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16 Days of Devotions and Advocacy against Gender-Based Violence (GBV): Join the CRCNA, World Renew and Safe Church for 16 days of devotions and reflection using this guide, The Hidden Pandemic: The Role of Christian Communities in Taking Action Against Gender Based Violence  Learn how concerted efforts to address GBV can be strengthened by unleashing the power and influence of the church and other faith-based organizations. For more info and/or related events click here. 

An Evening of Lament: Sunday December 12th @ 7:00pm - This Advent, join us for a service of reflection, lament, and prayer as together we pause to remember the past weeks, months,  and for some of us, years of difficult times. Through readings, prayers, and songs we will reflect on our individual and communal losses and be offered a message of hope and an assurance of God’s presence with us, even in the midst of our darkness. 

The Gloria Dei Chorale, under the direction of Tresor Otshudi, is pleased to present this Christmas “Night of the Father’s Love”, featuring choral selections, readings, and congregational songs, on Saturday, December 18 at 7:00 pm in the Oasis at Elim Village, 9025 160 Street, Surrey, BC.  Contact Tina 604-588-6377 or Marilyn 604-290-5454 for more information.  A free-will offering will be received.  

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.

Groundwork: Christmas Hope: Tamar: If you feel far from God this Christmas, or if you just need a reminder that nothing can separate you from his love, then join Groundwork as we study Matthew 1:1-3, Genesis 38, and Romans 8:35-39. Together we’ll be reminded of the real meaning of Christmas and find hope in the story of Tamar. Listen now at GroundworkOnline.com and subscribe to Groundwork's weekly emails for future episodes.

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. 

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 Now is The Time to Worship
  2. Come To Us
  3. Lord Have Mercy
  4. The Lord is My Salvation
  5. Come Thou Long Expected Jesus
  6. Go My Children with My Blessing
  7. Imagine 

Celebrate and Send Off: Pray for Henja Sawchuk as she celebrates her 80th Birthday on December 3rd, as well as her move to Edmonton on December 11th.  We wish her all the best and blessings from her church family at Willoughby as she transitions to her new home.

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:

NOW HIRING AT BETHESDA: Resource Manager (full-time position available December 2021)

LOCATION: Maple Ridge, BC.   As resource manager for a staffed home, you will join a team where the staff, families and people receiving services have a culture of supporting, celebrating, and enriching the interconnectedness of our communities. Your job is to develop person-centred care and inclusion opportunities for the people who participate in our services.  

COMPENSATION & BENEFITS:

  • Competitive salary: $59,945-65,062
  • Excellent extended benefits package
  • 3 weeks vacation to start
  • Ongoing training and leadership professional development opportunities 

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.