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October 11, 2017

1. M&P 101

2. Hospital Chaplaincy / Spiritual Care

3. Intercultural Network survey: Please help renew the work

4. Final call for applications: Moderator’s Reconciliation Dialogue in Australia

5. Common Vision concerts for the Canadian Foodgrains Bank

6. Video Licensing Agreement  2017/18

7. A Call for Nominations for General Council Committees: Deadline Wednesday, November 1st

8. The September 30th Electronic Meeting of General Council 42

9. Do refugees put us at risk? Some resources

10 North-South Korea dialogue only way to avoid a war: NCCK

Reminders
11. 2017 – 2018 Prayer Cycle

12. St. Andrew’s College announces launch of New Curriculum materials collection

13. Prayer and action to support UN Declaration on Indigenous people

14. Worship resources for World Food Day, October 16

15. LAST CHANCE – New Offering of the Licensed Lay Worship Leaders Program

16. STILL TIME – Seeds of Hope Granting Cycle

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1. M&P 101
Calling all Ministry and Personnel Committee Members! 
If you are a member of a Ministry and Personnel Committee, or someone who wants to find out more about the work of M&P Committees, please plan on attending the next M&P 101 Workshop!

M&P 101 is a workshop designed to assist Ministry and Personnel Committee members with understanding the UCC polity regarding the organization and responsibilities of an M&P Committee and to apply this to the particular context of participants’ pastoral charges/outreach ministries/other UCC communities of faith.
There have been several new UCC policies that came into effect July 1, 2017, that impact M&P Committees and the pastoral/employment relationship.  The upcoming M&P 101 workshop will include this information along with topics covering the roles and duties of M&P members, conflict resolution, support of ministry personnel and staff, annual reviews/ongoing feedback, employment legislation and UCC pastoral relations/workplace polity.

Workshop details: there will be a limited number of spaces, so register soon
When:  November 9, 2017 beginning at 10 a.m. (9:30 a.m. registration) to 4:00 p.m.
Where:  Davidson United Church            Cost: $20 per person
To Register: email Bev Diebert at bdiebert@nullskconf.ca with details: how many are coming, names of each person and their dietary concerns.

2. Hospital Chaplaincy / Spiritual Care
Since the closing of Spiritual Care Departments in Saskatchewan Hospitals on September 29th, one of the only ways the United Church Hospital Chaplain will know that there are members or adherents in one of the larger center hospitals (Regina Hospitals: General, Pasqua and Wascana Rehabilitation Centre; Saskatoon Hospitals: Royal University, St. Paul’s and City) is if she is directly contacted by a pastoral charge.  Ministry personnel are encouraged to be vigilant about letting their congregants know that if they, or someone they know, is going to be in one of the Regina/Saskatoon hospitals and would like a spiritual care visit, they can ask their minister to contact the Chaplain. The Chaplain in Regina is Val Cottrill at 306-551-7755 and in Saskatoon it is Cathy Coates at 306-227-8707. 

A brochure with information to help support the South Saskatchewan Hospital Chaplaincy is here

Please consider including an announcement like the following in your Sunday Bulletins on a regular basis:  If you or someone you know is going to be in a hospital or in the Wascana Rehabilitation Centre in Regina and would like a spiritual care visit from the hospital chaplain, please ask your minister to contact the chaplain, or contact her directly at (306) 551-7755.

3. Intercultural Network survey:  Please help renew the work
Please help the Intercultural Network renew its work with our Conference. Co-conveners Nobuko Iwai and Brian Mitchell-Walker would like your thoughts on your context and on priorities for the work over the next year and a half. Your thoughts are very important; the survey will take 10-20 minutes to fill out and your responses can be confidential. The survey is at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/VVL63NZ

4. Final call for applications: Moderator’s Reconciliation Dialogue in Australia
Apply to be a part of the Moderator’s Reconciliation Dialogue in Australia in March 2018. Applications are due by October 13, and we are looking for both Indigenous and non-Indigenous participants, including young adults.  Those selected will demonstrate a strong knowledge of and commitment to the work of reconciliation, and will commit to sharing their experiences as part of the church’s ongoing work towards reconciliation. For the more details and the application process, visit the  United Church website.

5. Common Vision concerts for the Canadian Goodgrains Bank
Come join Ron Klusmeier and Cathy Bogucki as they hold concerts in support of the Canadian Foodgrains Bank.  They will be in: Eatonia United Church, October 15 at 10:30AM; St Andrew’s Fort Qu’Appelle on October 22 at 2:00PM; St Andrew’s United in Outlook on October 22 at 7:30PM.  Interested in hosting? Contact Julie Graham for info.  CFGB can provide promo material (but does not organize the concert).  Contact Rick or Jacquie Block at saskatchewan@nullfoodgrainsbank.ca 

6. Video Licensing Agreement 2017/18
Do you show movies in your congregation for church school, youth groups, study groups, worship or an evening gathering of the congregation?  If so, you are required to have a video (VHS/DVD) license.  The United Church of Canada upholds the importance of observing copyright law and Saskatchewan Conference has made an arrangement with Criterion Pictures and Audio Ciné Films Inc. to provide a licensing agreement for the churches of Saskatchewan Conference. The current licence expires on October 31, 2017.  To register your congregation for the license, please click on the link Video Licensing brochure 2017-18.

7. A Call for Nominations for General Council Committees: Deadline – Wednesday, Nov. 1st
As you know, the General Council of the United Church advertises its recruitment opportunities for volunteers as they emerge and not on a regularly scheduled timetable throughout the year. At this time, they are seeking nominations and expressions of interest for the position of participant in The Roman Catholic – United Church Dialogue

Please consider who has the leadership skills and may be called to serve in these ways.  Tap people on the shoulder, forward this message, encourage them… or if you feel a sense of call yourself, step up and offer your own gifts.

The deadline for this call is Wednesday, November 1stFull details can be found in the description and terms of reference.  Nominations can be submitted though this online form.

For any questions or for assistance contact Diane Bosman at the GCO at 1-800-268-3781 ext 2211 or at dbosman@nullunited-church.ca   Thanks for your willingness to consider serving the United Church in this way. 

8. The September 30th Electronic Meeting of General Council 42
You have probably all been waiting to hear about the meeting which recalled those who were Commissioners at GC42 in Corner Brook.  Did the electronics work without a hitch?  You will have to speak to someone who participated in the meeting to get their personal take on things.  What decisions were made that will affect the future of the United Church and our ministry?  For further information, click  http://www.united-church.ca/news/major-steps-remit-implementation

9. Do refugees put us at risk? Some resources
In the wake of September 30’s attack in Edmonton, some people and groups are rushing to paint refugees as a threat. On the recommendation of our Refugee Task coordinator, Darren Wooff, have a look at this response from the Canadian Council for Refugees, of which the United Church is a founding member.

10. North-South Korea dialogue only way to avoid a war: NCCK
As retired overseas personnel, Local-Global Advocacy co-convener Catherine Christie knows South Korea and our church partners very well. She asks that we share this statement from the National Council of Churches in Korea (NCCK). With tensions steadily increasing between the United States and North Korea, the NCCK continues to call for peaceful dialogue to resolve the rising conflict between these two governments to avoid war in the Korean peninsula. Please have a look at their statement and action call on the Local-Global Advocacy Network blog.

Reminders:
11. 2017 – 2018 Prayer Cycle
The 2017 – 2018 Prayer Cycle is now available on the Conference website under Resources> Worship.  It begins on October 15, 2017 and continues to the end of 2018 when both conferences and presbyteries cease to exist.  Please click Prayer Cycle 2017-18 to view.

12. St. Andrew’s College Announces Launch of New Curriculum Material Collection
St. Andrew’s College library is pleased to announce the launch of its collection of New Curriculum materials. The New Curriculum was a major Christian Education initiative of the United Church in the 1960s. The launch will happen in the St. Andrew’s College library from 7:00-8:30 pm on Thursday Oct. 12, 2017.  There will be a brief program, a chance for people to share memories of the New Curriculum, and refreshments. The collection, gathered through donations from individuals and congregations in the prairie conferences, will be display. All are welcome. Parking at the College is limited.

13. Prayer and action to support UN Declaration on Indigenous people 
The Moderator is asking us to help to ensure that the laws of Canada are in harmony with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. This is one expression of your church’s commitment to the Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.  
Bill C-262, a private member’s bill that is expected to come up for second reading in October 2017, calls for a national implementation strategy to be developed in full partnership with Indigenous peoples, and a 20-year schedule of reporting to Parliament. The Bill thus establishes a binding framework for reconciliation beyond the life of the current government, and a method of transparency and accountability to Parliament and to Canada. See this link for action ideas that include postcards to your MP.

14. Worship resources for World Food Day, October 16 
Throughout this week in October we are invited to take action for food justice. As the harvest is gathered and as Indigenous and non-Indigenous people alike respectfully hunt and fish in preparation for winter, we give thanks for the beauty and the bounty of God’s Creation. Please set aside time in worship to give thanks, and to pray and take action for the millions around the world and in Canada who are hungry in the midst of plenty, or who are hungry because they are fleeing disasters and violence.
See the United Church’s national page for resources. The United Church and many of our own farmers are also partners with the Canadian Foodgrains Bank, which also offers a special 2017 worship resource

15. LAST CHANCE – New Offering of the Licensed Lay Worship Leaders Program
The Licensed Lay Worship Leaders Program is again being offered in a two year program (7 weekends) to begin in January 2018.  A minimum enrollment of 10 is required to go ahead.  More details are available in the downloadable bulletin insert.  Registration deadline: October 15, 2017

16. STILL TIME – seeds of Hope Granting Cycle
The fall 2017 Seeds of Hope granting cycle is open and accepting applications! Applications are due by 8pm EST on October 15th, 2017. Submission by email is preferred.
The fall 2017 round will only provide grants for seniors programs and projects (grants available nation-wide), and leadership initiatives (grants available nation-wide).  Grants for all project types, Canada wide will be available again in the spring 2018 Seeds of Hope round.
Don`t miss out, visit  www.unitedchurchfoundation.ca/grantinfo  for more information and to download the application today.

Check out upcoming events
Please remember to check the excellent events outlined in the attached Con-Ed Events listings.  If you’re interested in the St Andrew’s College event with John Pentland, please register ASAP. New event, just added: Reconciliation in the Watershed, October 21, Regina: a free day long KAIROS and SCIC event.  Also remember to check out the communication sites on the website and the Conference events calendar.

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