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.
August 30, 2019

Thoughts & Prayers

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of CHARLIE and RUTH KEEP who died on a train accident in Headingley, Manitoba on August 26, 2019. A celebration of their lives will be held at Chapel Lawn Funeral Home (4000 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg) on September 4,2019 at 2:00 p.m. Charlie was a Presbytery Rep. of Headingley United Church. Charlie and his wife Ruth were members of St. Charles-Headingley United Church.
For LINDA FIRMAN and family on the death of her father, George Felix Webb on August 16, 2019 at the age of 94. A private family service will be held in Brandon. Linda was the Conference Administrator of the former Conference of Manitoba & Northwestern Ontario who retired in March, 2019. An obituary for George Webb is available online:
The family and friends of PHYLLIS FLINT who died on July 30, 2019 at the age of 83. A celebration of her life was held on August 06, 2019 at Young United Church. Phyllis was the spouse of Rev. Doug Flint, retired Ministry Personnel in Winnipeg. An obituary is available at:
The family and friends of REV. LAWRENCE MANLEY JOHN EDWARDS who died on August 17, 2019. A celebration of his life will be held at Sunset United Church, Regina on October 05, 2019 at 2:00 p.m.. Larry and his spouse were living in Winnipeg and most of his ministry before retirement was in western Canada. An obituary is available online at:
The family and friends of JESMOND THOMPSON who died on August 22, 2019 in Whitehorse, Yukon. Jesmond was the spouse of the late Rev. Glen Thompson. A celebration of her life will be held at Stonewall United Church on August 31,2019 at 2:00 p.m. An obituary is available online at:

For REVEREND NELSON HART as he recovers from a health matter. Nelson is Ministry Personnel in Nelson House.

For REVEREND AGNES SPENCE as she recovers from a health matter. Agnes is Ministry Personnel at Thompson Outreach.

The people of Crescent Fort Rouge United Church, Winnipeg as they began a new pastoral relationship with Marc Whitehead on July 01, 2019. A Covenanting service is being planned for September 29, 2019.

The people of Atlantic Garden City United Church, Winnipeg as they began a new pastoral relationship with Don Schau on July 01, 2019. A Covenanting Service is being planned for September 22, 2019.
The people of Stonewall United Church as they began a new pastoral relationship with Tammy Bleue on July 01, 2019. A Covenanting Service is being planned for November, 2019.
The people of Steinbach United Church as they began a new pastoral relationship with Susie McPherson Derendy on July 01, 2019. A date for a Covenanting Service is not yet available
Diane, Bill and Heather Gillis as they relocated to Halifax, Nova Scotia after 38 years in Manitoba. Bill is retired ministry personnel who was staff of Winnipeg Presbytery and then the Conference of MNWO and Diane was very active over the years in pastoral relations committees/commission. They were active members at Crescent Fort Rouge, Winnipeg.

What's Happening

August 30, 2019

Save the Date

You are invited to a celebration of the Full Communion agreement between the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada and The United Church of Canada on October 6, 2019.

The service will be at 10:30 am at Broadway Disciples United Church, with more details to follow.

August 30, 2019

Old Conference of MNWO website

Several people have accessed the website for the former Conference of Manitoba & Northwestern Ontario in search of process or policy information related to Prairie to Pine Regional Council or contact information for Communities of Faith or Ministry Personnel. Most information on this website has NOT been updated since December 31, 2018 and may therefore be inaccurate.

Energy is being dedicated to getting the new Prairie to Pine Regional Council website up and running hopefully at some point in September. You may be able to access some contact information for active Ministry Personnel and Communities of Faith through the General Council “Locator”:

For Information related to Regional Council policies, procedures and resources, please monitor the Prairie to Pine Regional Council Weekly News and/or contact the Regional Council Office or staff.

August 30, 2019

Attention Treasurers, Ministry Personnel and Ministry & Personnel Committees

The Minimum Salaries and Reimbursements for Ministry Personnel (2020) document is now available online on the General Council website at:

August 30, 2019

Ministry Personnel who are not currently in a call or appointment with a community of faith

Just a reminder to ministry personnel who are not in a call or appointment with a community of faith (those who are retired, employed in other employment within or outside the church and those who are between calls/appointments) that you may carry out the functions of ministry in the United Church only if you are in formal association with a community of faith, are acting on behalf of that community of faith, have the approval of the community of faith’s governing body (section I.2.5.3) and have all credential matters (mandatory trainings, police records check and Annual Declarations) up to date. This now involves being registered on ChurchHub. Conducting weddings under a licence that the UCC has oversight of is considered a function of ministry.

The Regional Council Executive which meets on September 18 & 19, 2019 need to finalize a few matters related to how a community of faith and Ministry Personnel enter into a “formal association” (a motion with a letter or form). After that meeting, the details of this process will be in the Regional Weekly News, sent in an email to all Ministry Personnel that it impacts and posted on the new website when it becomes available

There are also a few matters that the Regional Council Executive needs to clarify regarding the Sacraments Policy for some categories of Ministry Personnel and the Licencing of Officiants for Marriages throughout the whole Regional Council. This information should be available after September 20, 2019

In the meantime if you have questions, please contact the Pastoral Relations Minister, Judy Hare (204-421-8151 or ) Thank you for your patience as we continue our transition to the new structure.

August 30, 2019

Church Hub Matters


There are still communities of faith and ministry personnel who are not yet signed on to ChurchHub, the online portal. If are having difficulties locating your invitation to join ChurchHub, which contains specific instructions related to your context or have received the invitation but are having other difficulties with the process, please contact with Deb Kigar at or 1- 800- 268-3781 ext. 6100 Or Sandie Franklin at or 1-800-268-3781 ext.3171

Some Ministry Personnel who are on ChurchHub may notice that there are inaccuracies in the recording of their credential matters. Those who completed the mandatory trainings (Racial Justice Training, Introductory Boundaries or the Boundaries Refreshers) through in-person trainings may on ChurchHub see a notice that these trainings are overdue. Only data from online webinars has been entered into the database at this point. General Council staff is in the process of updating records for all others who have fulfilled the requirements through attendance at in-person events within the former presbyteries or conferences. Please have patience as we get the system up to date

If you have concerns about this and need to clarify your credentials are indeed up to date, please contact your Office of Vocation Minister – Will Kunder for Indigenous Ministry Personnel and students or Karen Medland for all other ministry personnel in the Prairie to Pine Regional Council

August 30, 2019

Pulpit Supply Lists

Part of the new Prairie to Pine Regional Council website will be a list of those eligible and available to do pulpit supply/worship leadership in two separate lists: Licensed Lay Worship Leaders (LLWL) and a separate one for Ministry Personnel. The LLWL Pulpit Supply List is available now through contacting Cherry Abad at the Regional Council Office (204-233-8911 ext. 7 or ).

There is still work being done on policies and practises related to maximum usage of LLWL in any given location within a calendar year. We are also still working on the list of Ministry Personnel eligible and available for pulpit supply /worship leadership.

August 30, 2019

Mandatory Training Schedule

The next Racial Justice Training sessions will be held online in September. This revised webinar is has two mandatory parts and enrollment is based on self-identified racial groups.

The webinars for Indigenous, racialized and bi-racial people will be Session 1: September 10 – 4:00 – 6:30 p.m. Eastern Time ( 3:00 – 5:30  p.m. Central time);

AND session 2: September 12 – 4:00-6:30 p.m. Eastern time ( 3:00 – 5:30 p.m. Central Time).

The webinars for White people are session 1: September 24 – 4:00 – 6:30 p.m. Eastern Time  and session 2: 4:00 – 6:30 p.m. Eastern time  ( 3:00 – 5:30 p.m. Central Time).

For more information and to register online please contact:

At present you only need to complete Racial Justice training once – some may have done so in an in person webinar some years ago or online.

The next Introductory Boundaries Webinar will be held online on Thursday, October 24 from Noon- 4:30 eastern Time ( 11:00 a.m.- 3:30 Central Time);

OR Wednesday December 04,2019  Noon- 4:30 eastern Time ( 11:00 – 3:30 p.m. Central Time).

The next Boundaries Refresher: Social Media  Thursday , October 10, 2019  Noon – 2:30 p.m. Eastern Time ( 11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Central time).

The next Boundaries Refresher: Finances & Gifts  November 13,2019  noon – 2:30 p.m. Eastern Time ( 11:00 a.m. – 1: 30 p.m. Central time).

For more information or  to register for any of the Boundaries Workshops please contact:

It is a requirement that Ministry Personnel, Licensed Lay Worship Leaders and Congregational Designated Ministers complete one  four and a half hour Introductory Training and then ONE two and a half hour Boundaries Refresher every five years thereafter. Some may have completed the Introductory Boundaries and/or the Refresher at in person events sponsored by a presbytery or conference over the past 7 years.

August 30, 2019


If you've already send in your Covenant of Commitment with Prairie to Pine Regional Council, or if you haven't, please click the document to see the most recent Q&A About Covenants. It won't take you long.  

August 30, 2019

Final Service at Kelwood

You are invited to attend the final service of Kelwood United Church on Sept, 8, at 3 p.m. Light refreshments will follow the service. 

August 30, 2019

Can YOU Ride so others can have Refuge?? 

Join us October 5th

You can cycle (10km, 25km or 50km), walk (5km), or volunteer and raise funds for Just a Warm Sleep. 

Every winter Canadians brave the cold - for too many though the only place to stay overnight is outside! At Just a Warm Sleep, folks can access a safe sleep.

At 1JustCity we love people where they're at - and we are as low barrier as possible.

The funds you raise for 1JustCity through Ride for Refuge will provide refuge through Just a Warm Sleep at Augustine Centre in Osborne Village. In our shared space with Oak Table at 109 Pulford street. 

Your walk, ride or donation means at least 25 people will have a warm place to stay this winter with access to basic services like showers, laundry and a mental health first aider.

Your donation means that Jason, a homeless youth, can sleep inside safely because Nugget, his gigantic dog is allowed at his feet!

Your donation means that Brenda can sleep inside because she's not worried about the pictures of her grandchildren in her shopping cart, it is inside too!

You can create your own team! Or join one of ours (bikes 4 beds, 1JustWalk & 1JustCycle)

Register or donate here

Posted August 22, 2019

Prairie to Pine Committee Vacancies - Treasurer

The executive is seeking a treasurer who will bring financial experience and knowledge. Individuals will be comfortable with one or more financial disciplines including operations management, accounting, or audits. The draft position description is attached here for your information.
For further information or to express your interest in this vacancy, please send an email to and mark subject line Treasurer Nomination.

For more information, see the poster on the left. 

This volunteer opportunity will remain open until filled.

Posted August 22, 2019

Updated Regional Email

We have an updated regional email address:

Emails sent to the previous address ( will be forwarded to the new email.

Posted August 22, 2019

Request from
Affirm Task/Equity and Diversity Group

At the Inaugural meeting of the Prairie to Pine region held in Brandon from June 13-16, 2019 the Affirm Task Group presented a Vision Statement and an Action Plan for the region.  Both were voted on and passed which resulted in the region acquiring an Interim status.

We must now work on the Action Plan in order to acquire full status as an Affirming ministry at the next meeting of the region in 2020.

We are asking all Communities of Faith within the region to respond to our request to let us know if:
  1.  you are already an Affirming Ministry;
  2.  if you are in the process of working towards becoming and Affirming ministry; or
  3. if you have not yet considered becoming an Affirming Ministry.
Your responses will help us to plan activities region wide so that together, we can work on becoming a full affirming ministry by 2020.

The Task Group would greatly appreciate your response by September 16th, 2019 so we can put together a plan to facilitate the Implementation of the Adopted Action Plan and work towards becoming an Affirming Ministry at our next Regional meeting in 2020.

Please respond by email to:

Any questions or concerns can also be sent to this email address.

Posted August 22, 2019

We are all Treaty People Celebration

Sunday September 15, 2019
1:00-4:00 PM
The Forks, Winnipeg MB
(near Provencher Bridge)
Join the We are all Treaty People Celebration happening at The Forks in Winnipeg, MB. 
  • Free food
  • Music
  • Dancing
  • Kids fun
  • Indigenous games
  • Craft vendors
Click the image on the left to view the event poster!

Congregational News

August 30, 2019

Oak Pews

Kelwood United Church is accepting offers on a dozen 12 foot solid oak pews in good condition. Offers over $100 per pew will be considered.  Pews to be paid for and removed between Sept. 9 and 30th. For further into or to make offer, text David Winthrop, Chair of the Board of Trustees at 12042121249

Posted August 22, 2019

5th Annual Community BBQ

Fort Garry United Church invites you to their
5th  Annual Community BBQ
Wednesday, Sept 11th 4:30–7:00 PM
800 Point Rd outside on the lawn
(inside if raining)
Everyone Welcome!

Neighborhood BBQ - Pork on a Bun, MB Pork Producers or veggie option

$5/person includes  BBQ, coleslaw, cookie, beverage

Kids Games – by Healthy Child Coalition & Sport MB Motion Zone

Table displays of other community agencies

Music and Chaeban Ice Cream!

Handbooks & Guidelines


The new Regional website is still under construction. In the meantime, we are continuing to use the old website until the new one becomes available. 


We are working on a new look and feel for the newsletter! We will be adapting the newsletter to match the website so stay tuned while we make this transition. 

If you haven't already, please sign up for our newsletter! 

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In case you missed it...

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Prairie to Pine Regional Council

Shannon McCarthy

Executive Minister for
Prairie to Pine Regional Council
Living Skies Regional Council
Northern Spirit Regional Council

Jamie Mckay

Program Assistant for
Prairie to Pine Regional Council
Living Skies Regional Council
Northern Spirit Regional Council

Heather Dootoff

Financial Administrator for
Prairie to Pine Regional Council
Living Skies Regional Council
Northern Spirit Regional Council

Judy Hare

Pastoral Relations Minister
Prairie to Pine Regional Council

Cherry Abad

Administrative Support
Prairie to Pine Regional Council

Twila MacNair

Minister of Young Adults And Youth
Prairie to Pine Regional Council

Erin Acland

Keeper of the Archives
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