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Contact for Online Bulletin: If you have anything to add to the bulletin, please email [email protected]

Contact Council: If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to email the council at [email protected] 

Special Offering - World Renew Hunger Campaign: This Sunday is the last Sunday of our World Hunger Campaign. Your money gifts to support the work of World Renew helps to put food on tables around the world. World Renew has the plans, the systems, the partners, and the people to come alongside communities experiencing hunger. See Every Table: World Hunger 2020 for more information. 

Have you signed up for Advent Devotions yet? There are a couple of options available to you through the CRC. 1. World Renew, Resonate, and the CRC Office of Social Justice will distribute a free email devotional to your inbox during Advent. Sign up to receive reflections on this year’s theme of He Will Be Our Peace every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday through Christmas Day. Go to justice.crcna.org/advent to sign up today! OR: 2. Advent Devotional Series From Today - It's been a rough year. Let Advent help you see God’s story in Christmas. This special devotional series takes you deeper into the true meaning of Christmas, the coming Savior. Subscribe at todaydevotional.com/advent

The Calvin Institute of Christian Worship is putting on a number of online events to help us journey through Advent this year.  Take a look here.

Raising our Voices is the final webinar in the Safe Church 2020 Webinar Series Wednesday, Dec. 2, 9:00 – 10:00 am PST via zoom. Listen in as two people share their own experiences of abuse and how the church responded in helpful and not so helpful ways.  For more info and access to zoom link, see: Raising our Voices 

Refugees and Borders: Sat, December 5, 2020, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM PST. We're in a moment when borders are proliferating to protect our health: the border between cities has fresh relevance as we try to contain COVID. How does the desire to be compassionate and hospitable interact with the belief that borders protect us? Borders are first imagined and then built. What we think borders can do is shaped by the stories we tell. What is your border story? To register for this friendly, public conversation see: Eventbrite: Refugees and Borders  

Ministry to Seafarers will be distributing Christmas gifts again this year for the annual Christmas at Sea gift-giving campaign. If you would like to support this cause that brings joy to so many seafarers each year,  send your donations to Ministry to Seafarers, 401 E Waterfront Rd, Vancouver, BC V6A 4G9. Cheques can now be made payable to "Ministry to Seafarers." Write "Christmas at Sea" on the memo line.  

A Canadian Culture Born on Foreign Shores: Nov. 30, 2020, 6:00 – 7:30 pm (PST) via zoom. Speaker: Dr. Marco Katz. Without reference to any other country, how would you define the culture of Canada? Some turn to mixtures such as multiculturalism, trans-culturalism, or inter-culturalism. Others insist on defining Canadian culture by what it is not. It is the duty of all immigrants to change the countries in which they find themselves. By doing so, they can develop a culture for the benefit of citizens who have not taken the time to consider the places in which they are born. Dr. Marco Katz endeavours a style of teaching that helps immigrants create, and citizens accept, new ways of living. Click here to register or for more info.

SOUTH COAST BEACH PROJECT (SCBP): If you or someone you know is 18 – 25 years old, wanting to grow in leadership and discipleship, then check out the SCBP! Make life-long friends. Deepen your faith. Get summer work experience. And do all this while living in Port Dover on the shore of Lake Erie. What a better way to spend this summer 2021: living in intentional Christian community with your peers, learning opportunities about integrating your faith and life, getting work experience through summer employment, and connecting with a local congregation. For more information: www.southcoastbeachproject.org or contact Pastor Willemina Zwart at [email protected]. A ministry of Immanuel Christian Reformed Church, Simcoe and in partnership with Resonate Global Mission.

Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID): There is still time to share your thoughts with your MP. Due to the pandemic the federal has extended making changes to MAID legislation to December 18, 2020. Click here for more information.  

Just Faith Forum:  Join with a group of CRCNA agencies to expose the hidden crisis of gender-based violence (GVB), the horror and pain inflicted on women and girls around the world for the “crime” of being female. Together, through 16 DAYS OF ACTIVISM (Nov. 25 to Dec. 10) let's learn about and raise awareness of the causes and impacts of GBV and how Christians can make an impact on families’ lives and bring hope for the future. For more information on how you can join us see CRCNA 16 Days of Activism

 

BEIRUT RESPONSE UPDATE:  World Renew would like to extend thanks to Canadian churches and individuals who responded in love by giving to the Beirut response—over $500,000 has been received and many gifts are having double the impact with the Canadian government's match. In the immediate,  6,000 hot meals have been provided to families affected by the blast. World Renew is committed to a longer-term response of providing food vouchers, hygiene kits, COVID-19 informational leaflets, and winterization supplies (blankets, warm clothes, stoves, and fuel) to vulnerable families. Pray for our Lebanese brothers and sisters. Want to stay updated? See: International Disaster Response
Today: The new Today booklets are available at the church!  
The Banner: The November edition of the Banner is available at the church! You can also access a copy online at The Banner. The annual Banner donation appeal was disrupted by COVID and may have been missed altogether. To keep the Banner community conversation going, give online now at www.theBanner.org/Donate