By Rev. Bob Wallace, Chair, Hosting Team
The first Annual Gathering of the Chinook Winds Region will happen this June 7th and 8th, 2019 at McKillop United Church in Lethbridge, around the theme of “Born of Wind and Spirit.”
Things have changed, and continue to change. And while we no longer have some things, we have each other, and because we still have one another, we gather. We agreed to not call it a “meeting” but rather, a gathering—a coming together from many places that we might become one.
Our first gathering, a two-day event, will focus on
• establishing and creating relationships across our new region,
• sorting out our priorities as we seek to follow Jesus in this new way,
• and recognizing the many endings and beginnings in our life together.
Worship, Music, Theme Times and Business Times will be interspersed with stories and food and refreshments, and perhaps some tears, some laughter – all to build up this part of the Body of Christ now called Chinook Winds Region.
As we have worked to plan this event, John 20:11-18 has continued to speak of awe and hope. At the empty tomb, Mary has heard that things have changed, but the knowledge of that did not seem real until those “angelic voices” spoke to her. Then, blinded by her tears over all she has lost, she turns to find a “gardener she does not recognize” whose words open her heart and eyes to the wonders that have arisen.
To me, it seems that is similar to what we are doing—knowing what we’ve lost and letting go while discovering surprising newness emerging. That’s where our theme arises—we are becoming new, Born of Wind and Spirit.
The Gathering is to be attended by Lay Regional Representatives who have been elected by their Community of Faith and Ministry Personnel.
Friday Lunch and Supper and Saturday Lunch will be provided at McKillop United Church. Vegan and Gluten-free options will be available. Attendees are on their own for breakfast. Most accommodation suggestions offer breakfast.
Saturday Night's Ministry Banquet is at an off-site location with limited seating. Register early to avoid disappointment.
Mileage rates as partial reimbursement (Set by Chinook Winds Regional Commission)
One delegate 15 cents per kilometre (round trip)
Two delegates: 20 cents per kilometre (round trip)
Three delegates: 25 cents per kilometre (round trip)
Childcare is available. $10 per child per day. Please contact :Sarah Wallace Phone: (403) 345-6885 (home/leave message) E-mail: email@example.com