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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Weekly Wire for February 15, 2017

Canada West Mission




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Upcoming Events at a Glance


Feb 17-20 Winter Youth Retreat Edmonton

February 24-26 Encounter World Religions Program Vancouver

March 3-5 Nurturing Spirit Weekend Samish Island

March 3-5 Encounter World Religions Program Calgary

March 31-April 2 Women’s Retreat Medicine Hat, AB

April 21-23 Arts Retreat Samish Island

April 24-29 Samish Island Work Week

*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!

Worship Planning Resources

Interim Mission Centre President and update on Steve Thompson

Christmas in Review is now online!

CWM Youth Retreat

Samish Island Arts Retreat

Nurturing Spirit Retreat Samish Island and Youth Spirit Kitchen

Women’s Retreat Medicine Hat

Encounter World Religions Weekends

Spiritual Formation Events

Community of Christ App

Shopping on

Links to our Worldwide Ministries website

We want you to ‘like’ our CWM Facebook Page

2017 Camping Dates

Quote of the Week


What’s Up…In the CWM

Christmas in Review is online now!



As you all know Steve needs time to heal properly from his surgery,  and as much as he may like to be ‘kept in the loop’ it is important that he not think about work at all right now.

Please send any questions or requests for information to Darrell or Debra , and refrain from ccing Steve on any work related emails. 

Notes of support for Steve’s  well being and healing are most welcome and can be sent to his email address

Thank you


Update on Steve Thompson


Hello Everyone.

I just want to let you know that I am continuing to do very well in my recovery. I am feeling stronger, doing lots of walking, and generally getting healthier all the time. By the time you read this I will even be driving again! (Which means it is six weeks since my surgery on January 4.)

I do want to let you know that with the assistance of the Canadian Church Office staff, we will have the CWM 2016 tax receipts in the mail before the end of the month!

Thank you for your support in thoughts and prayers. It is still very much appreciated.

--Steve Thompson


A message from Apostle Art Smith



Darrell Belrose ~ Interim Mission Centre President 



phone 403-803-7601


Samish Island Arts Retreat

Arts Retreat


Be a Volunteer at Hills of Peace!


It's time to start thinking about the upcoming Hills of Peace camping season! What are your summer plans? Would you be willing to serve on camp staff this summer? Let us know!*

*This is only expressing interest and should not be considered a commitment.

Click this link to have your name added to a volunteer list and we'll be in touch!

Parker Johnson


Priesthood Training Online Pilot Class

Do you want or need to take one of the Ministry and Priesthood classes, but live classes don’t fit your schedule or they’re too far away? Canada East and Canada West Mission Centre’s are proud to announce our first pilot elearning Temple School class, “Introduction to Priesthood Ministry!” Registration is now open with a limit of 30 students – first come, first served. Participation requires computer and internet access capable of downloading documents and playing video.

“Introduction to Priesthood Ministry” Temple School eLearning Class:


 Registration opens February 12 through March 24.

* Contact Debra Donohue by emailing with the following information:

* Name, address, birthdate, and email address

* Class fee is $20 per student which includes a PDF copy of the class. You can pay this fee by cheque, to:

Stephen Thompson

President and Financial Officer

Canada West Mission Centre

Box 345, 224-6655 178 Street NW

Edmonton, AB  T5T 4J5

. Payment due before class starts.

· Class dates: April 1 – May 27:

* The class will be taught in 8-week segments requiring students to complete weekly readings and activities anytime between Saturday and Thursday each week (about an hour and a half per week).

* The week following class conclusion, students will receive a PDF certificate and Temple School Credit in Shelby.

Contact Information: David Lloyd, Developmetrics, LLC:

Registration –


Camp Samish is Recruiting Head Cooks!

Do you love to cook/cater?

Are you creative with menus?

Can you manage a kitchen and crew?

Are you available weekdays and weekends?

Do you love to be at Samish Island?

Samish Island Campground is recruiting head cooks on a contracted basis for a variety of non-profit groups throughout the 2017 season. If this sounds interesting and fun, please contact Pam Bauer, Food Service Manager for more detailed information and qualifications.


CWM Youth Retreat


Mark your calendars … the 2017 CWM Youth Retreat will be in Edmonton from Friday, February 17, 7:30 pm to Monday, February 20, 11:30 am. Online registration  CWM_Youth_Retreat_Registration  please register early.


Women’s Retreat in Medicine Hat!




Weekend of World Religions Vancouver

It’s time to Register!

*locations subject to change


Weekend of World Religions Calgary

It’s time to register!




Brian Carwana, Director of the Encounter World Religions Centre 


Nurturing Spirit Retreat Samish Island

March 3-5

Register today!



Youth Spirit Kitchen

As a part of our spiritual practice this year at the Nurturing Spirit Retreat, we will be offering an opportunity to focus on the blessing of giving and receiving food in community.

As a child I was captivated by the story of a hungry crowd, some fish, 5 loaves of bread and Jesus. Shelby too, counts this as her favourite Bible miracle. But what really happened?

Today I still wonder what it takes to make food sacred. Why do I feel so special when I take in the bread and the juice of communion? Why does food taste different on holidays or with special friends? What can we do as cooks at an event like NSR to bring the Spirit not just calories to the table?

And, what makes Reunion cooks so awesome? And how do people turn into cooks? It must be something like the loaves and fishes, a little sharing, a lot of love, and a willingness to step up and be seen.

If you are youth and are curious about cooking, learning about the Samish kitchen, curious about God and Spirit, and the really cool relationship between them, consider spending a week end in service at Nurturing Spirit.

Get in touch with Debra or Lana. Youth Spirit Kitchen spaces are by donation, are limited and we have 2 registered already!

And, no we won’t be dividing up fish, its vegetarian all the way!

Lana Cullis ~ Head Cook

Debra Donohue ~ Camp Director


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


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


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



Feb 17-20 Winter Youth Retreat Edmonton

February 24-26 Encounter World Religions Program Vancouver

March 3-5 Nurturing Spirit Weekend Samish Island

March 3-5 Encounter World Religions Program Calgary

March 31-April 2 Women’s Retreat Medicine Hat, AB

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 21-30 Spectacular Graceland University

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 Singles Reunion Samish Island

August 4-7 Nurturing Spirit Retreat Hills of Peace

August 13-17 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

November 3-5 High Priest, Evangelist and Seventy Retreat –Edmonton

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


Quote of the Week

Acceptance of one's life has nothing to do with resignation; it does not mean running away from the struggle. On the contrary, it means accepting it as it comes, with all the handicaps of heredity, of suffering, of psychological complexes and injustices.

~Paul Tournier~

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