Annual General Meeting 2014

MILC’s annual general meeting took place on November 24th, 2014.

 

 

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Straight Talk About Stewardship Workshop

Manitou Intentional Learning Community & More Franchises Sudbury Learning Circle Presents ‘Straight Talk about Stewardship’

This workshop on Saturday, September 21st, 2013  will be held at St. Andrew’s Church located at 111 Larch Street in Sudbury. Please register by September 18th, 2013.

Please note the recent venue change from Trinity, Lively to St. Andrews, Sudbury.

Workshop topics:

  • Addressing Attendance and Giving
  • Legacy Giving
  • Things I wish I’d known before I joined the finance committee
  • Stewardship 101: Think! Say! Do!

Special guest Keith Stam (Financial Development Officer, Manitou Conference of the United Church of Canada) will be in attendance!

Cost:

  • $25/person
  • $20/person for church groups of 3+
  • Includes lunch and refreshments
  • Financial assistance available on request

Registration Form

You can now register for events in one of three ways!

  1. Download a Printable PDF : Download the Straight Talk Stewardship PDF Registration Form for print use and mail it before the September 18, 2013 deadline.
  2. If you experience trouble with the above option, you can register below:
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Questions?

Please contact Gillian Schell at gschell@laurentian.ca

Sponsors

  • Manitou Intentional Learning Community
  • More Franchises

 

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The Art of Pastoral Caring “Holy Ground” – Session 3

The Manitou Intentional Learning Community Presents

The Art of Pastoral Caring “Holy Ground” – Session 3

Caring for and supporting dying and grieving persons is a critical aspect of pastoral ministry for which people often feel ill-prepared. This workshop combines the “very personal face” and “immediacy” of caring for the dying and bereaved as well as a theoretical and theological base for this work. This work-shop will provide participants with an opportunity for reflection on their professional and personal concerns and experiences regarding death and grief and an opportunity to enhance their ability to provide pastoral care to the dying and bereaved. There will be experiential aspects to these workshops

Anne Simmonds teaches Ministry with Dying and Grieving Persons at Emmanuel College. She has had extensive experience with the dying and bereaved both as Director of Chaplaincy at the former Wellesley Hospital, as former minister of pastoral care at Rosedale United Church and as a former nurse. She is a gifted facilitator whose previous workshop in Sudbury was extremely well received.

The Manitou Intentional Learning Community invites you to participate in the third part of a series of workshops designed to help you to create a caring community in your church. The event will take place on Saturday, April 20th from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at St Luke’s United Church, Bancroft Drive, Sudbury.

Registration:

Registration is $50 which includes refreshments and a simple lunch. (This reflects a $10 discount through MILC) People who participated in one of the MILC Pastoral Care Workshops in October 2012 or January 2013 receive a $5 discount making the cost $45. People who participated in both these workshops receive a $10 discount making the cost $40. Financial assistance available, please contact gschell@laurentian.ca

Please register by April 15, 2013. Cheques should be sent to MILC, St. Andrew’s United Church, 111 Larch Street, Sudbury P3E 4T5

For more information contact Gillian 705-671-0185 gschell@laurentian.ca or visit www.manitoulearningcommunity.com

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The Art of Pastoral Caring – Session 2 (Sat., Jan. 26, 2013)

The Manitou Intentional Learning Community Presents

The Art of Pastoral Caring – Session 2

The Manitou Intentional Learning Community invites you to participate in a series of workshops designed to help you to create a caring community in your church. The event will take place on Saturday, January 26th from 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at St Luke’s United Church, Bancroft Drive, Sudbury.

 

The sessions:

The Art of Listening

A workshop on Active Listening led by Lianne Tooley will provide training and practice in developing deep listening skills. Lianne works in the Mood and Anxiety Program at Health Sciences North and has extensive experience in Mental Health.  She says: “In my field of work listening to what people don’t say can be just as important as listening to what they do say with words.”

Caring Communication in a High-Tech Culture

The Venerable Anne Germond, is the Rector of the Church of the Ascension, and the Chaplain to the Greater Sudbury Police Service in which role she provides a “calm, empathetic presence”.  Anne will discuss ways in which telephone and email communication can be effective tools in pastoral care.

Prayer, Script-Free

A session on the role of prayer in pastoral care and on developing skills for “prayer without practice” will be led by The Rev. Dawn Vaneyk of St. Peter’s United Church. Dawn is a respected and inspiring spiritual leader with extensive experience in pastoral care.

A Tender Trust

The Rev. Catherine Somerville, Manitou Conference, United Church of Canada, will discuss legal and ethical issues related to Duty of Care for those involved in pastoral and friendly visiting. As Manitou Conference Personnel Minister, Catherine fulfills a wide variety of roles with great skill and compassion. Her work includes providing pastoral care for ministry personnel and their families and resourcing training workshops.

Registration:

$35 ($30 for those who participated in Session 1 in October) includes a light lunch.

Please register by January 23rd. Cheques should be sent to MILC, St. Andrew’s United Church, 111 Larch Street, Sudbury P3E 4T5

For more information contact Gillian 705-671-0185 gschell@laurentian.ca or visit www.manitoulearningcommunity.com

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MILC Annual General Meeting Report (November 2012)

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Workshop Report: Listening and the Art of Pastoral Care Visiting

By Marilyn Boileau
Trinity United, Garson

On Sat. Oct. 27, 2012, I attended a well-presented, thought-provoking, practical workshop presented by MILC on pastoral care visiting. The workshop was well-attended and the presenters were very knowledgeable about their subjects.

The morning presenters were Rev. Catherine Sommerville and Madeleine Sauve (from Warmhearts). The presentations were on the art of communicating. We covered conversation starters, how we communicate and communication blockers. Not only did we listen but we had an opportunity to practice what we learned.

The topic of confidentiality sparked a lot of discussion. Two inspirational videos were presented.

Following a great lunch, Allison Cline-Dean, Chaplain, Pioneer Manor and Sister Costanza Romano, Chaplain, St. Joseph’s Health Centre presented some very practical information on how to do pastoral visiting. There was plenty of opportunity to ask questions. We left with a wealth of information as well as a Prayer Book for Pastoral Visitors.

A couple of messages I took away: 55% of communication is through body language – I’ll be thinking twice about sitting with my arms and legs folded!

Taking care of oneself is important to prevent burnout. From the discussion and chatter that took place I would say that the day was informative for the attendees.

 

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Listening and the Art of Pastoral Caring – Appreciation

On Sat. Oct. 27, 2012, I attended a well presented, thought provoking,
practical workshop presented by MILC on pastoral care visiting. The
workshop was well attended and the presenters were very knowledgeable
about their subjects. The morning presenters were Rev. Catherine
Sommerville and Madeleine Sauve (from Warmhearts). The presentations were
on the art of communicating. We covered conversation starters, how we
communicate and communication blockers. Not only did we listen but we had
an opportunity to practice what we learned. The topic of confidentiality
sparked a lot of discussion. Two inspirational videos were presented.

Following a great lunch Allison Cline-Dean, Chaplain, Pioneer Manor and
Sister Costanza Romano, Chaplain, St. Joseph’s Health Centre presented some
very practical information on how to do pastoral visiting. There was
plenty of opportunity to ask questions. We left with a wealth of
information as well as a Prayer Book for Pastoral Visitors.
A couple of messages I took away: 55% of communication is through body language – I’ll
be thinking twice about sitting with my arms and legs folded! Taking care of oneself is important to prevent burnout.

From the discussion and chatter that took place I would say that the day was
informative for the attendees.
Marilyn Boileau
Trinity United, Garson

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Listening and the Art of Pastoral Caring – Workshop (October 27, 2012)

Listening and the Art of Pastoral Caring is the first in a series of three workshop days designed to help participants build caring communities in their churches. The event will take place on Saturday, October 27th at St. Peter’s United Church, York Street, Sudbury from 9:30a.m. to 3:30p.m.

The morning session, “Developing Effective Communication” will be led by Madeleine Sauve, Client Services Co-ordinator for Warmhearts and Rev. Catherine Somerville, Manitou Conference Staff. The afternoon session “How to Visit” will be led by Allison Cline-Dean, Chaplain, Pioneer Manor, and Sister Costanza Romano, Team Lead, Spiritual and Religious Care, St. Joseph’s Health Centre.

Registration is $35 and includes a light lunch. Sponsorship is available through Manitou Conference Learning Grants and through MILC. These workshops will be helpful not only to members of pastoral care teams but to everyone involved in visiting in private homes, hospitals and care facilities. Please register by October 22nd. A display of resources for purchase will be provided by the United Resource Distribution Centre.

The second event in the series, to take place on Saturday, January 26th, will develop the themes of session one and will respond to the needs and concerns of participants in the October event. The third event, on Saturday, April 20th, will focus on the pastoral care of the dying and bereaved and will be presented by Rev. Dr. Anne Simmonds from Emmanuel College, University of Toronto.

Participants are encouraged to attend all three events, but participation in a single event will be possible if space is available.

These events are presented by the Manitou Intentional Learning Community and additional information can be found at  www.manitoulearningcommunity.com. For more information and to register, please contact Gillian by emailing gschell@laurentian.ca or calling (705) 671-0185.

EVENT RESOURCES:

Pastoral Care Training Event Poster for October 27, 2012 Event (PDF)

Pastoral Care Training Event Workshop Info page for October 27, 2012 (PDF)

Pastoral Care Training Event Workshop Registration Form (Due by October 22, 2012) – Word File

APPLY ONLINE!

New to our community is the ability to register online for events! Register online for the event of the Listening and the Art of Pastoral Caring, which will be happening Saturday, October 27th. The fee of $35 (which includes refreshment and light lunch) must still be mailed to St Andrew’s United Church, 111 Larch Street, Sudbury, ON P3E 4T5. Please make cheques payable to Manitou Intentional Learning Community.

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What, Me Preach!

On November 18th and 19th, 2011 the Manitou Intentional Learning Community was delighted to host the renowned homiletition, Rev. Dr. Paul Scott Wilson, for a two-day learning event in Sudbury.

Dr. Wilson’s CV is lengthy and impressive: tenured professor of homiletics at Emmanuel College (U of T); past –president of the International Academy of Homiletics; award-winning author of numerous books and articles; widely-sought lecturer and preacher in the United States, Europe, Asia, and Canada.

More even than all of those accolades, however, it is his easy-going manner and highly-accessible method of instruction that has made Dr. Wilson so well-known and well-liked as a teacher and mentor to seminary students, seasoned pastors and lay preachers alike.

An ordained minister himself in the United Church of Canada, Dr. Wilson has served in several churches; beginning with his settlement charge in Larder Lake, right here in Manitou Conference!

Clearly he has a heart for empowering ordinary, faithful folk—be they lay or ordained—to become effective and passionate preachers of the Gospel, as was evident throughout our time with him.

Using his tried and true approach to sermon-writing—the Four Pages of the Sermon—participants worked in small groups with the lectionary texts for the Advent season; each group collaborating to create a sermon outline for their assigned text, which subsequently was presented to the larger group.

Whether an experienced clergyperson or DLM looking to brush up on her skills or a newly licensed lay worship leader, we each one went away having gleaned something of value for our preaching; not only from Paul, but from each other as well.

Our two days ended in high Spirit, with a worship service featuring Dr. Wilson “preaching what we practiced”.

With gratitude, M.I.L.C is looking forward to bringing our esteemed guest back to Northern Ontario for “part-two” sometime in the near future … and I’m happy to report that Paul already has accepted the invitation!

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Movie Review: Happy Feet!

We enjoyed an engaging time thanks to MILC hosting, and the Rev Dawn Vaneyk facilitating, an afternoon watching the movie Happy Feet 2.

The movie was the continuation of the journey of self-discovery of Mumble who cannot sing like the other penguins, but man can he dance! Mumble continues his adventurous ways and as he embraces his “gift” so also his family and community.

We enjoyed some lively discussion about Emperor Penguins, even (see photo of cute penguin-in-training) experiencing first-hand the penguin waddle. Dawn helped us to engage some of the important themes of the movie like the meaning of “community” and “sacrifice”. Participants represented a wide range of ages which made for a diversity of perspectives.

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