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March 23, 2020
Tel: (403) 306-0192
 ChinookWinds@United-Church.ca
 Resources for Ministry during COVID-19

It's  incredibly heartening to hear via email and online, the different ways all of you are seeking to deliver ministry in new ways. Thank you for your continued efforts. Also, thank you for those who have sent us stories. We’ll be including those in a mid-week Chinook Winds newsletter. Please send yours to Shelley Den Haan.
In the meantime, we do want to make you aware of some resources available:

Communication on Finances:
The National Office and the Regional Office are looking at ways to support communities of faith in continuing salaries of staff. More information will be available next week. In the meantime, we offer you this Step-by-Step Process to look at Communities of Faith Finances.

Children and Youth Online Resources:
Pacific Mountain Region’s Youth and Young Adult Staff — referred to as First Third Ministry — have put together some online resources for children and youth ministry. They will be continuing to add resources to the page found HERE

Resources for going online: worship and meetings
 Leadershift and the First Third Ministry Network have worked diligently to provide four immediate offerings for leaders in our church to learn, refine, and host online worship services and governance meetings with your Communities of Faith.   
      Starting this week, these online sessions will roll out, facilitated by four experienced leaders: Mauricio Araujo, Andria Irwin, Allan Buckingham and Rev. Bob Fillier.  
Check out these four offerings HERE

If sessions are full, please know that more will be offered.

Looking for Free Church Graphics?
LightStock has put together free graphics for Churches that are available for download without a subscription.
Support for Ministry Personnel and Staff:
The United Church's Employee Assistance Plan is available for ministry personnel and staff and they do offer online services.  Additionally, we are grateful to the four people who are available as chaplains:
Barbara Lieurance   blieurance.cwchaplain@gmail.com     403-318-4000
Jan Richardson        jrichardson.cwchaplain@gmail.com   403-740-9199
David Robertson      drobertson.cwchaplain@gmail.com    403-652-3168
Eva Stanley               estanley.cwchaplain@gmail.com        403-892-8322
 
Pandemic Practicums: Everyone's Response is Unique
Community & Workplace Traumatologist, Compassion Fatigue Therapist, Critical Incident Responder, and clergyperson, Diane Strickland, launches the first video in a series to support folks through the COVID-19 Pandemic. In this video, she discusses how and why some people respond to traumatic events, what to notice about yourself, and how to respond to others in ways that harness calm. Watch HERE
 How to submit news items to
Chinook Winds E-Newsletter

The Chinook Winds Newsletter is published every Wednesday. Deadline for submissions is the Monday prior.

Your event, 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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