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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Weekly Wire for November 25, 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!

Spiritual Retreat Wrap up

Saskatoon Women’s Tea

Wayne and Gloria Stanton visit Winnipeg

Chilliwack Voluntouring Abroad, Volunteering at Home photos

Chilliwack Craft Day

Victoria Gaelic Choir Charity Concert and Christmas Bazaar photos

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

Lethbridge Games and Dinner

Job Opportunity - Church Mission and Young Adult Ministries Specialist

Women’s Christmas Breakfast in Vancouver

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


Job Opportunity

Church Mission and Young Adult Ministries Specialist

Location: Calgary Congregation, Canada West Mission Centre


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.


Baptism in Regina

Hayden #1

On Sunday, November 8, the Regina branch was privileged to witness Hayden Woynarski’s decision to become a member of the Community of Christ. Hayden’s dad, Dan, brought us the morning message, reaffirming the power of relationships between Hayden and his family, his congregation and God.  We had planned ahead to fill the fount, but didn’t realize until Sunday morning that the water heater wasn’t working so the branch was given a chance to share by carrying a steady stream of pots filled with hot water and dumping them into the fount. It certainly wasn’t the warmest water, but Hayden’s mom, Sharman was going to baptize him and if it was warm enough for her, it would be ok for him. As is our custom the congregation gathered by the baptismal fount as Sharman lowered him into water (there was no concern that his dyed hair would color the water). Later in the service Hayden was confirmed into the Community of Christ by his dad who was assisted by Dan Esch. We’ll be having a potluck on December 6 to celebrate Hayden’s first communion and are very thankful that Hayden has chosen to make this covenant. Congratulations Hayden !

Dan Esch Pastor Regina Congregation


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.


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.


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




Lethbridge was blessed with ministry 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.




Voluntouring Abroad, Volunteering at Home


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



Victoria Charity Concert and Christmas Bazaar






100’s of books for sale and handmade bookmarks by Georgia Shirley.



Outdoor Marketing!



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


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


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