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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Weekly Wire for March 29, 2017

Canada West Mission




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Upcoming Events at a Glance


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

*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

World Church finacial update March 2017

Debra Holidays

Invitation to President’s Challenge

Community of Christ Seminary Program

Save the Date – Ribstone’s 110th Anniversary

Samish Island Arts Retreat

Spiritual Retreat Hills of Peace

New Job Opportunity in Canada

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


Debra away for holiday time.

I will be away from April 1st-10th.  If you have something to post in the Weekly Wire for April 5th, please have it to me by March 30th.


Thanks, Debra.



Presiding Bishopric Financial Update March 2017

The September/October Herald included a financial update covering the actions of the June 25–26, 2016, World Church Finance Board. At that meeting, the board accepted the fiscal year 2015 audit and approved the fiscal year 2017 Worldwide Mission Budget

Since the June 2016 meeting, the World Church Finance Board has met twice by teleconference: November 3 and February 23. This report summarizes content reviewed in these meetings. This includes updating several actions presented in the Presiding Bishopric oral and written financial reports to the 2016 World Conference

Starting with this report, the Presiding Bishopric will provide a financial update to the church after each World Church Finance Board meeting. To read more, follow the link below…

Presiding Bishopric Financial Update

Follow this link to see the Summary video


Invitation to President’s Challenge


Make plans to join the live broadcast of President Veazey's Challenge on April 2, 2017, at 6 p.m. CST, and submit your questions/responses to  or use the hashtag #asksteveveazey on social media.

Steve Veazy’s Presidents Challenge


Community of Christ Seminary

Graceland University

Community of Christ Seminary still has room for 5-7 students for the next cohort that begins August 2017.  Since we do not have new staff to fill these slots, we want to open these positions for other members and emerging leaders. 

If you are aware of individuals in your fields who have interest in the seminary experience and program, please encourage them to consider this option.  Here is the anticipated costs:

  • Tuition - paid by the church
  • Students are responsible for:
    • Books – approximately $2500
    • Travel costs for 4 -one–week focus sessions at IHQ (this will require time off from work to be onsite for the focus sessions)
    • Miscellaneous fees for applying and graduation – approximately $200

Anyone who is interested must notify Stassi Cramm by April 1st.  The application deadline for seminary is May 31, 2017.  Further inquiries about seminary can be sent to Matt Frizzell, Seminary Dean or Stassi Cramm

Matthew Frizzell                                     Stassi Cramm


Samish Island Camp Volunteer Work Week!

APRIL 24-29 Monday – Saturday


Friends of Samish!

Things are shaping up for Volunteer Work Week at Samish!  The event season began in February and we will have hosted over 35 events before we get to November.

Come for a day or the week!  Food and lodging is free!  As you know, we rely on volunteers to maintain the natural beauty and functional simplicity of the this sacred space.  Many who attend events here over the years have asked about how they can help.  Here's one way!  RSVP with John VanDerWalker (Camp Manager)

Over the next week or two, we ask your help in spreading the word.  We are also reaching out to recruit congregations and others in the community to "sponsor" the work for specific projects.. e.g. How about organizing your congregation or group to send a crew to spread the bark in the playground..or screw in  the new LED lights in all the cabins or save the trees by trimming English Ivy ?

Here's a look at the to do list:

Special Projects:

  • Brown Restroom- install insulation, drywall and 1x6 fir ceiling, new lights, infrared heating and baby changing tables, and new toilets. (new stalls will come at the end of the season)
  • Red Door Classroom - new windows , siding and roof.
  • Yellow Door Classroom - new roof.
  • Install curtain drains in rustic cabin area (lower sections of C and D row and across the east end.
  • Spread new chips in play area to bring level up to safety code.
  • Install new energy saving devices.  LED lights in cabins.  Water restrictors in washrooms and bathrooms.
  • Change out rusting faucet stands in RV park.
  • Rake around sport court and plant grass.
  • Rewire Gazebo
  • Install solid core door and blow in wall insulation to sound proof guest quarters in East Residence
  • Upgrade a "model" rustic cabin ( new beds, larger window, insulation, floor paint, drywall and paneling etc.

Regular Maintenance (there's more!)

  • Weed wacking, trail trimming, edging
  • Pressure washing walks.
  • Chipping winter blow downs and trimmings
  • Installing "backer rod" in rustic cabin gables to prevent bats from nesting.
  • Prepping classrooms
  • Cleaning up storage areas
  • Painting trim
  • Installing weather stripping /door sweeps in rustic cabins.....
  • Installing new batteries in smoke detectors
  • Light cleaning
  • Demossing
  • Clipping English Ivy from around trees.
  • Gardening/Weeding

We are blessed with a wonderful place to share and to gather.  This has been a special place to gather for centuries as the Samish and their ancestors families established winter villages here.  We have a chance to to honor this gathering place and to assure its availability for generations to come. 

Peace and Gratefulness, Mark Chapman

Community of Christ Samish Island Camp, 360-420-6369

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Ribstone’s 110th Anniversary

Mark your calendars and save the date!



Job Opportunity

Public Relations and Marketing Specialist (PRM)

This position requires experience in hands-on public relations, a working knowledge of the practices of P2P, B2B networking dynamics and the broad array of communication formats and tools of this PRM function. To find out more, follow the link below.

Public Relations and Marketing Specialist (PRM)


Spiritual Retreat Hills of Peace


Register Online


Singles Retreat Lewis River



What’s Up…In the CWM

We’re now accepting submissions for the May edition of

What’s Up…In the CWM. 

Do you have something of interest for the mission centre. Write it down and send it, along with photos, to Debra Donohue



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

Darrell Belrose ~ Interim Mission Centre President 



phone 403-803-7601


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Samish Island Arts Retreat


to register email Jill Brunette


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


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


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

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

In the spring, at the end of the day,

you should smell like dirt.

Margaret Atwood

Margaret Atwood

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