Conference Weekly Bulletin - June 3, 2015

Conference Weekly Bulletin

June 3, 2015


Annual Meeting Highlights
Written Summary - click here

Videos of the entire meeting - click here

Depending on connection speed it may take several minutes to up-load and fast forward to desired places within the video.

Photos - click here

Proposals (14) - click here

Evaluation Form for Participants - click here
(please fill out if you have not done so previously)


Lost and Found -  a quilted pillow, 3 coffee mugs, an empty camera case and a pair of sunglasses - are any of these yours?  Contact the Conference Office  For a picture of these articles - click here

M&S Totals . . . To share the good news, a total of $10,181.80 was raised at the annual meeting for the M & S fund as follows:  $4,620.35 M & S Fundraiser; $5,340.45 Sunday worship offering and $221.00 sale of books donated by Calling Lakes Centre.

Thank you . . .  sincere thanks to all the churches who kindly donated baked goods for the breaks during conference weekend.  There were many items that were dropped off and I was unaware from which congregation, so I will just say THANKS to all the wonderful bakers.  All left over goods were delivered to West Broadway Community Ministry.
I would also like to thank the willing and efficient folks who donated their time to work at the UCRD book tables and those who offered to billet out of town folks.  Thank you all for your faithful service.
Sheron Miller, Local Arrangements Committee

Thank you from Lee  . . .  a standing ovation just for me – Oh my gosh!   Thank you from my heart for honouring me at Annual Meeting.

I have been incredibly fortunate to have worked with so many gifted and caring people over the past 26 ½ years - friends and colleagues who are committed to the church and to their faith and to their work.

It is time for me to retire, and I am very much looking forward to that at the end of June.   Thank you again and again and again!

Launch of New Conference Website!

We are pleased to present the new Conference website at which was launched at the Conference Annual Meeting last weekend.

For now we will be maintaining our old webpage at until we are sure all pertinent data has been transferred over.

We invite you to take a look at the new site and let us know what you think.

More information on United Church web page templates and services offered through webpage developers A+ Computers will be distributed to congregations soon.

Calendar for June


June 2 - 14 - Thunder Pride Events, Thunder Bay, Ontario - Events

June 4 - 7:00 pm - Not Criminally Responsible - Windsor Park United Church - Poster

June 8 – 7:30 pm – St. Paul’s (Thunder Bay) Lecture - The United Church of Canada at 90 - Lecture 

June 9 - Boundaries Training online - Boundaries

June 10 - 10:30 a.m. - Ring church bells to celebrate UCC 90th Anniversary - Bells

June 10 - 50 MINUTE RETREAT! for our 90th Anniversary of The United Church of Canada  - Retreat

June 13 - Grands'n'More Walk 10 am - Walk

June 13 - Walk for Peace - (see info below)

June 14 - Winnipeg Pride Parade (see info below) 

June 20 - Urban Retreats Garden Tour - Garden Tour

June 24 - 5-7:00 pm - Retirement Celebration for Ted Dodd - (see info below)

June 21 - National Aboriginal Day - Resources



New This Week                Repeat Messages 


President's Ponderings

A message from Joey Dearborn

>>  Now What?

Not Criminally Responsible

Thursday, June 4  7:00 pm
Windsor Park United Church
1062 Autumnwood Drive

>> Poster

What do we do when crime and mental illness intersect?  Come and watch the Doc Zone video by John Kastner about Sean Clifton, who attacked a women while in a psychotic state.

Reverend Bruce Faurschou, director of the United Church Halfway Houses in Winnipeg, will be joining us.



To celebrate the leadership and mark the retirement of Ted Dodd,

The Centre for Christian Studies invites you to a ... Cinq à Sept for Ted
5:00 to 7:00 pm
Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Sturgeon Creek United Church
207 Thompson Drive, Winnipeg 

RSVP to Cheryl Thiessen by June 18- 304-783-4490 or

Refreshments will be served; Presentations at 6:00

Not going to be in the Winnipeg area?  We've got you covered.  Whether you'll be there in person or not, you are invited to create an 8.5 X 11 page with greetings, memories, stories, or pictures to be part of a book to be presented to Ted.  Bring it with you or send it to CCS (60 Maryland, Wpg, MB, R3G 1K7)


Moderator Invites Church to Pray for the 42nd General Council

In his most recent blog post, Moderator Gary Paterson invites the church into a 40 day pilgrimage of prayer beginning Tuesday, June 30 and running through until the opening of the 42nd General Council on Saturday, August 8.

“In this time of pilgrimage, as we live with our questions, and face the task of discernment and decision-making, feeling worried and hopeful, apprehensive, and excited, I will continue to pray for the United Church. And I hope that you, too, will be part of the pilgrimage,” writes the Moderator.

Prayers for this 40 day pilgrimage will be posted later this month.  Read more . . .


Two Employment Opportunities

Centre for Christian Studies

The Centre for Christian Studies, located in Winnipeg, Manitoba, is currently in process of searching for creative and committed theological educators to join our Program staff team.
>> Job Description

More information about the Centre for Christian Studies and our program for ministry formation can be found at

Deadlines for applications is July 15, 2015.  


Circles of Support and Accountability (CoSA)

Circles of Support and Accountability (CoSA) is seeking a Program Assistant.  CoSA is a volunteer-based program which seeks to support people entering our communities after being incarcerated, and who are considered high risk to re-offend. It is our job to support clients, who we call Core Members, in healthy living, as well as hold them accountable for their actions. 

>> Job Description 

The divine touch      
a form of spiritual ministry offering healing through hands 

an article by Brenda Suderman posted on the Winnipeg Free Press website 5/16/2015  
Used by permission of the author)

"For the past 15 or so years,  members of the Healing Ministry at Sturgeon Creek United Church have offered their services to the St. James area congregation and the community, offering their combination of therapeutic touch and spiritual ministry to anyone in need of comfort and care."

Read more . . .


 World Week for Peace in Palestine and Israel
September 20-26, 2015
Many churches around the globe use the World Week for Peace in Palestine and Israel (WWPPI) to pray, educate, and advocate for peace in the region. In 2015, the week will be observed September 20–26. September 21 is also the International Day of Peace.

This year’s theme, “God has broken down the dividing walls” (Ephesians 2:14), focuses on the separation wall that Israel has built across occupied Palestinian territories. The separation wall is the longest and highest wall in the world. It divides people, families, and communities, humiliates Palestinians, and builds on a culture of fear and separation.

Read more . . .


Affirm United/S’affirmer Ensemble 2015 Annual Conference


July 31-August 3
Halifax, Nova Scotia

Everyone is welcome, no matter your identity or faith background.

Theme will be A Time for Transformation, with a major focus on trans identity and rights.  Theme presentations will include Kevin Kindred addressing the intersection of religious and equality rights under the Charter, and Kathryn Dumke leading us in a panel discussion on legal and social issues for the trans community.

Full information, including the registration form, brochure, and practical details - click here.


2015 Thunder Pride
Thunder Bay, Ontario

will be hosting many events beginning with

Tuesday, June 2  -  Flag-raising and media kick off (City Hall) and Sunday, June 7  -  Opening Smudge and Drum Ceremony (Spirit Gardens)

For a complete list of events - click here.


Diana Chappell and Brian Stevens have written an anthem/song, Hearts Joined as One, in celebration of the 90th Anniversary of The United Church of Canada and want to share it with you for use in your home church.

>> Hearts Joined as One - pdf copy  
 An SATB version is available for download at 


Winnipeg Organ Festival
July 4-9

The Royal Canadian College of Organists (RCCO) is holding its national convention in Winnipeg.  The Winnipeg Centre of the RCCO has organized an exciting and dynamic summer festival with programs taking place at Young United, Knox United, Westminster United and St. Andrew’s River Heights United Churches.  This major event will end with a grand finale with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra directed by Maestro Alexander Mickelthwaite in concert with renowned organist, James David Christie of Boston. Detailed concert information is available at You can order evening concerts Festival Passes and single tickets by calling Karen at 204-453-6962 or email  Single tickets are also available at McNally Robinson.

Upcoming Dates



July 4 - 9 - Winnipeg Organ Festival - (see info above)

July 31 - August 3 - Affirm United Conference - Affirm

August 8 - 15 - General Council 42 in Corner Brook, Newfoundland - GC42


September 10-November 26 - Spiritual Diversity: Hope and Healing Course at HSC - Spiritual

September 20 - 26 - World Week for Peace in Palestine & Israel - Peace

October 26-30, 2015 - Ministry of Supervision Event (see info above)

November 13-14 - Stewardship is a way of life Event - Stewardship

April 18-22, 2016 - Ministry of Supervision (see info above)



Bill C-53, the Life Means Life Act

The Church Council on Justice and Corrections (CCJC, a partner of the United Church) sent a letter in response to Bill C-53, theLife Means Life Act, on May 15. The letter was addressed to Prime Minister Stephen Harper, with copies to Minister of Public Safety Stephen Blaney and Justice Minister Peter MacKay.

Bill C-53 proposes to determine at the time of sentencing whether an individual’s crimes “...compel the conclusion that the accused’s behaviour in the future is unlikely to be inhibited by normal standards of behavioural restraint.” CCJC’s work in the criminal justice field—as well as the experience of chaplains, faith leaders, lawyers, correctional staff, restorative justice practitioners, and victims of crime—indicate that it’s not appropriate or possible to make such a judgment at the time of sentencing.  Read more . . . 


The Philippines and Typhoon Haiyan: 18 Months Later


As of May 2015, United Church people have donated over $1.6 million to the Typhoon Haiyan Relief Appeal. Of that amount, $1,012,000 has been disbursed to United Church Mission & Service partners and ACT Alliance. Thank you!

Eighteen months later, the United Church is continuing to allocate funds raised through its Typhoon Haiyan appeal to Mission & Service partners and ACT Alliance members in the Philippines. The over $1.6 million donated has enabled the United Church to respond to the crisis on many strategic fronts. Thank you, people of the United Church, for your incredible outpouring of compassion and support for the Filipino people!  Read more . . . 



from the National Office

>> May 2015 Edition

Common Threads
from Centre for Christian Studies

>> May 2015 Edition


United Churches Are Being Invited to Make a Joyful Noise

United Church congregations are being invited to ring their church bells 90 times at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, June 10, 2015, to mark the 90th anniversary of The United Church of Canada.  The inaugural service began at 10:30 a.m. That is why 10:30 a.m. was chosen as the time, in every time zone, for United Churches to celebrate their presence in the community. 

“Whether you’re the only United Church in town with a lone church bell ringing, or in a community where it’s possible for many church bells to ring in unison, may we all make a joyful noise to the Lord on June 10,” says the Moderator, the Right Rev. Gary Paterson. 

Read more . . . 

Grands'n'More Walk
June 13

Please join Grands 'n' More Winnipeg at Grant Park Mall on Saturday June 13th to walk in solidarity with the grandmothers of sub-Saharan Africa who are caring for their AIDS-orphaned grandchildren. 

Activities for adults and children begin at 10 am.  The walk begins at 11:30 am.

>> Poster

Registration: $5.00


Join Us in a Walk for Peace and Peace Festival
WHEN: Saturday, June 13th, 2015
WHERE: Vimy Ridge Park, Portage Ave. between Home and Canora

Come and join us in a celebration of peace, justice, and equality this summer on our annual Peace and Justice Festival and Walk. It is an opportunity not only to learn about each otherr and the issues that concern us, but also to raise awareness of Canada's foreign and domestic policies, and set the stage for community action that carries us into the future.

We are having a planning meeting about the Peace Festival to discuss ideas and talk about what we want to do for this year’s festival.  If you are interested in participating, or just coming to find out what is possible, please join us:
If you have questions please contact Margaret:

 Winnipeg Pride Parade
June 14, 12 noon

The Winnipeg Pride Parade will take place on Sunday, June 14th at 12 noon.  The United Church of Canada (Conference of MNWO) has registered as a walking group.  You are invited to come and join us!  If other churches or groups have also registered, let’s walk together in solidarity.  Look for Joey Dearborn (Conference President as of June 1st and The United Church of Canada banner in the marshalling area on the Legislature grounds.

Urban Retreats Garden Tour
Saturday June 20, 10:00 am–4:00 pm, rain or shine
>> Poster

Self-guided tour of beautiful Fort Richmond gardens in support of St Matthew's-Maryland Community Ministry. Tickets $15, available at McNally Robinson Booksellers, Jensen Nursery & Garden Centre, or by calling the Community Ministry at 774-3957.

As well, a Manitoba Tea will be held from 11:30–2:00 pm at Trinity United Church, 933 Summerside Ave.

Tickets for the tea and bannock are an additional $5.00 and available at the door. Garden tour tickets also available on June 20th at Trinity United Church.

Stewardship is a way of life Event
November 13-14
Westworth United Church
1750 Grosvenor Ave. Winnipeg

Theme:  Re-Mission:  History of Harm and Healing UC Missions

>> Poster

>> Brochure

Session I - Church Treasurer 101

Session II - The Narrative Budget

Session III - Year-Round Stewardship

Session IV - Giving as a Spiritual Practice

The registration fee will be low, and it will get lower-per-person as your team gets larger!  So, bring a crowd.
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