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December 3, 2019

In this Newsletter...

•  Solar Energy installed at Deer Park United Church
•  Gifts with Vision Catalogue available

•  Chinook Winds Executive: In their own words
•  United Church Choral Concert to benefit Canadian Foodgrains
•  And more news!

The Next Newsletter will be distributed Tuesday, December 10. The deadline for submissions is Friday, by noon. The Chinook Winds newsletter will now be coming out weekly except holidays and the submission deadline will always be the Friday prior. Submission guidelines are at the bottom of this newsletter.   

Catching the Light at
Deer Park United Church
Deer Park United Church member Jan Van Egteren writes about efforts to convert the Deer Park building in Calgary to solar energy. Read the full story HERE
      Van Egteren says the system went live October 24 with these benefits:
  • "Locking-in at least part of our electricity costs for 25 years.
  • Showing environmental leadership and partnership in the surrounding community.
  • A unifying sense of action taken, and a job well done."
Pre-Advent Clergy Event in Photos
In spite of yet another snow storm, some 28 clergy came together for the Region's first-ever Clergy Gathering on November 27, 2019 at Symons Valley United Church. Certified Wellness speaker Barb Higgins spoke on "When Stress Turns Toxic: Signs and Strategies for Self Care and Rev. Trevor Potter, McKillop United Church in Lethbridge, led "Finding Calm in the Storm Within."
    Thank you to the Chinook Winds Ministry Support Working Group for organizing.
Meet the Chinook Winds Region Executive
Over the next few weeks, the Chinook Winds newsletter will include a short autobiography by each of the Region's Executive. The Chinook Winds Executive was elected at the Regional Gathering in Lethbridge in June 2019. Today's issue features Region Executive Presiding Officer Helen Reed.

My name is Helen Reed and I am a Diaconal Minister privileged to serve the four-point Pioneer Pastoral Charge in the North-East corner of our Region.
I was settled here in 2010 and we are still enjoying each others’ company. In our years together we have celebrated the services and faith of five churches as they reached the end of their time.
     We have created partnerships and connections between churches -- at most nine, now down to four. We continue to explore ways of partnering to be our faithful best in our communities.
     I have been involved at various places in the wider church with youth and adults. I was chair of former Youth and Young Adult Ministry (YAYAM) of Alberta and Northwest Conference and of the Heritage Resources Committee. I was highly involved in Youth Rallies for many years and have been involved with Bar Harbour United Church camp for about 18 years.
     I love the intricacies of church including, crazily, the administrative challenges. I was secretary of Coronation Presbytery for many years and it was that role that placed me on the transitional committee for the Region.
     It was my privilege to be the Chair of the Transitional Committee and to be with a team of people who helped to create solid foundations for our work moving forward.
     At our Gathering in Lethbridge, I was elected as one of the new Executive Committee and was honoured to be chosen by the Executive Committee to be Presiding Officer for our first year of work together.
     I believe that the church is meant to work together and be partners in making a difference in our communities and in the world. My hope is that we will let go of some of our previous habits, and jump into this newness together, finding refreshing freedoms: in getting to know new partners; in meeting different people who are passionate about the same things we are; in hearing, respecting and engaging in each other's stories; in choosing new directions to be God's best people.
Gifts with Vision catalogue available
Stewardship and Gifts Officer Jane Harding reminds us that the Gifts with Vision catalogue is now available for your Christmas shopping.
   The United Church of Canada developed Gifts with Vision in response to member requests to be able to give gifts to relatives, friends, and loved ones that are in direct support of the church's Mission & Service partners.
Check out the catalogue HERE
First United and Japanese United Churches in Lethbridge are coming together on Sunday, December 15 to put on a Christmas Choral Concert to benefit the CANADIAN FOODGRAINS BANK. 7 pm. Southern Alberta Japanese United Church, Lethbridge, AB. You're invited!
From the McDougall Stoney Mission Society:
 How you can help with General Council 44
Thanks to the volunteers who already have been in touch. We will welcome about 500 people to the General Council Meeting in Calgary, July 21 to 25.     We’d love for you to be involved too. Here is a link to the General Council Office's Local Arrangements.  Please take a prayerful look through these pages to determine if there is an area to which your gifts lead you.
We need many volunteers to make this gathering a success. We’re counting on you to help make it happen. Email Barb Lough, Chair, Local Arrangements for General Council 44
 Other News

M & P 101: The Essentials offered on Saturday, December 14, 2019 in Carstairs, AB. 10 AM to 2 pm. Carstairs Bancroft United Church, 1202 Hammond Street, Carstairs, AB.  Lunch provided.  Please RSVP to Doreen Bills, by Monday, December 9 to ensure that there is enough food.

Waterton United Church's Christmas Candlelight Service takes place Saturday, December 21 at 5 pm with Rev. Pauline Bell. Guest musicians welcome. Potluck feast to follow. Please join us in nurturing the earth by bringing dishes and cutlery. All faiths welcome. Waterton Church is available year round for weddings, retreats, etc.  More information HERE:

Women in Ministry Lunch. All those in paid accountable ministry (active, retained, retired, student) are invited to lunch - share together in a meal, conversation, and Christmas cheer. We’ll gather at 4th Spot Kitchen and Bar in the upstairs private room (2620 4th Street NW Calgary) at 1 pm Thursday December 5th. Please RSVP to Nancy Nourse

Director sought to lead Designated Lay Ministry program. St. Andrew's College, Saskatoon, invites applications for a three-year contract appointment commencing January 1, 2020. More information

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:
Set of five music books
by Ron Klusmeier for sale
New condition. $50 for all.
Could arrange delivery between Calgary and Lethbridge.
Contact: Nadine Bexte
 How to submit news items to
Chinook Winds E-Newsletter

Your event, 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.
Please send the following information in the body of an email to Shelley Den Haan via (Please note new email address):
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