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Drivers needed: If you are able to drive the AlRubaye family to church on the occasional Sunday, please let Helen VandenBerg know, and she will add you to the schedule.  The family lives at 56th ave and 208th st... address will be supplied by Helen upon signup.  Please indicate how many you are able to transport.  Thanks in advance!   helenjvdb@gmail.com  

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.   

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.

Do Justice - Justice Prayers: Do Justice is a conversation space for justice in the Christian Reformed Church, from the Office of Social Justice. Justice Prayers is a weekly post addressing justice issues from around the world.  Click here to pray and read more!

New Podcast Season on Faith Practices - We’re back for Season 2 of Open to Wonder! And this time we’re asking big, small, weird, and hard-to-talk-about-in-church questions about faith practices. Listen at anchor.fm/open-to-wonder or on your favorite podcast app.

Worship Leadership Course - Calling all worship leaders! You’re invited to sign up now for the online Certificate in Worship Leadership course. This one-year course through Samford University is available to any CRC worship leader, pastor, planner, or team member who would like to study worship at a deeper level. Applications due July 18. Find details at network.crcna.org/worship/online-worship-leadership-certificate-course-2022-2023 Don’t miss it!

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 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

God’s Love Reflected in Clean Water - Binta, in Mali, lived with the anxiety of unsafe water. She and the other women in her village walked long distances to fetch water that was often contaminated. Through World Renew’s partnership with her community, Binta and the people in her village now enjoy clean water that is easily accessible; Binta no longer worries that the water will make her family sick. Through your offering this Sunday, you can help vulnerable communities around the world see God’s love reflected in clean water–like Binta’s community did! To learn more, visit worldrenew.ca/resources-clean-water-sunday

Attention Youth Groups! - The NewGround program of Diaconal Ministries Canada (formerly called Operation Manna) now includes a Youth Justice Project! We want to help teens make a difference in their community. The Youth Justice Project encourages youth to identify an injustice in their community and share ways they hope to address it along with the deacons in their church. Approved applicants receive up to $6000 in grant money, coaching, and support from NewGround staff. So get your youth group together today and start dreaming and planning YOUR project! Find out more on our website: https://diaconalministries.com/newground/new-ground-youth-justice-project/

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. Rise Up and Praise Him
  2. Blessed
  3. Beautiful Savior
  4. Just As I Am
  5. Come Thou Fount
  6. A Thousand Hallelujahs
  7. Crown Him With Many Crowns

CRC NEWS: 

Worship Changes Worth Keeping: Several congregations used worship grants to adapt worship during the COVID-19 pandemic. Some are worth continuing.   Click here for the full article.

School of Health Dean Appointed: Calvin University has appointed Adejoke Bolanle Ayoola as the founding dean of its School of Health.   Click here for the full article.

 Dordt Bustles with Summer Construction: Dordt University is buzzing with equipment as several construction and renovation projects take shape.  Click here for the full article.

Groundwork: Your Questions About Spiritual Life - Engaging the issues and questions challenging our faith as a community benefits us all. Join Groundwork as we study John 11:40-42, 1 John 5:14-15, Jeremiah 29:4-7, Matthew 22:15-22, Psalm 107:43, and more to address your questions about personal faith and daily faith practices, living faithfully in a divided world, and responding biblically when our faith is challenged. 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 Psalm 103 and ponder or discuss the following questions. What helps you remember the goodness of God? If someone asked you to tell them about “all [God’s] benefits” in your life, which benefits would you remember? What stands out in your past and in your family history? (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:

Chief Administrative Officer - CRCNA is Hiring - The Chief Administrative Officer has the administrative authority and accountability to guide and oversee the leadership, strategy, and performance of the CRCNA administration, ministry agencies, and ministry partners. The Chief Administrative Officer will oversee administrative and support services needed to advance the ministry plan in such areas as governance and compliance, joint ministry plans, finance and budgets, human resources, facilities, and transportation. If you would like to learn more about this opportunity please visit www.crcna.org/chief-administrative-officer-search/overview.

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 25, 2022. 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]