Conference Weekly News - January 19, 2017

Conference Weekly News

January 19, 2017



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

Please hold the following in your thoughts and prayers . . .

. . . Wendy Rankin as she awaits surgery. Wendy is Ministry Personnel on the Souris Pastoral Charge in Assiniboine Presbytery.
. . . the family and friends of Everett Freeman.  After a very short illness, Everett passed away peacefully Saturday, January 14, 2017 in Fort Frances.  A service will be held at Knox United Church, Fort Frances, on Saturday, January 28, 2017 at 11:00 a.m.  Everett was a lay delegate to Cambrian Presbytery from Knox, Fort Frances.
. . . all our brothers and sisters in faith during this Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (January 18-25, 2017) as we gather in various places and for various events around the theme “Reconciliation-The Love of Christ Compels Us” using resources prepared by an ecumenical team in Germany.


Annual Meeting Logo Needed

The Conference Annual Meeting will be taking place May 25-28, 2017 at the CanadInns in Portage la Prairie, Manitoba.  The theme of the meeting is “Being Church…Not Because We Have To”.  There will be workshops in four theme areas: Deepening Spirituality, Indigenous Relations, Youth and Young Adults, and the Environment.  We are looking for logo submissions by January 31, 2017.  Please submit your ideas to Cherry Abad at

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Annual Meeting
Accommodations & Restaurants

Plans are underway for the Conference Annual Meeting being held May 25 – 28, 2017 at the CanadInns in Portage la Prairie, Manitoba.  Please find attached a list of accommodations and restaurants in Portage la Prairie for your information
>> Accommodations & Restaurants  

The registration cost will be $175.00 again this year.  More information regarding registration will be forthcoming.


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 January

January 21 - Racial Justice Training Webinar – Webinar

January 23 - Open Bethlehem Film Screening - Bethlehem

January 18 - 25 - Week of Prayer for Christian Unity - Prayer

January 23 - 27 - Healthy Growth & Development - Sandy-Saulteaux

January 26 - 29 - Epiphany Explorations 2017 - Epiphany


      New This Week                     Repeat News

Moderator: I Love Donald Trump

Moderator Jordan Cantwell reflects on the upcoming inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump. 
Read more . . .


Winnipeg Presbytery Minister
Richard’s Blog

>> Democracy #1

ZEEBU Youth Retreat
February 18 – 20
Neepawa United Church

ZEEBU Youth Retreat (Grade 7-12) will be taking place on the Louis Riel long weekend – February 18-20, 2017 at Neepawa United Church.  This is a great opportunity for young people to come together to explore a theme in small groups and large, giving individuals opportunities to discover and deepen their faith in God in the comfort and safety of their peers, young adult mentors and chaplains.  For more information, please contact Twila MacNair at or 204-233-8911 ext. 227. 

Please click any of the following for more info:

>> What the heck is ZEEBU?
>> Sample weekend agenda from a past year

To register, please click here
>> ZEEBU Registration


Important Remit Updates Aim to Provide Clarity on the Proposals before the Church
As pastoral charge boards/councils and presbyteries deliberate on the eight remits now before the church, you will find some new (and some revised) material available in the Documents section on
Read more . . .


2017 Seeds of Hope Granting Cycle is Now Open!
The Spring 2017 Seeds of Hope granting cycle is now open and accepting applications!  Read more . . .

Blanket Exercise Facilitator Training
February 3 & 4
North Kildonan United Church, Winnipeg

The demand to host the KAIROS Blanket Exercise has continued to increase and therefore created a need to have a team of facilitators across Canada.  The training will take place on Friday, February 3 (6:45-9:00 p.m.) and Saturday, February 4 (9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.) at North Kildonan United Church (174 Pentland Street, Winnipeg).  Registration fee is $50 which includes lunch and snacks on Saturday, and all facilitation and materials. 
Read more . . . 
To register, contact Shannon Perez at



Affirm United

>> January 2017 Edition


>> January 18, 2017 Edition

United Church National Retreat for Young Adults & Youth
Grade 9 to 30 years
Montreal, Quebec
August 16-19, 2017

Like our Zeebu and Alf retreats within our conference, this retreat will give opportunities for participants in large, medium and small group settings to explore their faith in the company of youth from the wider church, as in, nation-wide!  Follow this link for more info >> Rendez-vous.  If you are considering attending this event, please contact Twila at, even if you have yet to figure out your funding or confirm your availability.  This way we can alert you of new information as we receive it and we can organize travel collaboratively so that youth may be able to travel together.


Upcoming Dates

February 1 - 10 - Ministry of Supervision Training - Training

The Month of February - Just Read Book Club - Book

February 3 & 4 - Blanket Exercise Facilitator Training - Facilitator

February 18 - 20 - ZEEBU Youth Retreat - (see info above)

March 4 - Boundaries Training Webinar - Boundaries

March - 10th Annual International Sabeel Conference - Conference

March 27 - 29 - Canadian Roots Exchange Conference - Exchange

March 6 - April 3 - Lenten Study 2017 - Study

April 18-28 - Come & See Palestine/Israel - Trip

May 18 – Boundaries Training Webinar - Boundaries

August 16-19 - Rendez-Vous 2017 - Rendez-Vous

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
January 18-25, 2017
From January 18 – 25, 2017 in Winnipeg, we will celebrate the annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. The theme for 2017 is “Reconciliation – The Love of Christ Compels Us” (cf. 2 Corinthians 5:14-20). A City-wide Ecumenical Worship Celebration will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, January 22, 2017 at Grace Lutheran Church, 211 Kimberly Avenue, Winnipeg. All are cordially invited to this celebration and to participate in the other various gatherings that will be held throughout the Week of Prayer, i.e. both prior and following the larger city-wide
service. For the list of the weeks services, please click here >> Services
Ecumenical Choir - An ecumenical choir is being formed to lead music at the forthcoming celebration on January 22nd during the annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. No audition is required. Anyone who can carry a tune and wishes to sing in the choir is welcome! For more information about the Choir and the rehearsals please click here >> Choir


Open Bethlehem
Film Screening
January 23

>> Poster
You are invited to the screening of “Open Bethlehem” on Monday, January 23 at Salle Martial-Caron Theatre, Université de Saint-Boniface (200 avenue de la Cathédrale) from 7:00-9:30pm (doors open at 6:30pm).  Filmmaker Leila Sansour offers an intimate look at the iconic city as she chronicles the building of the separation wall in her hometown of Bethlehem.  The film spans ten momentous years in the life of Bethlehem.  Open Bethlehem is also an organization that advocates globally to keep Bethlehem open and works to ensure that the city remains an example of an open and multi-faith city in the Middle East.  


Canadian Roots Exchange
5th Annual National Youth Reconciliation Conference

Winnipeg, Manitoba
March 27-29, 2017

This conference is for indigenous and non-indigenous youth to share in learning together.  Deadline is Sunday, January 15th, so take a quick peak at this right away and share with anyone you think might be interested.   Follow the link for more information and to register >> Conference


A Just Read Book Club with Margerit Roger 

Wednesday mornings beginning February 1

This book group will be discussing Michael J. Sandel's book, What Money Can't Buy: The Moral Limits of Markets. We'll see from Sandel's examples where markets and morals bump into each other, and explore some provocative situations that reveal the kinds of things that have become commericalized around the globe.  Did you know that in some countries you can purchase the services of someone to make an apology for you? Or, that in some places you can hire a homeless person to stand in line for you? But where do we draw the line?  Sandel poses these and other interesting questions that give us pause to consider the kind of society we want. All proceeds from this book club are donated to 1JustCity, you'll also get to relate what you read to the work you help us do! 
Register Here NOW!


Swan Valley Community Clinical Pastoral Education
Community Based Training for Spiritual Care Providers
>> Brochure
Swan Valley CPE offers a special focus on rural community spiritual care issues. Ministry sites include acute, long term, outpatient and mental health. Sites are also available at the Yorkton Health Centre in Saskatchewan. The theme of the program is pilgrimage and seeks to connect the spiritual to our relationship with land, extended family culture and community. Students have an opportunity to learn from leaders and elders from First Nations.
Swan Valley Community CPE is located in the town of Swan River Manitoba which is located in Midwestern Manitoba. For further information and application forms please contact Supervisor Margaret McCallum Box 27 Kenville, Manitoba R0L 0Z0   Email:  Cell 306-594-4079


Cultural Access Pass for New Canadian Citizens
New Canadian citizens can explore, travel, and discover Canada during their first year of citizenship with the Institute for Canadian Citizenship’s Cultural Access Pass (CAP).  The only program of its kind in the world, CAP provides members with free admission to museums, art galleries, science centres, national parks, marine conservation areas, historic sites, and more.  As a CAP member, you also receive discounts on travel and hotels, and free tickets for events and performances.  This is throughout Canada!!  Check out their website >> Institute for Canadian Citizenship



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