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March 13, 2020
Tel: (403) 306-0192
 ChinookWinds@United-Church.ca

In this Newsletter...

• Update from Executive Minister Treena Duncan
     regarding COVID-19 and Worship Services
• Update on Events taking place in Chinook Winds Region
 
Update regarding COVID-19 & Worship Services

Dear Friends,

We continue to witness the unfolding of the COVID-19 reality across our world, across our nation, and in our Chinook Winds Region. We continue also in prayer for those who are vulnerable and afflicted, and for those who are charged with making decisions and taking care of people across Canada.

     For many in our faith communities, regular public worship is a key part of their spiritual journey. At this time, Alberta's Chief Medical Officer Dr Deena Hinshaw has not asked churches to close for worship.

However, Dr. Hinshaw has given instructions that the following events be cancelled:
• events with more than 250 attendees but this direction has excluded places of worship.  
• events with more than 50 attendees that involve international participants, critical infrastructure staff, seniors, or other high-risk populations.

Dr. Hinshaw has asked churches to follow guidelines for keeping attendees safe and we have circulated suggested guidelines. These are the same guidelines that she outlined again today: hand hygiene; sanitizers visibly available; distancing and that those who have travelled outside Canada in the past 14 days not attend.
    
We know that:
• several churches are choosing to have worship on Sunday morning following guidelines.
• Some churches are choosing to not have worship on Sunday morning, citing that worship involves seniors and other high-risk populations. In some cases, these churches already have live-streaming capabilities or are planning to offer live-streaming.
• We also know that some churchgoers may chose not to attend on Sunday even if their church will be open.

At this time, Communities of Faith in Chinook Winds Region may decide whether or not to hold public worship. 

If your congregation is unable to offer live-streaming, you may want to direct worshipers remaining in their homes to online worship experiences offered by the following: If your community of faith is not on this list but you offer live streaming, please email Shelley Den Haan a link to your live streaming service so it can be included.

The National Church's Communications Team has put together a helpful series of webpages called Faith Communities and COVID-19. What may be particularly helpful is the how-to instructions on Worship Online during COVID-19. Also on this page is how Moderator Richard Bott will be offering online worship beginning Sunday, March 22 and people can get involved in that service next week.

We also hope that Communities of Faith, as they are able, seek to maintain contact with ministry participants, particularly those who are sick or those who may be isolated. May we help our fellow participants in Christ's Body here in Alberta to continue to feel connected to Christ’s Body.  

May we continue in prayer for the healing grace of God for one another, and offer our prayers and our active support for our front-line health practitioners in local communities, the Province of Alberta and across Canada and in our World.

Treena Duncan,
Executive Minister, Chinook Winds and Pacific Mountain Region
Updates on Events in Chinook Winds Region

This event is re-scheduled to take place in Calgary on November 17-19.  Registration for the new event will open shortly.
Also, LeaderShift will be offering some online workshops this spring and we'll have news on registration in a future newsletter shortly!

Seven Sacred Teachings Lenten Study
With some quick thinking, Tony Snow, Indigenous Lead and Program Assistant and Administrative Assistant Chris Mah Poy worked out how the Seven Sacred Teachings can now be offered online!
        Seven Sacred Teachings will take place at 7 pm on Tuesdays, March 17, 24, 31 and April 7.
      
To register for one of these free sessions, please send an email to Chris Mah Poy and you will receive an invitation to join the session via the online application, Zoom.
     If you have any question about the study, email Tony Snow can reached at tony.snow@hillhurstunited.com 

You'll find a list of PIE Day events that were schedule for this weekend HERE

Please check in with individual communities of faith to find out if their event is proceeding
 Other News

Seeking Technology Volunteers for June 11-14 Regional General Meeting in Red Deer. The Business Team is inviting folk who are technologically-minded, to volunteer with the preparation of presentation powerpoint slides and attend to computers during the event. This could also mean updating information on the fly as the court deems necessary. If you feel that you may have the skills and the willingness for this, please be in contact with Dave Pollard

Community of Faith Annual Reports.  A reminder that communities of faith are to submit their annual reports to the Chinook Winds Regional Office each year. You can either email your annual report to Program Support and Administration Support staff person Chris Mah Poy or send via regular mail to Chris' attention: Chinook Winds Regional Office P.O. Box 98, Okotoks AB T1S 1A4
 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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