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Recommended Books of Interest: It’s been requested of Pastor Jenna to write out the books that she’s recommended in previous services for further reading, so they are listed here below! 

August 21 Service: Peter Scazzerro – “Emotionally Healthy Spirituality” 

August 8 Service: Gordon Smith – “The Voice of Jesus” &  “Listening to God in Times of Choice” Ruth Haley Barton – “Pursuing God’s Will Together” (good for groups) 

GEMS: The GEMS club is looking for some more volunteers to run small groups so they can run the program this September. GEMS is a program for girls grades 3-7 that encourages faith formation. They meet every other Wednesday evening. If you are interested in volunteering or just have any questions about the program please email Brooklyn at [email protected]

Needed: Employment:  A young Ukrainian family of 3 has visited the church and expressed a need for work.  They have recently moved to Canada and are in need of some assistance.  Please contact Tamara if you know of any job opportunities! 

Needed: Housing:  A 2 bedroom or 1 bedroom and den for a young couple and 11 year old boy from Honduras.  Near schools and transit would be helpful. Contact Pat Storteboom @ 604-787-0246 for more information.

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] 

New Worship Songs:  We will be adding some new songs to the church repertoire for Worship on Sunday mornings.  Take a listen to the songs below, so we can all become familiar prior to us singing them on a Sunday morning!  Hope you all enjoy the new songs!

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!  

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.

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!

GLORIA DEI CHORALE, a Christian Community Mixed Voice Choir, is excited to start singing again on September 12, 2022. We are also very excited to welcome our new director, Rob Workman, from Trinity Western University.  New and former members are invited to join the choir this fall as we prepare to sing HANDEL’S MESSIAH.  If you love to sing, you've come to the right place!  We are especially interested in male voices, but welcome all who are eager to sing.  Rehearsals are at 7:30 pm on Monday nights at New Westminster Christian Reformed Church:  8255 - 13th Ave, Burnaby.  Contact Tina 604-588-6377 or Marilyn 604-290-5454 for more information.  http://www.gloriadeichorale.com/

Bethesda AGM Invite:   We’re happy we can hold our annual AGM, once again, in person! Please joins us at Bethesda’s dinner and annual general meeting on September 15, 2022 at our provincial office at 2775 Emerson St. Abbotsford.   Gathering and dinner at 5:00 pm. The meeting follows at 6:20 pm. 

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!

40th Anniversary Weekend - Sept, 30-Oct. 1, 2022 Join us in September for Redeemer's 40th Anniversary Celebration! The weekend event will include a concert, alumni art exhibition reception, Royals vs. alumni sporting events and other festivities for the university's alumni and support community. We look forward to celebrating God’s faithfulness at Redeemer over the past 40 years and looking ahead to what’s next: redeemer.ca/40years 

Tour the Biblical Lands of Israel - March 6 – March 17, 2023. Experience a refreshing renewal of your faith, and gain a deeper understanding of the Bible, as you tour the biblical lands with teaching host, Pastor Peter Tuininga, and Sindbad Tours of Israel. See many of the biblical places (Jerusalem, Galilee, Caesarea, Jericho, and much more), and gain spiritual and historical insights which will make the Bible come alive for you. For complete information, cost, and registration, go to toursofisrael.wordpress.com or call Peter Tuininga: 1 289 877 8433 or e-mail: [email protected]

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

CRC NEWS:  

Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs: Singer-songwriter Sandra McCracken closed Inspire 2022 with a worship-filled concert focused on psalms and hymns.    Click here for the full article.

Committee in Loco Named: Six people have been named to a committee in loco in response to requests from Synod 2022. They met Aug. 15.    Click here for the full article.

Season of Creation Resource: A new resource for Christian Reformed congregations to include on their liturgical calendar.  Click here for the full article.

Groundwork: Salt and Light: A Kingdom Perspective on Jesus's Followers in the World - What are we to be like as Jesus’s disciples out in the world? How should we act? How should we interact? Join Groundwork as we study Matthew 5:13-16 to study the two declarative statements Jesus makes that tell us who we are as his followers and helps us understand how we should be. Listen now at GroundworkOnline.com and subscribe to Groundwork's weekly emails for future episodes.

Hearts Exchanged: Participate - Hearts Exchanged is a unique CRC opportunity to learn about reconciliation in a supportive community. Learn more about the details of this experience and how you can get involved this fall. crcna.org/hearts-exchanged

Glocal Mission Podcast - How do we join God's mission locally and globally? That's what Resonate leaders Rich Braaksma and Nalini Suganandam aim to discover in this podcast, interviewing regional leaders and people doing awesome things (church planters, campus ministers, lay leaders, etc.) in a variety of contexts! Just five episodes in, this podcast in its infancy is already uncovering oodles of insight and inspiration. Plug in your earbuds and join us as we meet ministry leaders from around North America living out the gospel in their own contexts. Check it out at https://anchor.fm/glocalmission

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:

Worship Coordinator job opportunity at the Bridge Community Church in Langley! Part-time position for start date in early September.  To email your resume or for full job description details please email: [email protected]  

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.

Position Opening: Director of Synodical Services - Do you have leadership experience, a good understanding of CRC church polity and the Church Order, and a heart to serve the CRCNA? Consider applying for the position of Director of Synodical Services. In this role, you'll serve, support, and equip the governance of the Christian Reformed Church in North America (CRCNA), facilitating and administering all meetings and matters pertaining to Synod and the Council of Delegates. The Director will serve as the liaison between the Office of General Secretary, and classes in Canada and the U.S.; strengthen the capacity of synodical and COD members; equip its leadership; and promote best governance practices and continuous improvement. For details and to apply, go to crcna.org/get-involved/careers

Position opening: Donor Relations Manager - Join the team at ReFrame Ministries and support the work of sharing the gospel in ten languages around the world through media ministry! As donor relations manager, you'll build and strengthen relationships with new and current donors, create and implement a strategy to increase financial support and resources, represent the agency at events and gatherings, and encourage stewardly support from churches and individuals. This is a full-time position based in Burlington, Ontario. To learn more and apply, go to https://crcna.pinpointhq.com/en/jobs/61307 by September 16.

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]