Conference Weekly News - October 27, 2016

Conference Weekly News

October 27, 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 

Notice of Memorial Service
A memorial service will be held on Thursday, October 27 in Ottawa for William (Bill) Robert Squire, who died last week after a sudden illness. Bill was the spouse of Dr. Anne Squire, the first female lay Moderator of The United Church of Canada. During her term, from 1986 to 1988, she took the first barrage of attacks against the church when we announced that gay and lesbian people were eligible to be ordained and commissioned ministers. 

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 October & November

October 27 - Returning to Spirit Conference - Conference

October 27 - Annual Women's Day - Women's

October 28 & 29 - Still Listening...Voices Among Us - Listening

October 29 - Remit Educational Workshop - Workshop

October 29 - Remember the Children - Children

November 1 - Mandatory Boundary Issues for Church Leaders Webinar - Boundary

November 4 & 5 - Global Justice Film Festival - Festival

November 6 - Just Christmas - Christmas

November 6 - The Discovery Series - Discovery

November 16 - Fellowship of the Least Coin Ingathering Service - Ingathering

November 16 & 17 - Interim Ministry Refresher Course - Refresher

November 16 & 17 - Mandatory Racial Justice Webinar - Justice

November 17 - 19 - Journey Toward an Undivided Life Retreat - Retreat

November 19 - Behind Closed Doors - (see info below)

November 25 - LITE's Annual Wild Blueberry Pancake Breakfast - Breakfast


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Winnipeg Presbytery Minister
Richard’s Blog


>> Collectivity

Remit Educational Workshop
October 29
>> Poster
Everyone is invited to attend an educational workshop regarding Remits on October 29 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Stonewall United Church (369 – 1st Ave. N., Stonewall, MB).  It will be facilitated by Shannon McCarthy, Executive Secretary, Conference of MNWO and Judy Hare, Conference Personnel Minister, Conference of MNWO.  It is an opportunity to learn about the remits prior to your Pastoral Charge Board exercising their votes.  Please bring a bag lunch (coffee, tea and cold beverages will be provided).  Please RSVP to Teresa Melnychuk (204-467-9752 or by October 21.


Still Listening…Voices Among Us
October 28 & 29
>> Poster
It is with excitement that Steinbach Neighbours for Community announces the production of Still Listening… Voices Among Us on Friday October 28th and Saturday October 29th, 7:30PM at the SRSS Theatre - 190 McKenzie Ave. in Steinbach.  Still Listening… Voices Among Us is based on a collection of stories from people living in communities in Southeastern Manitoba. Some of the stories come from LGBTTQI* people, some from family, friends and allies of LGBTTQI*. Still Listening … Voices Among Us weaves these stories into an amazing production of theatre and music.  Please see the attached poster for ticket information.


Remember the Children
October 29
>> Poster
Everyone is invited to 'Remember the Children, a Gathering to Remember the Children Who Did Not Come Home from the Brandon Indian Residential School'.  It will take place on Saturday, October 29 at 2:00 p.m. at Central United Church Hall (327 - 8th Street, Brandon, MB).  Elders, survivors, ministers and community members will lead the Service of Remembrance.  There will be an opportunity for smudging, the lighting of candles, the reading of names, drumming, prayers, and a time of silence.  Please view the attached poster for more information.

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Mobile Learning Centre
Travelling Exhibition

Assiniboine Presbytery has been working for the past 3 years to develop an educational resource that would encourage the work of truth and reconciliation with our Indigenous neighbours.  There were three residential schools in Assiniboine Presbytery and we have focused on the one that was in Brandon.  With Sioux Valley, Brandon University and other community people, Assiniboine Presbytery has developed a Mobile Learning Centre that features a Travelling Exhibition of 25 enlarged archived photos documenting life at the Brandon Indian (Industrial) Residential School, which was open during the years 1895-1972.  Our hope is the exhibition will be booked by schools, churches, museums, or community groups, as part of a learning event, to open the way to hear the true story of this painful time in our history and begin the journey to reconciliation.  A full set of resources will accompany the exhibition, comprising The Brandon Indian Residential School (BIRS) Mobile Learning Centre, to assist all who book it.  We hope to begin taking bookings by the end of February.  This Mobile Learning Centre will be unveiled at the Remember the Children event.   

2 Days 18 Films
Global Justice Film Festival

November 4 & 5
Everyone is invited to the Global Justice Film Festival, featuring films from the Travelling World Community Film Festival, on Friday, November 4 (7:00-9:00 p.m.) and Saturday, November 5 (10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.).  For tickets and the full festival lineup, visit their website
>> Global Justice Film Festival


November 6
>> Poster
Everyone is invited to JUST Christmas on Sunday, November 6 from 1:30-4:00 p.m. at Immanuel United Church (755 Golspie St., Winnipeg).  JUST Christmas brings together fair trade and ethical vendors and organizations supporting a more just and equitable economic system. Just Christmas is a cooperative justice project of the United Churches of North-East Winnipeg. 


Education and Hope: The Return to Syria
Thank you to the faithful and generous people of the United Church, who have donated over $8 million locally to help sponsor over 900 Syrian refugees for resettlement in Canada.  In addition to refugee sponsorship, United Church people have also donated $1.02 million to our Syria Refugee Appeal in response to the crisis in the Middle East. Your generous gifts continue to help United Church partners on the ground respond to the needs of displaced Syrians.  Read more . . .

Toronto Conference Delivers Moderator’s Call for Justice in South Korea
The courageous faith of Korean Christians seeking peace with justice deepens our church’s understanding of justice-seeking. In this case, a letter from Moderator Jordan Cantwell amplifies the efforts of Mission & Service partner The Presbyterian Church in the Republic of Korea (PROK) to bring about a just resolution to the Lee Seok-ki case.  Read more . . .

If you are looking for things to include in your newsletters, this article >> People Want to Attend a Generous Church, may be of interest. - Kathryn Hofley, Financial Development Officer 

Fellowship of the Least Coin Ingathering Service
November 16
>> Poster
The Women’s Inter-Church Council of Winnipeg invites you to the Fellowship of the Least Coin Ingathering Service on Wednesday, November 16 at Portage Avenue Church, 1420 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg.  Registration – 12:30 p.m.; Service - 1:00 p.m.; Preparation for World Day of Prayer (2017) – 2:15 p.m. Theme: “Let Justice and Peace Embrace” with Lesley Hughes (Journalist).  Refreshments provided.  Everyone is welcome.


More Than Friends
Marriage Preparation Video Series from The Maritime Conference
The Maritime Conference has produced an innovative and inclusive Marriage Preparation video series, with funding support from Truro Presbytery and from Seeds of Hope.
More Than Friends is a flexible, affordable, web-based marriage preparation resource designed to be adaptable to the diverse situation of couples and communities of faith.  This resource offers five downloadable videos and couple worksheets: Marriage is Daily, Communication and Family of Origin, Sexuality, Money and Meaning, and Spirituality.  Please view the introductory video at




Affirm United


>> October/November 2016 Edition

Centre for Christian Studies

>> October 26, 2016 Edition


Upcoming Dates

December 5 - 7 - Oxford Symposium on Religious Studies - Oxford

January 26 - 29, 2017 - Epiphany Explorations 2017 - Epiphany

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

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

Winnipeg Presbytery Minister
Richard’s Blog


>> Vignette/Honour Roll

United Church Response to Hurricane Matthew
The United Church of Canada is calling for prayers, and has launched an appeal for donations that will provide humanitarian relief to Haiti, Cuba, and nearby Caribbean countries devastated by Hurricane Matthew. The United Church has contributed $20,000 from its Emergency Response Fund to partners in Haiti and the surrounding region.
Read more . . .

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Emergency Appeal for Hurricane Matthew Relief
The United Church of Canada is launching an emergency appeal to provide humanitarian relief to Haiti, Cuba, and nearby Caribbean countries devastated by the impact of Hurricane Matthew.  Read more . . .

For Your Bulletin Boards from SAPRPP CCC
The Conference Coordinating Committee relating to The Sexual Abuse Prevention and Response Policy & Procedures asks that you download the attached brochure to place on a Bulletin Board where it can be accessible to those who may need it.  The brochure has information about where to find the complete policy and how and through whom people can access the process.  An updated version of this brochure is usually circulated at the Annual Meeting of the Conference of MNWO but since there was no Annual Conference Meeting in 2016, this is one thing that was remiss until now.  Please click here for the brochure >> SAPRPP Brochure

Community Cafes
You are invited to Community Cafes - a series of 5 Friday lunch and program designed to bring inner city residents and people from other parts of the city/province together to build relationships.  Please click here for more information >> Community Cafes

Interim Ministry Refresher Course
November 16 & 17

Hamilton Conference is hosting a 2-day Interim Ministry Refresher Course on November 16 and 17.  If your Interim Ministry training talked about “Developmental Tasks”, this is the update you’ve been wanting.  Registration Deadline: November 4, 2016.
 Read more . . .


 Behind Closed Doors
Saturday, November 19

Don’t miss the 7th anniversary of Behind Closed Doors at St. Vital Centre on Saturday, November 19 from 7:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.!  You’ll have access to one-night only discounts, in-store events and more!  The best part – 100% of ticket proceeds go to local charities including 1JustCity!  Tickets are $5 and may be purchased from the Winnipeg Presbytery office.  Please contact Maggie Zoske in the Winnipeg Presbytery office at 204-954-2900 or


LITE’S 20th Annual Wild Blueberry Pancake Breakfast
November 25
>> Poster
Local Investment Toward Employment (LITE) invites you to its 20th Annual Wild Blueberry Pancake Breakfast, Friday, November 25 at the Indian and Metis Friendship Centre, 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.  The Breakfast raises funds for LITE's Alternative Christmas Hamper Campaign. Your $20 ticket purchase also supports its 5 event day catering partners: Spence Neighbourhood Association, Wolseley Family Place, Neechi Foods Co-op, Andrews Street Family Centre and Native Women's Transition Centre.   For more information, please go to their website >> LITE


Order Your Advent Peace Box Today

What do the familiar Advent themes of hope, joy, peace, and love mean in the current context of the struggle for just peace in the birthplace of Jesus?  Our popular Advent Peace Box, a practical tool for worship and study, is back for 2016 along with new intergenerational story cards, olive oil gift tags, and a USB key with worship and educational resources.   Read more . . .

Not My Mascot:  Just Call Them Cleveland

As the American League Championship Series gets underway, The United Church of Canada and the United Church of Christ have issued a joint message on mascots, racial stereotyping, and reconciliation.  Read more . . .


Multifaith Information Manual 6th Edition
Now Available

Each chapter in the Manual explores themes, such as, Basic Beliefs, Sacred Books, Worship, Structure, Divisions, Leadership, Rituals, Laws, Dress, Diet, Sacred Symbols, Death & Dying, and Holy Days & Festivals.  For more information and to order, please click here >> Multifaith Manual

Ecumenical Call to Restore Funding for UN Relief Agency
Responding to the gospel command to feed the hungry, welcome strangers, take care of the sick, and visit the imprisoned, the United Church—together with other Canadian churches and church agencies—is deeply concerned about the plight of Palestinian refugees.  Read more . . .

Ministry of Supervision Training
February 1-10, 2017
Deadline for Application: November 17, 2016

Alberta & Northwest Conference, Saskatchewan Conference and the Conference of Manitoba & Northwestern Ontario are planning a Ministry of Supervision training event for February 1-10 2017 at Living Skies Retreat and Conference Center in Lumsden, Saskatchewan.  Ministry of Supervision Training is required for persons interested in becoming Educational Supervisors for those in Supervised Ministry Education sites in the ordained and designated lay ministry streams. This is a 10-day residential event.  Financial assistance with the costs is available through the MNWO Individual Learning Grant (Applications available online) and through the Conference Internship & Educational Supervision Committee (CIES) (Email your request to Ken Thomas, the Chair:  Some presbyteries may have some assistance available as well. For more information contact Judy Hare, Conference Personnel Minister at  For the registration brochure for the event, please click here
>> Registration Brochure.


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