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. The 2021 Offering Calendar and 2021 Deacons' Helper Worksheet are available online and will be shipped in August. For your convenience, the calendar is also available in Google Calendar and iCal formats, and in a spreadsheet to copy and paste for planning. 

 

September 2020

Information about how to order materials was sent to your church in March 2020. Look for an email marked "Action Required: 2020 Order Form for <Your Church Name>" or contact communications@crcna.org for more information

 

September 13 - Resonate Global Mission (Beginning of Mission Emphasis Week)

Being Christ’s Witnesses—in Your Community - Mission Emphasis events provide a special opportunity to praise and thank God for the ways he is advancing his kingdom. This year’s theme—Being Christ’s Witnesses—focuses on Acts 1:8 and Jesus’ command to proclaim the gospel both at home and around the world. This bulletin is written with a domestic focus and would be an excellent resource for your Mission Emphasis kick-off on September 13, 2020. A matching bulletin with an international focus is available below.

Also see: Downloadable Resources

 

 

September 20 - Resonate Global Mission (End of Mission Emphasis Week)

Being Christ’s Witnesses—to the Ends of the Earth - Mission Emphasis events provide a special opportunity to praise and thank God for the ways he is advancing his kingdom. This year’s theme—Being Christ’s Witnesses—focuses on Acts 1:8 and Jesus’ command to proclaim the gospel both at home and around the world. This bulletin is written with an international focus and would be an excellent resource for your Mission Emphasis wrap-up on September 20, 2020. A matching bulletin with a domestic focus is available above.

Also see: Downloadable Resources

 

 

September 27 - Abuse Awareness Sunday (Safe Church Ministry)

September 22, 2019 - Safe Church Ministry

Safe Church Ministry equips congregations in abuse awareness, prevention, and response so that everyone is respected and protected, and so that, when abuse is disclosed, the response is compassion and justice that foster healing. All abuse involves a misuse of power; understanding this relational power dynamic is critical to our effective response.

Also see: Downloadable Resources

October 2020

Information about how to order materials was sent to your church in March 2020. Look for an email marked "Action Required: 2020 Order Form for <Your Church Name>" or contact communications@crcna.org for more information

October 4 - All Nations Heritage Sunday (Leadership Diversity)

The Leadership Diversity Ministry was established to affirm and support congregations of the CRC as they work toward becoming more inclusive environments, welcoming the calling and use of gifts in women and people of various ethnicities at all levels of leadership. This bulletin insert celebrates All Nations Heritage Sunday, and as the church universal, we pray this day for established leaders and emerging ones from every culture, race and gender as they lead by God’s calling.

For projection: Image

 

October 12 - Canadian Thanksgiving (World Renew - Canada)

As Canadians celebrate Thanksgiving, World Renew invites you to “Come to the Table” and reflect on God’s abundant goodness in the lives of families around the world. Through World Renew’s Free A Family™ program, families once struggling with hunger now know the freedom that comes with food security. Follow the story of one family—the Nyirendas in Zambia—as they journey from drought, hardship, and hunger to the table of harvest and hope. A bulletin insert is available for your church’s Thanksgiving celebration. “Come to the Table” this Thanksgiving and discover how you can share God’s bountiful hope with families as we enter this holiday season.

Also see: Downloadable Resources

 

October 18 - Disability Concerns

The body of Christ differs in age, ability, gender, ethnicity, race, socioeconomic status, perspectives—and yet we are one body (1 Cor. 12:12). United in Christ, we must develop agility to listen, be curious, learn, and grow in relationship with each other. Agile people move with ease and grace by adapting resourcefully to situations and relationships. Contrary to assumptions, people with disabilities tend to be highly agile, because they must navigate physical and social structures that are created by and for people who do not have disabilities. Healthy church communities learn from people who have disabilities and provide opportunities for them to lead. How are the leadership gifts of people with disabilities utilized in your church?

For projection: Standard Image, Widescreen Image

Also see: Downloadable Resources

November 2020

Information about how to order materials was sent to your church in March 2020. Look for an email marked "Action Required: 2020 Order Form for <Your Church Name>" or contact communications@crcna.org for more information

November 1 - World Hunger Sunday (World Renew)

The rate of hunger is no longer declining globally. Today, more children are being birthed into hungry families than yesterday. That means people’s health, opportunities, and potential are all threatened, simply because they don’t have access to enough healthy food. World Renew invites your church to join us for this year’s World Hunger Campaign: Food For Every Table. Through your church's gifts, families around the world will know God's compassion and find freedom from hunger. Use the devotionals, including a children's devotional, to follow the story of families around the world who have struggled with hunger and found hope thanks to World Renew's work. Please order one Adult and one Children's Devotional per family. Video and additional information are available at the link below.

Also see: Downloadables - US; Downloadables - Canada

 

November 8 - Back to God Ministries International

God is everywhere. His Word should be too. Celebrate God's work through new media ministry of podcasts, websites, and videos in China. Although it's difficult to get God's Word to Chinese speakers, media helps make this possible. Get a glimpse into the work of the Chinese ministry team with this new insert produced for fall 2020.

 

 

November 8 - International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church

This year’s International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church insert will focus on the persecution and witness of the church in China. Mark this day with the Office of Social Justice by using this bulletin insert (featuring a litany on the backside), along with other resources which are available at the link below.

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Also see: Downloadable Resources

 

 

November 15 - 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.

For projection: Standard Image, Widescreen Image

Also see: Downloadable Resources

 

November 26 - American Thanksgiving (World Renew - US)

Thanksgiving is a great time to start your church's World Renew gift catalog campaign! For resources including catalogs, an Advent giving tree, videos, and bulletin announcements, see our December 25 listing. There are great choices for congregations, schools, families, and children’s groups.

December 2020

Information about how to order materials was sent to your church in March 2020. Look for an email marked "Action Required: 2020 Order Form for <Your Church Name>" or contact communications@crcna.org for more information

 

December 25 - Christmas (World Renew)

Unwrap the joy of Christmas with families around the globe with World Renew's 2020-2021 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 from the correlating Giving Tree Project. (Order one packet, containing 32 ornaments, per church or group, please.) Select gifts from the catalog and hold a special offering. Videos, bulletin announcements, and many great, downloadable and free-to-order resources are available at the link below.

For projection: Download Powerpoint Slides

Also see: Downloadables - US; Downloadables - Canada

Prior Year

Resources for past months are listed below for reference.

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.)

Growing Hope Globally

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
Donate online

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
Donate online

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
Donate online

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
Donate online

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
Donate online

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
Donate online

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
Donate online

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
Donate online

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
Donate online

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.

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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 2020

Information about how to order materials was sent to your church in March 2020. Look for an email marked "Action Required: 2020 Order Form for <Your Church Name>" or contact communications@crcna.org for more information

July 12 - Raise Up Global Ministries

Raise Up Global Ministries

Raise Up Global Ministries joins your hands with our brothers and sisters around the world. Raise Up is committed to developing international Christian leadership to spread the gospel through biblically-based leadership training programs, strategic partnerships, and supporting curriculum. Join God and his work!

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August 2020

Information about how to order materials was sent to your church in March 2020. Look for an email marked "Action Required: 2020 Order Form for <Your Church Name>" or contact communications@crcna.org for more information

 

August 16 - CRC Annual Day of Justice

Also see: Downloadable Resources

 

 

August 23 - 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 five great questions to ask at home, in youth groups, and at other gatherings to encourage people to tell their faith stories. 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