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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



2017 26 April

Mission & Vision Workshop – Saturday, May 13th 9AM- 3PM

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The next year will be one of exploration and experimentation.  Our next year together as a faith community will be different.  Change can bring with it questions, anxiety and confusion.  It can also bring excitement, new awareness and creativity.  This will not be a day for final decision making; rather it will be a day to explore questions, to be open about concerns, and to gather the strength and skills of a faithful, honest, sharing community of faith.  Cross roads do not need to be an ending; they can offer the freedom of choice in the creation of a new beginning.  Come and bring your questions, bring your listening skills and most of all bring your curiosity for this new challenge.

2017 7 April

Spring Messy Church

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Another fun filled event of  Messy Church .  Come Journey with us on Noah’s Ark. – April 21, 2017 from 5-7PM   A fun time for all ages  to experience Noah’s Ark, including crafts, stories, and a meal is always included.  Join in the fun for young and old.  NO COST.

2017 20 January

Messy Winter Church

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Come and Join us for Messy Winter – February 3, 2017 from 5-7PM

A fun time for all ages – No cost

Dress for outside fun – Weather Permitting.

Activities include indoor and outdoor fun.

2016 30 November

What in the World is “Messy Church”?

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Come and join us for “Messy Christmas”  on Dec. 2nd.

A fun time for all ages – Experience the Christmas Story through fun, crafts, celebration time & Meal from 5-7PM

Never heard of Messy Church.   It’s a family oriented, all-ages, and , well…messy gathering.  Christ is at the heart of all aspects of Messy Church as community builds around creativity, hospitality, worship, meal, and fun.  Read  – messy-church-values-principles-and-logo

For Messy Christmas details, click here:

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.

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