Join Beyond the Walls for a special Restoration Heritage inclusive church service this Sunday, May 17 at 12 PM.
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You may "arrive" as early as you would like. The video will start automatically when we go live.
Join hundreds of disciples and seekers from around the world in creating sacred community spiritually online while self-isolating physically. Barbara Walden, Executive Director Community of Christ Historic Sites Foundation, will give the Sunday Message about the importance of church history in our lives, mission, and identity today.
Richard Howard, Historian Emeritus of Community of Christ will give the invocation. Seth Bryant, Director of Kirtland Temple will offer our Prayer for Peace. Christin Mackay, Director of the Joseph Smith Historic Site in Nauvoo, Illinois will give our Disciples Generous Response.
Jill Brim, President of the John Whitmer Historical Association will read our Call to Worship and Rachel Killebrew, Archivist and Librarian for Community of Christ, will read our lectionary scripture. Apostle Lachlan Mackay will give the benediction.
We invite you to join your voices to the Beyond the Walls choir singing "The Spirit of God!" Learn your part and sing along with the videos below:
Other Worship Options in Canada East & West Missions
Travel Beyond for Other Worship Experiences
There are many congregations holding online gatherings this Sunday or throughout the week including Sunday School classes for all ages or Breakfast Gatherings. You can find a list by clicking here.
Discerning Our Mission
By Kerry Richards, CEM President
Steps into new directions in my life have always happened in moments of stillness, quiet pondering and awareness that God is present. Haven’t we all become immersed in this time of reflection, listening and discerning new insights in our lives.
Let us memorialize this unique pause in history and be renewed. Let us write from the heart, take photos, and record the evolving transformation happening within and without. Let us be compassionate, empathetic in our listening and kind in our new ways of being there for each other.
The present seems stretched to allow more moments of centering, of envisioning, of discerning what matters most in our lives. These are precious days that enable new ways to be human and disciples. May we each honour the gift of life that for many has been cut short in this pandemic. We are a community of hope, divine expression and harbour the gift of joy. Let’s launch joy into the places, spaces, forms and connections of our daily lives. Let’s be who we are created and called to be whatever the challenges we face.
We are Community of Christ living out our mission in surprising times. Namaste.
Senior Walking Daily 'Marathon' for Local Food Bank
Jacquie Beale of Belmore has taken on the challenge of helping a local need. Click the picture to hear her amazing story, "70 laps for 70 years".
Obituary of Nancy Jo Knight
Knight, Nancy (Moor) a resident of Dresden, passed away suddenly at home on Saturday, May 9, 2020 at the age of 63. Born in Chatham, daughter of Bev and Grace (Jackson) Moor. Beloved wife of Tom Knight. Loving mother to Mike & Dana Knight. Forever missed by her grandson, Jackson. Dear sister to Ken & Naomi Moor, Sue & Rick Piacek, Patsy & Rob Tonin, Bryce & Heather Moor. Sister-in-law of the late Terry Knight (Elaine), the late Ron Knight (Judy), and Jim & Nancy Knight. Forever missed by many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her in-laws Jack & Mabel (Chesney) Knight. Cremation has taken place. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Arrangements entrusted to the Badder Funeral Home & Reception Centre, 679 North St., Dresden. Those wishing to leave an expression of sympathy are asked to consider the Diabetes Association or Heart & Stroke. Online condolences and donations may be left at www.badderfuneralhome.com.
A New Day Calls for New Measures
Without a doubt we can say that in the last couple of months our world has been turned upside down. All that seemed so simple and innocent, is now different, difficult, and even suspect.
The decision to cancel face-to-face events this summer has been necessary to be extra careful with your health and safety right now. The camp experience is the extreme opposite of the physical distancing we are undergoing right now. Protecting the health of our community must take priority.
We recognize and are grateful for the efforts and detailed ‘intention’ each camp has been planned with. Everything we do is meant to build community and strengthen our spiritual formation...
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For those seeking a deeper life with God there are times, often long stretches on the spiritual journey, where things don’t make sense; where the practices or answers of the past seem thin or ineffective.
Or perhaps spirituality seems too concrete a word for the lingering hunger, sown in us by youthful or distant ‘’God-experiences”, to explore our longing for the One who knows us and longs to be known.
For all of us these are times when we enter new spiritual territory and discover we can’t read the terrain. The signposts stand mute or may even lead us astray. All we seem left with is a yearning. Themes we’ll explore include: “When the Signposts Fail,” “Meandering in the Wilderness,” and “Oases in the Desert.”
Please contact Lisa Neudorff if you have questions.
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Message from Your
Mission Funding Team
What will the world look like on the other side of the global pandemic? It is a question most of us are asking. We are journeying to an unknown place. It may not be a journey we planned to take, but it offers us an opportunity to create something new as we consider what matters most.
We each can make a difference. We can model generosity and vision when people fear scarcity and what is happening next. We can offer the hope and purpose that comes from following Christ. We can uphold the worth of all persons including the most vulnerable as we make responsible choices that keep everyone safe. We may not have chosen the journey, but we can choose our response. Working together, we will create a better world on the other side. Are you in?
Stassi Cramm Dar Shepherdson
presiding bishop bishop of Canada
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Join us as Seminary Director, Zac Harmon-McLaughlin leads us through the changing landscape of Christianity of many western nations.
Post-Church Church: A Transformative Community of Christ Ecclesiology
Every Monday night @ 7pm via ZOOM June 8, 15, 22, 29.
As the demographics of Christianity rapidly change, many people are asking the question, “What will the church look like in the future?” In the last 30 years, the fastest growing segment of the population have been a group known by one of the following names, “unaffiliated”, “nones”, or “spiritual but not religious”.
In this online lecture series we will explore some of the demographic data, societal implications, Community of Christ Ecclesiology, Ambiguity & Curiosity, Principle based Theology, Modernity & Post-Modernity, and ultimately, what a Transformative Community of Christ Ecclesiology looks like as the world changes.
This is a free event. We welcome any donations you would like to share. You can donate to the seminary here: www.graceland.edu/giving. When there direct your gift to “other” then write in “Community of Christ Seminary. Your donations will go toward continuing the important mission of Graceland University’s Community of Christ Seminary.
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A Worldwide Day of Giving in Response
to the Pandemic
In response to an unprecedented need caused by the COVID-19 emergency a new global #GivingTuesdayNow effort launched today. Please consider supporting Community of Christ.
A generous family offered to match the first $25,000 contributed today. As of noon, together we've raised $19,580 and have $5420 in matching funds left! You've still got time to double your gift today.
There are many ways to financially support the church’s ongoing mission as you are able.
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Christ's Mission, Our Mission
Good things are happening throughout Canada East Mission and Community of Christ. Read and click on to find out about the blessings of community and the extensions of ministry.
Generous Donations for Bill McMurray Residence Makes Big Impact
By Bryce Taylor, Executive Director
At the Bill McMurray Residence, we are very busy being careful and staying positive and, in a few cases, actually testing positive; no virus yet in our place. Most of our residents are self-isolating and doing their best to stay in their small units and I am very proud of them.
However, due to the nature of some of the mental health challenges, there are some who just don’t comprehend the seriousness of the situation, especially why the nearby mall is totally closed. However, they keep going everyday, just to check it out!
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Each day, Apostle Art Smith posts a vblog entitled "What Day Is It?" Tune in to find out what country the prayer for peace is focused on for that day, an interesting book review and a shared story of one person in Art's mission field whom he has had a recent conversation with. And of course, the you don't want to miss Art's big announcement of the day!
The Blessing of Sharing Sacraments
By Evangelist Darwin Wismer
As we approached the April Communion service I was reminded that the World Conference of 2019 discussed how we could do the sacraments virtually. Last Fall the Presidency shared with the Church how we could do this. A few short months later here we are as a world church having virtual Communion sitting in our living room. I am quite helpless on the computer so contrary to my intentions, we had Communion with a congregation in Clinton, Missouri, after which we were able to connect with Toronto Congregation, our first choice.
How prophetic is this? I never imagined that I would be receiving this virtual ministry, especially so soon. I am so happy to be part of a prophetic church and thank you to all who are coordinating these world wide services. What a Blessing!
The Gift of Music Lifts Souls
By Sheila Moor-Spanos
My role as Early Years Educator has been anything but in the last month and a half. Our department of staff who specialize in child development and all things infant, child and families have been redeployed to one of our local nursing homes. Talk about a complete 180 in job description working with our youngest citizens to our oldest.
My role in this new normal is that of screener. Every day, hour, moment has brought change after change to this new job as we learn new measures to put in place. We screen the staff as they enter the building at the beginning of their shift and again as they leave their shift to ensure they are well.
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A Special 85th Birthday Celebration for Angus
View the joyous celebration that took place April 19th.
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