October 10, 2018

1. 2019 Cost of Living Assignment

2. In-person Mandatory Boundaries Training – Regina

3. Covenanting Service for R. Manley-Tannis and St. Andrew’s College

4. Change is coming, which means things are going

5. Refugee Sponsorship Training Program: upcoming opportunities

6. October 17: focus on poverty and food insecurity

7. Online Learning from the Vibrant Faith Institute: Faith Formation for the 21st Century

8. Updated Staffing Notice

9. Fall 2018 Seeds of Hope Granting Cycle

10. SK Conference calls on the government to allow charities to address root causes of injustice


11. Courageous Conversations at the Annual Meeting

12. New People-to-People opportunities for United Church members

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1. 2019 Cost of Living Assignment
The cost-of-living (COL) reassessment, effective January 1, 2019, is now available.  If your pastoral charge has been reassigned to a new COL group, your minister’s minimum salary may need to change.  Please review the 2019 Minimum Salary and Allowances document for more information.
Visit the COL group map to access the cost-of-living groups and either zoom into your area, or search by pastoral charge name/postal code in the search bar.
If you feel your pastoral charge’s assessment should be changed, please e-mail the name of the pastoral charge, and your name and telephone number to humanresources@nullunited-church.ca . Requests for review will be considered until October 15, 2018.

2. In-person Mandatory Boundaries Training – Regina
An in-person Boundaries for Church Leaders training workshop will be held on October 24, 2018 at Westminster United Church (3025 13th Ave.) in Regina.  The workshop will begin at 10:00 am and conclude around 3:30 pm.  This workshop is for Ministry Personnel (active, retained and retired), Designated Lay Ministry (DLM) Applicants, Licenced Lay Worship Leaders (LLWLs), Candidates, or Inquirers who need their introductory course.
Cost: $20 (includes lunch and refreshments)
To register, contact Bev Diebert, with dietary concerns, at bdiebert@nullskconf.ca 

3. Covenanting Service for Richard Manley-Tannis and St. Andrew’s College
The following message is being sent on behalf of Rev. Doug Neufeld, Chair of the Board of Regents of St. Andrew’s College.
Dear Friends:
I write to invite you to attend the Covenanting Service of Deacon Richard Manley-Tannis of St. Andrew’s College on Wednesday, November 7th at 7:00 pm in the Chapel of the College.  A reception will follow in the Main Lounge.
We hope that you will be able to join us in this special celebration in the life of our College.
For more information, or to RSVP, please contact Melanie Schwanbeck at 306-966-8973 or by email at melanie.schwanbeck@nullusask.ca.

4. Change is coming, which means many things are going
The contents of the Conference Office must be dispersed by the end of this year. This includes desks, chairs, bookcases, other miscellaneous furniture and much more!  Churches and other non-profits are invited to peruse a list of available items which will appear on the Conference website by mid-October.  Soon after, a few days will be scheduled for viewing and claiming things.  Some items may have very reasonable prices attached, but most will be free, though a donation to M&S would always be appreciated.  Watch for more details as they become available or call Allan Gairns at 306-722-3213 for more information.

5. Refugee Sponsorship Training Program: upcoming opportunities
Refugee task conveners Darren Wooff reminds us of a great resource: webinars that walk you through different aspects of refugee sponsorship and support. Please have a look at upcoming events. Special note for Saskatoon and area church folks: a sponsorship opportunity has come up. Please be in touch with Darren Wooff for details:  darren@nullstmartinsuc.com

6. October 17: focus on poverty and food insecurity
Join Dignity for All’s Chew on This! campaign to raise awareness about poverty and food insecurity in Canada. On October 17, the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, ask Prime Minister Trudeau for a stronger fully funded anti-poverty strategy for Canada. Resources include local events, a worship service, and a public statement you can adopt as your own. Click here for full information.

7. Online Learning from the Vibrant Faith Institute: Faith Formation for the 21st Century
The Vibrant Faith Institute’s Foundations Program is a one-year, three-part, online learning opportunity designed for leaders interested in the future of faith formation in their communities of faith.  The United Church will reimburse successful applicants who register for the January 2019 semester up to $600 upon completion of three courses.  Participants may be full-time, part-time, or volunteer leaders in United Church ministries.  Apply by October 22. https://www.united-church.ca/opportunities/vibrant-faith-institute-faith-formation-21st-century

8. Updated Staffing Notice
Please see the updated notice regarding staffing.  It can also be found on the Saskatchewan Conference website on the home page.  Here is a link.

9. Fall 2018 Seeds of Hope Granting Cycle
Grant us this day!  There are only a few days left to apply for a fall 2018 Seeds of Hope grant! Applications are due by 8pm EST on October 15th, 2018.  Submission by email is preferred.
The fall 2018 round will only provide grants for seniors programs and projects, leadership initiatives, and events.  Grants for all project types will be available again in the spring 2019 Seeds of Hope round.
Let’s grow your project together! Call us at 1-866-340-8223 or visit The United Church of Canada Foundation website for more information and to download the application today.

10. SK Conference calls on the government to allow charities to address root causes of injustice
On July 16, an anti-poverty charity, Canada Without Poverty, won a landmark court challenge against the Canada Revenue Agency regarding political activity audits.  An Ontario Superior Court judge ruled that the Income Tax Act infringes on charities’ constitutional right to free expression.  In other words, the rule that limits charities’ ability to speak out on behalf of Canadians has been overturned. This is definitely a big step in the right direction, but concerns remain.
The federal government can appeal the ruling and if this happens, it would be a clear signal that the Prime Minister has abandoned his promise to “allow charities to do their work on behalf of Canadians free from political harassment, and modernize the rules governing the charitable and not-for-profit sectors.”
Conference President Bonnie Morton and Local-Global Advocacy Network Conveners Linda Stumpf and Catherine Christie have sent a letter to the Prime Minister, asking on the Conference’s behalf that the Charities Act be revised, and the government’s promise to Canada’s charitable sector be kept.  Please see and share the text of the letter here.

11. Courageous Conversations at the Annual Meeting
At the May 2018 gathering of Saskatchewan Conference in North Battleford, two conversations were inserted into the business of the meeting to celebrate some of the things delegates appreciate and hopes for the future of this collection of faithful people.  In the first set of courageous conversations, table groups were invited to consider the things they valued most about Conference, what had been inspiring and important over the years, and the aspects from the current structure that people wanted to keep in the new system in January.  Common themes included a deep valuing of the opportunity to connect to share resources, support, worship, and community, and a hope to create opportunities for all of those to continue.  The second set of courageous conversations focused on what we might hope from clusters and networks, and shared words of wisdom for the Commission.  Common themes included a hope for clusters to offer support and collegiality based on commonalities such as geography, thematic interest, and role, while helpful networks might focus on reconciliation and right relations, children’s, youth and young adult ministry, and intercultural church.  Words of wisdom for the Commission included a desire for clear and transparent communication, support for technology use, and a reminder to be open to the Spirit.  The full text of the notes will be used by the Region 4 commission for its work in helping to shape the structure for the future.  If you are interested in reading the notes from all of the table groups (all 13 pages), please click here.   
If you have any questions about the process, feel free to contact Tracy Murton, Ministry Conversation Animator for River Bend Presbytery at rbanimator@nullshaw.ca.  

12. New People-to-People opportunities for United Church members:
Food Security Learning Tour, Canadian Foodgrains Bank, Haiti  Pilgrim in Mission | December 5–16, 2018 | $3,000–$3,500 (Partial subsidies available) Read more  Closing Date: October 15, 2018.
All participants must be 18 and over.  A full slate of postings can be viewed at: http://www.united-church.ca/opportunities.  To automatically receive notices of opportunities such as these, please subscribe to the UCC jobs and volunteer opportunities list.
If you wish to know more about People in Partnership and how we can support people-to-people opportunities for you and your faith communities with Global partners, please be in touch, pip@nullunited-church.ca .

Check out upcoming events
Please remember to check the excellent events outlined in the attached Con-Ed Events listings.  Also remember to check out the communication sites on the website and the Conference events calendar.



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