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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Weekly Wire for March 14, 2012


Wow! There’s a lot going on right now…and I don’t necessarily place it in order, so be sure to scroll through to the bottom.  Have a great week and Happy St. Patrick’s Day!



Fine Arts Retreat at Samish Island!

Wednesday April 25 – Sunday April 29

This year you can attend for up to FIVE days, find out more below.

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Fine Arts Retreat details here


Top Chef needed for Hills of Peace Family Camp


…or a cook would do just fine!

This is a paid position and two assistants will also be needed.  HOP Family camp takes place July 8-14.  Please reply to Courtenay Znak at


Canada West Youth Camp 2012


This summer, all Junior High age campers (11-14), Senior High age campers (15-18) and Young Adults (between the ages of 18-21) are invited to attend CANADA WEST - YOUTH CAMP 2012. This camp will take place during the first week of July 1-7 at Hills of Peace Campgrounds.

Because we do not have a director for Junior High Camp at the moment, but do not want the Junior High campers to miss out on a camp experience, we have decided to combine Junior High and Senior High camp this year. Also, because we are interested in growing our camping program and for camps to be able to continue in the future, we are making an intentional effort to recruit, train and develop future camp leadership. So, we are inviting Young Adults to attend as well. in an attempt to ensure that people of all ages have an opportunity to attend camp, now and in the future, and to ensure that we have trained leadership to run these events, we are going to try a different sort of camping experience for youth this summer.

Click here Canada West Youth Camp 2012 for more information

If you have any questions about this YOUTH CAMP 2012 experience, please don't hesitate to contact Rachelle Smalldon or 587-920-6330.

Registration forms will be out SOON!


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Pursue Peace On Earth


Community of Christ Canadian Peace Award!

Nominations extended to April 30, 2012

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 has been extended to April 30, 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.


New Floors, Kitchen and more at Samish Island


A Big thank you to everyone who helped out with the kitchen and dining hall renovation.

All this work will be appreciated and enjoyed by you and our campers for many years to come.  We owe the Vancouver BC Congregation a great vote of thanks for granting the money that made this project possible. Peace and blessings,

Glen  Fishel


Samish Island Board of Directors



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!


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

Special Guest Ministry, Dan Beer from Vancouver BC

Dan Beer - Singer, Songwriter, Musician & Lyricist

Check out his website Dan Beer Music


And remember to tell everyone to register now

Arts on the Lake camp director Dan Woynarski

Or 1-877-411-2632 ext 2


Alumni Endowed Scholarship Awards

Deadline March 15th


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


Sign up Now!

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


Family Dinner


With everyone’s life being so hectic and busy, a return to the family dinner table has become one way to connect. It requires a renewed priority and commitment by all family members. Some easy suggestions to get your family back on track are --

  • Start with one meal a week.
  • Build creativity and flexibility into your plans
  • Keep mealtime positive and establish rules about proper table conversation
  • Focus on each other, rather than on the food
  • And, make mealtime fun!


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