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ART SHOW and SYMPOSIUM – A CREATURE CHRONICLE: April 22  -  May 21, 2022. This art installation, created by artist Betty Spackman, former art instructor at TWU and Redeemer University, and hosted at Swallowfield Farm (J and D DeGroot) encourages visitors to ask questions of themselves and each other about what it is to be human. Deliberately handmade and personal, the agenda of the exhibition and the symposium is not to prove points but to open up different perspectives in order to see ourselves better and inspire true dialogue.  “It specifically addresses the Christian faith, “ says Spackman, “as this is the only tradition I can legitimately critique, and also one that has held perceived and real tensions with science. I hope this installation might increase curiosity, challenge complacency, and cause us all to celebrate creation in all its forms with wonder.” A CREATURE CHRONICLE is a 15-panel double-sided circular installation approx. 24 ft. in diameter and 8 ft. high. The symposium includes weekly lectures, presentations, talks and performances by guests from around the world. Click here for more information.   

Boarder Request:  Grace is a 22 year old student from Iowa and is taking a 3 month internship at Cornwall Ridge Equestrian Barn in Langley. She needs a place to stay for the 3 month internship, starting on May 20th. She is studying for an equine management degree at Ellsworth Community College in Iowa Falls, Iowa.  She comes from a Christian family and her father is the hospital chaplain at the Iowa City Veterans Hospital in Iowa City, Iowa. He has been a Christian pastor for 36 years and the family's hope is for her to boarder with a Christian family while she is here. Please contact Grace at [email protected] if you are able to help secure living arragements for her this summer.

Seniors Fellowship:  The Senior Ministry of Willoughby Church is delighted to invite you and anyone you would like to invite to an Organ Concert & Sing-a-Long by Ted Purdy to celebrate the Easter Season. After the concert please join us in the Fellowship Hall for coffee. When: Thursday, April 7 at 10am.  Where: Willoughby Church Sanctuary/Fellowship Hall.

Free CRC Leadership Training Course - Register now to take the new Thriving Essentials virtual training in April at no cost (limit 25 persons). The two, 2-hour-long Zoom sessions on April 18 and 25 can help get all church leaders on the same page concerning the key concepts of Mission, Discipleship, Discernment, and Leadership. Take the class for yourself, then decide if attendance would benefit your core church leadership. Website: crcna.org/Thrive

Discerning God’s Will Together: is it even possible? - Monday, April 11, 7:00-8:45PM - Through this workshop, participants will be introduced to a clear but rich process of Biblical discernment outlined in Ruth Haley Barton’s book Pursuing God’s Will Together. Participants will also engage Barton’s challenging thesis that a “conversion” of sorts is needed if church leadership teams hope to make decisions with the confidence & joy expressed by the Jerusalem council in Acts 15. Register here

Cascade Christian Counselling E-Newsletter – Please find the link to our latest Spring 2022 E-Newsletter with articles that offer suggestions on how one can manage the stresses and anxiety that might surface from the series of challenging events happening to us on a local and global scale. Our counselors have shared some tools on how one can ensure self-care in these times. 

CRC NEWS:

Missionaries Care for Ukrainian Refugees - Of the millions of people fleeing Ukraine, more than 255,000 have been seeking refuge in Hungary. Click here for the full article.

Advertising to Reach Seekers - A campaign promoting Christ’s values may soon lead people to church in an effort to find out more. Click here for the full article.

Prayer Guide for Synod From Philippians 4 - Join with the Synodical Delegates in praying for Synod 2022. Click here for the full article.

Family Fire - Family Fire is an online community exploring Spirit-led family, marriage, parenting, in-laws, blended families, and intimacy. Find encouraging articles and devotions at familyfire.com. Subscribe for regular email updates and connect with our Family Fire community on Facebook.

Groundwork: The Complete Sufficiency of the Cross - Christ’s sacrifice is completely sufficient to satisfy God’s wrath, and yet, sometimes we forget. Join Groundwork as we study Isaiah 53:6; Galatians 2:20-21, 3:1-3, 3:24-27, & 6:14-15; and Romans 5:9-11 & 6:1-4 to discuss the source of this truth, how we can keep our fears at bay, and how we can keep a right perspective about our salvation and our deeds. Listen now at GroundworkOnline.com and subscribe to Groundwork's weekly emails for future episodes.

At-Home Faith Practices Reflection Tip - Reflection and Discussion Starter—the Practice of Celebrating: Read Psalm 103:1-5 and ponder or discuss the following questions. When you look at your “inmost being,” how often do you find yourself in “celebration mode”? What might you do to celebrate every day? Can you picture yourself “crowned with love and compassion”? Try that during your next prayer time. (For more on faith practices from Faith Formation Ministries, visit bit.ly/FaithPracticesProject)

Join us at Inspire 2022 - Come to Chicago August 4-6 for a time of togetherness, worship, and learning. Not sure about making travel plans? We get that. That’s why we’ve got a generous refund policy, and we’ve extended the early-bird rate! Also, gather five or more people from your church to get the group rate. We’d love to see you there. Learn more and register at crcna.org/inspire

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. Here I Am To Worship
  2. The Stand
  3. Jesus Paid It All
  4. Amazing Grace
  5. I Surrender All
  6. Doxology

Job Postings:

Now Hiring: SUMMER DAY CAMPS WORKERS (ABBOTSFORD, BC) – Bethesda. Bethesda’s summer day camp offers a world of possibility and inclusion for school-age youth with diverse abilities. Between 8 and 18 youth and families receive support from July through August. Each child is encouraged to develop their full abilities as they participate in interesting and fun activities and form long-lasting friendships. No previous experience is needed as you will receive training and be supported throughout. Five positions ranging from 30 to 35 hours/week are available from June 20 through August 26. $18.27 – $19.27/hr. You will be supervised and supported by the summer camp leadership staff. Eligible applicants must be between 19 and 30 years, hold a Class 5 driver’s license and be willing to obtain an unrestricted Class 4 license by date of hire. *Please note that as per current provincial health orders, all Bethesda staff must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19*. Interested applicants may apply online at https://bethesdabc.com/careers or submit a resume, cover letter, and references to the Director of Family Support and Community Development via email ([email protected])  or mail (2775 Emerson Street, Abbotsford BC V2T 4H8). Applicants should reference posting #817. (Full job description is available on Bethesda’s website.) 

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Give to Resonate Now and Double Your Impact - Don’t miss out on an opportunity to double your gift to God’s mission! Your gift will be matched dollar for dollar when you give to our special campaign at www.resonateglobalmission.org/MatchMyGift. The work of God’s mission has changed a lot in the past 2 years but you can help the CRC respond and adapt through Resonate Global Mission.

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The Banner: The March 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

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