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Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Weekly Wire for September 14, 2016

Canada West Mission


Upcoming Events at a Glance


Sept 23-25 Men’s Retreat Hills of Peace

Sep 30–Oct 2 Women's Retreat Chilliwack

Sept 30-Oct 2 Singles Retreat Samish Island


January 27-29  Encounter World Religions Program Vancouver

Feb 17-18 CWM Camp Community - Youth Retreat, (location to be confirmed)

March 3-5 Nurturing Spirit Weekend Samish Island

March 3-5 Encounter World Religions Program Calgary

*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!


Doctrine and Covenants Now Includes Section 165

New Worship Planning Resources

Spiritual Formation Events

Norm Olson’s 99th Birthday Party Photos

Men’s Retreat Hills of Peace

Get God 2016/17 participant Lisa Wingfield

Canada West Mission Conference Supports Human Rights

Women’s Retreat Chilliwack

Community of Christ App

Shopping on

Links to our Worldwide Ministries website

We want you to ‘like’ our CWM Facebook Page

2016/17 Camping Dates

Quote of the Week


Mission Conference 2016

in Ribstone.



Click below to see all the photos, fun and highlights of

Canada West Mission Conference 2016

Read the Mission Conference Program

Be sure to join us for Mission Conference 2017 in

Vancouver British Columbia September 1-3


Norm Olson’s 99th Birthday Party

Victoria, BC



Men’s Retreat Hills of Peace


The Western Canada Mission Centre Men’s Retreat, (abbreviated to WCMCMR) is celebrating its 11th version. There is some debate whether I am lazy or just like tradition but as in previous versions this year’s event occurs the last weekend in September (23rd-25th); is attended by men who were born in either the 20th or 21st centuries; is located at the Hills of Peace. However, the WCMCMR also allows for diversity – we have guest ministers from all over North America who share their passions with us in a setting that is spiritual, but definitely not churchy (so don’t bother packing your suit and white shirt) which hopefully makes it appealing not just to members, but to our friends who have who have travelled with us on other worthwhile and memorable road trips. This year we are lucky enough to have Apostle Art Smith join us and he is going to spend a couple of days engaging us in the theme “Are They Invited to Men’s Retreat? – Women? Gender Non-Conforming? Jesus? “.

So you have options – you could stay at home and experience that adrenaline rush or you could accept this invitation and find out who else Art invited. If you are brave smart enough to decide to come I guarantee that you won’t go hungry, that you will laugh at least once every 4 hours, that there will be at least one experience that we will talk about years from now with the intro “do you remember the men’s retreat where we...”

It’s pretty basic – we kick it off Friday night at 8 with a couple of ice-breakers, figure out which room we’re staying in and find out when breakfast is on Saturday. Art has 4 sessions planned for Saturday, which will be followed by a large meal, a legendary campfire, and some subdued card playing. On Sunday morning we’ll do a few minor camp close-up tasks, share in a communion service with Art providing a brief message,  and then head for home.

It’s a road trip...It’s a spiritual experience outside the church walls that doesn’t occur 10-12 on a Sunday morning...It’s an invitation...

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.


Dan Esch


Get God 2016/17

Greatness, Education, Training - Goals, Outreach, Discipleship


Please join us in welcoming our 2016/17 Get God participant Lisa Wingfield from Meadow Ridge BC. Lisa has been attending church in Meadow Ridge for the past seven years and was baptized in September of last year.

Lisa is looking forward to learning new skills that will help her become a leader in the Meadow Ridge congregation.

One of her teachers, Darrell Belrose, has inspired her to bring back the 'Flow Weekends' as a spiritual and outreach opportunity. Please keep Lisa in your prayers as she embarks on this year long project to better herself for the benefit of her congregation.

From all of us in the Canada West Mission Centre, welcome aboard Lisa!



Doctrine and Covenants

Now Includes Section 165


We're excited to announce that the Doctrine and Covenants e-book for Amazon devices and apps has been updated to include Section 165. This new section was approved by the 2016 World Conference of Community of Christ. 
If you have previously purchased the entire e-book, a standalone version of
Section 165 is also available. 

Here is the  link for “Community of Christ in Canada for ” to make purchases and have up to 8.5% returned to the Canadian church.


Mission Conference

Supports Human Rights!

A big “Thank you” goes out to all those at the September 2016 CWM Mission Conference who helped support the Amnesty International actions. There were 7 pre-printed letters sent by our youth, who drew encouraging pictures on them!  As well, two petitions received 29 signatures.   Such actions can provide hope and sometimes release for those unfairly jailed, tortured or disappeared!

In addition another big thank you goes to the youth who helped “bug” the adults in Rod’s Sunday session!

Thanks,  Rod



Women’s Retreat – Chilliwack



Singles Retreat Samish Island



How to pay for US run

Youth Camps and Retreats at Samish Island.



New Worship Planning Resources

Again this year, Worship Resources is a two-book set.
Worship Resources
This book contains suggestions for worship planning for Advent 2016 up to Advent 2017. Weekly worship outlines include Community of Christ worship themes, lectionary-based scriptures, ways to engage all ages, recommended hymns from Community of Christ Sings, drama scripts and responsive readings, special prayers, focus moments, worship settings, and more.
Sermon & Class Helps
This book contains sermon and class helps based on focus scriptures listed in the Revised Common Lectionary for Sundays and special liturgical days with emphasis on the New Testament, particularly on the Gospel according to Matthew.
Each sermon help includes Exploring the Scripture, an exegesis of the text including critical interpretation of the context, people, and events described in the featured scripture passage. Sections called Central Ideas and Questions for the Speaker contain suggestions for a sermon thesis and questions to help the preacher frame the ideas.
Order online today at Herald House.


Spiritual Formation Centre Upcoming Events


All Music is God’s – October 21 – 23, 2016

Encountering God at Home:  Spiritual Formation with Children, Youth and Families – April 7 – 9, 2017


How do we pay for camps?

Canada West Mission Centre is continuing to offer camps and retreats at no charge to ensure that registration fees are not barriers to participation. Donations are accepted to help offset the costs of the events. As you consider your donations this year, please keep in mind that the high exchange rate between the US and Canadian dollars will result in higher costs to the Mission Centre to fund camps and retreats. Thank you for your past and continuing support of these events. Contact Debra Donohue for more information if needed or 1-877-411-2632 ext 4


Community of Christ App for Android and IOS

Community of Christ launched an app for Android and iOS devices. The app is available for download from Google Play and the App Store on iTunes.

With the Community of Christ app, you can read daily spiritual devotions, watch inspiring videos, stay in touch with mission happening around the world, and much more.

The app development was funded through the generous offerings received during the USA National Conference after event expenses were met.


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Here is the  link for “Community of Christ and ” to make purchases and have up to 8.5% returned to the Canadian church.

Learn how it works here Community of Christ Amazon video


 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

To those seeking a spiritual home, Community of Christ is a welcoming, loving, worldwide faith community that values the worth of every person as a child of God, and provides a safe space for you to explore and deepen your relationship with Jesus Christ and each other.

In Community of Christ, you will receive love and support as you discover renewed purpose for your life through compassionate, Christ-like service that ends suffering and fosters justice and peace.


Canada West Camping and Event Calendar


Sept 23-25 Men’s Retreat Hills of Peace

Sep 30–Oct 2 Women's Retreat Chilliwack

Sept 30-Oct 2 Singles Retreat Samish Island


January 27-29 Encounter World Religions Program Vancouver

Feb 17-18 CWM Camp Community - Youth Retreat, (location to be confirmed)

March 3-5 Nurturing Spirit Weekend Samish Island

March 3-5 Encounter World Religions Program Calgary

April 21-23 Arts Retreat Samish Island

April 24-29 Samish Island Work Week

June 2-4 Camp Genesis (8-9 yrs) Samish Island

June 2-4 Spiritual Retreat Hills of Peace

June 10-16 Adult Reunion Samish Island

July 2-7 CWM Camp Community - Youth Camp Hills of Peace

July 8-13 Family Reunion Hills of Peace

July 15-22 Family Reunion Samish Island

July 15-19 Junior Camp Hills of Peace

July 22-29 Spectacular Graceland University tentative dates

July 23-29 Camp Kluane (girls 12-14 yrs) Samish Island

July 30- Aug 5 Camp Chimacum (boys 12-14 yrs) Samish Island

August 6-12 Camp Kimtah (15-18 yrs) Samish Island

August 4-7 Nurturing Spirit Retreat Hills of Peace

August 13-19 Camp Mungai (10-11 yrs) Samish Island

September 1-3 Canada West Mission Conference – Vancouver BC

September 22-24 Men’s Retreat Hills of Peace

September 29–Oct 1 Women's Retreat Chilliwack

November 3-5 High Priest and Evangelist Retreat –Edmonton

Dates are subject to change, please register early to avoid cancellation of your event.


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