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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Weekly Wire for February 25, 2015



Upcoming Events at a glance


Feb 27 - Mar 1 Nurturing Spirit Weekend Samish Island

March 13-15 All Are Called: Ministry Workshop Regina

March 27-29 All Are Called: Ministry Workshop Calgary

April 12 – Child Protection Training Edmonton

April 19 – Child Protection Training Vancouver

April 23-26 Fine Arts Retreat Samish Island

April 25-26 All Are Called: Ministry Workshop Ribstone

Apr 27-May 2 Samish Island Work Week

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


This Week…in the Weekly Wire!

All Are Called: Ministry Workshops

Canada West West Winter Camp Photos

Links to our Worldwide Ministries website

New CWM Facebook Group

Tax info from our MCP

Part time Job Opening

Samish Island Arts Retreat

Nurturing Spirit Weekend Samish Island

What’s Up…In the CWM online link

Community of Christ Career Networking Program


Tax Receipts Are Coming!

Are you looking for some church tax receipts and wondering why they have not arrived?

The tax receipts for Canada West Mission Centre are being assembled as this notice is being prepared. They should be in the mail by Thursday, and certainly no later than Friday. This covers donations that have been made in relation to any of the Mission Centre camps, retreats, and other programs through 2014, as well as individual donations made to support the Mission Centre.

Similarly, tax receipts from the Hills of Peace Campground are being assembled and should also be in the mail before the end of this week.

“Why the delay?”, you might justifiably ask! Well, chalk it up to the inexperience of your Mission Centre Financial Officer. I have been working steadily over the past two weeks just entering the tax receipt information from 2014 into the church’s computer system so the receipts can be produced. This is work that should have been happening following each camp, reunion, retreat, or other event throughout the year. I can assure you that this lesson is well learned!

Tax legislation provides that tax receipts are to be prepared before the end of February each year. Normally it is the objective to have them in the hands of our donors well before the end of the month. This year, they will be prepared and in the mail, but you may not actually receive yours until early next week. My apologies for the delay. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have further questions.

--Stephen Thompson

Canada West Mission Centre President and Financial Officer


1-877-411-2632, ext. 1


Job Opening

Part Time Mission Funding Specialist

Click on the link above for more information.


Your Canada West Mission staff are launching

our CWM Facebook Page!

“Community of Christ Canada West Mission”

Check out stories and photos of Darrell Belrose this week!




Canada West Winter Camp

21 kids from Regina, Saskatoon, Prince Albert, Lloydminster, Camrose, Edmonton, Calgary and Lethbridge.

See you next year!



Community of Christ website links …

Community of Christ Upcoming Events: Visit the Community of Christ Calendar at to see upcoming events, links to Daily Prayer for Peace, and Worship Resources.
Community of Christ Current Announcements: See the most current announcements on Community of Christ homepage at or on the Announcements page at
Community of Christ Mission Stories:  Mission Stories

The next link is to a great video produced by the Community of Christ that everyone should see.

Community of Christ, What We Offer You Video


What’s Up…in the CWM

Click here to see our Christmas in Review newsletter.



Nurturing Spirit Weekend Samish Island

Pray Always, Pray All Ways

We have a few E Cabins left, Register Today!


Nurturing Spirit Class Descriptions 2015

St. Teresa of Avila and The Inner Journey Journey to the 16th century to discover the fiery passion molded by the contemplative heart of Saint Teresa of Avila, one of Christianity’s most inspiring saints. Enduring illness, hardship, and persecution, Teresa had a mystical vision of the soul as a beautiful crystal castle with God, the Beloved at the center. This vision gives contemporary seekers a map for navigating the journey inwards to “an inner sanctuary of beauty and light where no darkness can touch us”. Learn about Teresa’s inspiring life and explore the seven “inner castles” of spiritual development.

If you want to make progress on the spiritual path and ascend to the places you have longed for, the important thing is not to think much but to love much, and so to do whatever best awakens you to love. If you fall sometimes, do no lose heart. Keep striving to walk your path with integrity. God will draw out the good even from your fall.” St. Teresa of Avila

Yoga for “The Dark Night of the Soul”: Healing Our Pain Yoga is a practice of falling in love with our true self, not our perfect self or our “perfect” body, but a radical acceptance of our body, our mind, and our self exactly as God created us. Spirituality is not about certainty, but the longing of the heart for wholeness. Spiritual growth is not “avoiding” bad feelings, but understanding these emotions, and how they are expressed in the body. It is said “we carry our issues in our tissues”. Learn yogic practices for healing and moving through both physical and emotional pain.

Yoga Nidra: Resting in God Yoga Nidra is a practice of letting go, of surrendering all of your “doing”, all of your thoughts, all of who you think you are, so you can rest in your essential “beingness”, in Spirit’s gentle embrace. It is a practice that not only produces a profound state of relaxation in the mind/body, but at a deeper level is a meditative practice of subtly transforming the beliefs and feelings that keep us stuck in negative patterns of self-doubt, anxiety, and fear. Come apart and rest awhile. Discover a deep sense of quiet and inner stillness in which to rest and soothe your soul.

Meditation/Contemplative Prayer Meditation is not about “not thinking” or emptying the mind of thought. Rather, it’s about being present in the moment, to “what is”, and allowing a spaciousness to open around your thoughts and feelings so you can be open to the leadings of Spirit in every moment. It is the ability to bear witness to both your inner and outer experience and not get stuck in your thoughts. Throughout the retreat we will weave various forms of meditation and prayer into our daily activities while sitting, while walking, while eating, while sleeping as we learn to “pray always, pray all ways”.

Soul Companionship/Listening for the Soul We will explore what it means to be soul companions for one another's spiritual journeys; those who will listen, support, challenge, and reflect.


Guest Ministry

Vickie MacArthur Lethbridge AB,  Shannon McAdam Vancouver BC, Kat Goheen Vancouver BC, and Doug MacArthur Lethbridge AB.

Please register today if you would like an ‘E’ Cabin.


Fine Arts Retreat Samish Island


Calling all Artists!

Do you paint, write, draw, dance, take pictures, make people laugh through comedy or show your dramatic skills through theater, knit, crochet, cook, make lamps, decorate candles or any other kind of art form? Do you want to show others how to find joy and community through your art? Than consider being a teaching artist for the 2015 Arts Retreat at Samish Island!

Please send a proposal for your class and include the following:

Name, Title, Description, Space requirements, Class size preferred, Class time preferred: Morning or Afternoon, to


All Are Called: Ministry Workshops

Photo: Good discussions and great company

All Priesthood are invited and encouraged to attend one of the upcoming Ministry Workshops at a location most convenient to them. These workshops will be led by Steve Thompson and Lisa Neudorf and are being offered to all members and Priesthood within Canada West Mission.  These workshops are an opportunity for learning and to share with others and find spiritual renewal.

For more information, please Contact Lisa Neudorf

or 1-877-411-2632, ext 5, to register.

Saskatchewan and Manitoba workshop in Regina (March 13-14) – RSVP - Ministry Workshop (SK_MB)

Calgary and Lethbridge workshop in Calgary (March 27-28) - RSVP - Ministry Workshop (Calgary and Lethbridge)

Ribstone workshop – April 25 (Registration information will be available in March 2015)

Chilliwack, Meadow Ridge, Victoria workshop – May 8-9 in Chilliwack (Registration information will be available in March 2015)


Community of Christ Career Networking

Looking for work? Looking to hire?

Want to be open to new possibilities?

Connect on Net Connect.



Canada West Camping and Event Calendar


Feb 27 - Mar 1 Nurturing Spirit Weekend Samish Island

March 13-15 All Are Called: Ministry Workshop Regina

March 27-29 All Are Called: Ministry Workshop Calgary

April 23-26 Fine Arts Retreat Samish Island

April 25-26 All Are Called: Ministry Workshop Ribstone

Apr 27-May 2 Samish Island Work Week

May 8-10 All Are Called: Ministry Workshop Chilliwack

May 9-10 Hills of Peace Camp Opening

May 23-24 Ribstone Enrichment Weekend

June 5-7 Camp Genesis (8-9 yrs) Samish Island

June 5-7 Spiritual Retreat Hills of Peace

June 13 Samish Island Work Day

June 13-19 Adult Reunion Samish Island

June 19-21 Young Adult Retreat Hills of Peace

June 28-July 3 Canada West Youth Camp Hills of Peace

July 4-9 Family Reunion Hills of Peace

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

July 11-18 Family Reunion Samish Island

July 18-25 Spectacular Graceland University tentative dates

July 19-25 Camp Kluane (girls 12-14 yrs) Samish Island

July 26-Aug 1 Camp Chimacum (boys 12-14 yrs) Samish Island

August 2-8 Camp Kimtah (15-18 yrs) Samish Island

August 7-9 Nurturing Spirit Weekend Hills of Peace

August 9-15 Camp Mungai (10-11 yrs) Samish Island

August 16-22 NW Singles Retreat Samish Island

September 4-6 Canada West Mission Conference – Saskatoon, SK

Sept 25-27 Men’s Retreat Hills of Peace

October 2-4 Women’s Retreat Chilliwack

October 2-4 Young Adult Retreat Samish Island

October 23-25 Peace Colloquy Independence, Missouri tentative dates


We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.

~Walt Disney~

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