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Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Weekly Wire for April 3, 2019

Canada West Mission

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Staff at World Conference 

Please note that Steve Thompson and Debra Donohue will be in Independence Missouri for the International Leaders meetings and World Conference from March 31st to April 14th.

Lisa Neudorf and Parker Johnson will be in Independence from April 4th to April 14th.

Our response times to your messages make take longer while we’re away.

If you’re message is urgent please call our 1-877 numbers located on the

staff directory page of our website.


Upcoming Events at a Glance


April 5-13 World Conference Independence Missouri

April 26-28 DO SOMETHING retreat Samish Island

April 28-May 4 Samish Island Work Week

May 31-Jun 2 Friends and Family Connection Weekend Samish Island

June 7-11 Adult Reunion Hills of Peace

June 8-13 Adult Reunion Samish Island

Jun 30-Jul 5 Youth Camp Hills of Peace

*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 this Weekly Wire.

Canada West Mission Website


This Week…in the Weekly Wire!          

Address change for Steve Thompson Mission President

Reggie – new registration platform for all CWM events

Friends and Family Connection Weekend

Hotel information for Mission Conference in Edmonton

Paid Summer Youth Leader Opportunity

SPECTACULAR Registration info Canada and North West Delegations

Updated Copyright Information

I Meant to DO SOMETHING About That! – Samish Island

World Conference preparation guide

New E-Learning online classes  - register today!

Community of Christ App

Shopping on

Links to our Worldwide Ministries website

We want you to ‘like’ our CWM Facebook Page

2018/19 Camping and Retreat Dates 



New registration platform for all CWM events 

You asked - we listened!

Canada West Mission is proud to announce the launch of its new online event registration system, REGGIE! This new system is a custom-built solution based on your feedback from previous registration processes. Reggie represents over a year of hard work as we tirelessly built a new platform to meet the unique needs of Canada West members and friends.

Online Registration for upcoming CWM events is now open. Log in to create your family's profile, register for available events and browse the new site. We think you'll like what you see. It's simple, fast, and secure!

Check out  Reggie


Friends and Family Connection Weekend

May 31-June 2 at Samish Island

The Friends and Family Connection Weekend is an opportunity to spend quality time with family, old friends, and make new friends. We want to bring PLAY back into your life. When we laugh and play together, something wonderful happens, we relax, we sleep better, and our lives become richer.

When you escape to Samish Island Retreat Center you can exhale and say AHHHH. We'll have opportunities for mindful, meaningful and spiritual conversations, for games and trivia, swimming and canoeing, for singing and sports, and full belly laughs.

This event is subsidized by the Canada West Mission Centre as the cost per adult is $100, youth $75, and under 5 years is $25. The registration fee is $50 for adults, $25 for youth and children. Registration fees are not issued tax receipts. Donations received separately from contributors will be given a tax receipt. Your generous donations help us continue to provide high quality events for our friends and families.

Friends and Family Connection Weekend Schedule May 31-June 2, 2019


4pm Registration opens, Free time, Service Project

Coffee and Meaningful Conversation Groups – topics provided

5:00 Samish Island Campground Tour

6:00 Dinner

8:00 Brain Teasers, Coffee and Meaningful Conversation, Sing along, Board Games


8:00 Morning walk around the lake (granola bars, coffee and juice available)

9:00 Breakfast

9:30 Clean-up

10:30 Tae Kwon Do board breakin/lesson with Georgia, or poetry writing nature walk

11:30 Class to be confirmed or Building Fairy Houses with Debra

12:30 Picnic Lunch at the Beach. Games, Water sports, Swimming, Canoeing and more.

3:00 Pack up and shower

4:00 Music jam and sing-along

5:30 Dinner

7:00 Sunset Campfire with songs and story

8:00 Trivia Night with Josh

9:00 Board games and visiting, Coffee and Meaningful Conversation, Music Jam


8:00 Morning walk around the lake (granola bars, coffee and juice available)

9:00 Breakfast

10:00 Clean up the dining hall and washrooms

11:15 Sharing our talents

12:00 Clean cabins and goodbye until next year

*If you have a favourite board game, please bring it!

Follow this link to register today!



‘I Meant to DO SOMETHING About That’

Samish Island

April 26-28, 2019

I Meant to Do Something About That flyer

A weekend retreat at Samish Island

April 26th-28th, 2019

Be inspired by one another.

Be inspired by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Take one step in moving from passion to action so you can say,

I did something about that!

Friday April 26

5:00pm Welcome! Breathe, settle in, register.

6:00pm Light dinner at the dining hall and clean up

7:30 pm Introductions; Land Acknowledgement; Sharing our stories.

9pm Snacks and visiting

Saturday April 27

7:00am Meditation and Community Walk (early risers)

7:30am Rise

8:00am Breakfast and Clean up

9:15am Introduction and shape of the day

Ignite your passion - Guest Speaker TBA

Small group break outs / Action Tool Kit discussions

12:15pm Lunch and Clean up

1:30pm Ignite your passion - Caroline Merner from Climate Guides

On a youth expedition led by “Students on Ice” to the Arctic in August

2017, Caroline Merner and Marina Melanidis met and found a shared a

passion for addressing climate change. Climate Guides is a Canadian

non-profit formed by youth, for youth. Their mission is to build climate

leaders by creating and supporting opportunities for youth to engage in climate action within their communities. Come, be inspired by her story!

Small group break outs / Action Tool Kit discussions

3:30pm Creative Explorations

6:00pm Dinner and Clean up

7:30pm Fireside Chat with Bill and Rosie James from the Samish Nation

8.30pm Snacks, visiting, board games, Social Justice Sing Along and movie

Sunday April 28

7:30am Rise

8:00am Breakfast and clean up (dining hall and cabins)

10:00am Ignite your passion - Guest Speaker TBA

10.30am Closing circle and commitments to action

11:30am Snacks to go and farewell...until we meet again next year!


Limited to the first 60 people.

Deadline extended to Saturday, April 14th.

Cost: $115US / $150Cdn**

Children 5-11 years $100US / $130 Cdn

** Save $10!

Early Bird registration by April 1st

To hold your spot email


Paid Summer Job Opportunity

CWM Youth Leader

June 29 – July 17, 2019

Hills of Peace Campground

CWM Youth Camp (June 30 – July 5)

Family camp (July 6-11)

Junior Camp (July 13-17)

July 18 – 27, 2019*

Graceland University

Spectacular (July 20 – 27)

*available for CWM candidates only

Primary Focus: Junior (8-12), Junior High (13-15) and Senior High (16-18)

Remuneration: This is a paid position which will include travel expenses (mileage or airfare).

The ideal candidate will have the following qualities:

A young adult who is active or has a membership in a Community of Christ Canada. Preference will be given to a suitable candidate from Canada West Mission.

Must be 21 years of age (we cannot accept applications from anyone who will not be the age of 21 by July 1, 2019).

Approved by Community of Christ as a Registered Youth Worker (or eligible to be approved by June 25, 2019).

Eligible to work in Canada.

Leadership Opportunities: The candidate will be given specific responsibilities at each camp leading and connecting with the youth. At both of the youth camps, the candidate will be a counsellor and assigned a cabin with another adult. At Family Camp, the candidate will have a assigned cabin or dorm room.

Deepening Discipleship: The candidate will be required to engage and connect with a variety of youth to provide encouragement and ideas for them to maintain an ongoing spiritual relationship.

Skills / Qualities: The candidate will be energetic and have the ability to have fun but be a good role model; demonstrate maturity for their age; demonstrate initiative and be a self-starter; demonstrate common sense; demonstrate effective communication skills (verbal) and the ability to ask questions and seek guidance when necessary.

Preparation: The candidate will be provided with a specific outline as to what their responsibilities will be and what preparation will need to be made before camp commences.

Applications: Interested candidates should send their resume along with a letter of application explaining why they are interested in this position and how their skills and qualities are appropriate for the position to Lisa Neudorf ( by Monday, April 29, 2019.



Graceland University, Lamoni, IA

July 20 – 27, 2019

Campers must have completed Grades 9, 10, 11 or 12 to attend

SPEC information here

For campers travelling with the Canadian delegation

The CWM procedure to register for SPEC is changing. We will be moving to online registration as of April 1. The purpose of this e-mail is to advise you of the cost to attend SPEC.

The registration deadline for SPEC is April 30 as our flights are booked in early May.

Itinerary, Registration, and Subsidy information available here



For BC Campers travelling with the North West Delegation from Seattle

The 2019 fee will be $820 USD per youth. That will include: SPEC registration fee, SPEC camp shirt, meals, lodging, activities, 2 delegation shirts, and all transportation (airline luggage fees for 2 bags are included). The campers will need to bring money for 4 meals as well as their own spending money.

You can register online 

Make sure you select “Northwest” as the Delegation you are registering for. You will need to register and make your first payment by April 15 to secure your spot as part of the Northwest Delegation.

For more information follow this link

Travel from Seattle with North West Delegation

*BC group departs July 16th*




The UPS Store that Steve has been using to receive church mail is moving. 

If you have EVER mailed anything to the Mission Centre Office or think you might ever need to, please note the following new temporary address:

Stephen Thompson, President

Community of Christ, Canada West Mission Centre

10215 178 Street NW, Suite 30

Edmonton, Alberta   T5S 1M3

Steve’s phone and email remain the same:

1-877-411-2632 ext 1,


Upcoming eLearning Classes:

Registration for enrollment begins March 18 for Canadians (first-come, first-served) for these online classes:

· Introduction to Scripture (SS400) - Required for new ordinands and those exploring scripture study. Class dates: April 20-June 14 (limit 30).

· Ministry of the Teacher (MP 303) - Required for new Teachers and those exploring Teachers ministry. Class dates:  April 20-May 31 (limit 10)

· Ministry with Latter-day Seekers (DS6377) - Introduces Community of Christ members to ministry with Latter-day Seekers. An experienced Latter-day Seeker minister will guide participants (Seventy Karin Peter). Dates April 20-May 10 (limit 25)

· Children and Youth Core Training (0106) - Students work through the training necessary to prepare for registration (note: C&YW Registration is not complete until training, application, and approval as required). Dates: April 7 - July 15 (class takes about a week and can be completed anytime between these dates).

Enrollment begins one-week early to all Canadians (March 18).

To enroll click here


Copyright Information Updated

for Congregations and Leaders


Updated information and guidance regarding copyright and trademarks is available at

In response to suggestions and frequently asked questions from Community of Christ members and leaders, the Office of General Counsel has added copyright information about streaming or podcasting worship services, using online content, posting online, and the use of YouTube videos in church.

Expanded information about copyright exemptions, licenses, and permissions is included in the online update. The subject of trademarks is covered, including specifics about the use of Community of Christ trademarks.

Congregations and mission centers are encouraged to review this information. Copyright questions also can be answered by

Thank you to all members, priesthood, and leaders for your continued efforts to remain compliant with copyright and trademark law, and ensure any copyrighted material is used responsibly in your congregation and mission center worship services, online presence, resources, and other ministries.

Please remember that, even when living exciting expressions of our faith and mission, we have a legal and a moral obligation to respect the rights of those who have created copyrighted materials.


Click here to see Upcoming Events 

for Encounter World Religions


World Conference April 5-13, 2019

In preparation for World Conference 2019, the question becomes an invitation to pilgrimage—a journey of individual and community discernment, discovery, and of becoming. Our pilgrim heritage guides our journey. It is an exciting faith adventure, still unfolding. Whether we gather for World Conference in person or in spirit, all are invited to step across the threshold of the now, to shed ourselves of personal agendas, and to journey anew into what can be.

—Jann√© Grover, “A Journey of Becoming,” May/June Herald

2019 World Conference Preparation

Offsite Supporter Registration


Mission Conference 2019 in Edmonton

August 30 – September 1st

Workshop with Danny and Penelope Belrose on September 2nd!

Hotel information

We have a group rate at the Ramada Edmonton South

2 Queen beds for $95.99 per night plus tax

You can book online at

using the group code 083019COM

or by calling the hotel direct at 780-434-3431

Registrations for Mission Conference will open in late March


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Amazon gives back

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 5-13 World Conference Independence Missouri

April 26-28 DO SOMETHING retreat Samish Island

April 28-May 4 Samish Island Work Week

May 31-Jun 2 Friends and Family Connection Weekend Samish Island

June 7-11 Adult Reunion Hills of Peace

June 8-13 Adult Reunion Samish Island

Jun 30-Jul 5 Youth Camp Hills of Peace

July 6-11 Family Camp Hills of Peace

July 13-17 Singles Reunion Samish Island

July 13-17 Junior Camp Hills of Peace

July 20-27 Spectacular Graceland University

July 21-27 Junior High Camp (12-14 yrs) Samish Island

July 27-Aug 3 Family Reunion Samish Island

August 4-10 Camp Kimtah (15-18 yrs) Samish Island

August 11-15 Junior Camp (8-11 yrs) Samish Island

Aug 30-Sept 1 Canada West Mission Conference Edmonton AB

Sept 13-15 Weekend of World Religions Vancouver

Sept 27-29 Men’s Retreat Hills of Peace

Women's Retreat Chilliwack dates to be confirmed

Oct 25-27 Nurturing Silence Retreat Samish Island

To be announced:

Weekend of World Religions Calgary

Nurturing Spirit Retreat Hills of Peace

Dates are subject to change.

Please register early to avoid cancellation of your event.


Quote of the Week

“If we’re growing,

we’re always going to be

out of our comfort zone.”

John Maxwell

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