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World Renew: Dear Willoughby CRC -  There are communities in parts of the world that now have greater opportunities for food security, health, and poverty alleviation because of your concern for them. We thank you for your partnership with World Renew. Since the beginning of July, this church has donated $11,300 for these programs and projects (among others): Covid Response in India and Free a Family. You have shared your love with people you haven’t met, walking alongside them, speaking justice through your donations. 

Prayer in the Night: How do we pray when making a joyful noise takes much more energy than we have to offer?  Join pastor Chris Schoon in an online conversation  to explore this question on Thursday, December 9, at 11:00 a.m. (PT) A few excerpts from Tish Harrison Warren’s book Prayer in the Night will keep us company during the conversation. Click here for more information and/or to register. Hosted by Faith Formation Ministries CRCNA. 

Resonate Global Mission: On Thursday, December 2, from 11 -12 pm PT, Resonate is hosting a "virtual" Ministry Amplified event where you will have the opportunity to hear from Kevin Deraaf, our Canadian Director, as well as Gary Timmerman (missionary to the Russian Diaspora) and Rich Braaksma (Canada West Regional Mission Leader). There will be a time for Q&A at the end, and it will be a great way to hear about the mission work your congregation supports and how the Spirit is leading us forward in mission. Click here to register.

You Shall Call His Name Jesus: is a free Advent devotional series from World Renew, Resonate, and the CRC Office of Social Justice that features reflections from Christian Reformed Church ministries around the world. Devotionals will be delivered to your email inbox every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, Dec. 1 through Christmas. Click here to sign up.

World Renew: 16 Days of Activism - Join World Renew, Safe Church, and the CRCNA for the live launch of the campaign against Gender-Based Violence (GBV). Hear from Dr. Elaine Storkey (elainestorkey.com) and others on what faithfully confronting this evil looks like, in the power of Christ. Nov. 23 at 12;00 PT. Click here to register. Incidents of women and girls facing various forms of GBV continue to escalate, with at least 1 in every 3 women reporting having experienced gender-based violence in their lives. The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the crisis. Christians, and the church, are called to intervene, to support, and to fight against GBV in all its forms. Join the CRCNA and World Renew for the launch of the GBV: 16 Days: Devotions and Advocacy Guide to this Hidden Pandemic.

COVID-19 Update:  Council has re-appointed a new Covid Advisory Team and mandated it to wrestle with how best to create the safest place possible for all people to worship and be in ministry together. During this ongoing pandemic, we are committed to following the best practices laid out by our health officials as they apply to the life of Willoughby Church. For more information, please click here.

Women's Morning Coffee Break Update: Coffee Break/Story Hour, a combined ministry of both Willoughby CRC and Langley Immanuel CRC with the study Exiles in a Pagan Land is temporarily suspended until January 4, 2022, for an Advent Study, Discover The Gift of Christmas ending December 7 when we will enjoy a morning social before we break for Christmas. For more details please connect with Elsa: [email protected] or Denise: [email protected] 

Book Club: Have you made plans for the new year? How about joining a book club? This January 2022 (13, 20 & 27) online, from 4 - 5 pm PDT, dig into Kate Bowler's new book: No Cure for Being Human (And Other Truths I Need to Hear). Hosted by Disability Concerns CRCNA. For information and to register click here. 

At-home Faith Practice Reflection Tip: Reflection and Discussion Starter—the Practice of Generosity: Read 1 John 3:16-18 and ponder or discuss the following questions. (For more on faith practices from Faith Formation Ministries, visit bit.ly/FaithPracticesProject) This passage clearly ties love of our neighbor to sharing material possessions with people in need. How do you discover needs in your neighborhood, city, country, and world? What needs are you able to meet? How might you remind yourself daily of God’s generous love for you?

Thank you:  Grace Vanderheyden and family greatly appreciate all the cards, flowers, visits, and prayers we have received with the loss of our mother and grandmother.  We rejoice that she is now with our Lord in heaven. Grace VDH 

Sunday Song Selection:

Here are the current song selections for this Sunday's service, please feel free to familiarize yourself with the music ahead of time by clicking on each song below. * Please note that adjustments may be made prior to Sunday morning.

  1.  Come As You Are
  2. Great is Thy Faithfulness
  3. I Lift My Eyes Up 
  4. Jesus, Hope of The Nations 
  5. Wings of An Eagle 
  6. Faithful One 
  7. I Will Rise 

 

The Banner: The November edition of the Banner is now available at the church. You can also access a copy online at The Banner.  To support the Banner's ongoing journalistic ministry, consider making a donation.  www.theBanner.org/Donate

Today Devotion Books: The Today booklets are available at the church.

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]

Job Opportunities:

Early Childhood Educator Position:  Covenant Kids Christian Daycare (CKCD) is seeking to fill a position for an Early Childhood Educator for our 3-5 program and on occasion in our Before and After School program. This is a casual part-time position that could lead to a part-time permanent position (32 hours per week). Click here for position description. 

Support Worker for Children’s Respite Service – Abbotsford, BC FULL JOB DESCRIPTION AVAILABLE ON BETHESDA’S WEBSITE   A support worker for Children’s Respite supports children with intellectual disabilities. You will be supporting one or more youth under 19 years of age in an attractive, home-like setting designed especially for day and overnight respite.

Bethesda’s ministry is a Christian faith-based service. Interested applicants may apply with a resume, cover letter and references online at bethesdabc.com/careers , email [email protected], or mail to the Chief Human Resources Officer at 2775 Emerson St, Abbotsford BC V2T 4H8.