Conference Weekly News - September 1, 2016

Conference Weekly News

September 1, 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

We extend our thoughts and prayers to the family and friends of Anne Brown who died August 26, 2016 after a courageous battle with cancer. A Memorial Service is being planned for the afternoon of September 17 in Rock Lake United Church, Crystal City. Anne was a member of Agassiz Presbytery representing Pilot Mound Pastoral Charge for several years.


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 September

September 16 – Mandatory Racial Justice Webinar - Justice

September 18 - Art from the Attic - Art Sale

September 23 - 25 - UNJPPI National Gathering - Gathering


      New This Week                     New This Week


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

Student Debt Survey

This summer the Ministry & Employment Unit of General Council Office had posted a Student Debt Survey which we made you aware of in previous Conference Weekly News. This survey is an attempt to gather a realistic picture of the costs incurred by those who have pursued, are pursuing, and those considering pursing ministry in The United Church of Canada. Those in process or in the first 10 years of ministry are encouraged to participate, please click here  >> Student Debt Survey.
This is just a reminder that the Student Debt Survey will be coming down on September 5th.




Centre for Christian Studies


>> August 26, 2016 Edition

World Communion of Reformed Churches
>> August, 2016 Edition


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.


The Journey Toward an Undivided Life:
Open-Hearted on the Broken Head River

November 17-19
Everyone is invited to a Courage & Renewal® retreat which will be a spacious and generous time to renew heart, mind and spirit.  In large group, small group, and solitary activities, we will explore our inner journeys through listening and speaking, journaling, reflection and storytelling.  This cross-professional retreat will be of particular interest to those in health care, social service, ministry, education, and non-profit work, but is open to everyone.  Registration deadline: November 5.  Read more . . .


Epiphany Explorations 2017
January 26-29, 2017
Victoria, BC
Registration is now open for Epiphany Explorations 2017.  Four days of learning, laughter and music characterize Epiphany Explorations.  Lay and clergy participants in the conference describe it as a highlight of their faith journey each year.  The lineup of speakers include: Dr. William P. Brown, Dr. Janet Storch, The Right Rev. Jordan Cantwell, Melanie Mark, Guy Dauncey, Tom Attig, Lois Wilson, Megan Rohrer and Tom Axworthy. 
Read more . . .


Online Marriage Preparation Program
MarriageWorks is a new self-paced, fully online marriage preparation program.  Using video, audio, downloadable worksheets, individual and couple exercises and guest interviews with experts in the areas of parenting and finances, couples can work at this workshop together from wherever they are, whenever they like and for as long as they want to once they register.  (Certificates will be available upon completion of entire course if needed).  Click here for the direct link to see the curriculum outline, a promotional video and to register >> MarriageWorks.   For more information, please contact


Upcoming Dates

October 2 - Fred Douglas Gardens Open House - Open House

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

October 20 - 23 - Connections 2016 - Connections

October 25 - Pre-Retirement Seminar - Retirement

November 17 - 19 - Journey Toward an Undivided Life Retreat - Retreat

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

The Fred Douglas Gardens
Open House

Sunday, October 2
2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

You are invited to an Open House on Sunday, October 2 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., to hear about the Fred Douglas Gardens, which is an affordable, non-profit life lease seniors’ rental housing project that is coming soon.  The Open House will be held in the Fred Douglas Lodge, 1275 Burrows Ave., Winnipeg.  There will be a brief presentation as well as a time to answer your questions on any aspect of this developing project. 
Read more . . .


Repeat News

United Church Archives
The United Church Archives, located at the University of Winnipeg, is looking for a part-time Archives Assistant to: help researchers; conduct archival research; and process archival collections related to the United Church of Canada.  Deadline for Applications:  September 16, 2016.  For the job posting, please click here >> Job Posting


Art from the Attic Sale
In support of Grands ‘N’ More Winnipeg
Sunday, September 18

>> Poster
Are you looking for the perfect pictures for your new home, or apartment or office?  The place to be is at the Art From The Attic sale being held Sunday, September 18, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Corydon Community Centre (Crescentwood location), 1170 Corydon Ave.  This sale of 1500 pieces of previously owned art is a fundraiser of Grands ‘N’ More Winnipeg in support of grandmothers in sub Saharan Africa caring for the millions of children orphaned by HIV/AIDS.  Free admission.

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

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.



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