May Special Offering: This month we're joining Advokate Life and Education Services in their Annual Baby Bottle Campaign to support their hope for women pregnancy services initiative. All funds raised go directly to supporting vulnerable women and families facing unplanned pregnancy. Thanks to services including pregnancy counseling, ultrasounds, postpartum support, they've seen countless lives saved and changed. Let's help make a difference in these young lives.
Langley Food Bank Donations: The Deacons have set up a permanent basket in the lobby for Food Bank Donations, you can bring in canned goods, personal items, baby items or dry goods at anytime the church office is open or on Sunday mornings. Thanks for continuing to support this great cause!!!
Youth Group (Grades 8-12): As we are coming to the end of the season for Youth Group, here is the final schedule:
Hayhoe in Fort Langley: Come join a conversation with Katharine Hayhoe on Saturday, May 20th at 7:30pm. She will be at Swallowfield farm (7296 Telegraph Trail) in Forth Langley discussing "Empowering Climate Conversation: from Anxiety and Misinformation to Inspired Action". Katharine is an atmospheric scientist whose research focuses on understanding what climate change means for people and the places where we live. This is a free public event, registration is required as space is limited. Hayhoe in Fort Langley, Empowering Climate Conversations - The Canadian Scientific and Christian Affiliation (csca.ca)
Willoughby Windows: The Spring edition of Willoughby Windows has been distributed in your mailbox. If there are any ideas or articles you’d like to include in the Summer Edition, please email Tamara at [email protected].
Young Adult Pub Trivia Night: YAM invites all young adults to come out on May 26 at 7pm for a fun Pub Trivia Night filled with appies, mocktails and trivia! There will be prizes to be won so mark your calendars and invite all your friends! All Young Adults are welcome!!!
Potluck Lunch: We will be getting together as a church and community for a potluck farewell lunch for Bert Slofstra!! The theme of the potluck is "Soup & Buns & Salad" on Sunday, May 28th after the church service. Please bring enough soup, buns or salad to share. Cake, coffee & juice will be provided by the Church. This will be a time for fellowship and to thank Bert for being apart of our church community for all these months!! See you all there!
Walk in the Spirit of Reconciliation: Join us May 26, 27 and 28 for the 8th annual Walk in the Spirit of Reconciliation! We walk on the land between Fort Langley and Mission in lament and solidarity of First Nations peoples remembering the harm done by Indian Residential Schools. You can choose to do a self-guided walk with family & friends, attend a larger event, walk together as a big group, or do a solidarity walk in your own community. Walk any portion of the walk, whether it's 1 KM or more, or join one of the organized groups that are walking together this year. Maps are provided, receive a free t-shirt and read Indigenous stories and info posted online. Check out https://www.reconciliationwalk.com/walk
Community Meal Share Program: Are you tired of meal prep? Or have extras to give? The community meal share is a way for each of us to bless and be blessed by our community on a regular basis with culinary delights. On Sundays, and throughout the week, during office hours the church will be open for meals to be dropped off or taken home whenever is convenient for you. This is not charity, it's just community. Grab a meal for no other reason than you want to, or you're having a busy week. Bring a meal just because you had leftovers! Swap a meal if you're dropping off and another meal looks good! Labels to provide the date and any common allergens will be provided, and there will be a space in the freezer for the meals.
Women's Connect Social: We are having another Women's Social on Saturday June 3rd at 10am. This time we'll be making a Succulent Planter!! The cost is $20 per person to cover the cost of materials. Refreshments will be provided. You can sign up in the foyer before or after the service. Please bring a friend! All are welcome!!
Volunteers Needed: Do you want to serve?? We need volunteers for all areas of the church. If you are interested in being involved in any way including on tech teams, greeting, or in hospitality. Please see Tamara or email [email protected], thanks!!
Faith & Family Night: Willoughby Church has been invited to particpate in the Faith & Family night at the Langley Events Centre with the Vancouver Bandits Basketball Team on Friday, July 14th at 7:30pm. Doors open at 6:00pm and there will be a half time sock toss, post game faith based player Q/A, as well as a mini concert series. Tickets are $15.00 or $12.50 if we have a group of 20 or more! If you are interested in attending, please email Tamara Wevers by June 27th at [email protected] to sign up.
Cascade Family Bible Camp – July 6-10 – Warm Beach Camp, near Stanwood, WA. Singles, couples, families and seniors - fellowship and worship together in a beautiful setting, enjoy dynamic speakers to challenge and refresh your daily walk; camp with your tent or RV, or choose from a variety of lodging accommodations with meals included. Swimming, mini golf, tennis & basketball courts, volleyball, bocce, rockets, and so much more! Childcare and fun programs for your kids preschool through post-high! Register online: Cascade Family Bible Camp - Home or contact [email protected], [email protected] if you have questions. ‘First Timer’ discounts also available for those who haven’t attended in the past!
SUMMER HOMESTAY OPPORTUNITY ~ Langley Christian School is excited to be welcoming Grade 9/10 students from Japan to our community this summer and we are looking for families to host students in their home. Here are the details for this summer’s program:
We look forward to hearing from you!
The Bridge App: Where Life Happens Better Together - Have you heard about The Bridge App? Are you wondering how your church can get started using the app? This interactive webinar is being held on Wednesday, May 31, 1:00 - 2:00 pm PST. Register here: https://bit.ly/3APY59j
Student Fund Committee Classis BCSE: Students intending to go into ordained ministry in the Christian Reformed Church may apply for financial support after their undergraduate studies are completed and they qualify for entry at Calvin Seminary or a comparable institution recognized by Classis. Applicants need to receive an endorsement of their home church. Contact [email protected] for an application form and funding criteria. (Deadline May 31, 2023)
Serve in Mississippi with World Renew - After the damage caused by tornadoes that stayed on the ground for approximately 100 miles across Mississippi, join World Renew this October for one week with your church to serve homeowners by repairing homes. Will you answer the call to rebuild hope in Rolling Fork, Mississippi? If interested, email [email protected] to sign up or with questions.
1Life May 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 May 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!
Speaking Peace to Fear: A new Timothy Leadership Training manual addresses beliefs about spiritual powers. Click here for the full article.
Reflections on Earning a Degree Behind Bars: Fifteen students received bachelor’s degrees and 11 received associate’s degrees during a ceremony inside Handlon Correctional Facility. Click here for the full article.
The Culture War-ification of the CRC: The conflict over sexuality in the CRC is a symptom of deeper cultural divisions. Click here for the full article.
Groundwork: Money and the Attitude of Your Heart - Can we strike a balance between being grateful for what we have and not being overly attached to it? Join Groundwork as we dig into Mark 10:17-27, Matthew 6:19-24, and 1 John 2:15-17 to reflect on such a balanced attitude toward money and possessions. Listen now at GroundworkOnline.com and subscribe to Groundwork's weekly emails for future episodes.
Worship Director: Nelson Ave Community Church (Burnaby, BC) seeks a part-time (16 hours/week) Worship/Music Director. The successful candidate will be a mature Christian with a servant heart, gifts in worship ministry, able to work collaboratively with others, and good leadership and administrative skills. Nelson Ave Community is a vital, small church in the Metrotown area of Burnaby, with roots in the Reformed tradition - CRCNA. We have a diverse weekly gathering of attendees and long-time members of various nationalities and all ages. The worship services blend traditional and contemporary aspects with a value placed on music and the arts. Job description and compensation package are available upon request at [email protected]. If applying, please send a cover letter and resume.
Campus Chaplain Position: The Campus Ministry in Prince George BC has an opening. If you have an interest, information is available at: https://network.crcna.org/job/campus-minister-unbc-prince-george-british-columbia-0
The Banner: The May 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]