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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Weekly Wire for March 28, 2012


Upcoming Events at  a Glance

April 13-15      Nurturing Spirit Weekend Calgary

April 25-29      Fine Arts Retreat Samish Island

April 28-29      Ribstone Enrichment Weekend

Apr 30-May 4    Samish Island Work Week

May 5             Samish Island Work Day

May 12-13     Hills of Peace Camp Opening

May 25-27     Arts on the Lake Hills of Peace

For more information on these events, scroll down!


Nurturing Spirit Weekend in Vancouver

“The Evolution of Spirit”

NSW=WOW! The Evolution of Spirit was good for all.

How wonderful to feel renewed and ready to take on the world with an inner strength. Vickie MacArthur's yoga, meditation, and pure and honest caring for the group took us all to a wonderful place in our bodies and minds.

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Shannon McAdam's talk on chaos had us rethinking how we deal with the things that shake up and disturb our lives - and maybe even finding an appreciation for them.

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Lana Cullis' vegetarian food amazed and satisfied us, three meals and three snacks in a day and an evening … we were spoiled.   David Donohue, Shelby Bolger, and Sara Peters kept the weekend moving smoothly with all of their help.

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Friday night began with a movie, The Consciousness of the Christ: Reclaiming Jesus for a New Humanity. The sun shone bright in Vancouver so we could all participate in a glorious meditation walk on Saturday and our Saturday evening finished with a spectacular Sacred Singing Circle. Pamela Alexander our very talented facilitator managed to draw out the singer in all of us for what became a truly wonderful, musical experience. (You should bring her into your congregation)

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We concluded the weekend with a beautiful Sunday morning meditation followed by our Sunday service which reflected the weekend with a heartfelt sermon by Rosilyn Coulson.

You still have an opportunity to experience a weekend to nurture your spirit - in Calgary April 13-15 at the Nurturing Spirit Weekend, Falling in Love with your Divine Self. Don't miss it.


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Nurturing Spirit Weekend in Calgary

Falling in Love with your “Divine Self”

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!!

Register Now!


Camp Opening at Hills of Peace

May 12 –13


Many hands make light work. Please plan to attend our annual camp opening as we get the grounds ready for another wonderful camping season.

RSVP to Courtenay Znak at


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.


Fine Arts Retreat details here


Top Chef needed for Hills of Peace Family Camp!

What are you waiting for? We need YOU! 

Contrary to popular opinion Chef Ramsey will not be judging.  You’ll be showered with accolades and thanks from your Hills of Peace friends!


…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!




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.


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



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, Singer and Songwriter 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




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


2012 Camping Calendar

April 13-15 Nurturing Spirit Weekend Calgary

April 25-29 Fine Arts Retreat Samish Island

April 28-29 Ribstone Enrichment Weekend

Apr 30-May 4 Samish Island Work Week

May 5 Samish Island Work Day

May 12-13 Hills of Peace Camp Opening

May 25-27 Arts on the Lake Hills of Peace

June 1-3 Camp Genesis (8-9 yrs) Samish Island

June 1-3 Adult Spiritual Retreat Hills of Peace

June 8-10 College Age Young Adult Retreat Hills of Peace

June 9 Samish Island Work Day

June 9-15 Adult Reunion Samish Island

June 16 Canadian National Conference

July 1-7 Senior High Camp (15-18 yrs) Hills of Peace

July 1-7 Camp Mungai (10-11 yrs) Samish Island

July 8-14 Family Reunion Hills of Peace

July 15-19 Junior Camp (8-11 yrs) Hills of Peace

July 14-21 Family Reunion Samish Island

July 21–28 Spectacular Graceland University

July 22-28 Junior High Camp (12-14 yrs) Hills of Peace

July 22-28 Camp Kluane (girls 12-14 yrs) Samish Island

July 29-Aug 4 Camp Chimacum (boys 12-14 yrs) Samish Island

August 10-12 Young Family Weekend Hills of Peace

August 5-11 Camp Kimtah (15-18 yrs) Samish Island

August 12-18 Singles’ Reunion Samish Island

Aug 31-Sept 2 Canada West Mission Conference Regina, SK

September 28-30 Men’s Retreat Hills of Peace

September 28-30 Singles’ Retreat Samish Island

October 12-14 Young Adult Retreat Samish Island

October 12-14 Women's Retreat Chilliwack


"Once our minds and hearts have opened like flowers, they will never fade." 

Thich Nhat Hanh

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