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November 20, 2023 — The United Church of Canada Letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau – Israel – Gaza — A letter signed by the The Executive of the 44th General Council, National Indigenous Council, The United Church of Canada was sent out on November 19, 2023 to the Prime Minister:

“This letter is to address the immediate and urgent need to stop genocide…The United Church of Canada has a long history of relationship with churches and partners in the region; for decades, we have joined our voices to theirs, seeking an end to the illegal occupation of Palestine and the blockade of Gaza, and towards a just peace for all, upholding the rights of both Palestinians and Israelis to life and freedom.”  Read the entire letter here: 2023-11-19 – Letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau – Israel – Gaza

November 14, 2023 – – Designated Lay Ministers in the EOORC. — A letter from Rev. Éric Hébert-Daly Regional Executive Minister regarding the future of DLMs in EOORC — Download the PDF of the letter: 2023-11-13 Update on DLMs in EOORC

November 13, 2023 — IMPORTANT NOTICE TO CHURCH TREASURERS — The CRA has backed off a requirement that would have been a lot of extra admin work for many of our congregations, most of our regions, our denomination and especially the Foundation. Read the article: Charities and Giving

October 23, 2023 — Repayment of CEBA Loan –In anticipation of the repayment of federal Canada Emergency Business Account ‘CEBA’ loan, the United Church has developed a repayment program for UCC congregations who find themselves struggling to fully repay their commercial CEBA loans – which would trigger foregoing the already accounted for forgiveness portion. We have created a loan program to support our congregations through this transition. To take advantage you must respond prior to December 10, 2023.

To provide bridging support, the national office is prepared to facilitate a swap out of the commercial loan and replace it with a UCC loan. In short, UCC would issue loans of $30,000 or $40,000 for the express purpose of paying off CEBA. All eligible United Church CEBA loan holders in good standing with UCC are able to take advantage of this loan at an interest rate of 5.0%. First payment comes due February 1st, 2024.

To get started simply complete the loan agreement UCC – CEBA loan closeout (2023) and forward to Maria Pimpinella at mpimpinella@united-church.ca along with a copy of void cheque. It’s that easy!

October 18, 2023 — Covenanting Celebration for Frank Emanuel. Nov. 8 7:45PM at Southminster United Church. Everyone welcome.