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Guatemala Mission Trip - The special offering for January will be for the Guatemala Mission trip working with Hope Haven and Bethel Ministry. This is the 11th year that Willoughby Church has sent workers to Guatemala to help support those in need.  There are 14 people from our church and the community that will be building 3 houses and distributing 50 wheelchairs.  Please consider giving generously to this project.  

New Years Eve Service: Potluck Dinner - This New Year's Eve we are again blessed with having a combined service with Living Word Church. We will be celebrating and worshipping with a potluck meal in the Fellowship Hall. If attending, please bring the required dish based on your last name, A-H: Salads, I-P: Desserts or Sweet, Q-Z: Main or Savory Dish.  Please join us in song and testimonial, to celebrate the coming of the New Year.  Hope to see you all there!!

Potluck Lunch: Soup & Buns - Sunday January 8, 2023 - We will be getting together as a church and community to kick off the New Year with a potluck lunch of Soup & Buns on Sunday, January 8 after the church service.  Please join us for lunch and fellowship with your church family.

Youth Group:  Here is the January Youth Group Schedule, to kick off the New Year! 

  • Jan 1 - NO Youth - Happy New Year!
  • Jan 8 - Study at church with Will and Joanna - 7pm
  • Jan 15 - TBD
  • Jan 22 - Immanuel 20:20 - 6:30pm
  • Jan 29 - Youth Dinner -  5 to 7 

Coffee Break:  We will resume on Tuesday, January 10, 2022, with a study by Nancy Guthrie, “The Word of the Lord-Seeing Jesus in the Prophets” -  Habakkuk. Doors open at 9:15 a.m. You are welcome to come and join us for the first time!  We look forward to seeing all of you again!   For more details contact Elsa at [email protected] or Rose at [email protected] 

Begin 2023 with Free CRC Leadership Training - Register now to take the Thriving Essentials virtual training in January at no cost (limit 25 persons). The two, 2-hour-long Zoom sessions (Jan. 11 + 18) 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. More info at: crcna.org/Thrive

Sierra Leone:  Check out the latest December newsletter from our ministry partners.  Click here to read the newsletter.

1Life January 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 January 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!

Online Stewardship Course - Does your church need resources and guidance in the area of stewardship? HELP IS ON THE WAY! Diaconal Ministries Canada is excited to share that a brand new, online, self-guided Stewardship Course will go live on the CRCNA's learning portal in January 2023! The online course includes an introductory module on the definition and basics of biblical stewardship as well as modules for each of the four T’s of Stewardship (Time, Talents, Treasures & Trees/Creation Care). Resources and ideas for individuals and teams are included as well. Find out more on our website: https://diaconalministries.com/stewardship/#stewardship-resources.

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 the service.

  1. Our God
  2. The Stand
  3. Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus
  4. God of Wonders
  5. Hymn Of Heaven
  6. Doxology

A Tough Time of Year:  Are you having a challenging time this Christmas season? Telecare Crisis & Caring Line is available to support you if you are feeling lonely, low, and stressed. Trained listeners are sisters and brothers in Christ who understand difficult times. You can reach them toll free at 1-888-852-9099 or locally at 604-852-9099 (Mission & Abbotsford). Let Telecare help make your Christmas season a little lighter and brighter.

At-home Faith Formation Tip - “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build, a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance” (Eccles 3:1-4). As we enter a new year full of unknowns, remind each other to take comfort in the knowledge that all your times are in God’s hand. (Tip from Faith Formation; bit.ly/CRCFaithFormation)

Groundwork: God Keeps His Promises And Offers Us Rest - As the book of Joshua opens, we witness God acting to keep his promises to Abraham and his descendants, the Israelites. Join Groundwork as we study Joshua 1 and examine how God works through his people, see the importance of community, and affirm that we can follow God’s command to “be strong and courageous” because we trust God to keep his promises. Listen now at GroundworkOnline.com and subscribe to Groundwork's weekly emails for future episodes.

World Renew: Thank You for Generously Sharing God’s Love and Hope - God’s blessings for 2023! Globally, 2022 was a year of many trials. Our world struggled to regain its footing after the economic backlash of the COVID-19 pandemic, while at the same time dealing with the impacts of the ongoing Russia-Ukraine conflict that sent food prices skyrocketing, and extreme weather that only heightened food insecurity by robbing farmers of their crops – from a prolonged drought in parts of Eastern Africa to extensive flooding in Bangladesh. But despite the challenges, World Renew has witnessed God working through generous-hearted people like you to restore creation. We are so grateful to all who have walked alongside us to share God’s love and hope with people struggling with hunger, poverty, and injustice. Thank you! If you would still like to give a gift of hope – it’s not too late – you can still shop our Christmas Catalogue at worldrenew.gifts

 

The Banner: The December 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]