Conference Weekly News - July 8, 2016

Conference Weekly News

July 8, 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 

The Conference extends thoughts and prayers to Kathryn, Jordan and Emmitt Basso at the birth of Everleigh Rey born on July 05, 2016. Jordan is Ministry Personnel on the Valley Pastoral Charge, Agassiz Presbytery.


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The Conference extends congratulations to Bill Millar who was granted the McGeachy Scholarship. Bill’s proposal is entitled: Equipping the Church for Intercultural Ministry: Research & Resources. He is Ministry Personnel at Knox United Church, Winnipeg.


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 July

July 9 - Steinbach Pride Parade - (see info below)

July 10 - 14 - CGIT Camp - CGIT

July 18 - 22 - Social Justice Camp - Camp

July 23 - Torch of Dignity Relay - Relay

July 22 - 24 - Affirm United Annual Conference - Affirm


      New This Week                     New This Week


Winnipeg Presbytery Minister
Richard’s Blog

>> June Verses

Steinbach Pride Parade -

July 9
You’re invited!!  Steinbach will host its first organized Pride event on Saturday, July 9 at 11:00 a.m.  We will gather at EA Friesen Park - adjacent to Jake Epp Library, 255 Elmdale, Steinbach at 10:30 a.m., with the march commencing at 11:00 a.m.  Everyone is encouraged to attend.  For more information and to register go to >>


Payroll Responsibilities
A couple of situations that have arisen lately indicate that a reminder of payroll responsibilities might be in order. Treasurers are reminded that among their responsibilities outlined in the Financial Handbook for Congregations are “the regular review and understanding of ADP reports and forwarding the Statement of Earnings and deductions (included with the ADP reports) to the employee after every payroll is processed” (page 30, section 4.1). It is also the responsibility of Ministry Personnel and lay employees to review those Statements of Earnings for accuracy in both the deductions and income. If you require assistance in understanding the reports, there are guides available to/through the treasurers to assist with this matter (Page 33 section 4.7).  Ministry Personnel are responsible to know their own salary category and years of credited service. If Ministry Personnel have questions about this, they should contact the Conference Personnel Minister (email: Ensuring these regular reviews happen by BOTH parties increases the likelihood that errors are noted and corrected in a timely manner thus preventing situations that are far more complex and time consuming to resolve.   The Financial Handbook is available online  >> Financial Handbook

The Canada 150 Fund
The Government of Canada's 'Canada 150 Fund'  was established to create opportunities for Canadians to participate in local, regional, and national celebrations for Canada’s 150th Anniversary that contribute to building a sense of pride and attachment to Canada.  There are grants available for up to $50,000 for Canadian not-for-profit organizations, including corporations, trusts, cooperatives and unincorporated associations; Canadian business corporations, including partnerships, trusts and joint ventures where projects are non-commercial in nature; Canadian schools; and, Canadian municipal governments and their institutions.  Possible themes for celebrations: Reconciliation with First Nations, Youth, Caring for the Environment, and Diversity/Inclusion.  Read more . . .

St. Mark's United Church in Lusaka, Zambia is in need of a communion set which can be taken to Zambia by a visitor from that church who is in Winnipeg for the summer.  If you can help, please contact Sharon Wilson at Windsor Park United Church at 204-256-8792.




World Communion of Reformed Churches


>> June 2016 Edition

The United Centre for Theological Studies


>> June 2016 Edition

Affirm United


>> Summer 2016 Edition

Be Part of a Reinvigorated United Church
To get a taste of what The United Church of Canada may look like in the future, be sure to keep Saturday, July 29 th open on your calendar. That’s the day Chasing the Spirit will be relaunched, with a new name and a renewed commitment to give faith communities the planning, marketing and financing tools they need to reimagine the church as God dreams us to be. 
Read more . . .


Upcoming Dates

August 14 - From Apology Towards Reconciliation - (see info above)

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

September 16 – Mandatory Racial Justice Webinar - Justice

September 23 - 25 - UNJPPI National Gathering - Gathering

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

October 20 - 23 - Connections 2016 - Connections


The Manual, 2016, Now Available
This edition incorporates remits approved during the 2012–2015 triennium and enacted by the 42nd General Council 2015, as well as additional changes approved by the 42nd General Council 2015 and the Executive of the General Council. 
Read more . . .

Repeat News

Winnipeg Presbytery Minister
Richard’s Blog

>> Steinbach

From Apology towards Reconciliation
30th Anniversary of the United Church’s Apology to First Nations Peoples

At its November 2015 meeting, General Council Executive endorsed a proposal from the Committee on Indigenous Justice and Residential Schools that the 30th Anniversary of the United Church’s Apology to First Nations people be recognized throughout the church.  In response to this request, the All Native Circle Conference and the Conference of Manitoba and Northwestern Ontario, invites you to attend an event marking the 30th Anniversary of the United Church’s Apology to First Nations Peoples.  Come and hear about the actions leading to an Apology and to once again hear the words of the Apology and response from the Indigenous Church.  Through storytelling and activities we will have an opportunity to reflect on our history.  In light of the Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, we will have an opportunity to envision new possibilities for positive relationship and reconciliation.
When:  Sunday, August 14
            2:00 p.m. ending with Feast at 5:00 p.m.
Where:  Sandy Saulteaux Spiritual Centre (click here for >> directions)

It will be helpful to know if you are planning to attend so we can confirm numbers for the Feast.  Please register on-line >> Registration Form.  If you would like to make a donation towards the cost of the feast, there will be a basket available.
Registration Deadline:  Friday, August 5


More Answers about Remits

Three important updates have been made to the resource material for the eight remits now being voted on by pastoral charge boards and presbyteries. 
Read more . . .



Centre for Christian Studies


>> June 26, 2016 Edition


Inspire, Ask, and Thank with Salt & Light!

Get ready—our new 2016/17 congregational giving resource, Called to Be the Church: Salt and Light, should have arrived! (A copy was sent to ministry personnel in every congregation.)
We listened to what people told us about Called to Be the Church and used it to develop a new and improved program for 2016-2017 that will take it to the next level. This new Congregational Giving Program gives you everything you need to enliven generosity and giving. 
Read more . . .


48 New Grants and Awards!
It is with immense gratitude to all our donors that we announce 48 grants, scholarships and academic awards totalling $704,225.  These grants and awards represent the dedication, innovation, and spirit-filled work of so many people across our church.

Congratulations to all grant and award recipients.  We look forward to hearing about your work as it progresses. 
Read more . . .


Addressing Global Hunger
The Government of Canada is reviewing its international assistance programs. The purpose of the review is to look at Canada's international assistance, and determine how and if it needs to change in response to all the challenges in the world today—and where to spend its funds. It is asking for the input from Canadians. 
Read more . . .



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