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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.  

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

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] 

Jobsearch Help - One of our newcomers is looking for employment.  He has experience in home renovation and automobile repair/maintenance. He is also quite ready for home handyman tasks, house cleaning, and security work. If you or someone you know are able to connect him with an employer in any of these lines of work or are looking for someone to do these tasks, please email Peter Roukema at [email protected] or Evelyn Bouwman at [email protected]  Your assistance is much appreciated!     

GLORIA DEI CHORALE, a Christian Community Mixed Voice Choir, under the direction of Rob Workman, will start their second semester on January 16, 2023.  New and former members are invited to join the choir as we participate with the choir at Trinity Western University for the inaugural performance of the oratorio, “Gardens” by David Squires, a professor from TWU.  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 Elaine at 604-271-0283 for more information.  

Refugee Claimants and your Church - Discovering Transformative Ways to Welcome: Join organizations and churches from across BC for a hybrid gathering on Saturday, February 11 for an opportunity to engage and learn from people with lived refugee claimant experience, welcoming churches, and frontline communities. In-person and online registration available. Learn more and register CLICK HERE.

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.

CRC NEWS:

1.  Love By Design: January Series speaker Sara Hendren told stories of people who use their bodies in various ways to confront and adapt to physical challenges.  Click here for the full article.

2. Bridges in Polarizing Times: Mónica Guzmán suggests that curiosity and listening can be powerful tools in bridging divisions between people with differing opinions.  Click here for the full article.

3. Tell the Love of Jesus, Just As You Are:  Through the decades, I have had to unlearn what was taught to me that night.  Click here for the full article.

Groundwork: Look At What God Has Done - We all experience transitions and seasons in life. Join Groundwork as we study Joshua 3-4 to let stories of God’s faithfulness and deliverance of the past assure us that he is still delivering us through the transitions of our lives yet today. 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 January 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]