Conference Weekly News - March 30, 2017

Conference Weekly News

March 30, 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 

Prayers of Concern

Please hold the following in your thoughts and prayers . . .

. . . Josh Ward and family on the death of his grandfather, Bruce Ward, on Sunday, March 26. The funeral service is this Friday, March 31, at 1:00 p.m. at St. Paul the Apostle Parish at 2400 Portage Ave. Josh is Candidate for Diaconal Ministry who graduated from the Centre for Christian Studies on Sunday and is currently under appointment at St. Matthew’s-Maryland Community Ministry, Winnipeg.
. . . Patricia Chabluk and family on the on the death of Pat’s brother, Jim Harpman, on March 18.  His funeral was held on March 25.  Pat is a Candidate for Diaconal Ministry from Selkirk Presbytery and is currently in appointments at St. Andrew’s United Church, Keewatin and Lake of the Woods Chapel, Sioux Narrows in Cambrian Presbytery.                    

. . . Marlene Stiven and family following the death of Rev. Bob Stiven in Comax, B.C. on March 17.   Prior to moving to British Columbia,  Bob served within this Conference for many years.

Annual Meeting Registration Forms

Conference Annual Meeting
May 25-28, 2017
CanadaInns, Portage la Prairie

Deadline for Registrations: April 30

>> Annual Meeting Details & Information

>> Registration Form for Ministry/Staff Delegates, Visitors, Guests and Interns (includes billet and childcare requests on form)

>> Registration Form for Youth Delegates/Youth Visitors (YATCOMANO) and Pre-TAC and Y-TAC 

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Annual Meeting Workshops
Various workshops are going to be offered during the morning and afternoon on the Saturday of Annual Meeting (May 27th) which will be included in your registration fee.  Those not registered for Annual Meeting will also be able to attend for a fee of $20/person.  A separate registration form will be available on-line in April, once the details are finalized.

Calendar for April
April 3 - 7 - Interfaith Learning Circle - Learning
April 5 - ManSEA Conference & AGM - ManSEA

April 14 - Stations of the Cross - Stations

April 18 - May 9 - My Neighbour's Home is My Home - Neighbour

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

April 21 - Rock Lake Camp Quilt, Art & Craft Auction - Camp

April 21 - An Evening of Conversation about Community Deathcare - Conversation

April 22 - 23 - Home Funeral Practicum - Practicum

April 25 - 34th Annual Volunteer Awards - Awards


      New This Week                     Repeat News

Extreme Hunger Appeal

The United Church of Canada is launching an Extreme Hunger Appeal as the humanitarian crisis in Kenya, Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan, and Yemen reaches grave levels.

Starvation and extreme hunger are rapidly reaching a scale the world has not seen before in Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan, and Yemen. There is also extreme hunger, malnutrition, and starvation in Kenya. Vulnerable people are most impacted, including children.

Please give now and invite members of your congregation to join this Extreme Hunger Appeal.
And please pray for the millions of people in Kenya, Nigeria, South Sudan, Somalia, and Yemen facing extreme drought, food insecurity, malnutrition, and conflict, and for our Mission & Service partners working on the ground to meet the needs of those affected.


Winnipeg Presbytery Minister
Richard’s Blog

>> Lent/Vignette (The Microphone)

Meet & Greet
Building a Just and Lasting Peace
March 30  7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

>> Poster
On Thursday, March 30, from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m., at Sam’s Place (159 Henderson Hwy.), come meet Carlos Zarate, Member of Philippine Congress (Bayan Muna PartyList) and delegate member of the ongoing peace negotiations as well as Nenita Condez, Subanen, indigenous leader from Mindanao.  They will be in Winnipeg as part of a cross-country tour sponsored by KAIROS Canada. 


Made-in-Manitoba Climate and Green Plan – Your Turn
On-line Survey

Manitoba Energy Justice Coalition (MEJC) invites you to participate in the on-line survey on the Provincial Government’s Green Plan and to write to Premier Brian Pallister and Minister of Sustainable Development, Cathy Cox.  The Provincial Government has extended the survey deadline to March 31, 2017.  >> Survey.  Please take a few minutes to fill out the survey using the guide prepared by MEJC >> Survey Guide
While the survey is a positive step forward, you are also encouraged to ask the government to hold public in-person community consultations.  You can do this by clearly stating your request for open and public consultations when prompted to provide “additional comments” at the end of the survey.
Using our letter writing tool to send the message directly to Premier Brian Pallister and Minister of Sustainable Development, Cathy Cox. 
>> Letter Writing Tool

Call for Nominations
Volunteers are the lifeblood of the United Church. At the national level, various committees and task groups rely on the wisdom and God-given talents that committed individuals bring to these positions. We are currently seeking nominations for a few positions:
·         The Anglican Church – United Church Dialogue
·         The Roman Catholic – United Church Dialogue
·         Church Council on Justice and Corrections
·         Mission & Service Advisory Committee
The deadline for this call is Thursday, April 20. Full details can be found here:


Stations of the Cross
April 14 (Good Friday)
>> Poster
Hunger Free Manitoba invites people from all faiths to join us in a Good Friday Public Lament focusing on Hunger and Homelessness.  Meet at noon at Broadway Disciples United Church (396 Broadway Ave.), leaves Broadway Disciples at 12:30 p.m. visiting stations along Broadway, end at Young United Church (222 Furby) at 2:00 p.m.  All faiths welcome to participate.  For more information, visit or call 204-779-5402.




>> March 23, 2017 Edition

Affirming United

>> March/April Edition


St. Andrew’s College ReJUNEvation
(formally Winter Refresher)
June 14 – 16

>> Brochure
St. Andrew’s College in Saskatoon, SK, is hosting ReJUNEvation (formally Winter Refresher) from Wednesday June 14-Friday June 16. This event will feature Theme Speaker: Dr. Julia M. O’Brien. Please see the attached brochure for more information.
In conjunction with ReJUNEvation, Dr. Christine Mitchell is offering the intensive course: BA226 – Prophetic Books of the Hebrew Scripture. The prerequisite for BA226  is an Intro to Hebrew Scriptures course. This course incorporates the ReJUNEvation event. It occurs from Jun 12-17. I have attached the syllabus for the course. You do not need to be a student at St. Andrew’s to register for this course.
Anyone can register for ReJUNEvation, but if a student decides to take BA226, they must also contact Melanie Schwanbeck (1-306-966-8973 or 1-877-644-8970) and register for ReJUNEvation at the student rate. The student rate for the event is $75 before May 15 and $100 after May 15, and it includes two lunches, refreshment breaks and workshops/tours and a performance.


Upcoming Dates

May 5 - 7 - United for Mining Justice National Gathering - Gathering

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

May 12 - Appreciative Inquiry: Reframing the Question - Reframing

May 18 – Boundaries Training Webinar - Boundaries

May 25 - 28 - Conference of Manitoba & Northwestern Ontario Annual Meeting - (see info above)

July 10 - 14 - UCW National Conference - Conference

June 14 - 16 - St. Andrew's College ReJUNEvation - ReJUNEvation

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

September 8-10 - UNJPPI Annual Gathering - Gathering

Winnipeg Presbytery Minister
Richard’s Blog

>> Lent/Vignette (Gunn’s Stone)

My Neighbour’s Home is My Home
>> Poster

Starting April 18, Muslims and Christians will spend a lot of time in each other’s homes as they get to know one another better.  Over a number of months, the planning team has designed a four week workshop that brings the two faith communities together in one space to share their understandings of neighbourhood, stewardship, Justice and the place of women in community.  The sessions will all start at 7:00 p.m. and end at 9:00 p.m.  Sessions will take place at St. James Anglican (195 Collegiate St.), St. Stephen and St. Bede (99 Turner Ave.), the Central Mosque (715 Ellice Ave.) and the Grand Mosque (2445 Waverley St.).  Please see the attached poster for more details.  There is no admission but a free will offering will be taken with proceeds supporting the construction of a health clinic in Africa and purchase of a scooter for the faith community.  For additional info contact the churches at 204-837-9812, 204-888-3489 or the Islamic Social Services Association at 204-994-1560 or 204-294-7860.


Continuing Education Opportunity: Take part in a Learning Circle at the Sandy-Saulteaux Spiritual Centre

Take part in the following upcoming Learning Circle at Sandy-Saulteaux Spirit Centre:
Interfaith Learning Circle, with Deanna Zantingh, Shahina Siddiqui and Pundit Venkat - April 3-7.
The Sandy-Saulteaux Spiritual Centre is an Aboriginal Theological and Ministry Training Program of the United Church of Canada located in Beausejour Manitoba. For more details on these Learning Circles, visit, or contact 204-268-3913 /


Appreciative Inquiry: Reframing the Question
May 12, 2017
>> Poster
Don’t miss your opportunity to register for the upcoming workshop being offered to ministries within Winnipeg and the Conference of Manitoba & Northwestern Ontario – 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., Friday, May 12, 2017 at St. Mary’s Road United Church (613 St. Mary’s Road, Winnipeg).  Enrollment is limited, so we encourage you to register as soon as possible.  Registration includes resources, refreshments and light snack.  Registration Deadline: May 5, 2017.  Questions?  Contact Richard Manley-Tannis at 204-954-2902 or  To register, please click here >> Appreciative Inquiry 


Wellman Lake United Church Camp

>> Poster
>> Brochure
Looking for a way to create memories that will last a life time this summer? Why not attend camp? Wellman Lake United Church Camp is ideally situated overlooking beautiful Regatta Bay, part of Wellman Lake in the Duck Mountain Provincial Park.  Our camp has 6 sessions, for boys and girls ages 5 -16 years. Wellman Lake United Church camp offers a variety of activities such as, canoeing, hiking, archery, swimming, bible stories, crafts, campfire sing-alongs and skits. Wellman Lake United Church Camp is a place where one can experience the outdoors, expand their creativity and explore their spirituality. Hope to see you there this summer!
The camp is also available for rent at various times during the year for family, congregational, school, or other events.  Please contact Lee-Anne Campbell at
Any questions regarding camp sessions or registrations, feel free to contact our camp registrar       
Kendal Stechyshyn @ 204-539-2264(home) 204-281-2686(cell) or email or check us out on our website at


Responding to Refugees: Your Best Friend Is Your Neighbour

Your generous gifts support partners’ response the needs of displaced Syrians and Iraqis who have taken refuge in Jordan. Read more . . .


>> March 23, 2017 Edition

Canadian Multifaith Federation

>> April 2017 Edition


Mission & Service Global Pilgrimage to Kenya
On March 25, a pilgrimage will begin! The pilgrims are Mission & Service Enthusiasts and UCW members from across the church. The group will journey to see and hear our Mission & Service global partners in Kenya, and a small group representing the UCW will also journey to Tanzania to the Morogoro Woemn’s Training Centre.
The pilgrims will see, hear and experience the work of Mission & Service partners, and we want to take you along with us! Pray for the pilgrims, and see our postings on the Mission & Service Facebook page and The United Church of Canada Facebook page as well as our tweets on the @mission_service twitter page. We will be blogging and posting images using the hashtag #UCCanKenya.  Read more . . .


Summer Student Grant 2017
The United Church of Canada

Submit an application for this grant to help hire a youth/young adult to work in church leadership this summer.
Many ministers recall times when they were invited into church leadership positions and how these experiences planted seeds that led to their eventual call into professional ministry. The goal of this grant is to enable congregations to hire youth and young adults into church leadership positions that will give them experience in working with a congregation. This might happen in a variety of ways: Christian education, helping others with worship leadership, outreach, pastoral visiting, etc.  Application Deadline:  April 30, 2017.  Read more . . .


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