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 September 16, 2019

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   •  Deadline for Funding Mission, Ministry & Learning Proposals
                              - September 27, 2019

   •  Intercultural Education Event in October
   •  Retirees luncheon scheduled for October 8
   •  The Accessible Faith Project on YouTube

Funding Mission, Ministry and Learning
in Chinook Winds Region 

Deadline for Funding Proposals: Friday, September 27, 2019
The Program and Funding Proposal document is the official tool by which mission, ministry and learning funds can be requested. It replaces the former Mission Support Grant application.
 The Chinook Winds Funding Proposal Form can be accessed on the Chinook Winds website or in larger format HERE. Please note you can also download the document as a PDF and submit via email.
The Community of Faith Strategy Working Group has been tasked with providing resources and review for these funding initiatives
    During the 2019 season, The United Church of Canada provided more than $155,000 to support a range of mission, ministry, and learning initiatives in Chinook Winds Region.
Any questions?  Contact your Community of Faith Support/ Strategy Consultant Rev. Joel Den Haan at
An invitation to all retired ministers and spouses  
An Invitation to all retired ministers (and spouses) in Chinook Winds Region. Please join the Calgary Area Group of Retirees for lunch on Tuesday, October 8, 2019, at 11:30 am.
    In addition to lunch, we will have a tour of the Chinook Regional Office and meet the staff. Executive Minister, Rev. Treena Duncan plans to attend!
Spend time with colleagues getting re-acquainted & meeting new people. Please register no later than October 1 so we have food and a place at the table for you. A suggested donation of $20 per person to cover costs.
    RSVP via email to Wilma Clark or call 403-620-3842. Please indicate any food allergies/issues/intolerances.
Intercultural Continuing Education and Learning Day Event
October 16 to 18, 2019
Theme: Continuing the Awkward Conversation to Become an Intercultural and Sustainable Church with the Rev. Dr. Eric H.F. Law and the Rev. Dr. Andrew Sung Park. Providence Renewal Centre, Edmonton, Alberta. The Intercultural Educational Event will be followed by the Korean Ministers/Lay Leaders Gathering on October 18-19. 
Downloadable Registration Form HERE. Information on both events HERE
Check out the Rev. John Crowdis’ The Accessible Faith Project on Youtube. John is aiming to make the Christian faith accessible on the social media channel used by 71 per cent of Canadian internet users. So far, John’s short, informative videos include such topics as Where to start reading the Bible for Beginners and What Translation of the Bible Should I read? Also, please subscribe to The Accessible Faith Project 's YouTube channel. John is close to the magic number of subscribers that YouTube requires for Accessible Faith to have its own personalised, specific link. You can reach John via email. John is also minister at St. Matthew’s United Church in Calgary.
Different Churches; Similar Paths
Barbara Davison of Strathmore, AB and Past President, United Church Women represented the UCW at the Catholic Women’s League (CWL)’s Annual Convention in Calgary last month. She found while our churches are different, we are on similar paths towards nature conservation. Notable Quote: “If we are diligent in seeking God, slowly and sincerely we will become better people.”  Read Barbara’s full report here
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
Chinook Winds Region website launched!
The new Chinook Winds Region Website is now launched and you can access it at

reVITALize to be in Edmonton September 26 -27

Please check out the invitation from Rev. Dr Catherine MacLean, St. Paul's United Church, Edmonton HERE

Registration Fee: $100
Approximately 130 people from some of the 20 Affirming Faith Communities in the Calgary area took part in the Calgary Pride Parade on Sunday, September 2. Thank you to the Affirming Network of Faith Communities and Affirming Connections and the many volunteer hours that went into the Affirming Network’s presence at Pride. You'll find additional photos on the Chinook Winds' website and more on the Chinook Winds Facebook Page.   
The United Church in Turner Valley, AB, invites you to an Old Fashioned Family Dance with Fiddle Music by the Gates Family. $10 at the door; 16 and under are free. Questions? Call 403.804.4622. Location is the Flare n’ Derrick Community Hall on Main Street, Turner Valley.
You are invited. Sunday, September 22. 2 pm. McDougall Stoney Mission, located on Highway 1A west of Cochrane, AB. Refreshments and a Feast to follow.
 Evolve is an annual gathering of youth, young adults and their leaders near Chilliwack, BC. More information HERE
October 4-6 in Kamloops with Leading Northern American Church Consultant Alice Mann. $85 per person or $510 for a team of six or more. More details
 Other News

Ministry of Supervision Course offered online. Queen’s College School of Theology and the United Church Office of Vocation offer an on-line certificate in Ministry of Supervision. The Certificate in Ministry of Supervision provides participants with the information and skills to mentor individuals preparing for ministries by modelling pastoral practices, demonstrating congregational leadership and offering spiritual guidance. It equips ordered and lay individuals with the competencies and confidence to engage as supervisors with candidates for ministry. The course is offered online in 10 scheduled sessions, 2.5 hours. 10:00 a.m. Mountain Time. Sessions will be on Thursdays. First Class is Thursday, September 19, 2019. 10:00 a.m. Mountain Time. The course can be taken as a credit or non-credit course. It is open to students from any region of Canada or beyond and from any denominational background. Tuition is $187.50 (non credit) and $375 (credit). Please note: In order to become qualified United Church supervisors, participants must complete a practicum that will be arranged after completion of the course. Faculty is Rev. Dr Andrew Richardson (Minister for the Office of Vocation-Atlantic) and Rev. Brenda Fawkes (Minister of the Office of Vocation-Pacific and Chinook Winds). If you have questions or wish to indicate an interest, please e-mail or

The Prayer Room Gathering on October 1. Let prayer fuel yourself, your congregation and our region as we pray with and for one another as brothers and sisters in Christ! Chris Pullenayegem, Faith Formation Coordinator of The United Church of Canada, will join us and briefly share about current movements of prayer and support for faith formation in our United Church. Location: Southwood United Church, Calgary. You'll find the schedule and more details HERE 
Contact: Heather Carlson, Knox United, Drumheller  403.334.5560 (text) or 403.823.2366 (work)

Covenanting Service with Rev. Samuel Grottenberg and Southwood United Church, Calgary. You are invited to the Covenanting Service on Sunday, September 29 at 12:30 pm. An informal soup/bun luncheon will preceed the service. If you're coming for lunch sign up by Tuesday, September 24 HERE: 

Farewell to Rev. Eras Van Zyl. You're invited to a celebration of Eras Van Zyl's retirement on Sunday, September 25 at Trinity United, Fort Macleod at 7 pm. Eras returns to South Africa on October 3 for retirement.

Spiritual Growth Opportunity at Living Spirit United Church.
You are invited to explore with Rev. Paul Mullen what lies beneath. Paul writes, “As we grow and learn through life we adopt and develop understandings about the basics of our faith: What is real or not, what God and Jesus are about, what is good, true and beautiful, etc. Often our understandings are unexamined and unquestioned, simply part of who we are.” Resource: Bruce Epperly, Process Theology: Embracing Adventure with God. Living Spirit United Church, Calgary. Saturday mornings on September 14, 21, 28 and Oct 5 at 10 am.

Marriage Preparation Courses: Calgary Pastoral and Spiritual Care offers Marriage Preparation courses for 2019. The courses are hosted by Knox United Calgary. For more info please go to The next date available for 2019 is October 19. It is a full Saturday facilitated by professionals. These courses come highly recommended by previous attendees.

Help a Master of Divinity Student with her Research Project. My name is Jan McCormick. I am in my final year of a Master of Divinity degree at the Atlantic School of Theology, and a candidate for Ordained Ministry in the United Church of Canada. I need your help!
I am currently conducting a qualitative research project which investigates the understanding and experience of spiritual direction among members of the United Church of Canada, both clergy and lay.
The initial stage of the research is a brief survey, which optimally will reach a broad cross-section of church members. I would like to reach members, from urban, rural, multicultural, unicultural, Indigenous, Affirming, and all other types of faith communities. I hope to receive responses from all age groups within the church. It is also important, I think, that I reach individuals who may have had a negative experience of spiritual direction. If you are interested in participating in this research project, please contact me. I will send a brief survey to you.
The second stage of the research will be individual interviews with a number of respondents from all Regions across the country. Thank you, in advance, for your participation in the survey and your willingness to be interviewed. 
Please contact me at or on my cell phone at 905-630-8202.
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