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Take a Vancouver School of Theology course at Calgary’s Hillhurst United Church in January. More details.

27            South Alberta Presbytery Meeting, Taber


24           Coronation Presbytery, Drumheller
24           South Alberta Presbytery Executive Teleconference Meeting


9-10       Conference Executive (Calgary)

16           South Alberta Presbytery Meeting, Taber

24           Coronation Presbytery Executive


14-16     A Stewardship and Congregational Leadership Event. Gaetz United Church, Red Deer, AB.  Keynote Speaker: David Armour, Director of Philanthropy, The United Church of Canada.  More Details.

26-27    Coronation Presbytery, Stettler

27          South Alberta Executive Teleconference Meeting


25         South Alberta Executive Teleconference Meeting


June 3-4    Day Apart for Ministry Personnel. A Ministry Personnel event is now set for June 3 to 4, 2016 in Edmonton, just prior to the Celebration of Ministry banquet and service.  The “Day Apart for Ministry Personnel” was proposed to the ANW Conference’s Slave Lake meeting by the Pastoral Relationships Committee last May.     More information.

15         South Alberta Presbytery Meeting, Taber

23        Coronation Presbytery Executive

Be a Peace Builder:  Attend the Canadian School of Peace Building this Summer: An Institute of Canadian Mennonite University in Winnipeg. Find information, videos and application form here. 

Enter our 2016 Photo Contest!

Photo Contest for Alberta and Northwest Conference of The United Church of Canada Deadline: Wednesday, March 9, 2016 at noon. (originally posted January 26, 2016) For the second-year in a row, we are holding a Conference-wide photo contest. What fun it was last year to see a wide-range of ministry from around Alberta and Northwest Conference! We are looking for photos from congregations and ministries of ANW Conference.  All photos submitted will potentially be used on the website or in other media for the Conference.  The top two photos in each category will receive gift cards from Chapters-Indigo. When all submissions are received for the March 9 deadline, we will put the photos online and invite people to vote. Do encourage your congregations, friends, family members and others to get involved in the voting! Photo Categories are the Conference’s Four Goals Healthy Congregations — e.g. Photos of people at congregational events; Sunday School pageants, etc Effective Ministry — photos of ministry happening — e.g. worship settings, visitations, outreach work, camping programs, children’s programs, celebration of ministry services, etc. Strong Public Witness — examples would be sandwich making for homeless centres, a fund raiser for the Mission and Service or other project, food bank program, protest, etc Open Connections and Communication — examples might be photos of people talking together and other scenes of people making connections with each other. Prizes to be won Two prizes will be awarded in each category: $25 gift cards to Chapters-Indigo. Contest Rules Photos needs to be taken in United Church or ecumenical ministries from Alberta and Northwest Conference (overseas photos of mission projects...

Resources and Events for Black History Month

  More information about Rev. Dr. Wilbur Howard: •  Wilbur Howard biography page within history of Dominion Chalmers United Church Church •  Wilbur Howard article by the Rev. Adam Kilner Alberta Human Rights Commission information page on Black History Month The Canadian Children’s Book Centre: Black History Month Reading List. Canadian Government’s webpage on Black History Month with links to achievements and contributions of black Canadians. February 13  Edmonton  — Black History Month Gospel Concert. February 26 – 27.  Lethbridge — Booths, music, food, fashion show. Galt...

Watch for Youth Events coming this Spring

•  I will wait for you       a youth Retreat for grades 7 – 12 St Albert United Church May 6 -8 , 2016. • St. Andrew’s Regional Ministries Annual Youth Camp. River’s Edge Camp near Cochrane. June 3-5, 2016  Photos from last year. More information and Registration Forms for the above events to come...

Opportunity for Youth to be part of GO Project Saskatoon

   The Alberta and Northwest Conference Executive has approved a Conference-wide project for youth between the ages of 16 – 20.    The project provides for 18 youth and four adult facilitators to participate in the 2016 Saskatoon Go Project from July 28 – August 4.  Our young people will be joining with other youth from the United Church of Canada for 11 days of fun, learning and growing in faith. What is the GO Project? The GO Project was started in Toronto Conference.  It began through a discernment process of youth and young adults to seek a unique program that would engage young people within the wider United Church of Canada in a Canadian context. Out of that discernment came The GO Project —  a-hands-on experience of mission and outreach.  It is intended to integrate action and discernment in a safe, questioning atmosphere that matched  a theological understanding of Christ’s inclusion of all and acceptance of difference.  There are three different programs. The longest running program is Youth GO which is for high school youth and their leaders.  Children’s Adventure Day Camps are hosted by individual churches for younger children. And for young adults looking for a more immersive and long term experience, there is the GO Intentional Community. You can find out more about GO at Who from Alberta and Northwest Conference can be involved? Each Presbytery is invited to name two high school youth to be part of this project.  If by the end of February if a Presbytery is unable to select two youth then those spaces will be available to other Presbyteries on “a...

Online Lenten Resources Check out The Prayer Bench

   Looking for individual or small group study resources for the Lenten Season? Check out Janice MacLean’s The Prayer Bench from Sackville, New Brunswick. In ANW Conference, we were first introduced to Janice’s extensive work when she was Maritime Conference’s Minister of Christian Nurture & Enrichment and provided wise counsel as we developed our Conference’s website. 1. Small Group Study: The Trinity and Everyday Spirituality. A six-week study with the Rev. Dr. Rob Fennell, Atlantic School of Theology Professor, and a liturgy provided by the Rev. David Roberston from High River, Alberta.  Includes audio talks, written material, reflections and prayers. $25. Check out a full-description and samples online. 2. Individual E-Mail Lenten Retreat: Journey toward the mystery of Easter by exploring the sayings of the Wisdom Jesus. They point to everyday spiritual practices that help deepen our contemplative life. Take time this Lent to discover goodness and grace in the human journey. $25. Check out a full description and samples online. 3. 40 Gestures supporting mindfulness and Presence. A Lenten Calendar. Free resource to...

Calgary’s YQC off to a great start!

Calgary’s Young Queer Church (YQC) is a new program that has a vision of creating an inclusive safe space for LGBTQ youth and young adults (age 16+) where identity and faith can be reconciled. The first worship service took place January 10, 2016 and picked a fair amount of media interest. YQC has the encouragement of Calgary’s Affirming congregations and received funding from St. Andrew’s Regional Ministries. Check out the CBC Television piece on YQC with interviews with Pace Anhorn, YQC’s Director. The next YQC Service takes place Sunday, February 7 at 7 pm. All services take place the first Sunday of each month at Parkdale United Church in Calgary. You’ll find more information and a video on  Or  Email Pace Anhorn for more...

Preparing for and Welcoming Refugees

Last week on one of the coldest days of the year, the ecumenical From Syrian to Lethbridge welcomed its first family of nine people (photo at left).  The Lethbridge and area group has been preparing for the family’s arrival since last February and more families are expected. At the same time, the Strathcona County Refugee group, also ecumenical, was painting a rental house in preparation for another Syrian family (photo on right)! We welcome the opportunity to tell your story of getting ready for, welcoming and coming to know Syrian Refugees. Please send photos and stories to Communications for ANW...

It’s (almost) photo contest time again!

Next week we will be announcing details for submitting photos to this year’s Photo Contest for Alberta and Northwest Conference. Categories will again be under the Conference’s four focuses of Healthy Congregations; Strong Public Witness; Effective Ministry and Open Connections and Communication. Check out last year’s winners and submissions and watch for submission details next week. Photos need to have been taken during...

Time Apart for Ministry Personnel

MINISTER reCALL June 3-4, 2016 EDMONTON, AB At the 2015 Conference meeting in Slave Lake, the Pastoral Relationships Committee  proposed a special event for ministry personnel, away from their pastoral charges. This event will be held just prior to the Celebration of Ministry banquet and service that weekend. It will begin on Friday, June 3rd at 9 a.m. and continue until Noon on June 4th. There will be NO BUSINESS NO TABLE GROUPS NO REPORTS … But there will be TIME WITH COLLEAGUES STIMULATING SPEAKERS INSPIRING AND MEANINGFUL WORSHIP More information will be forthcoming as the planning team firms up the details. INTERESTED?  STAY TUNED! Planning Team:  Catherine MacLean, Roger Manuel, Vicki McPhee, John Pentland, Jeff...
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