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March 18 Update from Treena Duncan, Executive Minister

March 18, 2020

This is a strange time for all of us, but we are lucky to be part of loving, cautious and connected community. As I write this, I see signs flowers breaking through and lovely sunshine and somehow these signs of new life are a bit at odds with our life experience at this moment in time. However, we are an Easter people and we know that a different reality awaits us, and I am grateful that for all of you as we encounter this Lenten experience. Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi’s words are a great summary of our call to be church during this time: “Clean hands, clear heads and open hearts!”

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Supporting one another in times of traumatic events

March 18, 2020

The moment when a crisis becomes “real” may be different for each one of us. During our current pandemic that might have happened in a grocery store aisle with empty shelves, or in a sudden realization that a loved one is out of the country, or when picking up a message telling you not to come to work. As time passes with no relief, anxiety builds and our fears increase. But there is some relief you can give yourself even as the crisis continues and there are simple ways to support others.

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Townhall with Treena and Jay

March 17, 2020

PMRC Executive Minister, Treena Duncan is hosting a Townhall Conference via Zoom, with President Rev Jay Olson, for all PMRC folk who would like to join for connection with executive …

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We are part of a generous act – encouraging givings in the midst of COVID-19

March 17, 2020

We asked Jane Harding to offer some guidance for our Community of Faiths and Ministries about managing stewardship and inviting givings. Here’s what she’s shared:

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Online Engagement Sessions offered by LeaderShift

March 16, 2020

Today LeaderShift announced that registration is open for their three online courses, being offered this Spring! You can read the announcement newsletter here, and register for the sessions following the links below:

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March 16 Update from Treena and Jay – recommend halting gathering for services

March 16, 2020

Dear Friends,  We are being asked to participate in a generous act.   This morning both National and Provincial Canadian leadership offered COVID-19 updates, and our Provincial Health Officer Dr. Henry …

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Update Regarding COVID-19 Worship Services across the Pacific Mountain Regional Council

March 13, 2020

Dear Friends, We continue to witness the unfolding of the COVID-19 reality across our world, across our nation, and in our Pacific Mountain Regional Council. We continue also in prayer for …

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Be Cautious and Stay Connected – 5 Guidelines for Communities of Faith Regarding COVID-19

March 12, 2020

The United Church of Canada’s Emergency Plan  asks that all communities of faith have a plan or guidelines in place. If your congregation has not already done so, I would suggest that your leadership put guidelines in place that suit your context. In my email on Saturday, March 7, suggested guidelines were included. Our office has continued to expand on those suggested guidelines with your input and you’ll find those guidelines HERE and below.

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A Pastoral Letter to the Members of the Pacific Mountain Regional Council            

March 11, 2020

At the invitation of Premier Horgan, Treena and I joined with other United Church, ecumenical and interfaith leaders for a call today with government officials. The purpose was to provide an update regarding the COVID-19 virus and to respond to questions from participants..

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Online Worship Directory

March 10, 2020

Below are links to churches and ministries that have self-submitted their online streaming presence for you to check out. If any of the links do not work, please contact the Community of Faith directly (not the PMRC Office or staff).

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COVID-19 emerging in BC

March 7, 2020

Friends,
You may have seen on the news that the Coronavirus is finding its way into BC. You may be aware that the Health Minister of BC has issued a statement with the federal health minister in which they make the following recommendation:
“There has been a notable transmission of COVID-19 at events, such as religious gatherings. As a result, we recommend social distancing and forgoing usual greetings. As an alternative, we recommend considering virtual online gatherings.
(https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2020HLTH0064-000413)

Each of you within your own communities will need to decide how you want to respond to this recommendation but I make the following suggestions:

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Welcoming new leadership within our PMRC

March 2, 2020

Each month the Pastoral Relations Council aims to welcome the folks who are joining our Regional Council as a community of faith or ministry paid accountable ministry staff. If you’d …

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