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Happy Father's Day! June 16, 2024, is also Refugee Sunday for World Renew (Canada). 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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Indigenous Ministry

Next week is National Indigenous People’s Day - As our congregation commemorates this important day next Sunday, we’ll be learning what happens when two cultures exchange hearts (and culinary traditions). In the meantime, we encourage you to visit bit.ly/NIPD2024 and learn more about the work of the CRC’s Indigenous Ministries, which will be our offering cause next week.

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.

Thrive

Thrive Faith Formation Tip - Albert Einstein said, “There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle; the other is as though everything is a miracle.” How might you become more attentive to God’s miraculous work all around you? Learn more at crcna.org/FaithPracticesProject

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

World Renew

Give the Gift of Safety and Belonging - As conflict and violence continue to drive people out of their homelands in search of safety and a new beginning, families are facing increasing challenges, and many grow hopeless as they struggle to find safe shelter and a sense of normalcy. Refugees who settle in Canada often speak of the pure joy they find in knowing that they are safe. They bring with them their determination and resilience and become valuable members of their new communities. Today is Refugee Sunday. Through your gift to support the World Renew Refugee Sponsorship and Resettlement Program, you can help change the story of hardship and heartbreak to one of joy and belonging for refugees. To donate, call 1-888-WRLD-RNW or go online to: worldrenew.ca/refugees

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

Find Your Next Purpose with World Renew Disaster Response Services! - Have you reached retirement and are wondering, “What does God have for my future?” Find your purpose in this next stage of life and become a World Renew Disaster Response Services volunteer! Your skills in cooking, reconstruction work, relationship building, and more will make a difference as we bring healing and hope to disaster survivors across North America. Learn more about joining our volunteer community today by contacting DRS at [email protected] or 800-848-5818!

World Renew Nicaragua Young Adults Trip - Calling all young adults age 18-30! World Renew extends an invitation to join us in Nicaragua this summer from August 2-11! We are recruiting young adults to experience God in another culture, developing a perspective on poverty, missions, and community development. Bursaries are available. Registration deadline is June 28, 2024. Limited space available. To learn more about this trip and to register, visit: https://bit.ly/nicaraguaflyer

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.

Calvin Academy for Lifelong Learning (CALL) - CALL at Calvin University is a robust and impactful program with over 1,000 members (40% not Calvin grads). This 26-year-old program offers a plethora of interesting classes that meet for four weeks or less, domestic and international travel opportunities, and local day trips. To receive our fall catalog with our next offerings, email [email protected].

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: Father's Day - Check out this week’s kids’ devotion at www.kidscorner.net. This week, when you celebrate your earthly father or other good men in your life, remember all the good things he does for you. Also, take some time to celebrate your heavenly Father. He is always there for you, no matter what. Check out all the great content at kidscorner.net, like the Summertime Collection.

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 Civility: Defending Our Faith without Being Defensive - How do we disagree without being disagreeable, or handle conflicts when people slander or talk against us? Join Groundwork as we study 1 Peter 3:8-17 and Titus 3:1-11 to seek biblical wisdom for responding to and navigating a divisive culture in faithful and Christlike ways. Listen now at GroundworkOnline.com and subscribe to Groundwork's weekly emails for future episodes.

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

Hiring! Donor Engagement Manager Resonate Global Mission - The Manager is responsible for leading a best-in-class team of fundraisers to generate financial support by developing relationships with current and prospective donors. The Manager will provide leadership and supervision to the bi-national donor engagement team and provide analysis and financial reporting of fundraising programs. Apply at crcna.pinpointhq.com

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/