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As related to the mission and vision of Pacific Mountain Regional Council, The United Church of Canada, and our denominational presence in the world. Find posts about staffing, governance, support, and ministries, as well as messages from Executive Minister and President, key United Church leadership, and important invitations for Pacific Mountain region people.

Pacific Mountain Region News

Finances in Communities of Faith During COVID-19 – Some Step-by- Step Process Tips

March 27, 2020

In the midst of the COVID-19 odyssey on which we have all embarked, Pacific Mountain Regional Council wants to work with your community of faith to keep ministry vital and active. We want to continue to be there for one another, to remain connected to our participants and our communities. We want to minimize loss and distress to our congregational staff and ensure that ministry can unfold without placing our congregational finances under undue strain. 

In order to help out, Chinook Winds Regional Council leaders (and have given us permission to share with PMRC) have put together the following step-by-step approach to think through your situation. 

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A Pastoral Letter to the Members of the Pacific Mountain Region                                              

March 23, 2020

As we learn to live with the circumstances created by COVID-19, the Regional Executive and Staff are searching for ways to relieve the profound stresses on Communities of Faith and leaders. I am awed by you all and how you are exercising meaningful and safe ways of staying connected through online and printed worship resources as well as phone calls to those who feel loved and cared for in hearing a kind voice.  Someone said to me today, “I’m loving the phone calls! People are being so kind.” The Regional Executive members join me in being deeply grateful to our Regional Executive Minister and all our staff for their work in continuing to support and care for us all especially in these trying days. The Executive met by video conference on Friday to discuss issues raised at the first online Townhall video conference, emergency financial support for Communities of Faith, and the 2020 General Meeting. The results are as follows:

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Resources for Faithfully supporting children, youth and families in your congregations at this time

March 20, 2020

The Pacific Mountain Regional Council’s First Third Ministry Team is responding to  the needs of clergy, youth group leaders, Sunday school leaders, and youth and families that are emerging during this time of  building closures and physcial distancing in our efforts to flatten the curve of COVID-19. Our staff have created a public landing page of resources for those working with our younger Siblings in Christ here: pmrfirstthirdresources.ca Amen!

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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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