April 18, 2018

1. Registration Open for Three Pre-Annual Meeting Events

2. Earth Day Worship Resources

3. Saskatoon Shines with Solar

4. A Call for Nominations for General Council Committees

5. New Overseas Opportunities: China, Palestine, Uganda, Japan

6. Grief Workshop

7. Saskatoon Theological Union Convocation

8. Worship Service for Congregations for Conference Weekend 2018

9. Great News about Buying an Annual Meeting T-shirt

10. Registration for the 91st Annual Meeting

11. Workshop for Congregational Officer of the Court Dealing with Sexual Misconduct

12. M&P 101

13. Petition on the sale of Sask Crown corporations

14. Canadian Theological Society Annual Meeting

15. Parliament of World Religions: November 1-7, 2018

16. Green Initiatives Application

17. Upcoming webinars for you and your ministry

18. Final Reminder – Atamiskakewak National Gathering 2018

19. Affirming Sunday, May 6, 2018: Materials Posted!

20. St. Andrew’s College’s Annual Gala Dinner

21. The United Theological College is looking for a new Principal


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1. Registration Open for Three Pre-Annual Meeting Events, May 23 & 24
This year three events will be offered in the Battlefords area before annual meeting begins. You do not need to be a delegate to annual meeting to attend!  May 23, two options: an intercultural and pastoral gathering for people of colour and Indigenous people; and a hands on look at sustainable food, on a farm.  A new event has just been added for the morning of May 24, focused on Medical Assistance in Dying and its pastoral and ethical impacts on ourselves and our ministries. All are open to lay people and order of ministry.  All welcome! Please have a look at the Con Ed flyer for full info.

2. Earth Day Worship Resource
For Earth Sunday (April 22): a new worship service that calls us to love, not only in word or speech, but in truth and action (1 John 3:18).  Created by our friends at United for Mining Justice.

3. Saskatoon Shines with Solar
Educate, inspire and equip for Solar Power in Central Saskatchewan.  Empowering you to transition to solar energy in your homes, schools, business and churches.  Come find out more information: April 21 from 1:00PM to 3:30pm at St. Martin’s United Church, (2617 Clarence Ave. S)  Featuring: Peter Prebble (Sask Solar Co-op) and Kevin Hudson (Saskatoon Light & Power).  For more information contact: chrynkow@nullstmcollege.ca  (Churches for Environmental Action).

4. A Call for Nominations for General Council Committees
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.
The General Council Nominations Committee has launched a call for nominations for a few key vacancies.  People across the church are invited to express their interest, or nominate others who have the gifts to serve well in these leadership roles.   www.united-church.ca/opportunities

Canadian Council of Churches: Board
We are seeking one or two people with in-depth knowledge of the United Church, the ability to engage in respectful dialogue and an openness to learn from others to serve as our representatives on this Board. Deadline for application: April 25, 2018

Canadian Health Coalition
The United Church of Canada works in partnership with healthcare and other related organizations in the Canadian Health Coalition. We are looking for one person to serve as the church’s representative on the Board of Directors.  Deadline for application: April 25, 2018

Commission on Faith and Witness 
We are seeking one person to represent the United Church on the Canadian Council of Churches’ Commission on Faith and Witness. Deadline for application: April 25, 2018

Denominational Council Planning Chair
We are seeking a leader with the vision to imagine a Denominational Council meeting in 2021, along with the organizational skills to coordinate other leaders and programs, and the flexibility to work within a new and emerging church structure.  Preferably the new chair will located in Alberta and familiar with the Calgary and southern Alberta area. Deadline for application: April 25, 2018

Pension Board, Member at Large (UPDATED) 
The Pension Board is seeking a currently serving or retired minister to join as one of its members at large. Training is provided.  Deadline for application: April 25, 2018

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, so long as it is received by April 25th.
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.

5. New Overseas Opportunities: China, Palestine, Uganda, Japan
Summer English Teacher, Amity Foundation, China
Companion In Mission | 4 weeks | Subsidized cost: $500  Read more  Closing Date: April 26, 2018

“Come and See” Pilgrimage Encounter in Palestine and Israel
Pilgrim in Mission | 10 days | $3900 | Focus: Impact of occupation on children and youth Read more  Closing Date: May 15, 2018

Youth Leaders Food Security Learning Tour, Uganda (CFGB)
Pilgrim in Mission | 2 weeks | $2800 (Partial subsidies available) | Youth Leaders  Read more  Closing Date: May 15, 2018

Youth Forum, Center for Minority Issues and Mission, Japan
Pilgrim in Mission | 1 week | Subsidized cost: $300 | Youth or Young Adult  Read more  Closing Date: May 15, 2018

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.

6. Grief Workshop
‘Grief and Loss In Times Of Transition Workshop’ is being offered by Ray McGinnis on April 29th from 1 to 3:30 pm at Heritage United Church (1050 Arnason St. N,  Regina).  Cost $10 per person at the door.  Please call the church office at 306-949-8377 to pre-register.
Workshop facilitator Ray McGinnis will guide us through activities to explore and acknowledge grief and loss within the context of our faith. The setting will be caring, confidential and supportive. All are most welcome.

7. Saskatoon Theological Union Convocation
The Saskatoon Theological Union Convocation will take place on Friday, May 4, 2018, at 7:00 pm at St. John’s Anglican Cathedral in Saskatoon.  This will be the seventeenth joint Convocation of the colleges in the Saskatoon Theological Union:  the College of Emmanuel and St. Chad (Anglican), Lutheran Theological Seminary, and St. Andrew’s College.  All are welcome to attend the Convocation event.
In addition to the other colleges’ earned and honorary degrees, the St. Andrew’s College anticipates awarding 9 earned degrees and diplomas at Convocation as well as awarding Doctor of Divinity (honoris causa) degrees to Austin Fennell of Lethbridge, AB, Fran Forsberg of Dundurn, SK and Tony Thompson of Prince Albert, SK.

8. Worship Service for Congregations Conference Weekend 2018
Saskatchewan Conference has prepared a worship service for distribution to the Conference for use by congregations on the Sunday of Conference Weekend, May 27.  The liturgy is substantially the same as the liturgy that will be part of the Service of Praise and Celebration. This gives congregations an opportunity to tie in what is happening at the annual meeting with what is happening locally.
The Order of Service for the Worship Service for Congregations is now on the Saskatchewan Conference website on the annual meeting page.  It is available in both pdf or word.  If you have any questions, please contact Liz Mackenzie at the Conference Office at 306-721-3311 or our President, Krystal Sheremeta at 306-862-4108.

9. Great News About Buying an Annual Meeting T-shirt
The early deadline for buying an annual meeting has come and gone.  But the T-Shirts are still gorgeous.  They are still a great way to commemorate the last annual meeting of Saskatchewan Conference.  And they are still being sold at the very reasonable price of $15.
But the even greater news is that the deadline has been extended!
You still have to act fast.  The T-Shirts are still being sold but now on a first come first served basis.  The Order Form is available on the Saskatchewan Conference website.
They have to be ordered and paid for in advance and payment has to be made by cheque payable to Saskatchewan Conference.
If there are any T-Shirts remaining at the meeting then they will be sold for $20 apiece.  So please get your orders in as soon as possible.
Thanks so much for your assistance!  We will all look beautiful at the meeting adorned in our new T-Shirts!

10. Registration for the 91st Annual Meeting is Open
Registration for the meeting of Saskatchewan Conference in North Battleford from May 24th to 27th, 2018, is open.  Conference Weekend 2018 Invitation
The theme of the meeting is “Be Brave. Be Bold. Stand Up Tall.”  A document explaining the theme and all other available information for the meeting can be found on the Saskatchewan Conference website under the tabs labelled “Faith In Action/Annual Meeting” or click Annual Meeting to go directly to the website page.  At present, you will find a poster and information about accommodations and the menu for the meeting.  Of course, this will be updated as additional information becomes available.

This year all registration will again happen on-line through the Saskatchewan Conference Website at www.sk.united-church.ca.  Look for the button on the right hand side where it says “Click to Register!”  If you are not able to access the website or encounter problems, please contact Heather Dootoff at the Conference Office and she will register for you when you are on the phone.
To register:

11. Workshop for Congregational Officers of the Court Dealing with Sexual Misconduct
If an incident of misconduct is alleged to have been committed by your ministry personnel, the responsible court of the church is the presbytery. If, however, the abuse is alleged to have been committed by a member, adherent or lay employee of your congregation, then the official Board (or its equivalent) in your congregation would be the responsible court of the church and would need to have someone named to act on its behalf.  Where no congregational Officer of the Court has been named, the task falls to the current Chair of the Official Board (or its equivalent). 

A workshop for Congregational Officers of the Court will be held at St. David’s Trinity in Saskatoon on April 27.  This workshop will go over the new UCC Sexual Misconduct Prevention and Response Policy & Procedures (July 2017) and the role and responsibilities of the congregational Officers of the Court.  Case studies and lively conversation guaranteed! Cost: $15.
To Register:
Email Bev Diebert at bdiebert@nullskconf.ca  with your name and any dietary concerns.   Deadline: Thursday, April 19, 2018
Note:  With the change to Regions in 2019, this is an especially important workshop to ensure that congregations/pastoral charges are prepared for the possibility of sexual misconduct complaints that they may receive.

12. 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.   
When:  May 5, 2018 beginning at 10 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Where:  St. Martin’s United Church  (2617 Clarence St., Saskatoon)
Cost:  $15  Deadline to register: Wednesday, April 25, 2018  

13. Invitation to sign and share SaskCrowns petition
Your Local-Global Advocacy Network invites you to discern whether you can sign, and share, this petition. Over a year ago, a provincial budget made sweeping changes to social goods of many kinds, including the abrupt closure and assets sale of the SK Transportation Company. A non partisan citizen’s group wants to make sure the government cannot sell off publicly owned entities without consultation. Please find full resources on the Local-Global Advocacy blog. Please contact the conveners via Julie Graham for more info: jgraham@nullskconf.ca

14. Canadian Theological Society Annual Meeting – May 27 – 29, 2018 in Regina
The Canadian Theological Society is a resource for cutting-edge academic thought and rich debate. The Canadian Theological Society meets annually as part of the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences. This year the meeting is in Regina.
CTS meets Sunday, May 27 to Tuesday, May 29.  You can come and check out other academic societies, too: Congress meets May 26 – June 1. 
The theme for the Canadian Theological Society for 2018 is “Gathering Diversities.” ‘Gathering’ evokes the idea of bringing people together in the spirit of building community.  This theme honours the history of the area as a traditional place of gathering, evoked in Regina’s original name, Wascana, or oskana kâ-asastêki – where the bones are gathered, referring to the region’s heritage as buffalo hunting grounds for a multitude of Plains cultures.
It would be a great thing to have your theological reflections on papers given.  And there’s tons of food for sermon thought.   You can register easily on site. Here’s the schedule

15. Parliament of World Religions: November 1 – 7, 2018 – Toronto
The United Church is inviting Conferences to create delegations to attend this rare opportunity.  See the Con Ed flyer for details. These global Parliament events are the world’s oldest, largest, and most inclusive gatherings of the global interfaith movement.

16. Green Initiatives Application
Spring is coming, honest, it is!  Think green…..the Green Initiatives Grant.  Every year there is money set aside from the Moats Land Fund, for projects that promote environmental sustainability.  These grants are up to $5,000 in matching funds.  Grants are approved on a first come, first served basis, until the funds allocated for the year are committed.  $20,000 has been allocated for Saskatchewan Conference in 2018.  Click here to see an application form.  If you have any questions contact the Mission Support representative in your presbytery.

17. Upcoming webinars for you and your ministry
Short summary: There are lots: too many great options to list here. Prep for General Council, lots of great Stewardship opportunities, racial justice training (with an all-SK team!), Boundaries training and refreshers, and more. Please have a look at the full list

18. Atamiskākēwak National Gathering 2018
“Shaking hands in greeting with each other” national event in Moose Jaw/ Treaty Four  This will be a week of education, cultural understanding and training, and addressing the present complexities that exist in this country with regards to Indigenous and non-Indigenous people. Please see the Con-Ed listings or their website for details. On Tuesday April 24, the day will focus on faith communities and action; you can attend only this day if you wish. Details here.

19. Affirming Sunday, May 6, 2018: Materials Posted
The Intercultural Network invites all of SK Conference to celebrate Affirming Sunday on May 6, 2018. This year, we will be using the worship offered to the church by Iridesce, the Living Apology project. St Andrew’s United Church in Moose Jaw has also offered a skitClick here for the materials!

20. St. Andrew’s College’s Annual Gala Dinner
On Wednesday, May 16th at 5:30 pm there will be a gala banquet at the German Cultural Centre in Saskatoon.  Entertainment will be provided by Tom Jackson.  This evening will also serve as the public farewell for outgoing Principal, Lorne Calvert. Deadline to purchase tickets is May 4. Tickets are $100 (with a portion in tax-credit receipt).
Tickets are available by calling St. Andrew’s College at 306-966-8970.   

21. The United Theological College is looking for a new Principal
You may have heard Principal, Phil Joudrey, is retiring!  They are currently looking for an Interim Principal to assist them in this period of transition, starting on July 1st, 2018.  For more information, see the job description or visit their website.

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.


Annual Meeting registration now open!

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For any questions contact Bev Kostichuk at 306-647-2679.

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