Conference Weekly News - May 12, 2016

Conference Weekly News

May 12, 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

Please hold the following families in your thoughts and prayers . . .
. . . Dwight Rutherford and family on the passing of Carolyn Rutherford, Dwight’s mother.  A memorial service will be held on Thursday, May 12 at Kirkfield Park United Church (472 Kirkfield St., Winnipeg) at 1:00pm.  Dwight is Ministry Personnel at Kirkfield Park United Church and Gordon King Memorial United Church, Winnipeg Presbytery.  

. . . Cathie Waldie and family on the passing of Carolyn Waldie, Cathie's mother.  A service celebrating Carolyn's life was held on Monday, May 9.  Cathie is Ministry Personnel at Pembina Parish Pastoral Charge, Agassiz Presbytery.

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 . . .


Annual Meeting
There will be no full gathering of the Conference of Manitoba & Northwestern Ontario in 2016, however, there will be a Retirees Dinner and Celebration of Ministries in Kenora, Ontario, May 28 & 29.  The Retirees Dinner and Speeches will begin at 5:30pm at Knox United Church (116 - 5th Ave. S.), Kenora on Saturday, May 28.  Tickets are available for $20/person from the Conference Office -   The Celebration of Ministries Service will be Sunday morning, May 29, at 10:00am at Knox United Church and all are welcome to attend.

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Retirees Profiles & Commissionand Profile

We will be celebrating the ministries of the Retirees and the Commissioning of a new Minister in Kenora, May 28 & 29. 

To view the Retirees Profiles, please click here >> Retirees

To view the Commissionand Profile, please click here >> Commissionand
Calendar for May

May 9 - 13 - Deepening Understanding for Intercultural Ministry - DUIM

May 13 & 14 - Blanket Exercise Training - Training

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

May 16 - Narrative Budget Workshop - Narrative

May 27-30 - Reconciliation Workshop - Reconciliation

May 30 - Manitoba Multifaith Council AGM - (see info below)

      New This Week                     New This Week


Winnipeg Presbytery Minister
Richard’s Blog

>> April Verses


2015 Audited Financial Statements
The 2015 Audited Financial Statements for The Conference of Manitoba & Northwestern Ontario are attached for your information.  Please click here >> Financial Statements

UCW Rally
June 10-12
The UCW Rally will be taking place Friday, June 10 - Sunday, June 12 at Wilderness Edge Retreat & Conference Centre in Pinawa, Manitoba.  The Worship Leader will be Oriole Veldhuis; the Theme Speakers will be Phyllis Buchner and Joy Smith; the Music Leaders will be Dorcas Windsor and Darlynne Smith.  Registration fee: $175.00 which includes accommodation, meals (Saturday & Sunday), and workshops.  Friday dinner not included.  Registration deadline: May 31.  For more information or to register, please see the attached
>> Brochure/Registration Form


From Relief to Recovery: Nepal One Year Later
Many have paused recently to reflect on the anniversary of the two earthquakes that struck Nepal in April and May 2015. United Church people have demonstrated their faithfulness and compassion over the last year by contributing 3,500 donations totalling $863,000 to support recovery and rehabilitation programs on the ground in Nepal.  Read more . . .

New Session for Remit 4 Webinar Added

Due to demand, we’ve added a second webinar on Remit 4: Funding a New Model on May 25.  Read more . . .

Annual General Meeting
Monday, May 30
You’re invited to the Annual General Meeting of the Manitoba Multifaith Council on Monday, May 30 at 7:00 pm (registration at 6:45pm), at Mulvey School (750 Wolseley Ave., Winnipeg).  The Annual Report will be available approximately a week prior to the meeting at:


Solidarity with Korean Colleagues for LGBT Inclusion
We affirm that all human beings are made in the image of God regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. United Church partner the National Council of Churches in Korea (NCCK) recently began examining issues around sexual orientation and diversity, with a particular focus on the human rights of LGBT people.  Read more . . .



Mauro Centre for Peace & Justice at St. Paul's College


>> May 2016 Edition


Intercultural Ministries

The United Church has responded to God’s call by journeying to become intercultural communities. When we live together with a respectful awareness of our differences, it deepens our understanding of God and of each other.  If you wish to receive periodic e-mail updates from the United Church related to intercultural ministries, please subscribe using this link >> Intercultural updates

Care and Concern from Korea
In response to news of the devastating fires in northern Alberta, the Presbyterian Church in the Republic of Korea (PROK) has written to express their sympathy and solidarity with The United Church of Canada and the people of Fort McMurray United Church in particular.  Read more . . .

Fred Douglas Gardens
>> Fred Douglas Gardens
Attached is a pamphlet highlighting some of the features of our newest project, a senior’s life lease being constructed on our Burrows Avenue Campus.  Please contact 204-982-2000 for more information. 



Upcoming Dates

June 3 - 5 - The Way of the Wind with Rev. Bruce Sanguin - Sanguin

June 4 - Giant Blanket Exercise - (see info above)

June 5 - Winnipeg Pride Parade - (see info above)

June 10 - 12 - UCW Rally - UCW

June 15 & 16 - Mandatory Racial Justice Webinar - Justice

June 15 - 18 - Pathways to Reconciliation - Pathways

June 22 – Mandatory Boundary Issues for Church Leaders Webinar - Boundary

July 10 - 14 - CGIT Camp - CGIT

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

September 16 – Mandatory Racial Justice Webinar - Justice

Ministry Of Supervision Course

The prairie conferences are currently discussing the possibility of sponsoring a Ministry of Supervision Course in the near future. The Ministry of Supervision course is a course for those interested in functioning as Educational Supervisors for students during their Supervised Ministry Experience aspect of their training toward ordination in the United Church of Canada. The course given on the prairies is a ten day residential format which includes relevant education and practise of the supervision model. It is open to both Ministry Personnel and lay people.

It was last offered in February, 2012 in St. Albert, Alberta and is being planned for Saskatoon, Saskatchewan for late January, early February, 2017. We will only proceed with the planning process if there are a sufficient number of persons interested in and available to take the course at this time. If you are interested in the possibility of taking the course in 2017, please email Judy Hare the Conference Personnel Minister by June 01, 2016 (Email:
If you have any questions about the course or the ministry of supervision opportunities within the conference, please do not hesitate to contact Judy as well.  


Repeat News

Alberta Wildfires Appeal
Pray for our sisters and brothers of First United Church in Fort McMurray, Alberta, and for all those affected by the wildfires in and around Fort McMurray, the first responders, and their families and friends.  You may wish to use the following prayer >> Prayer for Fort McMurray.
The United Church of Canada is accepting donations to support the response of our Alberta and Northwest Conference to this disaster.  To make a donation to the United Church, please click here
>> UC Donation.
The Government of Canada will also be matching individual charitable donations made to the Canadian Red Cross in support of disaster relief.  To make a donation to the Canadian Red Cross, please click here >> Canadian Red Cross

Winnipeg Presbytery Minister
Richard’s Blog



United Church Accounts for Its Obligations in Residential Schools Settlement Agreement
An article published in the April 27, 2016, edition of The Globe and Mail (“Churches escape residential school settlement obligations in wake of Catholic deal”) merits some clarification.  Read more . . .




World Communion of Reformed Churches


>> April 2016 Edition


Reconciliation Workshop
May 27-30
You are invited to attend a non-Aboriginal workshop at the St Boniface Pastoral Centre in Winnipeg from May 27-30. For more information, please call 204-889-4579 or go to their website
>> Returning to the Spirit


Speak Up in Support of a Bold National Climate Strategy
As people of faith, we are called to speak up in support of bold policy and actions that protect our communities and Earth, our sacred home. We need a climate plan that aligns with climate science, builds a 100 percent renewable economy, and ensures justice for Indigenous peoples and energy workers.  Read more . . .

Giant Blanket Exercise
June 4  10:00am – 12noon
KAIROS will be holding a Giant Blanket Exercise on Saturday, June 4, 10:00am – 12noon on the lawn in front of the Broadway entrance to the Manitoba Legislature, to mark the one year anniversary of the release of the TRC's final report.  The Blanket Exercise is an experiential exercise which teaches the history of Canada's relationship with the Indigenous peoples of this land.   This event is for everyone!  All are welcome!  Bring a friend!


Conference Bursary Fund and UCW Bursary

Application forms for the Conference Bursary and for the UCW Bursary are available. 
The Conference Bursary Fund is to financially assist promising candidates for Order of Ministry (ordained or diaconal) from our Conference who are registered in theological studies as well as applicants for the Designated Lay Minister program, to qualify for leadership in the church.  Deadline: May 31, 2016. 
>> Conference Bursary Fund Application Form
The UCW Bursary is available to any person, at least 18 years of age (who is not in, or studying towards, paid accountable ministry).  The applicant must be actively involved in a United Church congregation and taking a course that would benefit a local United Church congregation.  Deadline: May 31, 2016.
>> UCW Bursary Application Form


Winnipeg Pride Parade

June 5


The Winnipeg Pride Parade will take place on Sunday, June 5th at 12 noon.  The United Church of Canada (Conference of MNWO) and Winnipeg Presbytery have registered as a walking group.  You are invited to bring your church banners and join the parade.  Let’s walk together in solidarity.  Look for Joan Jarvis and The United Church of Canada banner in the marshalling area on the Legislature grounds. 


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