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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Weekly Wire for September 17, 2014



Upcoming Events at a glance

September 26-28 Men’s Retreat Hills of Peace

September 26-28 Singles’ Retreat Samish Island

October 17-19 Young Adult Retreat Samish Island

October 24-26 Nurturing Spirit Weekend Saskatoon

October 24-26 Peace Colloquy Independence, Missouri

*dates subject to change, always check online or here for the most up to date information


This Week…in the Weekly Wire!

Nurturing Spirit Weekend Saskatoon

Community of Christ Career Networking Program

Camp Samish Survey – Do it today!

Men’s Retreat Hills of Peace

Setting Apart of Nancy Panting

Child Protection Training in Chilliwack and Victoria

Young Adult Retreat Samish Island

Mission Conference – More Photos

2014 Camps, Retreats and Reunions info

Youth Worker Registration Form

Quote of the week


Setting Apart of Nancy Panting, Lethbridge Pastor


Nancy Panting our Pastor of the Lethbridge Congregation was blessed by

Darrell Belrose and Stephen Thompson.


Community of Christ Career Networking

For those of you who are on LinkedIn or want to be (easy to join) we have set up a Canadian Community of Christ private LinkedIn group to assist in employment opportunities through our collective networking for and with one another. The group is called "Community of Christ Net Connect." Search for it on LinkedIn and request membership.

Many Young Adults and others are unemployed, under-employed, going through career changes, health changes, re-locations, or other challenges. We can be part of the answer in their lives.

We have the capacity to make a difference through our mutual networking together. The full capability of this group is just beginning to unfold. Join us and we will create a new model of interaction that will bless us all.


Kerry Richards, Minister of Mission



Men’s Retreat Hills of Peace

September 26-28


Canada West Mission Centre Males,

Because I copied last year’s invite I know that this is the 9th  annual attempt and for those that care, only Jay Senga and Gregg Lester have attended all of the previous years. I like to keep things simple (fill in your own joke or provide a real life example) so this year the men’s retreat will be at Hill’s of Peace and it will be the last weekend in September – September 26-28. It kicks off at about 8 on Friday night, with a couple of games, followed by snacks. Saturday morning starts with a short worship or if you sleep in, it starts with breakfast (more eating). This year for an added benefit, the cook tells me we will be eating a bigger than usual lunch and supper will be a lot of meat and a lot of pie. Interspersed around the gluttony will be four sessions hosted by our guest minister, Kerry Richards. Kerry is a man on a mission, which is fortunate since he is very actively engaged in helping congregations across Canada become mission-focused. For an upbeat, optimistic guy he has picked an interesting topic “Why Do Men Hate Church and how Can We Change That ?”

Saturday night will be the usual “low-key” campfire (issued to calm down risk management) followed by cards, guitar playing, and probably a couple of rounds of light the furnace. Sunday morning is breakfast, camp clean up and then a communion service. At about noon we’ll give you a bag lunch and you can return to civilization.

It’s a pretty exclusive group with invitations only being offered to males over the age of around 13 – actual age, not emotional. Some of you have never shown up and this should be the year you stop with the excuses. It’s one weekend and it’s not like you haven’t made a bad decision about a weekend before. If you have been before you know it’s a pretty relaxed event and the only campground event where we do not ring the bell.

I can’t guarantee the weather, although Steve Thompson has, because with his new job he has some extra clout.

Invite a friend or somebody from your congregation. This isn’t church, but I certainly think it’s spiritual. And best of all, it’s a road trip.

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. Please pass this along to people whose e-mail I don’t have and you think I should harass.

I need somebody to do the ice-breaker games on Friday night so please jump up and volunteer.


Dan Esch


Mission Conference Photos



Click here to view (download) all of the Photo Booth pics


Camp Samish Survey needs to hear from you!

Follow the Camp Samish Link to share your thoughts.



Nurturing Spirit Weekend Saskatoon

Register Today!

Nurturing Our Spirit: Pray Always, Pray All Ways

October 24, 6:30 pm to October 26, Noon

Hosted by Saskatoon Congregation

Guest Ministry: Vickie MacArthur and Sharman Woynarski

Learn new ways to connect with God and explore what it means to pray always through silent meditation, centering ourselves in God’s light, Yoga Nidra, moving meditation through gentle yoga, walking meditation, listening to our bodies and inner selves and much more. To register or for more information, contact Lisa Neudorf at or 1-877-411-2632 ext. 5


Child Protection Training

in BC

Please Register today!

If you’ve taken the Registered Youth Worker training as recently as two years ago, please note that our policies and procedures have been updated.  It’s important that everyone take this training, even if you never intend to teach a children’s class or be a camp counselor.  We owe it to our children to be informed and have all of the current education available.

Registered Youth Worker Application

(to be filled out with your Pastor in advance)


Chilliwack September 27, 2014 10am-3:30pm

Victoria September 28, 2014 12:30-3:00pm

The Community of Christ shares its Enduring Principles through all aspects of life. The Worth of all Persons, Blessings of Community, Pursuit of Peace and Responsible Choices are all components especially pertinent to this life experience.



Samish Island

October 17-19 


Calling all Young Adults! Come to Samish Island Campground for this annual retreat from 7 pm on Friday, October 17 to 12 noon on Sunday, October 19.

We will explore the theme “The Sermon On The Mount: Counter-Cultural Constitution” through classes, worship, and fun! Featuring guest ministry by Seventy Dan Gregory. Some of the highlights will include late night games, meeting new friends, and more! Our Saturday evening themed dinner will be Christmas in October with a traditional holiday feast, and White Elephant gift exchange!

View a flyer and registration form for all the details. RSVP by Wednesday, October 8 to Sean Langdon (425-293-6366,


Photographers and Camera Buffs

We need your camp, retreat and reunion photos!


Please send Debra your photos for our video presentation of the camping season at Mission Conference


Click on the link below to get info on all of our

CWM Camps, Retreats and Reunions

For detailed information on the Camps, Retreats and Reunions, go to the camping brochure near the top of the page once you’ve clicked the link above.



It’s time to submit your photos, reports and articles for the October edition of

“What’s Up…In the CWM”

Deadline for submissions is September 28th, please

let Debra know in advance if you intend to send something. or 1-877-411-2632 ext 4


Click here to read the May edition of What’s Up…In the CWM online and in full color.



We need photos of your congregation’s meeting place!

We are building the new find-a-congregation directory that will be part of a redesigned Community of Christ website (coming soon). The directory will include a photo of your location/church building along with the congregation information. Submissions need to be sharp, high-resolution photos, framed as a landscape (horizontal) with sky and ground showing. This will allow for any necessary cropping. E-mail photos along with your congregation’s name, address, mission center, and pastor name(s).


Canada West Camping and Event Calendar


September 26-28 Men’s Retreat Hills of Peace

September 26-28 Singles’ Retreat Samish Island

October 17-19 Young Adult Retreat Samish Island

October 24-26 Nurturing Spirit Weekend Saskatoon

October 24-26 Peace Colloquy Independence, Missouri


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