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Here are the resources available to your church for special dates and offerings throughout the year. Materials vary from week to week, but can include bulletin covers and inserts, children's resources, devotionals, worship planning tools, prayers, projection graphics and more. The resources are organized below by their suggested date on the CRCNA Deacons' Offering Calendar; however, most materials are designed in such a way that they may be used on any date that works best for your congregation.

Emails are sent twice a year (in March and September) to every Christian Reformed congregation in North America with a unique order form link that allows you to order materials for six months at a time. The March order form includes materials for July to December, and the September order form covers January to June. To place a special order, call 800-333-8300.

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July 11 - Raise Up Global Ministries

Raise Up programs equip the global church by developing study materials and training facilitators to lead change. Join God and his work! "...God's people will be equipped to do better work for him, building up the Church, the body of Christ, to a position of strength and maturity." Ephesians 4:12 Living Bible

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Also available: Promo VideoBulletin Insert

August 15 - CRC Annual Day of Justice

We know that scripture promises us a future of renewal and restoration — a righting of all broken relationships between people and God. We also recognize that Jesus calls us to stand up, be kingdom workers, and begin that renewal now in our own context and beyond our churches’ walls.

September 12 or 19 - Resonate Global Mission (Beginning of Mission Emphasis Week)

Mission Emphasis events provide a special opportunity to praise and thank God for the ways he is using the Christian Reformed Church to announce and live out the gospel. This year’s theme—Whole Church, Whole Gospel, Whole World—focuses on Acts 1:8 and how each one of us has a role in God’s plan for redemption. This bulletin will be an excellent resource for your Mission Emphasis service on September 12 or 19, 2021.

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September 26 - Abuse Awareness Sunday (Safe Church Ministry)

Most of us, when we think of abuse prevention and awareness, think of windows in doors and abuse prevention policies. While these are certainly helpful, Safe Church would like to invite churches to imagine a more holistic approach to nurturing a safe and healthy church community where abuse itself becomes unthinkable and where survivors feel supported and safe. The insert provides some great ideas for reflection and consideration to move beyond policies to a way of being church.

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Also available: Worship Resources

Information about how to order materials was sent to your church in March 2021. Look for an email marked "For Action: 2021 Request Form for <Your Church Name>" or contact [email protected] for more information

October 3 - All Nations Heritage Sunday (Race Relations)

All Nations Heritage Sunday is Oct. 3, a day set aside every year for churches across the Christian Reformed Church to celebrate the multicultural church of Christ. The Office of Race Relations encourages all congregations to meditate on the 2021 theme verse of Romans 12:18 and enjoy “our” olive tree by artist Cynthia Whitecotton and the symbol of peace, wisdom, glory, fertility, power, and pureness that the olive represents.

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Also available: Downloadable Resources

October 11 - Canadian Thanksgiving (World Renew - Canada)

For many Canadians, celebrating Thanksgiving means sharing a special meal with family. And as God’s faithful, when we sit to eat, we reflect on and celebrate God's bountiful hope and unfailing love. Through World Renew’s Free A Family® program, families once burdened by hunger now know the freedom that comes with food security–and they too can rejoice in a God who is loving and merciful. A bulletin insert (or cover) is available for your church’s Thanksgiving celebration. This Thanksgiving, discover how you can extend the Thanksgiving table from “Family to Family”, so more families are able to know and celebrate God’s bountiful hope and unfailing love.

Also available: Downloadable Resources

October 17 - Disability Concerns

The goal of Disability Concerns is to  bring about the full participation of all people with disabilities in the life of the church, and the full participation of the church in the lives of people with disabilities. In today's society, people under 30 expect public spaces and institutions to be accessible in every way, yet many churches are not. Have you asked yourself, "Who's missing in my church?" Join the conversation at https://bit.ly/whosmissinginmychurch

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Also available: Downloadable Resources

October 24 - Faith Formation Ministries

Faith Formation Ministries encourages and equips local Christian Reformed ministry leaders in their calling to encourage lifelong faith formation in their context so that all generations have an intentional and resilient faith. For our designated offering Sunday, we're making available a bookmark-sized bulletin insert that shares great questions to ask at home, in youth groups, and at other gatherings to encourage people to explore faith practices (spiritual disciplines). We also have a short introductory video that provides a clear and concise overview of our ministry. You can share the video with your congregation during (or a week prior to) the offering.

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Information about how to order materials was sent to your church in March 2021. Look for an email marked "For Action: 2021 Request Form for <Your Church Name>" or contact [email protected] for more information

November 7 - World Hunger Sunday (World Renew)

With COVID-19, we have witnessed the number of people around the world suffering from acute food insecurity grow by over 82%. In Latin America, the number of families experiencing hunger has quadrupled. World Renew invites your church to join us for this year’s World Hunger Campaign: Hunger for Good. Through your church's gifts, families around the world will know God's compassion and find freedom from hunger. Our leader guide and bulletin cover will provide the information you need to encourage your congregation members to give gifts in response to the pronounced food needs we are seeing around the world. In addition, you can use our devotional to follow the story of families around the world who have struggled with hunger and found hope thanks to World Renew's work. Additional resources will continue to be made available at worldrenew.net/worldhunger as we draw closer to World Hunger Sunday 2021.

November 14 - International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church (ReFrame Ministries)

Christians used the fish symbol as a secret code. When meeting a stranger, one Christian would draw half of the image and wait to see if the stranger would know to draw the other. If they did, they were safe to talk freely about Jesus. In many parts of our world the threats to Christians are just as real today as they were for the early church. Thankfully Christians today have ways of talking to other believers far beyond what the early church could have imagined. As the Christian Reformed Church’s media ministry, ReFrame Ministries offers a safe way to have these conversations—developing trusted websites and social media pages for believers in China, Egypt, and other places where persecution takes place.

November 21 - Chaplaincy & Care Ministry

Chaplains are specialized ministers and pastors that serve in institutional settings. They minister to the whole person, addressing not only a person's spiritual needs, but also their physical and emotional needs. They are called to be a light in the darkness, to bring Christ’s grace, peace, and healing to those who need it the most. Chaplaincy and Care Ministry endorses, trains, advocates and provides care for chaplains. Learn about and support this essential and exciting ministry by asking chaplains to share their stories and visit our website crcna.org/chaplaincy/resources.

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Also available: Downloadable Resources

November 25 - American Thanksgiving (World Renew - US)

Cheerful giving comes from thankful living -- As your congregation reflects on their blessings this past year, consider extending God’s kindness to others. With World Renew’s new 21/22 gift catalog, bless people in poverty around the world with gifts like dignity, good health, better income, and more food. Use the Giving Tree Project with the catalog to create an Advent tree virtually or in your church. Give a goat or duck, a nutrition kit or a handwashing station are practical ways spread the gift of gratitude. See the December 25 listing below to order and find links to the all-free resources included with World Renew’s all-new gift catalog and giving tree materials for Advent!

Information about how to order materials was sent to your church in March 2021. Look for an email marked "For Action: 2021 Request Form for <Your Church Name>" or contact [email protected] for more information

December 25 - Christmas (World Renew)

Think beyond the gift box this year and unwrap the joy of Christmas with families around the globe by using World Renew's free, all-new 21/22 Gift Catalog. A goat or chicken, medicine or food, or clean water may be the powerful opportunity someone needs to take the next step out of poverty. This year’s catalog has new items as well as many favorites, including great choices for congregations, schools, families, and children’s programs. Celebrate the Christmas season by creating an Advent "Giving Tree" with ornaments (Order one packet of 32 ornaments per church or group, please.) from the correlating Giving Tree Project. Select gifts from the catalog and hold a special offering. Videos, bulletin announcements, and many great, downloadable and free-to-order resources are available below!

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Also available: Downloadables - USDownloadables - Canada

Prior Year

Resources for past months are listed below for reference.

January 10, 2021 - ThereforeGo Ministries (formerly Youth Unlimited)

ThereforeGo Ministries is a non-profit, non-denominational Christian organization that focuses on assisting local congregations in their ministry to youth and emerging adults. We strongly believe that the local church is the tool God created to use to reveal himself to the world. We know that taking the call of ministering to today’s youth is not for the faint of heart. Therefore, we are blessed by encouraging, supporting, equipping, and partnering with congregations across North America to reach this generation for Jesus Christ! www.ThereforeGo.com

Also Available: Downloadable Resources

January 17, 2021 (Sanctity of Human Life Sunday) - Office of Social Justice

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The third Sunday in January is Sanctity of Human Life Sunday, and the Office of Social Justice (OSJ) is pleased to offer resources for your church to honor the day. Synod has encouraged Christian Reformed churches to commemorate the day’s significance (Synod 1981 and Synod 1995). OSJ would like to help churches commemorate the sanctity of human life in ways that are sensitive and mindful of the impact abortion has on society, our churches, and members of our congregations.

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Also Available: Downloadable Resources

January 24, 2021 (Cadet Sunday) - Calvinist Cadet Corps

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The best way to ensure boys know how to live a Christian life when they grow older is to show them when they are young. The goal of the Calvinist Cadet Corps is to provide Christian men with a structure, program, and materials that are uniquely designed to help boys grow spiritually in all areas of life – devotional, mental, physical, and social. The Calvinist Cadet Corps is an independent ministry, not connected to, and not receiving funding from, any denomination. Come alongside, learn about us, and help us as we help boys learn what it means to embody our motto, "Living for Jesus".

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Also available: Downloadables and Print Materials from Cadets

February 7, 2021 - Race Relations

On Race Relations Sunday, we invite your congregation to use these bulletin covers and inserts to promote justice that demonstrates love.

February 14, 2021 - Office of Social Justice

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Thank you for enacting justice with us as members of the body of Christ! Take a look at our "joint" justice efforts and consider how we can continue to partner together. February 14, 2021 is the Sunday recommended for offerings for the CRC Office of Social Justice, and your church can use this bulletin insert for that day.

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February 21, 2021 (Justice and Hope Sunday) - Centre for Public Dialogue - Canada

The Centre for Public Dialogue invites you to mark Justice and Hope Sunday on the first Sunday of Lent. Featuring text from Isaiah 42, this insert encourages us to think about our spiritual condition and our hope for renewal. Additionally the insert offers a prayer that you can use in your service. Additional worship resources are also available.

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Also available: Downloadable Resources

February 28, 2021 - Pastor Church Resources

Pastor Church Resources (PCR) serves pastors, churches, and classes as they seek to promote healthy relationships, encourage one another in ministry, and discern next steps in seasons of growth, transition, or challenge. Each year, PCR engages with almost every CRC congregation and many pastors. We're here to help in any way we can. We have a bulletin insert, a powerpoint slide (to be used during the offering) and a handout that details what our ministry offers churches, pastors, and ministry leaders.

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Also available: Information about PCR

March 7, 2021 (Canadian Foodgrains Bank Sunday) - World Renew - Canada

Hunger is a global crisis affecting the most vulnerable but now with the threat of COVID-19, today's food crisis is intensifying. As a founding member of the Canadian Foodgrains Bank, World Renew responds to the needs of families affected by conflict, natural disasters, and COVID-19 through life-saving emergency food assistance in countries around the world. Your gifts will be matched up to 4X!

Bulletin inserts and covers are available for order. To learn about the impact of extreme hunger during disasters, and what you can do to help, use our downloadable resources -- offering slide, social media, video, and leader's guide with worship resources and children's activity -- available online in Fall 2020: worldrenew.ca/cfgb

Also available: Downloadable Resources

March 7, 2021 (Disaster Response Services Sunday) - World Renew - U.S.

On average, it takes a town in the United States 3-5 years to recover from a disaster. Often this means that after the initial rush of prayers and support, communities touched by tragedy struggle with feeling forgotten.

On Disaster Response Services Sunday, your congregation can use these printed bulletin inserts and/or bulletin covers, and posters as you offer your gifts and prayers to demonstrate God’s love to those who are recovering from fires, floods, hurricanes and other disasters. Downloadable resources, such as a litany, offering slide, and social media images, are also available.

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Also available: Downloadable Resources

March 14, 2021 - Calvin Theological Seminary: Vocational Formation Office

This is the recommended Sunday for offerings to Calvin Theological Seminary, specifically their Vocational Formation Office. This office is in charge of the CTS internship program, and provides students hands-on experiences that are anchored to seminary courses. The VFO shapes the character, heart, and leadership of emerging leaders for the Kingdom of God.

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April 4, 2021 (Easter Sunday) - Resonate Global Mission

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He is risen! And so are we! Jesus’ death and resurrection give us new life—and not only the gift of eternal life, but a new life here, on earth, living for him. Our great God, creator of the universe, has a part for you to play in his plan. What a privilege! Wherever God has called you, Resonate Global Mission is here to walk with you. May you experience the leading of the risen Savior this Easter!

Also available: Downloadable Resources

April 11, 2021 (Refugee Sunday) - World Renew - Canada

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Through your support of World Renew's Refugee Sponsorship and Resettlement Program, you are helping new Canadians make connections during their first year in Canada. As refugees rebuild their lives -- broken by war, persecution, and injustice -- Canadian churches are often the first to welcome them. Whether you give through financial gifts or you are a sponsor of refugee families, we invite you to join with us this Refugee Sunday. A bulletin cover and bulletin insert are available for order. Social media banner, offering slide, children's activity, and worship resources are available online in Fall 2020 here: worldrenew.ca/refugeesunday

Also available: Downloadable Resources

April 11, 2021 (Growing Hope Sunday) - World Renew - U.S.

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World Renew invites you to participate in this year’s Growing Hope Sunday to help love grow World Renew and Growing Hope Globally partner to provide agriculture programs to subsistence farmers in impoverished communities around the world. Whether you are a farmer or just someone passionate about ending hunger, you can join these organizations in their essential work. Learn how through these Special Sunday resources including bulletin inserts, video, poster, and a litany. Available for download only.

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Also available: Downloadable Resources

April 25, 2021 (GEMS Sunday) - GEMS Girls' Clubs

GEMS is a ministry devoted to bringing the Good News of Jesus to girls around the world. The mission of GEMS Girls’ Clubs is to help bring girls into a living, dynamic relationship with Jesus Christ. Our vision is to see girls around the world actively and enthusiastically expressing love for God and others—girls equipped, motivated, and passionately engaged in living out their faith. Our goal for every club meeting is to create a welcoming, safe, and fun environment for girls to hear the truth that they are LOVED by God. Together, we learn how to love and care for one another, other people, ourselves, and our relationship with God. And we do this by learning about Jesus Christ, what He has done for us, and His plans for each of our lives.

Order materials from the GEMS store.

May 2, 2021 - Diaconal Ministries Canada - NewGround - Canada

Diaconal Ministries Canada is a partner agency of the Christian Reformed Church in North America (CRCNA) that promotes diaconal work in Canada. God calls churches to follow Him into their communities to share Christ’s transformational love with each and every person. Cities and neighbourhoods should be impacted and blessed through the social action and thoughtful, cultural engagement of local Christians. NewGround partners with deacons and churches to break new missional ground, nurturing Spirit-led ideas that bear everlasting fruit. Examples are youth initiatives, community opportunity scans, new ministry grants and support, and deacons scholarships.

Learn more about: NewGround Campaign

May 9, 2021 (Mother's Day) - Free a Family - World Renew - U.S.

A great way to honor mothers and support women and families around the world is to participate in World Renew’s Free A Family® Sunday on May 9, 2021. This offering project includes a bulletin insert with tear-off return envelope for (US only) church members to place with their gift in a Free A Family® Sunday offering or mail. World Renew’s Free A Family® program offers opportunities for people like Nvou Gyang, a Nigerian widow with four sons, to start life again. Follow the Gyang family by participating in World Renew’s Free A Family® program! Social media banners, offering slide, and more internet-ready resources are available at worldrenew.net/freeafamilysunday.

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Also available: Downloadable Resources

May 9, 2021 (Mother's Day) - Maternal & Child Health - World Renew - Canada

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In each community where World Renew works, we believe in starting right. That's why we help mothers -- through our community health programs -- access prenatal care, find the support of caring health volunteers, and participate in nutrition classes. This Mother’s Day, we invite you to join World Renew to encourage the lifelong flourishing of mothers, babies, and entire families who need your help -- especially now. Downloadable resources -- offering slide, social media banner, and leader's guide with worship resources and children's activity -- are available at worldrenew.ca/mchsunday

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Also available: Downloadable Resources

May 16, 2021 - ReFrame Ministries (new name of Back to God Ministries International)

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ReFrame Ministries is the new name of Back to God Ministries International but that new name doesn't change the way that Mrs. Hiramani finds the Gospel in India or people around the world find Gospel materials. ReFrame also has materials for the Christian Reformed Church including the Today devotional, a devotional written by our denomination's pastors.

May 23, 2021 (Pentecost) - Resonate Global Mission

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The Holy Spirit isn’t only a gift for us—the Spirit gives us gifts to use on mission: teaching, service, discernment, encouragement. Equipped by the Spirit, and filled with the very breath of God, we are sent into the world to live out the good news. As you go with the Spirit into your life, Resonate Global Mission is here to help you discover and respond to God’s call.

Also available: Downloadable Resources

May 30, 2021 (Trinity Sunday) - Worship Ministries

September 29, 2019 - Worship Ministries

Worship Ministries desires that every worshiping community in the CRCNA experience Spirit-filled gospel proclamation and worship that is directed to God, is biblically based and theologically Reformed, and is characterized by creativity, discernment, spiritual vitality, the faith formation of all worshipers, and a call to serve others. We do that by creating networking opportunities for worship planners, leaders, and pastors, offering coaching for worship leaders and teams, providing free webinars and resources, the formation of online communities, and the publication of the Reformed Worship journal.

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Also available: Downloadable Resources

June 13, 2021 - Candidacy Committee

Candidacy Sunday offers churches a great opportunity to invest in the men and women who are pursuing a call from God to ordained ministry in the CRCNA. The Candidacy Committee supports, guides and resources them on this journey towards ordination. They also oversee the process of evaluating and recommending candidates to synod, so that CRC congregations can be enriched by leadership that is mature, healthy and theologically Reformed.

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Also available: Downloadable Resources

June 20, 2021 - Indigenous Ministries - Canada

Indigenous Ministry Sunday falls on the Sunday closest to National Indigenous Peoples Day in Canada. This year’s resources highlight the 30th anniversary of Indigenous ministry at the Edmonton Native Healing Centre. Additional worship resources that celebrate the gifts and richness that Indigenous people bring to life in Canada are also available.

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Also available: Downloadable Resources

June 27, 2021 - World Renew - Human Trafficking Prevention - Canada

1 in 7 girls is married by age 15 and every 30 seconds, there’s a child in the world who gets trafficked. Hope begins when you support the economic empowerment of women and girls, and help provide them with opportunities for leadership in their homes, schools, and communities. At World Renew we know combating trafficking depends on creating safety at home, promoting equality, and offering better economic opportunities, especially for women and girls. When you give, they thrive. For downloadable resources, such as an offering slide, social media graphic, and leader's guide with worship resources. go to: worldrenew.ca/resources

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