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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Weekly Wire for September 25, 2013

This Week…in the Weekly Wire

Mission Conference Evaluation Form

AB/SK Survey

Men’s Retreat Hills of Peace

Young Adult Retreat Samish Island

Women’s Retreat Chilliwack

Camping Brochure

Caretakers for HOP

Singles Retreat at Samish Island

Get God Info


Upcoming Events at a Glance

September 27-29 Men’s Retreat Hills of Peace

October 4-6 Young Adult Retreat Samish Island

October 4-6 Women’s Retreat Chilliwack

November 8-10 Singles’ Retreat Samish Island


Relatives and Muslim faithful carry the slain body of Rehmad Mehbub, 18, who was killed in a crossfire between armed men and the police at the Westgate shopping mall, in Kenya’s capital Nairobi. (Thomas Mukoya/Reuters)

For members of Community of Christ who may be wondering whether any of our church members were caught up in the attack in Kenya...
Reports from our ministers in Nairobi indicate that no church members were killed or injured in the recent shooting tragedy. One member was at the mall during the attack but was safely released and able to offer praise and testimony during the worship Sunday. Please remember the people of Nairobi, Kenya in your prayers as they grieve the loss of their families, friends and safety.


Mission Conference Evaluation Form

If you were unable to fill out an evaluation form at Mission Conference, please take a moment to fill out our online form.




As many of you know, Lisa Neudorf is the new Camping & Retreat Specialist for Canada West Mission.

lisa head shot

One of the responsibilities Lisa has been given is to evaluate and assess the camping and retreat program at Hills of Peace. Lisa wants to hear from YOU. We value your opinion and this is your opportunity to tell us what you think. The following anonymous survey will take about 5 minutes to complete and will help in planning future events. Please take the time to complete the survey before Sunday, September 29.

Hills of Peace/AB&SK Survey


Men’s Retreat at Hills of Peace

September 27-29


Attention males who fall into one or more of the following categories:

  • You like to eat
  • You wouldn’t mind spending a couple of days at Hills of Peace
  • You have attended previous retreats and can’t wait to sign up for the 2013 edition
  • You are intrigued by what Craig Martens has to say about living sustainably
  • You are alive

This year’s men’s retreat is being led by Craig, a team lead for the Northeast USA Mission Center, who lives in Ohio. He is going to share some observations on “Living Together With God’s Creation”  and give us the opportunity to share our ideas  with him.

As always the retreat falls on the last weekend in September, which in this case is September 27-29. When I get bored with the format, I’ll change it, so this year is going to have the same general schedule. Friday night is hanging out and failing miserably at some ridiculous challenge; Saturday is several sessions with Craig, several sessions with the cooks in the dining hall (yes, there will be pie) and the always-tame, always-predictable campfire followed by blood-sport card games; Sunday is a wrap up  worship service and shutting the camp for the winter.

If you have attended before, I hope you have planned to show up again this year because you make it one of the most diverse gatherings I get to attend. We need church members and their friends, men who are high school age and older (even if you occasionally act like you’re younger), fathers, sons, uncles, nephews, grandfathers, and grandsons.

The weekend will start at about 8 on Friday night and wrap up around noon on Sunday. While there is no guarantee for nice weather, previous years have been warm enough to make sure we are not huddled up around the campfire in the chapel.


If you have never been and are thinking this is the year give me a call or talk to a couple of guys in your congregation to get an idea of what to expect. It is a relaxing weekend, with lots of food, and a chance to enjoy the campgrounds. Craig is excited about getting the chance to come share with us, so figure out who’s driving and experience the only road trip sanctioned by Greg Goheen (I'm not sure if that’s exactly true).

I will start to track you down, so save me the effort by e-mailing me confirmation that you are attending so I can allow the cooks enough time to buy too much food.

This will our 8th annual attempt, we’ve got to be getting close to getting it right.



Young Adult Retreat Samish Island

Guest Ministry is CWM’s Rachelle Smalldon!

October 4th – 6th 2013, Samish Island Campgrounds

Come and Share in fellowship, discussions, and fun with Young Adults from throughout the GPNW and Canada West Mission.  Guest Minister will be Rachelle Smalldon, Young Adult Ministries Specialist at Community of Christ International Headquarters.

Young Adult 2013

Questions/Register: Contact Sean Langdon at 425-293-6366



Register now for the Women’s Retreat in Chilliwack




Singles Retreat at Samish Island

Please note new dates

New Dates for Singles Fall Retreat: November 8-10
Susan Webber is scheduled to bring guest ministry to the Singles Fall Retreat at Samish Island, now rescheduled for

Friday, November 8 - Sunday November 10,

  at Samish Island Campground.


Get God 2013/14

New Year – New Program

Follow the link above to get all the details!


  Application forms, information and more for the 2013/14 season can be found at Get God 2013/14  The deadline for applications has been extended.

Be sure to encourage all youth 16-21 years old to apply.

Contact Greg Goheen  or

Debra Donohue for more details


We still have a few camps and retreats coming up.  Get all the details here!

2013 Camping Brochure



Live at Hills of Peace!

Caretaker Job Opportunity


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


2013 Camping/Event Calendar

September 27-29 Men’s Retreat Hills of Peace

October 4-6 Young Adult Retreat Samish Island

October 4-6 Women’s Retreat Chilliwack

November 8-10 Singles’ Retreat Samish Island


To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream;

not only plan, but also believe.

Anatole France

French Novelist 1844-1924

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