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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Weekly Wire for March 26, 2014



Upcoming Events at a glance

April 24-27 Fine Arts Retreat Samish Island – Register today!

April 25-27 Pastors Retreat - Edmonton

April 28-May 2 Samish Island Work Week

May 11-12 Hills of Peace Camp Opening

May 30-June 1 Camp Genesis (8-9 yrs) Samish Island


This Week…in the Weekly Wire!

Assignment Change for Greg Goheen

Youth Camp Volunteer Survey

HOP Family Reunion

Soothing Moments from Nurturing Spirit Weekend

Hymnal Workshop and Songfest – Vancouver

Pastor’s Retreat – Edmonton

What’s Up…In the CWM – Christmas in Review

Fine Arts Retreat at Samish Island

Caretakers for HOP

Quote of the Week


Debra CWM photo

Hello everyone, I need to take a week off to get my closets in order. You know, arranged by colour and sleeve length.  I will be away from March 30th to April 7th.  If you would like something new posted in the Weekly Wire on April 2nd, please send it to me by this Friday.  I’ll preset the Weekly Wire to come out in case I leave town for a few days.

Love you all equally,



Soothing Moments brought to you by

the Nurturing Spirit Weekend

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Robin Duff’s 80th Birthday!IMG_1249_thumb3 IMG_1251_thumb3

Robin Duff shares his 80th birthday cake with his church family on March 16 at the Victoria Church.

In the picture on the left is Wilma, Robin’s wife of 50 years and grand daughter Kelly who is holding her brother's daughter Willow, who is Robin’s great granddaughter.

Such a happy day for everyone.


It’s Greg’s Last Week as Mission Centre President.

Good Luck in your new position Greg!


Assignment Change for Canada West Mission President, Greg Goheen


Susan Oxley

17207 161st Ave SE

Renton  WA  98058


4 March 2014

Dear Friends:

After several months of prayer, discernment, and conversation concerning the needs of the Canadian church, I am pleased to announce the following change in assignment.  In collaboration with the Director of Human Resources, the Director of Field Ministries, and the Presiding Bishopric, I have asked Greg Goheen to take on new responsibilities that will help provide a sustainable future for the church in Canada: 

  1. As of April 1, Greg will serve as the Associate Bishop of Canada, assisting Jim Poirier in order to allow Jim to concentrate on mission funding opportunities and other aspects of his ministry. 
  2. Greg will also serve on an expanded Mission Funding Team, ministering in a development role that is vital to the funding for mission in the Canadian Church and larger World Church.

Greg’s new responsibilities will take him into Canada West, Canada East, the Pacific Northwest and Inland West Mission Centres.   Please work with him to assist his ministry when he is in your area.  He will not need to relocate for his new assignment, since he will be traveling in Canada and the United States.   

The job of Mission Centre President/Financial Officer for Canada West will be posted on Wednesday, March 5, 2014.  If you are interested in applying for the position, you can contact International Headquarters Human Resource Ministries, Community of Christ, 1001 W Walnut Street, Independence, Missouri 64050-3562, USA.   Opportunity to apply will close on March 21, 2014.  If you someone who is qualified or might be interested, please encourage that individual to apply for the position as soon as possible. 

We would like to fill the position by April 1.  If necessary, however, an interim Mission Center President/Financial Officer will be appointed until the position is filled.  Greg will be available to continue the bookkeeping until a new MC Financial Officer is identified. 

I am asking for your support and assistance during this time of transition.  Greg will be in training for his new role and working with Jim Poirier, as well as handling the day-to-day tasks of Mission Centre President/Financial Officer.  Your prayers and understanding will make his tasks easier to handle.  Feel free to share this change of assignment and the resulting open position in the mission centre with members in your congregation.  

Please join me in celebrating the possibilities for mission that are inherent in this new role, and in affirming Greg Goheen’s dedication and expertise as he undertakes this new assignment. 


Apostle Susan D. Oxley

Council of Twelve


Employment Opportunities

CWM President and CFO

CEM Financial Officer 


Community of Christ - Greater Pacific Northwest Mission Center

Youth Camp Volunteer Survey
Staffing a youth camp is one of the most rewarding ministries someone can engage in. Finding staff can also be one of the most stressful aspects of planning a camp for directors. We are always looking for experienced staff to serve in a variety of roles. We are also always looking for new staff that we can mentor into various staff roles. We need people with a variety of gifts, talents, ages, experience, background, etc., to staff our youth camps. A diverse staff is key to putting on a successful and transformative youth camp experience.
We would like to hear from you! We invite all who are interested and willing to serve on youth camp staff within the next three to five years to take part in a Youth Camp Volunteer Survey. Please fill out the survey at:

Please complete the survey whether you already staff youth camps every summer, haven’t staffed in a few years, or have never staffed a youth camp in your life but are interested in giving it a try.
The survey asks questions related to at what campground(s) you are willing to be on staff, in what role(s) you are willing to serve, etc. The information collected in this survey will serve as a database for youth camp directors and the Youth Camping Team. Filling out the survey does not ensure that you will be asked to serve, but it provides us with a list of people to consider.
Thank you for taking the time to fill out this survey!
Peace In!
Sean Langdon, Director of Youth Camping
GPNW USA Mission Center

Youth Worker Registration Form



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What’s Up…In the CWM Christmas in Review

Christmas in Review is available online only



What’s Up…In the CWM

May 2014 edition

If you have an article, photos, or announcements you’d like included in our May edition, please send them to by April 6.



New Hymnal Songfest and Workshop



Pastor’s Retreat


The Pastor’s Retreat will be held in Edmonton the weekend of April 25 to 27, 2014. The guest minister will be Carman Thompson, Field Apostolic Assistant to Apostle Susan Oxley. All Pastors and their counselors / support teams are invited and encouraged to attend. The retreat is an opportunity to be spiritually renewed and connect with the other Pastors in Canada West Mission. In addition, Carman will introduce the new guidelines for “Ministry and Priesthood”.

Please register online as soon as possible.

Pastors Retreat Registration


HOP Family Reunion



Fine Arts Retreat – Samish Island

Are you planning to attend?  We need to know today!



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


Canada West Camping and Event Calendar 2014

April 24-27 Fine Arts Retreat Samish Island

April 25-27 Pastors Retreat - Edmonton

April 28-May 2 Samish Island Work Week

May 11-12 Hills of Peace Camp Opening

May 30-June 1 Camp Genesis (8-9 yrs) Samish Island

June 1 Hymnal Workshop and Songfest – Vancouver

June 6-8 Adult Spiritual Retreat Hills of Peace

June 13-15  Young Adult Retreat Hills of Peace

June 7 Samish Island Work Day

June 7-13 Adult Reunion Samish Island

June 14-15 Ribstone Enrichment Weekend

June 22-28 NW Singles Retreat Samish Island

June 30-July 5 Canada West Youth Camp

July 5-10 Family Reunion Hills of Peace

July 10-14 Junior Camp (8-11 yrs) Hills of Peace

July 12-19 Family Reunion Samish Island

July 15-18 International Youth Forum Independence Mo

July 19-26 Spectacular Graceland University

July 20-26 Camp Kluane (girls 12-14 yrs) Samish Island

July 27-Aug 2 Camp Chimacum (boys 12-14 yrs) Samish Island

August 8-10 Young Family Weekend Hills of Peace

August 3-9 Camp Kimtah (15-18 yrs) Samish Island

August 10-16 Camp Mungai (10-11 yrs) Samish Island

August 29-31 Canada West Mission Conference Chilliwack BC

September 26-28 Men’s Retreat Hills of Peace

September 26-28 Singles’ Retreat Samish Island

October 3-5 Nurturing Spirit Weekend Saskatoon

October 24-26 Peace Colloquy Independence, Missouri

October 17-19 Young Adult Retreat Samish Island


Happiness is Like Jam

You can’t spread even a little

without getting some on yourself


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