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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 

Garden Sharing Table: Many of us have gardens that produce more than we can eat ourselves!  If you have extras, you are invited to take it to the sharing table in the front hall at church on Sundays starting July 31.  Feel free to leave some or take some, regardless of whether you brought anything yourself. (Anyone with spare plastic bags is welcome to bring those as well).  Any leftovers will be brought to a local food bank.  If anyone would like to volunteer to be that person to take extras to the food bank, please let Tamara know!  

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.

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 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]   

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

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/

Hearts Exchanged: This Fall - If you have questions about the church and its role in the current and historical relationship with Indigenous peoples, consider participating in the upcoming cohorts of Hearts Exchanged. Find out more details about what's involved and sign up at crcna.org/Hearts-Exchanged

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. Hosanna
  2. Open the Eyes of My Heart
  3. Mighty to Save
  4. Speak O Lord
  5. I Lift My Eyes Up
  6. Awesome In This Place

CRC NEWS: 

Church, Can We Talk About Hospitality?: Among the most notable phenomena we have encountered was a conspicuous absence of hospitality. Click here for the full article.

FAQs after Synod 2022: Following Synod 2022, many people had questions about what the decisions regarding human sexuality meant for them, their pastors, and their congregations   Click here for the full article.

 Disaster Response Services: World Renew has been offering hope and restoration to disaster survivors for 50 years. They’re celebrating this milestone with a seven-city tour.   Click here for the full article.

 Hope for Haiti: Resonate is working in two vital ways to build momentum for change in Haiti: giving young people hope and a purpose and strengthening local churches.  Click here for the full article.

Groundwork: Be a Disciple of Jesus Christ - Many Christians have questions about following Jesus. Join Groundwork as we study 1 Timothy 4:7-8, 1 Peter 2:2-5, and 1 Timothy 2:1-3 to help us define discipleship, understand what this means for the lives of his disciples today, and discover the importance of community on our journey. 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 Luke 22:14-20 and ponder or discuss the following questions. What do you think the disciples would have remembered most about that Passover meal? What might help you remember the great depths of Jesus’ sacrifice when you come to the Lord’s Table? What might also help you remember the great joy of the resurrection? (For more on faith practices from Faith Formation Ministries, visit bit.ly/FaithPracticesProject)

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.

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 https://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. 

Christian Stewardship Services: Conversations about your estate are always difficult.  Christian Stewardship Services is hosting open Q&A sessions every week this summer to answer all of your questions on charitable giving and estate planning,  Explore the topics and register on our website at: https://csservices.ca/summer-conversations-series/. Each session will have a 10-minute introduction, then an interactive Q&A on any charitable giving and estate planning questions. The last four topics are: Executor and POA choices, Joint Accounts, Estate taxes, and Out of Country issues. These are conversations you do not want to miss! Click the link to register today! 

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]