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National Conference 2018

The 2018 National Conference of The United Brethren Church in Canada will be held November 3, 2018 at the Port of Grace Church in Port Colborne, ON. Pastors and Delegates will receive copies of the various reports weeks in advance. Major decisions will be made on the Local Church Bylaw and U.B. Local Church Membership Agreement, on collective U.B. Missionary Support, and on elections for the Bishop and his/her Executive Leadership Team.

 

Passing of Shirley Fretz

Shirley Fretz, a devoted and amazing servant of God, has gone to be with the Lord.  She passed around 7pm on Wednesday, September 26th.

Shirley was a missionary in Sierra Leone for 18 years in her younger days.  She had suffered with Huntington's disease these last few years.

Her funeral was at the Grace U.B. Church in Sherkston, ON on Saturday October 6th.

Pictures and a summary of Shirley's life and ministry can be seen here.

 

Leadership Day 2018

A special thanks to Essential Services Leader Gary Bateman, Lawyer David Amy, and our Stanley Park Church hosts for a very helpful and informative Leadership Day on September 15th. Pastors, Treasurers and Board Chairs heard information about incorporation, the local church bylaw and our U.B. local church membership agreement and got to ask a great many questions.

 

Camps 2018 Successful!

Our Summer Church Camps in Paisley, ON were very successful this summer, with many children coming to faith in Christ and many others growing in their walk with Him. Info is here. A huge debt of gratitude is owed to Camp Coordinator Nicole Somers, the Directors and all of the volunteer staff. Keep on praying for all of the campers and the staff.

 

New Pastoral Appointment - Shiloh U.B. Church, Tiverton, ON

John-Luke Muresan has been appointed as the Senior Pastor of the Shiloh Community Church near Tiverton, ON.  John-Luke and his wife Jessica just welcomed their first child in June, and began their ministry at the Shiloh Church on August 11, 2018.  John-Luke has a Bachelor's degree and a Master's degree from Tyndale University College in Toronto, ON.  John-Luke grew up in Guelph, ON and did his pastoral internship at the Arthur Pentecostal Church.

 

Passing of Rev. Robert Kentie, Pastor of Garrison Road U.B. Church

Pastor Bob Kentie of the Garrison Road U.B. Church tragically passed away on July 30th.  Information and picture are here.

 

New Pastoral Appointment - Grace U.B. Church, Sherkston, ON

Steven Brown has been appointed as the Senior Pastor of the Grace United Brethren Church. Steve and Debra began their ministry at the church on July 8th. Steve had previously pastored churches near London, ON, Kenora, ON and in Manitoba.  Steve grew up at the Elmira Missionary Church and is a graduate of Emmanuel Bible College.

 

Ignite! - April 14, 2018

The Ignite! Missions Conference was held at the Stanley Park Church in Kitchener, Ontario on Saturday, April 14th. Despite historic bad weather for this time of year, leaders from most of the churches in the United Brethren Church in Canada attended the day of workshops, panels and prayer times. The day started off with a Skype chat with Brian and Rachel Glunt in Thailand! A delicious meal from Chef D was enjoyed by all.

 

New Church Name

The United Brethren Church in Stevensville, Ontario has changed it's name to "The Village Church"!  The congregation has a vision for reaching the people of Stevensville and Greater Fort Erie. Together with their new pastor, Dan Desilest, they plan to make a big impact for Christ in the village.

 

52nd General Conference

Bishop Brian Magnus led the international United Brethren "General Conference" July 15-17, 2017. A summary, with pictures, is here. This was the 52nd General Conference, going back to 1815. Matthew Robertshaw, head of our Global Outreach Leadership Team, also represented Canada at this quadrennial meeting. The 51st General Conference was held in Kitchener, Ontario in 2013 and the 50th General Conference was held in La Ceiba, Honduras in 2009.

 

New Pastoral Appointment - Stevensville U.B.

Dan Desilest has been appointed as the Senior Pastor of the Stevensville United Brethren Church. Dan and Jennifer and their family began their ministry at the church on July 1st. Dan had previously been a Youth Pastor at the Garrison Road United Brethren Church in Fort Erie and the Roseville United Brethren Church. He had also been our Director of Student Ministries and Camp Coordinator. Pray for Dan and Jenn and the Stevensvile Church leadership as they enter this exciting new chapter of ministry in the Niagara Region.

 


2018 Local Church Reviews:

Feb. 10, 10 am – Guelph Vietnamese Community Church, Guelph, ON

Feb. 13, 7 pm – Parkwood Gardens, Guelph, ON

Feb. 24, 10 am – Grace U.B., Sherkston, ON

March 3, 9 am – Port of Grace, Port Colborne, ON

March 3, 11 am – The Village Church, Stevensville, ON

March 3, 1:30 pm – Garrison Road U.B., Fort Erie, ON

March 4, 9 am – Living Hope, Port Elgin, ON

March 4, 11 am – Shiloh, Underwood, ON

March 8, 7:30 pm – Stanley Park, Kitchener, ON

March 19, 7 pm – Mill Crossing, Cambridge, ON

March 24, 9:45 am – Diaspora Church, Guelph, ON

March 27, 7:00 pm – New Hope, Toronto, ON

April 3, 7:30 pm – Roseville U.B., Roseville, ON

 

 


 

Schedule of Events for 2016
(Tentative; Double check before leaving home!)

Legend
N.C.D. > New Church Development C.M.L.T. > Common Ministries Leadership Team
L.D.T. > Leadership Development Team E.S.L.T. > Essential Services Leadership Team
E.L.T. > Executive Leadership Team G.O.L.T. > Global Outreach Leadership Team
  P.M.L.T. > Pastoral Ministries Leadership Team

 

Schedule of Conference Events 2016

January 6 – New Church Development Meeting (Guelph, ON)

January 21 – Pastors' Monthly Meeting (Stanley Park Church, Kitchener)

February-April – Local Church Reviews (see below)

February 8 – Executive Leadership Team Meeting (Mill Crossing Church, Cambridge)

March 10 – Pastors' Monthly Meeting (Parkwood Gardens Church, Guelph)

Mar. 31-Apr. 2 – Global Ministries International Meetings (Huntington, IN)

April 16 – Re:Calibrate Training Event w/Carey Nieuwhof (Guelph, ON)

April 21 – Executive Leadership Team Meeting (Guelph)

April 23-26 – Bishop's Trip to Haiti, visit Supt. Richard & Haiti Churches

May 19 – Pastors' Monthly Meeting (Stanley Park Church, Kitchener)

June 16 – Pastors' Monthly Meeting (Parkwood Gardens Church, Guelph)

June 16 – Executive Leadership Team Meeting (Guelph, ON)

July 31 - Aug. 6 – Disciplemakers in Training – Paisley, ON

August 7-12 – Junior High Camp  (children in grades 7-8) – Paisley, ON

August 14-19 – Junior Camp  (children in grades 4-6) – Paisley, ON

August 21-26 – Teen Camp  (children in grades 9-12+) – Paisley, ON

September 15 – Executive Leadership Team Meeting (Guelph)

September 15 – Pastors' Monthly Meeting (Guelph)

September ?? – Volleyball Day (Waterloo Region)

October 2 - Fruit RollUp Niagara (Garrison Road Church)

October 6-8 – Global Ministries International Meetings (Huntington, IN

October 16 - Fruit Rollup Cambridge (Mill Crossing Church)

November 5 – National Conference, Roseville, ON

November 17-19 – Pastors' and Spouses' Retreat (Stratford, ON)

December 7 – Executive Leadership Team Meeting (Guelph)

December 8 – Pastors' Monthly Meeting (Guelph)

 

2016 Local Church Reviews:

Feb. 17, 7 pm - Parkwood Gardens, Guelph, ON

Feb. 20, 9 am - Port of Grace, Port Colborne, ON

Feb. 20, 11 am - Grace U.B., Sherkston, ON

Feb. 20, 1:30 pm - Stevensville U.B., Stevensville, ON

Feb. 20, 3:30 pm - Garrison Road U.B., Fort Erie, ON

Feb. 28, 7 pm – Mill Crossing, Cambridge, ON

March 9, 7:45 pm – Roseville U.B., Roseville, ON

March 21, 7:00 pm – New Hope, Toronto, ON

March 23, 6:30 pm – Living Hope, Port Elgin, ON

April 14, 7:30 pm – Stanley Park, Kitchener, ON

May 11, 6:30 pm – Shiloh, Port Elgin, ON

 


 

Schedule of Conference Events 2015

January 10 – Launch of Diaspora Church Plant (Guelph, ON)

January 15 – Pastors Monthly Meeting (Stanley Park Church, Kitchener)

January 16-18 - Jr. High Youth Retreat (Countryside Camp, Cambridge)

February-March – Church Audits (see below)

February 4 – Executive Leadership Team Meeting (Mill Crossing Church, Cambridge)

March 12 – Pastors Monthly Meeting (Parkwood Gardens Church, Guelph)

March 15 – Installation of Rev. Dr. Sharon Tam at New Hope Church (Toronto)

March 28 – Disciplemakers Training (Guelph)

April 9-10 – Global Ministries International Meetings (Huntington, IN)

April 15 – Executive Leadership Team Meeting (Guelph)

May 21 – Pastors Monthly Meeting (Kitchener)

June 17 – Executive Leadership Team Meeting (Roseville U.B. Church, Roseville, ON)

June 18 – Pastors Monthly Meeting (Guelph)

July 15-18 – U.S. U.B. National Conference (Grand Rapids, MI)

July 27-Aug. 1 – Disciplemakers-in-Training (Youth D.I.T.), Paisley, ON

August 2-7 – Junior High Camp (children in grades 4-6) – Paisley, ON

August 9-14 – Junior Camp (children in grades 7-8) – Paisley, ON

August 16-21 – Teen Camp (children in grades 9-12) – Paisley, ON

August 28 – "Seeds of Hope" Orphanage Choir from Zambia (Stanley Park, Kitchener)

August 29 – Haiti Mission Trip Information Meeting.,  Stanley Park Church, 10:30 am

August 30 – "Seeds of Hope" Orphanage Choir from Zambia (Garrison Road, Fort Erie)

September 3 – "Seeds of Hope" Orphanage Choir from Zambia (New Hope Church, Toronto)

September 16 – Executive Leadership Team Meeting (Guelph)

September 17 – Pastors Monthly Meeting (Guelph)

September ??  – Volleyball Day (Waterloo Region)

October 3 – "Missional DNA" Church Training (Guelph, ON)

October 8-9 – Global Ministries International Meetings (Huntington, IN)

November 7-8 – National Conference (Garrison Road Church, Fort Erie, ON)

November 24 – Executive Leadership Team Meeting (Guelph)

November 26-28 – Pastors' & Spouses Retreat (Niagara Falls, ON)

December 10 – Pastors Monthly Meeting (Guelph)

 

2015 Church Audit Schedule:

Feb.  9,  7 pm - Parkwood Gardens, Guelph, ON

Feb. 22, 7 pm – Mill Crossing, Cambridge, ON

Feb. 25, 7:30 pm – Stanley Park, Kitchener, ON

March 7,  9 am - Port of Grace, Port Colborne, ON

March 7, 11 am - Grace U.B., Sherkston, ON

March 7, 1:30 pm - Stevensville U.B., Stevensville, ON

March 7, 3:30 pm - Garrison Road U.B., Fort Erie, ON

March 25, 7:00 pm – Roseville U.B., Roseville, ON

April 23, 6:30 pm – Shiloh, Port Elgin, ON

April 23, 6:30 pm – Living Hope, Port Elgin, ON

April 8, 7:00 pm – New Hope, Toronto, ON

 


Schedule of Conference Events 2014

January 17-19 - Jr. High Youth Getaway Retreat (Countryside Camp, Cambridge)

January 21 – Meeting of ELT & Bishop Review Team (Kitchener)

February 15 – Funeral of Marg Nicholson (Kitchener)

February 18 – Executive Leadership Team Meeting (Guelph)

February 20 – Pastors Monthly Meeting (Fort Erie)

February-March – Church Audits (see below)

March 17 - Meeting of the ELT & BRT (Kitchener)

April 3 – Pastors Monthly Meeting (Kitchener)

April 9-11 – Global Ministries International Meetings (Huntington, IN)

April 11-13 – High School Youth Retreat (Countryside Camp, Cambridge)

April 22 – Executive Leadership Team Meeting (Guelph)

June 19 – Pastors Monthly Meeting (Guelph)

June 24 – Executive Leadership Team Meeting (Guelph)

August 3-8 – Junior High Camp (children in grades 4-6) – Paisley, ON

August 10-15 – Junior Camp (children in grades 7-8) – Paisley, ON

August 17-22 – Teen Camp (children in grades 9-12) – Paisley, ON

September 16 – Executive Leadership Team Meeting (Guelph)

September 18 – Pastors Monthly Meeting (Guelph)

September ??  – Volleyball Day (Waterloo Region)

October 9-10 – Global Ministries International Meetings (Huntington, IN)

November 1 – National Conference (Burlington, ON)

November 20-22 – Pastors' & Spouses Retreat (Stratford, ON)

November 25 – Executive Leadership Team Meeting (Guelph)

December 11 – Pastors Monthly Meeting (Guelph)

 

2014 Church Audit Schedule:

Feb. 10,  7 pm - Parkwood Gardens, Guelph, ON

Feb. 22,  9 am - Port of Grace, Port Colborne, ON

Feb. 22, 11 am - Grace U.B., Sherkston, ON

Feb. 22, 1:30 pm - Stevensville U.B., Stevensville, ON

Feb. 22, 3:30 pm - Garrison Road U.B., Fort Erie, ON

February 24, 7 pm – Mill Crossing, Cambridge, ON

March 3, 7:00 pm - Roseville U.B., Roseville, ON

March 20, 7:30 pm – Stanley Park, Kitchener, ON

March 25, 6:30 pm – Shiloh, Underwood, ON

March 25, 7:30 pm – Living Hope, Underwood, ON

April 8, 7:00 pm – New Hope, Toronto, ON