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Special Note for Bulletin Editors and Church Administrators:

The suggested offering on February 5 is for Race Relations. Race Relations works to resource congregations and members of the Christian Reformed Church as we dismantle the causes and effects of racism within the body of believers and throughout the world. Find resources to mark this special Sunday at crcna.org/churchyear

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Indigenous Ministry

Free Concert: Featuring Jonathan Maracle - Join Meadowlands Fellowship CRC for this in-person concert on February 11th at 7:30pm. Jonathan is a Spirit-led worship leader/singer-songwriter with a big and beautiful voice. He is also a passionate storyteller. He integrates his Christian faith as a Mohawk follower of Jesus with the traditional sounds of Indigenous music. RSVP at bit.ly/MaracleConcert2023

Faith Formation

At-home Family Faith Formation Tip - Looking for creative ways to pray with kids? Check out the free resource 5 Ways to Pray with Kids from DWELL At Home at tinyurl.com/5wayspray. (Tip from Faith Formation; bit.ly/CRCFaithFormation)

At-Home Family Faith Formation Tip - Rain For Roots is a collective of songwriters that includes Sandra McCracken, Katy Bowser, Ellie Holcomb, and Flo Paris. They came together around a single vision: to make new Scripture songs for children, centered around the poetry of Sally Lloyd-Jones (author of The Jesus Storybook Bible). Inspired by traditional folk melodies, Rain for Roots makes new, timeless songs about the old gospel Story. Check them out at RainforRoots.com. (Tip from Faith Formation; bit.ly/CRCFaithFormation)

At-Home Faith Formation Tip - Wearing ashes on one’s forehead on Ash Wednesday is a symbol of repentance. At home, invite each person to write an action for which they want forgiveness on a slip of paper. Burn the papers, saving the ashes. Talk with kids about the fact that repentance is more than saying “I’m sorry”—it means asking God to change our heart and mind. (Tip from Faith Formation; bit.ly/CRCFaithFormation)

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.

God Made us Different...On Purpose! - Check out the new kids’ devotion at www.kidscorner.net. The Bible says that each of us—differences and all—is created in the image of God. God wants us to love one another and talk about how we can grow together with all our differences. Check out all the great content at kidscorner.net like the Kids Corner Valentine Cards.

God's Idea of Justice - Check out this week’s kids’ devotion at www.kidscorner.net. Imagine that you see someone being bullied. Do you just watch, or turn away, or do you try to help the person being bullied? How does God want you to respond? What is God’s idea of justice? Check out all the great content at kidscorner.net like the Kids Corner Valentine Cards.

Groundwork: Stay Faithful to God, Serve the Lord - In Joshua’s farewell speech to the Israelites he recalls that all his strength, successful leadership, and victories are God’s doing. He urges Israel to remember it too. Join Groundwork as we study Joshua 23-24 and discuss how we can continue to remember our promise-keeping God and all he has done for us through the work of Jesus Christ. Listen now at GroundworkOnline.com and subscribe to Groundwork's weekly emails for future episodes.

Safe Church

Annual Inter-Classis Safe Church Conference - Classis Huron’s annual inter-classis safe church event is happening in person again this year! Join us on Saturday, March 4, 2023, 9:00 am - 3:30 pm at Waterloo CRC, Waterloo, Ontario. Dr. Amanda Benckhuysen, Ministry Team Leader for Safe Church, will speak on “The Use and Misuse of Power in the Church.“ Christian Horizons Education Director Steve Snider ‘s presentation will focus on supporting a person living with a disability. Carol Penner will present on “Repentance and Accountability: Forgiveness is Not the First Step.” For more information and registration go to https://www.wmott.ca/scc

Two-Day Training: Becoming a Restorative Congregation - On March 24th-25th (a Friday/Saturday) in Burlington, Ontario, Congregational Ministries will offer a two-day training in Restorative Practice for Faith Communities. Participants will learn how to design and facilitate proactive listening circles for a variety of topics and occasions. You'll also learn how to incorporate restorative practices to enrich interpersonal relationships, small groups, teams, congregational life, and many other contexts. To find out more and to register go to https://bit.ly/RPontariotraining

Calvin University

Save the Date! - The Calvin Center for Faith & Writing is delighted to welcome Lisa Sharon Harper for a free lecture at 7 p.m. Thursday, February 9, at the Center for Community Transformation (1530 Madison Ave SE, Grand Rapids 49507). Harper is the best-selling author of a number of books, including the best-selling The Very Good Gospel. Named by The Huffington Post as a powerful woman leader, Harper is host of the Freedom Road Podcast, cohost of The FOUR Podcast, and author of a weekly column on Substack, “The Truth Is…”. Her most recent book, Fortune: How Race Broke My Family And The World–And How To Repair It All, traces Black experience in the United States from the 1600s onwards, mapping American history onto her own ancestry. It is a deeply compelling book—and it will form the basis of her time with us.

Social Justice

Film Premier - Join us for the premier of “This is Hunting Park” on March 4th, 2023. This new documentary from Climate Witness Project tells the story of how faith leaders, local non-profits, and community activists are fighting climate injustice in the Philadelphia neighborhood of Hunting Park. The film screening is from 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM EST at 4261 North 5th Street Philadelphia, PA 19140.

Other

Libertas Male Choir in Spring Concert - Join director Martin Mans, pianist Joyce Postmus, and organist André Knevel and the Libertas Male Choir on April 14, 2023, at Drayton Reformed Church, Drayton, ON at 7.30 PM or April 15, 2023, at Covenant Canadian Reformed Church, Grassie, ON at 7.30 PM. Order tickets at www.libertas voices.com. Want to participate? Sing with us in 2023! New for this year, join for the full year or on a series only basis. Inquiries from new members are most welcome. Our June (12-17) concerts welcome the audience favourite, Urker Mans Formatie! Now is the time to join as a member; contact us at [email protected] or call 905-745-5609. Full rehearsal concert schedule: libertasvoices.com

Libertas Male Choir in Spring Concert - Join director Martin Mans, pianist Joyce Postmus, and organist André Knevel and the Libertas Male Choir on April 14, 2023, at Drayton Reformed Church, Drayton, ON at 7.30 PM or April 15, 2023, at Covenant Canadian Reformed Church, Grassie, ON at 7.30 PM. Order tickets at www.libertas voices.com.

Sing with Martin Mans and the Libertas Male Choir in 2023! - New for this year, join for the full year or, on a series only basis. Inquiries from new members are most welcome as we anticipate concerts on April 14 & April 15, 2023. Not to be missed, our June (12-17) concerts welcome the audience favourite, Urker Mans Formatie! Now is the time to join as a member; contact us at [email protected] or call 905-745-5609. Full rehearsal concert schedule: libertasvoices.com

Covenant Furniture Ministry - collects furniture and household items to assist local churches and agencies in helping those in need. We are low in inventory right now and need your assistance. If you have items to donate, please call Bob at 616-706-7854 . Thank you for being Jesus’ hands and feet in a hurting world!

Diaconal Ministries Canada

NewGround - NewGround is a program of Diaconal Ministries Canada that empowers churches to be courageous and creative with ministry opportunities in their community. Our partners are stretched across Canada and they are showing and sharing the love of Christ and growing God’s Kingdom in beautiful ways! This year, NewGround Sunday is scheduled for May 7th - but churches can hold their offering any time throughout the year! Please prayerfully consider how you can support other Canadian CRCs and ministries by giving generously to NewGround. Visit our website (diaconalministries.com/newground) or our Facebook page (@diaconalministries) for more information. Thank you for your ongoing support!

Position Opening - Diaconal Ministries Canada is currently searching for an Administrative/Financial Coordinator (30 hours/week). This person will provide financial and administrative support to Diaconal Ministries Canada and all of its staff, board, and committees. This is a hybrid position, with proximity to the CRCNA Burlington office required. For a full job description, including compensation, visit our website: diaconalministries.com/our-team/careers-opportunities/. Start date is immediate.

Race Relations

Today is Race Relations Sunday - Please consider giving your offerings today to help strengthen the CRCNA’s work in Race Relations. They resource and educate congregations as together we dismantle the causes and effects of racism within the body of believers and throughout the world. You can give online at: crcna.org/Race/Donate

CRC Communications

Going to the Worship Symposium? - All CRC church leaders attending CICW's worship symposium are welcome to gather during the 9:45-10:30 coffee time on Friday (Feb. 10) in the lobby of Calvin Seminary. It will be a great opportunity to meet each other and also some of the staff of congregational ministries. See you there!

Are You Using the Prayer Guide? - We know prayer is important, both for you as you pray and for the person or cause for whom you pray. Not sure who or what to pray for? Ministries in the CRCNA contribute brief prayer items for each day of the year. Use the Prayer Guide to pray through them each month. Find email sign-up links and printable pages at crcna.org/get-involved/pray

Prayer Changes Things - We know prayer is powerful; it can change hearts, relationships, and circumstances. In the Prayer Guide you'll find daily items of thanks, praise, request, and lament that can remind you and your fellow church members that God is in control, and cares for his world and all people. Sign up or print PDF pages to share at crcna.org/get-involved/pray

Pastor Church Resources

Offering for Pastor Church Resources - On Sunday, February 19, we’ll be taking a collection for Pastor Church Resources (PCR). This ministry focuses on the health and wellbeing of pastors, ministry leaders, congregations, and classes. Your gift enables PCR to resource, encourage, and support CRC churches and leaders in significant ways.