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 May 21, 2019

In this Newsletter...

   • Last Call! Register by this Wednesday, May 22 for Regional Gathering
   • Nominations Open for Chinook Winds Region Executive
   • Remembering Minoru Takada and Alex Lawson
   • Registration for First Youth Gathering in Chinook Winds
   • Ministry Personnel: Annual Declaration and Accessing Church Hub
   • Staff List for Chinook Winds - Contact Information HERE

Nominations open for
Chinook Winds Region Executive
Nominations are now open for the Chinook Winds Region Executive.
    The Chinook Winds Region of The United Church of Canada is seeking nominations for its Executive which will take office at the rise of the General Meeting (June 7-8, 2019). A Commission, appointed by the 43rd General Council, has been doing work in preparation for the future of the region. It recommends a new model for an Executive (details here).
   The Region's General Meeting itself will elect those who will carry on its work. After the new Executive takes office the work of the Commission will end.
     You'll find more details and the nominations form HERE
With Thanksgiving for their Discipleship
Remembering Rev. Minoru Takada
Rev. Minoru Takada, 98, died in Calgary on May 9, 2019. He served communities of faith in Alberta and Toronto. Read more on Minoru Takada HERE
Remembering Rev. Dr Alexander Lawson
Rev. Dr Alexander (Alex) Lawson died in Victoria on April 30 at age 93. He served communities of faith in Alberta and Saskatchewan. Read more on Alex Lawson HERE
Other News

The Walk for Common Ground. Between May 30-June 14, The Walk for Common Ground is journeying through Treaty 6 (Edmonton) and Treaty 7 (Calgary), bringing Indigenous, unionist, and Church friends together for conversations. Some of the treaty talk evening events are being hosted by United Churches enroute:  Leduc, Wetaskiwin, Bowden, Carstairs. Find more information here:

Right Relations Groups in Calgary area. Right Relations Groups from a few United Churches in Calgary have been meeting every two months since the start of the year, to share about Right Relations Initiatives in their congregations and support each other on the journey.  Where possible, they are happy to collaborate and work together, rather than each trying to duplicate the same activities in different churches.  They have benefited from the leadership and guidance of Tony Snow with the Urban Indigenous Circle. They have committed to continue the last Sunday of the month in May, September, November, January and March. Each time, a different church has volunteered to host.   
    The next meeting will be held Sunday May 26th at Woodcliff United Church starting at 12:30pm.  RSVP to in order to plan for refreshments. All are welcome to join us on this journey.
Being Good Relations Circle for Chinook Winds Region. Within Alberta and Northwest Conference, there was a Living into Right Relations Standing Committee. It supported communities of faith who were interested in building respectful relations between Indigenous, and settler and immigrant peoples for over 15 years.  This work is being continued by the Being Good Relations Circle. If you are attending the Regional Meeting in Lethbridge, you are invited to connect with the Circle Friday, June 7 at lunch time. Otherwise, you can reach Mary Shearer at 403 609 0690 or email Mary

An invitation to the Rev. Pat Dyson’s retirement celebration. Rev Pat Dyson, minister at St. Paul's United Church in Trochu, is retiring. A celebration in her honour will be held at Trochu Arboretum and Gardens on Saturday, June 15, 2019, between 2pm - 4pm. The Trochu Arboretum and Gardens have both indoor and outdoor venues. Members of former Red Deer Presbytery are invited to attend. If you have a special picture, story or message for the scrapbook you are invited to bring them. Contributions are welcomed. Please contact Donna Anderson for additional details by email or by phone at 403 442 2576.

The former Conference Student Bursary Fund is now called the Alberta Chinook Winds and Northern Spirit Regions Student Bursary Fund. This past year a total of $7,600 was given to those who applied for bursaries. You will find an update from the Bursary Committee and an Appeal Leader for congregations HERE

Wild Rose United Church, Calgary, is seeking a transitional minister.  The position will commence on July 1, 2019. For details please see:  Email resumes to

Pulpit Supply or Short-Term Appointments. Chinook Winds Region is hoping to constitute a list of persons interested in pulpit supply or short-term appointments. Please indicate whether you are OM, DM, DLM or Licensed Lay Worship Leader. Please contact Lee Spice:
Register by May 22 for
Chinook Winds Regional Gathering
Registration is now online for the first Annual Gathering of the Chinook Winds Region to take place  June 7-8, 2019 at McKillop United Church in Lethbridge, with the theme, Born of Wind and Spirit.
 Those to attend are Lay Regional Representatives who have been elected by their Community of Faith and Ministry Personnel.
     The gathering will open with worship at 11 am on Friday, June 7 and wind up at the close of the afternoon Celebration of Ministry Service on
Saturday, June 8.
     You can register online as well as purchase tickets for the Celebration of Ministry banquet (limited seating available).
To Register, please click HERE:
        On the registration page, please click on each of the headings below the photo and more information and the registration form will become visible.
For accommodation suggestions, please click HERE

Deadline to Register is May 22, 2019. Any registration received after May 22 will be charged a Late Registration Fee of $100. No meals guaranteed after May 22.
If you have any questions about your registration, please contact Chris Mah Poy at 403-306-0192 ext. 2 or email
For questions about the event itself, please contact Rev. Bob Wallace, Chair, Local Hosting Team at

Do you want to have a display for your United Church Related Ministry at the Regional Gathering?
       Please fill out the Display Form HERE
For Ministry Personnel:
Time to fill out the Annual Declaration Form

        You can fill out the Annual Declaration Form regarding the Criminal Records Check on Church Hub. You can access Church Hub HERE. You will need the date of your last Criminal Records Check to complete the form. Deadline to submit the form is June 30, 2019.

   If you are not yet on Church Hub, please email You'll access helpful people through this email address.  Unfortunately, the email address link did not work correctly in the last e-newsletter but it does now.
First-ever Chinook Winds Youth Event
By Doreen Tibbo
Reminder to register youth for the Chinook Regional Gathering 2019 June 6-8 Born of Wind and Spirit.
Youth will explore the theme through discussion and crafts creating lots of visuals for the Saturday afternoon service. Other activities include fun at the waterpark, games at Henderson Lake, movie time and pizza night. Hope to see you there.
    Registration and more details can be found HERE:

Any Questions on the Youth Event, please contact Doreen Tibbo via email or call Doreen at 403-345-3240
 Summer dates and Registration HERE
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