/Israel - Trip

Refugee Sponsorship
In 2014, the Conference Justice Global Relations & Public Witness Committee (JGRPW) was tasked with administering a Refugee Fund, gifted to the Conference by Trinity United Church Brandon following the closure of their Refugee Account.   Trinity United generously provided money from their fund to be available to other congregations for their refugee sponsorships.  The JGRPW Committee is pleased to report that ten congregations from this Conference received grants of $1,000.00 each to help in their sponsorship initiatives thanks the generosity of Trinity United Church, Brandon.  (Note: the fund is now depleted)
The JGRPW Committee invited the recipients of these grants to write an article highlighting their experience of sponsorship.  Over the next few weeks, one of these articles will be featured in our Weekly News.
It is the Committee’s hope that these stories will inspire your congregation to consider sponsoring a refugee family.  Or, perhaps you’d like to help replenish the Conference Refugee Fund with a financial donation so other congregations might benefit from a grant.   Cheques are to be made payable to the Conference of Manitoba & Northwestern Ontario, (1622B St. Mary’s Road, Winnipeg, MB R2M 3W7) Please mark “Refugee Fund” on your cheque.  Tax deductible receipts will be issued to individuals who make a donation.

>> Article from Dauphin First United Church
>> Article from Knox United Church, Kenora
>> Article from Swan Valley Refugee Committee
>> Article from Pembina Parish Pastoral Charge

>> Article from Carberry Community Refugee Committee
>> Article from Refuge Brandon



Loose Threads


>> December 2, 2016 Edition

>> December 6, 2016 Edition

Church Leaders Applaud Restored UN Relief Agency Funding
Canadian churches continue to lift up the urgent call for peace with justice in Palestine and Israel.  Read more . . .

Celebrating an Ecumenical Milestone

Linda Nicholls was installed, or chaired, as bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Huron in southwest Ontario in Metropolitan United Church, London, Ontario.  Read more . . .


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