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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Weekly Wire for February 20, 2012


Two new job opportunities this week,

and lots of fun stuff!


Upcoming Events at a Glance

February 23 Samish Island Kitchen and Cabin Work Day

March 1-3 Nurturing Spirit Weekend Samish Island

April 24-28 Fine Arts Retreat Samish Island

Apr 29-May 3 Samish Island Work Week

May 4-5 Ribstone Enrichment Weekend

May 12-13 Hills of Peace Camp Opening

May 24-26 Arts on the Lake Hills of Peace


Ordinations in Regina

Ordination - Feb 10 13

Lisa Neudorf was ordained to Elder by her Dad, Barry Williams and Denise Esch.

Rick Fisher was ordained to Elder by Dan and Denise Esch.

From left Barry Williams, Lisa Neudorf, Denise Esch, Rich Fisher and Dan Esch.


Victoria, BC  - First Fruits


Everyone did bring fruit to share and then some.
Our "first fruits" symbols were made into two huge fruits salads for
lunch after the 11AM service.
We are thinking of doing this kind of lunch again! Sharing and
preparing builds community.



Live at Hills of Peace!

Caretaker Job Opportunity

May 1, 2013


The Caretaker of the Hills of Peace Campground is responsible for maintaining the grounds, buildings, and services of the Hills of Peace Campground in a safe and attractive condition for the benefit of all users. For a complete list of duties, go to Caretaker Job Opportunity.  Accommodations, utilities and a small remuneration are included.

Please send your application to  Courtney at


Job Opening – Canada West Mission Centre

Camping and Retreat Specialist



Camping and Retreat Program Specialist is one who provides leadership and support to leaders to create and sustain vibrant camping and retreat experiences.  Through camps and retreats they assist in establishing and reaching goals aligned with the Mission Initiatives. With development and invitation being a focus of this position the ministry will attend to specific needs of the wider mission. The goal of this position is to create and organize a sustainable, vibrant camping and retreat program in Canada West Mission.  This has potential to be a four year position.




Camping and Retreat Program Specialist is supervised by the Mission Centre President (MCP).  They inform the MCP of all important issues in their camps/retreats and communicate regularly with all mission centre staff to share ideas and celebrations, coordinate missional efforts and maximize mission support.


Camping and Retreat Program Specialist is expected to visit congregations and become familiar with the congregational leaders, members and programs.  They regularly communicate with congregational leaders in regards to resources, training, personnel and other communications by the mission centre and world church.  Camping and Retreat Program Specialist may preach, teach, provide training and facilitate workshops. 



Focus of Ministry


Invite People to Christ

          Promote evangelism and empower witness and invitation among congregational members, through training, motivating, modeling, and spiritual renewal

          Initiate and lead focused retreats.


Develop Disciples to Serve

          Assess skills, resources and needs of congregations in developing members/friends

          Assist in developing succession plan for retreat programming in CWM

          Mentoring relationships of potential leaders

o         Ensure retreats meet the needs of the membership in each area of congregational life



Empower Communities in Mission

          Assist event participants in discerning their giftedness and creating a vision for outreach programs

         Seek and train a core group of leaders to create an inviting atmosphere for children, youth, and

            young adult participation and leadership


Examples of Desired Events:

o         Priesthood Retreats

o         Pastor’s Retreat

o         Youth Retreats

o         Assist with Camping program and Summer retreats


Desired Competencies

Building Effective Teams, Developing Others, Managing Vision and Purpose, Motivating Others, Organizing, Approachability, Communication, Invitation, Managing Diversity, Integrity and Trust, Listening, Priority Setting, Work/Life Balance, Scriptural/Theological Knowledge.

The successful candidate will be willing to reside in Alberta or Saskatoon to be near Hills of Peace Campground.  Please submit all applications to Greg Goheen, Canada West Mission President by March 20, 2013 or Box 88, Edgerton, AB, T0B1K0, Canada


Peace and Justice

Help Strengthen Canadian Field Peace/Justice Efforts !

Consider helping the Canadian Field in its Peace/Justice Efforts! The Canadian Peace/Justice Committee is forming subcommittees to help address some of the issues that swirl around us. Do you feel particularly drawn to any of the following issues?

- Canadian justice system and its current policies;

- Mental Health and the current Canadian system’s inadequacies;

- First Nations Issues;

- Immigration / Refugee Assistance;

- GMOs;

- Human Trafficking;

- Foreign Aid / International Development (not ready yet);

- Military / Peacekeeping (not ready yet);

- Inter-Religious Relations (not ready yet);

- Others? Child Poverty, etc. – let us know your area of concern.

We are creating subcommittees to explore the above issues. So please contact a committee member, listed below, if you feel you might be interested in being part of this impactful effort. As a church committed to the pursuit of peace, there are many ways that we, under God’s Good Spirit, can join with others to help further God’s desire for true shalom for all!


Betty Williams

Canada West

Caitlin Ball

Canada West

Don McLeod

Canada West

Rod Downing




Kitchen and Cabin Work Party – Samish Island

Saturday, February 23, 2013 9:00a-4:00p

You're invited to come participate in preparing the kitchen, dining hall and cabins for another wonderful camp season! Please wear work clothes and join us for a fun day of whistling while you work! We'll provide lunch, just drive on over and bring a friend or two.

Come meet the new caretaker family, The Brady Bunch!

Please RSVP: Jen Watson 360.766.6372 OR Don Brady 360.766.8125


Nurturing Spirit Weekend at Samish Island

Last Week to Register!!!


Nurturing Spirit Weekend Video



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Nurturing Spirit Class Descriptions

Yoga is essentially a practice of “embodied prayer”. It is a way of being at peace and ease in our bodies, inviting a sense of peaceful acceptance to every movement, every moment, every breath. (Please bring a yoga mat if you have one. Chairs will be provided for those who cannot sit or lie on the floor.)

Centering Prayer and Inner Awakening: Based on the work of Father Thomas Keating, Centering Prayer is a form of Christian contemplative practice that is simply a silent, trusting opening of ourselves to Divine Presence using a chosen word connected to breath.
“Silence is God’s first language.” St. John of the Cross

Walking Meditation (Peaceful Steps upon the Earth):
Walking Meditation is a natural extension of our meditation and prayer life, a way of “praying without ceasing”. Whether we are walking inside, or outside in the beauty of nature, we can use it as a time to slow down and connect back to “being” in God’s presence.

Dream Therapy Learn how to work with your dreams and experience group dream interpretation, using "The Storytelling Method".

Singing Meditation We will close our Saturday time with a singing meditation that encourages us to breathe, listen, sing and be at peace. We will share sacred readings, in music that has simple tunes and meaningful texts, and in silence. By singing simple songs over and over, we allow our minds, emotions and bodies to make room for the sacred within.

Spiritual Practices Every day in my teaching job people ask me how they can better remember what they learn in our sessions, my response is always the same: "Practice, practice, practice." For thousands of years Christians have used various ways to remind themselves of God's presence, practices to carry us through even the hardest of times. Together we will explore some of these ways of remembering God's constant presence in our lives - spiritual practices.

Meals prepared by Jared and Tara Suddaby Our fare will include love-infused salads with hearty, unctuous soups and local breads. Fresh and satisfying vegetarian creations prepared with love. West Coast Gratitude Food.


Junior Camp HOP – change of dates

Please note that Junior Camp will run immediately after HOP Family camp from July 12-16.  Now you won’t have to drive all the way home and back again two days later!


Mission Conference Poster

Registration Form here


HOP Family Reunion Planning Committee

Contact Greg today!


Would you like to help plan reunion this year?

Do you have ideas for classes, activities, worship and more?

Our first HOP Reunion Committee meeting will be Thursday February 28th via skype @

7pm Alberta time and 8pm Saskatchewan time.



Samish Island Reunion Planning Committee


The summer is sneaking up on us and it's time to start planning Reunion 2013.

Our guest ministry is Art Smith, Apostle designate and current Mission Centre President in South America. He will be attending, hopefully with his family. He has been in touch with Don Compier, our guest minister last year, and is very excited about the opportunity to get out west for a week to be with us. There will be a reunion planning session in the upcoming couple of weeks. If you interested in attending, please contact Chris Phelps and I will try to find a time that works for all interested.


Summer Volunteer(s) Needed - Samish Campground

Samish Campground located in the NW corner of Washington State is seeking
an individual or couple with an RV to serve as grounds and maintenance volunteers during May through August, 2013. The position entails mowing and maintenance of the
grounds, some handyman work and stocking shelves when food orders arrive, etc. An RV site with full hookups will be provided. Telephone and wireless Internet are
available in dining hall. Meals are provided during camps ( approximately 85%
of this time).

Application Form and Proforma Employment Agreement including Job Description are available by contacting Glen Fishel, Board President, at (360) 757-4559 or by e-mail at or, if he is not available, Donald Brady, Camp Manager at (360) 766-8125 or by e-mail at



2013 Camping/Event Calendar

February 23 Samish Island Kitchen and Cabin Work Day

March 1-3 Nurturing Spirit Weekend Samish Island

April 24-28 Fine Arts Retreat Samish Island

Apr 29-May 3 Samish Island Work Week

May 4-5 Ribstone Enrichment Weekend

May 12-13 Hills of Peace Camp Opening

May 24-26 Arts on the Lake Hills of Peace

May 31-June 2 Camp Genesis (8-9 yrs) Samish Island

May 31-June 2 Adult Spiritual Retreat Hills of Peace

June 7-9 College Age Young Adult Retreat Hills of Peace

Jun-08 Samish Island Work Day

June 8-14 Adult Reunion Samish Island

July 1-6 Canada West Youth Camp

June 30-July 6 Camp Mungai (10-11 yrs) Samish Island

July 6-12 Family Reunion Hills of Peace

July 12-16 Junior Camp (8-11 yrs) Hills of Peace

July 13-20 Family Reunion Samish Island

July 20-27 Spectacular Graceland University

July 22-28 Camp Planning Retreat - Hills of Peace

July 21-27 Camp Kluane (girls 12-14 yrs) Samish Island

July 28-Aug 3 Camp Chimacum (boys 12-14 yrs) Samish Island

August 9-11 Young Family Weekend Hills of Peace

August 4-10 Camp Kimtah (15-18 yrs) Samish Island

August 11-17 Singles’ Reunion Samish Island

Aug 30-Sept 1 Canada West Mission Conference Edmonton AB

September 27-29 Men’s Retreat Hills of Peace

September 27-29 Singles’ Retreat Samish Island

October 4-6 Young Adult Retreat Samish Island

October 4-6 Women’s Retreat Chilliwack


Looking for work?

Volunteering for your church looks great on a resume. Providing you do a good job, you more than likely will get a great reference from the church pastor and mission president as well. The more volunteer work that you do for your church, the more your work and skills will be noticed by church staff as well as other church members. By word of mouth, people will learn about you and the services you offer as well as the work experience that you have. This will help others to see that you would also do a great job in helping them with any jobs that they need done in their businesses or in other businesses in the local community, and they just might recommend you for the job. Most people find that, when someone volunteers for their local church organization, they are going to get a good job recommendation!


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