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Daycare Request: The daycare committee is looking for a volunteer to help do a search for a 25 passenger bus or a 15 person van for the daycare.   Though currently the vehicles for this church ministry are functional, the bus will be needing a replacement in the near future.  Please contact, Wendy Hoytema ([email protected]) or Kim Breedveld ([email protected]) if you are able to serve in this capacity and for more information.

Announcement:  The Celebration of Life Service for John William (Bill) Potma, William & Jamie-Lynn Ravensbergen's grandfather is on Tuesday, June 7 at 2 pm at Fleetwood CRC, 9165 160 St, Surrey. A viewing will be held prior on Monday, June 6 from 7-9 pm at the Tapestry Mundy Park Church, 2600 Austin Ave, Coquitlam.  All are welcome to attend. 

Demystifying Justice for Deacons and Churches - Thursday, June 9, 7:00PM - 9:00PM Pacific - In this workshop, Rachel and Cindy will unpack how the Bible talks about peace, justice, and mercy; identify how exploitive structures cause injustice; and explore how advocacy reconciliation can bring change and healing when injustice has been done. Register here: https://bit.ly/3O1ZZZ1

Church Accessibility Audit Training - Monday, June 13, 7:30PM - 9:30PM Pacific - In this workshop, we will discuss what accessibility is and why it matters in the local church community. We will discuss how to introduce and execute an accessibility audit of your church. Register here: https://bit.ly/38wtzqe

Sharing Your Faith Relies on the Holy Spirit - The events of Pentecost are significant for our ability to share our faith still today. Join Groundwork as we study this story in Luke 24:45-49, John 15:26-27, Acts 1:4-5, Acts 2:1-41, and Acts 10:44-48 and discover the power the Holy Spirit provides us to follow Jesus command to share our faith and make disciples for him. Listen now at GroundworkOnline.com and subscribe to Groundwork's weekly emails for future episodes.

Living the Call:  You are invited to check out Living the Call, the ministry report to classis and councils on the work of the CRCNA. This informative report gives you a brief overview of the work that you are a part of as a congregation of the Christian Reformed Church.   In five issues each year, they focus on each of the five callings of the CRC: Faith Formation, Servant Leadership, Global Mission, Mercy & Justice, and Gospel Proclamation & Worship.

Together Seeking God’s Face – Prayer for Synod - Monday, June 6, 7:30PM - 8:30PM PST - On Monday, June 6, join in a bi-classical worship and prayer time hosted by 1Life that invites us into prayer “to recapture the spirit of Jesus prayer in John 17 – that of loving God and each other so deeply that the world will know that Jesus is Lord” (quotes from Denomination Calls for Year of Prayer, July 2021). Learn more here: https://bit.ly/3MAq3cO

Summer Camp: Fleetwood CRC in Surrey is hosting three summer camps this year for a variety of interests and ages. NoteWorthy Music Camp, for ages 7-12, focuses on introducing young kids to music and teaching basic musical skills (June 27-30). Compassion Camp, our VBS for ages 5-10, tells the gospel through games, crafts, and stories (July 18-22). World’s Stage Theatre Camp, for high schoolers aged 12-18, is a week of writing, directing, and acting with a healthy amount of improv thrown in (August 1-5). Registration opens May 22nd. For more information, please visit fleetwoodcrc.org/SummerCamps2022 or email [email protected].    

Send Us Your Church Life Photos - Send us your photos of the church at work or at worship! If you attend a CRC church and like taking photos, we'd love to see photos of your church in action: worshiping, engaging with the neighbourhood, gardening...anything that brings church members together. We hope to share these photos on our Facebook page, on the homepage of the CRCNA website, on the Deacons' Offering Calendar, and in other ways that showcase some of the many faces of the CRC. (For that reason, please ensure that you have permission from the people in the photo to share it.) Send your photos to [email protected]

Inspire 2022 - Gather with Reformed believers from across the continent August 4-6 at Tinley Park, near Chicago, for Inspire 2022. Worship, learn, find fellowship, and be refreshed! Learn more and register at www.crcna.org/inspire

Paul’s Missionary Journeys in Greece (Oct 6-18, 2022):   Travel to biblical sites connected with Paul's missionary journeys in Greece: Philippi, Thessalonica, Berea, Athens, Corinth as well as Meteora and Delphi. Included is a fabulous 3-day cruise to Mykenos, Ephesis, Patmos, Crete and Santorini. Contact Dr. Jeff Weima, Professor at Calvin Theological Seminary and leading biblical scholar at [email protected] or 616-328-3110.     

CHRISTIAN BUSINESS LEADERS:  Do you ever feel alone in what you do, struggle with growing people… or how to use business more intentionally for God’s kingdom?  Maybe looking to get thriving again?  At DeliberateU, we come alongside Christian businesses with personal mentoring & practical help – so leaders & workplaces flourish and grow a better way:  by God’s design… both at work, home and community.
We’re hosting a Christian Business Leadership MasterClass in Langley & Vancouver on June 28 & 29th.  To Learn more or Register, contact Darren Bosch at: [email protected] or visit: www.betterbusinessway.com

CRC NEWS:

Synod 2022 Begins: A convening session of synod took place via video conference on May 25 for worship and the election of officers.  Click here for the full article.

Looking at Membership Decline: The Council of Delegates heard a presentation about membership statistics from 1965 to the present.   Click here for the full article.

Report on U.S. Residential Schools Released:  A report on Indigenous residential schools in the United States says that churches, including the CRC, played a key role. Click here for the full article.

Discipleship and Disasters: Many of us are dealing with situations and circumstances that do not stimulate or promote happiness. Is joy still possible?   Click here for the full article.

Faith Practice Reflection Tip - Reflection and Discussion Starter—the Practice of Wonder: Read Acts 2:1-21 and ponder or discuss the following questions. On this Pentecost Sunday, what do you wonder about the Acts 2 story? What surprises you or fills you with awe? How might you have reacted if you were part of the international crowd in Jerusalem and you heard the Gospel message for the first time in your own language? (For more on faith practices from Faith Formation Ministries, visit bit.ly/FaithPracticesProject)

Scriptoria: An Interfaith Writing Workshop - Morning workshops. Afternoon instruction. One-on-ones with editors. Deep faith conversations. Think boot camp for your writing—whether it’s fiction, nonfiction, or poetry—on June 20-24, 2022 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Scriptoria: An Interfaith Writing Workshop with Gary Schmidt, Hugh Cook, Patrice Gopo, L. S. Klatt, Robert Hudson, Nikki Grimes, Vinita Hampton Wright, and more. Visit scriptoriaworkshop.org

Everything You Need for An Interactive Series on the Faith Practices - Want to try something new (and easy) at your church this summer? We’ve expanded the Faith Practices Project to include everything you need to plan a worship service, series, or gathering on a particular faith practice with people of all ages. Learn more at crcna.org/FaithFormation

Grants Available for Churches! - The NewGround Program of Diaconal Ministries Canada offers coaching, networking, and grants to churches seeking to break new ground to start (or grow) a sustainable community ministry. For over 35 years, NewGround (formerly Operation Manna) has helped CRC's across Canada love their community. NewGround has supported teen drop-in centres, community dinners, ministry to newcomers/refugees, art studios, counselling and debt centres and so much more! Applications for our Community Ministry Grants are due by August 15, 2022, so start praying and dreaming with your church and community now. Find out more on our website: diaconalministries.com/newground/ and/or email our NewGround Program Director, Karla Winham, with your questions and ideas: [email protected]

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 People Of The Risen King
  2. Ancient Of Days
  3. The Power Of Your Love
  4. Shout To The Lord
  5. How Can I Keep From Singing
  6. How Great Is Our God
  7. Doxology

Job Postings:

Now Hiring: RESIDENTIAL CHILD AND YOUTH WORKER (ABBOTSFORD, BC) – Bethesda. The residential child and youth worker provides support to children or youth who have moderate to severe behavioural challenges. You will be supporting one or more children or youth under 19 years of age in an attractive, home-like setting designed especially for day and overnight respite. The child or youth live at home with their families and come to the home every week. Attending respite gives them stimulation and growth opportunity and their families a break to recharge. The number of hours a child or youth attends respite varies with each family’s needs. You will be working with a team of people, including specialists from community resources, other residential child and youth workers, and an experienced, on-site manager. You will also receive on the job training so that you feel confident in your interactions and decisions. Bethesda’s ministry is a Christian faith-based service. Competitive salary: $23.10-$26.91. *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 Chief Human Resources Officer via email ([email protected])  or mail (2775 Emerson Street, Abbotsford BC V2T 4H8). Applicants should reference posting #842. (Full job description is available on Bethesda’s website.) 

Banner Delayed - Due to worldwide paper shortages, delivery of the June issue of The Banner will be delayed by up to two weeks. In the meantime, visit TheBanner.org for new features, columns, news, and more. All reporting leading up to and during Synod 2022 can be found at thebanner.org/synod

The Banner: The May 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

Get The Banner Straight to Your Inbox - The Banner, the magazine of the CRC, will send you news, features, and columns straight to your email inbox! Sign up for the weekly e-newsletter by visiting thebanner.org/signup. While you're there, you can sign up to receive The Banner print magazine straight to your door as well! TheBanner.org/signup

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]