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Needed: Space to Rent & Employment:  A young Ukrainian family of 3 has visited the church and expressed a need for housing and work.  They have recently moved to Canada and are in need of some assistance.  Please contact Tamara if you know if a place that they could rent and/or any job opportunities! 

Re:Activate Prayer Room Volunteers Re:Activate is happening again the weekend of September 9-11, 2022 at Willoughby CRC in Langley, BC. This year, we want to be intentional about filling the prayer room with pray-ers with a heart for our kids to encounter the presence of our loving God. If you are available for part or all of that weekend and would like to volunteer for a shift in the prayer room, please contact Pastor Erik [email protected] 

Daycare Request: The daycare committee is looking for volunteers to help do a search for a 25 passenger bus or a 15 person van for the daycare.  The current bus recently broke down and it was an expensive repair for the daycare.  Currently the vehicles for this church ministry are functional, though the bus is in dire need of replacement.  Please contact, Wendy Hoytema ([email protected]) or Kim Breedveld ([email protected]) if you are able to serve in this capacity and for more information.

The Rose Gellert String Quartet  (Will Chen, Llowyn Ball, Peter Ing, and Ben Goheen) invite you to enjoy a fun and memorable evening of music and storytelling, as they bring the programme theme and barn setting together.  Hosted by Dennis and Jenny deGroot at Swallowfield Farm at 7296 Telegraph Trail Tuesday,  23 August @ 7:00 pm, Admission by donation.  Suggested $25 per adult.  RSVP or request further information from  [email protected] 

1Life August 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 August newsletter.

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, we will continue the table throughout the rest of the summer!!  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!  

ICS Fall 2022 Courses - Check out the Institute for Christian Studies' Fall 2022 course offerings: Biblical Foundations: Narrative, Wisdom, and the Art of Interpretation offered online on Tuesday evenings; Grace as an Aesthetic Concept offered online on Wednesday afternoons; Imagining the World with Ricoeur offered online on Thursday mornings; and The Craft of Reflective Practice offered online asynchronously with periodic synchronous Zoom meetings. Tuition is $400 for first-time auditors, $600 for returning auditors, and $1500 to take the course for credit. Classes start on September 12; the last day to register is September 16. Email Elizabet Aras at [email protected] for more information or to register!

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 our final summer online information evenings on Monday, August 22 from 7:00-8:00 p.m. See crc1life.ca to register and for our curriculum and unique application process. Questions? Email [email protected]

Free CRC Leadership Training Course - Register now to take the new Thriving Essentials virtual training in August at no cost (limit 25 persons). The two, 2-hour-long Zoom sessions on August 22 and 29 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

Office of Social Justice: Season of Creation - Celebrate this time on the liturgical calendar starting September 1st. During this season the church praises God for Creation’s beauty, focuses on their call as caretakers, and laments the brokenness and the groaning of all creation. For resources go to: network.crcna.org/biblical-justice/seasons-creation

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.

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CRC NEWS: 

Survival Habits for the Soul: Ken Shigematsu was the opening speaker for Inspire 2022.  Click here for the full article.

Ministry With Emerging Adults:Dr. Steven Argue challenged the church to better understand, embrace, and utilize the gifts of young adults.     Click here for the full article.

A First Prayer: God works in surprising ways. A group of Chinese business people learned about the gospel during a tour with a Resonate missionary.     Click here for the full article.

Groundwork: Discipleship During Life's Tragedies - What happens to our discipleship while we experience grief, pain, frustration, anger, and the many other emotions we experience during these times? Join Groundwork as we study Job 1:13-22, Psalm 56:8, 1 Peter 5:7, and Job 42:10-11 to stay the course of discipleship during life’s tragedies. 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 Service: Read Mark 10:42-45 and ponder or discuss the following questions. Do you know someone who is an example of a “servant-leader”? What do you think motivates that person? In what areas of life are you a leader? How can you also serve in those areas? How might you cultivate the heart of a servant in imitation of Jesus? (For more on faith practices from Faith Formation Ministries, visit bit.ly/FaithPracticesProject)

Heading Off to Campus? - As you study, experience a multitude of perspectives and worldviews, and develop new relationships, why not also be part of a diverse community that gathers together to grow in faith and to engage God’s world? There are over 35 CRC Campus Ministries on campuses across North America, comprised of students, faculty, and staff. To find out if there is one on your campus please check www.resonateglobalmission.org/campus-ministry/partner-campus-ministries No campus ministry at your school? You can also locate a nearby CRC here: crcna.org/church-finder For more information about our unique ministries, please contact us at [email protected]

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! 

Job Postings:

Information Systems Director Position - World Renew is currently looking to hire an Information Systems Director to create and manage a vision for the information systems and technology needs at World Renew. This position will design strategies, priorities, and projects that achieve World Renew’s strategic goals and objectives for programming, fundraising, and operations. The IS Director provides leadership for planning all technology initiatives, vision, goals, infrastructure, staffing, program training, evaluation, and budgeting. Details and a link to apply can be found at worldrenew.net/careers. The application deadline for this position is August 31, 2022.

Now Hiring: OFFICE COORDINATOR (ABBOTSFORD, BC) – Bethesda. The office coordinator is a forward-facing position and highly rewarding for a person motivated by finding ways to make life easier for others and cultivating a strong support network among the office team. As office coordinator, you are the go-to person for the office staff team, as well as the first person visitors meet when they enter the office. This is a full-time position. Competitive salary: $21.95-$26.35/hr.*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) by August 21, 2022. Applicants should reference posting #825 (full job description is available on Bethesda’s website). 

The Banner: The July/August 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]