Conference Weekly News - January 5, 2017

Conference Weekly News

January 5, 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 

Our thoughts, prayers and congratulations are with Noelle Bowles and her partner Jonathan, as they welcomed Claire Frances into their lives on December 10, 2016.


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We extend our prayers and best wishes to the following Ministry Personnel who officially retired on December 31, 2016: Marg Scott (Agassiz Presbytery); Allison Halstead (Agassiz Presbytery); Heather Robbins (Selkirk Presbytery) and Bruce Faurschou (Winnipeg Presbytery). 


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

More information regarding the Conference Annual Meeting will be available in the new year.


Holiday Hours

The United Church Archives – The United Church Archives will be closed Tuesday, December 15 – Friday, January 6; re-opening January 9, 2017.



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 6 - Rally to Raise EIA Rates - Rally

January 16 - 20 - Daniel & Revelation: Dreams & Visions - Sandy-Saulteaux

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                     New This Week

Rally to Raise EIA Rates
Manitoba Legislature Steps
January 6
12:15-1:00 p.m.

Did you know that social assistance leaves single adults 47% below the poverty line and people with disabilities 32% below the poverty line?  For Manitobans living on EIA, even basic needs are out of reach.  Come to the Legislature to demand the provincial government raise EIA to bring all Manitobans up to 75% of the poverty line in 2017 and to develop a plant to lift everyone out of poverty.  For more information, please go to their website >>


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

Remuneration Matters re: Ministry Personnel 2017


As we begin 2017, a reminder to Ministry Personnel and Pastoral Charges/Outreach Ministries to consult the “Salary for Ministry Personnel” to ensure that any adjustments in remuneration for 2017 are incorporated appropriately in the January pay. Both the treasurers and Ministry Personnel have responsibility to ensure accuracy in pay.


For 2017, the cost of living adjustment incorporated into the minimum salary schedule is approximately 1.1 %; continuing education and learning resource allowance is $1374.00 for fulltime positions; and the travel rate minimum reimbursement was reduced from 41 cents/kilometre to 39 cents/kilometre.


The ‘Minimum Salaries for Ministry Personnel (2017)’ is available online
>> Minimum Salaries


It contains both the salaries for the old salary system and those provided with manses (page 5) and those on the new compensation model with comprehensive salary (page 4). A reminder for those transitioning to the new compensation model in 2017 that the Transition Work Sheet must be completed to ensure appropriate remuneration in existing Calls/Appointments when the shift is made. A motion with the new figures must be passed by the governing body of the Pastoral Charge and a copy of the Transition Work Sheet must be sent to the Presbytery and to the Conference Personnel Minister for personnel files. All local ministry units must transition to the new compensation model by July 01, 2018.


The 2017 Minimum Salary Schedule also contains the new rate for visiting ministers (pulpit supply rate) of $206.00 per day plus travel and incidental expenses. This rate is mandated for Ministry Personnel only. Check with your Presbytery to determine whether they have a suggested rate for lay persons including Licensed Lay Worship Leaders (LLWL).


If you have any questions regarding these matters, please contact the Conference Personnel Minister, Judy Hare at or 204-233-8911 ext.228.


Police Records Check Task Group Request


A request has been received from the Task Group at General Council in the Ministry Employment Unit working on updating policy and protocols related to Police Records Checks. They have sent along specific links to Survey Monkeys which they are asking be completed by various parties by January 15, 2017. In December Presbytery Secretaries were asked to forward the survey links to various parties.  This is a reminder now that the Christmas Season is almost over about this request. 


Survey to be completed by Ministry Personnel


Survey to be completed by Ministry & Personnel Committees


New Research Chair Enhances Theological Study at The University of Winnipeg
The United Church of Canada is pleased to announce a new position created at The University of Winnipeg designed to explore theological understandings of some the most challenging issues facing the world today.  A formal announcement was made on December 20th at UWinnipeg’s Annual Yuletide Reception, appointing Dr. Arthur Walker-Jones to the position of The United Church of Canada Research Chair in Contemporary Theology. 
Read more . . .


Summary of the Fall 2016 General Council Executive Meetings

To view the summary of the Fall 2016 General Council Executive Meetings, please click here >> Summary



Upcoming Dates

February 1 - 10, 2017 - Ministry of Supervision Training - Training

The Month of February, 2017 - Just Read Book Club - Book

March, 2017 - 10th Annual International Sabeel Conference - Conference

March 27 - 29, 2017 - Canadian Roots Exchange - Exchange

March 6 - April 3, 2017 - Lenten Study 2017 - Study

April 18-28, 2017 - Come & See Palestine/Israel - Trip

Continuing Education Opportunities

Everyone is invited to take part in a Learning Circle at the Sandy-Saulteaux Spirit Centre - Daniel & Revelation: Dreams & Visions (January 16-20, 2017) and Healthy Growth and Development (January 23-27, 2017).  For more information about these opportunities, please go to their Website or contact or 204-268-3913.

Call for Nominations
Volunteers are the lifeblood of the United Church. At the national level, various committees and task groups rely on the wisdom and God-given talents that committed individuals bring to these positions.  There are two new task groups (Task Group on Admissions Policy and Procedures, Task Group on an Association of Ministers), and one ongoing committee (Financial Assistance Committee), along with the previously posted call for the next coordinator of General Council Youth Forum.   To view these opportunities, please go to   Please share this call through your networks and prompt those with the desired gifts to give this opportunity prayerful consideration.




 World Communion of Reformed Churches


>> December, 2016 Edition


>> December 26, 2016 Edition


>> December 28, 2016 Edition

>> December 31, 2016 Edition


10th Annual International Sabeel Conference
Bethlehem & Nazareth
March, 2017
Canadian Friends of Sabeel invite you to attend the 10th Annual International Sabeel Conference to be held in Bethlehem and Nazareth in March, 2017.  This will be an opportunity to learn more about peace and justice initiatives that Sabeel is engaged in. Sabeel is an ecumenical grassroots liberation theology movement among Palestinian Christians.  Inspired by the life and teachings of Jesus, this liberation theology seeks to deepen the faith of Palestinian Christians to provide unity among them and lead them to act for justice and peace.  Participants in the Conference will also have an opportunity to visit Jerusalem and several other locations.  For those who are interested, there will be a pre-conference witness trip in the region.  For more information, please click here >> Conference


Good News! We've Just Made 12 New Grants!
Through Seeds of Hope and the New Ministries funding stream, 12 United Church organizations have received new grants.  Another 5 organizations with multi-year grants received instalments to continue their work.  With these grants congregations and ministries across the country are doing amazing things! 
Read more . . .


Canadian Roots Exchange
5th Annual National Youth Reconciliation Conference

Winnipeg, Manitoba
March 27-29, 2017

Canadian Roots Exchange’s (CRE) National Youth Reconciliation Conference aims to facilitate dialogue between Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth and bridging the gap between youth from diverse communities across Canada.
The conference allows youth to gather and engage in dialogues on the significance of the treaties of Canada, to challenge negative stereotypes, to participate in reconciliation-based activities, and most importantly to create a national network of youth that promote respect and understanding between all people living in Canada.  To find out more about the conference, to help sponsor a youth to attend or to register, please click here
>> Canadian Roots.


Repeat News

Condolences to Coptic Church after Cairo Bombing

General Secretary Nora Sanders has sent condolences to leaders of the Coptic Church in Canada and Egypt following the bombing of a Cairo church. 
Read more . . .


Advent Greetings From Your
Mission and Service Giving Team

To view this message, please click here >> Greetings


Church in Mission News
>> Fall 2016 Edition


CCS Seeks New Principal
>> Poster
The Centre for Christian Studies is looking for a new Principal to start in August 2017.  A detailed position description and information package is available online at:  Application Deadline: February 15, 2017.

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