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Special Note for Bulletin Editors and Church Administrators:

June 23, 2024, coming just two days after National Indigenous Peoples Day in Canada, is an offering Sunday (in Canada) for Indigenous Ministry. This year’s resources highlight the beautiful stories that grow when two cultures exchange hearts. Worship resources to add to the richness of your service are available. Learn more at www.crcna.org/ChurchYear

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Indigenous Ministry

Friday was National Indigenous People’s Day - When Indigenous peoples and settlers first met we were very different in language, culture, clothing, and food. Today, while we maintain our uniqueness, we also have much in common. The Christian Reformed Church’s Indigenous Ministries have resources available to help you learn about Indigenous justice and explore how to live as reconciled people. To learn more, visit bit.ly/NIPD2024 Please also give generously in today’s offering.

World Renew

With Deepest Gratitude from World Renew - We are called to welcome strangers. Through your gift to support the World Renew Refugee Sponsorship and Resettlement Program, you have done just that. Your gift helps World Renew to walk alongside sponsoring churches as they journey to welcome refugees to Canada. Your gift represents hope for refugees trying to rebuild their lives after the unimaginable hardships of persecution, conflict, violence, or human rights violations. Thank you for your compassion. If you would like to learn more about how World Renew is answering God’s call for justice and mercy in our world, please visit: worldrenew.ca

Make an Impact by Volunteering with World Renew - This fall, World Renew has volunteer openings for individual adults, couples, or church groups to help in areas impacted by disasters. These one-week trips include home repair and cleanup projects that give vulnerable homeowners a chance to rebuild their lives. No matter your skillset, lending your time and talents as a volunteer with World Renew will have lasting reach. Learn more and sign up at worldrenew.net/volunteer.

Thrive

Wish You Could Do More for Ministry? - Through gifts in a will, many everyday people give substantially more than would ever be possible during their lifetimes. Email [email protected] to learn more how you can support Thrive in your estate plans.

Thriving Essentials 1-Hour Overview (June 27th) - Thriving Essentials is a training course for elders, deacons, church staff, and any volunteer ministry leader. This one-hour webinar will give you an overview of what the full course involves including discussions on four key concepts of Mission, Discipleship, Discernment, and Leadership. Attend this online preview June 27 (1pm EDT) to see if the full course is right for your church. Register now at crcna.org/essentials

Thrive Faith Formation Tip - Take a strong magnifying glass with you on a walk, and look at how the tiniest details of nature point to the Creator of the universe. You’ll be amazed by what you see! Learn more at crcna.org/FaithPracticesProject

Thrive Faith Formation Tip - The faith practice of remembering centers our attention on what God has done in our lives, deepening our assurance that God is with us here and now, and expanding our hope and anticipation for what God will yet do. Take some time this week to make a “faith timeline” to remember what God has done in your life and in the lives of people you love. Learn more at crcna.org/FaithPracticesProject

Thrive Faith Formation Tip - Reading the Old Testament shows that even though God loved, protected, and provided for the people of Israel, time after time they forgot God. How might we become people who remember God? What might you add to your home or to your schedule to serve as a daily reminder to connect with God? Learn more at crcna.org/FaithPracticesProject

Thrive Faith Formation Tip - In the sacrament of The Lord’s Supper we remember both the great sacrifice and the wonderful gift of Jesus’ death and resurrection. Think and talk about how you might more fully enter into both the sorrow and the joy as you celebrate communion. Learn more at crcna.org/FaithPracticesProject

Calvin University

Free Lecture: Just Action - You are invited to join ICCF Community Homes and Calvin University’s Sociology/Social Work Department on Thursday, September 26, at 7:00pm for a free lecture by Leah Rothstein. Leah will be discussing her book, Just Action: How to Challenge Segregation Enacted Under the Color of Law (and referencing The Color of Law, written by her father Richard Rothstein), describing steps to address racially explicit and unconstitutional government policies that created racial segregation.

Calvin University Oratorio Society Messiah Sign Up - If you would like to participate in the 2024 Calvin Oratorio Society, please take note of these details: New Member Auditions - If you are a new member of the Oratorio Society or haven’t participated in the ensemble between 2021 and 2023, sign up for an audition here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1d3zBKfSUsEor7mVDqOS_xuO6POE6HYg6G2jI OVQ3c_I/edit?usp=sharing. Auditions will be held September 4 and 5. Returning Members - If you have participated in Oratorio Society any season since 2021 and would like to participate in the 2024 season, sign up here: https://forms.gle/HLGVnjsTLS35MEHN7.

ReFrame Ministries

Family Fire - is an online community exploring Spirit-led family, marriage, parenting, in-laws, blended families, and intimacy. Find encouraging articles and devotions at familyfire.com. Subscribe for regular email updates and connect with our Family Fire community on Facebook.

Kids Corner: Persistent Prayers - Check out this week’s kids’ devotion at www.kidscorner.net. Just like Jesus, you can pray persistently about the big, scary things in the world and how they make you feel. Big feelings do not scare God. He welcomes you to talk to him about them and to keep talking about them. He wants you to trust him. Check out all the great content at kidscorner.net, like the Faith Practices for Families Ebook Collection.

Kids Corner: The Power of Prayer - Check out this week’s kids’ devotion at www.kidscorner.net. When kids pray, it makes a difference! Sometimes, we might think that God only hears grown-up prayers, but God also wants kids to care about and pray for our families and friends. Check out all the great content at kidscorner.net, like the Faith Practices for Families Ebook Collection.

Kids Corner: Spontaneous Prayers - Check out this week’s kids’ devotion at www.kidscorner.net. We don’t have to wait until Sunday to talk with God, or pray to him only at mealtimes. Ephesians 6:18 says to “never stop praying.” We can pray to God anytime. Check out all the great content at kidscorner.net, like the Faith Practices for Families Ebook Collection.

Groundwork: Christian Engagement in Societal Issues - Together, let’s delve into the complexities of Christian engagement in societal issues. Join our Groundwork conversation as we study Romans 13:1-7, 1 Peter 2:13-17, Romans 3:10-12, and James 2:1-9 to discover practical insights and biblical wisdom to help us discern what it means to faithfully engage and embrace our role in shaping a more just and God-honoring society. Listen now at GroundworkOnline.com and subscribe to Groundwork's weekly emails for future episodes.

Groundwork: Adopt the Mindset of Christ - As Christians, many of us long to make the world a better place. Join our Groundwork conversation as we study Philippians 2:1-11, Matthew 22:15-45, 1 Peter 2:21-23, and Matthew 20:24-28 to study the servant mindset Jesus modeled. Together we’ll glean biblical wisdom for discerning the relationship between faith and power and we’ll discuss the importance of developing Christlikeness. Listen now at GroundworkOnline.com and subscribe to Groundwork's weekly emails for future episodes.

CRC Communications

Grand Rapids Office Open House - As the Christian Reformed Church prepares to move out of the denominational office building at the corner of Kalamazoo Ave. and 28th Street in Grand Rapids, we invite you to join us for a time of thanksgiving and worship. See how God has used this space for over 65 years, and join us in praising him for all that has taken place. All are welcome. Join us at 1700 28th Street SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49508, on Thursday, June 27, 2024, for an open house 5:00 pm through 7:00 pm, with a service of thanksgiving at 6:00 pm.

Resonate Global Mission

Position Opening - Resonate Global Mission is hiring! We seek a full time Leadership Developer - E Asia Region. The successful candidate will work in collaboration with local partners to plant a diverse, locally-rooted, and globally connected congregation among the diaspora and Japanese people to faithfully proclaim and live out the good news of Jesus. The focus from the beginning will also be to walk with and develop local leaders who collaborate in creating the faith community. Learn more and apply at https://crcna.pinpointhq.com/

Diaconal Ministries Canada

Volunteer Opportunity - Are you eager to make a positive contribution to your local CRC church and classis so that the ministries there can thrive? Do you long to see communities reached with Christ's transformational love through the ministry of the deacons? Then become a board member with Diaconal Ministries Canada! For over 20 years, Diaconal Ministries has been equipping and supporting deacons in the CRC in Canada. We are currently searching for a Board Member for Classis Niagara. If you would like to receive more information on this role or if you would like to submit your interest, please contact our Communications Coordinator, Erin Knight, at [email protected]. She'd love to connect with you and let you know more about this meaningful volunteer opportunity!