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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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Information about how to order materials was sent to your church in September 2023. Look for an email marked "Action Needed: Special Sunday Resources For <Your Church Name>" or contact [email protected] for more information

February 11, 2024 - Ministry Shares: Celebrating Your Impact!

Ministry shares make it possible for any congregation, of any size, to access the support they need, whenever they need it, without having to worry about costs. They are one way that we, as the body of Christ, show our commitment to each other. They also extend our reach, by making it possible to do more ministry in more places all over the world, by doing it together. This Sunday is our opportunity to say thank you for being part of this covenant relationship.

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For presentation: Thank You Video (2:55)

Also available: Downloadable Resources

February 18, 2024 (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 a workshop highlight, this insert focuses on growing towards justice everyday. Additional worship resources are also available.

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Also available: Downloadable Resources

February 25, 2024 (Canadian Foodgrains Bank Sunday) - World Renew - Canada

As one of the founding members of Canadian Foodgrains Bank, World Renew multiplies your impact through food security programs like our early response project in Madagascar. Around the world, floods have washed away crops and droughts have left farmlands barren. But together we can end global hunger! With the Canadian Foodgrains Bank, World Renew's capacity to provide disaster response and food security programs on a global scale has grown over the years. Your gifts will be matched up to 4X! To learn more about what you can do to help end hunger, use our downloadable resources, available online in Spring 2024 at worldrenew.ca/resources-cfgb

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Also available: Downloadable Resources

February 25, 2024 (Disaster Response Services Sunday) - World Renew - U.S.

World Renew Disaster Response Services (DRS) has responded to disasters in 8 Canadian provinces, nearly every state, and 4 U.S. territories for more than 50 years. Through organizing volunteers and connecting with local partners in the areas affected by disasters, DRS has helped hurricane, flood, tornado, and wildfire survivors repair their homes and find hope again. Through serving others by pounding nails, hanging drywall, replacing shingles, mucking out basements and having meaningful conversations with residents, we spread the good news of Jesus Christ. But we can’t do it alone. A gift from your church, as well as volunteers willing to serve disaster survivors, will help World Renew DRS continue to inspire people to find hope again. Visit worldrenew.net/DRS-Sunday

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Also available: Downloadable Resources

Information about how to order materials was sent to your church in September 2023. Look for an email marked "Action Needed: Special Sunday Resources For <Your Church Name>" or contact [email protected] for more information

March 13, 2024 (CRC Annual Day of Prayer)

Synod has designated the second Wednesday in March as the Annual Day of Prayer. On this date each year, all CRC congregations are requested to take time to ask for God’s blessing upon the world, our nations and communities, crops and industry, and the church worldwide. Join with us in fervent prayer on Wednesday, March 13 and use this handout to discover what role prayer plays in our faith formation.

March 24, 2024 (Palm Sunday) - Calvin Theological Seminary

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As the official seminary of the Christian Reformed Church in North America (CRCNA), Calvin Seminary is blessed to be included twice a year on the Special Sunday Offering schedule. These funds contributed to these offerings go towards specific projects or programs that contribute directly to the church. Of course, churches are welcomed and encouraged to take an offering at any point during the year. For more information on making a financial contribution to Calvin Seminary, either as a church/organization or as an individual, contact the Development Office.

March 31, 2024 (Easter Sunday) - Resonate Global Mission

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Has Jesus ever met you all of the sudden? Suddenly, you realize you are in a special moment. Suddenly, you realize he is going ahead of you, just as the angel promised on that first Easter! Our calling as Christians, when it comes down to it, is to be ready for those sudden moments—the opportunities God places in our lives to be involved in mission. Resonate Global Mission is privileged to walk with you, wherever God is leading. We love to see the way God invites his church into mission through callings to go around the world and callings to be present in the every day.

Also available: Downloadable Resources

Information about how to order materials was sent to your church in September 2023. Look for an email marked "Action Needed: Special Sunday Resources For <Your Church Name>" or contact [email protected] for more information

April 14, 2024 - Abuse Awareness Sunday - Thrive

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April is Child Abuse Prevention (CAP) month in the U.S. In recognition of this, the safe church specialists at Thrive wanted to make note of some resources they offer to be supportive of families, and help churches be active in preventing child abuse and neglect as well as taking positive action to promote child and family well-being.

Also available: Downloadable Resources

April 28, 2024 (GEMS Sunday) - GEMS Girls' Clubs

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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. Visit GEMS website

Also available GEMS promo video (1:10).

Information about how to order materials was sent to your church in September 2023. Look for an email marked "Action Needed: Special Sunday Resources For <Your Church Name>" or contact [email protected] for more information

May 5, 2024 - 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 engagement of local Christians. NewGround (formerly Operation Manna) partners with deacons and churches to break new missional ground, nurturing Spirit-led ideas that bear everlasting fruit. Examples are youth justice initiatives, community opportunity scans, ministry grants and support, and deacon scholarships. Visit diaconalministries.com/newground-campaign/

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Also available: Downloadable Resources

May 9, 2024 (Ascension Sunday) - ReFrame Ministries

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The good news is for all people in all languages! Every day, your global media ministry partners at the CRC's media ministry, ReFrame Ministries, send out thousands of biblical messages, videos, and podcasts in 10 different languages.

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Also available: Downloadable Resources

May 12, 2024 (Mother's Day) - Women of Hope Sunday - World Renew

Women of Hope have overcome trauma and are confident in their abilities to contribute to the flourishing of their families. But for families to thrive they need to be healthy. In communities around the world many people do not know the best practices for protecting their health. This Mother’s Day, join World Renew to discover how you can help women in vulnerable communities learn about proper food and nutrition, the importance of sanitation for disease prevention, and more, so their families have a better chance to flourish. To learn more, visit worldrenew.ca/women-of-hope (Canada) or worldrenew.net/women-of-hope (US).

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Also available: Downloadable Resources (Canada)Downloadable Resources (U.S.)

May 19, 2024 (Pentecost) - Resonate Global Mission

When was the last time you saw something truly amazing? Something that you didn’t think was possible? The Pentecost story recalls one amazing event right after the other: rushing wind, tongues of fire, speaking in tongues, thousands of new Christians, and miracles! It’s that same Holy Spirit which still works to amaze us, filling us with the very breath of God, and inviting us to join God’s mission. At Resonate we see these same Pentecost miracles happen every day: the unmistakable presence of God, answers to prayer, and hearts transformed by the power of the gospel! May the Spirit amaze you this Pentecost, and go with you into whatever God is calling you to!

Also available: Downloadable Resources

Information about how to order materials was sent to your church in September 2023. Look for an email marked "Action Needed: Special Sunday Resources For <Your Church Name>" or contact [email protected] for more information

June 2, 2024 (Trinity Sunday) - Thrive

September 29, 2019 - Worship Ministries

Thrive 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; and the formation of online communities.

Also available: Downloadable Resources

June 16, 2024 (Father's Day) - Refugee Sunday - World Renew - Canada

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Globally, there are a staggering 232.5 million refugees—people who have fled human conflict, persecution, or natural disaster in search of safety. World Renew's Refugee Sponsorship and Resettlement team supports churches across Canada through the process of sponsorship. Through your gift you can join the story of welcoming refugees seeking to rebuild their lives in Canada. To download more Refugee Sunday resources, visit worldrenew.ca/resources-refugee-sunday

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Also available: Downloadable Resources

June 23, 2023 (Indigenous Ministry Sunday)- Indigenous Ministries - Canada

Indigenous Ministry Sunday falls on the Sunday closest to National Indigenous Peoples Day in Canada. This year’s resources highlight the beautiful stories that grow when two cultures exchange hearts (and culinary traditions). Additional worship resources to add to the richness of your service are also available.

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Also available: Downloadable Resources

Prior Year

Resources for past months are listed below for reference.

Information about how to order materials was sent to your church in March 2023. Look for an email marked "Action Needed: Special Sunday Resources For <Your Church Name>" or contact [email protected] for more information. There are no suggested offering Sundays for July 2023.

Information about how to order materials was sent to your church in March 2023. Look for an email marked "Action Needed: Special Sunday Resources For <Your Church Name>" or contact [email protected] for more information

August 13, 2023 - Leadership Diversity

Leadership Diversity

Many of our diaspora and globalized leaders feel misunderstood and invisible since the greater church doesn’t know their stories. Surprisingly, their ministries have been fueling the current growth in the Christian Reformed Church! Today, these leaders are doing cutting-edge missional work and many other leaders would do well to sit at their feet and learn. Is this where the Spirit of God is at work? You bet!

Bulletin Inserts

August 20, 2023 (CRC Annual Day of Justice)

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Food insecurity is affecting millions of people worldwide, but this is not a simple issue of poverty. There are many layers of injustice that create challenges to accessing safe and nutritious food for both our global and local neighbours. World Renew, Diaconal Ministries Canada, and the Justice and Mercy ministries of the Christian Reformed Church in North America invite you and your church to participate in reducing food insecurity and to explore alternatives that respectfully and sustainably contribute to long-term changes to food access.

Also available: Downloadable Resources

Information about how to order materials was sent to your church in March 2023. Look for an email marked "Action Needed: Special Sunday Resources For <Your Church Name>" or contact [email protected] for more information

September 10 or 17, 2023 (Mission Emphasis Week) - Resonate Global Mission

Resonate Global Mission, your Christian Reformed mission agency, goes with you on this mission to every town and place. When you look for new ways to engage with your own community, discover where God is moving, and join God on mission around the corner and around the world, Resonate is here for you. God has given us all we need to fulfill his call to mission—what does that mean for you and your church? Your most important partners on mission are all around you, and your mission field is just steps away.

Also available: Bulletin Insert  ||  More Downloadable Resources

September 24, 2023 (Abuse Awareness Sunday) - Safe Church

September 24, 2023 - Safe Church Ministry

The abuse awareness topic for 2023 is The Power of Trauma-Informed Ministry. We want our churches and ministry places to be physically, emotionally, and spiritually safe places because feeling safe and being safe is imperative for those that have experienced trauma. Being trauma-informed means utilizing a framework to support policies, practices, and procedures that adequately meet the needs for the vast amount of people that have experienced trauma.

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Also available: Worship Resources

Information about how to order materials was sent to your church in March 2023. Look for an email marked "Action Needed: Special Sunday Resources For <Your Church Name>" or contact [email protected] for more information

October 1, 2023 (All Nations Heritage Sunday) - Race Relations

October 1 is All Nations Heritage Sunday. The CRCNA's Race Relations team is dedicated to bringing more diversity into the future leadership of the denomination through the All Nations Heritage scholarship fund. Applicants are students of various ethnic minorities and members of CRCNA congregations who plan to, or who are currently pursuing their educational goals at higher learning institutions affiliated with the CRCNA. Your donations will grow this fund and help this endeavor.

Bulletin Inserts

October 9, 2023 (Thanksgiving Day - Canada) - World Renew

Just as God created us in his image and likeness -- each and every one unique and each and every one entitled to live free of abuse or persecution -- he also created us to be family. Through his example he shows us how to live as loving members of his family; he gives generously, loves unfailingly and reassures us that he has plans to prosper us and do us no harm (Jeremiah 29:11). Thanksgiving provides the perfect opportunity to give thanks for God's love and to celebrate families. Through your gifts to World Renew's Free A Family® program you will help change the story of families struggling with poverty, hunger, and injustice, but more importantly, you will share God's love with our global brothers and sisters. A bulletin insert is available for order. To learn more about the Free A Family program, visit worldrenew.ca/free-a-family.

Also available: Downloadable Resources

October 15, 2023 (Disability Awareness Sunday) - Disability Concerns

For many people with disabilities, church is one of the least accessible places they go. What would it be like for people with disabilities if church were truly accessible and welcoming? This insert shares 6 examples of things that fully accessible churches do.

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Also available: Downloadable Resources

October 22, 2023 - Faith Formation

The CRCNA's work in Faith Formation encourages and equips churches and individuals to shape lifelong faith formation in their work, home, school, church, or neighborhood, 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 ideas for exploring faith practices (spiritual disciplines) with people of all ages.

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October 29, 2023 (Reformation Sunday) - Calvin Theological Seminary

Since 1876, Calvin Theological Seminary has worked on your behalf to faithfully prepare leaders who can nurture disciples and serve the church. You can help keep tuition affordable for Calvin Seminary students by supporting the Covenant Scholarship Fund. By giving towards this scholarship, you make a Seminary education accessible to people from all walks of life.

For projection: CTS Covenant Fund Video

Information about how to order materials was sent to your church in March 2023. Look for an email marked "Action Needed: Special Sunday Resources For <Your Church Name>" or contact [email protected] for more information

November 5, 2023 (World Hunger Sunday) - World Renew

World Renew invites you and your church to help families around the world overcome hunger for good through our World Hunger Campaign. With your support, families will know God's compassion by receiving the training and tools needed to grow enough food. A printed bulletin insert is available for order and will encourage your church members to give gifts in response to the growing food crisis. Additional resources, including the leader's guide and video, will continue to be made available for download at worldrenew.net/resourcesas we draw closer to World Hunger Sunday 2023. Canadian churches can find downloadable World Hunger resources at and worldrenew.ca/resources .

Also available: Downloadable Resources - U.S. Downloadable Resources - Canada

November 5, 2023 (International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church) - Social Justice

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

Also available: Downloadable Resources

November 12, 2023 - ReFrame Ministries

When God's Word reaches new people, it has the power to transform an entire community for Christ. A Hindu priest named Rajan listened to a radio program from ReFrame's partners in India and chose to give his life to Christ. This decision caused almost everyone in his village who had once looked up to him to turn against him. Still, for 18 years, members of the Christian Reformed Church have encouraged Rajan through a network of media ministry team members in India.

November 19, 2023 (Chaplaincy Sunday) - Chaplaincy

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 (now called Thrive) 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.

Also available: Downloadable Resources

November 23, 2023 (Thanksgiving Day - US) - World Renew

Just as God created us in his image and likeness -- each and every one unique and each and every one entitled to live free of abuse or persecution -- he also created us to be family. Through his example he shows us how to live as loving members of his family; he gives generously, loves unfailingly and reassures us that he has plans to prosper us and do us no harm (Jeremiah 29:11). Thanksgiving provides the perfect opportunity to give thanks for God's love and to celebrate families. Through your gifts to World Renew's Free A Family® program you will help change the story of families struggling with poverty, hunger, and injustice, but more importantly, you will share God's love with our global brothers and sisters. A bulletin insert is available for order. To learn more about the Free A Family program, visit worldrenew.net/free-a-family.

Also available: Downloadable Resources

Information about how to order materials was sent to your church in March 2023. Look for an email marked "Action Needed: Special Sunday Resources For <Your Church Name>" or contact [email protected] for more information

December 3, 2023 - Calvin University

Calvin University equips students to think deeply, to act justly, and to live wholeheartedly as Christ’s agents of renewal in the world. Our goal is to equip students to be agents of renewal, ready to step into the public square and renew all things for the glory of Christ. We believe that every student has something to offer the world; every student has something that God is calling him or her to do. Calvin’s job is to partner with each student to discover what that is and then help them develop the skills they’ll need to gain that success.

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December 25, 2023 (Christmas Day) - World Renew

Give the Hope of Christmas with World Renew: World Renew’s Gift Catalog and the Giving Tree Project are meaningful, practical activities for your congregation during Advent. Add a powerful item like a kitchen garden, a chicken, or a beehive for a person who lives in extreme poverty worldwide to your Christmas list! The 2023 catalog includes many great gift choices for families, congregations, schools, and groups. Put up an Advent "giving tree" using the coordinating Giving Tree Project! Gift Catalog and Giving Tree resources, including videos, social media banners, bulletin announcements and inserts, posters, and downloadables are all free on the World Renew website and free to order in print below. Change a life for Good this Christmas with a tangible gift from World Renew.

Also available: Downloadables - USDownloadables - Canada

Information about how to order materials was sent to your church in September 2023. Look for an email marked "Action Needed: Special Sunday Resources For <Your Church Name>" or contact [email protected] for more information

January 7, 2024 - 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

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Also Available: Downloadable Resources

January 14, 2024 - ReFrame Ministries

At the start of a new year, people at home and around the world are looking to grow in faith or to recommit in their relationship with Christ. Your global partners at the CRC's media ministry, ReFrame Ministries, send out thousands of biblical messages, videos, and podcasts in 10 different languages that can help seekers find the biblical resources needed to start a new journey!

January 21, 2024 (Sanctity of Human Life Sunday) - Thrive

This year, we are anchoring our Sanctity of Human Life commemoration in Our World Belongs to God, the Contemporary Testimony of the Christian Reformed Church, Article 44. Because of our call to treat all life with awe and respect—from the womb to the tomb—we invite you to visit our resource page (crcna.org/life) as we explore a holistic ethic of life as it relates to the unborn, disabled, and end of life issues.

Also Available: Downloadable Resources

January 28, 2024 (Cadet Sunday) - Calvinist Cadet Corps

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. These bulletin covers, bulletin inserts and other resources feature our "Rooted and Grounded" theme for 2023-2024 and are ideal for use on Cadet Sunday.

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Also available: Downloadables and Print Materials from Cadets