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September 25 is Abuse Awareness Sunday. Need support with the task of making your church safe and free from abuse? Safe Church can help. This year our Abuse Awareness theme is Safe Church Basics: 5 Steps to a Safe Church. Find links to Abuse Awareness Sunday resources and effective tools for this important work at crcna.org/ChurchYear.

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Faith Formation

At-home Faith Formation Tip - At-home Faith Formation Tip: What faith practices shape your life and the lives of the people who share your home? “It’s easy for us to think that we create our habits, but our habits also create us. The faith-forming things that we do together deeply affect the way we think and act. Because of this, consistently committing to your faith practices as a family has a significant impact.” —from Dear Parent: A Guide for Family Faith Formation, by Laura Keeley and Robert J. Keeley, available at FaithAliveResources.org. (Tip from CRCNA Faith Formation; crcna.org/FaithFormation)

Learn to Build Faith At Your Church Through Storytelling - In the Bible, God often uses stories to tell us who God is. We are part of his story and it’s important for us to see our story in his story. Help your church build relationships between generations, see how God is working in the faith of God’s people, and more. Join us for the Sharing Stories to Build Faith cohort this fall. crcna.org/FaithFormation/cohorts

At-home Faith Formation Tip - Thankfulness is an important faith practice. Each day between now and Thanksgiving, notice the things in your life that you can give thanks for. Write those things on slips of paper and collect them in a jar or box to read during your Thanksgiving celebration. Also visit tinyurl.com/ThanksPsalms for some beautiful Psalm printables you can use to decorate your Thanksgiving table. (Tip from Faith Formation; bit.ly/CRCFaithFormation)

At-home Faith Formation Tip - Everyday Family Faith is a pocket-sized resource for parents and caregivers who want to weave faith into everyday family life in simple, natural ways. For each day of the week it provides fun, do-able ideas and activities for exploring small portions of Scripture, praying together, talking about God together, and living out faith. Check it out at FaithAliveResources.org. (Tip from Faith Formation; bit.ly/CRCFaithFormation)

At-home Faith Formation Tip - The Building Blocks of Faith are four statements that, when they become increasingly true for a person, indicate that his or her faith is growing -- I belong to Jesus and to his body, the church. I know and understand the story of God’s faithfulness, of which I am a part. I have hope, through Christ, in all of God’s promises. I am called to work in God’s kingdom, and I am equipped to do that work. -- What opportunities do the people in your household have to grow in each of these ways? For more on the Building Blocks, visit crcna.org/FaithFormation/toolkits/building-blocks-faith. (Tip from Faith Formation; bit.ly/CRCFaithFormation)

Other

Tour the Biblical Lands of Israel - March 6 – March 17, 2023. 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: 1 289 877 8433 or e-mail: [email protected]

Libertas Male Choir - Directed by Martin Mans; Accompanists: Joyce Postmus and Hugo Van der Meij. Join us October 26, 2022 at 7pm for a concert at Crosspoint CRC, 444 Steeles Ave. W., Brampton, ON. Tickets are $20; seating is limited. For information, call 905-745-5609.

Libertas Male Choir: Music and Dinner Night - Directed by Martin Mans. Accompanists: Joyce Postmus and Hugo Van der Meij. Join us October 27, 2022 for dinner at 5:30 pm ($80 per person) or for the concert only at 8:00 pm ($25 per person) at The Oxford, 184 Oxford Street in Ingersoll, ON. Special guests: Alumni Choir, directed by Johann VanIttersum and accompanied by Sarah Kenter. For tickets call 905-745-5609 or 905-522-0001. Email and e-transfer: [email protected] Tag: Libertas.

Libertas Christmas Concerts: Save the Date - Looking forward to the music of the Christmas season? Save the dates for Libertas Christmas Concerts on December 1,2,3, 2022 in Central Presbyterian Church in Cambridge, Central Presbyterians Church in Hamilton and Knox Presbyterian Church in Woodstock. https://libertasvoices.com/

Explore TDChristian - What do you want when choosing a high school for your child? You want a school where each student is known and valued. You want a friendly, supportive atmosphere. You want caring teachers who engage students in dynamic learning. You want a school where serving God and one's neighbours is at the core of our existence. TDChristian’s Fall Open House is Thursday, October 13 at 6:30 pm. Meet students and teachers, tour our innovative and beautiful building, ask questions, and see why YOU BELONG HERE. RSVP at https://info.tdchristian.ca/open-house/

Calvin University

Calvin University Inauguration - Calvin University will inaugurate its 12th president on Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2022. We invite you to join in person or watch online as we welcome Dr. Wiebe Boer and celebrate the legacy and future of Calvin. The ceremony will take place at 4:00pm Eastern in the Van Noord Arena (Calvin's campus, Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA). Watch calvin.edu/go/inauguration for information and events leading up to the Inauguration.

Tutoring Available - Want to raise your SAT or ACT score? Know someone who does? Sign up for EXCEL at Calvin University for small group tutoring led by current Calvin students with exceptional scores at calvin.edu/go/excel. Email [email protected] with any questions!

Parkinson's Disease in an Era of Personalized Medicine - On Thursday, Nov. 17 at 7:00pm, at Calvin University Chapel, Join Maggie Caulfield, PhD, for a presentation about Parkinson’s disease and advances in neurodegenerative therapy. You'll learn about what happens in the brains of people living with Parkinson's disease and how that understanding helps in the development of treatments. Co-sponsors: Calvin University and MSU College of Human Medicine

Scriptoria Writers’ Workshop - The Scriptoria Writers’ Workshop welcomes all writers to its 2023 incarnation, to be held at Calvin University on June 19-23, 2023. Come spend a week of writing workshops, craft classes, meetings with editors and agents, and lectures and readings from our guest writers: Leslie Leyland Fields, Maurice Manning, Vinita Hampton Wright, Patrice Gopo, and others. Visit www.scriptoriaworkshop.org/home or contact Gary D. Schmidt at [email protected] for more information.

Speech Services - Would you or someone you know benefit from speech services? Calvin University Speech & Hearing Clinic is looking for virtual clients for our spring semester (mid-January through the end of April). We can help clients of all ages who are living in Michigan, Arizona, Colorado, and California. The clinic is donations-based, and no doctor’s referral is necessary. For more information or to fill out an application, go to https://calvin.edu/go/speechclinic

World Renew

World Renew Invites You: Celebrating 60 Years of God’s Faithfulness! - On Saturday, Oct. 22, beginning at 7:00 PM at Holland Homes, Brampton, the World Renew family and friends will be gathering to celebrate 60 years of ministry together. This will be a time of worship and fellowship as we reflect on the past and anticipate the future, as well as an opportunity to reflect the generosity of our God through our own giving. Join us as we imagine more. See you there! Visit worldrenew.ca/60 for more information.

World Renew Invites You: Celebrating 60 Years of God’s Faithfulness! - On Saturday, October 1st, at 7 PM at Calvin CRC in Ottawa, World Renew family and friends will be gathering to celebrate 60 years of ministry together. This will be a time of worship and fellowship as we reflect on the past and anticipate the future, as well as an opportunity to reflect the generosity of our God through our own giving. Join us as we imagine more. See you there! Please visit https://bit.ly/Ottawa60 to RSVP.

World Renew Invites You: Celebrating 60 Years of God’s Faithfulness! - On Saturday, October 15, at Redeemer University, the World Renew family and friends will be gathering to celebrate 60 years of ministry together. This will be a time of worship and fellowship as we reflect on the past and anticipate the future, as well as an opportunity to reflect the generosity of our God through our own giving. Join us as we imagine more. Join us that evening, starting at 7 pm. See you there! Visit worldrenew.ca/60 for more information.

Give Thanks and Share Hope on Thanksgiving Day - In two weeks, join World Renew and Free A Family® participants in giving thanks to God for the generosity that is helping families to journey away from hunger, poverty, and injustice. Through your gifts to the Free A Family® program you help share Christ’s hope with families by providing training in climate-adaptive agriculture and income-generating activities, improving access to community health support, and teaching through the peace and justice curriculum to encourage self-learning and healing. For more information, go to: worldrenew.ca/free-a-family

Help Open Doors to Blessings for Vulnerable Families this Thanksgiving - Next week we celebrate Thanksgiving and one way to give thanks for all of God’s blessings is to answer his call to care for the vulnerable. Through World Renew’s Free A Family® program, Merlyn in Honduras, has benefitted from training in climate-smart agriculture, small business management, and more. She says, “God opened a door to blessings for my family! We are better physically, economically, and spiritually.” Through our gifts and offerings to World Renew, we can help open doors to blessings for more families like Merlyn’s. To learn more, visit: www.worldrenew.ca/free-a-family

Join World Renew in Giving Thanks with Today’s Offering - Happy Thanksgiving! Through World Renew’s Free A Family®️ program, Sandress and Loyce in Zambia joined a village savings and loans group which helped bless their family immensely. Sandress says, “Prior to 2018, we used to have one meal a day...We are now able to have three balanced meals every day.” Thanks be to God! Please give generously to the Free A Family®️ program on Thanksgiving Day, to help families in communities where World Renew works around the world eat better, stay healthier, and overcome poverty for the long-term. To become a monthly donor, call 1-888-WRLD-RNW or go online to: worldrenew.ca/free-a-family

A Message of Gratitude from World Renew - Thank you for your Thanksgiving gifts! World Renew is so grateful for your church and the gifts to the Free A Family®️ program. Through your generosity you have shared Christ’s hope with families struggling with poverty and hunger. Your gifts help families to thrive spiritually, physically, and economically. To learn more about how compassion like yours helps World Renew in our mission to pursue justice and mercy, please visit: worldrenew.ca

Position Opening: Visual Designer - The purpose of the Visual Designer is to ensure brand consistency across World Renew Canada and create visual communications that tell an accurate and compelling story of World Renew's work. For more information on this exciting opportunity and how to apply, please visit https://worldrenew.net/careers

Position Opening: Program Manager - Direct and Digital Marketing - This position is a vital part of World Renew's Canadian Marketing and Communications team. This position is responsible for leading the strategic direction of direct marketing. Develop, implement, and evaluate digital marketing and communications strategies so that World Renew’s constituents are inspired, educated, and motivated to ever increasing levels of engagement and financial support of the vision and mission of the CORE team and World Renew. Both email and direct mail will be used for these appeals, segmenting the general donor base for targeted and timed appeals. For more information on this position, please visit https://worldrenew.ca/careers

ReFrame Ministries

Family Fire - 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.

Making Peace - Check out the kids’ devotion at www.kidscorner.net. What if your mom or dad asked you to “Go make peace” instead of “Go say you’re sorry”? Would that look different? Would you feel different? Listen now at kidscorner.net and check out all the new content.

Indispensable in God's Eyes - Check out the kids’ devotion at www.kidscorner.net. God says something very important about those of us who are weak. He says we are indispensable. How can you make someone who is different from you feel indispensable today? Listen now at kidscorner.net and check out all the new content.

Who is Welcome - Check out the kids’ devotion at www.kidscorner.net. Our churches are homes too. They are a home for our church family, a place where we learn about and worship God. How can you help your church family members feel like they belong today? Listen now at kidscorner.net and check out all the new content.

Groundwork: Jesus Teaches about Entering God's Kingdom, False Prophets, and Strong Foundations - As we conclude our study of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount, let’s examine his warnings and encouragement for our faith. Join Groundwork as we study Matthew 7:13-29 to hear what Jesus says we should be aware of to keep our eyes and hearts rooted in him. Listen now at GroundworkOnline.com and subscribe to Groundwork's weekly emails for future episodes.

Diaconal Ministries Canada, Disability Concerns, Safe Church

"Helping Without Harming in Community and Global Engagement" Workshop - Your Classis Ontario Southwest Diaconal Committee is excited to host this valuable workshop, led by World Renew Canada and Diaconal Ministries Canada! Participants will learn how to help alleviate poverty and address injustice through effective engagement in their local community. Discover how food banks, deacon funds, short-term service trips and other benevolent activities can be more meaningful and have a greater impact. This workshop is for every ministry team in your church, particularly your deacons! Join us at Grace CRC in Chatham, ON, on Saturday, October 22, 2022, from 9:30am to 2:30pm. A $10 donation is recommended to cover lunch and refreshments. Seating is limited so register today! Visit https://bit.ly/3Bb8Mml or diaconalministries.com/events for more information and to save your spot! Questions? Contact John KG, Diaconal Coach for Classis Ontario SW, at [[email protected]; 519-485-3271] OR Jeff Robinson at [[email protected]; 519-773-7235].

Race Relations

All Nations Heritage Sunday - October 2 - Next week is All Nations Heritage Sunday and we’ll celebrate the multicultural church of Christ. Consider giving now to the All Nations Heritage Scholarship Fund that provides financial assistance for students of various ethnic minorities attending universities affiliated with the CRC. Check out the website: crcna.org/AllNations

Today Is All Nations Heritage Sunday - On All Nations Heritage Sunday we celebrate the multicultural church of Christ. You can support ethnic minority leadership in the church by giving to the All Nations Heritage Scholarship Fund provided by the CRC Office of Race Relations. It provides financial assistance for students of various ethnic minorities who attend universities affiliated with the CRC. Please designate your offering today or give online at: crcna.org/Race/Give

Social Justice

New: Faith in Action Online Course - Advocacy matters! When we speak out, we reflect the biblical call to work towards a just world in which structures and institutions give all of creation the opportunity to thrive. This online course can help you talk with your elected officials about the issues you care about. Find it at learn.crcna.org