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October 2 is All Nations Heritage Sunday. Race Relations is dedicated to bringing more diversity into the future leadership of the denomination through the All Nations Heritage scholarship fund. Applicants are students of various ethnic minorities and members of CRCNA congregations who plan to, or who are currently pursuing their educational goals at higher learning institutions affiliated with the CRCNA. Your donations will grow this fund and help this endeavor. Find resources to celebrate our multicultural heritage at crcna.org/ChurchYear.

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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). Visit calvin.edu/go/inauguration for information, a schedule of events, and a link to the livestream.

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

Stewardship and Sustainability Class - Seymour Christian Reformed Church (840 Alger Street, Grand Rapids, Michigan) is hosting a Stewardship and Sustainability discussion class on Wednesday nights: October 5 and 19; November 2, 16, and 30; and December 14 from 6:15-7:45. The class is led by Calvin University engineering professors Jeremy VanAntwerp and Matthew K. Heun based on their new book A Framework for Sustainability Thinking. The class is open to anyone in the area who is interested in the topic.

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.

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: God Always Cares and Never Leaves - What’s one thing we can be sure of in life? That it will change. Whether change is expected or not, it can still be unsettling. Join Groundwork as we study James 1:16-17, Malachi 3:6, Lamentations 3:22-23, Mark 4:35-41, and Jeremiah 29:11 to remind us of God’s constant nature for encouragement in the midst of life’s inevitable changes. Listen now at GroundworkOnline.com and subscribe to Groundwork's weekly emails for future episodes.

Groundwork: God's Perfect Peace - How do we find the strength to say “it is well with our souls,” even when our circumstances leave us feeling uncertain or anxious? Join our Groundwork conversation as we study Isaiah 26:3-4, Jeremiah 6:13-14, and Numbers 6:22-26 to better understand the truth of God’s perfect peace and discover how we can experience it for ourselves, even when our lives aren't very peaceful. Listen now at GroundworkOnline.com and subscribe to Groundwork's weekly emails for future episodes.

Groundwork: God Is Faithful, Consistent, and Keeps His Promises - Trusting in God’s provision can be hard when life seems to constantly change. Join Groundwork as we study Judges 6:33-40, Exodus 34:1-10, Isaiah 53, and Ephesians 2:1-10 to be reminded of God’s faithful and consistent character and discover why his covenant nature means we can be confident he will keep his promises. Listen now at GroundworkOnline.com and subscribe to Groundwork's weekly emails for future episodes.

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.

The Spirit Helps You - Check out the kids’ devotion at www.kidscorner.net. Has someone ever asked you to pray for something? What was it? How did you feel when they asked you? How did you feel after you said “Amen”? Listen now at kidscorner.net and check out all the new content.

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

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

World Renew

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.

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

Celebrating 60 years of World Renew - On Friday, October 14th, 7:00 pm at Talbot Street Church (513 Talbot St, London, ON N6A 2S5), you are invited to join the World Renew family and friends as we gather to celebrate 60 years of ministry together. The event will include worship, fellowship, refreshments, a time of giving, and fun! Join us as we imagine more! See you there! Please RSVP by email to Chris Orme at [email protected]

Faith Formation

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)

Resonate Global Mission

CRCNA Position Openings - The Christian Reformed Church has immediate full-time openings for: a Donor Relations Manager based in Grand Rapids, MI, with Resonate Global Mission, and a Church and Customer Service Connector (Bilingual) anywhere in North America with CRCNA Ministry Support Services. For more details and to apply visit www.crcna.org/jobs

Diaconal Ministries Canada

Board Member Needed - Diaconal Ministries Canada equips and supports deacons in the CRC in Canada. We are currently searching for a Board Member for Classis Niagara. Our Board includes one (1) representative from each of the 12 Canadian Classis in the Christian Reformed Church. Their main goal is to oversee the work of Diaconal Ministries and ensure it is accomplishing its intended outcomes through its programs and resources. A typical Board term is 3 years, which is renewable. Our Board meets 2 times per year (February & October) with 1-2 special meetings, as needed. (Due to Covid, most meetings are online right now.) If you would like to receive more information on this rewarding role or if you would like to submit your interest, please contact Ron Vanden Brink, National Director, at [email protected] He'd love to connect with you!