Conference Weekly Bulletin - May 20, 2015

Conference Weekly Bulletin

May 20, 2015




Calendar for May


May 20 - Living the Questions Study at Harrow UC -  Out into the World: Challenges Facing Progressive Christians    - Study 

May 23-24 - Courageous Conversations with Stan McKay at St. Mary's Road UC - Poster

May 24 - 2 pm - Closing service at St. Andrew's United Church, LaRiviere, MB.

May 24 - 10 am - Churchill Park United Church 20th Anniversary - poster

May 27 - 7:30 pm - Taize Worship at Westworth United Church (see info below)

May 28-31 - Conference Annual Meeting at the University of Manitoba - Meeting



Annual Meeting Information

Conference Annual Meeting
May 28-31
University Centre, UofManitoba
Advertisements at Annual Meeting
If you would like a slide on the ad loop at Annual Meeting - please have it into Lee by May 22. 

Volunteers Needed
Local Arrangements are asking churches in Winnipeg to contribute muffins and cookies for the nutritional breaks during the meetings on Friday and Saturday.  We are requesting each church to contribute no more than 4 dozen muffins and 8 dozen cookies for the delegates to enjoy during the breaks.   It would be helpful if muffins and cookies do not contain the following:  nuts, cinnamon, icing.  Some muffins or cookies can be sugar free or gluten free (please label)
Please consider delivering baked goods on Friday morning or Saturday morning by 9:30 a.m.  These can be brought to the meeting by your conference delegate, minister or volunteer.
We would also request volunteers to help with the following:

-   Preparation and serving refreshments
-  Assisting with the UCRD book table
-  Agreeing to billet conference delegates
If you are able to help with these requests, please contact:
 Sheron Miller 204-668-5117; 
 or the
Conference Office 204-233-8911;

We sincerely thank you for considering these requests. Further confirmation and details will be forthcoming to the volunteers.

Ministry & Employment FAQs
>> Renewing Appointments . . .It's that time of year again! 

>> Thinking of Retirement

>> Conflict in the Pastoral Relationship

>> Changes in Pastoral Relationships in 2015 and the impact of the New Compensation Model

New This Week                Repeat Messages 


President's Ponderings

A message from Conference President Barb Jardine.

>> Heart Language
Winnipeg Presbytery Minister
Richard's Blog

Courageous Conversations
 May 23 and 24
St. Mary's Road United Church
 613 St. Mary's Rd., Winnipeg

>> Poster

>> Welcome Letter

On Saturday May 23rd from 2-5:30 we have the Former Moderator of the United Church, The Rt. Rev. Stan McKay offering a smudge for those interested; sharing The Seven Sacred Teachings; a time of small group sharing; a reflection on being an Aboriginal Christian; all followed by a Feast (potluck).
On Sunday May 24th from 12-3pm we have two speakers from the Treaty Relations Commission of Manitoba, Elder Harry Bone & Aimée Craft (author of “Breathing Life into the Stone Fort Treaty: An Anishinabe Understanding of Treaty One”). We will start this event with a catered Feast of bison stew and bannock from Elsie Bear’s Kitchen; this will be followed by a presentation on Treaty One and an opportunity for dialogue. Because the feast will be catered please RSVP by email or phone if you would like to attend the Sunday event.
Both events are open to all -  free of charge and will include child care. Please join us as you are able!

For more information contact Phil Read 

United Church Supports Human Rights Proposal to Agrium

The United Church of Canada, together with the Congregation of Sisters of Mercy of Newfoundland and OceanRock Investments (Meritas Jantzi Social Index Fund), presented a shareholder proposal to Agrium Inc. at its annual meeting in Calgary on May 6. The same proposal was put forward by the Sisters of Mercy and OceanRock to PotashCorp of Saskatchewan on May 12.
The proposal called on the companies to conduct a human rights assessment into the purchase of phosphate rock from a Moroccan state‒owned enterprise operating in Western Sahara.  Read more . . . 


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 . . . 

Connex keeps readers up-to-date on benefits, employment policies, and other initiatives of the Permanent Committee on Ministry and Employment Policies and Services (PC-MEPS) and the Ministry and Employment Unit.

  • Ministry personnel and employees of the United Church: stay on top of issues affecting your health and benefits.
  • Pastoral charge treasurers, Ministry and Personnel (M&P) Committee members, payroll administrators: this newsletter is essential reading for you!
>> May 2015 Edition

>> Xtra  - (New Minimum Salaries for Ministry Personnel effective January 1, 2016)

Upcoming Dates



June 1-5 - EQ-HR Workshops - Saskatoon, SK - EQ-HR

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 13 - Grands'n'More Walk 10 am - Walk

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

June 14 - Winnipeg Pride Parade (see info above) 

June 20 - Urban Retreats Garden Tour - Garden Tour

June 21 - National Aboriginal Day - Resources

August 8 - 15 - Corner Brook, Newfoundland - GC42


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

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)

Truth and Reconciliation:  This Ending is Only the Beginning
TONITE - May 20, 7-8:30 p.m.
Bethel Mennonite Church, 465 Stafford

>> Poster

It's time to talk about moving forward on Truth and Reconciliation.  South Winnipeg KAIROS invites you to join us to hear Ry Moran, Director of the National Research Centre for Truth and Reconciliation.  


Churchill Park United Church will celebrate 20 years in the community on May 24.

Rev. Jeff Cook will be the guest preacher at the 10 a.m. service followed by lunch with guests Gustavo Rodriquez from our partner church in Varadero, Cuba and Tessa Blaikie from 1JustCity.
The celebration includes special music by Monica Bailey and her flute, Kyana Harper, Atticus McIlraith, CPUC choir, and Valdine Anderson and Esprit de Choeur.

>> Poster

Lunch is $15. Tickets are available at the office 204-452-8561.


Taizé Worship Service
Wednesday, May 27, 7:30 p.m.
Westworth United Church
1750 Grosvenor Ave., Winnipeg

Come for a quiet, candlelit service of chants, meditation, and prayers.

If you are able to read scripture in another language, please Loraine know at 489-6974 Ext. 22. 


Toward Truth and Reconciliation Worship Service

In 2015, as the Truth and Reconciliation holds its closing event and releases its Final Report and recommendations, United Church congregations are encouraged to reflect, pray, and worship on the journey of reconciliation on four Sundays, May 31 to June 21 (National Aboriginal Day).  Read more . . . 

>> Agenda

>> Poster

Time for Reconciliation – 5 things you can do.  Many people will be gathering in Ottawa form May 29 to June 3 to mark the ceremonial close of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC).  However, you don’t need to be in Ottawa to mark this historic moment.  There are many things that can be done in other parts of the country to demonstrate a nationwide commitment to reconciliation.

>> Five Things

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.


Nepal Earthquake Appeal

The United Church is appealing for donations for Nepal Earthquake Relief in response to the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that hit the south Asian country on April 24 and a second, 7.2 magnitude earthquake that struck May12.  Read more . . . 

United Church Asks for Clarity on Meaning of “Zero Tolerance”

Toronto: In a letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper, The United Church of Canada has asked for clear reassurance that the government does not intend to limit the democratic rights and freedoms of individuals and organizations opposed to Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territories.

The church’s letter was prompted by a recent CBC news story that cited the possibility of the government using hate crime laws to clamp down on activities they consider to be singling out Israel for criticism.   Read more . . .



Salary Schedules for Ministry Personnel

The Salary and Allowances Schedule for ministry personnel is updated every May; the salary minimums take effect the following January 1. When the salary increases are calculated every May, the cost of living percentages posted by the Statistics Canada Consumer Price Index the previous December are used.

>> 2015 Salary Schedule

>> 2016 Salary Schedule

To assist with explanations of various allowances and salary-based increases with regard to housing allowances and benefits, the Salary and Allowances Schedule contains links to the Financial Handbook for Congregations.

Affirm United E-Newsletter

>> May-June 2015  Edition


Eight Nominees for 42nd Moderator

To date, eight individuals have been nominated to stand for election as the next United Church Moderator. The nominees, and the bodies that nominated them  The election to choose the
next Moderator will take place during the 42nd General Council 2015 in Corner Brook, Newfoundland, August 8‒15, 2015.

Any Conference, presbytery, or district may nominate someone to be Moderator through a motion of the court. Nominations must be received by the General Secretary of the General Council no later than June 8, 2015, two months prior to the start date of the 42nd General Council 2015. Nominations may also occur from the floor of General Council.  Read more . . . 


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

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.

Ministry of Supervision Course 2015-16
at Atlantic School of Theology
October 26-30,2 015 and April 18-22, 2016

Training for effective supervision of ministry based students, interns, field education students and designated lay ministers.
Please contact, Sally Shaw, course coordinator at for an information and application package.

(with the support of The United Church of Canada and Pine Hill Divinity Hall)
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