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March 16, 2020
Tel: (403) 306-0192
 ChinookWinds@United-Church.ca
A Generous Act: Closing for Public Worship

Dear Friends, 

Each day and at times, every hour, new updates arrive regarding COVID-19 and how this affects our daily lives.

At this time, we recommend that Communities of Faith and Ministries do not hold public worship services.

Today, Canada’s Chief Medical Officer Dr Theresa Tam said, “Public gatherings of 50 people or more are to be avoided.” Alberta's Chief Medical Officer Deena Hinshaw announced that each health zone in our province has at least one case of COVID19.

In closing down our public activities, we are part of a generous act — to assist in preventing an escalation of infection in our province. We know this time is not easy but as a Church, the Spirit of the Living God calls us together in one body even when circumstances inhibit our physical gatherings.

We value that Communities of Faith and Ministries are finding meaningful and compassionate ways to connect as the body of Christ — Online worship services, phone outs to congregational participants, invitations to submit photos, etc. 

The Chinook Winds Region Office will continue to find ways to support communities of faith leadership. Watch for further communication about online gatherings.
We will also be continuing to update a list of online worship services and studies that are occurring. You’ll find that HERE. If you would like your online digital worship or study included, please email Shelley Den Haan a link and details. 

Finally, while you as communities of faith provide different ways of connecting with parishioners, it is OK to remind your people that the financial needs of the church will continue. Encourage people that they can still mail donations or to give online, should your congregation have that means. CanadaHelps also offers online giving abilities for all United Church congregations. 

Continue to lean into the power of prayer and spiritual mindfulness practices, as well as the physical distancing and cleanliness precautions required of us now, in caring for yourself and one another. As is being said in Italy, ‘Let us keep our distance now so that we can embrace each other tighter tomorrow.”

Treena Duncan, Executive Minister 
Helen Reed, Presiding Officer
 
Alberta Health Guidelines  
Updates on Events in Chinook Winds Region

This event is re-scheduled to take place in Calgary on November 17-19.  Registration for the new event will open shortly.
Also, LeaderShift will be offering some online workshops this spring and we'll have news on registration in a future newsletter shortly!

Seven Sacred Teachings Lenten Study
With some quick thinking, Tony Snow, Indigenous Lead and Program Assistant and Administrative Assistant Chris Mah Poy worked out how the Seven Sacred Teachings can now be offered online!
        Seven Sacred Teachings will take place at 7 pm on Tuesdays, March 17, 24, 31 and April 7.
      
To register for one of these free sessions, please send an email to Chris Mah Poy and you will receive an invitation to join the session via the online application, Zoom.
     If you have any question about the study, email Tony Snow can reached at tony.snow@hillhurstunited.com 
 How to submit news items to
Chinook Winds E-Newsletter

The Chinook Winds Newsletter is published every Wednesday. Deadline for submissions is the Monday prior.

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 SDenhaan@united-church.ca (Please note new email address):
   • Your name and e-mail as the contact
   • Short title
   • 30-60 word description (Tip: Include a compelling reason why the reader should click to find out more.)
   • The URL or website where readers can visit for more information (If you do not
           have a URL or website, you can attach a pdf flyer or poster.)
   • Date
   • Location
Attach to the e-mail:
      • An image (JPG or PNG) that represents your event, campaign, etc. Your social media artwork is helpful
       (No image? That's fine. It will be placed in the "Other News" section.)
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