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  October 18, 2019

In this Newsletter...

   •  M&P Committee 101 Offered on October 26
   •  Job Postings
   •  A Wedding!
   •  YYC Campus Ministry Fundraiser
   •  Policies for Licensed Lay Worship Leaders
   •  And more news!

Join with Affirming Communities of Faith in a letter-writing campaign on Sunday, October 20 to support Transgender people in Alberta.  For full details on how Transgendered people's access to health care is being hindered and how you can participate in the letter-writing campaign, click HERE
Preparations underway for General Council 44
By Barb Lough
We’re excited that General Council 44 is coming to Chinook Winds Region and will be meeting in Calgary, July 21 to 25 in 2021, at the Telus Convention Centre.  I know that sounds like a long time into the future, but we are already at work planning the nuts and bolts of organizing a meeting to which we will welcome about 500 people!
   We’d love for you to be involved too.  We need many volunteers in the areas of hospitality, transportation, welcoming, stewards, and care of participants, to name a few.  Information will be coming to you as we go forward with this planning task to help you decide where your giftedness may lie with respect to this meeting.  We are working on a form to help us and you with that and it will be posted in this space soon.
   We’ll bring you regular updates on our progress, and in the meantime, we ask for your prayer and support.  If you already have some idea about where you’d like to be involved, I’d love to hear from you.  This is a massive task, but I have absolute faith in the people of Chinook Winds to step up to it!
   Email Barb Lough, Chair, Local Arrangements for General Council 44
Moving Forward in Truth and Reconciliation October 25-26 at St. Albert United
You are invited to shape how we move forward together to carry out the ministry of reconciliation in Northern Spirit and Chinook Winds under the new UC structure. On Saturday morning, special guests will talk about treaty and what it means to be in solidarity with indigenous peoples. They will also discuss the unique role of the Church. This session is open to the general public. You are encouraged to watch before coming. Contact Mary Shearer if you have any questions or want to register. More information HERE
Retirees Luncheon in Photos

In spite of yet another winter storm on October 8, the Retired Ministers and Partners luncheon carried on at the Chinook Winds Regional Office at Okotoks United Church. About 38 had hoped to come, 20 were still able to join with colleagues, Regional Staff and members of the Ministry Support Working Group for conversation, food and a tour of the Regional Office. Thank you to the Chief Organizers Wilma Clark and Bob Mutlow. Another luncheon for retirees will take place in the spring. May the weather cooperate!  More Photos

From YYC Campus Ministry Chaplain Tim Nethercott: This is your invitation to the social event of the season! Maybe you are missing your old friends from Presbytery! Or maybe you just miss me! Or maybe you’ve heard that Obama wants to come but can’t quite fit it in! 
    Join us on Saturday, November 9 at 5:30 at Parkdale United Church in Calgary for a Syrian meal, silent auction, a talk by David Swann and students on “Overcoming Loneliness" and a chance to support the YYC Campus Ministry. We’ve come so far and grown so much! We want you to know what the United Church is doing at the University of Calgary, Mount Royal University, SAIT and throughout the city of Calgary. 
     Tickets $35 at our website:
To see what the Campus Ministry is up to, please check the links below.
Congratulations to Chris Mah Poy, Chinook Winds Region Program and Administration Support, and Brie Nelson! Chris and Brie were married last month near Bragg Creek, Alberta. Rev. Erin Klassen, minister at Scarboro United, presided at their wedding. 
Healing Pathway Phase 2 will be offered at Northminster United Church, Calgary on October 25 to 27, 2019.

You can find a full brochure, registration and more information HERE
Symons Valley United Church introduces...
The People in our Neighbourhood
In addition to offering sermons as podcasts, Symons Valley United Church is now doing a monthly podcast series called The People in our Neighbourhood. Rev. Stephen Harper interviews people from Symons Valley's neighbourhood and in Chinook Winds Region. Podcasts are released the first Tuesday of each month.
 October's edition features Stephen discussing the new Joker movie with Pastor Justin Bills of Canyon Creek Christian Fellowship.  Last month's interview was with Symons Valley minister Vicki McPhee on her trip to Israel and Palestine. In December, Chinook Winds Region Executive Minister Treena Duncan will be interviewed.
Robert McClure United Church presents...
A Walk Down Memory Lane
On October 26 at Robert McClure United Church, Calgary, enjoy good food including roast beef, mashed potatoes and assorted homemade pie for dessert. And then following the scrumptious meal you can dance, rock and sing or just sit back and relax to enjoy good music
featuring The Pigs & Blues Band and The RunaMUCs band. Dinner at 5:30 pm and Concert at 7 pm. For Tickets call 403-280-9500. Advance Tickets Adults $30; Seniors $25. At the Door Adults $35; Seniors $30.
 Evolve is an annual gathering of youth, young adults and their leaders near Chilliwack, BC. More information HERE
Policies for Licensed Lay Worship Leaders

Licensed Lay Worship Leaders (LLWL) play an essential role in the ministry of the church. As we have begun a new way of being as Chinook Winds Region, new policies that have been put into place regarding Licensed Lay Worship Leaders.  You'll find these policies on the Chinook Winds website.

 Other News

M&P 101: Essentials for Ministry and Personnel Committees will be offered at St. Andrew's United Church, Lacombe, AB on Saturday, October 26, 10 AM  to 3 PM. Coffee and snacks/lunch provided by St. Andrew’s, Lacombe. Please RSVP by Wednesday, Oct. 23 to

Congratulations to Ralph Connor Memorial United Church in Canmore which voted overwhelmingly (96%) to become an Affirming Ministry! The congregation will hold their Affirming Ministry Celebration on Sunday, October 27 at 10:00 AM. 

Arts on 817 is Strathmore (AB) United Church’s Concert Series that offers musical evenings from October through May. This year’s line up includes the Foothills Brass and the Heebee-Jeebees. More information here:

Women in Ministry Lunch on November 7. Gather with friends and colleagues in paid accountable ministry (active, retired, retained, student) and share in a meal and conversation. On Thursday, November 7 at 1 pm, the meeting place is Cravings Market Restaurant, 7207 Fairmount Drive SE, Calgary. Please let Nancy Nourse know if you plan to attend. Email

Free projector and screens available. Due to recent upgrades McDougall United Church, Calgary, has available to any church the following used video projection equipment at no charge: Targa Draper 12 foot electric screen; Targa Draper 6 foot electric screen; Sony VPL PX41 3500 lumen LCD projector with 28-foot projection range lens. Contact McDougall United Church at 403-252-1620 or Barrie Clayton at 403-279-4767 or email Barrie.

United Fresh Start is a program for ministers and communities of faiths who are at the beginning of their pastoral relationship. The course is now offered online. Details HERE
Job Postings

The Sandy-Saulteaux Spiritual Centre in Beausejour, MB, is seeking a Keeper of the Learning Circle to oversee our Ministry Training Program. Information HERE

Lakeview United Church, Calgary, seeks Congregational Enhancement Coordinator. Details HERE
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