Conference Weekly News - November 3, 2016

Conference Weekly News

November 3, 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 

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 November

November 4 & 5 - Global Justice Film Festival - Festival

November 6 - Just Christmas - Christmas

November 6 - The Discovery Series - Discovery

November 9 & 10 - Film Screening & Discussion - Screening

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


      New This Week                     Repeat News


Winnipeg Presbytery Minister
Richard’s Blog


>> White Privilege & Lament

We Stand with Standing Rock
Join in prayerful witness to protect water and honour Indigenous rights.  Read more . . .


United Church Launches Giving Tuesday Challenge
Moderator Jordan Cantwell challenges everyone to make this the best year yet for Gifts with Vision.  
Read more . . .


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 . . .


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.


Film Screening & Discussion
November 9 & 10
>> Poster
You are invited to attend a film screening and discussion following the viewing of “On the Side of the Road” with director, Lia Tarchansky.  Former West Bank settler Lia Tarachansky looks at Israelis’ collective amnesia of the fateful events of 1948 when the state of Israel was born and most of the Palestinians became refugees. 
November 9, 7:00 p.m. at Canadian Mennonite University Chapel, 600 Shaftsbury (south entrance)
November 10, 7:00 p.m. at St. Paul’s United Church, Morden, 353 Thornhill Avenue, Morden, MB  


 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


Refugee Sponsorship
In 2014, the Conference Justice Global Relations & Public Witness Committee (JGRPW) was tasked with administering a Refugee Fund, gifted to the Conference by Trinity United Church Brandon following the closure of their Refugee Account.   Trinity United generously provided money from their fund to be available to other congregations for their refugee sponsorships.  The JGRPW Committee is pleased to report that ten congregations from this Conference received grants of $1,000.00 each to help in their sponsorship initiatives thanks the generosity of Trinity United Church, Brandon.  (Note: the fund is now depleted)
The JGRPW Committee invited the recipients of these grants to write an article highlighting their experience of sponsorship.  Over the next few weeks, one of these articles will be featured in our Weekly News.
It is the Committee’s hope that these stories will inspire your congregation to consider sponsoring a refugee family.  Or, perhaps you’d like to help replenish the Conference Refugee Fund with a financial donation so other congregations might benefit from a grant.   Cheques are to be made payable to the Conference of Manitoba & Northwestern Ontario, (1622B St. Mary’s Road, Winnipeg, MB R2M 3W7) Please mark “Refugee Fund” on your cheque.  Tax deductible receipts will be issued to individuals who make a donation.

>> Article from Dauphin First United Church




Canadian Rural Church Network


>> October, 2016 Edition


World Communion of Reformed Churches


>> October 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


>> Collectivity

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


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


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




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