Mountain Standard Regional Newsletter 2019

Mountain Standard Regional Administrative Associate Changes

It is with significant regret that I say goodbye to my Administrative Associate, Sue Hunter. She continues to take chaplaincy training, but others have seen her talents in that role. She finishes her office work for the Region as of December 21st and is privileged to begin in an esteemed role as a full-time chaplain at the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Edmonton in the New Year.  

Kathy and Sue

Sue has been excellent in her role, diligent with the plethora of responsibilities of the office, able to work on her own, and responsive both to the requests of our churches and the numerous ones that came from me. She has been a creative writer and has set up systems that will continue long after she leaves us. We wish her well in her new work, now joining an ever-growing list of chaplains serving in the public sphere but supplied and supported by the CBWC.

A new hire was found rather quickly in order to facilitate some crossover time with Sue.  Our new Administrative Associate is Kathleen (Kathy) Brown. Kathy has a Bachelor of Applied Information Systems & Technology degree from NAIT, a Masters of Divinity from Taylor Seminary, and is also in the chaplaincy training track. She has worked in business and in church ministries as well. One recent role she held was in the area of employment counselling. We welcome Kathy to the team of those serving the churches and ministers of the CBWC!

Please pray for Sue and for Kathy as these new adjustments are sure to be challenging for a season.

-Dennis Stone

Zion Baptist Church of Edmonton celebrating installation of solar panels

Nathan and Chelsey Friedt FBC Peace River at Banff

Faith Community Baptist Church in Claresholm -Induction of Joseph Steeves

How to Pray for the Mountain Standard Region

In your bulletin, please place a rotating list of CBWC churches from the Region among your listed prayer concerns.

  • Pray for the Regional Minister with regard to safety in travel and for wisdom and insight into the situations he faces.
  • Pray for our pastors: for authentic spirituality, for balancing responsibilities with their family’s needs, for an ability to build team and community, for tact and wisdom as needed, and for supportive collegial connections.

Hugh Fraser and Dennis Stone – Oilers fans

Jeffrey Cardejon of FCCC

Recent Mountain Standard Region Issues

  • Our Banff Pastors Conference was well received by all who attended. Our region brings the most attendants.
  • A church grieves over the suicide of one of their young people.
  • A rural church wrestles with the prospect of having satellite churches with other rural CBWC churches.
  • A few churches are wrestling with growth… lack of building, parking and staffing.
  • A few pastors are considering transitions.
  • Pincher Creek, Awaken, Fort Saskatchewan, and Braemar are seeking full-time lead pastors.
  • Longview Bible Fellowship and Filipino Community Christian Church of Calgary are continuing through latter stages of recognition as churches within the CBWC.
  • Technical issues: a phone reset, internet bandwidth, etc.
  • Credentialing, orientation, and ordination processing for pastors.

Regarding Developments of the Canada Summer Jobs Program

There have been changes from last year’s application limitations. To get an update, look at the following EFC statement of response.

Faith Community Baptist Church in Claresholm -Induction of Joseph Steeves

Stained glass cross at Leduc Community Baptist Church

Settlement Report

  • CBWC: Shelby Gregg stepped down from her position as Administrative Associate at the end of December.
  • John Estabrooks will be the interim minister at Awaken, Calgary.

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