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May 7, 2020
Tel: (403) 306-0192
 ChinookWinds@United-Church.ca
In today's newsletter...
   •  U of L's Ecumenical Campus Ministry receives provincial award!
   •  Singing and COVID-19
   •  Check out Ethical Dilemmas seminars on Wednesdays
   •  Vancouver School of Theology offers Online Summer School
   •  United Church's Emergency Loan Program

   •  Resources and Online courses for Ministry
   •  Online Worship Listings & Social Media Artwork
Living into the Now
By Helen Reed, Presiding Officer
      This morning, a song from my childhood popped into my head. It’s a song that celebrates the happiness brought by sunshine and enjoying the freedom of being outside in the sun.

     I looked up the song to get the words right and learned it was written in 1932. The fun part I remembered was good but, right in the middle of the song is language that was acceptable then, that is definitely not now! How we sometimes yearn for what was only to find that it just doesn’t fit anymore.

     The sun has begun to shine in Alberta and we find ourselves trying to get out into it with great excitement. But it’s not the same. Because something has changed. We can’t meet with a bunch of friends. Even family groups are limited in size and must still physically distance. We are being asked, encouraged, and, yes, told that what was is no longer acceptable.
      We want things to go back to what they were before COVID-19 snuck through our defenses. As churches, some have begun to consider how we might go back into our buildings but those who are caring for us are telling us that could be some time yet. This virus doesn’t count how many are in a room before it pounces. We are learning that one of our most favourite church activities, singing, may have to look and sound different for a while yet.  We are learning that church isn’t necessarily the building but the amazing people who will rise to the challenge of caring for everyone. Read MORE
U of L's Ecumenical Campus Ministry
receives Northern Lights recognition
The Ecumenical Campus Ministry at the University of Lethbridge's food program  was recognized by the Alberta Government's Northern Lights Volunteer recognition program on April 30. The Ecumenical Campus Ministry receives support from Chinook Winds Region and
local United Churches, the latter of which also contribute to the food program.  
    COVID-19 created new challenges. Many students lost their part-time jobs because of the pandemic, creating more need for food packages, and fewer volunteers were available to help due to new safety measures.
    Chaplain Erin Phillips led a small team (Marilyn Lamb, Allan Besplug, Ray Wilson, Kathleen Massey, Annette Bright) who worked hard over the course of six days to collect donations, make packages, and deliver them to students. These volunteers put in long hours to make sure that post-secondary students in Lethbridge were able to finish the semester without the added stress of food insecurity. Congratulations!
Please email Tony Snow to access the Ethical Dilemma's Zoom sessions.
Stewardship Updates!
Equipping for God’s Mission
Read Stewardship & Gifts Officer Jane Harding's May newsletter HERE

Some Highlights for this Week:

•  New Mission & Service Stories Posted! Together we make a tremendous difference in the lives of people – near and far.Share these online stories about how we are supporting the most vulnerable during the COVID-19 pandemic: Mission & Service Stories of Faith.  
Read during online worship services, share in Newsletters, on your website, or in an e-mail to members.

• Are You having a Time of Offering in your Online Worship? If not, how about adding an inspiring invitation to generosity (a great time to tell a story of how your charge is doing their mission in these new circumstances), instructions on methods people can use to give in their context, and a thankful dedication prayer?
Singing and COVID-19
Last Saturday, Alberta's Chief Medical Officer Dr. Deena Hinshaw posted on Twitter that singing in groups is a high risk activity as it promotes the transmission of the COVID-19 virus through respiratory droplets. This has implications for singing in the production of live streaming or videos. Details HERE. More specific information has been requested from Dr. Hinshaw for faith communities.

United Church Emergency Loan Program during COVID-19

This is a short-term emergency loan program for congregations during the pandemic.
Earlier, it was thought that Communities of Faith could access the $40,000 Federal government-guaranteed loan available to businesses and some non-profits. While some churches have been approved by their bank, unfortunately, it seems faith communities are being excluded. If that should change, we will let you know. Meanwhile, below you will find a link to a United Church resource, the Pandemic Response Bridging Loan, that can help.

Click here for more information.
Also, see Four more finance tips from Chinook Winds Region

Visit United in Learning for upcoming COVID-related finance webinars on ways to manage the pandemic's financial impact on our communities of faith.
Vancouver School of Theology's
Summer School Offered Online
July 6-17th

This is exciting!! Why? Because folks from coast to coast can attend Summer School without having to travel to Vancouver.
Choose from 11 courses – audit or take for credit.
The Early Bird deadline is May 15th.
Details here: https://vst.edu/vst-summer-school/
Still have questions? Please email Margaret Trim
LeaderShift online courses continue

Check out LeaderShift's online learning circles and course offerings for the coming month. Some courses only accept 12 people. Please note that if a course is full, more are being planned for June as well.  
     Check out the calendar and course descriptions HERE
Other Resources for Ministry
Online Worship Offerings
in Chinook Winds Region
  You're welcome to use the above artwork to promote your Online Worship.  You'll find a listing of Online Sunday Worship Services and Mid-Week Offerings on the Chinook Winds Website.

   If you would like to add your Church to this list, please email Shelley
 How to submit news items to
Chinook Winds E-Newsletter

The Chinook Winds Newsletter is published every week. Deadline for submissions is the Monday or, following a long weekend, on the Tuesday

Your news or announcement can be included in the Chinook Winds E-News.  For best promotion, it is advisable to submit material four weeks/one month in advance of your event's date or submission deadline. Events will be promoted for two newsletters and if you would like further promotion, please re-submit your item.
      
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   • 30-60 word description (Tip: Include a compelling reason why the reader should click to find out more.)
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