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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Weekly Wire for February 22, 2012


Click here to see What’s Up…In the CWM, Christmas in Review



New Video from Apostle Skoor!


See Apostle Susan Skoor’s video “Open/Closed”


We’re having a Canadian National Conference on June 16th 2012!

Find out about the topics that will be discussed, get the tools to help you with your decision making process and find out which satellite location is nearest you. Apostle Susan Skoor will present you with a new thought each month until the conference begins so you can make informed decisions and make your voice heard.

The videos are available in both .MP4 and .flv formats. You may have to wait a moment for the videos to load.

“Get in on the conversation”

Follow us on Facebook at Community of Christ – Canadian National Conference


Arts on the Lake is back!

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May 25 – 27, 2012 at Hills of Peace campground.

Do you have a creative talent you’d like to share?  Then we want you.

We’re looking for talented people to teach their craft.  It could be music, art, audio/visual, meditation/yoga/reiki, cooking, jewelry making, theatre, guitar lessons, poetry and more.

Please contact Arts on the Lake camp director Dan Woynarski at

Or 1-877-411-2632 ext 2

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And remember to tell everyone to register now



Junior Camp Director Needed

July 15-19

We have an immediate opening for director of Junior Camp at Hills of Peace.  If you feel the call to lead a small group of very enthusiastic       8-11 year olds, please contact Greg Goheen at or

1-877-411-2632 extension 1


Alumni Endowed Scholarship Awards


Greetings to All Community of Christ Graceland Supporters!

Here is an important announcement about a potential additional scholarship for any future Graceland student who is the son or daughter of a Graceland alum. Even with the Study and Faith Scholarship program, some families have concerns about the cost of education. Please post this and announce it in your congregations. This scholarship could help make the difference for a student who deeply wants to attend the church’s university.

Don't leave money on the table and take advantage of your heritage! All prospective Graceland University students for this fall are encouraged to apply for the Alumni Endowed Scholarship Awards. Please check out Graceland’s web page at or contact the GU Alumni programs office at 641-784-5258 or email for an application. The deadline for applying is March 15, so please act fast to take advantage of this outstanding financial aid opportunity.
Who is eligible? Direct descendants of GU alumni (Anyone who has earned at least 12 credit hours at Graceland, Lamoni or Independence campus, is considered an alumnus).

Feel free to contact me if you have questions about this scholarship. Thanks for all you do for Graceland!

Greg Sutherland

Director of Affiliate Relations

Graceland University

Phone: 641-784-5470

Fax: 641-784-5469


Ribstone's New Website!


Leila has developed a website for our congregation. It is wonderful! Here is the link to it:

Community of Christ Ribstone

or copy and paste to your browser.

Parts of it will be changed weekly (the page with quotes/recipes/stories, etc.) and the calendar will be changed monthly (the calendar page.) So be sure to check it frequently.
It will not lead to our website if you type it in the Google slot. I would like to thank Leila for the hours of work she has put into this!


Nurturing Spirit Weekend Vancouver

“Evolution of Spirit”



Nurturing Spirit: Falling in Love with your “Divine Self”


Date changed to April 13-15, 2012


Community of Christ, 6415 Ranchview Dr. NW, Calgary

Guest Teacher/Minister: Vickie MacArthur has been practicing and teaching yoga and meditation for the past 15 years and sees yoga as a spiritual path healing body, mind and spirit. (

Take time out to nurture body, mind and spirit through the time‐honored practices of yoga and meditation. Learn gentle stretches and breathing practices to release tension and discomfort in the body as well as prayer and meditation to calm and focus the mind.

Fall in love with your “Divine Self” and connect to that place of peace and stillness where God lives and breathes in you. It is from this deep wellspring of stillness and joy, that we can live life more abundantly and learn to love others more deeply.

Registration is just $30 and is kindly required to help with planning meals and workshops. This is also a great opportunity to invite a friend. Please email Mary Jean Belrose at or call (403) 241-9616.

Bring a Yoga mat, blanket, pillow or cushion, coffee/tea mug, journal, and an open mind. (There will be a few extra yoga mats for those who do not have one. There will also be chairs available for those who are not comfortable on the floor.) If you’re either brand new to these practices or have some experience, we look forward sharing the weekend with you!!




Please let Rachelle Smalldon know at or 587-920-6330 if you are planning to come to SPECTACULAR with our delegation as soon as possible (even before sending forms). This will help immensely with booking flights and planning. Thanks!

More information here

CWM Forms Here


Estate Planning Presentation


" Estate and Legacy Planning Presentation will be given at the Saskatoon Congregation, 701 First Street E., Saskatoon, March 17th 2012 from 10:00AM to Noon. How does legacy planning benefit you and others? Learn how to put together an effective estate plan and solutions to real problems. Can income be created with tax benefits and probate avoidance? There is NO Fee for the presentation and a light lunch to follow. Open to all Community of Christ members and friends of the church. Please RSVP to or toll free 1-800-884-7526 ext 5 to confirm your attendance before March 1st."

Kenneth J. McGowan, B.A., STI, MTI, PFP, FMA, CFP, CEP
Estate Planning
Community of Christ
1-800-884-7526 Toll Free United States and Canada
519-265-5349 Local

Pursue Peace On Earth


Community of Christ Canadian Peace Award!

ONLY 1 Week left to send in your Nomination!

Right-click to download [PDF 259.1Kb] a printable version and the application form

We are looking for excellent examples of local people bringing peace to neighbourhoods and their communities through celebration, reconciliation and collaboration.

Examples might be:

  • Mentoring
  • Faith-based community support
  • Volunteers who have made outstanding contributions to reducing violence in their neighbourhoods
  • An individual who has shown exceptional courage in keeping the Peace
  • Community safety / crime reduction initiative.
  • An individual working across diverse groups to bring about positive changes
  • People actively building bridges between young people, communities, generations, faiths or cultures.
  • A congregation actively involved in engaging and connecting local communities, promoting Peace and Justice, uniting others to be peacemakers for the good of all.

To put forward your nominations please complete this application form and submit to the following:

The Canadian National Conference Team
c/o Operations Manager
Tim J. Stanlick
390 Speedvale Ave E
Guelph Ontario
N1E 1N5

Rules of Eligibility

  1. Closing Date for ALL entries is March 1, 2012.
  2. Nominees may be Canadian members or friends of the Community of Christ.
  3. Additional information and supporting evidence cannot be returned.
  4. The awards will be presented during the Canadian National Conference, June 16, 2012.
  5. Self nominations will not be accepted.
  6. Only award recipients and nominators will be notified in advance.

“We are poised to restore Christ’s covenant of peace, even the Zion of our hopes. The hope of Zion will become reality when we live Christ’s peace and generously share his peace with others.”
Taken from the Community of Christ, “Mission Initiatives” brochure.


Samish Island Kitchen Work Day

This Weekend Saturday FEBRUARY 25TH !!



Come see the new kitchen and help get the kitchen operational for the camping season!!


You use them, you love them, now it is time to give them some TLC!! This year the e-cabins need to be deep cleaned and a few repairs done prior to the start of the camping season in March!


9:00 am to 4:00 pm, Lunch is provided

Thank you!! See you at camp in February!!

RSVP Penny, or Jen,


Youth Leadership Retreat in March

Plan Now To Attend!


“Join us at this annual training for directors, camp staff, youth leaders, Christian education teachers, and anyone who works with children and youth. To be held March 2-4, 2012 at Lewis River Campground. Featuring a variety of classes, discussions, planning, networking and fellowship. Come join the ministry! Sponsored by the GPNW Camping Team. FREE registration and accommodations – donations welcome. Watch for registration information soon.”

So, you get a free weekend at a church campgrounds as well as gain tools to help with your role in the camping program. Can’t beat that!

Let me know if you have any questions. Will get you all the registration information once it’s released!

Peace In!

Sean Langdon, Assistant Director for Youth Camping

Young Adult Ministries Specialist, GPNW Mission Center

Community of Christ, 425-293-6366

"Young adults, the church needs you. We need you now. We need you to help us become who we are all yearning to become." - President Steve Veazey, Address to the church on April 5, 2009


Appreciation is the highest form of prayer, for it acknowledges the presence of good wherever you shine the light of your thankful thoughts.
Alan Cohen

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