Conference Weekly News - October 22, 2015

Conference Weekly News

October 22, 2015


The Conference of Manitoba and Northwestern Ontario website:

Please note: 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 
Prayers of Concern

Our thoughts and prayers are with Aunika, the granddaughter of Myrna and Bob Stark, who is in hospital in BC after being severely injured when hit by a speeding car. Myrna and Bob are retired Ministry Personnel from Dominion City currently under appointment in Atikokan.
Calendar for October & November

October 22 - UCW Rally - Annual Women's Day - Rally

October 23 - Meet Me at the Bell Tower - (see info below)

October 23-25 - ALF 2015 - ALF

October 24 - Welcome Party for Syrian Families - Welcome

October 28 - 50 Minute Retreat - Retreat

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

October 30 - Boundaries Online Webinar - Boundaries

November 1 - Next Steps for Reconciliation - Steps

November 6 & 7 - Kairos National Gathering in Winnipeg - (see info below)

November 7 - Workshop on Human Trafficking - Trafficking

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

November 15 - Just Christmas - Just Sustainable Shopping - Shopping

November 18 - Fellowship of the Least Coin Ingathering - Ingathering

November 18 & 19 - Racial Justice Online Webinar - Racial

November 20 - Explorer Project Application Deadline - (see info below)

November 20-21 - Intercultural Worship Program - Intercultural

November 25 - Grands 'n' More Winnipeg Ask Her Talks - Talks


New This Week                Repeat News


Winnipeg Presbytery Minister
Richard's Blog

>> Camelot 

  Stewardship is a Way of Life Workshop

November 13-14

OCTOBER 30, 2015

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


This Friday, October 23rd at 6 PM, Meet Me at the Bell Tower (470 Selkirk Ave) will be highlighting Islamic History Month. Also, the work of North End Stella Community Ministry and having an inter-faith Feast For Friends deliberately inviting all United Church congregations, the Muslim communities and inter-faith partners into conversation with their First Nations neighbors. If you've been looking for an opportunity to go to your first Meet Me at the Bell Tower this is it!

Speakers include:
Connie Budd, Opening Prayer
Michael Champagne on learning strategy through Chess at NESCM
Lenard Monkman on finding food as a kid at NESCM
Bill Blaikie on Outreach Ministries Then (70s)
Adel Compton on Equity & Spirituality
Nora McMurtry An Invitation: The Future of NESCM


For more details, go to 1JustCity 


Shoal Lake 40 Freedom Road Petition

Friends of Shoal Lake 40 Freedom Road invite you to sign a Petition, respectfully asking His Worship Mayor Brian Bowman and all Winnipeg City Councillors

to commit to construction of Freedom Road.   An official announcement of federal funds for the construction of Freedom Road is expected soon and at the Provincial level, the Province of Manitoba is taking creative, proactive steps in concert with Shoal Lake 40 First Nation to ensure the project will go ahead upon completion of the road design.  This is your opportunity to make your support known.

>> Petition

Next Steps for Reconciliation
>> Poster
Everyone is invited to attend ‘Next Steps for Reconciliation’ on Sunday, November 1st at 6:00 p.m. at Knox United Church (18th St. & Victoria Av., Brandon).  It will be a time to learn about the experiences of Susan McPherson-Derendy and Debby Dandy in Ottawa this past June as part of the powerful conversation on right relations between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples as part of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.  A soup and bannock feast will begin the evening.  Please see the poster for more information.  RSVP: Knox United Church at 204-727-


KAIROS invites you to its National Gathering in Winnipeg, Nov 6 & 7!

On Friday, Nov. 6 at 6 p.m., come be hosts of Indigenous youth at Meet Me @ The Bell Tower (470 Selkirk Ave).

On Saturday, Nov. 7th, you are invited to Reconciliation From The Heart at the Thunderbird House (715 Main St. at Higgins) 2:00-4:30 p.m. Manitoba Treaty Commissioner Jamie Wilson, Ko'ona Cochrane, founder of Moon Voices and K.C. Adams, artist and photographer will share their wisdom, passion, experience and stories along with what they think needs to happen on Canada's reconciliation journey with Indigenous Canadians. All are welcome!   Please click here for the poster >> Poster.


Syria Refugee Appeal
The United Church of Canada is deeply concerned for the more than 6 million people who are now internal or external refugees, displaced by the fighting in Syria. As the numbers of refugees increase, the United Church has been asked to help. On September 5, 2013, the church launched an emergency appeal for donations that will be directed to our partners on the ground. The appeal was reissued on September 11, 2015.  Read more . . .

Historic Full Communion Agreement Signed
Representatives of The United Church of Canada and the United Church of Christ (USA) recently gathered in Niagara Falls, Ontario, to sign a Full Communion Agreement. 
Read more . . .


Worship by Theme


For worship resources for different themes and occasions, read more . . .

50 Minute Retreat
The next 50 Minute Retreat: "Listening Deeply" is Wednesday October 28th at noon Eastern Time.
  Read more . . .


ACT Palestine Forum on Violence in Palestine and Israel
The ACT Palestine Forum, of which the United Church is a member, condemns the violence and mourns the loss of life and human suffering in Palestine and Israel in October 2015.  Read more . . .

Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Refugee Sponsorship


For answers to frequently asked questions regarding refugee sponsorship, please click here >> Sponsorship.

Ask Her Talks

>> Poster

Grands ‘n’ More Winnipeg with the Stephen Lewis Foundation is pleased to announce the upcoming ASK HER TALKS taking place on Wednesday, November 25 at 7:00pm at the Metropolitan Entertainment Centre (The Met, 281 Donald St., Winnipeg).  The 2015 Ask Her Talks with feature an all-new slate of expert, African women challenging our understanding of how philanthropy can truly improve the human condition.  Tickets are $20 and are available at McNally Robinson Bookstore as well as online at the Stephen Lewis Foundation website.



CCS Loose Threads


>> October 21, 2015 Edition

Infopac is a collaborative national office mailing forwarded three times per year. It is a primary means of communication in the United Church.  Read more . . .

Westminster Concert Organ Series

The Westminster Concert Organ Series presents Ben Sheen, one of the UK’s brightest young organists, performing on the magnificent four-manual Casavant Frères pipe organ with new copper horizontal trumpets. Ben began his musical career at 10 years of age, playing the organ at St. Paul’s Cathedral. A Fellow of the Royal College of Organists, he completed his Masters of Music degree at Juilliard. See Ben Sheen on
Sunday, November 1st at 2-30 p.m.  Tickets $25, Seniors $20, Students $10. 

Upcoming Dates

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

Moderator Message: The Question of the Niqab

Moderator Jordan Cantwell urges our church, our political leaders, and all people of good will to challenge the prejudice and Islamophobia that is escalating in our country.  Read more . . .

President's Ponderings

A message from Joey Dearborn

>> X’s Aren’t Hard to Make

Winnipeg Presbytery Minister
Richard's Blog

>> The Story of Then

>> Campus Chaplaincy

Welcome Party for the Syrian Families who have Arrived!
>> Poster
Everyone is invited to join in the celebration and welcome for the Al-Diab families from 2 to 4 pm on Saturday, October 24 at Westworth United Church (1750 Grosvenor Ave., Winnipeg).  There will be time for refreshments and visiting, music, and a brief program to welcome, introduce, and gift our families.  Please RSVP if planning to attend to Marilyn at 

The Explorer Project 2016

What is the Explorer Project?  Sparked by conversations about recruitment for future ministry leadership, in 2015 the Toronto Conference created a new initiative to invite young adults into an adventure in another partnering Conference.  Host sites in the partnering Conference would offer an exciting experience of contemporary church identity, mission and ministry.
In 2015, three young women (ages 21, 19, 19) became Explorers: 
- Katie Van Koughnet from Carman United Church, MB, went to Trinity United Church, Mount Pearl in Newfoundland and Labrador Conference, from May-August.
- An Explorer from Grace United Church in Springdale, NL, went to Trinity Centennial in Rosemont, ON for the months of May, June and July.
- An Explorer from Wesley-Knox United Church, London Conference, went to the site provided by Knox United, Fort Frances and the Emo-Devlin Pastoral Charge (including involvement in Rainy River/Stratton). 
All Explorers report that the experience has deepened their sense of commitment to, and involvement within, the United Church of Canada. 
The Conference of Manitoba and Northwestern Ontario, British Columbia Conference, London Conference and Newfoundland and Labrador Conferences have joined the Toronto Conference in the Project for the summer of 2016 and will share in providing the necessary financial resources.  The Project hopes to offer this opportunity to up to eight Explorers.
For more information, please see the attached information >> The Explorer Project

For the application form, please click here >> Explorer Project Application Form
Applications may be submitted to the Conference of Manitoba and Northwestern Ontario office at  Application Deadline: November 20, 2015

Take Action: Stop Lumad Killings in the Southern Philippines

United Church partners in the Philippines are appealing for support of the Philippine and global #StopLumadKillings campaign.  Read more . . .


Project Peacemakers
>> October 9, 2015 Edition

>> Issue 44, October 2015

Restorative Justice Week
The third week of November is dedicated to restorative justice in Canada. The theme “Inspiring Innovation” was chosen in 2013 and is being carried forward as the theme for every year. Read more . . . 

United Church Regional Financial Development Officers
For a directory of United Church regional Financial Development Officers across Canada, please click here >> Directory 

Hot Topics for Church Finance and Human Resources
For the latest information for people who are responsible for the financial and human resources of a pastoral charge, read more . . .

Clergy Residence Deduction
Learn about the administration of the Clergy Residence Deduction to comply with Canada Revenue Agency and Revenu Québec guidelines.  Read more . . .

Gender and Gender Identity Justice

We are committed to being a welcoming church that is opposed to discrimination against any person on any basis, including gender and gender identity. The struggle for gender justice—including trans justice—is fundamental to this.
Read more . . .

God Desires the Heart
Nostra Aetate
50th Anniversary Celebration
Jews and Catholics – A Dialogue

 For more information, please click here >> Poster

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