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September issue - print advertising closed - online only available

October issue - August 18, 2017 deadline

November issue - September 22, 2017 deadline

Place your classified advertisement with The Observer today. We try our best to accommodate our advertisers - if you miss the print deadline, you still have the option of placing an online advertisement - we can upload your ad immediately.  Email your advertisement to classifieds@ucobserver.orgor click here to submit. Please call Sharon Doran at 416-960-8500, Ext 230, if you have any questions.


Camlachie, ON

A wonderful opportunity exists for a full-time ordered minister in the hamlet of Camlachie. We are located on the beautiful shores of Lake Huron near Sarnia, Ontario. Our congregation is reflective of our mission statement “A Christian community welcoming and serving all people”. For complete information, please go to www.londonconference.ca.

Chatham, ON

St. Andrew's United Church is looking for a full-time ordained minister who is enthusiastic, energetic, has a sense of humor and a love of music. The position will require strong leadership to "spark the fire within". Our worship should feed the soul and teach us how to live with intention, positivity and gratitude. Qualified applicants should apply to the following website: www.londonconference.ca/content/vacancies. For more information on St. Andrew's Church, please visit our www.standrewschatham.org.

Kingston, ON

Crossroads United Church seeks a full-time ordained minister due to retirement in June, 2017. Crossroads is an open-minded and inclusive congregation that seeks to nurture spiritual growth, promotes social justice, and celebrates God's presence with worship that is relevant and with music that moves the soul. Our church is located mid-way between old Kingston and the newer suburbs and we have an accessible sanctuary and hall that are equipped for projection. The successful candidate will work with a team that includes a Designated Lay Minister, two Directors of Music and an involved laity. She/he will support us in our vision by helping provide pastoral care, community outreach and innovative, inspiring worship. A copy of our JNAC report may be obtained from our website at www.crossroadsunited.ca. For further information or to apply, contact crossroadsunitedchurch@gmail.com.

Lindsay, ON

Cambridge Street United Church is looking for a full-time Ordained Minister. We are a dynamic church serving 500 members, with dedicated elders who faithfully serve our very active congregation. This position is supported by a Director of Music and a Congregational Designated Ministry Lay Person, as well as full-time administrative and custodial staff. Our congregation recognizes the importance of music in worship, and includes three Choirs, a Hand Bell Ensemble and a Worship Band. The U.C.W is a strong, integral part of our church and the Sunday school is well attended. Our congregation has a strong history of outreach work, both locally and internationally. Our impressive church facility includes a full gymnasium and inviting meeting rooms that are available to the community at large. The successful candidate must be able to demonstrate inspirational, relevant preaching, and be able to relate to all age groups. Our congregation is looking for a Minister who will establish pastoral visitation as a major priority. In addition, the Minister will be welcoming to all and be actively involved in our community. The Minister will support our personal faith, the faith journey of others and encourage new people into the life and work of the church. Our JNAC report is available at www.theunitedchurch.com. On request, a complete package is available to interested candidates. Inquiries and resumés are invited until July 31, 2017. Please contact Cambridge Street United Church, Attention Search Committee, 61 Cambridge St. N., Lindsay, ON, K9V 4C9; 705-324-3547, or email csuc@nexicom.net.

Marmora/Cordova Mines, ON

An exciting opportunity awaits you in Eastern Ontario with Marmora Pastoral Charge. The rural two-point charge of Marmora and Cordova Mines is seeking a part-time minister (24 hours per week) to meet the needs of the congregations and communities. Applicants from any stream of ministry will be joyfully considered. Our ministry’s focus is on worship and pastoral care. There is Sunday worship at each church. Visit www.marmorachurches.com/wordpress to read the JNAC report. Applications accepted by David Timpson at personnel@bayofquinteconference.ca.

Milton, ON

Are you interested…in joining a passionate & growing congregation? In wanting to lead and empower a community of faith with two styles of worship services? In being an inspirational leader with great interpersonal skills? If so, then St. Paul’s United Church Milton is for you! We are a committed and nurturing congregation located in downtown Milton offering two tracks of services – a traditional worship service with an established music program, plus a flourishing contemporary family-oriented program. This full-time equivalent role will be responsible for leading the congregation in both worship styles and is dependent upon a strong leader with the ability to bring forth new ideas and innovation and will challenge us to live faithfully. For a full job description please go to www.stpaulsmilton.com/jnac-report Join us on this journey forward and apply at wewantyou@stpaulsmilton.com Deadline for applications is Friday, August 25th.

Mississauga, ON

Cawthra Park United Church is seeking a half-time minister who is warm, enthusiastic, creative and energetic. We are a small, welcoming congregation in Port Credit. We are completing a successful lengthy ministerial relationship and are looking for continued spiritual and congregational growth. Please visit www.cawthraparkuc.org for our JNAC report and job description. The position becomes available to start anytime between May through to September 2017. Please send your cover letter and resumé to office@cawthraparkuc.org.

Montreal, QC

Located on the south shore of Montreal, Saint Lambert United is a suburban English-speaking congregation with a strong commitment to musical ministry, families and youth. This congregation is dedicated to outreach and has an excellent pastoral visitation team. We are looking for a minister who will lead us into the future through a balance of both traditional and innovative worship, thoughtful and uplifting discussion, and an inclusive love and acceptance for all who walk through our sanctuary doors. This full-time position requires an ordained or diaconal minister with strong skills in preaching and worship leadership and a deep interest in pastoral care. A candidate with experience is preferred. For additional information, including our JNAP report, visit www.stlambertunited.com/news_events.html.

New Minas, NS

Orchard Valley United Church, located in the middle of the beautiful Annapolis Valley, surrounded by orchards, vineyards and farm country, is searching for an energetic, dynamic, compassionate, experienced and inspirational ordained full-time minister. Our congregation is reflective of our mission statement: “Inspired by the grace of God, we are a welcoming faith family called to love ourselves, others and the world. We seek to deepen our spiritual understanding and reach out through worship and socially just action.” We appreciate a leader who shares a sense of humour, will work with our talented music director and will guide us into our next phase of spiritual growth and mission work. Preaching, pastoral care, Christian development and outreach are priorities for our congregation. Our JNAC report is available at www.orchardvalleyunited.ca. Inquiries and resumes are invited until a suitable candidate is found. Please contact Peter Oleskevich, Search Committee Chair, at 902-542-8022, or peter.oleskevich@gmail.com.

Roblin, MB

Roblin Knox United Church is seeking a full-time creative and energetic minister to lead our welcoming and inclusive church family. We are active in wider church activity and deeply committed to outreach initiatives. We are also financially strong and able to supply up to and including Category F benefits. Our community of about 1,800 is located among the rolling hills and beautiful lakes of the Parkland area in mid-western Manitoba. All amenities are provided within our community; however, only 80 km away in Yorkton, SK, top-rate medical & educational facilities, shopping etc. is available. Our 11-year-old, 6,400 sq. foot geothermal church is built on one level and our four-bedroom manse is a fully redecorated 30 year old building. For more details, and view our JNAC report, contact Judy Hare in Winnipeg at jhare@confmnwo.mb.ca. Submit  applications to vacancies@confmnwo.mb.ca.

Stevensville, ON

St. John’s Stevensville United Church straddles the border between Niagara Falls and Fort Erie. Said to have one of the most beautiful smaller sanctuaries in Canada (seats 150), this robust congregation is expanding its Outreach Ministry. Plans include a new office in Downtown Fort Erie, a Church and Community Youth Choir operating out of the Fort Erie School of Music, seniors enrichment programs in the congregation’s own Morningstar Gallery and a range of other outreach ventures. To lead in the achievement of these goals we will call an Outreach Minister who will also have limited but significant preaching responsibilities, shared with our regular “inreach” minister. The excellent remuneration package will include generous provisions for an expectation that the successful candidate will purchase a home and live in the community. Resumes and any other electronic materials or YouTube connections may be forwarded to the chair of the Official Board, Ric Gorham at rcgorham1@bell.net, or 930 Edgemere Rd., Fort Erie, Ontario, L2A 1A8.

St. Thomas, ON

First United Church, a faith community in a growing city approaching 40,000, located only 20 minutes south of London, seeks a full-time ordained minister. The vacancy comes as our dynamic spiritual leader of the last 17 years retires. Our congregation ranges from young families to seniors who are committed to living lives that reflect the unconditional love of Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour who died for our sins. We’re looking for an inspirational preacher who encourages us to live out our faith in today’s reality – to be His disciples in the 21st century. Learn more about us at www.firstunitedchurch.weebly.com, or contact our Search Committee Chairperson, Ray Bosveld, at rbosveld14@gmail.com. Application can be made through www.londonconference.ca. Position start date: fall 2017 or spring 2018. Application deadline: October 31, 2017.

Waterdown, ON

We are calling out to a full-time Minister from the Ordered Ministry to accept the opportunity of working with our two distinct services, Contemporary and Traditional. He or she will use their experience surrounded by a strong team of volunteers to serve God within the church and the communities beyond. Answer the call at St James United Church Waterdown, Ontario. A copy of our JNAC report and full job description is available at www.stjameswaterdown.ca/news/ministry-opportunity. Applications to be forwarded to St. James JSC at stjamessearch2017@gmail.com.

Windsor, NS

Golf, curling, skiing and close to nature, Windsor has all the year-round recreational activities you could want in a safe, welcoming community. Our United Church is an exciting, vibrant congregation with an active, engaged laity. It is financially sound, with a professionally-led music program. We are looking for a full-time ordained minister to continue our work in the community, starting July 1, 2017. Contact (note new email address) windsorunitedsearch@bellaliant.com, www.windsorunitedchurch.ca, or www.facebook.com/windsorunitedchurch. Applications will be accepted until an acceptable candidate is found.

Ministry of Music

Cambridge, ON

Trillium United Church seeks a Music Director for our diverse and welcoming congregation. Our vibrant music ministry involves a worship band, children/youth program, Vacation Bible Camp and special seasonal music. Our ideal candidate is a skilled musician who can coach musicians, communicate effectively, and collaborate with pastors and volunteers. About us: www.trilliumchurch.ca. To view full job description and submit application, go to: https://ca.indeed.com.  (Search “Music Director” “Cambridge, ON”).

Dunsford, ON

Dynamic Dunsford United Church invites applications for a music-loving, people-loving music director to play piano/organ, lead and support our dedicated senior choir, play for our junior choir when needed and to share our love of music. We are a vibrant rural congregation. We need you—a team player who communicates effectively, who will encourage musical gifts, and plan music with the worship team and minister. Contact John Lummiss, johnlummiss@gmail.com, and visit our website for details at www.dunsfordunitedchurch.com.

Guelph, ON

Dublin Street United Church, located in the musically vibrant city of Guelph, seeks a dynamic Director of Music Ministry. Our inclusive, multigenerational, energetic congregation welcomes candidates who possess strong leadership and communication skills, and a willingness to work collaboratively with the ministers and music-makers of our congregation. We cherish our choirs of singers and ringers, our beautiful keyboard instruments, our tradition of music-making and our diversity of tastes and skills. We welcome applicants from a variety of musical backgrounds - singers, conductors, players, educators - to come and visit us at www.dublin.on.ca, where they will find a detailed job description and can read about the life and work of our congregation.

Lunenburg, NS

In the beautiful UNESCO world heritage town of Lunenburg, Central United Church is seeking a Minister of Music. The successful candidate will work in a collaborative environment with the minister, musicians within the church, members of the congregation and visiting musicians, to lead all musical aspects of worship. We have an enthusiastic, gifted choir and musical community. Music is highly regarded within Central United Church, and the Minister of Music has a key role to promote and enhance this part of our spiritual journey. RCCO standard salary applies. For more information on this position, visit www.centralunitedlunenburg.ca/music/choir.html, or call 902-634-4035. Please send applications to centralunitedch@bellaliant.com. Deadline for submissions is November 15, 2017.

Moncton, NB

St. John's United Church, is seeking a talented organist and choir director, effective August 2017. A majestic building dating back over 100 years, our five previous organists have delighted in playing our Casavant organ. With the recent purchase this spring of a new Yamaha grand piano, we believe we have a lot to offer here at St. John's. Ideally this a contract position, renewed annually. A detailed job description, as well as further information may be found on our church website, www.stjohnsmoncton.ca.

Victoria, BC

The people of Oak Bay United Church are seeking a skilled musician who is a pianist, who feels called to be a spiritual leader, and is able to articulate a Christian faith that is aligned with the vision and values of OBUC. The successful candidate will be able to inspire people to have fun and express joy using contemporary Christian music. They will use a variety of musical styles to help people grow in their relationship with God, ministering to people of all ages, including children and young adults. For more information, go to our website at www.OakBayUnitedChurch.ca/were-hiring, or contact ministryandpersonnel@oakbayunitedchurch.ca.

Other Positions Available

Program Leader - Child, Youth and Families

Georgetown, ON – Norval United Church (www.norvalunited.ca) is a dynamic, active congregation of people living out their faith in God each and every day. Our mission is to be a caring, forgiving Christian community, welcoming people of all ages to join us on life’s journey in finding God, growing spiritually, sharing our faith and reaching out to serve others. Our congregation is at an exciting stage of growth and expansion. At this time we are seeking to hire a Program Leader - Child, Youth & Families, to provide full-time program leadership to our congregation. The Program Leader will be of Christian faith, and will bring energy and strategic leadership to the development of long-term, sustainable programs that positively impact children, youth and families. Interested candidates should contact the Search Committee Chair, brucecunnington@live.ca, for more information about the application process. Applications will be reviewed starting October 15, 2017. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Church Related

Church Website Service

Churchweb Canada can help you with your website. We build, renew, rescue and run mobile-friendly sites for churches, faith communities, pastoral charges and presbyteries. We provide the lowest prices, as well as dependable support and security, with unlimited coaching. New domains available: .church, .community, .faith, .lgbt. For information, text 905-541-4212; phone 1-844-541-4212; email inquiries@churchwebcanada.ca, or visit www.churchwebcanada.ca.

Luther’s Legacies

This is a United Church conference celebrating the 500th anniversary of the posting of the 95 Theses by Martin Luther will be held at Five Oaks Retreat Centre, near Paris, ON, Oct. 29-31. Presenters are John Derksen, Robert C. Fennell, Robert Kelly, Pamela McCarroll, Marguerite van Die, Harold Wells and Peter Wyatt. For further information, contact peter.wyatt@utoronto.ca. To register online, go to www.fiveoaks.on.ca/events/oaten_institute

The Ministers’ Professional Association

Already in place and at work - at no cost to the United Church. Unifor Unifaith Community Chapter is for United Church Clergy, Faith Workers & Family. So much to discuss. So much wisdom to share. Let’s talk! Please contact Robin Wardlaw: President@Unifaith.ca; 416-840-3211 or www.unifaith.ca


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Spiritual Health

Retreats at Loretto Maryholme Spirituality Centre

Five Day Silent Retreats - July 9-14, September 11-15. Loretto Maryholme Spirituality Centre on Lake Simcoe, just north of Keswick Ontario, invites you to experience the gifts of silence in this sacred space. Accommodation, meals, and spiritual direction are offered.

In the Company of Women - August 6 -11. Enjoy this beautiful space for 3-7 nights in relaxation, bring a friend or meet new friends.

Call 905-476-4013, or visit  www.lorettomaryholme.ca  to register.


Diana Butler Bass – Author, Speaker and Independent Scholar

Trinity United Church in Peterborough welcomes Diana Butler Bass, October 20-22, 2017. Tickets are $20 and include three lectures and a box lunch. Tickets go on sale July 3. Call 705- 743-3301, or visit www.trinitypeterborough.com for further details.

Weaving Stories of the Messiah of Peace

The 8th Canadian Festival of Biblical Storytelling takes place October 13 and 14 at The Church of St. John the Evangelist, 12 Carleton St. S., Thorold, ON (near Niagara Falls). The Keynote Speaker and Storyteller is the Rev. Dr. Tom Boomershine, the founder of the Network of Biblical Storytellers. Come, learn and experience the joy and power of biblical storytelling. This event is for ministers, Christian educators, lay readers and laity. Cost is $160 before September 1, 2017, and $180 afterwards for the two days including lectures, workshops, storytelling concert and meals. For further details and registration information go to www.biblicalstorytellingCAN.ca, or contact Ron Coughlin at NBSCan@aol.com, or 514-694-0214.

Church Supplies

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Church Dining Supplies Including Dishes, Cutlery, Glassware & Linens

In need of replacement dinnerware for church functions? Breaking coffee mugs or saucers and need replacements? Looking for quality low-cost linens? National Event Supply is a Canadian supplier of dishes, cutlery, glassware, linens and more. We routinely ship our products from coast to coast. Give us a call at 905-795-1667, toll free 1-800-827-8953, or send an email to info@NationalEventSupply.com. Check out our full product lineup online at www.NationalEventSupply.com.

Crownex Ltd. Robe Makers & Tailors,

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Affirm United/S’affirmer Ensemble...

is a national organization for those of differing sexual orientation or gender identity in The United Church of Canada, as well as their families and friends, offering educational resources, advocacy and support. We encourage UCC ministries including congregations, courts and associated organizations to engage in the Affirming Ministries program endorsed by General Council. For more information contact Affirm United/S’affirmer Ensemble, PO Box 57057, Ottawa, ON, K1R 1A1. Email: affirmunited@affirmunited.ca. Website: www.affirmunited.ca.


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by Observer Staff

The daughter and adoptive mother of one of the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women share their story

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May 2017

Stolen mothers

by Kristy Woudstra

Almost 90 percent of Canada’s missing and murdered Indigenous women were parents. With the national inquiry hearings set to begin, we talk to five daughters who were left behind.


April 2017

Dear Grandkids

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Six acclaimed Canadian authors write letters from the heart


March 2017

Called to resist

by Paul Wilson

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May 2017

Stolen mothers

by Kristy Woudstra

Almost 90 percent of Canada’s missing and murdered Indigenous women were parents. With the national inquiry hearings set to begin, we talk to five daughters who were left behind.


April 2017

Dear Grandkids

by Various Writers

Six acclaimed Canadian authors write letters from the heart


March 2017

Called to resist

by Paul Wilson

Liberal Christians in the United States test their faith against a demagogue

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