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2019 15 March

A Lenten Journey Weekend

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Don Amero & Blanket Exercise Poster

Double Feature Weekend! All are welcome!

 

An evening of story & song with DON AMERO

Saturday March 30th, 2019 at 7:30 pm

(free will offering to the United Church of Canada’s Healing Fund)

 

The Kairos Blanket Exercise

400 years of history

Sunday, March 31st at 10:30 am

(lunch provided)

2019 19 February

Welcoming new Minister at the Steinbach United Church

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We have good news! Please welcome Rev Paul DuVal!

 

Paul is an ordained clergy person who has recently retired from Alberta and moved to Winnipeg. He has 35 years of experience, with 22 of those being in congregational ministry in united churches in Alberta. The other 13 years he was on staff at the conference office offering support to clergy and congregations. Paul will be with us for the next five and a half months in a short term appointment for 10 hours per week. We call this “Gap Ministry”. He will be with us as we continue to explore shared ministry possibilities or look for a long term person. There is always the possibility of extending the time with him.

 

Paul is very much a people person and looks forward to getting to know all of you. He will be leading worship about once per month, attending to urgent pastoral needs, as well as doing some visiting. His major role will be to enable us to continue to live out our statement of commitment and our ministry in this community, focusing on building community, reaching out and growing spiritually. We look forward to working with him!

2019 19 February

SHROVE TUESDAY PANCAKE SUPPER

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Free will offering. Net proceeds will go to the Mission & Service Fund.

 

What is Pancake Day?

 

Pancake Day (also known as Shrove Tuesday) is the last day before

the period which Christians call Lent. It is traditional on this day to

eat pancakes.

 

Why are pancakes eaten on Shrove Tuesday?

 

Lent has been historically a time of fasting, of giving things up.

Shrove Tuesday was the last chance to indulge yourself, and to use

the foods that were not allowed during Lent. Pancakes were

eaten on this day because they use rich ingredients such as

eggs, butter, and sugar.

 

When is Shrove Tuesday?

 

Shrove Tuesday is celebrated the day before Ash Wednesday and is

the final day before the commencement of Lent, a Christian

festival leading up to Easter Sunday. Shrove Tuesday always falls 40

days (Sundays are not included) before Easter Sunday, so the date

varies from year to year.

2018 9 November

Painting the Stars: Science, Religion and an Evolving Faith Video Study,

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Video study,  Sessions 2 and 3, 7:30 pm, Tuesdays November 13th and 20th in the back of the sanctuary.  Each week can stand alone so even if you missed the first session, you can still come to the second or third.  With Facilitator – Ann Thompson-Courchane.

Come and be involved in this thought-provoking series.

Ever wondered how to make sense of faith, the Bible and our rapidly changing world?  How do new discoveries and knowledge in science fit in with both long-held beliefs and our evolving faith journey?  What does it mean to be faithful in the 21st century?  Join us for thoughtful discussion and learning. This is a 7-part series.  The remaining four sessions will take place in the new year.  All are welcome!

“I believe that what Christianity was to Judaism, science is to Christianity.  Science is reformed Christianity; it is a community of members who must tell the truth to one another as they explore their faith in the inherent intelligibility of the universe.”  William Irwin Thompson

Comment from an attendee from a previous held study on” Painting the Stars”

“We attended the “Painting the Stars” series at West Hawk United. We did only five sections but it was thought provoking, challenged accepted norms, confused and frustrated attendees but definitely put forward ideas that kept the conversations going well after the series was completed. Time well spent exploring the “Cosmic Christ” , the future of Christianity and “ the church”.”

Betty Ann Watts

 

2018 26 January

Interested in a Video Study with the (late) Author and Bible Scholar Marcus Borg

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Everyone and anyone is Welcome to join us for this 5 week Study beginning Monday, Feb 19th – Monday, March 19th at 7PM

Author and Bible scholar Marcus Borg invites us to join him in revisiting Christianity’s most fundamental questions: Who is God? What does salvation mean? What place does Jesus hold in contemporary Christian faith? Marcus Borg helps you to address the fundamental questions that you struggle with as your faith matures or changes.

Each of the 5 “Embracing” units begins with a 10 – 15 minute DVD session video – and  a  group discussion to follow.

 

2017 25 September

Exploration Team and their Purpose

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For everything there is a season, a time for every matter under heaven”   Ecclesiastes 3:1

 Another season has come and gone and we are quickly moving into Fall. What a wonderful place we live with four beautiful seasons, always changing and evolving! And so it is with life – both as individuals and as a community. Steinbach United is in the midst of that change and evolution. It is an exciting time as we once again consider what we are meant to be about and how we will live out that calling.

As we are all aware, we are without a clergy person at this time. Our board made the decision to take this coming year to explore who we are as Steinbach United Church and then begin the process of calling a clergy person to assist us with our dreams. To that end an Exploration Team was created. Our names and contact information are at the end of this letter. We are building on the work that has already been done by the Ad Hoc, Transition and Affirming Teams over the past few years. Last October there was a survey completed by 41 people – an amazing number for a group our size! Plus 24 people attended the “Mission and Vision” workshop in November and another 16 attended the “Looking to the Future” workshop in May. Thanks everyone for participating! Your wisdom is helping to shape our future.

Conversation Circles In order to engage all of you in these decisions we are beginning with Conversation Circles – a time to gather with a few friends to talk about Steinbach United. We will be encouraging each person to share a story of a “best” experience of church, or of your spiritual or life journey. From these memorable experiences, and building on the words of wisdom from the surveys and the workshops we hope to determine what defines us as Steinbach United Church. We need your voice! Please say “yes” when invited to one of these gatherings.

 Next steps

Once we have a consensus on our focus, on what defines us, we will begin to consider what that might look like and what our priorities will be for the next few years – much like what we did in 2010 during our Rebooting exercise. Watch for ways to be involved in the coming weeks!

Then, we can determine how to enable this to happen – what leadership we need, both paid and volunteer – as well as the structure that would best support it. Exploring shared ministry will be part of this step as per the board motion. What may be shared, and how, is still a question.

 Exploration Team

 Gay Boese, Mary-Jane Orr, Ken Paton, Ally Klassen, Doug Enns, Marilynne Funk, Dennis Coley,  Carmen Koepke

 

 

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