Conference Weekly News - February 16, 2017

Conference Weekly News

February 16, 2017



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 

Annual Meeting
Accommodations & Restaurants

Plans are underway for the Conference Annual Meeting being held May 25 – 28, 2017 at the CanadInns in Portage la Prairie, Manitoba.  Please find attached a list of accommodations and restaurants in Portage la Prairie for your information
>> Accommodations & Restaurants  

The registration cost will be $175.00 again this year.  More information regarding registration will be forthcoming.


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 February & March

The Month of February - Just Read Book Club - Book

February 18 - 20 - ZEEBU Youth Retreat - (see info below)

February 28 - Save the MB Provincial Nominee Program Coalition Vigil and March - (see info below)

March 1 - Save the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program Coalition Rally - (see info below)

March 3 - World Day of Prayer - Prayer

March 4 - Boundaries Training Webinar - Boundaries

March 7 - Building Inclusive Communities Webinar - Webinar

March 6 - April 3 - Lenten Study 2017: Judaism & Christianity - Study

March - 10th Annual International Sabeel Conference - Conference

March 15 - YARG Potluck - (see info below)

March 27 - 29 - Canadian Roots Exchange Conference - Exchange

March 6 - April 3 - Lenten Study 2017 - Study


      New This Week                     New This Week

Moderator: Comprehensive, Just, Lasting Peace in Middle East
Moderator writes Minister of Foreign Affairs regarding Israeli outposts on privately owned land.  Read more . . .

Winnipeg Presbytery Minister
Richard’s Blog

>> Elites

Refugees Seeking Sanctuary
As you are aware, there has been an increase in refugees seeking sanctuary by crossing the border from the United States into Canada.  Many of these men, women and children are crossing the border at Emerson, Manitoba.  A number of people in our Conference have expressed a desire to be supportive of those seeking sanctuary and are asking what actions they might take.  Our Conference has been in touch with Jordan Basso, the minister at St. Andrew’s United Church, Emerson, with Lynne Sanderson, Chair of Agassiz Presbytery and with The Manitoba Interfaith Immigration Council’s Welcome Place, an agency that offers in-Canada protection services for refugee claimants arriving in the country.  Following this consultation it is our recommendation that what is most needed at this point in time is financial support for the ongoing work of Welcome Place.  Donations can be made at  or by calling 204-977-1000.  Of course, letters and emails of caring and support to the congregation at St. Andrew’s United Church, Emerson would also be welcomed - c/o Jordan Basso, Box 89, Dominion City, MB R0A 0H0, 
(Submitted by Joan Jarvis, Minister for Relations & Social Justice, Conference of Manitoba & Northwestern Ontario)  


(Young Adult Retreat Group)
Wednesday, March 15

Hey there, Young Adults (age 18 to 30)!  The next YARG event will be a Potluck Dinner at 5:45 p.m., Wednesday, March 15 at St. Mary’s Road United Church (613 St. Mary’s Road, Winnipeg).  Marissa Smirl and Julia Antonyshyn will be hosting the evening.  Come for the Food, Conversation and Games!  Please bring a dish to share for supper and help plan future young adult events!  Please email to let us know you’re coming!  Hope to see you at YARG! (Say it like you’re a pirate!)


Rock Lake United Church Camp
Special Appeal
At the Annual Meeting in January, is was decided that commercial grade kitchen equipment was needed as regular kitchen equipment has been used to feed up to 80 people at the camp, three meals a day.  It is estimated that this equipment would cost $6,000.  This appeal is for anyone who sends children to the camp and those who want to see the camp continue to offer an amazing experience.  Host an event or series of events especially dedicated to this project.  Any fund raiser towards this project should be earmarked for this project.  Any donation exceeding $10.00 is eligible for a tax receipt.  Donations may be sent to Rock Lake United Church Camp c/o Neita Avery, box 395 Crystal City, MB  R0K 0N0
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 Quilt, Art & Craft Auction
Friday, April 21, 2017

>> Poster
Everyone is invited to the Rock Lake United Church Camp Quilt, Art & Craft Auction on Friday, April 21, 2017 at Shamrock Centre, Killarney.  Please see the times on the attached poster. 
For registration forms submitting auction items, please go to their website

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2016 Geographic Location of Camper, Counsellor and Staff
Attached please find the 2016 Geographic Location of Camper, Counsellor and Staff list for your information. >> List


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2017 Job Opportunities

Various job opportunities are available for the 2017 camping season.  Please view the job opportunities here
>> Job Opportunities


United Church National Retreat for Young Adults & Youth
Grade 9 to 30 years
Montreal, Quebec
August 16-19, 2017

Like our Zeebu and Alf retreats within our conference, this retreat will give opportunities for participants in large, medium and small group settings to explore their faith in the company of youth from the wider church, as in, nation-wide!  Follow this link for more info >> Rendez-vous.  If you are considering attending this event, please contact Twila at, even if you have yet to figure out your funding or confirm your availability.  This way we can alert you of new information as we receive it and we can organize travel collaboratively so that youth may be able to travel together.

To apply for funding towards your registration/travel to this national retreat, please fill in the attached application form.  Your application will be considered based both on your answers and the date your application is received.  To be considered for funding, you must live within the United Church’s Conference of Manitoba and Northwestern Ontario.
Costs to consider:  Registration will be $325 if registered by May 30th.  Registration does not include your travel to and from Montreal.  As of Feb 1st flights were about $600 round trip from Winnipeg. 

>> Funding Application Form
Application Deadline:  Monday March 20, 2017, but please note that “date received” may come into play in the success of applicants with similar merits.  Return to Twila MacNair



Upcoming Dates

April 5 - ManSEA Conference & AGM - ManSEA

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

April 21 - Rock Lake Camp Quilt, Art & Craft Auction - (see info above)

April 25 - 34th Annual Volunteer Awards - Awards

May 8 - 12 - DUIM at Sandy Saulteaux Spiritual Centre - DUIM

May 18 – Boundaries Training Webinar - Boundaries

July 10-14 - UCW National Conference - Conference

August 16-19 - Rendez-Vous 2017 - Rendez-Vous


Affirm United
>> February/March 2017 Edition

>> February 16, 2017 Edition

Invitation from
“Save the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program Coalition”

Background – the Manitoba government has announced major changes to the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program.  Effective April 2017, nominated “skilled worker” applicants from our countries must pay a $500.00 fee which many argue is reminiscent of the Chinese head tax that was imposed on Chinese people in the early 1900s.   In response, members of the immigrant and wider community mobilized to form a coalition of concerned citizens.  People are invited to the following events:
1.       Vigil and March:  Tuesday, February 28, 2017 at 6:30 p.m.  We will assemble at Broadway United Church, 396 Broadway followed by a march to the Legislative Building for a 30 minute program and then head back to the church for a night of solidarity with food and music.
2.       Rally:  Wednesday, March 1, 2017 at 12:30 p.m.  We will assemble outside the Legislative Building for a 30 minute rally.   


Building Inclusive Communities
Have you felt the need to reach out and act in response to the “Muslim Ban” in the United States and the Mosque Shooting that took place January 29, 2017?  On Tuesday, March 7 from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. EST, let’s connect with one another and hear from United Church of Canada partners and allies Janet Dench of the Canadian Council of Refugees and Amira Elghawaby from the National Council of Canadian Muslims about Canada’s role in welcoming refugees in the current context and what we can do to confront racism and Islamophobia.  You can register for the webinar here >> Webinar.

World Day of Prayer
The World Day of Prayer is a global ecumenical movement which brings Christians of many traditions together to observe a common day of prayer each year.  The Women’s Inter-Church Council of Canada coordinates the World Day of Prayer in Canada.  Attached is the list of the Host churches for the World Day of Prayer services in Winnipeg and the surrounding area.  Most services are on March 3, 2017 except for two services.  All are invited to attend.
>> World Day of Prayer Services


Manitoba Sustainable Energy Association 2017 Conference & AGM
April 5, 2017
William Glesby Centre, Portage La Prairie

>> Invitation
Everyone is invited to attend the Manitoba Sustainable Energy Association 2017 Conference & AGM
in Portage la Prairie on April 5, 2017.  The theme this year is “Sustainable Energy & Carbon Pricing, What Does It Mean for Me?”  Come and learn about carbon reduction in Manitoba and the role of sustainable/renewable energy as well as various renewable energy opportunities from industry specialists.  For more information, please go to their website >> ManSEA


Repeat News

Moderator’s Letter of Solidarity Translated into Arabic
The Moderator's letter of solidarity to Muslim neighbours following the shooting at the Centre Culturel Islamique de Québec has been translated into Arabic.  Read more . . .

Winnipeg Presbytery Minister
Richard’s Blog

>> #MicroPoetry/January ’17 Verses

We need your help.  As the Federal Budget announcement approaches, the new Minister of International Trade Hon. François-Philippe Champagne needs to hear from us now that an extractive sector ombudsperson is a priority.  With projects in over 100 countries, Canada is home to half of the world’s mining companies.  Canadian companies can be viewed as representatives of Canada abroad; however, United Church partners in the global South report human rights abuses, environmental damage, and violations of basic labour rights. 
Read more . . .


SK Conference Calls for an Increase in Sponsorships and End to Safe Third Country Agreement

The United Church’s Saskatchewan Conference is calling people to respond to President Donald Trump’s January 27th Executive Order concerning the settlement of refugees in the USA.  Read more . . .

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Stand Together to Protect the Vulnerable and Challenge Hate
Join the postcard campaign to ask the Prime Minister to express Canada’s concerns on Indigenous rights, climate justice, and refugees to the President.  Read more . . .

Seeking Responses to Study on Church Membership
The Theology and Inter-Church Inter-Faith Committee invites your response to “Our Model of Church Membership: Time for a Change?” a study on membership in The United Church of Canada.  Read more . . .

Lenten Study 2017:
Judaism and Christianity

>> Poster
Westworth United Church (1750 Grosvenor Ave., Winnipeg) is offering a Lenten Study on Judaism and Christianity for five weeks beginning Monday, March 6 from 7:00-9:00pm.  Each session will be presented by leaders in the Winnipeg Christian and Jewish communities.  To assist in planning, please advise if you will be attending by emailing or calling 204-489-6974 ext. 20 by February 17, if possible (late deciders, come anyways)!

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