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December 10, 2019

In this Newsletter...

•  Executive Minister Treena Duncan featured in
    Symons Valley United Church Podcast
•  Christmas Gifts through Mission & Service
•  An Invitational Nativity Scene

•  Chinook Winds Executive: In Their Own Words
•  Remembering Peggy Takashima
•  And more news!

The Next Newsletter will be distributed Tuesday, December 17. The deadline for submissions is Friday, by noon. The Chinook Winds newsletter will now be coming out weekly except holidays and the submission deadline will always be the Friday prior. Submission guidelines are at the bottom of this newsletter.   

 Executive Minister Treena Duncan
featured in Symons Valley Podcast
Chinook Winds Executive Minister Treena Duncan is the December guest of the Symons Valley United Church (SVUC) 's monthly Podcast, The People in our Neighbourhood.
     Interviewed by SVUC Minister Rev. Stephen Harper, Treena says she's "particularly enjoying getting to know people in Chinook Winds" and that the excitement in building a new region "from scratch is quite contagious." 
 Treena also talks about the initiative of LeaderShift to provide education for leadership development. Efforts are underway to offer a LeaderShift Event in Chinook Winds Region in Spring 2020. You can listen to Treena and Stephen HERE
Red Deer Lake United Church
A Nativity Scene that's an Invitation

Christmas isn't just about celebrating something that took place 2000 years ago. It's an invitation to get in on what that story about a virgin birth, shepherds, and baby Jesus is all about: that God is here – with us and for us – leading us toward new life and a new world.
That’s what Red Deer Lake's artist-in-residence Larry Stilwell is expressing in that congregation's version of the Nativity scene. The shepherd holding the mirror isn’t simply saying, “Hey! You’re part of the story too,” he’s encouraging us to do the inward reflection so we can arrive at the manger ready and willing to join in on what God is doing in the world. Read more HERE

Meet the Chinook Winds Region Executive
Over the next few weeks, the Chinook Winds newsletter will include a short autobiography by each of the Region's Executive. The Chinook Winds Executive was elected at the Regional Gathering in Lethbridge in June 2019. Today's issue features Regional Executive Member John Snow.
John Snow, B.Sc., P.M.L.M., M.A., is one of the First Indigenous Student Clergy elected as Executive to Chinook Winds and the New National Indigenous Council for the United Church of Canada.

    John is currently completing his M.Div. at Vancouver School of Theology, his second graduate degree. John will graduate Sandy Saulteaux April 2020. He is a direct descendant of Treaty 7 Chief Jacob Goodstoney.
John brings a history and knowledge of Treaty and the teachings of Indigenous Theology to a church that is trying to reconcile its history with the Indigenous People.
     John is an advocate for implementing the principles of Treaties including the TRC, UNDRIP and the United Church Apology. His ministry follows his parents, the Late Reverend and Chief  Dr. John Snow and the late Alva Snow, music teacher, pianist and chorale director.
      John is an educator, lecturer and has served as Aboriginal Commissioner to General Council (GC) 42, GC43 and other national Committees
     John has just completed service to the Board of Governors at Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity.  He is now Board Emeriti at Banff Centre.
 Catching the Light at
Deer Park United Church

Deer Park United Church member Jan Van Egteren writes about efforts to convert the Deer Park building in Calgary to solar energy. Read the full story HERE
Gifts that Continue to Give
Stewardship and Gifts Officer Jane Harding reminds us of two ways to give this Advent and Christmas Season:
1. Mission and Service Fund:
At this time of year, your Mission and Service donations are urgently needed. Please consider making a gift to Mission & Service so that together, we can continue to support God's mission in Canada and around the world.
Please make sure that all 2019 Mission & Service gifts made through communities of faith are transferred and received at the General Council Office by January 31, 2020. To make any changes to how you transfer gifts for Mission & Service from your pastoral charge, please contact Nicole Chicote at or 1-800-268-3781, ext. 3072.
2. Gifts with Vision Catalogue is now also available for your Christmas shopping. The United Church developed Gifts with Vision in response to member requests to be able to give gifts to relatives, friends, and loved ones that are in direct support of the church's Mission & Service partners. Check out the catalogue HERE
First United and Japanese United Churches in Lethbridge are coming together on Sunday, December 15 to put on a Christmas Choral Concert to benefit the CANADIAN FOODGRAINS BANK. 7 pm. Southern Alberta Japanese United Church, Lethbridge, AB. You're invited!
From the McDougall Stoney Mission Society:
 Other News

Funeral Service for Peggy Takashima. Peggy Takashima, wife of the Rev George Takashima died in the early hours of Saturday Dec 7. A service for Peggy will be held Thursday, December 12, 11 am at the Italian Club, 1511 St. Edward Blvd N. Lethbridge, AB  Please, if you are planning to attend, RSVP to Eva Stanley. More on Peggy and how to send condolences to family HERE 

Remembering Patricia Heffelfinger. Patricia Heffelfinger, spouse of the late Rev. Ray Heffelfinger, died in Calgary on December 3, 2019. More on Patricia and how to send condolences to family HERE

Carstairs Bancroft United Church welcomes new minister. Carstairs Bancroft United invites you to join them on January 5, 2020 at 10am to meet their new minster, Rev. Maria Szabo, newly arrived from Killarney, MB.

Video License Available. Previously offered through the former Conference Office, EDGE in Etobicoke now offers communities of faith the opportunity to obtain a Public Performance Video License. Public Performance Licenses enable your community of faith to show full-length or clips from movies or TV shows for public viewing as a part of things like worship, fundraisers, family nights, youth group events, or educational programs. Edge has contacted communities of faith who purchased licenses last year. You’ll find more information here:
The application deadline for a 2020 license is December 31st, 2019. For any additional questions, contact Alexandra Belaskie

Deer Park United Church seeks Youth Co-Leader. Deer Park, Calgary, seeks an enthusiastic  youth co-leader to lead a vibrant Friday evening drop in program as well as to participate in the Sunday morning youth program, starting January 6, 2020. The successful candidate will work collaboratively with their fellow leader, as well as with youth leaders from St. Andrew's United Church.  This position is 8.5 hours per week. Pay based on experience. Please send your resume by Monday, December 16 to Anne Morgan, M&P Chair, Deer Park United Church, by email at or by mail at Deer Park United Church, 77 Deerpoint Road SE Calgary Alberta, T2J 6M6, and Attention Anne Morgan.

Church Office Administrators Retreat - Save the Date. Retreat will take place from Monday, October 19 to Wednesday, October 21, 2020 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. More details will be coming in the new year. Contact Brandy Emmerich, St. Martin’s United Church Saskatoon
Waterton United Church's Christmas Candlelight Service takes place Saturday, December 21 at 5 pm with Rev. Pauline Bell. Guest musicians welcome. Potluck feast to follow. Please join us in nurturing the earth by bringing dishes and cutlery. All faiths welcome. Waterton Church is available year round for weddings, retreats, etc.  More information HERE:

Women in Ministry Lunch. All those in paid accountable ministry (active, retained, retired, student) are invited to lunch - share together in a meal, conversation, and Christmas cheer. We’ll gather at 4th Spot Kitchen and Bar in the upstairs private room (2620 4th Street NW Calgary) at 1 pm Thursday December 5th. Please RSVP to Nancy Nourse

Registration Open for December’s Tuxis Youth Parliament. The TUXIS Parliament of Alberta is the oldest youth parliament in Alberta, and the longest continuously running youth parliament in Canada. It’s for youth ages 15 to 21 who have a passion for debate, politics, and bettering our communities. TUXIS is a spiritual non-denominational youth parliament that welcome members of all faiths and belief systems.  Registration for the December Youth Parliament and more information HERE:
Set of five music books
by Ron Klusmeier for sale
New condition. $50 for all.
Could arrange delivery between Calgary and Lethbridge.
Contact: Nadine Bexte
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