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Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Weekly Wire for September 4, 2013

This Week…in the Weekly Wire

Mission Conference – Wrap up, video tribute to those who have passed away,

and new this year…our LIVE Broadcast of class sessions and business meeting

Get God Extension

Men’s Retreat

Women’s Retreat Chilliwack

Camping Brochure

Caretakers for HOP

Singles Retreat at Samish Island


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


Mission Conference

I’m very happy to tell you that Canada West Mission Conference in Edmonton was a huge success.  It didn’t hurt that so many members of the Edmonton Congregation went above and beyond what they had been asked to help with.  Many people from other congregations stepped up as well, and of course having a wonderful audience to play to made it all worthwhile.





Apostle Oxley showed pictures of her family and we met her new husband Ron Oxley.  She also spoke about our Mission Initiatives and about being good disciples.

We met our new Seventy, Adam Wade, who showed us that he was not only inspiring and spiritual, but full of fun and creativity.

Our special guest was motivational speaker and funny lady, Connie Cavanaugh, who entertained us with stories about her personal experiences with spiritual dryness but always brought us back home with God’s message.

As is our tradition every year, we paid tribute to those who had passed away in the previous year.  To see the video, click on the format compatible with your computer.


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This year was the first year we live streamed the class sessions and business meeting from Mission Conference.  We would have liked to have sent you the link sooner than last week, but as with anything new there were bugs to be worked out.  However, we do have the sessions recorded and I will be uploading one per day, beginning later this week.   Please try to share these with those in your congregations who don’t have access to the internet.  Invite them to ‘dinner and a movie’ or just for coffee and the video.  

Canada West Mission Conference 2014 will take place in Chilliwack, BC.  We hope to see you there, but if you can’t make it, we’ll do our best to continue with live streaming video so that everyone can see our classes and business meeting.


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.



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


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