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2016 6 October

Still Listening…Voices Among us

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pastedimageHurry! Get your Tickets to Steinbach Neighbours for Community’s production of Still Listening… Voices Among Us.

Last fall Steinbach Neighbours for Community brought the production called Listening for Grace by Ted & Co to Steinbach. Listening for Grace was a theatrical production presenting the thoughts and concerns of a father who learned that his son was gay. Our intention was to encourage conversations, starting in a safe neutral space, for respectful dialogue on the topic of sexual orientation.  This year  the conversation is continuing with a  with a local production.

Still Listening… Voices Among Us is a collection of stories from people living right here in our communities in Southeastern Manitoba. The stories represent a wide range of people who are part of the LGBTTQI* community. Some of the stories come from LGBTTQI* people, some from family, friends and allies of LGBTTQI*. Each story is a story from the heart, lived by each person who was willing to share their journeys.  Neighbours for Community understands that human sexuality is a complex topic and few people are comfortable talking about it, but as one of the participants said “doing nothing out of fear doesn’t change anything”.

Check out the Events Calendar for all the date, time and ticket details.

2016 17 February

Serving up Pancakes on Shrove Tuesday

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Dennis Coley with Steinbach United Church says Pancake Day is celebrated the day before Ash Wednesday.  It is the last day before the period which Christians call Lent.  Because Lent has historically been about fasting or giving things up, Shrove Tuesday was the last chance for people to indulge themselves and use food not allowed during Lent.  He notes pancakes were eaten on this day because they were made of rich ingredients such as eggs, butter and sugar.

The name “shrove” comes from the old word “shrive”, which means to confess.  On Shrove Tuesday in the Middle Ages, people used to confess their sins so that they were forgiven before the season of Lent began.  Shrove Tuesday always falls 40 days, excluding Sundays before Easter Sunday.  For this reason, the date changes from one year to the next.

According to Steinbach United Church, Lent is a season of the Christian year where Christians focus on simple living, prayer and reflection in order to grow closer to God.  It is a 40 day opportunity to change a lifestyle. The Church suggests a 40 day practice of either fasting from processed food or cutting out distraction, taking on something for Christ or for intentional prayer.

This article was written up by Shannon Dueck and posted on Steinbach OnLine on February 9th, 2016

2016 6 January

When Christians Get it Wrong..

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When Christians Get it Wrong..

Rev Dr Sharon Wilson will present a condensed version of the video study program When Christians Get It Wrong from 9 am to 1 pm on Saturday January 16. Lunch will be served after the presentation. There will be a free will offering with net proceeds going to the Jampason UCCP Learning Center in the Philippines.
The study program features Adam Hamilton who is a United Methodist Church minister from Kansas. He is the author of many thought provoking books and a passionate advocate for addressing the difficult questions of faith. This study arises from a conversation he had with a young man who raised six things he didn’t like about Christians. Mr Hamilton helps us wrestle with the statement When Christians Get It Wrong with down-to-earth honesty.
 
The following You Tube video link provides more information about his book and study. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5aapRVzx7lY  
An article written by Mr Hamilton is also attached.
 
Please contact Pearl at the Church office by Wed Jan 13 if you plan to attend. Phone 204-326-3713 or email steinbachunited@mymts.net

 

2015 13 November

Volunteer Drivers

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Southeast Helping hands is looking for volunteers to deliver hampers on Wednesday December 16th and/or Friday December 18th. If you are willing to help by being part of a two person delivery team, please fill out a Driver’s Registration form which is available in the Church office.

2015 21 September

EMERGENCY RESPONSE: Three Ways You Can Help Syrian Refugees

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The Moderator of The United Church of Canada, The Right Rev. Jordan Cantwell, is urging your participation in a church-wide appeal for Syrian refugees who are seeking relief from protracted civil war in their country. In her first letter as Moderator to the church’s members, she writes:

“We are called at this particular time to witness in a concrete way to our Christian faith in response to the needs of millions of desperate people seeking refuge and compassion.”The Right Rev. Jordan Cantwell  

Visit the United Church of Canada Website http://www.united-church.ca  about three ways you can help Syrian Refugees.

2015 16 August

What a Journey it’s Been – Moderator Gary Paterson

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What a Journey it’s Been

Hard to believe that my three-year ministry as Moderator is coming to a close… althoughGeneral Council still looms large in my thinking and in my dreams.

So, friends, this is my final posting, the last of over 165. What a journey it’s been.

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I have particularly appreciated these final 40 days, this prayer pilgrimage to General Council 42, and the opportunity to engage in conversations that matter. Many thanks to those who have been part of the journey.

We’re not there yet… so let us continue to pray for the church, not only for the commissioners and “online participants” travelling to Corner Brook, but for all that will happen during the meeting of the Council, and for all that will need to be done after.

As of Monday, August 3, I will have arrived on the Rock, off to a small hotel some 40 kilometres north of Corner Brook, to spend time in silence and in prayer, preparing for General Council. I’ll be pondering the questions that we’ve been travelling with:

  • What’s faith got to do with it?
  • What’s a good church for?
  • What do we need to let go?
  • What is our core purpose… and our core values?
  • How are discipleship and evangelism expressed in the “new church.”
  • What kind of leaders do we need? And how best to recruit, educate and support them?
  • How best to live out Jesus’ command to love God and neighbour…
    …and the neighbourhood, all my relations, the earth?

And I will be praying for the wisdom and strength to be fully present in the gathering, worship,and work of General Council 42. I will be praying over the various proposals and business that we must discuss, debate, and decide upon, all within the spirit of discernment, seeking to be faithful to God’s call into the future.

I will be holding fast to the scripture passage that I preached on when I was installed as Moderator – Ephesians 3:14-21. Over these past three years it has provided a focus for my personal prayer, and my prayers for our church:

O Holy One… according to the riches of your glory
I pray that we may be strengthened in our inner being,
with power through your Spirit,
and that Christ may dwell in our hearts through faith,
as we are being rooted and grounded in love.

I pray that we may have the power to comprehend,
with all the saints,
the breadth, and length, and height, and depth,
of the love of Christ….
although it surpasses knowledge,
so that we may be filled with all the fullness of God.

Now to God,
Who by the power at work within us is able to accomplish abundantly
far more than all we can ask or imagine,
to God be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus,
to all generations, for ever and ever. Amen.

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