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January 22, 2020
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In this Newsletter...

•  McDougall Church program ensures health food for children
•  How to support efforts to ban conversion therapy in Calgary

•  Ministry students can apply for bursary funds
•  March 17-19 Conference: Leaning into the Future without Fear
Acadia School Lunch Program ensures
healthy food for children
Last fall, Chinook Winds Region approved funding for approximately 27 mission projects throughout our area. Grant recipients were asked to submit an article about their program to the Chinook Winds newsletter.
    Congratulations to the Acadia School Lunch Program for being the first grant recipient to submit an article and photos!
By Dianne Mather
The Acadia School Lunch Program of McDougall United Church, Calgary, is very grateful to Chinook Winds Region for providing funding assistance for our program which is now in its fifth year of operation. Our mission is to provide healthy food -- 50% of a child's daily nutritional requirements -- when a full snack and lunch is consumed. The food is provided to children at three local schools who often arrive with little or no food for the day.
Currently, the program is operated by co-coordinators Dianne Mather and Bonnie Hondas as well as our amazing team of 40 dedicated volunteers who make lunches for three days per week in the McDougall Church kitchen. We partner with the Lutheran Church of Our Saviour who does the other two days of the week. We try very hard to maintain a fun and congenial work environment where volunteers, many who are seniors, come out to socialize and participate in this valued service. They are very passionate about feeding hungry children. We are also fortunate to have two "dietitian daughters" who can be consulted when required to enhance our program.  READ MORE
Calgary City Council votes to consider banning conversion therapy in Calgary
From Affirming Connections
BREAKING NEWS: On January 21, Calgary's City Council Priorities and Finance committee approved the Notice of Motion to ban conversion therapy! This Notice of Motion includes bylaw changes that will forbid conversion therapy practices and enforce fines where necessary against persons and businesses offering conversion therapy in the City of Calgary.
The NEXT motion to put forward these bylaws will be back before City Council as early as its February 3 meeting.  (Barring any unforeseeable circumstances). (Conversion therapy aims to change someone's sexual orientation, gender identity or expression.)
From the Pastoral Relations Minister: Lee Spice

We've all been there. A person from a congregation in which you've served would like you to do their Mom's/Grandma's/spouse's memorial or perhaps their child's/nephew's wedding or their child's/grandchild's baptism. It seems reasonable, at first. After all, it's been a while since you served there, and the event may not even be in the church.
However, there's now a section in The Manual that addresses these situations:
I.2.5.4 Request—Previous Pastoral Charge 
If a ministry personnel is asked by a member or adherent (or their families) of a community of faith where they had previously served to preside at a baptism, communion service, wedding, or funeral, the ministry personnel 
a) must refer the request to a member of the order of ministry who is currently serving under call or appointment to that community of faith; and 
b) may preside only with the approval of the community of faith’s governing body.
Right away, I noticed two things: First, there is no time stipulation as to how long you can be away. It is any place where you've previously served.
Second, there is no indication that this applies to events on church property - it applies to off-site events, as well (yes, including the funeral chapel).
      I would like to have had this more clearly spelled out as I've navigated requests in the past, and made mistakes. Now it is more clear.  I hope you find this helpful, too.
Rendez-Vous 2020 Comes to Calgary
By Robert Massey, Local Arrangements Committee
Rendez-Vous 2020 is coming to Calgary on August 11-14!
Rendez-Vous is the United Church of Canada’s triennium conference for youth and young adults. It is a gathering of over 400 youth from across the country, and we are so happy to be able to host it at the
University of Calgary. It’s an amazing opportunity for all the churches in the Chinook Winds Region to show off why Alberta is an awesome place.
     Read MORE about how you and your Community of Faith can get involved with Rendez-Vous 2020.
Save the Date! Leadership Event on March 17-19
Leaning into the Future without Fear
Chinook Winds Region’s Ministry Support Working Group in conjunction with Pacific Mountain Region’s LeaderShift are pleased to present a March 17-19 Leadership Event in Calgary for Ministry Personnel and Lay People. Music leadership will be David Jonsson and Linnea Good (at right).
    Keynote presenter will be Matt Miofsky who is Lead Pastor of The Gathering United Methodist Church in Saint Louis, Missouri. He is the author of Let Go: Leaning into the Future without Fear and co-authored 8 Virtues of Rapidly Growing Churches with Jason Byassee.
      More details and registration will be available shortly. In the meantime, mark March 17-19 on your calendars!
Young Adult Pub Night is a monthly event of St. Andrew's Regional Youth and Young Adult Ministries on the last Thursday of each month. Next Pub Night is January 30, 7 pm. Location: Bull and Finch, 190-10322 Elbow Dr. SW., Calgary. Consider this photo your invitation! You can also email Regional Youth & Young Adults for more information.
 Other News

February Women in Ministry Luncheon.   February's gathering will take place Thursday, February 6th 1 PM at White Spot (3322 23rd Street NE - near Barlow at 32nd Ave). Join colleagues in paid accountable ministry (active, retained, retired, student) to connect and be together in community. Please RSVP to Nancy Nourse if you can attend!

Bursaries available: The Student Bursary Fund of Chinook Winds and Northern Spirt Regions offers yearly bursaries for students enrolled in approved theological programs for ordained, diaconal and designated lay ministry in The United Church of Canada. To request application information, please email Phyllis Greenslade or call 780-475-6943. The Student Bursary Fund also welcomes donations:  Please call  Treasurer or email Pamela Milton 403-874-2684. A receipt will be given for any donation over $10.

Diploma in Missional Leadership at the Atlantic School of Theology. Are you a leader of a faith community committed to nurturing your own faith, growing in your understanding of the missional context around you, and networking with other ministry leaders? Are you passionate about mission in the Canadian context? If so, you are invited to apply to be part of the first cohort of participants in this exciting new Diploma program that focuses on developing practical leadership skills and attributes, while learning about the Canadian context as well as the nature and practices of mission-oriented leadership. Admissions Requirements• You must currently be serving in a recognized form of ministry in Canada and commit to attending all four modules with the first component of the Diploma taking place on the AST campus in Halifax, June 8-12, 2020. Access to an up-to-date computer and Internet access (preferably high speed) is required. Priority for admission will be given to racialized or minoritized ministry leaders.
 If you have questions please email Rev. Dr. Stephen Harper, Convener of the Diploma in Missional Leadership OR go to for more information or to apply now.

Godly Play Core Training. Offered over three Saturdays: March 7; April 4; and May 2, 2020. 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Cost: $125 per session or $350 for all three. Leadership provided by accredited Godly Play Trainers at First United Church, Wetaskiwin.
    Godly Play is a creative and discovery based approach to faith formation and spiritual development.It encourages people of all ages to make meaning and connect with God through Biblical story, wondering, creative response and community. Come join the circle! Can’t make all three sessions? Missed sessions can be made up within 2 years for full accreditation. Contact Ruth Lumax for more information (780) 352 2157. Or
email at First United Church, Wetaskiwin.

The Refugee Sponsorship Training Program (RSTP) in Calgary is hosting two free workshops consecutively on private sponsorship of refugees on Saturday, January 25. The morning session is about eligibility, admissibility, settlement support requirements and recent changes and updates of the program (Eventbrite registration HERE). The afternoon session is about the required forms and how to complete the undertaking and settlement plan. (Eventbrite registration HERE). Both sessions take place at Calgary Catholic Immigration Society, Room 315, 1111-11 Ave. SE, Calgary, AB.
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