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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

The Weekly Wire for April 22, 2015



Upcoming Events at a glance

April 23 – Child Protection Training Ribstone

April 23-26 Arts Retreat Samish Island

April 25-26 All Are Called: Ministry Workshop Regina

Apr 27-May 2 Samish Island Work Week

May 8-10 All Are Called: Ministry Workshop Chilliwack

May 23-24 Ribstone Enrichment Weekend

May 31 – Child Protection Training Regina

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

All camping dates are included at the bottom of the Weekly Wire and on the CWM website.


This Week…in the Weekly Wire!

All Are Called: Ministry Workshops

Get God – New Program for Young Adults 21-35

‘We All Can Help’ link to

Ribstone Enrichment Weekend

Encounter World Religions Event

Estate Law Changes

Links to our Worldwide Ministries website

We want you to ‘like’ our CWM Facebook Page

Samish Island Arts Retreat

What’s Up…In the CWM online link

Community of Christ Career Networking Program


Arts Retreat Samish Island!


Thursday Night - Photography Panel, led by John Sedgwick, Photographer.

Friday Night - Concert and talk with Thom Mayes, Executive Director of Whatcom Symphony

Saturday - Poetry & Writing Workshop led by Michael Hickey, Seattle poet and writer.  Photography with Andy Porter, Skagit Valley Photographer.

Classes are also being led by Dan Beer and Anna Grose! 

Check out our Facebook page for more information, bios and links.

Samish Island Arts Retreat


What’s Up…In the CWM

May edition!

We’re looking for your worship, family and

congregational stories, photos, and more for our

May edition of What’s Up…In the CWM.


Submissions are due April 27th

send yours to

kid’s submissions are most welcome!


“We All Can Help”

Use our link above to make purchases on

Community of Christ earns cash back!!!



Get God

Now for Young Adults 21-35!








Deadline for applications is April 30, 2015

Click on these links for more information

Get God Program Information

Get God Application Form

Get God Ideas


Ribstone Enrichment Weekend



Child Protection Training

  Ribstone, Regina and Reunions.



 CWM Facebook Page!

Go to our facebook page to see what’s going on in the CWM

and be sure to ‘like’ us.


Exploring World Religions – July 5-11,  2015




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.

Must See Video!

Community of Christ, What We Offer You Video


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.

Ribstone workshop – April 25 Registration

Chilliwack, Meadow Ridge, Victoria workshop – May 8-9 in Chilliwack Registration


Community of Christ Career Networking

Looking for work? Looking to hire?

Want to be open to new possibilities?

Connect on Net Connect.



Estate Law Changes – Executors Beware

It is no surprise new laws come into effect periodically and existing laws are subject to change. The impact of these laws can be extreme. There have been several changes recently in estate laws in the Province of Ontario. While you may live elsewhere, we know Provinces and States converse with each other, evaluate changes in laws, administrative processes and the impact they have. When other jurisdictions view these changes as advantageous regarding elements of fairness and increased tax revenue for them, they can take steps to incorporate these or similar laws in their own jurisdictions.

A New Ministry:

The area of government now responsible for Estate Administration is the Ministry of Finance, which has full auditing authority. This can create problems for Executors as there is a longer time frame for an estate to be audited in depth. They have four years, longer if necessary, to audit ANY estate. When errors occur or questionable reporting detected, in the asset listings or values of the estate, intentionally or by over sight, penalties can be implemented.

Unlike before, a new form, Estate Information Return, is now required pertaining to estate assets, values and liabilities. The Executor has added stress in that this form, must be filed within a specific time period.

Money, Prison or Both:

The onus is on the Executor to report all estate assets and their values. In addition, the Executor should be prepared to substantiate all values in a court of law, if necessary. For example; how would a very old occupied single family home on an acre of land, in a commercial/industrial zoned area, be valued? Should the Executor have the home improperly valued, the estate beneficiaries and Ministry of Finance could begin legal proceedings resulting in court appearances.

The financial penalties start at $1,000.00 and can be double, the estate tax, not paid. In addition to the heavy financial penalty, if the courts deem the omissions intentional or fraudulent, a two year prison term can be imposed on the Executor.


Also relatively new is the concept of "Executor Insurance" for acting in that capacity. The insurance does not prevent people from challenging the estate administration but provides some financial protection should errors occur. The amount of insurance required would depend on the estate size and complexity. The fee for this is an estate expense. This insurance can be beneficial when unwarranted and malicious challenges are brought against the estate and the Executor must defend themselves.

It is critical to read the "FINE PRINT" as to what exactly this insurance covers, the length of the term, and its costs. With the challenges of estate administration, family dynamics and changing laws, Executor insurance may prove extremely important for many estates.


While every jurisdiction is somewhat different, keep the following in mind. Governments are always looking at ways to increase tax revenue so estates are not beyond their reach. The playing field never stays completely the same so be sure you know the current requirements. What makes this more challenging is jurisdiction can have their own unique laws and administrative processes. Before proceeding with your duties as an Executor, know the rules, expectations and options within your jurisdiction, so you can effectively administer the estate and the beneficiaries.

Kenneth J. McGowan; Certified Estate Advisor


Canada West Camping and Event Calendar


April 23-26  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 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 12-14 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


Always remember that you are absolutely unique.

Just like everyone else.

~Margaret Mead~

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