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THANK YOU:  We as staff would like to say a big thank you to all those that participated in the Garden Sharing Table this Summer.  It was lovely to see all the wonderful fruits and vegetables brought in by members and enjoyed by everyone in their homes. We all were very blessed.

Women's Bible Study:  A new session of Women's Bible Study will be doing the book Life Lessons from the Book of Mark by Max Lucado. The will be meeting every other Tuesday at 10 am starting September 13. You are welcome to join us! 

Coffee Break:  Coffee Break will be wrapping up their last two park visits on September 13: 

Sept 13 Brydon Park -198 Street & 53 Avenue, Langley  (playground) 

Coffee Break & Story Hour: Coffee Break, a Bible Study for women of all ages and stages of life and Story Hour and nursery care for children, ages 0-5, is ready to begin again!

We are inviting YOU to come to our fellowship, refreshments and registration morning at Langley Immanuel Church on Tuesday, September 20, 2022. Doors open at 9:15 a.m.  

We are beginning our study this season with a book, “The Word of the Lord-Seeing Jesus in the Prophets” by Nancy Guthrie. She writes, “Many of us would say that the Bible is the most important book in our lives, and yet there are parts of it we’ve been content to not really know about……….What is it that makes the Old Testament Prophetic Books difficult to read and understand?“

Nancy Guthrie explains the significance of these books well, in terms we can all understand. We look forward to meeting with YOU!   For more details please connect with Elsa at [email protected] or Rose at [email protected] 

Congratulations:  To Daniel & Maddy Bartram, they were married on August 14th and have been away traveling and enjoying their honeymoon!  May God bless this union and we wish them nothing but joy and happiness in the years to come.

GEMS: The GEMS club is looking for 2 more volunteers to help run small groups so they can continue 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]

Daycare Request: The daycare committee is looking for a 25 passenger bus or a 15 person van for the daycare, they need to replace the current bus within the next six months!!!  The current bus recently broke down and it was an expensive repair for the daycare.   Please contact, Wendy Hoytema ([email protected]) or Kim Breedveld ([email protected]) if you are able to help or for more information.

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) 

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!

1Life September 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 September newsletter.

Last Call to Join LDN for 2022-23 (Old Testament year) - The BC Leadership Development Network continues its mandate to foster a deep and deeply relevant Biblical imagination in the leadership of our BC CRCs. See https://crc1life.ca/callings/servant-leadership/ for our curriculum, dates, and unique application process. Questions? Email LDN facilitator Wilma van der Leek: [email protected]

Online Information Evening for 1Life Foundations - Monday, September 26 @ 7 p.m. - Learn more about becoming your church’s representative in the first-ever, province-wide 1Life FOUNDATIONS cohort, happening online monthly from October -April. You’ll hear about the hopeful purpose & the spiritually rich approach of the 6 evening workshops being prepared by the 1Life curators, together with Resonate church planting leader Pastor Tim Sheridan. Come individually or as a ministry team. To sign up, go to https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/information-evening-for-1life-foundations-tickets-371893923737

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. 

Calvin University School of Business - You are cordially invited to attend (virtually or in person!) the dedication and ribbon cutting for the new Calvin University School of Business on September 14, 2022, from 5– 7:30 PM. Visit calvin.edu/go/dedication to learn more, register, or find a livestream link.

Calvin University Inauguration - Calvin University will inaugurate its 12th president on Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2022. We invite you to join in person or watch online as we welcome Dr. Wiebe Boer and celebrate the legacy and future of Calvin. The ceremony will take place at 4:00pm Eastern in the Van Noord Arena (Calvin's campus, Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA). Watch calvin.edu/go/inauguration for information and events leading up to the Inauguration.

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]

CRC NEWS:  

Changes Underway: Nine ministries are undergoing a reorganization focused on better serving local congregations, increasing efficiency, and reducing overall costs.    Click here for the full article.

Model for Prison Education:  In late August, leaders of the U.S. Department of Education visited the Calvin Prison Initiative and left inspired by what they experienced.      Click here for the full article.

Pressures on Lebanon Aid:  For several years, World Renew has been responding to the needs of displaced people in Lebanon. New pressures are now complicating the situation.   Click here for the full article.

The Lord's Prayer: Jesus Teaches Us How to Pray - Prayer is an important spiritual discipline. It is simple and yet many of us find it challenging to pray. Join Groundwork as we study Jesus’ teaching on prayer in Matthew 6:5-14 and 7:7-12 to learn more about how to pray and what to pray so that we develop a healthy spiritual habit that cultivates a relationship and strong communication with our God. Listen now at GroundworkOnline.com and subscribe to Groundwork's weekly emails for future episodes.

At-home Faith Formation Tip - At-home Faith Formation Tip: It’s Grandparents’ Day today! Invite the Christian grandparents in your life (both official and honorary) to share stories of how God has worked in their lives. Making space for these stories honors the elders in your family and encourages younger family members in their walk with Jesus. (Tip from Faith Formation; bit.ly/CRCFaithFormation)

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

Mission Emphasis Week: Starting Sunday, September 11 - Resonate Global Mission has prepared a suite of resources to help you celebrate missions, including a new devotional celebrating the theme: For God So Loved the World. Join us on a journey to love and listen - learn more at www.resonateglobalmission.org/missionemphasis

Youth Justice Project – NewGround - “God creates each of us by Christ Jesus to join Him in the work He does, the good work He has gotten ready for us to do - work we had better be doing” (Eph. 2:7-10, MSG). For the past 30 years, the NewGround program of Diaconal Ministries Canada (formerly called Operation Manna) has helped over 100 churches in Canada love their community! We now have grants and support for teens and youth groups through our Youth Justice Project! They can receive up to $6000 for a project in their local community that addresses an injustice. Our aim is to empower the next generation of justice-seekers! Learn more about this program on our website: diaconalministries.com/newground/new-ground-youth-justice-project or email Karla, our NewGround Coordinator, at [email protected]

Job Postings:

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

The Banner: The September 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]