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March 18, 2020
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In today's newsletter:...
• Stories from Chinook Winds' churches reaching out during COVID-19
• Practical advice for offering support in anxious times
• LeaderShift offers online courses
• How to offer online worship and more!
 Finding New Ways to be Church
during Covid-19
Thank you to all of our community of faith leaders who are valiantly finding different ways to reach out to others when it's not possible to be physically meeting. Some ministry personnel are
using social media to hold weekly prayer times. Rev. David Pollard (above), Fifth Avenue Memorial United in Medicine Hat, encourages congregants to light a candle in their window at 8 pm weekday evenings and join him for prayer on Facebook. On Monday night, his son and daughter, Ed and Kate, joined David as prayer time wound up. Rev. Trevor Potter, McKillop United, Lethbridge offers Spiritual Practices for Tough Times on weekdays at 11 am. Other churches are sending out printed prayers to congregants. Also, others have used telephone fan-outs to congregation members and in the process pinpointed people who needed assistance with grocery purchases.
     Chinook Winds' Indigenous Ministries Resource Tony Snow had a great turn out for the first online session of Seven Sacred Teachings on Tuesday night. See details below about how to participate.
     Thank you for all that you do.
We would love to include what your church is doing in the newsletter and on the website. Please send an email to Shelley Den Haan

Pandemic Practicums

Offering Support in Anxious Times

By Rev. Diane Strickland. Diane is a Certified Community and Workplace Traumatologist & Critical Incident Responder and in this article offers advice to church leaders as they continue to serve their communities during COVID-19.

The moment when a crisis becomes “real” may be different for each one of us. During our current pandemic

that realization might have happened in a grocery store aisle with empty shelves, or in a sudden realization that a loved one is out of the country,or when picking up a message telling you not to come to work. As time passes with no relief, anxiety builds and our fears increase. But there is some relief you can give yourself even as the crisis continues and there are simple ways to support others.

#1  Everyone’s response to a traumatic event is unique

A pandemic creates a context for trauma that will elicit different reactions. That means some people you don’t expect to be seriously affected may, in fact, struggle with coming to terms with facts, procedures, and implications. That may even be you.     READ MORE

Worship during COVID-19
How to Offer Worship Online
Some communities of faith are planning to offer worship online for the first time. Some possible resources:
Tools for Worship during COVID-19. Tips are offered by the National General Council office.
How to do Church Online. A free online seminar with to be led by Rev. Jim Keat, Digital Minister at The Riverside Church, New York, on March 22.
Offering and Donations
 As communities of faith provide different ways of connecting with parishioners, it is OK to remind them that the financial needs of the church continue. Encourage people that they can still mail donations or to give online, should your congregation have that means. CanadaHelps also offers online giving abilities for all United Church congregations. A donor needs to simply go to CanadaHelps, find their congregation and then can donate with a credit card. CanadaHelps will forward the donation to your congregation.

Online Worshipping Options.
• Our Moderator Richard Bott is offering worship on Sundays for congregations unable to do online worship. You'll find information
• The Chinook Winds website has a listing of our communities of faith providing online worship and studies HERE.  If you'd like your service on the list, email Shelley
LeaderShift offers Online Courses

LeaderShift has launched three online learning opportunities for this Spring - registration is open now!  All courses will begin in mid-April after Easter.
Seven Sacred Teachings Lenten Study
With some quick thinking, Tony Snow, Indigenous Ministries Resource, and Program 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 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.
 How to submit news items to
Chinook Winds E-Newsletter

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