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 July 15, 2019

In this Newsletter...

   • Funding for Mission in Chinook Winds Region
   • News from Pastoral Relations

   • reVitalize to be in Edmonton in September
   • Staff List for Chinook Winds - Contact Information HERE

Funding Mission, Ministry and Learning
in Chinook Winds Region - A Preview

By Joel Den Haan,
Community of Faith Support/Strategy Consultant, Chinook Winds Region
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. With thankfulness for the work and commitment of our dedicated partners in mission here in the Region, we are now looking toward new funding arrangements for 2020. Your Community of Faith Strategy Working Group has been tasked with providing resources and review for these funding initiatives,  under the direction of the Chinook Winds Region Executive and Executive Minister.
    Here’s what will happen: later in July our Working Group will be finalizing a Program and Funding Proposal document that will be the official tool by which mission, ministry, and learning funds can be requested. This Proposal document draws from proven resources used within our United Church community but will take a different form from the former Mission Support Grant application.
   You will be able to access the Program and Funding Proposal document in August, online through website links, as well as by contacting either Chinook Winds Region office or your Community of Faith Support/ Strategy Consultant Rev. Joel Den Haan at
News from Pastoral Relations
By Lee Spice, Pastoral Relations

Licensed Lay Worship Leaders, we're looking for you!  If you have not already done so, please send your contact information to the Regional Pastoral Relations office - we are in the process of reconstituting our list.
Here are some policies that were passed at the last Pastoral Relations Council meeting:
•    Pastoral Relations Regional Council adopted the policies in the LLWL handbook from General Council (June 2019)
•    Those LLWL candidates who have completed the coursework need to forward proof of completion to the Regional Pastoral Relations Office.
•    That an LLWL is allowed to serve three consecutive Sundays to a maximum of 12 Sundays per year in the same congregation.
•    That the compensation for LLWL is the rate for visiting ministry personnel, set by the General Council Office, including providing services in one's own congregation.
•    That the current list of LLWL have their licenses renewed for the period July 1/19 to June 30/2020, and annually thereafter.  
Communities of Faith: If you are working on your profile and Living Faith Story to upload to ChurchHub, Lee has a couple of "cheat sheets" that might be helpful.  Email
Re-appointment Time?  Ministry Personnel in Appointment/ M & P Committees: Please check the date on your current Record of Call or Appointment.  Re-appointments can be approved by the Governing Body (Board or Council), but also need to be approved by our office, so please get the completed form into us in good time.
Your Resource for Stewardship
Jane Harding is the Stewardship & Gifts Officer for The United Church of Canada, serving Central and South Alberta and British Columbia. Her background and experience are diverse and is mostly in the non-profit charitable sectors in Canada.
     Jane's job with the United Church is to help congregations experience vitality, abundance and financial health. She works with Communities of Faith and local areas of the church by providing leadership,
resources, practical and professional assistance through assessment, planning and implementation of Stewardship and Legacy programs. She also works with individuals who are inspired to leave a legacy to any area of the church including their congregation.  
     She is seen as an expert on revenue generation and stewardship in Canada.  She is a key resource to Communities of Faith embarking on capital campaigns, looking at operational finance as well as building reserve or endowment programs.
    You'll want to check out Jane's regular Stewardship communications and you'll find her latest HERE.
   Contact Jane by email at and call/text  604-761-1677
The Prayer Room Gathering on October 1

October 1, 1-4pm
Southwood United Church, Calgary

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.
  You'll find the schedule and more details HERE
Contact: Heather Carlson, Knox United, Drumheller  403.334.5560 (text) or 403.823.2366 (work)
Irricana United celebrates 100 years!
Check out the story and photos HERE
Affirm United Annual Conference also hosted in Calgary!
You're invited for the Affirm United/ S’affirmer Ensemble (AUSE) Annual Conference, in partnership with Hillhurst United Church and Affirming Connections on July 26-28 2019. Our rich and renewing time together will include theme speakers, worship, lots of conversation, children’s programming, great meals, and AUSE’s annual meeting. We'll begin with registration and BBQ at 4:00 PM Friday, enjoy a full day and evening Saturday and end by 2:30 Sunday. REGISTRATION: Click here.
    Our keynote speaker: Harlan Pruden on "Two-Spirit Reconcili-action!" Harlan is Two-Spirit First Nation Cree/Nēhiyaw, a PhD Student at UBC, Community Organizer, Managing Editor of, and past advisor to Obama’s White House on HIV/AIDS.

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: $200
Other News

Intercultural Continuing Education and Learning Day Event. October 16 to 18, 2019 followed by the Korean Ministers/Lay Leaders Gathering on October 18-19.  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. Downloadable Registration Form HERE.

Calgary Queer Church Barbecue on Saturday, July 20, 6 pm.
All beef and vegan wieners, beverages, salad, and dessert provided. Please bring yourself (and friends) and conversation! Newcomers always welcome. This activity is located on the back patio of Community Wise. Please press the buzzer for Calgary Queer Church on the front door of Community Wise (223 12 Ave SW) and one of our group will greet you! Email:

Central United Church seeks music director for a temporary position from mid-August 2019 until late May, 2020.  This is a part-time position (14-20 hours per week as seasonally required) and is assisted by an organist/accompanist. The successful candidate will demonstrate leadership and a collaborative approach. Responsibilities include working with the minister and the worship team to plan the musical elements supporting weekly Sunday morning worship services and seasonal celebrations (i.e.  Christmas, Easter). The successful candidate will encourage broad congregational participation within the music ministry and coordinate and support the participation of other musicians and vocalists within the annual music budget.  The successful candidate will be part of creating an energizing and spiritually uplifting music program.  Please contact us at
Southwood United Church Seeks Worship Arts Minister (CDM). Southwood United Church in Calgary is seeking a part-time Worship Arts Minister (14h/week, Congregational Designated Minister) to oversee musical worship and development for the congregation. This person will work collaboratively with our Lead Pastor and the rest of the staff team to oversee our culture of worship, will be responsible for leading or coordinating the worship band on most Sundays, for training, developing, and empowering worship leaders/teams, and for supervising staff/volunteers involved in serving with the choir. Please click here to download the full job profile and instructions on how to apply.

Marriage Preparation Courses: Calgary Pastoral and Spiritual Care received a Mission Support Grant to continue offering 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.
 Summer dates and Registration HERE
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