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May 22, 2020
Tel: (403) 306-0192
 ChinookWinds@United-Church.ca
In today's newsletter...
    •  Advocating for City of Calgary's Anti-Conversion Therapy ByLaw  
   •  News from Irricana United Church
   •  Apocalypse and COVID-19?
   •  United Church's Emergency Loan Program available
   •  Check out Ethical Dilemmas seminars on Wednesdays
   •  Vancouver School of Theology offers Online Summer School

   •  Online Worship Listings 
Thank you to the efforts of Affirming Connections and Affirming United Church congregations and many other United Church people in the strong efforts of advocating for the proposed bylaw now before the City of Calgary. The Bylaw would protect LGBTQ2SIA+ people from the unscientific, harmful practices of conversion therapy.
    However, continued advocacy is needed before Monday, May 25th when Calgary City Council will be voting on the proposed bylaw which aligns with the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and protects vulnerable individuals.
      Please Contact City Council and Mayor Nenshi today, and let them know you support this bylaw as is written, with no amendments, restrictions, or exceptions. -- From Affirming Connections. 
Naked Faith is tonight !
The Youth and Young Adult Worship Service will be online on YouTube at 7 pm, followed by conversation on Instagram live @nakedfaithworship. In the meantime, we’re sharing a snippet of what you can expect tonight with this short video of the Naked Faith Band from last month’s worship service.  
    Tonight, worship Lead Andrew Nicholson along with Joshua Carr and the Naked Faith band will come to us in digital format that includes music and reflection. This year Naked Faith has been exploring love languages and May's theme, "Gifts", explores how we sometimes forget the deeper importance behind this love language. The Naked Faith Band is made up of young people from congregations within Chinook Winds Region. Naked Faith is an alternative worship service aimed at Youth and Young Adults, featuring a powerful message and loud, energetic music. Naked Faith is based out of St. Andrew's Regional Youth and Young Adult Ministries.
News from Irricana Pastoral Charge
Rev. Ruth McArthur reports: We have notified all our people that we are not opening until at least Labor Day. At which time we will assess the current health risk.
We mainly have a four-point strategy using Facebook, e-mail, phone calls and Snail Mail:
1. Weekly Irricana Facebook Worship posting  — 6 minute Friday Children's message, 6 minute Sunday message, 6 minute (3 hymn) piano - public domain).
2. Email — Weekly same three messages go out on an e-letter that have a google link; Bi-weekly hospitality, pastoral, & community building messages and a Bi-monthly Board Communication through the Secretary of the Board on e-mail. 
3. Twice Monthly Snail Mail - Pastoral Cards and Sunday Worship Services in advance.
4. Random Phone Calls, texting, phone grouping check-ins and congregation sharing.
We are doing very well and feedback is positive. We are all relatively healthy.   
A Canadian New Testament Theologian takes on the Apocalypse and COVID-19
Our churches going digital opens up more possibilities for richer learning for us. Vancouver School of Theology’s Dr. Harry Maier was recently interviewed by Rev. Dr. John Pentland, Hillhurst United Church on Apocalypse and COVID-19.
     John saw some not-so-helpful commentary on end-times and COVID-19 in news stories and wanted to hear Harry’s perspective. Harry offers enlightening perspectives on today’s news and what the original writer of Revelations was intending. Many ministry personnel in Chinook Winds benefited from Harry’s teaching in their theological training.
    Thank you to Hillhurst and John that because of this digital format, we can share Harry’s insights with others in Central and Southern Alberta.
Please email Tony Snow to access the Ethical Dilemma's Zoom sessions.
News from Pastoral Relations
It's Re-appointment Time!
Please check your records to see if your appointment will expire on June 30/July 1, 2020. If so,
  1. The Community of Faith and Ministry Personnel must both have up-to-date profiles on ChurchHub.
  2. The Ministry Personnel must have made the annual declaration (Police Records Check)
  3. The Ministry Personnel must have up-to-date mandatory courses (Racial Justice and Boundaries), or have proof of being signed up to take the course(s).
  4. Contact Pastoral Relations Minister Lee Spice with your intention to re-appoint, and she will send you a list of the next steps [which also triggers Lee's communication with the Office of Vocation].
 Individual reminders to renew appointments are not being sent out.

United Church Emergency Loan Program during COVID-19

An emergency loan program is available for congregations through The United Church of Canada during the pandemic.
Communities of faith needing a cash flow top-up can apply for $10000 in bridging loans after they have accessed available government programs. 
Application HERE
 Your eligibility will be determined in consultation with the regional council. Repayment terms will be negotiated, and loans must be repaid by September 30, 2024.
      · Loans are interest-free if repaid by September 30, 2021.
      · After that date, the interest rate will be 2% per annum.
      · Those who pay before September 30, 2021 will only need to repay
            $9,500.
This is the first time in living memory that emergency loans on this scale are available to communities of faith nationally. The program is made possible by a $3 million grant from The United Church of Canada Foundation and comes from the generous bequests of church people over the years.  
        Also, see Four more finance tips from Chinook Winds Region
        Questions? Contact Joel Den Haan
Visit United in Learning for upcoming COVID-related finance webinars on ways to manage the pandemic's financial impact on our communities of faith.
Vancouver School of Theology's
Summer School Offered Online
July 6-17th

This is exciting!! Why? Because folks from coast to coast can attend Summer School without having to travel to Vancouver.
Choose from 11 courses – audit or take for credit.
The Early Bird deadline is May 15th.
Details here: https://vst.edu/vst-summer-school/
Still have questions? Please email Margaret Trim
Online Worship Offerings
in Chinook Winds Region
  You're welcome to use the above artwork to promote your Online Worship.  You'll find a listing of Online Sunday Worship Services and Mid-Week Offerings on the Chinook Winds Website.

   If you would like to add your Church to this list, please email Shelley
 How to submit news items to
Chinook Winds E-Newsletter

The Chinook Winds Newsletter is published every week. Deadline for submissions is the Monday or, following a long weekend, on the Tuesday

Your news or announcement can be included in the Chinook Winds E-News.  For best promotion, it is advisable to submit material four weeks/one month in advance of your event's date or submission deadline. Events will be promoted for two newsletters and if you would like further promotion, please re-submit your item.
      
Please send the following information in the body of an email to Shelley Den Haan via SDenhaan@united-church.ca (Please note new email address):
   • Your name and e-mail as the contact
   • Short title
   • 30-60 word description (Tip: Include a compelling reason why the reader should click to find out more.)
   • The URL or website where readers can visit for more information (If you do not
           have a URL or website, you can attach a pdf flyer or poster.)
   • Date
   • Location
Attach to the e-mail:
      • An image (JPG or PNG) that represents your event, campaign, etc. Your social media artwork is helpful
       (No image? That's fine. It will be placed in the "Other News" section.)
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