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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Weekly Wire for March 8, 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

*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

Nurturing Spirit Retreat and Youth Spirit Kitchen Photos

Temple School online Pilot Class

Christmas in Review is now online!

Samish Island Arts Retreat

Women’s Retreat Medicine Hat

F.L.O.W. in Meadow Ridge photos

Encounter World Religions Weekends with Vancouver photos

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


Click on the link below to see the

Winter Youth Retreat in Edmonton Video

PS…it’s awesome!


Nurturing Spirit Retreat Samish Island


This year it snowed at the Nurturing Spirit Retreat but our hearts were warm with the community and fellowship we experienced while sharing, and learning new spiritual practices.

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Later that day a rainbow appeared.


We are so grateful for all of the new participants this year, as well as our regulars from previous years.



We have exciting news!

In 2018 we will be offering both a Nurturing Spirit Retreat and a guided Silent Retreat.  Stay tuned for details!


Youth Spirit Kitchen at Nurturing Spirit


The Youth Spirit Kitchen participants (left to right) Nathan Christensen, Shelby Bolger, team leader Lana Cullis, Benjamin Christensen,and Hannah Rose.  Each of the youth had the opportunity to create their own bread for our Saturday breakfast, and prepare an element of our Saturday lunch without being given a recipe! only the main ingredient.  The youth worked together to taste each others food and offer suggestions.  The meal was fabulous, in fact all of the meals were fabulous.  Thank you Lana and the Youth Spirit Kitchen Team!



Encounter Weekend of World Religions Calgary

We had 31 attendees who visited a Hindu Temple, Mosque, Sikh Temple and Buddhist Temple.

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Singles Retreat Lewis River



News from Victoria


Brandon at 12 years old is almost 6 feet tall. He’s great at rebounds and he shoots well also.  His team from Mill Bay, the only team from our area, took first place in their division against schools in Victoria.

Sally Glasier


F.L.O.W. Weekend in Meadow Ridge



Guest Ministers Doug MacArthur and Dan Woynarski


Bowling High Five – another strike for Carly Fraser!


Thanks to Lisa Wingfield for putting on the F.L.O.W. weekend as part of her Get God program for 2017



What’s Up…In the CWM

Christmas in Review is online now!



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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



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


To Register

* 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.


Women’s Retreat in Medicine Hat!




Weekend of World Religions Vancouver

Classtime with Brian Carwana


Lunch and Q&A at Jewish Temple Sholom


Zoroastrian Society


St. George Greek Orthodox Church



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


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 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

One can, I think, listen someone into existence, encourage a stronger self to emerge or a new talent to flourish. Good teachers listen this way, as do terrific grandfathers and similar heroes of the spirit.”

-Mary Rose O'Reilly, Radical Presence; Teaching as Contemplative Practice

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