From Back to God Ministries International
A Theology of The Office - Bears. Beets. Battlestar Galactica. A Theology of The Office examines the hit show through the eyes of faith. Free when you subscribe to Think Christian emails at ThinkChristian.net/TheOffice.
GROUNDWORK: WE ARE THE BODY OF CHRIST - Discover how the human body helps us understand what it means to be the Church. Study 1 Corinthians 12:12-27, Ephesians 4:15-16, and Romans 12:3-8 with Groundwork to find out what being the body of Christ means for believers yet today. Listen now at GroundworkOnline.com and subscribe to Groundwork's weekly emails for future episodes.
KIND OF KIND - Random Acts of Kindness are breaking out all over. Who's doing it? And how can Liz discover how to be kind—even when it’s hard? Listen now at kidscorner.net and subscribe to KC’s weekly emails for future episodes. Download this month’s Life of Jesus Coloring Book.
From Calvin Theological Seminary
Paul's Missionary Journeys in Greece - April 2-14, 2020 - Travel by motor coach (8 days) and cruise ship (3 days) to sites connected with Paul’s second and third missionary journeys, as well as visit other major sites of biblical, archaeological, and cultural interest. Jeff Weima, professor at Calvin Theological Seminary and leading Pauline scholar, hosts this inspirational tour. For more information, contact Dr. Weima at 616-328-3110 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
From Calvin University
Mr. Darwin's Tree - On Saturday, September 21, at 7pm, Calvin University will be hosting a performance of Mr. Darwin's Tree, a one-man play that explores the intersection of science and religion through a portrayal of Charles Darwin that goes beyond caricature and portrays him as a husband, father, and genuine human being who struggled mightily with doubt and faith. The play will be followed by a panel discussion. General admission tickets are $6. Event info: calvin.edu/calendar/event.html?id=52fdc73c-baa3-4f79-b7a4-
From Faith Formation Ministries
At-home Faith Formation Tip - In the book Liturgy of the Ordinary (IVP 2016), Tish Warren writes, “We learn the craft of holiness day by day in the living of a particular life . . . we are part of God’s big vision and mission—the redemption of all things—through the earthy craft of living out our vocation, hour by hour, task by task. I want to do the big work of the kingdom, but I have to learn to live it out in the small tasks before me.” How might this insight change your perspective on the small tasks of your daily life? (Tip from Faith Formation Ministries; crcna.org/FaithFormation)
From Office of Social Justice
Understanding our Climate Crisis - Climate change has been in the news a lot recently – a heat wave in Europe, flooding in the Great Lakes, melting glaciers on Greenland... If you have questions about what this means for you and your church community, join us for Understanding our Climate Crisis, a six-part series to equip individuals and congregations to have a faithful response to the crisis. Dr. Henry Brouwer, Regional Coordinator for the CRC Climate Witness Project, will lead the series beginning Sunday, Sept. 15 at 7:30 pm, at Meadowlands Fellowship CRC. Register here: bit.ly/understandingclimate
McMaster University & Mohawk College Students - On Sunday Sept 22nd we are having our `Mo-Mac CRC Welcome BBQ ' @ Michael’s 1:00- 3:00 pm, rain or shine. Come out and meet some other Mac & Mohawk students. 734 Garner Rd, E. in Ancaster. If you need a ride or for more details, please e-mail Dr. Michael D. Fallon (email@example.com)
Special "Ride for Promise" Screening Event - Join us at Fellowship CRC (800 Burnhamthorpe Rd, Toronto, ON) on October 6 at 7:30 pm for a special film experience as part of CRCNA's All Nations Heritage Week. "Ride for Promise," a documentary film short, tells the story of Curtis Carmichael, a young man who biked across Canada to challenge and educate people on their perceptions of racialized youth and marginalized communities. Curtis (curtiscarmichael.ca) will be at the event for a panel discussion and audience Q&A on this important topic. Need more details? Contact Peggy Durrant (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Judi Bontius (email@example.com) at Fellowship. See the trailer at www.tazamedia.com/rideforpromise.
Tim Zimmerman & the King's Brass - Join us at Christ Memorial Church on Sunday, September 22, at 5pm for a special concert featuring hymn classics with a contemporary flair for all generations. Secular and sacred music critics alike applaud their concerts as "superb in every way" and "innovative and well played." Formed four decades ago in Detroit, the King’s Brass is comprised of professional musicians from across the country who use the instruments they love to lead others in praise and worship, in over 150 concerts per year from coast to coast as well as international destinations. Christ Memorial Church is located at 595 Graafschap Road, Holland, 49423. cmcholland.org. This is a free concert. No tickets are needed; a free-will offering will be taken.
Tour the Biblical Lands of Israel - March 9–20, 2020. Experience a refreshing renewal of your faith, and gain a deeper understanding of the Bible, as you tour the biblical lands with teaching host, Pastor Peter Tuininga, and Sindbad Tours of Israel. See many of the biblical places (Jerusalem, Galilee, Caesarea, Jericho and much more), and gain spiritual and historical insights which will make the Bible come alive for you. For complete information, cost, and registration, go to toursofisrael.wordpress.com or call Peter Tuininga at 1 289 877-8433 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org .
YOUNG ADULTS GLOBAL LEADERSHIP SUMMIT - Join hundreds of young adults on Saturday, October 5, at Forest City Community Church in London, Ontario, for a high energy, exciting, and stimulating day on Christian leadership. Our slate of speakers from around the world and from different sectors of society will spark your imagination and the schedule will give you ample opportunities to meet other young adults from southwestern Ontario. Costs are $25 for Student or Early Bird registrations (before Sept. 15) or $40 for Regular registrations. All-day refreshments and lunch included! This will also be a perfect setting for you to bring along non-Christian friends or peers. Questions? Email Mike Wagenman at email@example.com or search Facebook for the event connected to Mike’s profile. Registration opens August 7! You won’t want to miss this!
Youth Unlimited Celebration - Do you have a history with Youth Unlimited or the Young Calvinist Federation? Would you like to learn more about what Youth Unlimited is currently doing? Join us for our celebration dinner and fundraiser on October 3rd! We will be gathering at Calvary Church at 6 pm for a night of celebrating God's faithfulness through the last 100 years and dreaming about the future of our ministry. Please RSVP at youthunlimited.org/celebration-dinner.
From Safe Church Ministry
Growing Restorative Churches - Join us at Sherman Street Church on November 8 & 9 for a two-day training based upon International Institute for Restorative Practices. This training will equip all participants to know what it means to be a restorative church, with a relational framework and explicit practices, restorative continuum and paradigms that underpin the practice while also learning and practicing restorative circles. Learn more and sign up at restorativechurches.eventbrite.com
Safe Church Advisory Panel Training - Join us Saturday, Sept. 28 from 9am to 3pm at the CRCNA Offices (3475 Mainway, Burlington, ON). All those active in safe church ministry are encouraged to attend this training. In addition, the training is also appropriate for church ministry leaders and council members. Bonnie Nicholas, Safe Church director, will facilitate the training, which will feature video segments, interactive learning and a role play. Training includes all materials and lunch. $10 includes lunch and all materials. For more information, or to register, please contact Elaine VanWyngaarden firstname.lastname@example.org, or Marian Lensink email@example.com.
From World Renew
World Renew Career Opportunity - Do you have effective human relation skills, with excellent communication and persuasion skills? Are you enthusiastic about the work of World Renew and sharing opportunities for involvement and engagement? World Renew is currently hiring a Program Coordinator on our International Disaster Response Team, based in Burlington, Ontario. Visit worldrenew.net/careers for more details on this position, and the link to apply.
From Worship Ministries
Peer Learning Worship Groups - these are forming now. Join an online discussion group or start your own group. Worship Ministries provides free study materials. Check it out at network.crcna.org/worship/worship-peer-learning-groups-forming and email us at firstname.lastname@example.org