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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Weekly Wire for March 27, 2013

Upcoming Events at a Glance

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 25-27 Singles Retreat Samish Island


“What’s Up…In the CWM”

Spring 2013 issue

New Picture (17)

Do you have a great story to tell?  Want to share your experience at a CWM Retreat, Event or Activity?  Send your submission to or call 1-877-411-2632

And don’t forget to send lots of photos!


Job Opening – Canada West Mission

Camping and Retreat Specialist

extended to April 20, 2013


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.

Full job description here – Camping and Retreat Specialist

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 April 20, 2013 or

Box 88, Edgerton, AB, T0B-1K0, Canada


Fine Arts Retreat – Samish Island

April 24-28

2009 Fine Arts Retreat

Samish Island Fine Arts Retreat – By Donation 

Director: Nan Sargeant, 425-432-5124

Deadline for registration: April 15th


Classes Confirmed Below, More in the works!


Writing A First Novel with Deb Lund again!

Creative writing

Intro to Recording Studio (We will have an actual recording studio set up so you can actually record something to take home)

Wooden paddle carving, Inuit style with Roy Baggerly

Brass band??? Hope we can get all our guys back this year!

"Seeing Through New Eyes" Acrylic Painting with Anne Howley joining us again!

Intro to the Theatre

Beginning and Intermediate Guitar

Movement and Creativity-Fanovitch is back!!!

African drum circle and story telling

Bronze sculpture exhibition-artist from Eugene OR is sharing with us this year, Paul Gillam

Singer and Performer, Karl Olsen, from the Brothers Four folk ensemble will join us!

Kids art classes: kite making, hanging "fruits", moveable art, painting with golf balls

Free play area for kids: puppet stage, Plan City layout, craft table and much more!



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 Znak at


Head Cook and Assistant Cooks for HOP

Temporary Positions June 29 to July 16, 2013

One Head cook and 2 assistant cooks are required for 17 days at Hills of Peace Campground in Alberta. There is the possibility of additional days added to this and the opportunity to cook for one or two weekend retreats. Your own transportation is ideal but for the right candidate(s) other arrangements could be made. Please forward your application to Courtney Znak, HOP Board Director at or mail to Box 143 Hughenden,  Alberta, Canada T0B-2E0


Click here for Job Description and more


July 20-27, 2013

Camper Information Package

Please let Greg Goheen know (by phone, text or email) if you are planning to attend
SPECTACULAR with our delegation as soon as possible - even before sending forms.
This will help immensely with booking flights and planning.



Registration Form here


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



Prophet-President Stephen M. Veazey will share Words of Counsel to the Church at the First Presidency’s World Conference worship on Sunday, April 14.

We invite you to join with sisters and brothers around the world at 7:00 p.m. CDT in the Auditorium Conference Chamber and by live webcast at

We will also plan to share in three ordinations based on calls to be considered by the World Conference: K. Scott Murphy is called to serve as a counselor to the president of the church and member of the quorum of the First Presidency; James A. Poirier and Steven E. Graffeo are called to serve as counselors to the Presiding Bishop and members of the Presiding Bishopric.

A complete order of worship will be available by April 7 at for those who will gather in homes and congregations to worship with us through the webcast.

Please join us in prayerful preparation for this worship and for the entire 2013 World Conference. Thank you for being part of Christ’s Mission, Our Mission.

In Christ’s Peace,


World Conference 2013 April 13-April 18

 World Conference and U.S. National Conference

Next month is our World Conference and the U.S. National Conference. I will be in Independence Missouri for both of these events. This provides us with an opportunity to re connect or get acquainted. It is also an excellent time to meet privately to discuss estate planning as it applies to your unique situation.

You can contact me by phone toll free at 1-800-884-7526 ext. 5 to set up an appointment now (preferred) or when you are there. You can also drop by our booth in the Lower Assembly Room of the Auditorium or the Estate and Gift Planning office on second floor of the Temple.

Lets take advantage of this opportunity to get together in person to explore the possibilities for you and your family.



Kenneth J. McGowan, BA, STI, MTI, PFP, FMA, CFP ®, CEP ®, MCEP ®

Specialist, Estate & Gift Planning

Ph. 800-884-7526 or 519-265-5349

Fax 519-822-1236



Help Strengthen Canadian Field Peace/Justice Efforts !


Part of the church’s calling is to address the Canadian-specific issues that swirl around us.  Rather than feel overwhelmed, the Canadian Peace/Justice Committee wants us all to feel anchored and energized as we join others in addressing these issues.  We have created subcommittees and are looking for people drawn to help the Canadian Field in the following areas:


-          Does “Attawapiskat” bother you?  Does #IdleNoMore either perplex you or give you hope?  Then consider joining our subcommittee on First Nations issues as we seek the Spirit’s wisdom that will free us all from the legacy of that troubled past.

-          More prisons.  Justice that doesn’t seem just.  Where is “restorative justice”?  If any of this concerns you, consider joining the subcommittee on our Justice System;

-          The stigma – “Depression”, “Bipolar”, “ADHD” – the list goes on.  Consider helping to remove the marginalization felt by people with Mental  Health issues by joining our Mental Health subcommittee.  We are all God’s children and thus are all due the accompanying sense of full dignity and self-respect;

-          Human Trafficking in Canada?  YES. Crushed dreams.  Scarred bodies.  Perhaps within a block of where you worship.  If this troubles you, consider joining our Human Trafficking subcommittee.

-          Canadian Aid misapplied;  tied to Canada’s advantage.  Consider joining our Foreign Aid /  International Development subcommittee if you want to help ensure that Canadian efforts to address international poverty and relief is properly anchored and directed.

Here is a list of some other areas where we would cherish your help:

-          Immigration / Refugee Assistance;

-          Environmental Concerns, from GMOs to climate change;

-          Military / Peacekeeping;

-          Inter-Religious Relations;

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


Feel God’s Spirit calling you to any of the above issues?  Then please contact a committee member, listed below.  Don’t put it off.  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




What’s Up…In the CWM Christmas in Review

New Picture (35)

Click here to see our Christmas in Review online only.

Read articles and see photos of your sister congregations experiencing the Christmas season!



March 2013
Keeping the church connected

The latest edition of Witness the Word includes an Easter message from President Steve Veazey. Watch and share this sermon! Pastors in Australia, British Isles, Canada, and the USA received a DVD with the following content. You can also see them online at

Sermons include: Steve Veazey—For All the Promises of God Find Their Yes in Him (Easter season); Susan Oxley—God Uses Broken Things (Communion); and Katherine Goheen—More! Mine! Disciples Generous Response moments are Jared Fears—A Generous Disciple; Meghan Gray—What Will You Give God Today? and Ruben Landeros—The Brave Cesar.


As you continue the Lenten journey, resources are available on The Disciple Formation Guide has Discipleship Practices for Lent at “Prayers for Hungry People” is a six-week set of bulletins or prayers that can be shared in congregations. Remember World Hunger Emphasis Sunday is March 3. The prayers, based on the USA advocacy organization Bread for the World resources, are at


The Herald series, Live Christ’s Peace, continues this month with “Resurrection,” by Apostle Scott Murphy. If we are serious about opening ourselves for connection and discovery with Christ during our Lenten journey, it will always take us to a place we cannot avoid: the cross on the horizon.

To subscribe to the Herald, visit or contact subscriptions or 1-800-767-8181. Also check out the Herald Blog at and sign up to have commentary series articles delivered to your e-mail at


Get your reunion 2013 resources now for the Live Christ’s Peace theme. Worship resources; lessons for children, youth, and all ages together; and campfire ministry are on the website at The adult resource can be ordered from Herald House for $12.95 plus postage and handling:, 1-800-767-8181.


A free Song Sampler for 2013 Reunions and family camps includes 10 new texts and tunes from the upcoming Community of Christ Sings hymnal. Most importantly, each song aligns with daily 2013 Reunion themes. The Hymnal Steering Team offers this gift to enhance camp experiences and worship. While supplies last, reunion directors can order for their event at no cost for the Song Sampler or standard delivery. We hope to hear from every reunion! Reunion directors can get the order form from their mission center or online at


Community of Christ Sings, launching in October, will be the primary music resource for congregational life. Mission Center and congregational bulk pre-orders get discounted pew edition hymnals and special shipping rates through April 30, using the form at

This wonderful collection of old and new texts is also excellent for meditation and devotional reading in your home. Topics address cares and concerns of everyday life like spirituality, healing and wholeness, sanctuary and assurance. There are rich discipleship topics like witness, calling, transformation and generosity. Individual pre-orders of the Community of Christ Sings pew edition are $19.55 plus postage and handling through April 30 ($23 after). Get yours from Herald House at, 1-800-767-8181.


“Events like the 2013 Peace Colloquy with the launch of Community of Christ Sings happen once in a lifetime,” said President Steve Veazey; “I hope to see you there.” Plan to attend “Peace, Justice, and Song” October 18–20 at the Temple in Independence, Missouri. The Peace Colloquy will focus on justice and peacemaking through worship and music with programming for all ages. Registration will open in July. Watch for more at


Please review the Child Protection webpage at for new documents:

  • Questions to ask references for Registered Children and Youth Worker applicants
  • Responsibilities of the Registered Youth Worker Assistant
  • Social Media Code of Conduct for Registered Children and Youth Workers
  • Campground Employees as Registered Children and Youth workers

Also note minor clarification amendments to the Children and Youth Worker application form as requested by members. Please send any questions about Child Protection to Karen Waring, executive assistant to general counsel..


Be enriched and inspired by the Community of Christ Daily Bread blog. It is food for your soul. Subscribe today at


Register now for MEADS (Ministerial Education and Discipleship Studies)! August 5–9 courses: Community of Christ Scriptureswith Dale Luffman 8:30 a.m.–noonandPastoral Carewith Jeri Lauren Lambert 1:30–5:00 p.m. Fees are $88 for one class or $175 for both. For more information and syllabi, visit Registration deadline is July 26. Contact Michelle Booth: ext. 1459.


Community of Christ Educators Association is offering $500 scholarships for two or three church members majoring in education and going into their third or fourth year of college. Download the application at Submit application and other required information by May 1 to Community of Christ Educators, P.O. Box 104, Independence, MO 64050.


April 6 and 7, Graceland will sponsor the 2nd annual Community of Christ Overnight Visit Days. For many years, Graceland has sponsored visit day events to introduce potential students to the university’s campus and programs. This retreat, sponsored by Campus Ministries, is designed for students with a Community of Christ background. Students and their sponsors can stay overnight and participate in many fun and informative activities to introduce them to the "Graceland Experience" for church members with classes, social and recreational activities like swimming and open gym, culminating with Sunday morning worship.

This will be a great opportunity for a fun, inexpensive youth event. Campers only need to bring a sleeping bag and get to Lamoni, Iowa. Graceland will cover food expenses while the visitors are on campus. Visit for more information and to register a group or individual, or contact Greg Sutherland, (641) 784-5470.


Experience the Mission Initiatives on the Historic Sites Bus Tour: October 8–17. Join Barb Walden, Community of Christ Historic Sites Foundation executive director, and 50 friends on the annual tour. Travel to each Community of Christ historic site. Highlights include worship in the Kirtland Temple and Plano Stone Church, a walk through the sacred grove at the peak of fall foliage season, a hymn festival at the Red Brick Store, and a visit to Joseph Smith III’s Liberty Hall. We will also visit a number of museums and landmarks like the National Baseball Hall of Fame, Hancock Shaker Village, and Niagara Falls.

The tour will begin at Community of Christ Temple and end in time for the Peace Colloquy, which begins Friday morning, October 18. Tour price is $1,350 per person for a double-occupancy room and $1,850 per person for a single-occupancy room. Price includes luxury bus transportation (from Independence, MO), hotel room each night, tour fees, and most meals. For more details contact Barb Walden, (440) 477-9562

Make reservations now. Visit for a tour reservation form. Send it and your $100 deposit to: Community of Christ Historic Sites Foundation, Attn: October 2013 Tour, P.O. Box 338, Nauvoo, IL 62354.


World Conference Volunteer Opportunities
Serve Communion – Be part of the amazing experience that is Communion at World Conference! This is a unique opportunity to serve the Lord’s Supper to brothers and sisters from around the globe. Contact Ginny Miller.
Ushering and Hospitality – Each day, numerous tasks and needs arise at Conference. If you like to help others, extend God’s gracious hospitality, and have a reserved seat for you and a friend, please consider sharing your ministry as an usher. Contact Nancy Sherman.
Business Center – Could you spare a few hours to make computers, printing, and e-mail accessible to attendees? Minimal technical experience required. Contact Steve McCrosson.
Children – If you are a Registered Children and Youth Worker and would like to assist in the Conference Kids experience, please contact Diane Sadler.

Youth – Are you between the ages of 12 and 18? Would you like to keep Conference running smoothly? If so, Youth Service Corps is where you need to be. Applications are at

Service Projects
As we continue to find tangible ways to make Christ’s mission our mission, we will partner with two organizations that care for the basic needs of people in the Independence, Missouri, area. These simple projects will make a huge difference in the daily lives of people who receive these services.
•Food Drive with Harvesters
•Necessity Bags with the Independence School District

Read more about these projects and how you can participate at home even if you can’t be at World Conference at

Special Events
In addition to business and worship, World Conference is a time for fellowship. Check out all the special activities and events happening throughout the week at Make the most of your time at World Conference!

Health Ministries Association - Saturday, April 13, 8:30 a.m. to noon, Community of Christ health professionals will gather for a brunch to reconnect with colleagues and former classmates. Invite health care folks from the four corners of the church to get acquainted or reacquainted, share together in a delicious meal, and learn about Health Ministries happenings in the church and among HMA members. Cost is $25. Reservations can be made on HMA’s website:

Association of Saints Church Radio Amateurs - Saturday, April 13, 9:00 a.m. at Gudgell Park Congregation, 500 E. Gudgell in Independence for its general membership meeting. Talk-in frequency is 146.73 MHz using ASCRA’s WØSHQ 13/73(-) repeater (no PL), or contact Douglas Shaw WAØEMX, ASCRA executive director at (816) 358-6856 home, (816) 686-0112 cell, or by e-mail. Guest speakers from Hams in Space will give a presentation about Amateur Radio Satellite Communications. A buffet lunch will follow at Ryan’s Family Steak House, 1511 E. 23rd St. in Independence. The ASCRA board of directors will meet at the church after lunch.
Professional Law Enforcement Officers’ Association - Saturday, April 13, 10:00–11:00 a.m. in the Temple Council Room for its pre-Conference meeting. The agenda includes election of officers, review of by-laws, and discussion of Conference protocols and assignments. Association membership is open to all active, retired, or reserve law enforcement officers (including military personnel who served as military-police specialists) who are members of or are affiliated with Community of Christ. Members of other public safety entities and the military (active or retired) are encouraged to attend. Guests and other interested people also welcome.

Bar Association - Saturday, April 13, 5:00–6:30 p.m. at Ophelia’s Restaurant, 201 N. Main St. in Independence for dinner and a general meeting. Members and friends are welcome. If you plan to attend, please contact Chelsea McClain Pierce.
Youth Ministers and SPECTACULAR Delegation Leaders - Saturday, April 13, 5:00–7:00 p.m. at the Open Arms Emerging Congregation, 1101 W. Walnut St. in Independence. Community of Christ Youth Ministries and the SPECTACULAR Steering Committee invites all youth ministers and delegation leaders and staff to a pizza dinner. Co-sponsored by SPECTACULAR, soft drinks and pizza will be served. Come learn more about SPECTACULAR, youth ministries plans, International Youth Forum (IYF). If you can attend, please contact Diane Martin. 

Saturday, April 13: The Spirit of the Lord Is Upon Me
2:00–3:30 p.m.---Opening Legislative Meeting - Conference Chamber

Sunday, April 14: To Bring Good News to the Poor
10:00–11:30 a.m.---Communion Service - Conference Chamber
7:00–8:30 p.m.---Worship Service (First Presidency) - Conference Chamber
Monday, April 15: Proclaim Release to the Captives
7:00–7:45 p.m.---Worship Service - Temple Sanctuary
Tuesday, April 16: Recovery of Sight to the Blind
7:00 p.m.---Worship Service

Wednesday, April 17: Let the Oppressed Go Free
7:00 p.m.---International Hymn Festival

Discussion and Information Sessions
Discussion sessions and information sessions are avenues for World Conference delegates and attendees to gain additional insight into legislation and reports. Groups will have facilitated opportunities to discuss legislation and ask questions about committee reports. Visit for session times and locations. 

March 3: World Hunger emphasis worship
March 11–14: World Church Leadership Council
March 24: Palm/Passion Sunday
March 28: Maundy Thursday
March 29: International Headquarters offices closed—Good Friday
March 31: Easter

April 6: Anniversary of church’s 1830 organization and 1860 reorganization
April 11–12: International Leaders Meeting
April 13–18: World Conference
April 19–21: USA National Conference
April 21–24 International Leaders Meeting

May 6–9: Council of Twelve Apostles meet
May 13–16: World Church Leadership Council
May 19: Pentecost/Endowment Day
May 27: International Headquarters offices closed—Memorial Day
May 27–31: Community of Christ Seminary focus session

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

 Contribution Update


2013 Camping/Event Calendar

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 25-27 Singles Retreat Samish Island

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- Cancelled

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


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