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January 8, 2020

In this Newsletter...

•  Praying for Australia
•  LeaderShift comes to Chinook Winds in March!

•  Chinook Winds Executive: In Their Own Words
•  United Nations Interfaith Harmony Week begins February 3
   Praying for Australia
Note from Chinook Winds Office: We know that many are concerned about the Wild Fires in Australia. Our province knows the destruction and heartache caused by fires as Helen Reed aptly describes in her reflection below that was first published on the Region’s FB Page on Monday.
The United Church of Canada's Moderator Richard Bott has penned words to encourage our continued prayers for the people, animals and land of Australia.
      It is possible to donate directly to the Uniting Church in Australia's Disaster Relief Fund. As well, the Salvation Army in Canada is accepting donations for relief work in Australia.

A reflection by Helen Reed, Presiding Officer of Chinook Winds Region:
     There are times in our lives, and our church lives, when we might find ourselves thinking that we don't have enough to survive, that we need to care for our homes before we help others. We feel that we don't have enough, that we deserve better.
     This Sunday at Oyen United Church we were reminded that, when disaster strikes across the globe, it is still in our home. We heard a personal story from a family that has family members in Australia. We heard that there is at least one more family in our community with the same. All of a sudden the rampant fires of Australia become ours. The people who are in danger are ours.
We remember, from our own experience, how it feels to be so close to a fire that is out of control because, on September 11, 2017, a grass fire started on CFB Suffield in southeastern Alberta that then spread beyond the military base. It burned an estimated 36,500 hectares — nearly half the size of Calgary. Cattle were killed, farmers saw their livelihood disappear.  Read MORE HERE

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. 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!
Meet the Chinook Winds Region Executive
We continue to include in the weekly newsletter a short autobiography by each of the Region's Executive. The Chinook Winds Executive was elected at the Regional Gathering in Lethbridge in June 2019. Today's issue features Regional Executive Member
Eric Pagé.
I am the pastor of Woodcliff United Church, located in SW Calgary. I moved to Calgary in July of 2018 to accept the call to Woodcliff United Church as my first charge post-ordination. I am 28 years-old and recently became a father for the first-time. I am passionate about Jesus and about helping churches to rediscover their parish identities. That is, to take seriously the idea of being community churches and be intimately involved in the lives of those who live in the community.
      Part of my skill set which enabled me to be a part of the Chinook Winds Executive was my focus on community and sharing the radical message of Jesus is lord with those in and around Woodcliff United. I love being in relationships with folks and sharing in personhood with others, as God shared personhood through the figure of Jesus of Nazareth.
     What excites me about serving on the Chinook Winds Executive is the first purpose for the Region’s existence, which is: “Joining our collective hearts, voices, and resources to witness for the gospel and vision of Jesus for a compassionate and just society.”  What is the “good news” for our time? What is it for me, for you and for those whose voices have been quieted? To take disruptive Jesus seriously, is to take to heart the radical mission that we are called to as Christians. I am honoured to be able to serve this Region as it lives out Jesus’ call to the Church.
The Calgary Indigenous & Non-Indigenous Men's Talking Stick Healing Ceremony meets monthly to offer a sacred and safe space for men to gather and share their life stories, offering healing, support, and community. It will take place on Sunday, January 12, at 1 pm, Scarboro United Church, Calgary. After successfully introducing a Women's Healing Ceremony, it became clear that there is a need for men to have the same kind of space for healing.
    To register, contact Marilyn Shingoose: 403-667-4863 or email
Symons Valley United Church’s 2020 Dessert Dinner Theatre in Calgary promises to be a thriller as well as a comedy! This year’s play is a month earlier than normal in order to accommodate the timing of both Easter and Ramadan. Delicious hand-made desserts will be served at every performance. Friday’s performance will include a chicken dinner and Saturday’s performance will include a roast beef meal. Tickets will be available February 14th, 12 pm through Brown Paper Tickets.
 Other News

Calling all Regional Representatives and Ministry Personnel in Southern Alberta. You are invited to a potluck supper at McKIllop United Church on Friday, January 10, 5 to 7:30 pm. Rev. Austin Fennell and Rev. Terry Shillington write: "It occurred to us that the fellowship we enjoyed in  South Alberta Presbytery is now seldom available and that is something that we miss." A guest speaker is also planned. RSVP to Austin Fennell or Terry Shillington
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