Conference Weekly News - January 7, 2016

Conference Weekly News

January 7, 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
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Anne MacAulay, who died on December 11, 2015.  Her funeral was held on December 17, 2015 in Swan River. Anne was a member of Northland Presbytery for many years.

A Message from the Executive Secretary
Due to budget cuts made by the Conference Executive in response to the $88,000 cut to our Conference Grant in 2016; staff cuts were approved by the Executive to be made by myself, as Executive Secretary, in consultation with the Conference Staff Committee.
Today I am writing to inform you that Debbie Coss’ employment with the Conference of Manitoba and Northwestern Ontario has ended effective immediately. 
Debbie has been a valued member of our staff team and her gifts will be greatly missed.  She has supported countless youth and youth adults and helped to foster many leaders in our midst.  She has been an integral part of many youth and young adult events in our conference and the seeds of her ministry will continue on through the ongoing leadership of youth and young adults in the church.
We wish Debbie the very best in her ongoing ministry, wherever it leads her.
As we move forward I will be working closely with the leadership of the YAAY Committee to assess their ongoing staffing needs.  Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns you may have.
Shannon McCarthy
Executive Secretary
Conference of Manitoba & Northwestern Ontario
204-233-8911, ext.231


Personnel Minister Sabbatical

Judy Hare, the Conference Personnel Minister, is on sabbatical/extended study leave until March 31, 2016.  For those requiring assistance with various aspects of work relating to students and pastoral relations matters, please click here
>> Contact Information


Renewing Appointments . . . it's that time of year

There are three types of pastoral relationships:

  • relationships without preset time limits forged by Transfer & Settlement (placement by committee structure of the church)
  • relationships without preset time limits forged by Call after a Joint Search Process (JSC)
  • term relationships with both a specified start time and end time forged after either a JSC or some other process involving local interviews.

Most of these term relationships are for one year at a time based on the church pastoral year (July 1 of one year to June 30 of the next). Some appointments have different start dates and end dates but all have definite time lines. At least ninety days prior to the end date of an appointment, the pastoral charge or community ministry and the Ministry Personnel must determine whether they will be continuing the pastoral relationship or not.
If the appointment is not being renewed, the process to acknowledge that varies depending on:

  • whether it is a first time appointment or one that has been renewed several times already
  • whether the decision not to continue the Pastoral relationship is a mutual one or not, please check with the Presbytery Pastoral Relations Convener or the Conference Personnel Minister for assistance with process if this is the situation in your ministry setting.
If the appointment is being "renewed" then it can be as simple as: 
If you are on the “old” compensation model with a housing allowance or a manse, see page 6.

If you are transitioning to the new compensation model see page 5. You may also find the New Compensation Model Transition Worksheet helpful, see page 6.
If you require assistance with the figures or forms, please contact your Presbytery Pastoral Relations Convener OR a member of the Conference Settlement Commission (listed below)
  • having a motion passed by the governing board BEFORE MARCH 31, 2016 approving the appointment
  • sending the completed ORIGINAL forms signed by the governing body and Ministry Personnel to the Conference Office  (1622B St. Mary’s Road, Winnipeg, MB R2M 3W7) for final processing by the Conference Settlement Commission which meets the second Tuesday of each month
  • please keep a copy of the form for your own records BEFORE mailing them. The ministry setting and Ministry Personnel will be sent a completed copy of the forms after final processing however this may take several weeks. 
Other things must happen BEFORE the governing Board takes the above action if:
  • the person in the appointment is experiencing a change in Ministry Status or not (i.e. from a Designated Lay Ministry Applicant to a Recognized Designated Lay Minister; from active Ministry Personnel to Retired)
  • the terms of the appointment are undergoing significant changes  (i.e. reduction in hours or increase in remuneration beyond the normal salary increases)
  • if the appointment is in a team ministry/multiple ministry staff setting where there is a change in pastoral relations happening in the OTHER position and a new relationship is anticipated on or before July 01, 2016.
Please check with your Presbytery Pastoral Relations Convener if any of the above matters apply to your situation ASAP.
If this is an initial appointment, the Conference Settlement Commission Representative on your Joint Search Committee will assist you with the process as you may be required to be in the new compensation model which requires different forms and an additional step.
Conference Personnel Minister:
Judy Hare
Phone: 204-233-8911, ext. 228
Presbytery Pastoral Relations Convener:
Agassiz – Julie Baker 204-857-4471,
Assiniboine – Natasha Pearen 204-867-2674,
Cambrian - Joy Bott 807-229-1278,
Northland – Linda Buchanan 204- 623-2506,
Selkirk - Deborah Vitt 204-482-5914,
Winnipeg - Mary Best 204-586-5385,
Settlement Commission Members:
Convener – Heather Robbins (on leave),
Secretary – Elsie Douglas,
Member-at-Large – Barbara Roberts,
Agassiz – Cathie Waldie,
Agassiz – Laurel Buschau,
Assiniboine – Don Sellsted,
Assiniboine – Ken DeLisle,
Cambrian – Joy Bott,
Cambrian – Aileen Urquhart,
Northland – Linda Buchanan,
Northland – Mark Hammond,
Selkirk – Mona Denton,
Selkirk – Bobbie Tucker
Winnipeg – Diane Gillis,
Winnipeg – Mary Best,



Calendar for January

Now -January 23 - The Art of Reconciliation - Reconciliation

January 8-10, 2016 - Conf. of MNWO Young Adult Retreat in Selkirk - CANCELLED

January 25-29, 2016 - Intercultural Program in Saskatoon - Intercultural


New This Week                Repeat News


The Right Rev. Jordan Cantwell
Moderator: Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and Girls

Moderator Jordan Cantwell’s letter to Prime Minister Trudeau assures him of the church’s desire to work collaboratively on a national inquiry on murdered and missing Indigenous women and girls.  Read more . . .

ZEEBU 2016
February 13-15
St. Mary’s Road United Church in Winnipeg, MB

ZEEBU 2016 Conference Youth Retreat will be held the long weekend of Saturday, February 13th at 6:30 p.m. until Holiday Monday, February 15th at 2:00 p.m.  The retreat is open to all those in Grades 7-12.  Registration and payment is available online.  Group prices for 3 or more attending from the same pastoral charge!
For more information, contact
>> Online Registration Form


“Inquirers” Opportunity
In conjunction with the 2016 Winter Refresher at St. Andrew’s, the College is offering an “Inquirers” opportunity for those who are in the process of discernment or simply interested in exploring theological education.  They are making ten seats available at the Winter Refresher for inquirers and will provide the registration and meals at no charge, as well as a small travel bursary.  The details are provided in the attached application form.  The theme speaker, Shannon Craigo-Snell, and her theme “Performing Church” promises to be stimulating for both inquirers and other participants alike. 
>> Application Form




Project Peacemakers

>> December 22, 2015 Edition


>> January, 2016 Edition

Unsettling Goods: Choose Peace in Palestine and Israel
Join the United Church campaign in working for peace and justice in Palestine and Israel. 
Read more . . .


Worship by Theme


For worship resources for different themes and occasions, please click here >> Resources

Who You Gonna Be
While You Do What You Do?

May 13 - 15, 2016
>> Poster
Everyone is invited to a series of events to connect you to Voice and Vocation, Soul and Role with Barbara McAfee, May 13-15, 2016. 
The weekend begins with a workshop on Friday, May 13, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Winnipeg Unitarian Universalist Church (603 Wellington Cres., Winnipeg).  This will be a pragmatic, memorable approach to tapping the gifts of your speaking voice in life and work.  Saturday, May 14, from 9:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. at Light of the Prairie Retreat Centre in Lorette, MB, will be a day of conversation, music reflection, joy, movement, and embodied learning that will support you in living more deeply.  The weekend concludes with Barbara McAfee in concert on Sunday, May 15 at 7:30 p.m. at Crescent Fort Rouge United Church (525 Wardlaw Ave., Winnipeg).  For tickets prices, please see the attached poster.
To learn more about Barbara McAfee, click here >> Barbara McAfee

Friday, May 13, 2016 A Full Voice Workshop >> Registration Form
Saturday, May 14, 2016  Living with a Voice of Courage >> Registration Form

For more information, please contact Dianne Baker at 204-918-0820 or


Pastoral Leaders Needed for Research Project
A student enrolled in the Masters of Divinity program at Atlantic School of Theology in Halifax, NS, is seeking participants for a qualitative research project looking at the experience of competition between pastoral leaders within The United Church of Canada.  Please see the attached letter of invitation for more information >> Research Project letter


Upcoming Dates

February 13-15 - ZEEBU Youth Retreat - ZEEBU

February 26 & 27 - Suffering & Hope Conference - Suffering

February 29 - March 2 - Winter Refresher Course - Refresher

May 13 - 15 - Weekend Events with Barbara McAfee - Barbara


United Church Welcomes TRC Final Report
The Moderator delivered remarks at an event in Ottawa marking the release of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s final report. 
Read more . . .


President's Ponderings

A message from Joey Dearborn

>> An Advent Message


General Council Executive Meeting November 2015
Attached please find the second report from Ken DeLisle, Ministry Rep, from the General Council Executive Meeting, November 21-23, 2015.  Read more . . .



The United Centre for Theological Studies


>> December, 2015 Edition

Thank You for Your Mission & Service Giving!

Please click here to view an Advent letter from David Armour, Director of Philanthropy and President of The United Church of Canada Foundation.

Paris Climate Agreement a Bold First Step

The United Church of Canada added its voice to those celebrating the global climate deal recently reached in Paris.  Read more . . . 

Frequently Asked Questions about Refugee Sponsorship


For more information regarding refugee sponsorship, please click here . . .

A Story for the Season: Supporting Syrians, Sponsoring Refugees
The story of Advent is especially poignant as almost 11 million Syrians have been displaced from their homes. Responding to this crisis has been part of the Mission & Service of the church.  Read more . . .

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
January 17-24, 2016

“Festival of Prayer” will take place in Winnipeg, January 17 – 24, 2016 to mark the annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.  The theme and resources for 2016 were prepared by a group of representatives from different parts of Latvia: “Called to proclaim the mighty acts of the Lord” (cf. 1 Peter 2:9).  The International Committee appointed by the World Council of Churches and the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity finalized the material.
The 2016 Festival of Prayer will begin with a City-wide Ecumenical Worship Service at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, January 17th at Saint John XXIII Roman Catholic Church, 3390 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg.  
Ecumenical Choir - An ecumenical choir is being formed to lead music at the celebration on January 17 which will mark the opening of the week.  Anyone who can carry a tune and wishes to sing in the choir is welcome!  For more information about the Ecumenical Choir and the rehearsals >> click here
An announcement of further gatherings for the Week of Prayer is forthcoming.

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