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Mission & Service Fund emergency response – Haiti, Cuba & surrounding areas- updated

Many of you have no doubt heard about the devastation which has occurred in Haiti and the surrounding countries in the Caribbean. This email is to inform you that the United Church of Canada has launched a full appeal to assist our Mission & Service partners in those areas as they work to make a real difference in the lives of hurting people.

 Donations can also be made by telephone with a Visa or MasterCard, or by cheque.  Please be sure to note on your cheque that the donation is for “Emergency Response—Hurricane Matthew.”   

Upadate in  November ;  Thanks to your generosity, as of November 8, 2016 the United Church has received over $100,000 for emergency relief, rebuilding, and rehabilitation.  In rapid response the church has sent $20,000 to our partners from the Emergency Response Fund and is appealing for donations and is encouraging prayers throughout the church. The United Church works with long-standing local partners who have well-established and trusted distribution networks on the ground, including in remote communities. These partners work diligently to ensure the donations they administer reach the most vulnerable communities in the greatest need as quickly as possible. Following the 2010 earthquake the United Church provided more than $4 million dollars in assistance to Haiti.

Members of ACT Alliance are already in place in Haiti, assisting those affected by the hurricane. The United Church’s direct partners in the Haiti are The Methodist Church of Haiti and The Karl Lévêque Cultural Institute (ICKL). In Cuba, the Cuban Council of Churches leads the ACT Alliance response. Financial assistance from the appeal may also be provided to church partners in other Caribbean countries affected by Hurricane Matthew.

More information and an on-line donation portal can be found at http://www.united-church.ca/hurricane-matthew

re Rev. Gretta Vosper

Dear Friends,
No doubt by now many of you will be aware of the controversy surrounding the continued ministry of Rev. Gretta Vosper in the United Church of Canada. On September 7th, 2016 the Toronto Conference Interview Committee released their report

https://torontoconference.ca/2016/09/review-rev-gretta-vosper/

of interviews with Ms. Vosper and several others. This Interview Committee recommended placing Vosper on the “discontinued service” list as being unsuitable for continued ministry in the United Church. Their view was that Vosper would not be seen as fit for ordination today and that she could not say that she was in “essential agreement” with her ordination vows. Additionally they determined that remediation actions would not alter Vosper’s views. There is a recommendation for a formal hearing.
Please take the time to read through the report for accurate information. There has already been media reports that often miss or leave out information and terminology. You will find a very clear description of United Church process, theology and actual examination of this case in the article. Continued prayers for those who have been tasked with this responsibility would be most appreciated.
Yours in Christ,
Rev. Wendy

 

We invite all United Church members to listen….

….So we (Rev. Kenji Marui President of and Rev. Cheryl-Ann Stadelbauer-Sampa Executive Secretary of London Conference) write to you, at the direction of the Conference Executive, to invite all United Church members to listen—

Listen to the cries from Orlando and hold them in prayer…
Listen to the fear this event understandably sparks in the LGBTQ community and in all who love them…
Listen for the invitation to attend/participate in Pride events…
Listen for the Spirit.
Link to full letter  of Affirming Ministry and Letter of Support

One of our main missions; The United Church ‘Mission and Service Fund’, looking back at 2015

Mission & Service Annual Givings 2015 – A review of the latest full year of Mission & Service givings. In 2015 UCW, congregations, and individual givings totaled $24.99M, a decline of $0.67M from the prior year, and the second lowest decline in five years. But keep in mind this decline was in spite of congregational givings of more than $8 million to support Syrian refugees. So all in all an amazing story of our people’s compassion and generosity.

For full report click here Link to United Chuch web site