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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 @ 7:00 pm - This Advent, join us for a time 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. 

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. 

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.  

Women's Bible Study: The last session for this year will be on December 15th at 9:30 am followed by a luncheon at Adrian's at the Airport at 11:45 am.  Sessions will start again in the new year on January 5th.

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.

At-home Faith Practice Reflection Tip - Reflection and Discussion Starter—the Practice of Hospitality: Read Genesis 18:1-8 and ponder or discuss the following questions. (For more on faith practices from Faith Formation Ministries, visit bit.ly/FaithPracticesProject) This passage is the first reference in the Bible to someone opening their home to others. How do Abraham’s actions set the tone for hospitality? What adjectives might you use to describe his welcome of the three strangers?

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. 

Devotions for a Blue Christmas - In the midst of hard times, find strength and encouragement through God's word. A set of fourteen encouraging Today devotions reassure you that even during the darkest of Christmas seasons, you’re not alone. Receive this free email series and ebook when you subscribe to Today at todaydevotional.com/bluechristmas

The Banner: The December 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:

Resonate Global Mission Position Opening - Resonate Global Mission, an agency of the Christian Reformed Church in North America (CRCNA), has a full-time (40 hrs/wk) opening for a Program Coordinator. This position will serve the North America (NA) Regional Teams and NA Regional Teams Director by managing and continually improving the systems, processes, and programs for internal operations of six regions. Visit www.crcna.org/jobs for details or to apply by 12 midnight (EST) on December 17, 2021.

Human Resources Manager – Bethesda Provincial Office in Abbotsford, BC

FULL JOB DESCRIPTION AVAILABLE ON BETHESDA’S WEBSITE   As the human resources manager, you will join a team where the staff are dedicated to providing excellent service to the agency’s human resources. You will create a workplace that supports and empowers the human resources staff team to maintain administration systems that ensure effective and accountable operations. This is a full-time position available immediately. It is ideal for experienced leaders who have education in human resources, CHRP designation and/or significant experience in human resources with a willingness to obtain additional education to qualify for the CHRP designation.  

COMPENSATION & BENEFITS:

  • Competitive salary: $60,900-$67,225.
  • Excellent extended benefits package.
  • 3 weeks vacation to start.
  • Ongoing training and leadership professional development opportunities.
  • Hybrid work arrangements may be considered.