Register Now: Youth Summer Camps 2022

Register Now: Youth Summer Camps 2022

Youth Camps are part of our rich camping tradition within Community of Christ. They provide an opportunity for children and youth to gather in safe space to learn, nurture, and grow in their relationship with God, self, and others. We are offering 4 youth camps and 4 reunions at our 3 campgrounds this summer. Register today!

For camp program questions, contact the Youth Camp Director

For registration questions, contact Jill Brunette (jbrunette@CofChrist-GPNW.org, 425-207-8712)

For questions regarding the GPNW Camping Program, contact Sean Langdon (slangdon@cofchrist-gpnw.org, 425-293-6366)

REGISTRATION AND PAYMENT: Please register and pay online at http://gpnwCofC.eventbrite.com/. Contact Mission Center Membership Services Administrator Jill Brunette (jbrunette@CofChrist-GPNW.org, 425-207-8712) for a Youth Camp Registration Form only if you cannot register online.

EARLY BIRD DEADLINE: Receive a discounted registration fee when the camper registers and either pays in full or submits a completed Financial Aid Form with camper’s portion of payment by the Early Bird deadline.

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Final registration and payment deadline is TWO WEEKS before camp. Registrations and payments postmarked after the deadline will be accepted at the discretion of the Camp Director.

TWO-FOR-ONE DISCOUNT: We offer a Two-for-One discount when a GPNW camper brings a friend who is new to our GPNW summer camping program. Online, enter promotional code “241” by clicking on the blue “Enter Promotional Code” link located in the top right of the pop-up window after clicking on the green “REGISTER” button. Be sure to enter your friend’s name you are partnered with when asked. Your friend must also submit a registration.

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE: Limited financial assistance may be available from the GPNW Mission Center. Be sure to contact your congregation for potential financial support before requesting assistance from GPNW. A completed Financial Aid Form and camper’s portion of payment must be submitted by the deadlines indicated. Contact Mission Center Membership Services Administrator Jill Brunette for a Financial Aid Form, instructions on starting the Financial Aid process with your congregation, and the appropriate discount code BEFORE registering online.

CANCELLATIONS: Please notify Jill Brunette of your need to cancel as soon as possible. Refunds will be made as follows:

  • Before Registration Deadline: 100%
  • On or after Registration Deadline, prior to first day of camp: 2/3
  • On or after first day of camp: No refunds.


VISITORS AT CAMP: We offer a “closed camp” experience at our youth camps. There are to be no visitors unless recruited by the Camp Director. This includes youth who cannot attend the whole week but want to drop in for part of the day. Visitors cause disruption to the camp experience and create potential safety concerns.

SPECIAL NEEDS CAMPERS: Parents of special needs campers must contact the Camp Director prior to registration to discuss arrangements for a possible attendant (who must be a registered youth worker). Because we have volunteer staff, the camps are not equipped to provide trained assistants. We want to be inclusive in our camping program, and we also want to provide a safe and secure environment for our campers.

WORTH OF ALL PERSONS: All are welcome at our Youth Camps. There is to be no discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity, political affiliations, religious beliefs, race, national origin, and range of human ability. The teachings at our youth camps must reflect Community of Christ Identity, Mission, Message, and Beliefs, as well as Policies and Statements. Our staff seek to provide a safe place for all including the use of preferred names and gender identities. We also seek to recruit staff who represent the diversity we welcome and celebrate at camp. To share how we can provide a more inclusive experience for your child or to express any concerns, please contact the Camp Director or GPNW USA MC Camping Ministries Director.

TRANSPORTATION: Transportation to and from camp is provided by the parent/guardian. If your child is sent home for behavior or health concerns, it will be the responsibility of the parent/guardian to arrange transportation from the campground in a timely, efficient manner. Campers should arrive and depart camp according to published times. Late arrival or early departure will not typically be allowed, as they are disruptive to the camp experience. If you have special circumstances, seek the Camp Director’s approval in advance.

MEDICATIONS: All medications must be listed on the registration form. Prescribed medications must be in the container dispensed by the pharmacy, with pharmacy instructions intact. Over-the-counter medications must be in the original manufacturer’s container, labeled with the camper’s name and specific instructions. All medications stay with the Camp Nurse in a secure location.

WHAT NOT TO BRING: Weapons of any kind, illegal drugs, alcohol, marijuana, bad attitude, inappropriate reading material, foul language, large electronics such as laptop and gaming systems, and large amounts of cash. It is also discouraged to bring snacks including candy & gum. These items may be confiscated at the Camp Director’s discretion.

WHAT TO BRING: 

  • BEDDING: Sleeping Bag and Pillow
  • CLOTHES: Jeans or other long pants, T-shirts, Shorts, Swimsuit(s), Jacket/Sweatshirt, Pajamas, Underwear, Socks, Sturdy closed-toe walking/hiking shoes/boots, Sandals, Shower sandals
  • TOILETRIES: Towels, Beach Towel for water activities, Soap, Shampoo, Deodorant / Antiperspirant, Comb or brush, Toothbrush and toothpaste, Sunscreen, Insect repellent, Lip balm
  • SPECIAL ITEMS: Bible, Flashlight & batteries, Camera

The camp and mission center are not responsible for any lost or stolen items at camp.

CAMPGROUND INFORMATION:

Camp Remote: 54147 Sandy Creek Rd., Myrtle Point, OR 97458 (http://www.campremote.org/)

Samish Island Campground: 11633 Scott Road, Bow WA 98232 (https://www.campsamish.org/)

Lewis River Campground: 18334 NE Lucia Falls Road, Yacolt, WA 98675 (http://www.lewisrivercampground.org/)


Elementary Camps/Jr. High Camps

For children entering Grades 3-9 in the Fall of 2022

Kids Camp/Jr. High Camp @ Remote

These two camps will happen alongside each other at Camp Remote with some activities together and some separated by grade.

3 PM on Sunday, July 31, to Noon on Wednesday, August 3.

KIDS CAMP THEME: LEGO: Build for Jesus!

As disciples, what and how can we build for Jesus? In the Bible, we will teach the campers what was built and how others came to help Jesus. Using skill building, building crafts, and learning the basics of how our church has built for Jesus will be just a few things with kids camp this year.

KIDS CAMP DIRECTOR: Carron Grubb, 541-914-0280, RemoteKids@CofChrist-GPNW.org

JR. HIGH CAMP THEME: Jars of Clay

At this camp we will learn that each of us holds a tremendous treasure that has been given to us by God and that while each of us has a very unique, rough, imperfect shell . . . that shell holds a trove of valuables that we can use to make our world a better place. Come to camp and learn how to use your treasures for good. A highlight of this year’s camp will be the fun of celebrating 4th of July together!

JR. HIGH CAMP DIRECTOR: Donald Welch (712-310-0712), LRJRHIGH@CofChrist-GPNW.org

KIDS CAMP/JR. HIGH CAMP EARLY BIRD FEE: $145 by July 1 or REGISTRATION FEE: $185 by July 15

REGISTER ONLINE HERE: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/310099133857  

Camp Mungai @ Samish Island

Camp Mungai this year is an expanded grade experience for those entering grades 3-9 in the Fall of 2022.

4 PM on Sunday, August 14, to Noon on Thursday, August 18

THEME: Jesus is the Rock

Join us at Camp Mungai this year as we go Prehistoric! We will explore the many ways that Jesus is our solid foundation, and the One we can trust to guide us when our path gets rocky and life gets hard. So if you enjoy fun crafts, epic outdoor games, playing with friends, good food, and exploring nature, then Camp Mungai is the place for you!

DIRECTOR TEAM: Sue Wheeler (253-939-7082), Sandy Webb-Johnsen, and Jean Cravy (360-969-3188), Mungai@CofChrist-GPNW.org

EARLY BIRD FEE: $205 by July 15 or REGISTRATION FEE: $245 by July 29

REGISTER ONLINE HERE: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/310121881897


Sr. High Camps

For youth entering Grades 10-12 in the Fall of 2022 and 2022 Grads

Sr. High Camp @ Remote

3 PM on Sunday, July 10, to Noon on Saturday, July 16

THEME: Reflection of the Prodigal Child

We have all heard the Story of the Prodigal Son. Have you ever really thought about it though? Did you know there are three movements in the Story? This week we will delve deeper into the story and see if we can’t find where we fit into this story. The themes of homecoming, affirmation, and reconciliation will be newly discovered by all who have known loneliness, dejection, jealousy, or anger

CO-DIRECTORS: Mike Sahlberg (503-298-8245) and Tara Wigle (541-520-4151), RemoteSrHigh@CofChrist-GPNW.org

EARLY BIRD FEE: $205 by June 10 or REGISTRATION FEE: $245 by June 24

REGISTER ONLINE HERE: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/310046827407

Camp Kimtah @ Samish

4 PM on Sunday, August 7, to Noon on Saturday, August 13

THEME:Belong

Kimtah 2022 is all about belonging. Throughout the camp we will journey with the theme of “Belong”. Through classes, worships, and conversations we will explore the daily themes of “I Belong”, “You Belong”, “They Belong”, and “We Belong”. We will push ourselves to go beyond our comfort zones in how we view ourselves and those around us, for all of God’s children are of worth. So, plan today to come to Kimtah 2022 and be thinking about who you can invite to join to camp with you!

DIRECTOR: Sean Langdon: 425-293-6366 Kimtah@CofChrist-GPNW.org

EARLY BIRD FEE: $300 by July 8 or REGISTRATION FEE: $340 by July 22

REGISTER ONLINE HERE: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/310111470757


Ready to Register: Summer Reunions 2022

Ready to Register: Summer Reunions 2022

Reunions are part of our rich camping tradition within Community of Christ. They provide an opportunity to gather in sacred community for play, worship, discipleship formation, and fellowship as we rekindle friendships and create new ones. We offer three family reunions for anyone to attend at each of our campgrounds as well as a reunion for adults at Samish Island Campground. Scroll down to the reunion want to attend and register today!

For reunion program questions, contact the Reunion Director

For registration questions, contact Jill Brunette (jbrunette@CofChrist-GPNW.org, 425-207-8712)

For questions regarding the GPNW Camping Program, contact Sean Langdon (slangdon@cofchrist-gpnw.org, 425-293-6366)

REGISTRATION AND PAYMENT: Please register and pay online below. Alternatively, send your completed Reunion Registration Form and full payment to Attn: (name of reunion), Community of Christ, PO Box 60227, Renton WA 98058. Make any checks payable to “Community of Christ.” All payments will be processed when received. Advance freewill offerings cover costs not included in the registration fee and are appreciated to help meet the reunion budget.

Download and Print your Reunion Registration Form.

EARLY BIRD DEADLINE: Receive a discounted registration fee when registration and full payment are received or postmarked on or before the Early Bird deadline.

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Final registration and payment deadline is noted for each reunion. Registrations postmarked after the Registration deadline will be accepted at the discretion of the Reunion Director.

CANCELLATIONS & REFUNDS: Please notify the Reunion Director of your need to cancel as soon as possible. Refunds will be made as follows:

  • Before Registration Fee deadline: 100%
  • On or after Registration Fee deadline, prior to first day of reunion: 2/3
  • On or after first day of reunion: No refunds

PART-TIME & DROP-IN:

  • Attending During One Meal Time, No Overnight Stay: If you attend reunion during a single meal time (whether or not you eat the meal) and do not stay overnight, RSVP directly with the Reunion Director. A Reunion Registration (online or form) is not required. A single drop-in meal fee will be payable on site.
    • Single drop-in meal fees:
      • Family Reunion at Lewis River: $6 per person (ages 11 & up), $4 per child (ages 5-10), and free for ages 4 and under
      • Family Reunion at Samish Island: $10 per person (ages 12 & up), $5 per child (ages 6-11), and free for ages 5 and under
      • Family Reunion at Remote: $6 per person
      • Adult Reunion at Samish Island: $10 per person
  • Attending During Two or More Meal Times, No Overnight Stay: If you attend reunion during two or more meal times in a day (whether or not you eat both meals) and do not stay overnight, RSVP directly with the Reunion Director. A Reunion Registration (online or form) is not required. Your director will provide you with your fee, payable on site.
  • Any Part-Time Overnight Stay: If you plan to stay the night on site for any length of time, you must complete and return a Reunion Registration Form and pay the daily rate indicated on that form.

SPECIAL DIETARY REQUIREMENTS: Our cooks do their best to meet the special dietary requirements and food allergy needs of our campers. Sometimes those needs cannot be met due to limited cooking staff. It is a best practice to bring some personal food with you to supplement what is provided. Please only indicate a special dietary requirement if this is reflective of your everyday diet.

EVENT RULES: Not following the printed or announced rules and reminders of camp may result in you and your family being asked to leave the camp experience.

  • Participate in a daily work assignment if physically able.
  • Follow the health, safety and property care rules of the campground.
  • Be courteous and respectful of others and their property.
  • No pets of reunion campers allowed on campground property.
  • Do not possess or use recreational marijuana, medical marijuana, alcohol, or illegal drugs on campground property. Do not use e-cigarettes or tobacco products on campground property.
  • You must be the parent or legal guardian, or have consent of the parent/legal guardian, to register and/or sponsor any child/youth under the age of 18.
  • Sponsors of children and youth must be a minimum of 21 years of age or older AND a minimum of 5 years older than the children and youth they are sponsoring. Children and youth must stay with their sponsor, who is responsible for their whereabouts and behavior. Children and youth are those under the age of 18.
  • Community of Christ is not responsible for any lost or stolen items at reunion.
  • Follow any COVID-19 Guidelines announced or posted by Reunion Leadership, Campground Staff, and Mission Center Leadership Team.

WHAT TO BRING: Appropriate clothing and shoes, Toiletries, Towels & Washcloths, Shower Sandals, Sunscreen, Insect repellent and protective clothing, Bedding, Swimwear & Beach Blanket (for water activities), Spending money for snacks at canteen (if desired – for family reunions only), and Lawn or beach chair (if desired).

CAMPGROUND INFORMATION:

Camp Remote: 54147 Sandy Creek Rd., Myrtle Point, OR 97458 (http://www.campremote.org/)

Samish Island Campground: 11633 Scott Road, Bow WA 98232 (https://www.campsamish.org/)

Lewis River Campground: 18334 NE Lucia Falls Road, Yacolt, WA 98675 (http://www.lewisrivercampground.org/)


Family Reunion @ Lewis River | Living Jesus… Living Peace

Sunday, June 26 (2:30 PM) – Friday, July 1 (Noon), 2022

Enjoy the renewal of friendships and the wide range of ages joining in fun and fellowship at Lewis River Reunion! Families gather around the creek. Children and grandchildren play with glee. Teens reconnect with old friends. Adults gather for chats under a tree. The adventurous explore the waterfalls up the hill or swim in the river below. Music, laughter, learning, new opportunities for discipleship, and sharing one’s heart are all possibilities within the week’s experience.

Director Team Contact

Debbie Pineda: 360-747-1333

lrreunion@cofchrist-gpnw.org

Early Bird by 5/27Regular 5/28-10/22StayWho
$350$420full timeFamily*
$95$114full timeIndividual*
$70/day$84/daypart timeFamily*
$19/day$23/daypart timeIndividual*

*FAMILY=up to 2 adults & 6 children or 4 adults residing in the same household
INDIVIDUAL=ages 5 & up
FREE=ages 4 & under

Register Online Here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/295490980477


Family Reunion @ Samish Island | Living Jesus… Living Peace

Sunday, July 10 (2:00 PM) – Saturday, July 16 (Noon), 2022

When we said our goodbyes at Samish Reunion in July of 2019, we had NO idea it would be 3 years until we’d be able to gather once again in our sacred space.   We have all missed the annual pilgrimage and traditions each summer brings as we share and grow in fellowship, worship and cherished activities. 

As we look with excitement to plan and prepare for a week of true REUNION, we are finding new ways to slow down the pace of the daily schedule, so that we may all enjoy time to visit, re-connect and embrace the opportunity to gather. Time honored traditions such as Worship, Salmon BBQ, Arts & Crafts and Campfires will weave into a relaxed week that we hope everyone can attend. 

As always, we need YOU to make this highly anticipated camp a success. Where do you see yourself helping out? Teaching a class? Kitchen Cook/Help?  Leading Arts & Crafts or Recreational Activities?  Music Ministry? Bring your talents and join us for an “EPIC 2022 SAMISH REUNION!!”

Director Team Contacts

Erin McClaskey: 206-914-4449

Jannette Harrison: 206-355-6851

samishfamilyreunion@cofchrist-gpnw.org

Early Bird by 6/10Regular 6/11-24/22StayWho
$276$336full timeAdult (12 & up) – first two
$216$264full timeAdult (12 & up) – each additional
$180$216full timeYouth (ages 6-11)
$18$24full timeChild (ages 0-5)
$46/day$56/daypart timeAdult (12 & up) – first two, per day
$36/day$44/daypart timeAdult (12 & up) – each additional, per day
$30/day$36/daypart timeYouth (ages 6-11), per day
$3/day$4/daypart timeChild (ages 0-5), per day

Register Online Here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/295492254287


Family Reunion @ Camp Remote | Living Jesus… Living Peace

Saturday, August 6 (2:00 PM) – Friday, August 12 (Noon), 2022

Come and enjoy the peaceful beauty of Camp Remote while experiencing the ministry, fellowship, great food and fun that Remote Family Reunion offers. We anticipate a great week with guest ministry provided by High Priest Sara Tubbesing, former Arizona Mission Center President, and as well as our own Mission Center President Kim Naten.

Highlights will include powerful worships, engaging classes for all age groups, intergenerational fellowship services, lively chats, fun and spiritually uplifting campfires, and MUCH MORE!

Director

Katie O’Keefe-Knobel: 541-350-3258

remotereunion@cofchrist-gpnw.org

Early Bird by 7/8Regular 7/9-22/22StayWho
$510$612full timeFamily (up to 2 adults & 6 children or 4 adults residing in the same household)
$198$238full timeIndividual (Ages 12 & older)
$168$202full timeYouth (ages 4-11)
$78$94full timeChild (Ages 3 & under)
$85/day$102/daypart timeFamily (up to 2 adults & 6 children or 4 adults residing in the same household), per day
$33/day$40/daypart timeIndividual (Ages 12 & older), per day
$28/day$34/daypart timeYouth (ages 4-11), per day
$13/day$16/daypart timeChild (Ages 3 & under), per day

Register Online Here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/295507931177


Adult Reunion @ Samish Island |The Voices of the Islands

Saturday, August 20 (3:00 PM) – Thursday, August 25 (Noon), 2022

Apostle Mareva Arnaud and her husband Muna are traveling from French Polynesia to be our guest ministers at the 2022 Adult Reunion, along with our own GPNW Invitation Support Minister Sean Langdon. Come and celebrate the diversity, community, joy and song of Tahiti and the Islands of French Polynesia. Hear stories of cultural diversity, expanding mission, and generosity as a way of life. We will close the week with an island Coronation Reception for our guest ministers, and a Tahitian Song Competition (Te Tatauraa te Himene), called an Oaoaraa!

We’re also excited for an enhanced reunion experience as this will be the first year the Singles and Adult Reunions are blended together!  The week will include some elements drawn from the Singles’ Reunion as well as Adult Reunion program—flavored of course by the salt of the tides and the winds of the oceans!  Bring your ukulele, hand drum, or guitar!

COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement for Adult Reunion

Given the older, vulnerable population that typically attends the Adult Reunion, the decision has been made to require all campers be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 vaccinations in order to attend the 2022 Adult Reunion this summer. For this definition, fully vaccinated means having received the primary vaccination dose(s) at least two weeks prior to the start of reunion. A representative of the Reunion Directing Team will contact all registered campers to request a copy of proof of vaccination. If one is not provided prior to reunion or during registration at reunion, the camper will be asked to leave until a copy can be provided. 

The Adult Reunion Directing Team has also determined that masks will be required for all indoor activities, except when consuming food or beverage. If this COVID-19 guideline for participation at Adult Reunion changes prior to reunion, that will be communicated. All Reunion Directors reserve the right to enforce COVID-19 masking or social distance guidelines for participation at reunion this summer.

Director Team

Tom Webber: 253-320-4474

Susan Webber: 253-370-8840

Susan Oxley: 425-226-2771

adultreunion@cofchrist-gpnw.org

Early Bird By 7/22Regular 7/23-8/5/22StayWho
$300$360full timeAdult (ages 18 & up)
$60/day$72/daypart timeAdult (ages 18 & up), per day

Register Online Here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/295489385707


My Story: Exploring our Inner Monologues

My Story: Exploring our Inner Monologues

“Our Stories” – A reflection by Ashley Whitham

When we’re tots and toddlers
we live in our parents’ stories.
Their lives are our worlds.

When we’re full of wonder and questions,
stories from books, tv, movies
expand our imaginations to an even bigger world.

When we start to live our stories,
we trip and fall,
stumbling over ideals and expectations.

When we realize we have a story,
we look back both in pain and appreciation
for all the stories that brought us here.

When we share our stories,
we find community,
because my story is uniquely mine… and universally ours.

Oregon faith leaders encourage COVID-19 vaccinations through EMO’s “Faith and the Vaccine” website

Oregon faith leaders encourage COVID-19 vaccinations through EMO’s “Faith and the Vaccine” website

Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon Media Release

PORTLAND, ORE., March 1, 2022—Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon (EMO) announces the launch of a new website, faithandthevaccine.org, featuring short video testimonies from over 25 Oregon faith leaders in support of the COVID-19 vaccines, as the pandemic continues unabated.

Faith leaders give a wide variety of compelling reasons for vaccination. While their comments are as diverse as the leaders themselves, they share a deep concern for the common good. Some reasons include: “Protection for myself, and for love of my family,” The Rev. Andrew Bansemer. “We have a responsibility to care for others,” Rabbi David Kozak. “To participate in public health and make sure I do my part to help the entire community be safe from the virus,” The Rt. Rev. Diana Akiyama. “I believe in science, and I belive god works through science,” The Rev. Ernestein Flemister.

“The devastation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic in families, local communities—the loss of loved ones, distress of the illness, risk of infection, especially as people gather in churches and other sacred space—prompted the urgency for this collation of commentaries,” explains The Rev. Andrea Cano, EMO interim president. “Educating people about the safety and efficacy of the COVID-19 vaccines is an example of this organization’s compassion and care for the Oregon community.”

The website and videos grew out of a series of meetings EMO convened early in the pandemic with Governor Kate Brown, the Oregon Health Authority, and denominational leaders from around Oregon. Since then, EMO has provided informational resources about COVID prevention guidelines to faith communities and helped set up vaccination centers in traditionally marginalized communities. 

The faithandthevaccine.org site also offers an FAQ page and links to relevant articles and resources. The website welcomes comments and questions at vaccine@emoregon.org.

Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon is a statewide association of faith partners working together to improve the lives of Oregonians through direct service programs, ecumenical and interreligious dialogue, creation justice and public policy advocacy.

Bold Moves Grant Applications | Spring 2022

Bold Moves Grant Applications | Spring 2022

As we begin to move beyond the pandemic existence that has limited so many things, is now the time to begin planning for engaging in some Fresh Expressions of mission in your congregation’s community?  A Bold Moves Grant may be just the boost you need to bring your plans to life.

Applications for grants in the 2022 Spring Cycle are due April 18th.  Check out the Bold Moves page on the GPNW website for the updated Guidelines and Procedures document as well as the Application Form, or contact Steve Pomeroy (spomeroy@cofchrist-gpnw.org) with any questions.

Caravan Auction: March 2022

Caravan Auction: March 2022

Our GPNW Youth Venture for Christ Caravan will soon be hosting its annual dinner-auction fundraiser for this year’s mission trip to Hawaii. This year our auction will have an “in person” option with a Hawaiian-themed dinner as well as an online option via Zoom. Last year we raised over $10,000 and hope to do the same this year. Click here to download updated flyer

For Those Gathering In Person…
Will be held in person at Eugene Community of Christ (1485 Gilham Rd, Eugene, OR 97401). Doors open at 4:30 PM (PST), with dinner at 5:30 pm (PST) and the live auction at 6:30 PM (PST). Dinner is a suggested donation of $10 each. A table for 8 can be reserved for $80, if paid in advance. 

For Those Gathering Online…
Zoom will open at 6 PM (PST) with the Live Auction starting at 6:30 PM (PST). Those joining online will need to pre-register here: https://2022caravanauction.eventbrite.com

Plan now to participate in person or online as we raise money for this life transforming Sr. High Youth ministry. Contact Troy & Jody Barnhart (caravan@cofchrist-gpnw.org) with any questions or to reserve a table! Individual RSVP’s aren’t required but appreciated. 

Caravan is also looking for donations for their auction. Some suggested items: Weekend at your vacation home, home canned foods, themed basket, artwork, homemade items, and more. Please contact the Barnhart’s if you have an auction item to donate!

Nuts & Bolts 2022

Nuts & Bolts 2022

Remember that time, before the Pandemic?  Many of you will recall that in March of 2020, the mission center was ready to launch our triennial workshop series, Nuts & Bolts, when the word “pandemic” entered our vocabulary. We canceled the first workshop, hoping to resume gathering by the second and third scheduled events. Ultimately, all 3 were canceled and we began a new (virtual) way of life on Zoom. However, we are again attempting to hold these important and informative workshops this spring, beginning in March.  

Much has changed since our first Nuts & Bolts workshops back in 2011, and we intend our topics this season to go beyond the initial focus on the basics of congregational operation. We have grown, expanded our understanding of what it means to be a Christian community, and are continually exploring the question “What matters most for the Journey ahead?”  Nuts & Bolts is NOT just for congregational leaders! All are invited and welcome to attend one (or more!) of the 3 workshops being offered this spring. The dates and locations are as follows: 

 Our theme for this year’s workshops is taken from our Mission Center Conference experience:  A Spiritual Venture: Discern, Discover, Do and will feature such topics as discernment as a way of life, collaborative leadership, exploring what it means to be in Christian Community, stewardship of properties and facilities, the roles of priesthood, as well as moments of blessing focusing on the 3 areas within our theme. Workshops will begin promptly at 9:00 a.m. (registration and settling in at 8:30 a.m.), and ending at 4:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be provided, but please bring your own beverages and lunch.  

We look forward to offering what we anticipate will be a fun and informative learning experience, and opportunity to gather in fellowship. Masks WILL BE REQUIRED! Of course, if you believe you may have been in contact with someone with COVID, or are showing symptoms yourself, please plan to join the workshop on April 23rd via Zoom.  Once registered, you will receive additional materials, including the Zoom link for those joining on the hybrid workshop April 23rd. Thank you! See you soon!

A  prayer for peace in Ukraine, by Michael Ramos

A  prayer for peace in Ukraine, by Michael Ramos

The last several days have held many emotions for people all over the world: fear, anger, sadness, confusion, compassion . . . and in that time, I have read about a dozen different prayers for Ukraine and the world from a variety of sources, being shared over social media and email.  Each prayer I read reminds me of who we, as disciples of Jesus Christ, the Peaceful One, are called to be in a world where peace is elusive and greed, abuse of power and hostility seem to reign. 

Michael Ramos, Executive Director of the Church Council of Greater Seattle, with whom we have a close relationship and kinship, shares the prayer below, and I share it with you today.   May each of us take a moment today and in the days, and perhaps weeks, ahead to pause and uphold the people of Ukraine, of Russia, the surrounding nations, and the leaders of those nations, for peace, comfort, safety, and the assurance of worldwide neighbors standing with them in support.   Let us truly move toward the Peaceful One in our efforts to live, love and share God’s kin’dom with the world.

War is Contrary to the Will of God
O Source of Being,
We cry to you this day, for another war has started, violating your ways.
We know that war is contrary to your will for humankind.
We pray for the people of Ukraine, who seek to live in peace and freedom.
We pray with the prophet Isaiah for those who promote and perpetrate war to beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks – let nation not make war on another nation.
We acknowledge that violence lies within all of us and that nations that promote empire will ultimately be cast down in the imagination of their hearts.
War so offends You; You feel its oppression with us, just as you suffer when you witness the oppressions of racism and poverty, gender-inequity and violence, and greed.
Ultimately, You teach us that war is the primordial act of unfaith in You, a form of idolatry.
We grieve our addiction to war, this human-made dis-ease.
We lament our inaction to promote peace and our complicity with systems that make siblings into others and even enemies, although in your Creation we are all siblings, we are all related.
This includes residents and citizens of a nation under attack and residents and citizens of nations with whose governments we are opposed.
How long, Source of Being, must we keep dividing and destroying one another in the name of ideology, in the name of kingdom building, in the name of religion, even in the name of “peace”.
You tell us not to worship falsely, not to afflict the marginalized, the vulnerable, the impoverished, but rather to desire the well-being, the wholeness of all, for we each are part of your Creation, made good and beautiful and holy.
Your presence is felt wherever there is in conflict the pursuit of peace, justice, and mercy through diplomacy and negotiation – human beings in relation to human beings, with a shared destiny for life and beloved community.
You remind us that steps toward cessation of hostilities and disarmament are marks of sanity.
You implore our acceptance of co-responsibility for our common humanity, for we are all are each other’s kin, as today so Ukrainians and Russians are kin, even in the face of overwhelming aggression.
Peacemaking is our shared vocation.
Turn us in a new direction.
The path of nonviolence is the most profound yearning of citizens who refuse to yield to the false distinction between “us and them.”
We beseech you with unmitigated urgency: to prevent further destruction of life, the crushing of civilians, the seizure of a sovereign people, the disfiguring of a people who love God.
A people who have known suffering and loss of land and denial of freedom and discarding of humanity.
Thank you for reminding us of our relationship to the people under siege. Our fates are intertwined in ways that You know beyond our capacity.
We remember the nuclear bombs of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and shout out, “Never again!”
And yet, the proliferation of nuclear weapons has led to this newest threat:
War today runs the risk of escalation into nuclear conflict. Shed with us your divine tears!
Thank you for showing us that another way is possible: the way of peace with justice.
We are grateful that you made us for kin-ship and not earthly kingdom, for solidarity across borders and not manifest destiny, for circles of cooperation not spheres of influence and military control.
Guide our long walk to construct peace. With St. Francis, make us all instruments of your peace.
We declare that you are our security, our Source of refuge in a time of need, such as this.
Be compassionate upon us, even as we are compassionate to one another, without qualification or exclusion.
We are conscious that the human cost of war lies far beyond the zone of military confrontation.
Waging peace is our destiny and our integrity.
Being peace is our lens and our compass, our practice and our horizon.
From such a calling, may we not desist.
From such a moment, may we be courageous risk-takers for a just peace.
May our prayers rise to you at such a time as this.
May you receive us and our plea for an end to this war and all war, confident that abiding your ways will transform our world.
May there be peace in Ukraine, this day and ever-more.
Amen.

Michael Ramos, Executive Director of the Church Council of Greater Seattle
Originally published here: https://thechurchcouncil.org/war-is-contrary-to-the-will-of-god-a-prayer-for-peace-in-ukraine-by-michael-ramos/
Reunion & Summer Camps Returning in 2022!

Reunion & Summer Camps Returning in 2022!

Save the date and plan now to attend our Youth Camps and/or Reunions this summer! Youth Camp and Reunion descriptions, fees, deadlines, registration/payment links, and more will be posted here on the Chinook this April 2022. Come back then to register!

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