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October issue - Online-only available


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.


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.

Keswick-Ravenshoe, ON

Want a challenge??? Well, we’re it – a two point charge with two diverse congregations – one rural – one urban. Located just one hour north of Toronto, the Keswick-Ravenshoe Pastoral Charge is seeking an ordained minister for a full time position. We are located within close proximity to Hwy 404 and beautiful Lake Simcoe. The successful candidate will be a strong, dynamic, spiritual leader who will inspire us in daily life and guide us in our spiritual journey and our recent visioning. Each church has a well qualified and vibrant music director. Don’t wait another minute! Send your profile to the Keswick-Ravenshoe position opening link on the Toronto Conference website: www.torontoconference.ca.

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.

Lacombe, AB

St. Andrew’s United Church is looking for up to a full-time position to work in conjunction with a full-time ministry position and a 0.2 pastoral care position. We are an Affirming Church with a strong Messy Church community and are interested in the emerging church. The successful candidate will have strengths in family ministry, pastoral care and team leadership. A copy of the Joint Needs Assessment is available on request. St. Andrew’s is designated as a Municipal Heritage Building. The City of Lacombe, approximately 13,000, is a vibrant, progressive community situated 20 minutes north of Red Deer and midway between Edmonton and Calgary. The position is available immediately and will remain open until a suitable candidate is found. Interested candidates may inquire at lacombeunitedsearch@gmail.com.

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.

Mississauga, ON

Eden United Church, a vibrant, diverse, inclusive and active congregation in Meadowvale, seeks a full-time ordered minister to lead our community in living out our mission to “Gather, Grow, Go.” Eden is finishing a period of transition and three years of intentional interim ministry. The successful candidate will work collaboratively with council and help our congregation grow through worship, faith development, pastoral care and community outreach. For a detailed job description and the full JNAC report, please visit our website at www.edenunitedchurch.com. Interested candidates are asked to forward a statement of faith and CV, including three professional references, to our joint search committee at edenjointsearch@gmail.com. Applications will be received until a suitable candidate is found.

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.

Niagara, ON

Morgan’s Point United Church and Forks Road East United Church are seeking a full-time United Church Minister to provide spiritual care and leadership to our congregations. This is a two-point charge in the south Niagara Region. We are seeking a strong leader who can inspire and connect with people of all ages and stages in their spiritual journeys. More information can be found in the Joint Needs Assessment Committee report on Forks Road East United Church and Morgan’s Point United Church’s web sites (www.morganspointunited.com; www.forksroadeast.com). If interested, please contact the Secretary of the Search Committee at wainfleetminister@gmail.com, or physical address at 12150 Gallinger Street, Wainfleet, ON, L0S 1V0, including a cover letter and resumé. Applications will be accepted on or before November 24, 2017.

Selkirk, ON

Faith Centennial United Church is a rural, traditional, Christ-centred congregation. We are “family-sized”, welcoming and mission focused. The village of Selkirk is situated along the north shore of Lake Erie, in Erie Presbytery of Hamilton Conference. We have an immediate opportunity for a three-quarter time ordained minister to lead an eager group of lay leaders and followers into a new phase of spiritual growth and Christian service. Manse available. To view our JNAC report visit www.fcuc.ca. Please send resumés to johnnyretail@sympatico.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: December 31, 2017.

Toronto, ON

Toronto Chinese United Church is looking for ONE English-speaking Minister and ONE Cantonese-speaking Minister. Details are posted on the website of Toronto Conference, United Church of Canada at www.vacancyavailability.ca/el-tc-vacancies.php, Reference #987271947 and 672288821. Please submit your application online by November 17, 2017.

Ministry of Music

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.

Toronto, ON

Kingsway-Lambton United Church is looking for a classically trained Director of Music to lead our blended worship service. The Director of Music Ministry is responsible for overseeing and, most often, participating in the overall musical life of our friendly and vibrant church. The incumbent will collaborate with the ministers and the congregation in facilitating the spiritual growth of the church family through worship in its many aspects and will provide a guiding vision for the music ministry at Kingsway-Lambton. The responsibilities of the Director of Music Ministry will also include leading and accompanying the Chancel Choir on piano and organ and developing the musical gifts of the congregation. A copy of the job description for this position is available on our website at www.kingswaylambton.ca. This position is available beginning between May 1, 2018 and August 1, 2018. The work week is 15 hours and the salary is commensurate with RCCO Guidelines. Please send your resume and cover letter to Horace Knight at knight.associates@rogers.com by November 15, 2017.

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 Items Available

Central United Church in Barrie, Ontario, closed in June and has worship furnishings that we would like to see go to another church: Communion table and service; Advent ring; floor candelabra; large wall-mounted wooden cross; large stained glass window; two-manual Allen organ; sound board; Voices United books; Good News Bibles; choir sheet music; choir stoles and offering plates. For information, email Peter Sullivan at pesullivan71@gmail.com.  

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 help@churchwebcanada.ca, or visit www.churchwebcanada.ca.

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

Want to have your best fundraising event ever?

We provide Great Songs! Great Memories! Great Entertainment! We've performed at many United Churches (sometimes repeat engagements) and have excellent references—just call us! We are the Voices of Showtime and we perform some of the best songs of the '40s '50s and '60s. Great singers! Great performers! Call us: Dave Clark 416-917-1037, or Alan Ely 705-426-7254,  or visit us at www.thevoicesofshowtime.com.


Saint Columba House

Saint Columba House, an outreach ministry of The United Church of Canada, in Point St. Charles, Montreal, is celebrating its 100th Anniversary. We invite former staff, volunteers, participants in our programs and supporters to join us at a Homecoming Reunion on Saturday, October 28, 2017, from 3-6 pm. Light refreshments will be served. At this event we will have students from Concordia University involved in an Oral History Project offering to record short stories about life at Saint Columba House and The Pointe. Please RSVP to info@saintcolumbahouse.org, or 514-932-6202. More details can be found at www.saintcolumbahouse.org.

Spiritual Health

Retreats at Loretto Maryholme Spirituality Centre

Three Day Silent Retreats - October 6-8, November 7-9. Experience the gifts of silence waiting for you in this sacred space. Accommodation, meals, and spiritual direction are offered. Call  905-476-4013, or visit www.lorettomaryholme.ca. to register.


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John Dominic Crossan God and Empire and Violence lecture weekend.

A world-class Jesus scholar explores first-century Christianity as a response to oppression and violence, and parallels in the global west today. October 20–22, 2017. Friday keynote $15. Saturday $30. Full weekend $40. Open session before worship Sunday. Wesley-Knox United Church, 91 Askin Street, London, ON N6C 1E7. More information and registration available at www.crossan2017.com, crossan2017@wesleyknox.com, or 519-473-1668.

Church Supplies

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,

Custom-tailored clergy apparel, choir gowns and vestments. Highest quality, low prices. Tel: 416-503-1288, email: info@crownex.com, website: www.crownex.com. Address: 1270 The Queensway, Toronto, ON, M8Z 1S3.


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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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