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February 15, 2019

In this Newsletter...

• Update from Chinook Winds Regional Commission
• Training Sessions for Pastoral Relations Liaisons - March 5 & 6
• Service for Garth Mundle; Remembering Ross Williams
• Out of the Depths: A preacher’s preparation for Lent - February 27
• Affirming Leaders Day on April 6
• And a lot more news!

Chinook Winds Regional Commission Update
By Helen Reed, Chair, Chinook Winds Regional Commission.

This report includes:
• Please apply to volunteer to be a pastoral relations volunteer (see below)
• Community of Faith annual meetings is the time to also vote for your Regional Representative (Previously called Presbytery Representative)
• Your questions answered. The Commission answers questions it has received such as: What do we do with Community of Faith annual reports; how to keep up-to-date on Chinook Winds Region news and more.
• The Commission meets again on Tuesday, February 19.
Read Helen Reed’s full report HERE
Training Sessions for Regional Council Liaisons
(also called Pastoral Relations Liaisons)
 Part two of Regional Council/Pastoral Relations Liaison training will take place on March 5 & 6. Don’t worry if you haven’t attended Part One, you can catch up.
     Wondering what a Regional Council/Pastoral Relations Liaison is? It’s a role similar to former Presbytery representatives who would help congregations through the former Joint Needs Assessment Process.
      Deb Kigar is coming from the Denominational Council to lead a hands-on workshop on ChurchHub. PLEASE BRING YOUR COMPUTER, if possible.
Three Sessions will be offered:
Tuesday, March 5. 10 am – 12 pm Olds United Church – bring a bag lunch or plan to go out with your colleagues following the session.
Tuesday, March 5. 3 pm – 5 pm High River United Church
Wednesday, March 6. 11 am – 1 pm McKillop United Church,
Lethbridge (includes a light lunch).
      RSVP/Questions  to Lee Spice, Pastoral Relations Staff 
 First Regional Gathering: June 7-8
By Rev. Bob Wallace
The first Annual Gathering of the Chinook Winds Region will happen this June 7th and 8th, 2019 at McKillop United Church in Lethbridge, around the theme of “Born of Wind and Spirit.”
 Read More on the Gathering's Schedule and Planning Committee HERE
Seeking Pastoral Relations Volunteers

Chinook Winds is seeking volunteers for the new Region's Pastoral Relations work. Full details can be found in the attached PDF document: Pastoral Relations - Terms of Reference 18-12

Greatest need is in Ministry Personnel Support and Lay Ministry support but people are needed in all areas. Interested volunteers can apply by filling out the Online Application Form. Committee members will be chosen from among the applicants. Please read the Pastoral Relations Terms of Reference prior to applying.

Click HERE for the Online Application Form  

Remembering Ross Williams

  Rev. Ross Williams died on January 21, 2019, in Calgary at the age of 85. Ross served Central United and Scarboro United in Calgary as well as congregations in Manitoba and Saskatchewan. At one point, he led an open-line radio program on behalf of Calgary Presbytery. Our prayers go with Ross's spouse, Maureen, and family. More on Ross HERE
Thanksgivings for Garth Mundle
Services to remember Rev. Dr Garth Mundle, former St. Stephen's College Principal, are being held this Saturday, February 16. A service will be held at Scarboro United Church in Calgary at 10 am. A service will also be held in Ottawa at First United Church on the same day. First United is the Church in which Garth and Dorthy Naylor have participated since moving to Ottawa ten years ago.  More on Garth HERE
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 Applications Open for Naramata Centre's Young Adult Summer Leadership Program
Want a chance to live and work in a collaborative, safe and inclusive community? Hone your leadership skills and develop new ones?
   If you are between the ages of 18 and 30 this could be the opportunity for you! Apply before February 17, 2019.  Visit Naramata's website here for more information.
BARE: A Pop Opera Comes to Living Spirit Church
By Rev. Shannon Mang
     Bare: A Pop Opera is a coming-of-age musical that follows a group of teens as they wrestle with their identities, sexuality, religion, and even a little bit of Shakespeare, in a co-ed Catholic boarding school.The Opera will be presented at Living Spirit from February 15 through February 28. This musical presents an incredibly relevant story in
Alberta's cultural and political climate, with impactful themes such as peer and family rejection, acceptance, and what it means to be yourself.  This show is not only a powerful story that everyone can enjoy, but it is also an incredible platform for local emerging artists to tell relevant stories and practice their craft. The subject matter is raw, and the company suggests that it is suitable for teens and adults 15 years and older.
Purchase tickets:
National Affirming Day - March 14, 2019!
Affirm United/S’affirmer Ensembleand Affirming Connections in Alberta announce the first annual National Affirming/PIE Day coming up on March 14, 2019, International Pi Day (3.14- get it?)
     PIE = Public. Intentional. Explicit. Those are the standards we hold ourselves and our welcome to when we become Affirming, Welcoming, or Inclusive communities.
     Serve up some pie and roll out the PIE in your ministries and communities! Celebrate and honour the full inclusion of *LGBTQ2SIA+ people in faith communities and beyond, with everyone across Canada!
    Tools, tips, and social connection ideas here:
For more info contact Pam Rocker -
Affirming Leaders Day - Calgary, April 6, 2019
    Join us for a chance to re-energize our individual and collective Affirming journeys through this fun and interactive one-day gathering.
      All individuals, clergy, staff, committee members, and volunteers from any faith background or denomination are welcome to attend.

       Let's grow and connect alongside others!
Special guest Austen Hartke - author of Transforming: The Bible and The Lives of Transgender Christians!

 Saturday, April 6, 2019 - 9am-4:30pm (lunch included)
 cSpace King Edward Building
1721 29th Avenue SW, Calgary
Other News
Out of the Depths: A preacher’s preparation for Lent. Rev. Murray Laverty, Parkdale United Church, invites United Church Clergy to join in a Preacher’s Preparation for Lent on Wednesday, February 27 at Parkdale United Church.  The presenter is the Rev. Brian Pearson of St. Stephen’s Anglican Church. Cost is $10 and includes morning coffee, snacks and lunch. Please register with Kate via email or call 403) 283 – 3301 by February 22, 2019.
    Murray writes: “You are especially encouraged to be part of this gathering intended to nourish heart and soul. Brian is an excellent facilitator, musician and spiritual guide. I am confident the experience will be personally meaningful and a valuable resource for each of us in the unfolding Lent/Easter seasons.”  Detailed flyer HERE.

A Research Project by Rev. Tracy Robertson (minister at St. Thomas United Church) website:
Hi! My name is Tracy and I would like to invite you to participate in my crazy project, The Spirituality of Fandom. Spirituality? What is spirituality? I’m sure it’s different for everyone. For me, spirituality is the feeling of being connected. Fandom is sharing that connection with others who feel the same way. Connections can be through nature, relationships, faith, sports, pop culture, tractor pulling, dog showing, quilting, etc. – you get the idea. Read MORE

New dates for United-in-Learning's Personal and Professional Boundaries for Church Leaders. These courses meet the requirements for mandatory training in the Sexual Misconduct Prevention and Response Policy for Ministry Personnel and Licensed Lay Worship Leaders.
Introduction to Boundaries, March 6 OR May 4
Boundaries Refresher Social Media, March 13 OR May 9
Boundaries Refresher Finances & Gifts, March 20 OR May 17
       More Information and Registration HERE
Licenced Worship Leader Online Training. Registration open for the Spring Unit on Preaching. More information HERE
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