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!
Women's Bible Study: This Wednesday January 22nd, at 7:00pm, focusing on the sixth chapter of Ephesians. This Friday January 24th, at 10:00am, we'll be studying Colossians 1:1-14. All are welcome, please come and join either session!
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 7 this Tuesday, January 21st at 10 am.
Preteen Youth Night: This Wednesday, January 22nd @ 7:00pm 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 10th, 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]
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.
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 - “Marking faith milestones makes us sensitive to the work of the Holy Spirit in our midst and helps us identify and share our stories of faith. As we celebrate milestones, we become a community of seekers as well as believers, always on the lookout for God’s hand at work, always expecting to join in God’s mission.” —from Celebrating the Milestones of Faith, available from FaithAliveResources.org. How might you mark faith milestones in your family or household this year? (Tip from Faith Formation; bit.ly/CRCFaithFormation)
Groundwork: God's Unconventional Ways - When we expect God to work in conventional ways, we may often find ourselves disappointed. Join Groundwork as we study the fall of Jericho in Joshua 6-7 and discuss the unconventional ways God works in our lives. Together, we’ll discuss what this truth means for our faith and what happens when we begin to depend on ourselves instead of on God. 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]