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February 19, 2020
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In this Newsletter...

• Register by Friday to save $40 for March 17-19th's Leaning into the Future without Fear
• Reflection from Medicine Hat Ecumenical Campus Ministry
• Seeking Volunteers for Rendez Vous 2020 & General Council 44 in 2021
• Local United Church Camps getting ready for summer!
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Seeing the Divine, Alive & Active
The Medicine Hat Ecumenical Campus Ministry is supported
by The United Church of Canada through Chinook Winds Region

By Kristy Reimers-Leader, Chaplain

It’s midterm time at Medicine Hat College and students are slouching reluctantly toward exam rooms and eagerly anticipating the study break that begins on Monday. My friends, the College is fairly crackling with activity and life in the Interfaith Room is no exception.
      It’s a small but vibrant community of students, staff and faculty from all programs coming from all across the

campus that gathers on Wednesday mornings for Chaplain’s Coffee from 10 a.m. until the coffee’s gone or we’ve run out of things to talk about. Sometimes it’s a constant trickle of people coming and going and the discussion runs the gamut of subjects. Other times, it’s a quieter, more subdued affair with just a few individuals taking part in conversations priests and ministers dream of; where themes of good versus evil, heaven and hell, what it means to live under blessing, why bad things happen to good people, even death and dying. Oddly enough, given the gravity of some of the themes, we laugh a lot as we effectively if not explicitly explore what it means to be a human being and how ridiculous life can be when we stop our selves from taking it all too seriously. 
     My work as the chaplain at Medicine Hat College...Read MORE
Leaning into the future without fear!

March's Leadership Event with Matt Miofsky is a great opportunity for community of faith lay leadership and ministry personnel to be inspired and learn together!
     Keynote Speaker Matt Miofsky is an expert in congregational vitality and stewardship and author of Let Go: Leaning into the Future without Fear.

Chinook Winds Region’s Ministry Support Working Group and Pacific Mountain Region’s LeaderShift are pleased to present Matt Miofsky, Lead Pastor of The Gathering United Methodist Church in Saint Louis, Missouri. He also co-authored 8 Virtues of Rapidly Growing Churches with Jason Byassee.

Calgary Event: Tuesday, March 17 to Thursday, March 19, 2020
The Calgary two-day leadership event begins Tuesday, March 17, 7 pm and wraps up at noon on Thursday, March 19.
Location: Executive Residency Best Western
9665 Aurora Park Link NE, Calgary.

Music resource: Linnea Good & David Jonsson
Worship lead: Susan Lukey

Registration includes meals and refreshments.
Early Incentive $110 (until February 21, 2020)
Full Registration $150 (starting February 22, 2020)

We’re pleased to have established a discount rate with the Executive Residency Best Western. Please book your accommodation directly with them. The discount code will be in the confirmation email sent to participants after submitting their registration.      For more information & to Register

Rendez Vous needs your help!
By Robert Massey
Rendez-Vous 2020 is coming to Calgary! Over 400 youth and young adults from across the United Church of Canada will be descending on YYC in August 2020. It’s a huge celebration of all things youth-focused in the church.
   But, to make this the best Rendez-Vous yet, we need your help! Volunteers are needed for a variety of roles including greeters, set up and take down and other roles.
     Submit your volunteer application HERE!
For more information on volunteering, please email the Local Arrangements volunteer coordinator Brenda Watt
    We can’t wait to see you at RDV2020 in YYC! To find out more about Rendez-Vous, visit the official website.
Get Involved in Welcoming GC 44!
The United Church of Canada's General Council 44 will meet in Calgary, July 21 to 25 in 2021, at the Telus Convention Centre. 

Update from Local Arrangements:
Please sign up for being a volunteer HERE. Volunteer tasks include hospitality, transportation, welcoming, care of participants, to name a few. 
Nancy Nourse, minister at Northminster United Church, Calgary, recently took on chairing GC44 Local Arrangements from Barb Lough. Thank you to Barb Lough for her work in the initial arrangements.
• Keep up-to-date on GC44 Local Arrangements on the Chinook Winds website.
Calgary Queer Church is hosting two services for Lent this March, and we'd love for you to come and join us as we worship and reflect on Lent from a queer perspective. Email Kiran
Prayer Room Gathering on March 13
Southwood United Church, 10690 Elbow Dr. SW, Calgary, 1-3 pm
A time for Christ-centered fellowship and prayer within the Chinook Winds Region. The Prayer Room is both an opportunity for structured prayer and an incubator for developing a culture of prayer in our lives and our lives together. Kickstarted at General Council 43, the Prayer Room movement is sparking prayer on a whole new level in our denomination.
Optional lunch together at noon, generously provided by Southwood United. Please RSVP to
   Any questions? Email Heather Carlson, Knox United, Drumheller.
Walk with Us!

Kairos Working Group in Calgary and area United Churches are joining with other churches and organisations in support of people who are homeless. The Coldest Night of the Year on Saturday, February 22, is a family-friendly walk that raises money for charities serving hungry, homeless and hurting people in our community. Join with other churches and organizations in Medicine Hat, Taber, Lethbridge, Red Deer and Calgary.
For more information, email Larry Pearce or call 403-287-2907.
Innisfail United Church presents
The Springbank Trio on
Sunday, March 1st,
2:00 pm
Tickets $25.00 
Tickets available from the office or
by calling 403-227-3881 
Within Chinook Region, we have six summer camps run by dedicated volunteers and staff. Several of the camps have registration open now and are hiring summer staff. See the Chinook Winds website for a full listing of our camps
 Other News

Women in Ministry Luncheon. All those in paid accountable ministry (active, retired, retained, student) are welcome to gather on Thursday, March 5th at 1 PM. We'll meet at Original Joe's in Calgary, located  at 7403 Macleod Trail SW (located just south of Glenmore Trail). RSVP to if you plan to attend.

2020 Video Licensing for Communities of Faith Available. Due to high demand (and the awkward application period over the Christmas season), Buying United, a program of the United Church’s EDGE, has negotiated a second round of Public Performance Licenses for 2020. If there are groups within your Community of Faith who might wish to use feature films or film clips as part of their programming, a Public Performance License is required. The video licensing application information is now available online at Please share this information as widely as possible. The deadline for applications for this round is Friday, March 27th, 2020.

Canyon Church Camp Annual General Meeting. Canyon Church Camp, Waterton Lakes National Park, will have its Annual General Meeting on March 3rd, Southminster United Church in Lethbridge starting at 7 pm. All are welcome to attend. For more information, contact Susan Rabchak, Secretary. 

Licensed Lay Worship Leader Online Training. The next Module of the Training Program begins near the end of February and registration for new intakes to the program has begun.  The program is run out of Canadian Shield Region with United-in-Learning and aims to meet the needs of Communities of Faith currently without paid accountable clergy, help themselves. Program details HERE

 Community of Faith Annual Reports.  A reminder that communities of faith are to submit their annual reports to the Chinook Winds Regional Office each year. You can either email your annual report to Program Support and Administration Support staff person Chris Mah Poy or send via regular mail to Chris' attention: Chinook Winds Regional Office P.O. Box 98, Okotoks AB T1S 1A4
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