This is an invitation to celebrate and congratulate our friends Steve Thompson (Canada West MCP; Edmonton congregation) and Wendell Martin (Canada East, Port Elgin congregation), members and leaders in Community of Christ in Canada, upon their graduation from Community of Christ Seminary with a Masters of Arts degree in Religion (MAR).
On Saturday, December 14, Wendell and Steve walked across the stage in the historic Community of Christ Auditorium at our International Headquarters complex in Independence, Missouri, USA, and were granted diplomas for their successful completion of the program. The program of study includes 10 courses on topics including Christian history and theology, Community of Christ history, scripture, and theology, and contemporary application to ministry in the church today. (See the detailed program description here.)
Steve and Wendell responded to a sense of personal call. They worked very hard and sacrificed to improve themselves for service to church and community. They join an illustrious group of graduates in Canada and around the world.
I’m grateful to them for all their hard work to complete this degree while continuing to serve church and community all the while.
I’m thankful for the support of their spouses and families so that these gifts may be present in our church in Canada.
CONGRATULATIONS STEVE AND WENDELL!!!!
Art Smith, Apostle for Community of Christ in Canada
Enrollment Information for eLearning Classes
The following credit classes will open for a limited enrollment December 9-Jan. 10:
· Introduction to Priesthood (MP300): 8-weeks, Jan. 11-March 6
· Ministry of the Deacon (MP302): 6-weeks, Jan. 11-Feb. 21
· Introduction to Pastor: 6-weeks, Jan. 11-Feb. 21
· Ministry of the High Priest (MP307): 8-weeks, Jan. 11-March 6
Class cost is $7.50 and should be paid before class via check to:
Community of Christ
519 822 4150 Ext 24
Though not required, you can choose to purchase the booklet for this class in PDF format through the Mission Centre Office. The elearning class has the most up-to-date version of this booklet, but it will not be available to you soon after the class ends.
To enroll, go to developmetrics.org and click on the "Canadian Registration Form" starting December 9.
Please let me know if you have any questions!
I. David LloydCEO, Developmetrics, LLC
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To our supporters,
Thanks to your generosity, our community had one of its most successful Giving Tuesdays on record! Donors from all over the world responded generously by contributing to Worldwide Mission Tithes in order to support the mission of Community of Christ.
Your generous giving, coupled with the matching donation of $150,000, as well as CanadaHelps’ $5 top-up resulted in a grand total of $575,000. These dollars will be used to directly fund the mission of Community of Christ around the world.
With every donation, Facebook share, retweet, and Instagram post, you made our #GivingTuesday campaign a success. Thank you!
As a reminder, please continue to use our unique Amazon Associates link when making purchases on Amazon. When you support Community of Christ using this link, Amazon will donate a portion of your purchase to the church. With the holidays just around the corner, it's a great (and free!) way to maximize your gift to the church!
Click here to start shopping in Canada!
Note: This tool can always be found by clicking the link in the footer of our website at www.communityofchrist.ca.
Community of Christ Canadian Marketing Team
Join us at 7 p.m. central on 8 December 2019 for a live webcast of the Temple Advent Service.
Watch for the Vancouver congregation during the Prayer for Peace.
The board of directors is happy to announce that a new Samish Island Campground manager has been selected. Chris and his wife Kate are already dealing with the issues of closing the campground for the season as well as moving into the house. Here is a brief bio:
My name is Chris Steinel and I am the new Samish Island campground manager. I'm married to Kate Steinel (Anderson) and we have two amazing daughters, Julie and Anna, ages 10 and 7 respectively. Kate and I met at Graceland and were married upon graduation in Anchorage Alaska. I graduated Graceland with a B.S. in Microbiology with minors in Chemistry and Religion. After a decade working as an industrial chemist I went back to school to obtain an M.A. in Special Education. I have worked with, and passionately enjoyed teaching, emotionally disturbed elementary age students for the past three years. We have also owned and operated a small business. We are all thrilled to be here in Washington and look forward to sharing our hospitality with each and every camper we meet in the coming years.
Hey all you Canadian Community of Christ supporters!
We all love to help out our favourite charities, & Amazon makes it that much easier!
You’re going to shop online anyway, so why not ensure Community of Christ in Canada receives the referral credit?
When you support Community of Christ using our unique Amazon Associates link, Amazon will donate a portion of your purchase to the church. With the holidays and Giving Tuesday (December 3rd) just around the corner, it's a great (and free!) way to maximize your gift to the church!
Click here to start shopping in Canada!
Note: This tool can always be found by clicking the link in the footer of our website.
Join us for Giving Tuesday on December 3rd! This annual event benefits Worldwide Mission Tithes, and we hope church members and leaders will pass along these important messages.
Every Giving Tuesday dollar helps! Any size donation is important for Christ’s mission. In Canada, give to Worldwide Mission Tithes through Canada Helps, by mailing a cheque, or sending an e-transfer (to firstname.lastname@example.org). Make the password: givingtuesday
Please call or email Heather (888-411-7537 x23) at the Canadian Headquarters to let us know these gifts are coming so that we can know to expect them for Giving Tuesday and count them towards our goal.
Meet your match! A generous matching contribution of $150,000 has been pledged for this event. If you contribute $25, it will be matched and becomes $50. There's never been a better time to give!
If you’ve ever wondered: Some of the things Giving Tuesday contributions are used for:
Help us spread the word! Tell everyone about Giving Tuesday, especially other congregation members. Consider printing and pinning to your congregation’s bulletin board! Hundreds of charities will ask for help on December 3rd, so it’s important to tell other church members and friends how Community of Christ will benefit. Word of mouth is still incredibly effective.
Updates will be posted on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
While Giving Tuesday is primarily an online event, contributions by cheque are always welcome! Please mail cheques with "Giving Tuesday" in the memo line to the Canadian Office:
Community of Christ
129-355 Elmira Road N
Guelph, ON N1K 1S5
Thank you for your generosity!
You are invited to the annual Agape Society general meeting. If you are a church member in BC, you are also a member of the Agape Society. Agape serves the community by providing affordable housing to youth struggling with mental illness in our home in New Westminster. Join us at our meeting to get updated on the work of the society and to help us elect the board for the coming year.
Where: Community of Christ Vancouver
When: November 24, 2019, 1pm-2pm
Light lunch will be provided.
Agape Society Board President
Registration deadline Friday Nov 1st
Upcoming MEADS Class
MEADS is an in-depth educational program providing interactive learning in subject matters relevant to the church mission and message. It is a certificate program requiring 12 courses. Recently we’ve been adding new courses to better equip congregational leadership. Our next session will be our first to take place via live class AND live online participation. It will be:
Monday November 4 – Friday November 8 from 6:30-9:30pm
Live class at Kitchener Congregation - $110 (includes HST)
Online via ZOOM – requires attendance each evening $70 (includes HST)
(same price for both audit & credit - audit requires no assignments)
Description: This course introduces priesthood and leaders to concepts of congregational growth, visioning, and leadership ministry. We will review and discuss goal-making strategies, important administrative policies, successful growth models, and legal issues understood in relation to our core mission. We will especially focus on practical applications in relation to real-life scenarios. The course will also touch on how to lead ministry teams on various decision-making processes and the church’s process of working towards “Common Consent.”
For more information please contact: David Lloyd at email@example.com
For registration information please contact: Melissa Freer at firstname.lastname@example.org
Our "Red Session" of classes will open for Canadian enrollment October 1.
Enrollment Information for eLearning Classes:
The following Temple School credit classes will open for a limited enrollment October 1-19:
Though not required, you can choose to purchase the booklet for this class in PDF format through the CEM Office. Contact Melissa Freer email@example.com. The elearning class has the most up-to-date version of this booklet, but it will not be available to you until after the class ends.
To enroll, go to developmetrics.org and click on the "Canadian Registration Form" starting October 1.
Position Description - Canadian Headquarters
Administrative & Bookkeeping Support (Entry Level)
College Diploma or Bachelor’s Degree desirable
1+ years desirable
Accounting & Administrative Specialist
☒ Full Time (40 hours per week)
☐ Part Time (20 hours or more per week)
☐ Part Time (under 20 hours per week)
Please note that this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Other duties, responsibilities and activities may be assigned when necessary.
Registered Youth Worker
Employee is required to be a registered youth worker with Community of Christ or be able to register within 30 days of hire date
Due Oct 7, 2019
Send resumes to:
firstname.lastname@example.org or send to the Guelph office
129-355 Elmira Road N
Guelph, ON N1K 1S5
Updated Guidelines for Communion, Priesthood Release for Cause9/23/2019As announced at the 2019 World Conference, the First Presidency was preparing updated Guidelines for Serving the Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper (Communion). After receiving feedback from the church and priesthood quorum and orders, the Presidency is releasing these updated guidelines.
Included are principles for providing online participation in the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper. During his closing message to the World Conference and church, President Steve Veazey shared these words of counsel:
Technology presents opportunities for involvement in sacraments by priesthood members and participants in separate locations. The First Presidency will act in its calling as chief interpreters of scripture, revelation, and church policies to provide procedures for offering sacraments in new situations while upholding essential meanings and symbols of the sacraments. As the church explores new opportunities for sharing sacraments, direction will come as needed through inspiration and wisdom.
Additional meaning is waiting to be discovered in the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper. Renewing covenant with Jesus Christ includes the call to live as peaceful human beings who personify Christ’s peace.
Spiritual blessing will be experienced when this call is emphasized as a vital aspect of the sacrament. Cherish opportunities to be spiritually formed by Christ’s sacred meal of remembrance, reconciliation, renewal, and peace.
WCR 1316 Priesthood Release for Cause was approved at the 2019 World Conference. In response, the Presidency is releasing updated administrative procedures.
Members of the Council of Twelve Apostles will develop educational opportunities to assist local leaders in the implementation of the Guidelines on Serving the Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper and new administrative procedures for priesthood release for cause.
The documents can be found here and here.
Hills of Peace Camp Grounds Open Invitation to Tender
We are pleased to open the following project as an Open bidding project for Renovations of our Craft Building at the Hills of Peace Campgrounds
near Capt Ayre Lake in the RM of Provost.
Opening Date of this tender to be August 1 2019 to September 30 2019 Site visit to be determined based on response approx, early September 2019.
For a tender package you can email; email@example.com or call 306 961 8528
If you need more details of information, ask for Mike Mitchell.
Scope of work to include but not limited to the following trades; General Contractors, Electrical, Plumbing, Mechanical.
Start of work to be based on bids and contractor’s availability as well coordination of work that needs to be done, projected start date October 2019 must be finished by May of 2020.
The Samish Island Campground Association Board of Directors is seeking a Camp Manager/Caretaker to oversee facility and business operations of this campground. The property is located on the Salish Sea in the Northwest Washington State, USA. Surrounded by water and set in a beautiful agricultural valley, this area boasts excellent educational opportunities (K-12, Community College, and University), outdoor activities, culture, and cuisine. The position will be available in November, 2019.
Compensation consists of a salary, home (unfurnished), utilities (including Internet and cable), meals, (when camps are in session), wonderful people and amazing scenery.
Managerial competencies should include: computing, scheduling, accounting and communication skills.
Caretaking competencies should include; operating light machinery, light carpentry, electrical and plumbing work. It is preferred that applicants be willing to serve for 3 to 5 years. A deadline for receipt of applications is October 19, 2019.
A template Employment Agreement including a Job Description and an Application Form are available by contacting Jim Fish, Board President, at 425-483-3474 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Postponed until 2020
Join Brian Carwana as he teaches us about other faith communities followed by visits to their houses of worship. When we understand and meet with people of other faiths it brings us all closer together.
Our home base will be at 7953 120 St, Delta, BC V4C 6P6
community of christ
355 Elmira Road North, Unit 129
Guelph, ON N1K 1S5 Canada
Canada West Mission: 877-411-2632
Canada East Mission: 888-411-7537