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Special Note for Bulletin Editors and Church Administrators:

Sunday, May 19, is Pentecost, as well as an offering day for Resonate Global Mission. 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! Learn more and find resources for both occasions at crcna.org/ChurchYear.

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World Renew

Thank You for Your Women of Hope Offering - Thank you for joining World Renew for Women of Hope Sunday and generously supporting our Maternal and Child Health Program. Your gift helps us provide vulnerable mothers with the training and resources they need to protect the health of their families. And World Renew believes that healthy families help build thriving communities. Thank you for sharing Christ’s hope with mothers, their families, and communities. To learn more about World Renew's community health programs, please visit: worldrenew.ca/community-health

Thank you for supporting Women of Hope - Thank you for your generous gifts for women worldwide through World Renew on Mother’s Day. Your support for our Women of Hope offering is equipping women with lifelong strength and health. As a result, you are helping their families and communities fulfill God’s desire to see all people flourish. For more information or to give, go to worldrenew.net/womenofhope.

Diaconal Ministries Canada

NewGround - Thanks to our supporters' prayers and generosity, NewGround has been cultivating community impact across Canada for almost 50 years! Last year, Diaconal Ministries received applications to the program totalling over $90,000. Because Christian Reformed Churches held offerings and individual donors gave generously, we were able to say "Yes!" to more churches longing to share God's love in their local community. Thank you for your prayers and support! You are helping us and our partners make a difference. Together we can continue to help transform communities for God's glory! To donate once or monthly, visit our website (diaconalministries.com/donate), send an e-transfer to [email protected] OR donate through your CRC church. Questions? Visit diaconalministries.com/newground and/or email our fundraising coordinator, Kathrin, at [email protected].

The Banner

Banner Writing Contest for Young Adults: Peacemaking - Cash prizes and winners published; enter by June 23. For details visit thebanner.org.

Indigenous Ministry

Hearts Exchanged - Hearts Exchanged is all about going beyond the headlines into deep work that wrestles with how our churches can become places of belonging and embrace God’s call to reconciliation with Indigenous neighbours. Virtual and in-person cohorts will take place this fall and now is a great time to learn more and sign up at: crcna.org/hearts-exchanged

Craving Indigenous Recipes? - What happens when two cultures exchange hearts (and culinary traditions)? We’ll find out when we commemorate National Indigenous People's Day on June 21 and our church celebrates Indigenous Ministries with a special Sunday offering on June 23! The CRC's Indigenous Ministries are delighted to offer a collection of authentic recipes to those who support this vital ministry. Visit bit.ly/NIPD2024 to find out more.

Deep Fried Togetherness - What do Dutch oliebollen and Indigenous doughnuts have in common? We’ll find out when we commemorate National Indigenous People's Day on June 21 and our church celebrates Indigenous Ministries with a special Sunday offering on June 23. In the meantime, the CRC’s Indigenous Ministries are offering a collection of recipes to anyone who gives a gift in support of this important ministry. Visit bit.ly/NIPD2024 to find out more.

Reconciliation through Recipes - Looking for a prize-winning chili recipe? How about bannock bread inspired by Indigenous traditions? The CRC’s Indigenous Ministries are offering a collection of recipes to anyone who gives a gift of any size in support of their important justice and reconciliation work. Visit bit.ly/NIPD2024 to find out more.

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.

ReFrame Ministries

Hiring! Donor Relations Manager Grand Rapids, MI - ReFrame Ministries is seeking a donor relations manager. The successful 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 in support of the ministry. Learn more and apply at crcna.pinpointhq.com

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.

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: The Promised Gift: Pentecost - Check out this week’s kids’ devotion at www.kidscorner.net. When Jesus was about to return to heaven to be with his Father, he reminded his disciples of the gift his Father had promised them. Did you know that the same gift is promised to you as well? God sends his Holy Spirit to everyone who believes in Jesus. It’s an old promise that is still good for you today! Check out all the great content at kidscorner.net, like the KC Bible Story Podcasts.

Kids Corner: Who Is Number One? - Check out this week’s kids’ devotion at www.kidscorner.net. What does it mean to live with humility? It means we realize that we’re not better than others. It means we think of God’s way instead of our own way. Check out all the great content at kidscorner.net, like the KC Bible Story Podcasts.

Kids Corner: Hearing God's Voice - Check out this week’s kids’ devotion at www.kidscorner.net. Have you ever wondered how you can hear God? After all, the Bible tells us to listen to him (Matthew 17:5), and he spoke to so many people, like Jonah (Jonah 1:1-2), Moses (Exodus 3:1-15), and Abraham (Genesis 18:13-14). Nowadays, he doesn’t usually speak to us the same way, even though he can. Instead, God usually connects with us through the Bible, his creation, and other Christians. Check out all the great content at kidscorner.net, like the Summertime Collection.

Kids Corner: Praying Together - Check out this week’s kids’ devotion at www.kidscorner.net. When we pray together, we get to have a conversation not just with the people around us but with God, too. We get to hear and be sad about people's struggles. We get to celebrate with our happy friends. It’s what makes us like a family. Check out all the great content at kidscorner.net, like the Summertime Collection.

Groundwork: Salvation Through Jesus Christ Alone - As the Christian faith spread, the Apostle Paul often wrote letters to churches he planted to help clarify and solidify his teachings. Join Groundwork as we begin a study of his letter to the church in Galatia by studying Galatians 1. Together, we’ll study Paul’s teaching about salvation and let it continue to encourage our faith and strengthen our commitment to Christ today. Listen now at GroundworkOnline.com and subscribe to Groundwork's weekly emails for future episodes.

Other

Libertas Male Choir Concerts - Canceled - We regret to inform you that, due to unforeseen circumstances, the Libertas Male Choir Spring Concert Series has been cancelled. We would appreciate it if you could share this information with friends and family who may not be on social media and were planning to attend any of the concerts (Elora Knox Presbyterian Church on Thursday, May 30; Knox Presbyterian Church on Friday, May 31; or Mountainview CRC on Saturday, June 1). We will make the necessary refunds for ticket sales. Thank you. Team Libertas.

Thrive

Thrive Faith Formation Tip - Families, check out the free downloadable resource 5 Ways to Pray with Kids—tinyurl.com/5WaysPray. Here’s one of those ways to pray: have each person create a shape that represents what they’d like to pray about. Lego bricks, play dough, or pipe cleaners work well! Then pray about those things together. Learn more at crcna.org/FaithPracticesProject

Thrive Faith Formation Tip - When praying with children, try this kid-friendly version of the “ACTS” model, replacing Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, and Supplication with these prompts: “God, you are . . . ” “I’m sorry for . . . ” “Thank you for . . . ” “Please . . . ” Learn more at crcna.org/FaithPracticesProject

Thrive Faith Formation Tip - The faith practice of wonder helps us glimpse with surprise just how creative, faithful, good, big, and present God is. Each day this week, look for at least one of these God-glimpses and share them with someone. Learn more at crcna.org/FaithPracticesProject

Thrive Faith Formation Tip - William Brown, author of Sacred Sense: Discovering the Wonder of God’s Word and World, observed, “Wonder and wisdom fit hand in glove. Without a sense of wonder, faith and practice become routine, lukewarm, trivial.” Learn more at crcna.org/FaithPracticesProject

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