Conference Weekly News - August 18, 2016

Conference Weekly News

August 18, 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 

Staffing Changes

Please see the attached letter from Shannon McCarthy, Executive Secretary of the Conference of Manitoba & Northwestern Ontario, regarding staffing changes that will be taking place effective September 1, 2016.  Read more . . .

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 August & September

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

August 20 - 21 - 30th Anniversary of the Apology (Sudbury, ON) - (see info below)

September 16 – Mandatory Racial Justice Webinar - Justice

September 23 - 25 - UNJPPI National Gathering - Gathering


      New This Week                     New This Week


30th Anniversary of the Apology Information
On August 20, 2016 the Moderator and representatives of the Indigenous church and other members of The United Church of Canada will participate in a commemorative service at the site of the 1986 United Church Apology in Sudbury, Ontario. All who wish are welcome to attend.
The event will be from 2:00 to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday. It will be a time of storytelling, journeying, and ceremony with folks who were present at the 1986 events. The event will begin at Huntington University followed by a walk to the Cairn.  After that there will be a barbeque back at Huntington. 
The next day, Sudbury churches are hosting a joint service at St. Peter’s United (203 York Street, Sudbury).   The service begins at 10:30 a.m. where the Moderator will be preaching.

The organizers would like to get a sense of how many people will be attending the Saturday event so they can make adequate preparations for the commemoration and the meal that will follow.

If you are planning to attend in Sudbury, please register online at:
30th Anniversary
or by calling the Manitou Conference Office at:  (705) 474-3350
Attached you will find the following information:
>> The information poster for the event (Please post at your church)
>> Maps to get to the Huntington University Campus
>> Accommodations list
>> Bulletin insert for churches to post


Information Regarding United Church Year Book Data 

As we do annual preparation of data for  2016 edition of The Year Book, published annual by the General Council, we note the following comment:
“It continues to be important for General Council to collect and maintain accurate addresses and telephone numbers for ministers who are retired or who are retained on the roll of presbytery.  However, in light of the federal privacy legislation, please indicate to us any retired or retained minister who does not wish to have his or her address or phone number published in The Year Book.
If you are Ministry Personnel, retained on the roll and/or Retired and do NOT wish to have your home address and contact information passed on to the General Council Office for publication, please contact the Conference Office as soon as possible but no later than  September 6, 2016 ( or 204-233-8911) OR  after that date contact  Susan Jackson in the Year Book Office directly (1-800-268-3781 ext. 2031)


Pension and Benefits Website and Handbook Updates


With the recent transition in the management of the United Church Pensions & Benefits Center to McAteer, handbooks have been updated and are now available >> Benefits for Active Members

The new United Church benefits members’ website is now open!  >> UCC Benefits Centre.  You may register and review your personal information, coverage and dependents.  You will require the last four digits of your Social Insurance Number to register and your member number (on your Green Shield card or pension statement) to log in. 


Further functionality will be added over the coming weeks.

>> August 2016 Edition


Mission & Service Global Pilgrimage: Kenya 2017
We are seeking Mission & Service Enthusiasts, one UCW representative (United Church Women) and one Conference staff person to join a pilgrimage in Kenya March 25 – April 4, 2017.
Guided by United Church policy and practices on global partnership, we will journey with Mission & Service partners in Kenya to see the church’s engagement in recognizing the dignity of life, life-affirming economic development, nonviolent peace-building, and the need to respond to climate change. The visit will include a number of encounters, meetings, and exposure to Kenyan history, culture, and partner initiatives.  Read more . . .

Application Deadline: October 28, 2016


Upcoming Dates

October 17 - 19 - Ministry of Church Office Workers Retreat - (see info above)

October 20 - 23 - Connections 2016 - Connections

October 25 - Pre-Retirement Seminar - Retirement

Pre-Retirement Seminars
A reminder to those contemplating retirement in the coming year that there are pre-retirement seminars offered online by the Pensions Department through United In Learning. The next scheduled webinar is October 25, 2016. To register, click here >> Seminars

Ministry of Church Office Workers Retreat
October 17 – 19
Whether you work as an office administrator at a church full time, volunteer to prepare bulletins or find yourself somewhere in between – this program is for you!  October 17 at 2 p.m. to October 19 at 1 p.m. at Queen’s House in Saskatoon, SK.  Registration is $350 (includes all meals, lodging and program).  Please see the attached >> Registration Form.  If you have any questions, please contact Jenn Wagner at St. Paul's United Church, Kindersley at 1-306-463-6508 or Registration deadline September 1, 2016.


Stewardship & Giving 
Books that may be of Interest

Three recent books tell the story of congregations that stand at the brink and instead of collapsing into the grave, they dared to do things differently.
Two are Canadian United Churches and the other is from the United Church of Christ.  Each tell stories from all areas of congregational life: buildings, leadership, programs, worship, discipleship.
Real Good Church: How our church came back from the dead, and yours can too – Molly Phinney Baskette, United Church of Christ, First Church Sommerville, Sommerville, MA
Fishing Tips:  How Curiosity Transformed a Community of Faith – John Pentland, United Church of Canada, Hillhurst United, Calgary, AB
Bullseye: Aiming to Follow Jesus – Six Markers of the Christian Life – Jamie Holtom & Debbie Johnson, North Bramalea United Church, Bramptom, ON

Repeat News


Winnipeg Presbytery Minister
Richard’s Blog

>> July Verses

It is also the time of year when we are in the process of updating the Manitoba & Northwestern Ontario Conference Directory which is online >> website 
If you are  a retained or retired Ministry Personnel or a lay member of a presbytery or conference committee, and  do not want to have your contact information published online, please contact the Conference Office as soon as possible ( or 204-233-8911).  If there are  recent changes in your contact information, please ensure that the office has accurate information.


Treasurers and Envelope Secretaries … from Canada Revenue Agency
Effective as of 2016 and including church envelopes for the 2015 tax year, the Charities Directorate has updated its position on the retention period for church offering envelopes. They must be kept for six years from the end of the tax year to which the envelope relates. This has changed from the previous two years to agree with the requirements of the Income Tax Act for the retention of source documents. For more information on what a registered charity should keep click here >> Books & Records - Canada Revenue Agency

Zambian Partners Seek Our Prayers for Peace
Please join in prayer for our Zambian partners, mourning those who have died and praying calm as their people prepare to head to the polls.  
Read more . . .


Urgent Call for Prayers for South Sudan
The eruption of armed violence, a lack of food, and impending economic collapse have brought South Sudan to the brink of humanitarian crisis, United Church partners are reporting.  Read more . . .

Salt & Light
In June your congregation should have received this year’s congregational giving program, “Called to Be the Church: Salt and Light”, in the mail.  It can also be found on the Stewardship Toolkit.
Additional resources are added to the Toolkit from time-to-time so remember to check the Toolkit weekly for additional resources.   And please register – we’d love to receive your input!
If you have questions about the program, please contact Kathryn Hofley at 204-943-4844 or


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