2016 1 April

“COME IN” Conference April 15-16

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From Stigma to Understanding

April 15-16, 2016
Fort Garry Mennonite Brethren Church
1771 Pembina Highway, Winnipeg 

A time of learning and inspiration!

Registration Fees –  $130.00 –  20% discount for groups of 3 or more(from the same church)

Mental health is a term that is used widely and mentioned often.  What is your understanding of mental health and how do you support people within the context of your community.  We are excited to announce that Rev. Ron Falk from Eden Health Care Services will be presenting at  IN 2016 .  During his workshop he will outline definitions of mental health and help attendees understand the dynamics of stigma while exploring assumptions of mental illness.  In an additional workshop Ron will explore mental health and spirituality.  How do we understand mental illness from a spiritual and religious perspective?  What can we learn from how the church has been responding?  We are inviting you and those in your network to come “in” and be part of these conversations. Please share this opportunity widely so that your community will be represented at IN2016. 

2016 20 March

Enjoy Life- and take time to eat cake by the ocean!

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“So I concluded there is nothing better than to be happy and enjoy ourselves as long as we can. And people should eat, drink, and enjoy the fruits of their labour, for these are gifts from God.” ~Ecclesiastes 3:12-13

2016 18 March

United Network for Justice and Peace in Palestine/ Israel

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Workshop details  in the Calendar of Events.


UNJPPI is a United Church of Canada related network working toward the goal of a just peace in Palestine and Israel by calling for an end to the illegal Israeli occupation of Palestinian lands and equal rights for all who live in Palestine/Israel through education and advocacy.

On behalf of UNJPPI Kathy Bergen and Jan McIntyre will give a two-hour workshop.  During the two-hour workshop, Kathy and Jan will share information out of their experience that is not readily available in our mainstream media, briefly explain the history of the conflict, talk about the role of International Humanitarian Law and UN Resolutions in this conflict, share some personal stories of dedicated Israelis and Palestinians working for a just peace, and discuss some of the barriers that prevent people from speaking out and becoming involved in peacemaking.

At each General Council meeting since 2003, resolutions about Palestine and Israel have been discussed and voted on by United Church general commissioners.  United Church staff has developed educational materials including Unsettling Goods and an eleven-part video series Let’s Keep Talking.  In partnership with the World Council of Churches the UCC has sent almost 30 ecumenical accompaniers to Palestine for 3 month assignments.   They witness the effects of the occupation and share stories with the wider church back home. The UCC has a long history of supporting Palestinian and Israeli organizations working towards a just peace.

This workshop will help to educate and engage congregations on the issues while encouraging actions towards a just peace in the Middle East. 


Kathy Bergen is currently the part-time UNJPPI staffperson.  She has worked on Middle East issues for 33 years, 17 of them in Palestine–first with MCC (Mennonite Central Committee) in Jerusalem, the AFSC (American Friends Service Committee) in Philadelphia, the ICCP (International Coordinating Committee  NGOs on the Question of Palestine) in Geneva, and with the Friends Center in Ramallah.

Jan McIntyre is a Manitoba farmer and chairperson of the Prairie Spirit School Division Board of Trustees. She has been sent twice by the United Church of Canada to work with the World Council of Churches Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI), and currently works with the Hebron International Resources Network, a Hebron based NGO.

She has spoken to over 40 groups about her experiences in Israel and Palestine.

2016 24 February

6 Week Lent Challenge

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For each of the 6 weeks of Lent, you are invited to reflect on the lives of the people who participate in the 6 charities under the 1JustCity umbrella – including West Broadway Community Ministry.

At West Broadway Community Ministry, many of the people  helped are homeless or live in poverty.  Last year,  23,000 to people on disability were served, people with a variety of mental health issues, people on social assistance, and the working poor.  In 2015,emergency food cupboard supplied over 1,800 food kits supporting approximately 3,600 people in the community.  Members of the community join together each day for lunch, a cup of coffee, fellowship, companionship, fun, laughter, and support with the challenges of life.

1JustCity supports the crucial work that West Broadway does in serving Winnipeg’s under-loved and under cared for.   Read about  this 6-Week Challenge.



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.  
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


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