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September London Conference Announcements

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A whole new congregational year ! An unlimited range of possibilities! This could be the year your congregation comes alive with a new & vital mission life. Or, it could be more “same- ol ’, same- ol ’! Which will it be? It’s all up to you!

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To help financially support your congregation’s mission Seeking funds from foundations and agencies in the broader community ? This free and informative workshop will help your congregation ! Presenters Heather McLean Doug Flanders Financial Development Officer, Director of Major and Planned Gifts, London Conference   The United Church of Canada Registration is FREE Pre-registration is required to ensure a binder of useful information and resources will be ready for you. RSVP to Heather McLean at: hmclean@united-church.ca Algoma Presbytery Friday, September 20 th , 2:00 to 4:00 PM – Registration required by September 11 th Central United Church, 160 Spring Street, Sault-Ste-Marie AND Essex Presbytery , Wednesday, October 23 rd , 7:00 to 9:00 PM – Registration required by October 18 th Essex United Church, 53 Talbot Street, South, Essex,

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Rob & Keiko Witmer are on Home Assignment in 2014 For the a year starting in August they’ll require a home in the greater London region. If you know of a furnished, single-family home available for year-long lease at a modest rate, please contact: Ms. Judy White - whitehj@yahoo.ca

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War Finds A Way: Fairfield 1813 Thursday , Oct. 3 to Saturday, Oct. 5 Tickets are $20 each and available through the Cultural Centre box office at 519-354-8338 or online at www.cktickets.com , or at the door on the night of the performances.

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Looking for justice-related resources for individuals and/or congregations? United Action for Justice is a United Church e-newsletter highlighting issues related to justice, human rights, ecology, peace, global partnership, and ecumenical relations. To learn more and subscribe , visit: united-church.ca/communications/newsletters/ uaj

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* London: Tuesday, Oct. 1, 7 pm Wolf Performance Hall, London Public Library, 251 Dundas Street, * Windsor : Wednesday , Oct. 2, 7 pm Winclare A, Vanier Hall, University of Windsor, 401 Sunset Avenue, Students (with ID): $6 advance / $9 at the door Non-students : $11 advance / $14 at the door

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Dr Douglas John Hall Will give the Cousland Lecture at Emmanuel College on “The Future of the Church” Wed. Oct. 16 th – 1:30 pm On Sat. Oct. 19 th 10:30 am to 12:30 pm Doug Hall, in person, will be in Oxford for a seminar based on his Cousland Lecture. Details on Oxford Presbytery web page http://oxfordpresbytery.com It will be “live streamed” to Oxford Presbytery

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BOUNDARIES The United Church policy on Sexual Abuse Prevention and Response REQUIRED continuing education for all Ministry Personnel. Wednesday , September 25th Central United, Stratford. RSVP: michelle@londonconference.ca

Unsettling Goods: Choose Peace in Palestine and Israel:

Join the United Church initiative in working for peace and justice in Palestine and Israel . Unsettling Goods: Choose Peace in Palestine and Israel Visit united-church.ca/peace/unsettling-goods to learn more.

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TAKE ACTION Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women and Girls in Canada Women are givers of life! Yet there are 582 documented occurrences of missing and murdered Aboriginal women and girls. Will they be found? Will their murders be solved? Call for immediate action through a National Inquiry. Print the NWAC petition from the Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) website and get it signed in your congregation or community. http://www.nwac.ca/sites/default/files/download/NWAC/2012%20NWAC%20Inquiry%20Petition_FINAL.pdf

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Creation Time in the Season of Pentecost begins on the second Sunday of September and ends on the second Sunday of October. A number of denominations worldwide are including similar "creation times" in their calendars. Orange is the recommended liturgical colour. For more information: http:// www.united-church.ca /files/planning/seasons/creation_liturgical.pdf

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2 nd National Justice Gathering / 2 e Rassemblement national de la justice Registration now available at: turning@united-church.ca Quebec City/Ville de Québec OCT 17-20, 2013 TURNING OVER TABLES UNCOVERING HOPE

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Come and learn about intercultural visions and what they could mean in your context, deepen your engagement with intercultural ministries, and leave with practical and useful ideas. Interculturalism is about all kinds of difference including age, gender identity, racial identity, ethnicity, ability, ideas, and beliefs. To be intercultural is to effectively engage with all communities of difference . “Behold!” 2013 is a national conference featuring elements of the rich and diverse histories and cultures of the Maritimes, with opportunities for all ages and cultural backgrounds. http://events.united-church.ca/behold /

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United Church Partners have called on the Church to take action to: Ensure Mining Canadian Companies comply with Human Rights Standards & Canadian Values overseas Collect signatures for a Petition to the House of Commons to regulate Canadian Mining Companies operating abroad Take Action. Sign the Petition. united-church.ca/ getinvolved / takeaction / Regulate Canadian Mining Companies Operating Abroad

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“Keeping it Real” When Launching an E-Newsletter by Martin Davis Many churches are seeking ways to improve communications with their congregations, and e-newsletters seem an obvious choice. But, before you launch your first e-newsletter you might want to avoid some common mistakes by reading this article: http://www.churchleadership.com/leadingideas/leaddocs/2013/130814_article.html

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Commencing with dinner on Sunday, October 27 th , concluding with lunch on Tuesday, October 29 th Queen Of Apostles Renewal Centre, 1617 Blythe Rd, Mississauga, where two nights' accommodation will also be provided . Co-facilitated by Peter Bishop, Conflict Resolution Facilitator in Montreal and Ottawa Conference For more information & registration contact: Cheryl-Ann Stadelbauer-Sampa < c-a@londonconference.ca>

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Interested in playing an important role in social Justice for London Conference? Then the Social Justice Committee would like to hear from you! E-mail Matthew Stevens at: matthew@londonconference.ca

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Effective Leadership Introducing The Forms and Tools For Articulating Mission and Ministry A workshop specifically intended for Settlement Committees & Presbytery Leaders Wednesday, September 11 th , from 9:30 till Noon, Followed by Lunch RSVP Tanya Cameron at tanya@londonconference.ca or 519-672-1930 Riverside United Church, 451 Dunedin Drive, London

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What Shall We Sing? Saturday, September 21, 2013 at Erie Street United Church, Ridgetown .  10 am to 2 pm Leadership by Rev. Michael Brooks In Voices United and More Voices there are over 1,000 choices for hymns, responses and other musical elements of worship.   Worship leaders are often stepping into unfamiliar settings, and selecting congregational music for a one-time occasion can be a daunting task.   This workshop will provide some tools for choosing congregational music that is sing-able and meaningful, while respecting local traditions.

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Exec. Secretary Cheryl-Ann Stadelbauer-Sampa Treasurer Bev Slater Algoma Thom McDonough Elgin Diane Macpherson Essex Paul Rodey Huron-Perth Paul Ross Kent Judith Fayter Lambton Connie Ellis Middlesex Joyce Payne Oxford Douglas Peck Your Executive For 2013 to 2014 GC Rep Exec Doug Wright GC Rep Exec Charles McMillan Communication Bill Butt F&A Mary Anne Silverthorn MPE Tyler Powell Mission in Canada Pat Whitton Social Justice David Williamson Staff Support John Brown UCW Clare Walker Inc. Ministries Vacant Cong. Futures Louise Hall Nominations Chuck Scott President: Philip Newman * President-Elect: Jeff Crittenden Past President: Paul Browning

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MESSY FIESTA A workshop on Messy Church, to be held at: Trinity United, Wallaceburg on Saturday, November 2 nd . For further information or to register contact: dhewitson@mdirect.net Cost of the workshop $30 per person, or $25 if three or more from one church.

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http://www.londonconference.ca/content/forms-resources Copies of any or all of these PowerPoint slides for use with your congregation, are freely available for download at the London Conference website.

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