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Staff Working Retreat at Loon Lake December 3-6, 2019

The Pacific Mountain Regional Council staff, Office of Vocation staff, Stewardship staff and members of the Chinook Winds Regional Council staff are meeting together this week for a 4-day time of work and retreat, at Loon Lake in Maple Ridge. This is the first time that the new regional council staff team are gathered together, and our time away is about knowing each other more deeply, and establishing working relationships that support the work of the Regional Council.

Facilitated by Pam Rocker, we’re engaging in professional community building that’s rooted in listening practices and openness, playfulness and working time within our areas of responsibility. We’re worshipping the themes of Advent using a provocative resource created by Enfleshed.

National church staff are training the teams in the Office Sharepoint technology, Regional Minister Allison Rennie is facilitating Enneagram learning to articulate our preferences for our own learning, and have another way of understanding how we work and be with one another. The Regional Ministers and First Third Ministry staff met to further look at the PMRC Ends & Means document, the clusters, teams, and communities of faith that they are supporting. The incoming Native Minister, Murray Pruden, is able to be here as well (though beginning his work in January 2020), grounding this gathering in words of blessing and welcome, and receiving tobacco from Executive Director, Treena Duncan. We are grateful for this opportunity be away, so that we can be more present and attentive in our work and ministry with and for the Pacific Mountain Regional Council, with our Chinook Winds neighbours.

The Pacific Mountain Regional Council office opens with regular office hours on Monday, Dec 9th. We hope to welcome many of you to the Christmas Open House on Friday, Dec 13 (1-4pm)!