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February 12, 2020
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In this Newsletter...

•  Register for March 17-19th's Leaning into the Future without Fear
•  Seeking Volunteers for Rendez Vous 2020 and General Council 44 in 2021
• Local United Church Camps getting ready for summer!
•  Where to send your Annual Reports
See below for how to make newsletter submissions
Rendez Vous needs your help!
By Robert Massey
Rendez-Vous 2020 is coming to Calgary! Over 400 youth and young adults from across the United Church of Canada will be descending on YYC in August. It’s a huge celebration of all things youth-focused in the church.
   But, to make this the best Rendez-Vous yet, we need your help! Volunteers are needed for a variety of roles including greeters, set up and take down and other roles.
     Submit your volunteer application HERE!
For more information on volunteering, please email the Local Arrangements volunteer coordinator Brenda Watt
    We can’t wait to see you at RDV2020 in YYC! To find out more about Rendez-Vous, visit the official website.
Leaning into the future without fear!

If you are a member or leader of The United Church of Canada, you can imagine leaving familiar structures, expectations, and habits as we face massive change in our church, and social and political orders. You may also imagine roaming through the unknown, trying on different approaches and

searching for ideas to orient yourself – where are we? Who are we?
     God is calling us to unfamiliar even unknown territory. This is the story of Moses leading the Israelites out of Egypt. Although the lives we lead may not be of biblical proportion, sometimes we, too, find ourselves on the edge of the unknown, anxious and fearful to move forward.
     In dialogue with Keynote Speaker Matt Miofsky, join with companions and colleagues to connect with the sacred text of the Exodus, to lead us beyond fear and through our very own “wilderness” to a promising future.

Calgary Event: Tuesday, March 17 to Thursday, March 19, 2020
The Calgary two-day leadership event begins Tuesday, March 17, 7 pm and wraps up at noon on Thursday, March 19.
Location: Executive Residency Best Western
9665 Aurora Park Link NE, Calgary.

Music resource: Linnea Good & David Jonsson
Worship lead: Susan Lukey

Registration includes meals and refreshments.
Early Incentive $110 (until February 21, 2020)
Full Registration $150 (starting February 22, 2020)

We’re pleased to have established a discount rate with the Executive Residency Best Western. Please book your accommodation directly with them. The discount code will be in the confirmation email sent to participants after submitting their registration.      For more information & to Register

Get Involved in Welcoming GC 44!
The United Church of Canada's General Council 44 will meet in Calgary, July 21 to 25 in 2021, at the Telus Convention Centre. 

Update from Local Arrangements:
Please sign up for being a volunteer HERE. Volunteer tasks include hospitality, transportation, welcoming, care of participants, to name a few. 
Nancy Nourse, minister at Northminster United Church, Calgary and recently took on chairing GC44 Local Arrangements from Barb Lough. Thank you to Barb Lough for her work in the initial arrangements.
• Keep up-to-date on GC44 Local Arrangements on the Chinook Winds website.
Prayer Room Gathering on March 13
Southwood United Church, 10690 Elbow Dr. SW, Calgary, 1-3 pm
A time for Christ-centered fellowship and prayer within the Chinook Winds Region. The Prayer Room is both an opportunity for structured prayer and an incubator for developing a culture of prayer in our lives and our lives together. Kickstarted at General Council 43, the Prayer Room movement is sparking prayer on a whole new level in our denomination.
Optional lunch together at noon, generously provided by Southwood United. Please RSVP to
   Any questions? Email Heather Carlson, Knox United, Drumheller.
Walk with Us!

Kairos Working Group in Calgary and area United Churches are joining with other churches and organisations in support of people who are homeless. The Coldest Night of the Year is a family-friendly walk that raises money for charities serving hungry, homeless and hurting people in our community. Join with other churches and organizations in Medicine Hat, Taber, Lethbridge, Red Deer and Calgary. For more information, email Larry Pearce or call   403-287-2907.
Within Chinook Region, we have six summer camps run by dedicated volunteers and staff. Several of the camps have registration open now and are hiring summer staff. See the Chinook Winds website for a full listing of our camps
 Other News

2020 Video Licensing for Communities of Faith Available. Due to high demand (and the awkward application period over the Christmas season), Buying United, a program of the United Church’s EDGE, has negotiated a second round of Public Performance Licenses for 2020. If there are groups within your Community of Faith who might wish to use feature films or film clips as part of their programming, a Public Performance License is required. The video licensing application information is now available online at Please share this information as widely as possible. The deadline for applications for this round is Friday, March 27th, 2020.

Canyon Church Camp Annual General Meeting. Canyon Church Camp, Waterton Lakes National Park, will have its Annual General Meeting on March 3rd, Southminster United Church in Lethbridge starting at 7 pm. All are welcome to attend. For more information, contact Susan Rabchak, Secretary. 

Licensed Lay Worship Leader Online Training. The next Module of the Training Program begins near the end of February and registration for new intakes to the program has begun.  The program is run out of Canadian Shield Region with United-in-Learning and aims to meet the needs of Communities of Faith currently without paid accountable clergy, help themselves. Program details HERE

Women in Ministry Luncheon. All those in paid accountable ministry (active, retired, retained, student) are welcome to gather on Thursday, March 5th at 1 PM. We'll meet at Original Joe's in Calgary, located  at 7403 Macleod Trail SW (located just south of Glenmore Trail). RSVP to if you plan to attend.

Saskia and Darrel of The Great Plains at Crossfield United Church on Friday, March 6. 7 pm at Crossfield (AB) United Church.  Tickets are $20 each. Call Crossfield Church at 403-946-5514. Tickets also available at the door.  See poster HERE

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

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