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Church Custodian Position Available: After faithfully serving us for many years, Andy Groeneveld is stepping down from his role as church custodian.  Willoughby Church, therefore, invites applications for the position of Building Custodian, starting on August 1.  We are looking for a qualified person who will take pride in keeping the building clean and in orderly condition.   This will be a 25-hour per week contracted position with a flexible schedule.  More information, including a description of custodial duties, is available at www.willoughbychurch.com .  For further inquiries about the position, please contact Eric Voogt (Building and Grounds Committee) at  [email protected], or 604-530-6760.  Applications should be submitted to Peter Roukema (Personnel Committee) at [email protected] no later than July 18.   

Christian Reformed Church: An Announcement from the New General Secretary, please click this link to read the announcement from Rev. Zachary King, Ph.D. 

1Life July Newsletter: 1Life exists to curate a curriculum of resources that equips individuals and congregations to become increasingly whole-hearted, vibrant communities of Christian worship, discipling & mission. Click here for the July newsletter.

Living the Call:  Here is the new issue of 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.

The Bible Tells Me So: Invitation to Join LDN 2022-23   In the middle of all the deep convictions and confusions of the present moment, The BC LDN (now a 1Life Servant Leadership intensive) continues its mandate to foster a deep and deeply relevant Biblical imagination in the leadership of our BC CRCs. To discern if our 2022-23 year of reading the Old Testament and practicing various ministry skills its themes invite, is for you, come to one of our summer on-line information evenings: Monday June 27, Monday July 18, or Monday August 22 from 7:00-8:00 p.m.  You can register here. Also see crc1life.ca for our curriculum and unique application process. Questions?  Email [email protected]   

Safe Church Ministry Series 2022: The Safe Church Basics - Webinar 3: Training Leaders and Volunteers - All church leaders and volunteers should know what constitutes abuse, how to spot it, and what is expected of them to prevent and respond to abuse well. Join us July 20, 2022 at 12pm EDT as we explore ways to train and support our safe church teams. Register at https://bit.ly/SCwebinarJuly22

World Renew Disaster Response Celebration:  2022 is World Renew Disaster Response Services’ 50th year of ministry in North America! Join World Renew at an open house-style celebration at 3rd CRC, Lynden WA on July 19, You are invited to join World Renew at the celebration to learn more about DRS, and reconnect if you’ve served with us, celebrate, and commune together. More information can be found at worldrenew.net/drs-50th-anniversary-tour.  

Ableism Training Hosted by CRC-RCA Disability Concerns - Join us online August 11 & 12 (from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm EDT) for our annual training event. We will unpack ableism and consider ways we can help reduce the impact of ableism in churches. This event is open to everyone interested in learning more about this very important topic. We will continue to release more information about this event on our dedicated website: Let’s End #AbleismAtChurch Register at https://bit.ly/ableismatchurch

Register Today for Inspire 2022 - The deadline for Inspire 2022 has been extended to late July! Sign up today for this three-day gathering of Reformed believers from across the continent, where we'll worship, learn, fellowship, and grow together. Plenary speakers include Bishop David Zac Niringiye, Ken Shigematsu, Sandra Maria Van Opstal, Sandra McCracken, and Steven Argue. Workshops cover topics from relationship building to creation care to restorative justice to perseverance in ministry, and more. Join us and be refreshed! Learn more at www.crcna.org/inspire

Let the Living Water Flow - Jesus said: “…whoever drinks of the water that I will give shall never thirst, but the water that I give will become a well of water springing up to eternal life" (John 4:14). Next week, join World Renew to learn how through our gifts we can help make clean water and better health possible for vulnerable communities around the world, and share the Living Water of Christ that is essential for eternal life–the water that refreshes all who come to him thirsty. For more information, go to worldrenew.ca/resources-clean-water-sunday

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. Lord Reign in Me
  2. Our God
  3. There is A Redeemer
  4. The Lord is Gracious and Compassionate
  5. How Deep the Father's Love For Us
  6. Blessed Assurance
  7. Great Are You Lord

CRC NEWS: 

VanderKwaak Appointed as CAO: Lloyd VanderKwaak has been appointed to serve as interim chief administrative officer for the CRCNA  Click here for the full article.

Welcoming Refugees From Ukraine: Members of Meadowlands Fellowship CRC, Ancaster, Ont., met a family of 11 Ukrainian refugees at the Toronto airport.  Click here for the full article.

 Writer Offers Series on Grief: Jolene DeHeer brings life experience and a powerful testimony of God’s faithfulness to her writing at Family Fire.  Click here for the full article.

Groundwork: Jonah: Discovering God's Heart - Do you want to know and understand the heart of God? Join Groundwork as we study Jonah 4 to conclude our study of Jonah and witness the stark contrast between our human tendencies and his sovereignty. Together, we’ll discuss how we can respond to God’s relentless love and abundant mercy in our own lives today. 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 Remembering: Read Joshua 4:1-7 and ponder or discuss the following questions. How have you, or how might you, use physical objects in your home or sanctuary to remind people of God’s work in your life? In what other ways do you, or does your church, help future generations remember the work of God? (For more on faith practices from Faith Formation Ministries, visit bit.ly/FaithPracticesProject)

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]

Job Postings:

Diaconal Coaches Needed! - Diaconal Ministries Canada is currently recruiting new Diaconal Coaches in British Columbia and Alberta. A Diaconal Coach helps deacons grow in their understanding and capacity as leaders - providing coaching/training, support, encouragement, and accountability for CRC diaconates. Our team of Coaches are well-trained and supported by our Regional Staff. Positions are flexible, part-time, and paid! If you'd like to find out more, reach out to Rachel, Regional Ministry Developer for Western Canada. You can also find out more on our website: https://bit.ly/39eVvPS. Please share this with someone you think would make a great coach, and/or within your CRC networks.

Now Hiring: RESOURCE SUPPORT MANAGER (FRASER VALLEY, BC) – Bethesda. As Resource Support Manager, you will provide support to Bethesda’s existing resource management team. Your job is to provide crisis and interim supports to existing peer managers, as well as provide interim supports when there are gaps in management personnel. You will be trained in management responsibilities in a variety of Bethesda services. You must have strong administrative and staff leadership skills. You must be able to lead supports for individuals with a variety of support needs in areas such as personal care, medical care, and positive behavioural supports. This position will involve a combination of in-person supports within the Fraser Valley, remote support to managers, and occasional out-of-region travel. This is a permanent full-time position. It is anticipated that this position will transition to a permanent resource manager assignment within the Fraser Valley. This is a unique opportunity for a seasoned leader with experience in the community living (or a related) sector. Competitive salary: $59,945 - $65,062. *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 #844. Deadline to apply is July 11, 2022. Full job description is available on Bethesda’s website. 

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. 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]com)  or mail (2775 Emerson Street, Abbotsford BC V2T 4H8). Applicants should reference posting #842. (Full job description is available on Bethesda’s website.) 

The Banner: The June 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]