Conference Weekly News - July 14, 2016

Conference Weekly News

July 14, 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 

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 . . .


Conference Weekly News Holiday Schedule

The Conference Weekly News will be on holidays from July 25 until August 8.  Next week will be the last Weekly News until August 11.  If you have an article you would like posted, please email by noon on Wednesday, July 20.

Calendar for July & August

July 18 - 22 - Social Justice Camp - Camp

July 23 - Torch of Dignity Relay - Relay

July 22 - 24 - Affirm United Annual Conference - Affirm

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

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

August 20 - 21 - 30th Anniversary of the Apology (Sudbury, ON) - (see info below)

      New This Week                     New This Week


Winnipeg Presbytery Minister
Richard’s Blog

>> Rituals

Patience in Transition Times
As many are aware, the management of the United Church Pension and Benefits Center shifted from Aon-Hewitt to McAteer effective July 01, 2016. With the volume of data requiring shifting from one system to another, a decision was made to not go live with the new Benefits Centre member website until all data could be appropriately validated. It is hoped that this can happen later this month.  
Meanwhile, McAteer is fielding calls to the Benefits Centre with General Council staff providing backup. 
During the transition, members may experience some delays in activating benefits for new calls/appointments or hires.  If a hardship is anticipated, the member may call Margaret Kowalczyk (1-800-268-3781 ext. 3010). 
There is some backlog from Aon Hewitt of payment authorisations for members retiring in July or August.  Interim payment arrangements are being made to these retired members.  If you are a member that is in this situation and you have not yet been contacted, please have them contact Maria Angeles (1-800-268-3781 ext. 3087). 
Unrelated to this transition, ADP, the pastoral charge payroll service provider, made significant staffing changes affecting our account. There should not be any visible impact on service levels but if an issue comes up, please contact the Conference Personnel Minister, Judy Hare, for referral (204-233-8911 ext. 228)


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


30th Anniversary of the Apology Information

On August 20, 2016 the Moderator and representatives of the Indigenous church and other members of The United Church of Canada will participate in a commemorative service at the site of the 1986 United Church Apology in Sudbury, Ontario. All who wish are welcome to attend.
The event will be from 2:00 to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday. It will be a time of storytelling, journeying, and ceremony with folks who were present at the 1986 events. The event will begin at Huntington University followed by a walk to the Cairn.  After that there will be a barbeque back at Huntington. 
The next day, Sudbury churches are hosting a joint service at St. Peter’s United (203 York Street, Sudbury).   The service begins at 10:30 a.m. where the Moderator will be preaching.

The organizers would like to get a sense of how many people will be attending the Saturday event so they can make adequate preparations for the commemoration and the meal that will follow.

If you are planning to attend in Sudbury, please register online at:
30th Anniversary
or by calling the Manitou Conference Office at:  (705) 474-3350
Attached you will find the following information:
>> The information poster for the event (Please post at your church)
>> Maps to get to the Huntington University Campus
>> Accommodations list
>> Bulletin insert for churches to post


Upcoming Dates

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 Conference of Manitoba & Northwestern Ontario is in need of approximately 8 feet of floor space as soon as possible, to stow Annual Meeting supplies and equipment on an on-going basis.
If any church in or close to Winnipeg can provide this storage space, please contact Linda Firman at 204-233-8911 ext. 230 or email


Student Debt Survey
The Ministry and Employment Unit of the General Council Office is attempting to gather a realistic picture of the costs incurred by those who have pursued, are pursuing, and those considering pursuing ministry in The United Church of Canada.  Ministry Personnel (especially those in the first 10 years of service), students, inquirers and those who may have considered ministry, are encouraged to take 10 minutes to complete the attached survey before September 05, 2016.  >> Survey 
 >> July 12, 2016 Edition

Repeat News

Winnipeg Presbytery Minister
Richard’s Blog

>> June Verses

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 . . .


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 . . .


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