MLK Day 2019: A Stone of Hope -January 21 - Join the Offices of Race Relations and Social Justice and Dr. Christina Edmondson on Monday, Jan. 21 at 6:30 pm at Madison Church to celebrate the work and words of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and be encouraged to continue in our work for racial justice. The evening will include spoken word, dance by Dr. Michelle Loyd-Paige, performances by a mass choir and soloist Satrina Reid, and a message from Dr. Christina Edmondson. Address: 1441 Madison Ave SE, Grand Rapids. Date and time: Monday, January 21 6:30-8:30
From Back to God Ministries International
A TRAIL OF LIES - Scooter forgets his promise to Liz and Lucille and tells a lie to cover it up, but one lie isn’t enough. Do more lies lead to more trouble? Listen now at kidscorner.net and subscribe to KC’s weekly emails for future episodes. Download KC’s Collection of Memories Kit 2019 for a family activity today.
GENUINE FAITH INFLUENCES BEHAVIOR. - There’s no doubt the Apostle Paul believes the Gospel message changes people. But Paul argues that change is not just internal, it’s external and it influences all aspects of life. Join Groundwork as we explore 1 Thessalonians 3:1-4:12 to see how our faith in Jesus Christ affects our behavior. Listen now at GroundworkOnline.com and subscribe to Groundwork’s weekly emails for future episodes.
From Calvin College
Scholarship Essay Contest - The H. Henry Meeter Center for Calvin Studies at Calvin College would like you to know that the February 1st deadline for submissions to our 27th annual High School Senior Scholarship Essay Contest is fast approaching. This year's topic is John Calvin and Preaching. Scholarships will be awarded to our winners, so if you know of any high school seniors who may attend Calvin College, Dordt College, The King’s University in Canada, Kuyper College, Redeemer University College in Canada, or Trinity Christian College, please feel free to let them know about this opportunity. Details are available on our website at calvin.edu/centers-institutes/meeter-center/fellowships-scholarships/high-school-seniors/
From CRC Communications
CRCNA Position Opening - The Christian Reformed Church in North America (CRCNA) has a full-time (40 hrs/wk) opening for a Salesforce Administrator in our Grand Rapids, Michigan offices. This position will work within the applications team to ensure the security and availability of key CRCNA data; design, test, and implement database improvements related to the CRCNA’s multiple Salesforce.com org(s); and work with users to facilitate their work related to data collection, data analysis, and business process. A detailed description is available at www.crcna.org/jobs. For consideration, complete an on-line application attaching a current cover letter and resume by January 25, 2019.
Pray for Inspire 2019 - Inspire 2019 is a conference to connect people from across the 1000+ churches in the Christian Reformed Church for three days of worship, workshops, speakers, and conversation. As we plan and prepare for this event, happening August 1-3 in Windsor, Ont., please join us in praying for the event and all who will attend. This week, registration opens; please pray for all who are considering registering, that God will guide their decisions.
From Disability Concerns
Mental health and suicide prevention training - One in five of us live with a diagnosable mental health condition, and mental illness is usually a factor when someone takes their own life. Clergy, youth group leaders, church staff, congregation members, and anyone with a passion for mental health are urged to attend a workshop to learn how to build healthier communities through mental health education and reduce the stigma associated with mental illness. The workshop has been scheduled at four different times in Kent and Ottawa counties on February 7 and 19. See benice.org/be-nice-faith for details and to register. Sponsored by the Mental Health Foundation of West Michigan with support from the Suicide Prevention Coalitions of Kent and Ottawa Counties and CRC and RCA Disability Concerns.
From Faith Formation Ministries
Family Faith Formation Tip - In Families at the Center of Faith Formation, John Roberto shares eight things that form faith in the home: caring relationships; celebrating the liturgical seasons; celebrating rituals and milestones; learning the Christian tradition and applying it to life; prayer, devotions, and spiritual formation; reading the Bible; serving and working for justice; and worshiping God. How is your family doing? What would you like to focus on more in this new year? (Faith Formation Ministries; crcna.org/FaithFormation)
From Office of Social Justice
Cooler/Smarter: Living Your Climate Witness Workshop Series - This 7-session workshop series is designed to help individuals and families that want to get serious about reducing their carbon footprints. Each workshop will take place at a different congregation throughout Grand Rapids and will be facilitated by a Climate Witness Partner. The Climate Witness Project is a campaign of the Office of Social Justice and World Renew. We will also be sharing highlights from the sessions via video later—stay tuned! Learn more and register at justice.crcna.org/cooler-smarter
CAMP SHALOM SUMMER STAFF - Working at Camp Shalom has been life-changing for so many people. Grow in your faith, meet great new friends, make a meaningful impact on other people and earn money for your future. Located just outside of Cambridge, Camp Shalom offers programming for kids in grades 1-12 and for adults with special needs. We are now accepting applications for our summer staff positions. All positions are paid and you must be 17 before Dec. 31st, 2019 to apply. Visit www.countrysidecamp.com to apply and for a list of available positions. Interviews will start February 16th.
ICS Continuing Ed/ge Course on Genesis - Starts Feb. 7— Ever wondered why the good creation included the serpent of Genesis? Or whether God really called for the Canaanite genocide or knows what it is like to give birth? If you have—or if your curiosity is aroused—Continuing Ed/ge with Nik Ansell may be for you! The next 6-week module runs Thursday evenings (6:45-8:45pm), Feb. 7-Mar. 14. Space is limited. For more info and to register, go to www.icscanada.edu/continuing-edge or call 416-979-2331 x239.
POSITION OPENING - Oakdale Neighbors is seeking an executive director to lead our grassroots organization, which is a blend of Christian community development and asset based community development. Oakdale Neighbors is located in the Oakdale/Boston Square area in Grand Rapids, MI. Interested? More info: www.oakdaleneighbors.org/ED.
YOUNG ADULTS! - It’s not too late! There is still time to register for the Young Adult Winter Retreat! Join others aged 18-30ish from across the province on January 25-27, 2019, at Maranatha CRC in Woodstock for a weekend assured to be full of spiritual encouragement, faith-based discussions, service, workshops, fellowship, and funtivities! This year the theme is “Something more Profound: Standing in Awe of God” and we will look at the balance of intellect and emotion in our faith and how this can influence our feelings of awe. We look forward to what Rev. Darren Roorda has to teach us, and as always we can’t wait to see what God has in store! Visit our Facebook page “Young Adult Winter Retreat” or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details and the link to register. We hope to see you there!
From World Renew
Short-Term Volunteers - Are you 18 to 24 years old and interested in embarking on a short-term volunteer opportunity with life-long impact? World Renew’s Global Volunteer Program provides opportunities to live, work, eat, and play in an international community while exploring how God wants to use your talents and skills for His purpose. For more information, contact Andrew at email@example.com.
World Renew Position Opening - Donor Relations Manager - Are you passionate about the work of World Renew? Do you have an ability to inspire giving? World Renew is looking to hire a parental leave cover for a Donor Relations Manager to work in regions of Western Canada. The candidate will develop relationships and implement a strategy with existing and potential donors that will increase financial support and resources, engage current constituents and cultivate potential donors. Candidates interested in more information – or applying for the position – can do so online: worldrenew.net/careers.