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 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.

Printed copies of the 2020 Offering Calendar and 2020 Deacons' Helper Worksheet were sent to all churches in August, and additional calendars can be ordered. (See sidebar for 2019 resources.) For your convenience, the calendar is also available in Google Calendar and iCal formats, and in a spreadsheet to copy and paste for planning. 

 

December 2019

Information about how to order materials was sent to your church in March 2019. Look for an email marked "Please Update Your Counts for <Your Church Name>" or contact communications@crcna.org for more information

December 1 - World AIDS Day (World Renew)

On this World AIDS Day, World Renew prays for those living with HIV/AIDS, and the communities devastated by this disease. Today, millions of children have been orphaned, and thousands have been widowed by AIDS. Help prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS, especially from mothers to babies, and help people begin their journey into treatment by giving the gift of HIV Test Kits through World Renew's gift catalog. You can share God's compassion and help save lives!

Also see: Downloadable Resources

 

December 8 - Calvin University

Learn about and support Calvin University. Calvin is committed to shaping the hearts and minds of young people, creating skilled and visionary leaders. As one of the largest Christian colleges in North America, Calvin has been highly recognized as a center for liberal arts teaching and scholarship since 1876. Calvin is committed to academic excellence while remaining distinctively Christian, equipping students with knowledge, skills, and virtues to help them impact culture in a relevant, ever-reforming way. Show the video or learn more at calvin.edu.

 

December 25 - Christmas (World Renew)

Make giving meaningful (and fun!) this Christmas through World Renew's 2019-2020 Gift Catalog! A goat or chicken, a wheelchair or sewing machine, a latrine or handwashing station may be the powerful opportunity someone needs to begin their journey out of poverty. This year’s catalog has new items as well as many favorites, with many great choices for churches, classes, families, and Sunday schools. Your church can participate this Christmas by creating a "Giving Tree" with the ornament packet (1 packet per church, please). Your church can also select gifts from the catalog and hold a special offering. Videos, bulletin announcements, and many more downloadable resources are available at the link below.

Also see: Downloadable Resources

January 2020

Information about ordering materials was emailed to your church in September 2019 (subject line: "Important: 2020 Order Form for <Your Church Name>"). For more info, contact communications@crcna.org.
 

January 12 - Youth Unlimited

Youth Unlimited

Youth Unlimited is a non-profit, non-denominational Christian organization that focuses on assisting local congregations in their youth ministry. 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!

For projection: Image (4:3); Image (16:9)

Also available: Downloadables and Print Materials from YU
 

January 19 - Sanctity of Human Life Sunday

Sanctity of Life

The third Sunday in January is Sanctity of Human Life Sunday, and the CRC Office of Social Justice offers resources, including this bulletin insert, for your church to honor the day. Visit crcna.org/life for additional resources including a litany, resources for worship planning, and other educational resources.

For projection: Image

Also available: Downloadable Resources
 

January 26 - 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. Since 1952 we have been helping churches organize a mid-week program for boys, both from within their congregation and from their community. The Calvinist Cadet Corps is an independent ministry, not connected to any one denomination 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".

For projection: Image

Also available: Downloadables and Print Materials from Cadets
 

February 2020

Information about ordering materials was emailed to your church in September 2019 (subject line: "Important: 2020 Order Form for <Your Church Name>"). For more info, contact communications@crcna.org.
 

February 2 - Race Relations 

The Office of Race Relations resources Christian Reformed members and congregations as they dismantle the causes and effects of racism within the body of believers and throughout the world. They help you to live as God’s diverse and unified family. As a denomination, we believe that dismantling racism is not peripheral to our Christian calling. It’s a Gospel issue! Visit crcna.org/race to learn more and to find worship resources.

Also see: Downloadable Resources
 

February 9 - Office of Social Justice

OSJ

February 9, 2020 is the Sunday recommended for offerings for the CRC Office of Social Justice, and your church can use this bulletin insert for that day. You can find more resources at justice.crcna.org/offering-sunday. Our office works to develop a deeper understanding of and response to God's call to let justice flow like a river in both our personal and communal lives, as well as in the structures of our societies. In addition to Ministry Share support, it is the yearly offering from CRC churches like yours in the U.S. and Canada that make our work possible.

Also see: Downloadable Resources; Special Orders
 

February 23 - Pastor Church Resources

PCR

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.

For projection: Powerpoint

Also available: Information about PCR

March 2020

Information about ordering materials was emailed to your church in September 2019 (subject line: "Important: 2020 Order Form for <Your Church Name>"). For more info, contact communications@crcna.org.
 

March 1 - Centre for Public Dialogue - Justice and Hope Sunday (Canada)

Justice and Hope Sunday

The Centre for Public Dialogue invites you to mark Justice and Hope Sunday. Can justice, hope and faith really go together? We have hope because we have faith that we are not saving the world, Christ is. We have hope because we get to participate in Christ's ministry of the reconciliation of all things, and though we groan and labour along with creation, we know the ending of the story already. The insert includes a Lent advocacy challenge, an opportunity to choose advocacy as your Lenten discipline and practice loving our neighbours by speaking up with them.

For projection: Image; Video

Also available: Downloadable Resources
 

March 8 - DRS Sunday (World Renew - US)

DRS

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.

For projection: Powerpoint

Also available: Downloadable Resources
 

March 8 - Canadian Foodgrains Bank Sunday (World Renew - Canada)

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Over one million Syrians now live in Lebanon, equalling a quarter of Lebanon’s population. After years of living in exile - with no income, unreliable food sources, and no way to work legally - displaced families are still going hungry and require urgent assistance. Together, World Renew and the Canadian Foodgrains Bank are extending God’s love to Syrian families who have lost everything by providing critical food assistance. Your church can help end hunger for those whose lives have been touched by war. Printed materials that can be ordered include bulletin covers, bulletin inserts, and a special bookmark. And remember - all gifts made on Canadian Foodgrains Bank Sunday will be matched up to 4X!

Also available: Downloadable Resources
 

March 15 - Calvin Seminary (Distance Learning)

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Calvin Seminary’s distance learning program allows you to follow your call wherever you are without sacrificing the academic quality or important relationships you would find in our residential programs. Designed to fit into your life circumstances—whether that means an existing ministry, family life, or a full-time job—program requirements are spread out over more years than requirements in residential programs.

For projection: Video

Also available: Downloadable Resources
 

March 29 - Growing Hope Globally (formerly Foods Resource Bank) Sunday (World Renew - U.S.)

World Renew invites you to participate in this year’s Growing Hope Sunday and join in spreading hope Farmer to Farmer. 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.

Available: Downloadable Resources
 

March 29 - Refugee Sunday (World Renew - Canada)

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Refugee families are like any other families. Just like us, they are part of God’s family. And when these families are welcomed into Canadian churches and communities, they become our families. This Sunday, join World Renew in discovering how we can welcome refugees, get to know them, and gather them into our families, churches, and communities. Explore different ways to give--through your gifts or by considering sponsorship--and learn how you and your church can walk alongside a refugee family on their journey toward hope.

Also available: Downloadable Resources
 

April 2020

Information about ordering materials was emailed to your church in September 2019 (subject line: "Important: 2020 Order Form for <Your Church Name>"). For more info, contact communications@crcna.org.
 

April 12 - Easter (Resonate Global Mission)

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The promise of Easter goes beyond the forgiveness of sins—the awesome power of this day shows God’s plan to renew all things! Jesus is calling his followers into a life of working for God’s kingdom. Resonate Global Mission is privileged to join you on this journey, wherever God is calling you. Around the corner or around the world, we rejoice at the promise of Easter: we will see Jesus there!

Also available: Downloadable Resources
 

April 26 - 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.

Also available: Promotional Resources
 

May 2020

Information about ordering materials was emailed to your church in September 2019 (subject line: "Important: 2020 Order Form for <Your Church Name>"). For more info, contact communications@crcna.org.
 

May 3 - NewGround (Diaconal Ministries Canada)

OperationManna

NewGround (formerly Operation Manna) is a program of Diaconal Ministries Canada that helps churches across the country reach beyond their walls and into their communities to show Christ’s love. With a NewGround partnership, churches can receive coaching and seed money so that they are able to establish sustainable local ministries where it may not have been possible. NewGround is primarily funded through this yearly designated offering. When churches give to NewGround, it’s not just another offering to another cause; it’s about the people who will be reached through their gift.

Also see: Downloadable Resources; Special Orders
 

May 10 - Mother's Day (World Renew)

Maternal

CANADA - Every life is precious to God. But the dangers for new mothers and their babies are very real. Today, approximately 2.7 million newborns die each year, and 99% of maternal deaths occur in developing countries. Every day, World Renew works in communities to improve the health of women and their babies. The first 1,000 days of life are essential to the lifelong flourishing of children and with the right kind of support--prenatal care, skilled birth attendants, and proper nutrition--mothers and their babies can survive and thrive. By using the bulletin covers or inserts, your church will follow the story of a new mom and her baby, and discover how in the first 1000 days of life, you can help make each one count!

For projection: Image

Also available: Downloadable Resources

FreeAFamily

US - Honor your mom this Mother’s Day and support women and families around the world by participating in World Renew’s Free A Family™ Sunday on May 10, 2020. This offering project includes a tear-off bulletin insert and return envelope for church members to place with their gift in the offering plate or mail. World Renew’s Free A Family program offers opportunities to people like Kadzo Safari Kenga, a Kenyan mother of five children whose husband abandoned them. With little education and no job skills, Kadzo and her family became dependent on others to survive. But, with World Renew’s help, Kadzo has become “unstoppable.” Follow the story of the Kenga family with your offering for World Renew’s Free A Family™ program! Social media banners and offering slides will be available online in 2020 at the link below.

Also available: Downloadable Resources
 

May 17 - Back to God Ministries International (U.S.)

Reframe

The world can sometimes feel like a booming, buzzing and confusing place. A place that seems overwhelmingly busy and chaotic. But Paul says that there is a greater meaning: “For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.” (Colossians 1:16-17) And guess what? This greater meaning is found in Jesus Christ. Everything comes together and makes final sense in him.

Also available: Downloadable Resources
 

May 24 - Back to God Ministries International (Canada) - Ascension Sunday

Content for this Sunday is not specific to Ascension Day. Please see materials listed for May 17, 2020.
 

May 31 - Resonate Global Mission - Pentecost

Pentecost

What is the promise of Pentecost? That you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. That same promise is for us today - but not just for us, for everyone. The disciples’ sermon being heard in every tongue is a lesson of the Holy Spirit’s power and plan for mission. Resonate Global Mission is privileged to go with you on this mission. Whether your path leads you through your own neighborhood or to “those who are far off.”

Also available: Downloadable Resources
 

June 2020

Information about ordering materials was emailed to your church in September 2019 (subject line: "Important: 2020 Order Form for <Your Church Name>"). For more info, contact communications@crcna.org.
 

June 7 - Worship Ministries - Trinity Sunday

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.

Also available: Downloadable Resources
 

June 14 - Candidacy Committee

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Candidacy Sunday offers churches a great opportunity to thank God for the men and women who anticipate being approved as candidates each year at synod. Digital resources are available on the Network for a bulletin announcement, pulpit announcement, power point slide, and worship litany.

For projection: Image

Also available: Downloadable Resources
 

June 21 - Indigenous Ministries (Canada)

Indigenous Ministries

Indigenous Ministry Sunday falls on the Sunday closest to National Indigenous Peoples Day in Canada. This year’s resource highlights the growing work of the committee as represented by our logo. We’re excited to offer worship resources that celebrate the gifts and richness that Indigenous people bring to life in Canada.

For projection: Image

Also available: Downloadable Resources
 

June 28 - World Renew

Canada DAy

For over 30 years, farmers across Canada―including members of the Christian Reformed Church―have been helping to end global hunger by donating the proceeds from their crops to World Renew and its partner, the Canadian Foodgrains Bank. Even if you aren’t a farmer, you too can join them in helping to support sustainable farmers in Tanzania and Kenya. This Canada Day, World Renew is celebrating Canadians who are making a real difference in ending hunger in other communities around the world. Farmers in Tanzania and Kenya will be equipped with the training and tools they need to achieve food security for their families and communities. Your donation can be matched up to 3X! Use the bulletin insert to discover how one church community is planting hope for a world without hunger.

Also available: Downloadable Resources
 

July 2019

Information about how to order materials was sent to your church in March 2019. Look for an email marked "Please Update Your Counts for <Your Church Name>" or contact communications@crcna.org for more information

July 1 (Canada Day) - World Renew

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As we celebrate Canada's birthday, World Renew would like to say "thank you" to the Government of Canada for helping people around the world overcome hunger and poverty. We invite generous churches like yours to help train poor farmers through the Canadian Foodgrains Bank (CFGB)'s conservation agriculture program, teaching them valuable new skills. Every dollar donated is matched 3:1 by the Canadian government! A bulletin insert is available to use for member mailboxes or during your service to promote World Renew’s offering.

Also see: Downloadable Resources

August 2019

Information about how to order materials was sent to your church in March 2019. Look for an email marked "Please Update Your Counts for <Your Church Name>" or contact communications@crcna.org for more information

August 11 - Pastor Church Resources

PastorChurchResources

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.

Also see: Downloadable Resources

August 18 - 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. On August 18, 2019, we will have an opportunity to reflect on justice and what it means for our lives. Designated by Synod 2017, this date will mark the second annual, denomination-wide, Day of Justice and will allow us experience a unity as a denomination as we consider the meaning of biblical justice, lament injustices in our world, and commit to the transforming work of standing alongside people whom society oppresses and pushes to the margins.

Also see: Downloadable Resources

August 25 - Faith Formation Ministries

Faith Formation Ministries encourages and equips local Christian Reformed ministry leaders in their calling to 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 with five helpful steps to help people in your church encounter God's Word more deeply, either on their own or in a group. 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.

Also see: Downloadable Resources

September 2019

Information about how to order materials was sent to your church in March 2019. Look for an email marked "Please Update Your Counts for <Your Church Name>" or contact communications@crcna.org for more information

September 8 - Calvin Theological Seminary (Distance Education)

Calvin Seminary’s distance learning program allows you to follow your call wherever you are without sacrificing the academic quality or important relationships you would find in our residential programs. Designed to fit into your life circumstances—whether that means an existing ministry, family life or a full-time job—program requirements are spread out over more years than requirements in residential programs.

Also see: Downloadable Resources

September 15 - Resonate Global Mission

100 years ago, Johanna Veenstra took a giant leap of faith. In 1919, she became the first Christian Reformed missionary to serve outside North America. She became a symbol for the Christian Reformed Church’s exploding passion for mission. Like Johanna, we are all on mission. Where is God calling you? Are you hearing the call to join God at home or somewhere far away?

Also see: Downloadable Resources

September 22 - Abuse Awareness Sunday (Safe Church Ministry)

Abuse Awareness Sunday is one of the ways Safe Church equips congregations in abuse awareness, prevention and response. This year we highlight Circle of Grace, an excellent program that teaches children and youth respect for themselves and for one another by honoring the sacredness of all relationships. In addition, the program offers tools to help children and youth determine if a situation is safe, and what to do when something feels unsafe. It helps build communities where the value of each person is honored and all are free to worship and grow, free from abuse.

Also see: Projection Image; further information about Circle of Grace; or other Abuse Awareness Topics.

September 29 - 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 opportunities for worship planners, leaders, and pastors to form supporting networks, equipping them through the nurturing of those relationships, the creation of free webinars and resources, the formation of online communities, and the publication of the Reformed Worship journal.

Also see: Downloadable Resources

October 2019

Information about how to order materials was sent to your church in March 2019. Look for an email marked "Please Update Your Counts for <Your Church Name>" or contact communications@crcna.org for more information

October 6 - All Nations Heritage Sunday (Race Relations)

The Office of Race Relations resources Christian Reformed members and congregations as they dismantle the causes and effects of racism within the body of believers and throughout the world. We help you to live as God’s diverse and unified family. As a denomination, we believe that dismantling racism is not peripheral to our Christian calling. It’s a Gospel issue!

Also see: Downloadable Resources

 

October 14 - Canadian Thanksgiving (World Renew - Canada)

World Renew is deeply grateful this Thanksgiving for your generosity in helping families and communities all over the world overcome hunger and poverty. We invite you to join us in supporting important community programs that help people access clean water, enough food, and better health. Through your gifts, men and women can unlock their God-given potential, and create powerful, long-lasting change in their communities! A bulletin insert is available to use for World Renew's offering during Thanksgiving Sunday services.

Also see: Downloadable Resources

 

October 20 - Disability Concerns

October 20, 2019 - Disability Concerns

Disability Concerns helps congregations identify and equip individuals within the congregation to serve as disability advocates. Because many people with disabilities (and their families) spend their lives advocating, they need other people to join them. Such support is life-giving and reduces the sense of isolation many people with disabilities feel. Advocates come alongside to champion, advise, and bear witness to the coming reality of God’s kingdom where everybody belongs and everybody serves. This bulletin insert highlights several advocates and invites engagement in disability advocacy.

Also see: Downloadable Resources

 

October 27 - Reformation Sunday (Resonate Global Mission)

Reformation Day is a suggested offering date for Resonate Global Mission. For offering support materials, please see Mission Emphasis Week (September 15).

November 2019

Information about how to order materials was sent to your church in March 2019. Look for an email marked "Please Update Your Counts for <Your Church Name>" or contact communications@crcna.org for more information

November 3 - World Hunger Sunday (World Renew)

November 3 - World Hunger Sunday - World Renew

World Renew invites your church to join us for this year’s World Hunger Campaign, and help free families from hunger. Through your church's gifts, needy families around the world will know God's compassion, and will be equipped with the skills and knowledge required to move beyond barriers created by hunger and poverty. Use the devotionals, including a children's devotional, to follow the story of a family being freed from hunger by God's love. Please order one devotional per family. Video and additional information are available at worldrenew.net/worldhunger

Also see: Downloadable Resources

 

November 10 - Back to God Ministries International

November 10, 2019 - Back to God Ministries International

Over the last 80 years, media technology has expanded from radio to television to smartphones. Each step brought new opportunities to share God’s Word with people everywhere! Today your church, along with congregations across North America, partners with BTGMI to share the Gospel in 10 of our world’s major languages. Although the biblical messages that appear in today’s smartphone apps don’t usually use the “thee’s” and “thou’s” of BTGMI's first radio message, their purpose remains the same: to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ, to disciple believers, and to strengthen the local church.

Also see: Downloadable Resources

 

November 17 - Chaplaincy & Care Ministry

November 17, 2019 - Chaplaincy and 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 by visiting our website at crcna.org/chaplaincy.

Also see: Downloadable Resources

 

November 28 - American Thanksgiving (World Renew - US)

Thanksgiving is a great time to praise God for all of the blessings in our lives and to consider sharing some of those blessings with others. Why not use this Thanksgiving as a time to kick off a World Renew gift catalog campaign in your church? See World Renew's Gift Catalog promotion under "Christmas."