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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Weekly Wire for November 18, 2015

Canada West Mission


Upcoming Events at a Glance


Feb12-15 Winter Youth Camp Regina

February 27 Samish Island Kitchen and Cabin Work Day

March 4-6 Nurturing Spirit Retreat Samish Island

March 18-20 Encounter World Religions Program Greater Vancouver

*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!

Prayer Flag due date for World Conference

Remembrance Day Poem – Gloria Stanton

Spiritual Retreat Wrap up

Saskatoon Women’s Tea

Wayne and Gloria Stanton visit Winnipeg

Chilliwack Voluntouring Abroad, Volunteering at Home photos

Chilliwack Craft Day

Chilliwack Garage Sale Results

Victoria Gaelic Choir Charity Concert and Christmas Bazaar

What’s Up…In the CWM new edition now available

Edmonton Theology Weekend Photos


Lethbridge Games and Dinner

Job Opportunity - Church Mission and Young Adult Ministries Specialist

Women’s Christmas Breakfast in Vancouver

Church Pews for sale – Regina

Call for Delegates for World Conference 2016

2016 Camping Dates

Links to our Worldwide Ministries website

We want you to ‘like’ our CWM Facebook Page

Peace and Justice Rod Downing


Please note the corrected credit for Gloria Stanton’s Remembrance Day Poem.  You can read the entire poem again at the end of this Weekly Wire.

Poem by Gloria V Stanton in remembrance of her father Edwin Lloyd Cheeseman February 2 1915 to July 21 1944.  Inspired by John McCrae’s In Flanders Fields. 


Job Opportunity

Church Mission and Young Adult Ministries Specialist

Location: Calgary Congregation, Canada West Mission Centre

Calgary Church

The Church Mission and Young Adult Ministries Specialist is accountable for promoting and encouraging the church’s mission initiatives at the Calgary Congregation and the Canada West Mission.

Follow the link above to learn more about this job opportunity.


What’s Up…In the CWM

Now available online,

in your mailbox or church foyer.




Community of Christ Lesson Series

Community of Christ Lesson Series

Community of Christ lessons are available for children (ages 6–11), youth (ages 12–18), and adults. Weekly lessons connect the lectionary text with Community of Christ identity, mission, message, and beliefs.  Lessons are free, donations are graciously accepted.


Spiritual Retreat Hills of Peace wrap up

Mike Mitchell, Spiritual Retreat Director


Special thanks to our guest Ministries Carol and Ken Dudley from Michigan for the great weekend we had at Hills of Peace.

Our Theme was the Rhythm of Life with God, based on the book An Unhurried Life by Alan Fadling.

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We are all busy bees. The weekend started with Brenda Senga dressed up as a busy bee making the point that we are all busy. We explored what types of ways we can look at our busy lives and how we can look at them from a spiritual view as was  Jesus’ rhythm.  Being in a hurry sickens the soul at every level.  We looked at our hurried pace of life, and through quotes of the ancients it shows that this hurry sickness is not unique to our generation. As a matter of fact, the Biblical examples show that the lack of patience and trust that fuels hurry was a part of humanity's first sin, and challenging Jesus to rush God and his timing is part of how Satan tempted Christ in the wilderness.  An unhurried life, is  not a lazy life, nor is it a self-centered one. Rather, it is a thoughtful, meaningful way of living that is modeled after the spirituality of Jesus. We had a great time and we were blessed by the ministry of all who came together to help.

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Namaste Mike Mitchell


Wayne and Gloria Stanton’s visit to Winnipeg


Evangelist Wayne and Gloria Stanton visited with the Winnipeg congregation from the 18-20th of September.  We were able to provide for Administrations, a Saturday afternoon class on how we see Jesus, then we led the Sunday morning service with more than 20 in attendance!  It was a very good weekend with lots and lots of eating and visiting.  Above is the photo of those who stayed for the Put Luck lunch and everyone had a great time of visiting afterwards.

Back row:  Lorraine Cornelson, Nettie Panting, Gloria & Wayne Stanton, Soni Freer, Beatrice Smentna

Front row: Eva Clark, Debbie Rimmer, Stan Freer.

Peace & Blessings Gloria


Saskatoon Women’s Tea


Here is a picture of the women who came to tea.  We have been having afternoon tea’s for over 5 years now with a different theme each year.  The theme this year was: “When the cat’s away the mice will play”  Two of the ladies from Prince Albert also joined us.  Our tea’s are the Saturday of the Men’s Retreat at Hills of Peace.  Other themes have been:  “I Can’t Believe You Wore that to the Tea” “Feathers and Lace”  Dinner and a Movie – Mamma Mia; High Tea with white gloves and hats.  We have a great time.  This year Cori lead us in a short worship, Clarissa not only led us in games but provided most of the sweets.  We have met at the Stanton home, except for the movie night and one afternoon at the Berry Barn.  It is just so much fun.

Top left Lois Simpson, Sylvia Lester, Clarissa McLean, Helen Wilkie, Brenda Mills, Amy Bueckert

2nd row:  Pan Busara, Marlene Mitchell, Danielle Mitchell, Cori McLean & Gloria Stanton

Peace & Blessings Gloria


It’s time to RSVP for our

Annual Women’s Christmas Breakfast in Vancouver

Special Music by Edith Wallace

Women's Christmas Breakfast flyer


Theology Weekend in Edmonton

with Tony and Charmaine Chvala-Smith








INDEPENDENCE CAMPUS: - 1st – 5th February - 2016

Community of Christ Temple, Independence, MO USA

Register online at:

Hebrew Scriptures - Steve Hatch

Course Description: This course provides an overview of the Old Testament and the Apocrypha, with emphasis on how the canon was developed, the different modes of interpreting the writings, and the exegetical skills needed for teaching and preaching out of the Hebrew Scriptures.

Pastoral Care - Pam Cress

Course Description: In this introductory course we will explore some of the relational issues found in ministry with people. Included will be an overview of our many diversities and how they impact relationships, conflict resolution, pastoral counselling considerations, and self care. Students will also explore the covenant discipleship group approaches.

Independence Registration Form


CANADA EAST CAMPUS: - 18th – 22nd April - 2016

Community of Christ, 414 Fischer-Hallman Rd., Kitchener, Ontario.

Register with Douglas Bolger, by April 1st, 2016 (705-495-1322)

Community of Christ History - Mark Scherer

8:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon

Course Description: This course will focus on the background and development of the Community of Christ from its nineteenth-century beginning to the present. Special attention will be given to an analytical approach to Latter Day Saint literature. Attention will also be given to the last few decades and the change to an International Church.

Church Leadership - Art Smith

1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Course Description: This course will introduce church leaders to the concept of church administration as leadership ministry. We will review and discuss important administrative policies, human resource procedures, and legal issues with the intent of understanding them in relation to our mission and our core theological and organizational values. We will especially focus on practical applications in relation to real-life scenarios and the complexities that sometimes arise between administrative policies and pastoral and missional concerns. The course will also touch on how to lead ministry teams consisting of both paid staff and volunteers, on various decision-making processes and the church’s process of working towards “Common Consent.”

We are encouraging Congregations to establish Leadership funds in their congregational budgets under “Developing Disciples to Serve” These funds can then serve to support those wishing to enroll in MEADS.

For further information, please contact:

Douglas Bolger, Coordinator & Registrar (705-495-1322)

 Canada East Registration Form



Lethbridge was blessed with ministry last weekend from Wayne and Gloria Stanton of Saskatoon. Sixteen of us gathered for worship and fellowship over a great pot luck. Saturday night eleven of us met for pizza or lasagna then went to the church for a night of fun and games followed by pie and ice cream.



Chilliwack’s Annual Garage Sale!

Over $3000 was raised for World Accord, Chilliwack Supportive Housing and Samish Island.  Many thanks to Janine, Keith and Fred for their leadership and organization of this event.  All the congregation pitched in to help, each in their own way.



Chilliwack Craft Day




Voluntouring Abroad, Volunteering at Home

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Special thanks to all our guest speakers.  It was a wonderful opportunity to learn about Voluntouring Abroad, and Volunteer opportunities right here in Chilliwack.

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Victoria Charity Concert and Christmas Bazaar



Prayer Flag due dates

Prayer Flags

If your congregation is making Prayer Flags to send to World Conference, please note that they would like to have the flags by May 1, 2016 in order to connect them and have them ready to hang.


Church Pews For Sale


The Regina Congregation has 16 Church Pews for sale. They are constructed with White Oak and have a light walnut stain finish. The pews have Hymnal racks. The set also includes the front row divider panels. 12 pews are 10' in length and seat 6-8 people. 4 pews have been shorted to 7’10” to allow a wheel chair beside the pew. The pews are about 50 years old and in good condition. We are asking $2000 for the set. You can contact Gregg Lester at



Call for Delegates for World Conference 2016

2016 World Conference

If you are planning to attend World Conference June 4-11, 2016, please send me your name so I can add you to the list. or 1-877-411-2632 ext 4


 CWM Facebook Page!

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

and be sure to ‘like’ us.


Community of Christ website links

Community of Christ Upcoming Events: Visit the Community of Christ Calendar 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 or on the Announcements page .
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


Poem by Gloria V Stanton in remembrance of her father Edwin Lloyd Cheeseman February 2 1915 to July 21 1944.  Inspired by John McCrae’s In Flanders Fields. 

In Flanders Fields the poppies grow

Between the crosses row on row

In other fields where flowers grow

We cannot count so many rows.

My father lies beneath a cross

Shot dead by sniper’s bullet tossed

Into a faceless enemy foe

It did not matter which one though.

It was my dad you killed that day

You took the sunshine from our way

You did your duty to your God

But how can our God be that odd?

They laughed; they loved, and left behind

The family never seen again;

A baby new or never known,

No photograph to you was shown.

Names given only thru the mail

No daddy’s voice would our name hail.

The magic love unfulfilled at home.

The abyss of grief was suffered alone.

Oh God of love and peace and goodness.

Oh Shepherd whose blinded flock scattered by pieces

Greed for more countries; Greed to be Pure;

Greed of all dictators’, that’s for sure.

How many lives lost in battle?

Killing for God, country and medal?

How many lives riddled that day

The bombs where dropped in that peculiar way.

Whose duty is it God to stop the killing?

Can Peaceful voices be heard over the battle?

Can lives the bullets and land mines claim;

Ever move or’ the land, sea, air again?

And so loving God of all,

Who won’t let them fall.

Hold them safe till the morning.

When we can return to embrace again.


Canada West Camping and Event Calendar


Feb12-15 Winter Youth Camp Regina

February 27 Samish Island Kitchen and Cabin Work Day

March 4-6 Nurturing Spirit Retreat Samish Island

March 18-20 Encounter World Religions Program Greater Vancouver

April 15-17 Pastors Retreat Edmonton

April 21-24 Fine Arts Retreat Samish Island

April 25-30 Samish Island Work Week

May 27-29 Young Adult Retreat Hills of Peace (to be confirmed)

June 3-5 Camp Genesis (8-9 yrs) Samish Island

June 4-11 World Conference - Independence Missouri

June 13 Samish Island Work Day

June 25-July 1 Adult Reunion Samish Island

July 3 - 8 CWM Youth Camp Hills of Peace

July 9 - 14 Family Reunion Hills of Peace

July 15 - 18 Junior Camp (8-12 yrs) Hills of Peace

July 16-23 Family Reunion Samish Island

July 16-23 Spectacular Graceland University tentative dates

July 24-30 Camp Kluane (girls 12-14 yrs) Samish Island

July 31-Aug 6 Camp Chimacum (boys 12-14 yrs) Samish Island

August 7-13 Camp Kimtah (15-18 yrs) Samish Island

August 6-7 Nurturing Spirit Retreat Hills of Peace

August 14-20 Camp Mungai (10-11 yrs) Samish Island

Sept 2-4 Canada West Mission Conference – Ribstone AB

Sept 23-25 Men’s Retreat Hills of Peace

Sep 30–Oct 2 Women's Retreat Chilliwack

October 28-30 Singles Retreat Samish Island

Note: Hills of Peace Spiritual Retreat cancelled for 2015 due to WC

Dates are subject to change, please register early


Quote of the Week

When your worship service reaches 80% capacity

of the room, it’s time to add another service

- or more chairs.

~Pastor Dave Williams, Lansing MI~

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