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.
October 31, 2019

As we regroup this fall we have made a few changes in staff responsibilities. Cherry Abad, Administrative Support Staff for the Prairie to Pine Regional Council will now be assuming responsibility for the publication of the Regional Council Weekly News. Information that you would like included in the Weekly News should be sent to Cherry through this email by noon on Wednesdays: 


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.

We will be aiming to send out the Weekly News on Thursdays.


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 related to ministry personnel, lay leadership or communities of faith , please monitor the  “Pastoral Relations Ponderings” section in the Prairie to Pine Regional Council Weekly News and/or contact the  Regional Council Office or the Pastoral Relations Minister, Judy Hare.


A new website for Prairie to Pine Regional Council is in process of being designed and populated. Thank you for your patience as we await word on a launch date.
  • Our thoughts and prayers are with James DeBeer, his partner and extended family on the death of James’s mother, Debby DeBeer on October 07, 2019 at the age of 68. A celebration of her life was held on October 15, 2019 at   St. Paul the Apostle Roman Catholic Church in Winnipeg. James is ministry personnel with Meridian Pastoral Charge (Starbuck/Sanford and Domain (Avonlea). Further information is available in the obituary:
  • The community of Faith at Stonewall United Church and Tammy Bleue as they celebrate their pastoral relations covenant together with Prairie to Pine Regional Council on Sunday, November 3, 2019 at 2:00 Stonewall United Church (369-1st Ave. Stonewall, MB). All in the wider church community are encouraged and welcome to attend. 
  • The congregation of North Kildonan United Church (174 Pentland Street, Winnipeg) as they celebrate their 60th Anniversary. A special service will be held on Sunday, November 3, 2019 at 10: 00 the church with fellowship and refreshments following the service (see poster under Repeat News or visit

October 2019 to January 2020 - Online Licensed Lay Worship Leader Training Program - Training Program

November 1 - The United Church in Meadowood Christmas Offerings Craft Sale - (details under Repeat News)

November 2 - "Anything Goes" Fundraiser Concert (details under Congregational News)

November 2 - Crestview United Church Craft, Trade and Bake Sale (details under Repeat News)

November 2 - Wild Church, outdoor worship experience (details under Repeat News)

November 2 - Books' n' Biscuits Sale (details under Repeat News)

November 3 - Covenanting service at Stonewall United Church with Tammy Bleue at 2:00 p.m. (369- 1st Ave. N, Stonewall)

November 3 - Jazz Vespers Service (details under Congregational News)

November 3 - Fall Supper- Morden - (details under Repeat News)

November 3 - 60th anniversary of North Kildonan United Church - (details under Repeat News)

November 3 - St. Charles Headingley United Church Fall Supper - (details under Repeat News)

November 3 - Transcona Memorial United Church- "Just" Christmas Fair Trade (details under Repeat News)

November 3 - The Artwork of Rev. Bob Burton (details under Repeat News)

November 4 - Tattoo Culture and Faith - (details under Repeat News)

November 6 - Fellowship of the Least Coin Service (details under Repeat News)

November 7 - Back Pew Boys Male Choir in Concert (details under Repeat News)

November 9 - Bluegrass Concert with CSI (details under Congregational News)
November 11 - St. Paul's Beausejour Fall Supper (details under Congregational News)

November 11 - Trump, Chaos, Israel-Palestine and the Middle East (Lecture by Robert Fisk) (details under What's Happening)

November 12 - Webinars for Church Treasurers (details under What's Happening)

November 13 - Boundaries Refresher: Finances and Gifts (details under What's Happening)

November 16 - Annual Christmas Bazaar (details under Congregational News)

November 17 - St. Paul's United Church, Virden -Fall Casserole Supper (details under Congregational News)

November 18-19 - "Advent Anticipation" - a retreat at West Hawk United Church - Retreat

November 19 - Churchill Park United Church - Alzheimer Society workshop - Workshop

November 21 - Domestic Violence Awareness Workshop - Workshop

November 23 - Walk a Mile in My Shoes - Walk

November 27 - Book Study: Are we done fighting yet?" - Book Study


It is part of the responsibility of the Office of Vocation Minister to monitor credential matters for all ministry personnel and candidates. I have been doing some checking to ensure everyone is up to date with their annual declaration (related to Police Records Check), and I have found a number of people have not completed this. This is an important piece for all clergy, and candidates for ministry to complete. To do so, please go to your profile page on Church Hub. On the right hand side of your profile page should be a link to the annual declaration. If the link isn’t there, please contact IT support (

If  you have not yet received or responded to your email invitation to join Church Hub please contact General Council Office (
or Thank you so much for your co-operation with this part of the change in reporting.   
The Reverend Dr. Karen Medland   Email:
Minister for the Office of Vocation, Northern Spirit Region, and Living Skies Region, and Prairie to Pine Region
The United Church of Canada/L’Église Unie du Canada
416-231-7680, 1-800-268-3781 ext 6103

Pastoral Relations Ponderings

  • October 3, 2019 issue - Please click here for more information.

National UCW Survey

The National UCW is conducting a survey primarily for those churches that has a UCW Unit or alternate women’s organization.

Please click here to access the survey.

2020 Regional Gathering

The Regional Gathering for the Prairie to Pine Regional Council will be on May 28th- 30th, 2020 at Steinbach, MB. We recognize this is Pentecost weekend and therefore the meeting will end on Saturday in the early afternoon.

More details to follow closer to the date.

Trump, Chaos, Israel-Palestine and the Middle East

(Lecture by Robert Fisk)

Citizens for Justice and Peace in the Middle East (CJPME) is pleased to invite you to a lecture in Winnipeg, Monday, Nov. 11 by acclaimed international journalist Robert Fisk. Dr. Fisk will discuss the chaos that Trump has provoked in the Middle East, especially around Israel-Palestine, in a talk entitled, “Tweets and Deals of the Century: How to join the Arab World's sectarian war under the guise of peace.”
Dr. Fisk’s talk will be followed by a Q&A panel.

Webinar for Church Treasurers

November 12, 2019,  7 pm Eastern / 4 pm PT
Topic: Preparing for Year End

This might just be the busiest time of all for church treasurers. Not only do we have to do our own personal Christmas preparations, but there are a host of time sensitive tasks that keep the Treasurer and Church Office busy while everyone else is sipping egg nog. 

Please click here for details and how to register.

Boundaries Refresher: Finances and Gifts

Wed. November 13, noon- 2:30pm ET  9am-11:30 PT
This "refresher" course is for those who have already taken the Introductory course, either online or in a face-to-face setting offered by one of our Conference staff.

Please click here for details and how to register.

"Anything Goes"

Fundraiser Concert
(800 Point Road)
Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019, 7:00 p.m.

Come out and enjoy the sounds of 
our FGUC Choir, The Divas, & Mini Divas,
Wpg Male Chorus & a special guest!   
Great listening, solos, duets, singalongs, free refreshments, prize draws!
Get your tickets in advance, or at the door $15,
children under 12 free. Everyone Welcome!
Call the office 204-475-1586 or email to reserve your tickets!

Jazz Vespers Service

Westminster United Church
(Maryland and Westminster, Winnipeg)
Sunday, November 3rd, 7 p.m.

Refreshments served after service!

Click poster for details or call  204-784-1330

Bluegrass Concert with CSI

Killarney United Church
432 Williams Avenue, Killarney
Saturday, November 9, 2019 - 7:30 p.m.

For tickets contact: Merle Campbell at 204-523-2312
or the Church office at 204-523-8924

Click poster for details.

Annual Fall Supper

St. Paul's United Church - Beausejour
Monday, November 11
Two seatings: 4:00 p.m., 6:00 p.m.

For tickets, contact Gord Molinski at 204-268-2160

Annual Christmas Bazaar

North Kildonan United Church
174 Pentland St.

November 16, 2019  - 10 a.m. to 12 noon

Home Baking  Crafts    Deli Table    Kids Touch ‘n Take

Free admission! Click poster for details.

Fall Casserole Supper

Sunday, November 17, 2019
5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
St. Paul's United Church, Virden, MB
(Lower Hall)

For tickets, call 204-748-1295

Christmas Offerings Craft Sale

The United Church in Meadowood is hosting it’s 1st Annual Craft show!  Nov. 1 from 11-7 and Nov 2 from 10-4.

With 40 crafters and vendors, there will be something for everyone.

Click the poster for details.

Craft, Trade and Bake Sale

Crestview United Church, (316 Hamilton)
November 2, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. 

There will be pies - both sweet and savoury and other baking, and preserves.

Click poster for details.

Wild Church

Wild Church - a new monthly opportunity for outdoor worship experience Saturday, November 2 at 3 pm. Join us outside in the beautiful Roseisle Cemetery for this All Saints worship experience.

Directions: from Carman continue west on Hwy 245 to Roseisle, at Roseisle turn south on Hillview Road and travel 1/2 mile south to the cemetery.
For more information contact Karen Tjaden at Crossroads United Pastoral Charge (204) 745 6835 or Lori Stewart at (204) 832 5310

Books' n' Biscuits Sale

“The annual Books ‘n’ Biscuits Sale will be held at Harrow United Church on Saturday November 2nd from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm

There will be books and vinyl records available for purchase as well as tea & biscuits.  Visit with your book loving friends over a cup of tea and a variety of homemade biscuits and scones.  Honey will also be available for purchase.  Hope to see you there.”

Click poster for details.

Fall Supper

Morden - St. Paul's United Church
353 Thornhill Street
November 3, 2019

Pre-purchase tickets by November 1st

Click poster for details.

North Kildonan United Church
60th Anniversary

You are invited to the 60th Anniversary Service at North Kildonan United Church, 174 Pentland Street, Winnipeg on Sunday, November 3 at 10:00 a.m.

Please join us for fellowship and refreshments following the service.

Click poster for details.

Fall Supper

St. Charles Headingley United Church
5353 Portage Avenue, Headingley

November 3, 2019
3 Seatings: 4:00 p.m., 5:00 p.m., 6:300 p.m.

For tickets, call Jean at 204-222-5402

Click poster for details.

"Just" Christmas Fair Trade

Looking to shop differently this year? 
Please join us at "Just" Christmas, a fair trade global market on Sunday, November 3 from 1:30 - 4:00 p.m. at Transcona Memorial United Church (209 Yale Avenue West, Winnipeg).
All proceeds will go to local and global projects.
Free admission and handicap accessible.
A project of the United Churches of Northeast Winnipeg.

The Artwork of Rev. Bob Burton

Sunday, November 3, 2019, 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Westminster United Church

(745 Westminster Ave, Winnipeg)
An opportunity to meet artist Rev. Bob Burton, and to view some of his art. Part of Westminster United Church’s Anniversary Sunday Celebrations.

Tattoo Culture and Faith

Every second Monday beginning Monday, November 4 at 7:00 p.m. at Windsor Park United Church (1062 Autumnwood Drive).

Please call or email the church office to register (204-256-8792 or

Click poster for details.

Fellowship of the Least Coin Service

Fellowship of the Least Coin Service
Hosted by the Women’s Inter-Church Council of Winnipeg
Theme:  The Environment and Climate Change
St. Paul’s Anglican Church, (830 North Drive)
November 6, 2019 at 10:00 am

Click poster for details.

Back Pew Boys Male Choir in Concert

Stony Mountain-Lilyfield Pastoral Charge invites you to an evening of great music!
On November 7th at 7 p.m., come  and hear the Back Pew Boys Male Choir in concert at Stony Mountain United Church, 9 Main Street.

Tickets are $15 for Adults. Refreshments to follow!
Reserve your tickets at 204-344-5609 or 204-633-2238.

Staffing Announcement

The National Indigenous Council and the Ministry and Employment Unit welcomes Tim Hackborn to the half time position of Office of Vocation minister for Indigenous Ministry Formation.

Please click here for more information.

Worship Resources Drop Box

As part of a United-in-Worship Project  a Worship Resources Drop Box has been developed and is being made available to all United Churches. It provides ready-to-use materials for communities of faith currently worshipping without clergy and untrained lay-members. Materials include : Order of Service; digital presentations; sermon texts; video sermons. All that is required to access the materials is for you to send an email with your church’s email address OR your personal email address to Joy or George Bott and a link  and password will be sent back to you to allow you to view and download all of the resources to your church/home computer .

George Bott  Email:      807-228-1274
Joy Bott Email:                    807-229-1278


General Secretary Selection Committee

The General Secretary Selection Committee is responsible for the integrity and fairness of the search and selection process and for presenting to the Executive a recommendation for appointment as the next General Secretary of The United Church of Canada. In conducting its work, the Selection Committee will reflect on the current needs and future directions of The United Church of Canada and make those priorities in their deliberations. The Selection Committee will work with an executive search firm to screen candidates and shortlist candidates to be interviewed. At this time we are recruiting three individuals who will be members at large from the United Church.  Serving on the General Secretary Selection Committee is a significant commitment that will require active participation from each member of the committee.

Deadline for Nominations: Monday November 4th

Expressions of interest and nominations can be submitted using this simple online form. However, people are also welcome to submit by email, mail, or whatever method works best for them.

December 1 - Ecumenical Taize Services - Taize

December 4 - Introduction to Personal and Professional Boundaries for Church Leaders - Introduction

December 7 - Crestview United Church- 17th Annual Cookie Walk - Cookie Walk

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