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  October 25, 2019

In this Newsletter...

   •  Report from the Chinook Winds Executive
   •  Duty of Care Refresher
   •  And more news!

The Next Newsletter will be distributed Tuesday, November 4. The deadline for submissions is Thursday, October 31 by 4 pm. The Chinook Winds newsletter will now be coming out weekly except holidays and the submission deadline will always be the Thursday prior. Submission guidelines are at the bottom of this newsletter.   

Report from the Chinook Winds Region Executive

By Helen Reed,
Presiding Officer,
Regional Council Executive

The Chinook Winds Regional Executive has met several times since being elected last June and met in person September 30-October 1.
   You'll find Helen's full report HERE
Duty of Care Refresher

    Organisations where children gather, such as churches, are also ones to which predators are drawn to be near young people. While we want to be invitational, we can unintentionally place our children and others at risk.
     Thanks to the astuteness of the
leadership in one of our communities of faith, what could have been a difficult situation with a recent volunteer was avoided. That person had a criminal record. Questions were asked.
     The Chinook Winds Office reminds communities of faith and ministry staff that it’s wise to regularly review The United Church of Canada’s Duty of Care guidelines and to choose to do education programs on protecting children.
     While getting police record checks for those who work with children is now the norm, it’s only one part of protecting our kids. Only 30 per cent of children who are sexually abused actually report what happened to them, so some predators go undetected and reported. Consequently, it’s good to have other screening methods and measures in place i.e. two screened leaders with children and youth at all times.
   The Gospels are clear. Jesus loves children and of course, we agree. We are called to care for children and keep them safe.  
   You can find Duty of Care guidelines, procedures and an online course recommended by The United Church of Canada HERE:
What you might do?
Pray for your minister and those in church leadership
Ask your minister why they went into ministry and what they love about it.
Write a thank you card, email or letter of appreciation.
Invite the minister or other church leaders out for coffee or a meal.
Get creative and have fun showing your minister and other church leaders how much you appreciate their hard work!
Preparations underway for General Council 44
By Barb Lough
We’re excited that General Council 44 is coming to Chinook Winds Region and will be meeting in Calgary, July 21 to 25 in 2021, at the Telus Convention Centre.  I know that sounds like a long time into the future, but we are already at work planning the nuts and bolts of organizing a meeting to which we will welcome about 500 people!
   We’d love for you to be involved too.  We need many volunteers in the areas of hospitality, transportation, welcoming, stewards, and care of participants, to name a few.  Information will be coming to you as we go forward with this planning task to help you decide where your giftedness may lie with respect to this meeting.  We are working on a form to help us and you with that and it will be posted in this space soon.
   We’ll bring you regular updates on our progress, and in the meantime, we ask for your prayer and support.  If you already have some idea about where you’d like to be involved, I’d love to hear from you.  This is a massive task, but I have absolute faith in the people of Chinook Winds to step up to it!
   Email Barb Lough, Chair, Local Arrangements for General Council 44
From YYC Campus Ministry Chaplain Tim Nethercott: This is your invitation to the social event of the season! Maybe you are missing your old friends from Presbytery! Or maybe you just miss me! Or maybe you’ve heard that Obama wants to come but can’t quite fit it in! 
    Join us on Saturday, November 9 at 5:30 at Parkdale United Church in Calgary for a Syrian meal, silent auction, a talk by David Swann and students on “Overcoming Loneliness" and a chance to support the YYC Campus Ministry. We’ve come so far and grown so much! We want you to know what the United Church is doing at the University of Calgary, Mount Royal University, SAIT and throughout the city of Calgary. 
     Tickets $35 at our website:
To see what the Campus Ministry is up to, please check the links below.
VST is a great option for those looking at theological training. If you’d like to attend the open house, RSVP to Julie Lees via email or call 604-822-6502.
  If you can’t make it to the open house but are interested in theological training, you’ll also want to be in contact with Julie. 
 Evolve is an annual gathering of youth, young adults and their leaders near Chilliwack, BC. More information HERE
Policies for Licensed Lay Worship Leaders

Licensed Lay Worship Leaders (LLWL) play an essential role in the ministry of the church. As we have begun a new way of being as Chinook Winds Region, new policies that have been put into place regarding Licensed Lay Worship Leaders.  You'll find these policies on the Chinook Winds website.

Tickets: $20 each. Purchase at the door or in advance. Call 403-277-7756 or 403-477-0997.  
 Other News

Registration Open for December’s Tuxis Youth Parliament. The TUXIS Parliament of Alberta is the oldest youth parliament in Alberta, and the longest continuously running youth parliament in Canada. It’s for youth ages 15 to 21 who have a passion for debate, politics, and bettering our communities. TUXIS is a spiritual non-denominational youth parliament that welcome members of all faiths and belief systems.  Registration for the December Youth Parliament and more information HERE:

Congratulations to Ralph Connor Memorial United Church in Canmore which voted overwhelmingly (96%) to become an Affirming Ministry! The congregation will hold their Affirming Ministry Celebration on Sunday, October 27 at 10:00 AM. 

Arts on 817 is Strathmore (AB) United Church’s Concert Series that offers musical evenings from October through May. This year’s line up includes the Foothills Brass and the Heebee-Jeebees. More information here:

Women in Ministry Lunch on November 7. Gather with friends and colleagues in paid accountable ministry (active, retired, retained, student) and share in a meal and conversation. On Thursday, November 7 at 1 pm, the meeting place is Cravings Market Restaurant, 7207 Fairmount Drive SE, Calgary. Please let Nancy Nourse know if you plan to attend. Email

Free projector and screens available. Due to recent upgrades McDougall United Church, Calgary, has available to any church the following used video projection equipment at no charge: Targa Draper 12 foot electric screen; Targa Draper 6 foot electric screen; Sony VPL PX41 3500 lumen LCD projector with 28-foot projection range lens. Contact McDougall United Church at 403-252-1620 or Barrie Clayton at 403-279-4767 or email Barrie.

Job Postings

The Sandy-Saulteaux Spiritual Centre in Beausejour, MB, is seeking a Keeper of the Learning Circle to oversee our Ministry Training Program. Information HERE

Lakeview United Church, Calgary, seeks Congregational Enhancement Coordinator. Details HERE
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