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Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Weekly Wire for December 8, 2010


“What’s Up…in the CWM” is here! Full Cover page

Click here to see our newsletter “What’s Up…in the CWM” (please note, the interview ‘Brothers in Life and Faith’ continues on page 15) And yes…we’re aware that Ribstone is in Alberta…sorry Darleene…too bad it didn’t say Hawaii!




Rick Nigg re-touched

Congratulations to Rick Nigg, the unchallenged winner of our background music contest for the Video Teasers!

CofC Jacket Rick wins the coveted C of C Jacket!

This high quality jacket will quickly become your favorite and will wear well for years to come. Soft micro-fiber exterior is a cream/taupe color with navy accents. The name Community of Christ is embroidered in navy blue on the left front.

Check out more of Rick’s original music on Reverbnation where he is ranked by his peers  #1 in Red Deer and #4 Nationally in the non-professional Jazz category!



Canada West Young Adults are featured in the Young Adult Ministries NewsletterYAs photo image

See the photos here Canada West YAs


Lyric Writing Contest

Here is a link to the recorded music click on “song competition band track”.

And here is how the contest will work:

All music will be submitted to me and given an anonymous file number before it is passed on to Brian Gibson. Brian will then choose the lyric which he feels best expresses his music. 

The winning lyric will be sung and recorded at a professional studio!

Lyric writing Tipsimage

#1: Is there an incident which happened that you think may have some song value? Write a song about that incident. If it were something you personally experienced, then that's probably even better.

#2: Practice writing lyrics that have absolutely nothing to do with anything you've actually experienced. This could really add more variety to your lyric writing. Was it something experienced by someone you know? Write about it.

#3: Take a very good concept and write several songs about it. Each song should give a different twist or perspective to the concept.


December 2010
Keeping the Church Connected

"Glad Tidings We Bring: Lessons and Carols" 2010 Advent worship will be webcast live Sunday, December 12, at 7:00 pm CST. Join us at the Temple in Independence, Missouri, or at President Steve Veazey will offer the homily. The service will combine Advent-themed scripture readings with seasonal music from the Voices of Peace Symphonic Choir, Emporia State Faculty Brass Quintet, and Jan Kraybill on the organ. A wooden dove Christmas ornament will be given to those who attend the service in the Temple Sanctuary. You may wish to give a similar ornament to those who attend at your location.

You can phone-in year-end financial contributions. The automated attendant recording that answers the International Headquarters telephone numbers (816) 833-1000 and 1-800-825-2806 will include a selection for callers who need assistance making a year-end financial contribution while the offices are closed December 24–31. The recording will provide basic information for mailing cash contributions and invite the caller to leave a name and telephone number if they need additional help for contributions of investment securities or other assets. The voice mailbox will be monitored daily and calls will be returned to those who leave messages.

On November 10, delegates at the General Assembly of the National Council of Churches USA (NCC) approved Community of Christ for membership. The NCC is a community of Christian communions that represents a wide range of Christian traditions and experiences. President Becky Savage, Ecumenical and Interfaith Officer Dale E. Luffman, and former Ecumenical and Interfaith Officer Gail Mengel represented the church at the NCC’s historic Centennial Conference.

Community of Christ’s application for membership in the National Council of Churches (NCC) was a response to scripture and World Conference actions. It responded to counsel given in 2000 in Doctrine and Covenants 161:1b to “Claim your unique and sacred place within the circle of those who call upon the name of Jesus Christ.” It also culminates a journey that began at our 1980 World Conference when delegates approved World Conference Resolution (WCR) 1157 Participation in Interdenominational Christian Ministries. Later legislation included 1992 approval of WCR 1222 Interfaith Organizations, and 2002 approval of WCR 1275 Ecumenical/ Interfaith Memberships.

We appreciate the work of current and former Ecumenical and Interfaith officers Luffman and Mengel. We look forward to building relationships through the NCC based on our united conviction that God has brought us together in Christ.

Oblation aid of $2,100 provided typhoon relief after super typhoon Megi ripped the Philippines on October 18. Three congregations and villages in the Isabela province were affected. A congregation in Zaragosa also suffered damage. Workers packed food, candles, and matches for delivery to the most-affected families for immediate relief. Many local congregations, two World Service Corps volunteers, and two local nurses helped pack and deliver supplies. Learn more at and in the January Herald.

Thanks to the generous support of Oblation Fund contributors, Community of Christ was able to respond as a worldwide church to needs in the Philippines. Those wishing to help can give through regular offering envelopes or online at Thank you for offering continued prayers and giving generously.

The December Herald includes a collection of stories on how the church brings sanctuary to the abused, homeless, desperate, and imprisoned. It also features an article by Apostle Susan Skoor examining Doctrine and Covenants 164:5 and much more that connects us to the Christmas story and our sisters and brothers around the world.

A new chapter has been added to Sharing in Community of Christ: Exploring Identity, Mission, Message, and Beliefs. Download “We Share: A Disciple’s Generous Response” from the website at The new edition of the book, including this chapter, will be available from Herald House in January:, 1-800-767-8181,

Go to to relive portions of the 2010 Peace Colloquy. Check out media archives including video of Greg Mortenson’s keynote address, “Three Cups of Tea;” audio of other keynotes; video from the student assembly; and a photo album from the weekend.

An annual ministry plan for self-sustaining high priests is now available online. Find it at Annual ministry plans for other priesthood offices can be found via links to specific priesthood offices at

Go to to get the latest High Priest Newsletter. It highlights new members of the Standing High Council, fully-electronic giving through pre-authorized transfer, and articles by Art Smith, Becky Schneider, and Mathilde Chanteau.

Steve Veazey invites you to check out his new blog at “I want this to be a place where I can share my personal perspective with people on a variety of topics, events, and interests,” said Steve. His first series of entries highlighted his travels to Asia. Steve also plans to blog about his encounters with God and the Holy Spirit, life in the church, other ministry trips, his family, and maybe even a little about fishing and his dogs.

Sign up for the next Community of Christ Seminary courses if you have ever thought about taking a graduate course to learn more about the history of Christian thought, Christian theology, worship, spirituality, or mission and evangelism. The seven-week session includes weeks 1–3 online; week 4 (January 24–28, 2011) face-to-face at the Temple in Independence, Missouri; and weeks 5–7 online. Courses may be taken for graduate credit, for 4.2 CEUs, or audited. Contact Judy Luffman at or (816) 833-0524, ext. 4508 for more information.

Join us for the marvelous adventure of “Where In the World” your Mission Tithes impact lives… December generosity stories feature stories from Apostle Jim Slauter’s ministerial field and Apostle Stassi Cramm’s North Central USA/Canada Mission Field. PowerPoint presentations are included with each week’s story except December 12. If you do not receive the monthly stories, check with your mission center financial officer or find them at

Consider the many ways you can help share Christ’s peace through year-end giving. Make a future gift through a bequest in your will or trust; find a secure, stable source of future income through a charitable gift annuity; make a gift of cash, stock, or other property. To learn more, contact Estate and Financial Planning: 1-800-884-7526;

Find bulletin inserts provided by Community of Christ Health Ministries Association on several topics. Download them at

Daily Prayer for Peace—A brief worship service is held daily at 1:00 p.m. central time at the Temple. Join us in prayer from wherever you are. For details and the text of each day’s prayer, visit

World Ministries Contributions Update

Your Generous Giving Will Expand Ministry

The church received an estimated $830,000 in World Ministries Mission Tithes in October, 6 percent more than budgeted. One third of the way through the 2011 fiscal year, we are well on the way to reaching the $9.8 million needed to support budgeted ministry throughout the world. Thank you for supporting and extending the reach of the church in pursuit of God’s mission.

David D. Schaal of the First Presidency declared at the 2010 World Conference service of sending forth, “I want children all over the world to learn about the Enduring Principles of Community of Christ and receive the gospel of Jesus Christ as interpreted by our unique vision and pastoral and prophetic call. That’s why I pay tithing. …I pay because it’s in alignment with what I care for and what I value. …It is an intimate act of worship.” (Video and MP3 of Schaal’s “Do You Love Me?” sermon are at

Are you responding to God’s generosity by giving to your full capacity to both World and Local Ministries? Our shared mission depends on our consistent generosity.

Thank you to all who support the ministries we are called to share with the world. Learn more at

Due to manual reporting by some jurisdictions, actual income may take several months to finalize. Numbers provided are estimates based on reports received.
Upcoming Events
December 12: Temple Advent Service
December 13-16: World Church Leadership Council
December 24–31: International Headquarters offices closed—Christmas
January 1: International Headquarters offices closed—New Year’s Day
January 6: Epiphany
January 7-9: Oklahoma USA Vision Project
January 10-14: Melbourne, Australia, Vision Project
January 14: Northern California USA Vision Project
January 15-16: Perth, Australia, Vision Project
January 16: Racial Justice Day
January 17: International Headquarters offices closed—Martin Luther King Jr. Day (USA)
January  24-28: Seminary Focus Session
February 6: Jan Kraybill—Super Bowl XII Organ Recital
February 7-11: MEADS
February 13: Youth Ministries Day
February 21: International Headquarters offices closed—President’s Day (USA)

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