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Prairie to Pine
Weekly News

The United Church of Canada
We acknowledge with gratitude the traditional territories of our Indigenous and Metis neighbours and their hospitality. We offer our respect and commitment to living into right relationship with all our relations.
December 16, 2020

Information that you would like included in the Weekly News should be sent to Cherry through this email by 4:00 p.m. on Tuesdays: PrairietoPine@united-church.ca 

 

We REALLY want to facilitate the sharing of news about pastoral concerns, celebrations, educational opportunities and events so PLEASE share them with us. Due to the volume of requests, we will be pleased to publish announcements about events on 2 occasions before the deadline for registration and/or the actual event.

 
NOTE: We will be aiming to send out the Weekly News on Wednesdays.

 
  • Our condolences are extended to Heather Sandilands and her extended family on the death of her mother, Lois, who has been living in Barrie ON. Heather serves among the folks at Cornerstone Pastoral Charge.
  • Our thoughts and prayers are with Gordon Fulford as he recovers from injuries sustained in a car accident in late November. Gordon is Retired Supply Ministry Personnel on the Valley Pastoral Charge.
  • Our thoughts and prayers are with the North Kildonan United Church, Winnipeg as they grieve the loss and celebrate the legacy of their beloved pianist and choir director Joan Shaw who passed away suddenly on December 11th. Joan was a treasured member of  the staff and of  the congregation for over twenty years and they will profoundly miss her presence. They remember with thanks and deep appreciation Joan’s direction of the NKUC church choir and condolences are extended to the members of the choir who have lost their friend as well as their director. Love and sympathy is extended to daughter Kim and her family at their loss of a dearly loved mother and grandmother.
  • Our thoughts and prayers are with Gloria Cook as she begins her work in January, 2021 with the Indigenous Ministries and Justice team at General Council as a Community Capacity Development Coordinator working with the Communities of Faith in Keewatin Circle and elsewhere. Welcome back Gloria! (click here to see the announcement)

Critical Red Restrictions Extended Current

The province of Manitoba has extended the critical red restrictions implemented earlier in November in a Public Health Order to take effect from December 12, 2020 through January 08, 2021. There were a few matters that were updated that may impact Communities of Faith:

  • Clarification on the operation of food banks and food hamper services.
  • Allowing drive-in events as a temporary measure subject to the compliance of restrictions and cars must contain members from one household only and no one may leave the car while at the event.

Restrictions related to faith-based communities and the closure of church buildings with limited access for reasons outlined in the orders previously issued earlier in November, 2020 remain in place.

Full details of the Public Health Orders to effect on December 12,2020 should be posted soon on: https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/restartmb/prs/orders/index.html

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Updates for Ontario regulations and Health Orders are much more “regional/district” oriented and can be found through your local health unit or the link at:
https://www.ontario.ca/page/emergency-information
 

In Ontario, you must know what Zone you are in and what stage that Zone is in and can check the current restrictions online through: 
https://covid-19.ontario.ca/zones-and-restrictions

Unfortunately the  Prairie to Pine Pastoral Relations Minister is not included in any consultations with Ontario government /health officials and is not available to monitor two daily news briefings. If Ontario churches have questions please be in touch with your local health unit.

Manitoba Bridge Grant Current

An announcement made by the province of Manitoba on Tuesday extended the list of those eligible for the Manitoba Bridge Grant to those with home-based businesses and extended the previous deadline for applications from December 15, 2020 to December 31, 2020.

Information, applications and responses to Commonly asked questions can be accessed online through:https://manitoba.ca/covid19/programs/bridge-grant.html

Given the expansion of this grant to a new group of applicants, we would strongly suggest that Communities of Faith/Pastoral Charges aim to have applications in to the province by the original deadline of December 15th, 2020.

Communication


The Prairie to Pine Weekly News is our primary means of dispensing information during these times. For those who are not currently receiving, to get registered to receive the Weekly News please email Cherry Abad with your request (cabad@united-church.ca)
 
Some information is also available through the Prairie to Pine Regional Council website:  www.prairietopinerc.ca

Community of Faith Events Calendar


Reminder: our Community of Faith events calendar is open 24/7 for online events! As long as the public is invited, you can post it. From workshops to worship, go for it. Here’s the handy form:
https://prairietopinerc.ca/community-events-form/

Advent 2020 updated


Locate a Community of Faith offering online worship during COVID 19 through a map on United Church web site:
Worship Online During COVID-19 | The United Church of Canada (united-church.ca)

Broadview Magazine also lists some communities of faith across Canada with live stream online worship including some listings for Christmas Eve:
https://broadview.org/church-services-livestream/

Several Communities of Faith are offering Blue Christmas Services and Christmas eve Services  live streaming or through ZOOM but you may need to check the website for that Community of Faith for times and instructions to get linked in . In some cases you may need to contact a church office for that information so plan ahead.

There are several Communities of Faith whose taped services will be available to view any time through YouTube Channel.

A sampling of those offered within Prairie to Pine Regional Council that we have been made aware of:

December 24 at 7:00 p.m. Knox United Church, Brandon live streamed for info check- Worship  Knox United Church (knoxunitedbrandon.ca)

December 24 at 7:00 p.m. Churchill Park United Church, Winnipeg via ZOOM. You must contact the church office for link ahead of time 204-452-8561 or office@churchillparkunited.ca
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During the season of Advent many Communities of Faith have special traditions or services that are held. This year will be a different Advent for many. There are resources available on the General Council website for Advent and Christmas Season through:
https://www.united-church.ca/leadership/worship-resources

A group of churches in south Winnipeg (United Church in Meadowood, Spirit Path, Fort Garry United Church, Churchill Park United Church, St. Mary’s Road United Church  and Trinity United Church ) are producing a  series of online daily devotional that you can access through:
https://ucim.org/enceinte-advent-devotions/

Thanks to them for sharing this resource with the Regional Council.
IN the clergy ZOOM gathering this week some participants made reference to some resources they are using during this Advent season, among them the following:
  • “Imagining a New World “Written by Terri Hord Owens, the leader of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Imagining a New World offers an inspiring pause during the day to reflect more prayerfully on what the season of Advent inspires in you and your community. Book available as an ebook.
There are a number of communities of faith throughout the Regional Council who are also offering Blue Christmas services. If your Community of Faith is doing so and you are open to having other share the experience please send the details along to Cherry Abad (Cabad@united-church.ca) so that we can put them in the Weekly News and/or on the website.

Advent and Christmas


Advent begins on Sunday, November 29, 2020!  Some links to resources have been provided in previous editions of the Weekly News.

In recent conversations with clergy and lay leadership there were some requests for coaching or assistance on some matters related to technology. Heather Sandilands, Ministry Personnel from Cornerstone Pastoral Charge reached out to the person doing the Video Editing for their Christmas Eve virtual worship (each household who is asked to sing, read or light a candle, and/or "Passing the Light" during Silent Night will record themselves on devices and send to the VE).

Her name is Terry Lee-Alphonso and is open to helping with questions on tech ("not to do it, mind you").  Best option is to find her through Facebook or Messenger. Her profile pic is a Sienna or grey-white head-and-shoulders photo.

Advent and Christmas Preparations


When the lay leaders from various Communities of Faith met via ZOOM last Tuesday and the Ministry Personnel met yesterday, there were some discussions about how to do Advent and Christmas in these pandemic times. There was discussion about various resources available online through the United Church website in Advent Unwrapped including a 2020 Advent Calendar, instructions for making an Advent wreath, various liturgies including a couple involving multiple hymns or carols that can be used for services at home or for those either worshiping in person or sharing worship with their communities through email, mailings, live streaming or YouTube taping. The link for these resources is: 
https://www.united-church.ca/search/all?search_api_fulltext=Advent+Unwrapped
 
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Silent Night Virtual Congregation  New

 
Thank you to everyone who participated in the Silent Night Virtual Congregation! The video is available viewing here https://youtu.be/6c1933nTTJ8.If you would like to use it in your service, please email Marissa Smirl (mjmsmirl@gmail.com) to get a download link. It can be available at various speeds as well. I hope you enjoy it!

Feel free to make any edits to this. - Marissa Smirl

News from Equity and Diversity Committee  New


Huge thank you to all that participated in the Regional Meeting. We just wanted to let everyone know that our vision statement was approved UNANIMOUSLY! What an amazing feeling. 
 
We have included the version voted on at the meeting. 
We still have 2 seats open on our committee, if you have a passion for social justice, want to hang out with a great bunch of people and meet once a month - this may be the committee for you! Want to attend a meeting to check us out? You are welcome to do that as well. Let us know! 
 
Wishing everyone a very safe, happy and inclusive Christmas Celebration. 
Jamie Miller for Equity and Diversity Committee. 
 
AFFIRMING VISION STATEMENT IN SUPPORT OF THE LGBTQI2S+ COMMUNITY; 
Prairie to Pine, a Regional Council of The United Church of Canada, is called to offer an open door, an open heart, an open mind, an open hand and an open table. 
An open door is evidence of the belief that all people are created in God's image and are unconditionally loved by the Creator. An open heart follows Jesus’ teachings to love one another. We extend that love to all, inclusive of their ability, age, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, race, sexual orientation, socio-economic status or any other human division. An open mind calls us to continue working for justice, dignity, and the full inclusion of everyone in all aspects of the church, community and society. An open hand is a symbol of our work towards reconciliation as Indigenous and Non-Indigenous peoples, and our call to live into the intercultural global community. An open table recognizes that Jesus Christ is our host and that we are all welcomed guests. All who seek to follow Jesus are invited to share in this significant and sacred meal. 
We recognize the unique and diverse Communities of Faith and recognize we are at varying levels of development and capacities.

Opportunities to serve the Board of Vocations
and Indigenous Church 
New


Two key groups within the Office of Vocation structure have noted the critical importance of broadening the diversity of their membership. The Indigenous church also has important openings. Please review these current calls, share with others, and most importantly, directly contact someone you think would be a good fit and encourage and help them to offer their name and gifts: https://united-church.ca/opportunities
Deadline: January 11, 2021
Apply on-line: https://unitedchurch.formstack.com/forms/servegc
Or contact for more information: nominate@united-church.ca

Bursary Fund Donations


There will not be staff receiving mail at 1622B St. Mary’s Road between December 15, 2020 and January 04, 2021. If you have cheques that you want to ensure reach the Regional Council before the end of 2020, please mail then directly to the Prairie to Pine Regional Council Financial Administrator:
Heather Dootoff, 3523 Pederson Crescent, Regina S4V 2A6 made out to the Prairie to PI\ine Regional Council and write Bursary Fund in the memo line.

Ministry Personnel Support Gathering


The Committee on Ministry Personnel Support of the Prairie to Pine Regional Council recently sent out an email about a program offering the listening ear of some experienced retired/retained colleagues, the MP2MP Connectors. Every two weeks on Tuesday afternoon at 3:00 p.m., Ministry Personnel are offered the opportunity to check in with one another through a ZOOM connection. The next one is on January 12, 2021. The Zoom link is available on the P2P website under the events calendar or in the Weekly News.

UCW Stat Form


The deadline for submission of the stat form has been extended to February 15, 2021. Please submit your completed form on or before that date.

Please click here for the thank-you letter from the national church for UCW's donations to Mission and Service. 

Congregational Annual Meetings 

 Change in requirement


On November 26, 2020, the Sub-Executive of General Council approved changes to the Manual (2019), effective immediately including suspending the requirement for an Annual Congregational Meeting. These remain in place until 30 June 2021, subject to earlier cancellation or further extension by decision of the Executive or Sub-Executive of the General Council. For details please see the Prairie to Pine website
https://prairietopinerc.ca/important-notice-congregational-annual-meetings-in-2021/

United Church support for petition:
upholding human rights in the Philippines


The United Church of Canada and the United Church of Christ in the Philippines have a long and rich history of partnership, shared ministry, and justice advocacy. Filipino communities and organizations in our church and across Canada have long been involved in human rights advocacy, and now the International Coalition for Human Rights in the Philippines is asking for the United Church’s support.

Rev Noël Suministrado serves in Prairie to Pine under a Mutual Recognition of Ministry Personnel of the United Church of Christ in the Philippines (UCCP) and invites the people of Prairie to Pine to learn about and share a petition calling on Canada to do its part in supporting basic human rights in the Philippines, where the Canadian mining sector continues to have a strong presence and often meets with local opposition that sparks a violent response. Please click here to see background, and click here to sign this Parliamentary petition. The deadline is 31 December 2020.

Regional Ash Wednesday Event


You are invited to a Regional Ash Wednesday event on February 17, 2021.

The Committee on Community of Faith Support is beginning to plan for a virtual Ash Wednesday event that will combine worship, ritual, and celebration of recently approved covenants of mutual commitment, accountability and support between Prairie to Pine Regional Council and another 15? 20? 25? Communities of Faith.  This online event might even include some time for fellowship – checking in and touching base.

We invite your participation in planning, preparing, and leading this Ash Wednesday event, as well as your virtual attendance. We need music leaders, liturgy writers and leaders, people who might  present scripture in creative and enlivening ways, people with technical skills to help make possibilities a reality, people who create meaningful rituals, speakers (preachers) who inspire and challenges . . . Might you be one of those people? Do you know someone we should ask?

If anything in the above has sparked a bit of interest or an idea, even just some curiosity, we’d like to hear from you soon.  Just drop us note, even if all it is says is “Maybe I would,” and we will be in touch with you. Please put ash in the subject line of an email to Heather Lea (hthrlea@gmail.com) or Pat Bird (its.patricia.hjlp@gmail.com). Our committee will meet on January 4th to begin the next steps towards this Regional Ash Wednesday event. But don’t delay your reply until then!!

New phone numbers and extensions
for some staff


Executive Minister Shannon McCarthy, Program Assistant Jamie McKay and Young Adults and Youth Minister Twila MacNair have new phone numbers: 
Jamie: 1-800-268-3781 ext 2040  
Shannon: 1-800-268-3781 ext 2028
Twila: 204-781-8124

Archives Holiday Schedule

 
Please be advised that the Archives will be closed from Dec 9 to Jan 4th.

Support for Ministry Personnel

 
These are stressful times when ministry personnel are attempting to fulfill the tasks associated with their role and calling and find safe and creative ways to keep congregations connected and spiritually nurtured. For many the time it takes to draw upon the gifts and skills of others to carry out some tasks and the learning curve around new technologies to enable meetings, study groups, worship and virtual coffee times to happen is significant. Ministry Personnel are encouraged amid all that is being required of them, to tend to self care and seek out the support of others if and when it might be helpful. The Employee and Family Assistance Plan of the United church of Canada offers several supports accessible online or by calling: 1-800-387-4765

With further details under:  www.uccan-benefitscentre.ca

2020 Assessments: Final Reminder!


Finance administrator Heather Dootoff has some reminders about assessments (because we all know how much fun we have with year end finances.) It’s been a tough year, and for those of you how have already paid your assessments in full: please know that we appreciate that you done so in these very challenging circumstances. Your assessment makes a huge range of ministry in our church possible

Reminder to submit any
anti racism resource receipts


Speaking of year end: This is the last call on the Regional Council offer to pay for anti-racism resources for use as study or in your community of faith. Finance administrator Heather Dootoff asks you to send the receipts to her by email if possible by December 11: hdootoff@united-church.ca  
What’s this about? Click here to learn more.

Insurance Matters

 
Further to information shared in past editions of the Weekly News related to Officers and Directors Insurance, an email from Erik Mathiesen, Chief Financial Officer of the United Church of Canada on November 19, 2020 points us to
Information available as FAQs at
https://www.united-church.ca/leadership/church-administration/local-administration/group-insurance/ucc-protect
The extra work for local property and liability insurance arises because our insurer wanting to have a current application on file as opposed to just renewing automatically. All insurers getting stricter.

ADP Update


ADP has begun the process of updating the pastoral charge business platform.  The notice  was sent to all the  treasurers who use this service.  Undoubtedly pastoral charges will need to be aware of these changes. If questions arise about this change, they should be directed to Angelica Benalcazar. (ABenalcazar@united-church.ca) See details of notice to treasurers through this link.

About Annual Meetings of
Communities of Faith / Pastoral Charges
for 2020 before December 30, 2020


The Executive Minister, Shannon McCarthy reminds all congregations that they need to have an electronic Annual meeting in whatever way works best for them. Given the restrictions in gathering sizes presently in the province of Manitoba this meeting could be held by Conference Call or zoom. Meetings need to tend the minimum list that is in the Manual, this is required by CRA. The agenda can be very short and just do the things listed in section B.5.2 the Manual (page 61). For details on how to notify people of meetings being held through these means please see the attached directions : https://prairietopinerc.ca/calling-a-congregational-meeting-during-covid-19/
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Canada Revenue Charity Returns 2020
due by December 31, 2020


Earlier in 2020 the Canada Revenue Agency extended the deadline for submission of the 2019 Charity Returns with a form T3010. Just a reminder that those 2019 Charity Returns ARE due in by December 31, 2020. The failure to file these returns can result in your Charity Status being revoked and among other things an inability then for your Community of Faith to issue charity receipts for any donations. The governing body of your Community of Faith should check with your Treasurer that this important piece of work has been completed.

Mission and Service Fund Donations 2020

 
Mission and Service Fund. Some communities of faith forward donations received locally to the national church at intervals during the year and others traditionally hold them until the end of the year. This year to manage cash flow many congregations opted to do the latter. A reminded that any donations received for Mission and Service Fund are considered designated givings and must be forwarded to the national church preferably by the end of the calendar year or as soon as possible thereafter. Monies in the Mission and Service Fund are used for mission and ministry of the United Church in Canada and around the world. For more information about ministries supported through that fund please see https://www.united-church.ca/stories/mission-service-changing-times

HELP REQUESTED:
Sharing resources for re-engaging during COVID 19


During recent ZOOM meetings with leaders from Communities of Faith (September 15,2020) and Ministry Personnel (September 22,2020) requests were made from some for samples of protocols developed by Communities of Faith for worship in building, celebration of baptism in person, celebration of communion in person, celebration of virtual communion on World wide Communion Sunday and plans for Sunday School or ministry with children and youth (both in person and virtual). If you are willing to share any of your resources please send them along to Cherry Abad and indicate whether you are willing to have a link posted on the Weekly News or prefer that they be available to others only upon request from Regional Council staff.

A reminder that there are links to resources of various types on both the Prairie to Pine Regional Council website and the General Council website. Another website with resources for ministry with children and families is Messy Church at Home: https://messychurch.org.uk/resources/messy-church-home-ideas

HELP  OFFERED:
Resources for re-engaging during COVID 19       

The United Church of Meadowood are offering their Pandemic Policy and Plan  as a sample for those who are in the process of developing one and could benefit from a sample. It has approved by their local governing body and been implemented. https://ucim.org/ucim-covid-19-safety-protocols/

For further information please contact :Sandy Katyrynuik Office Administrator at UCiM: 204-256-7002
 
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Westworth United Church, Winnipeg is also sharing their Reopening Plan. For the month of October, the church has returned to online worship and beginning its Online Sunday School.
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Fort Garry United Church Safe Reopening Plan
 
This reopening plan is the result of a small ad hoc committee, struck by the Leadership Team, whose efforts were extraordinary at tailoring a plan to suit the specific needs of Fort Garry United Church. Our response to COVID-19 was quick and we switched to worshiping using Zoom on March 29, 2020 right at the beginning of the pandemic. Out of concern for the safety of our congregation, we have not returned to in person worship services, even when over the summer our cases in Manitoba dropped to nearly zero. Using the results of a congregation wide survey to garner ideas, as well as our Provincial Health Authorities, and United Church of Canada recommendations, this Safe Reopening Plan was developed. We will be ready when it is safe to return to in person worship. 

Reminder: be careful with photo copyright!
Here are some tips

Photos are vital to our websites, social media, worship PowerPoints and much more. They add a lot to our online ministry and in-person PowerPoints. And they’re sometimes a little too easy to take and share. So please beware, and follow good copyright practices. Click here for some further information, resources, and ideas for copyright-free or fair use photos.
Our world seems smaller and more confined since COVID began. May these stories help widen it, and help us see where our prayers and actions from home can support those we may never meet in person, but with whom we are part of the Body of Christ.

Indigenous Ministries videos for Advent


Murray Pruden, executive minister, offers us an invitation to brief weekly reflections as we journey together for Advent. Find them on Indigenous Ministries’ Facebook page. Here’s the Advent 1 reflection.

Prayer Request: Tigray Region, Ethiopia


The United Church of Canada joins Mission & Service partners the All Africa Conference of Churches (AACC) and the World Council of Churches (WCC) in prayers and appeals for an end to growing tensions and violence in the Tigray Region of Ethiopia. The United Church of Canada is contributing through the ACT Alliance Africa Regional response to the needs of people affected by the conflict. We pray for a peaceful resolution of this conflict so that all people in Ethiopia can live in peace with justice. God, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

National church apologizes
for adoption practices


The United Church of Canada has issued an apology  for its role in separating mothers and their babies in maternity homes it operated from the end of World War II to 1980. “Women told us that they felt, pressured, coerced, or forced to give up their babies and the church recognizes it participated in the culture of shame that surrounded unmarried mothers at that time,” says the Rev. Daniel Hayward, chairperson of the church’s Theology and Inter-Church Inter-Faith Committee that recommended the apology. Please read the full story here

Mission and Service emergency appeal
for natural disasters


Please make a donation today to the United Church’s Emergency Response Fund to support our Mission & Service partners’ critical and lifesaving work. Your gifts will support partner response to the 2020-2021 hurricane and typhoon season as they provide food, safe drinking water, and shelter and help restore livelihoods for the thousands of people effected by Hurricane Iota in Central America, and Typhoon Goni in the Philippines. 

Gifts with Vision catalogue
open for your Christmas gifts


The United Church’s Gifts with Vision offers us alternative gifts that empower communities and don't add more "things" to a world awash with them. Consider this for Christmas or birthdays this year. Have a look at the many inspiring options here.

Facebook group to support your
live streaming learning curve


If you live stream your service, or are thinking of moving things online, and you want a place to share ideas, check out this Facebook group! https://www.facebook.com/groups/676613006560597/

Longest Night Service


First United Dryden is doing a Longest Night Service on December 16 at 7pm. 
There is a live Zoom Feed 
 
Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86873251970?pwd=MGhDeWVsUnlwdjEvQ20zVmFiWjRXZz09

Meeting ID: 868 7325 1970
Passcode: 427199

Indigenous Christmas Eve  New

December 24 at 2:00 P.M. in SK
 
Everyone welcome to an Indigenous Christmas Eve/Winter Solstice Livestream from our Indigenous ministries and friends. Hosted by Chinook Winds Regional Council. https://youtu.be/b3d2zmobOwA

National Fruitcake Day:  New
A Festive and Faith Celebration of Diversity

27 December at 11:00AM SK time

Hosted by Calgary’s Affirming Connections and featuring some Living Skies guests. https://www.facebook.com/events/386948222512302  or at Affirming Connections’ YouTube channel, https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHDthjUvbB-8gg5ndQ4yQag

Virtual Christmas Concert New

Since we’ve no place to go… cozy up in front of the fireplace for a virtual Christmas concert in support of Oak Table! Relax on your couch while Heather Kozak, Jonathan Alexiuk, and Wes Elias get you into the Christmas spirit.

The live event is on Thursday, December 17 at 7 p.m. CST. You’re more than welcome to view the recording at your leisure during the holidays. That’s the beauty of a virtual event — you don’t need to worry about missing out on the fun if you can’t make it the day of!

A YouTube link will be posted on the day of the concert so you can stream it from the comfort of your home. Keep an eye out!

If you’re able, Oak Table would appreciate your donations during the holiday season. Oak Table has a special focus on health care, allowing guests who often fall through the cracks to access Winnipeg’s health care system. COVID-19 presents difficulties to those less fortunate, as well as the organizations that support them. Your donations will give the gift of health and wellness this holiday season, and Oak Table is grateful for your support.

Goodwill To ALL:
A Conversation on Anti-Racism in the Church

Thursday December 10, 17 at 8:30PM in MB; and
Sunday December 20 at 2:00PM in MB & NW Ontario

All welcome to this Advent series focused on full inclusion, with a focus on anti-racism. Register here for free, and see the overall program: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYpfu2rqTgjH9CoU9l4iOy9Aybd078eY6qj

Job posting: Office Administrator

 
CORRECTION the web address that appeared in the job posting for an Office Administrator at Westminster Church in Winnipeg was incorrect. Anyone who may have been interested can find the details of this position on our website westminsterchurch.org. Because of this error we have extended the deadline for applications until noon on Monday, Dec.14th

Westminster United Church is seeking an Office Administrator whose responsibilities encompass a range of administrative and communication skills. He/she offers the first greeting to all who enter the building or who contact the Church; provides administrative support to the Minister, other staff, board members, and congregants; as well as coordinates the utilization of the Church’s space while promoting its rental potential. This part time position to start January 4th requires attendance at the office 5 hours/day Monday through Friday except on statutory holidays. Job description is available here or for more detail visit website westminsterchurch.org or search Westminster Church on Facebook.com.

Prairie to Pine Church in the Wild in December 
at a time that is convenient for you and your family


While it is not safe to gather in groups, even outside, many of us can still go out for a solitary or family walk.  So, you are invited, wherever you are, to worship in the wild and to celebrate Jesus among us with a walk to “Behold that Star” one clear night that’s good for star watching in December.  HERE is a liturgy that you can take with you on your phone or print.    
 
BONUS – A Virtual Sky Tour
To prepare for your Church in the Wild walk, Brenden Petracek, a local Winnipeg astronomer, is offering a virtual Sky Tour on December 11 at 6:30 pm on Zoom.  The Zoom link is https://bit.ly/prairie-to-pine-astronomy 
 
To prepare for the Sky Tour, you have the option to print this off:
http://skymaps.com/skymaps/tesmn2012.pdf 
 
January 9 (tentatively) is the date for the next Church in the Wild gathering, should that be possible.  If not, a liturgy will be provided for you to do on your own.

Church in the Wild is an outdoor worship and learning experience in the tradition of wild church. For more information contact Karen Tjaden (204) 745 6477, Lori Stewart (204) 832 5310, or Noelle Bowles (204) 770-9837, or Caryn Douglas (204) 487-2076

Exciting development at
West Broadway Community Ministry


West Broadway Community Ministry (WBCM) is a founding member of 1JustCity, which was launched in 2015 with support from Winnipeg Presbytery as an umbrella organization for four missions in Winnipeg: North End Stella Community Ministry, Oak Table, St. Matthews Maryland Community Ministry, and WBCS.

After a thoughtful and deliberate planning process, WBCS is taking the next steps to transition the administrative functions over WBCS over to 1JustCity. This behind-the-scenes shift will make sure that all the focus and energy of WBCS staff and volunteers can remain on helping the people and communities that walk through their doors everyday. By working together with other missions through 1JustCity, WBCS will keep its operations efficient for many years to come.

Questions? Reach out to us at info@1justcity.ca or peak the FAQs on our website 1JustCity.ca 

Job posting: Office Administrator


Westworth United Church is seeking a full-time office administrator to start in January 2021. The office administrator is a key member of Westworth’s staff and is responsible for coordinating the activities of the church office and the entire church building. Please click here for more information.

Naramata Centre
Last Call for Summer Program Submissions


As we look forward to reconnecting this summer at the Centre, we know we would not be able to do it without our incredible program leaders.
 
This summer, take the opportunity to lead your own program and inspire the community through personal and spiritual growth.

Final submission deadline: Dec. 13, 2020. For more information click here

Oak Table Dignity Washroom

1JustCity's calling on your church to help us launch our new campaign for Oak Table's Dignity Washroom - NoPlaceToPoop! 
 
We’ve all experienced the panic that follows the discovery of an empty toilet paper roll – or the embarrassment of asking someone in the next stall to pass you a few squares of paper. Many of us are privileged to consider this our biggest fear when needing to use washroom.
 
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Placemats for Sale

Over 200 placemats for sale! $10 each.

The Trinity Sew and Sews are pleased and proud to support 1JustCity!

Call (204) 269-0631 to place your order. or visit trinityunitedwinnipeg.com to shop.

2020 Advent Devotion

A group of United Church ministers from the south end of Winnipeg are collaborating to offer a series of reflections, “enceinte: united church advent devotions during a pandemic”.
Enceinte (/änˈsant/) is an ancient word with two meanings: pregnant, and a protected enclosure .  As we journey toward the birth of Jesus during these covid times, the devotions offer a fold in your day to reflect and restore.
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Advent Unwrapped 2020 resources!


Get ready for Christ(mas)! Advent—a holy, four-week countdown to Jesus’ birthday—begins on Sunday, November 29! Get ready to make room for Christ and the radical, countercultural messages that Christ brings. Throughout the season, videos, prayers, family resources, and reflections on this page will introduce and explore the Christmas story. For more worship resources visit our Advent and Christmas worship pages. Follow our Advent Unwrapped Facebook page for regular updates on all kinds of resources.

Prairie to Pine Covenant


The Regional Council Executive approved the Prairie to Pine Covenant. A copy of the document can be viewed here.

Greenshield Announcement


This past week a notice went out from Greenshield, the Benefits provider for the United Church of Canada to all members informing them of new requirements related to its Online Services. It requires members to log into their account and to share banking information. A few calls were received at the Prairie to Pine Regional Council Office inquiring about its legitimacy. Having connect with General Council the office, the Pastoral Relations Convener wants to assure the constituency that it is a legitimate invitation.

If you do have questions about the legitimacy of any notice that you receive requesting personal or banking information it is good to check it out with the Regional Council Office, General Council Office or the actual agency before opening the email. 

Clusters and Networks update
(and reminder of $$!)


We know more online meetings may be the last thing on your mind. But just in case: If you are considering starting a new Network or Cluster, or if you’ve already been gathering, please take a moment to make sure that the Regional Council knows you’re meeting.

If your Cluster or Network is open to new members (and we hope it is) please make sure you’re listed. Please contact your Regional office (at the bottom of this newsletter) or Julie Graham (jgraham@united-church.ca) to make sure we have contact information and a short description. And remember: there is money in the Regional budget to support your work. Maybe you want to offer to pay for event registrations or resources. Maybe you want to submit receipts for a get together lunch over Zoom to support a sense of community. Questions about this? Contact the office.

1JustCity Community Ministry
St. Matthew's Maryland

Do you want to help West End families enjoy a special Christmas this year?

Can You help us make sure COVID-19 doesn't Cancel Christmas? Our annual Christmas Store will be a new challenge this year, no doubt! But we are committed to keeping Christmas from being cancelled this year for West End families.

Please click the poster to find out how you can help.

'Just Christmas'


For the past 12 years, the United Church congregations of Northeast Winnipeg have held a ‘Just Christmas’ event, featuring vendors who promoted and fund-raised for non-profit local and global justice projects. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have regretfully cancelled this year’s event.
 
For those wishing to support some of those projects this year, here is information provided by four vendors:
List of vendors

Prairie to Pine Reaching Children,
Youth and Families


As a follow-up to a Zoom sharing session, a Facebook group by the above name was formed. We feel there’s a need to share ideas and resources across communities of faith, as we figure out how to reach children, youth and families while unable to meet in-person, or while following physical distancing measures.  Please click here to be directed to that Facebook Group. Then join to add your own questions or post ideas and/or links to resources.

Livestreaming Everything?!
Resources available


Recently the United Church’s Edge network hosted a meeting on the sometimes difficult task of live streaming worship. Here’s a 50 minute video of that meeting; a summary of resources for live streaming best practices is here- you can download and share.

Shared Recording Music (hymns/anthems/slideshows)


Many congregations have been recording music (hymns/anthems/slideshows) for use in on line worship.  Sharing our work is an effective way to be good stewards of our time and talents.  A small number of congregations have been sharing files through Drop Box and are now inviting others to do the same. (there is no cost to upload or download from drop box). There is no obligation to contribute material, but if you have music which can legally be shared (copyright is to be respected) that would be great. We are working on a simple spreadsheet which will serve as an index to the materials available.
Contact Don Schau (dfschau@mts.net) for more information. 

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Shannon McCarthy

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Prairie to Pine Regional Council
Living Skies Regional Council
Northern Spirit Regional Council


SMcCarthy@united-church.ca
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Prairie to Pine Regional Council
Living Skies Regional Council
Northern Spirit Regional Council


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Judy Hare

Pastoral Relations Minister
Prairie to Pine Regional Council


JHare@united-church.ca
204-421-8151

Twila MacNair

Minister of Young Adults And Youth
Prairie to Pine Regional Council


TMacNair@united-church.ca
204-781-8124
 

Cherry Abad

Administrative Support
Prairie to Pine Regional Council


CAbad@united-church.ca
204-594-8381

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Heather Dootoff

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Living Skies Regional Council
Northern Spirit Regional Council


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Phone:306-789-1622
 

Julie Graham

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Prairie to Pine Regional Council
Living Skies Regional Council
Northern Spirit Regional Council


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Phone: 306-244-2157
 

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Prairie to Pine Regional Council


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