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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.  

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 - Meet at The Raving Gamer - 6:30-8:30pm (Bring $ for a snack!)
  • Jan 22 - Immanuel 20:20 - 6:30pm
  • Jan 29 - Youth Dinner -  5 to 7 

Women's Bible Study:  This Wednesday January 11th, at 7:00pm, the group will be focusing on the fifth chapter of Ephesians.  This Friday January 13th, at 10:00am the group, will be studying Colossians 1:1-14.  All are welcome, please come and join either session!

Seniors: Come and join us on Thursday January 12th at 10 am as we enjoy a morning of fellowship and community together. All are welcome!

Bible Study:  Women's Bible Study hosted by Grace doing the book Life Lessons from the Book of Mark by Max Lucado, will be doing Lesson 6 this Tuesday, January 10th at 10 am. 

Preteeens Group:  This Wednesday, January 11th @ 7:00pm is Preteen Youth Night here at the church.  A chance for our youth to get together and celebrate though games and bible study! 

Coffee Break:  We will resume on Tuesday, January 10, 2023, 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. O Church Arise
  2. Here I Am To Worship
  3. How Great Is Our God
  4. Arise, Your Light Has Come
  5. How Deep Your Father's Love For Us
  6. Holy Holy Holy
  7. Be Exalted O God

CRC NEWS:

1. Top CRC News Stories: From synodical decisions to leadership changes to special events to worldwide ministry concerns, the CRCNA has had a momentous year. Click here for the full article.

2. Just Do It!: That first miracle opened the door for me to realize miracles still happen, and it aroused a hunger for more. Click here for the full article.

3. Resonate Sends 30 New Missionaries: Within the past year and a half, Resonate has sent more than 30 new missionaries to the field. Click here for the full article.

At-home Faith Formation Tip - Faith5 is a simple five-step faith formation practice that your family or household can do together. First, share your highs and lows of the day. Then read a Bible verse or story together. Talk about how the Bible reading might relate to your highs and lows, pray for one another's highs and lows, and bless one another. Faith5 is great for people of all ages! Check out Faith5.org for more. (Tip from Faith Formation; bit.ly/CRCFaithFormation)

Groundwork: God Is Still Working - Life is messy. Sometimes that mess is our own doing and sometimes it is not. Join Our Groundwork conversation as we study the story of Rahab and the spies in Joshua 2 and see how God remains active, even in the messiness of our lives. We’ll discuss his providence and learn to look for it in the most unlikely circumstances of our lives. Listen now at Groundworkonline.com and subscribe to Groundwork's weekly emails for future episodes.

Out of Egypt into a Good Land - Join Under the Fig Tree Ministries teacher Rev. George DeJong on a 2-week trip from November 9 to 22, 2023, to Egypt and Israel to experience the lands of the Bible. Pastor George is a gifted teacher with a pastor’s heart – a real shepherd! – who led the Canadian pastors on similar trips. This tour is designed as a “Bus/Walker Tour” for those whose mobility and stamina is a concern. This is a great trip for seniors and their children. Unfortunately, wheelchairs and scooters cannot be accommodated for this trip. There is room for 45 people. Please contact Pastor Richard Bodini ([email protected]) for more information and how to access the information session planned for late January 2023.

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]