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Canadian churches: For Labour Day weekend (September 3-5), the Christian Labour Association of Canada (CLAC) Foundation offers churches a bulletin cover focused on the dignity and God-given importance of work. Learn more and download the printable bulletin cover. For printed copies, please email CLAC Foundation Program Manager Dan VanKeeken at [email protected]

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The Bible Tells Me So: Invitation to Join LDN 2022-23 - In the middle of all the deep convictions and confusions of the present moment, The BC LDN (now a 1Life Servant Leadership intensive) continues its mandate to foster a deep and deeply relevant Biblical imagination in the leadership of our BC CRCs. To discern if our 2022-23 year of reading the Old Testament, and practicing various ministry skills its themes invite, is for you, come to our final summer online information evenings on Monday, August 22 from 7:00-8:00 p.m. See crc1life.ca to register and for our curriculum and unique application process. Questions? Email [email protected]

ICS Fall 2022 Courses - Check out the Institute for Christian Studies' Fall 2022 course offerings: Biblical Foundations: Narrative, Wisdom, and the Art of Interpretation offered online on Tuesday evenings; Grace as an Aesthetic Concept offered online on Wednesday afternoons; Imagining the World with Ricoeur offered online on Thursday mornings; and The Craft of Reflective Practice offered online asynchronously with periodic synchronous Zoom meetings. Tuition is $400 for first-time auditors, $600 for returning auditors, and $1500 to take the course for credit. Classes start on September 12; the last day to register is September 16. Email Elizabet Aras at [email protected] for more information or to register!

ICS Fall Courses - Check out the Institute for Christian Studies' Fall 2022 course offerings: Biblical Foundations: Narrative, Wisdom, and the Art of Interpretation (Tuesday evenings); Grace as an Aesthetic Concept (Wednesday afternoons); Imagining the World with Ricoeur (Thursday mornings); The Craft of Reflective Practice (offered online asynchronously with periodic synchronous Zoom meetings). Tuition is $400 for first-time auditors, $600 for returning auditors, and $1500 to take the course for credit. Classes start on September 12; the last day to register is September 16. Email Elizabet Aras at [email protected] for more information or to register!

Position Opening with ASJ: Operations Coordinator - Come work with the Association for a More Just Society! We are looking to hire a full-time Operations Coordinator to effectively manage the communications and organizational processes that sustain justice work. Location: Grand Rapids, Michigan with hybrid work culture. The Operations Coordinator is responsible for implementing comprehensive program strategies, managing internal information management systems, managing office administrative tasks, maintaining and developing ASJ-US's website and advertising, writing stories and communications pieces, and assisting with fundraising event logistics. If you are interested in joining our team, go to https://www.asj-us.org/careers for the full job description and application instructions. If you know someone who would thrive in this role, please share it with them and help us spread the word! ASJ-US is a non-profit organization, made of people striving to be brave Christians, dedicated to doing justice in Honduras and inspiring others around the world to seek justice in their own contexts.

ReFrame Ministries

True Encouragement: Speaking the Truth in Love - Check out the kids’ devotion at www.kidscorner.net. In 1 Corinthians 13, the apostle Paul teaches what it means to give and receive God’s love and how we are to show love to one another. We don’t need to be afraid to share our big feelings. They are important and they matter. When we speak the truth in love, love can handle all things! Listen now at kidscorner.net and check out all the new content.

God's in Control - Not Us - Check out the kids’ devotion at www.kidscorner.net. Before Joshua led the battle at Jericho, the Lord commanded him to be strong and courageous. God promised to be with him. This week, take time to remember all the great things God has done for you. Rest easy that there is no problem too great for our God. Listen now at kidscorner.net and check out all the new content.

Groundwork: Grow as a Disciple of Jesus Christ - God provides his grace and the Holy Spirit for our discipleship journey. Join Groundwork as we study Ephesians 4:7-15, Colossians 2:6-22, and Hebrews 6:1-12 to find out what maturing disciples of Jesus understand and recognize the signs of dynamic discipleship in your own life. Listen now at GroundworkOnline.com and subscribe to Groundwork's weekly emails for future episodes.

Groundwork: When Discipleship Growth Stalls - Sometimes the things we do and say are out of sync with the faith we profess to believe. Study Acts 10:34-48, Galatians 2:11-16, James 1:22-27, 1 John 1:8-10, and Philippians 3:12-14 with Groundwork to understand what God does for us in these situations and what we need to continue growing again as Christ’s disciples today. Listen now at GroundworkOnline.com and subscribe to Groundwork's weekly emails for future episodes.

Groundwork: Discipleship During Life's Tragedies - What happens to our discipleship while we experience grief, pain, frustration, anger, and the many other emotions we experience during these times? Join Groundwork as we study Job 1:13-22, Psalm 56:8, 1 Peter 5:7, and Job 42:10-11 to stay the course of discipleship during life’s tragedies. Listen now at GroundworkOnline.com and subscribe to Groundwork's weekly emails for future episodes.

A Heart for the Hurting - Check out the kids’ devotion at www.kidscorner.net. In 2 Corinthians 1:3-4, Paul describes God as the God who comforts us so that we can comfort others. This week talk to your family about how we can show Jesus’ love to a hurting friend. What does it look like for us to comfort others? Listen now at kidscorner.net and check out all the new content.

Love Your Difficult Neighbor - Check out the kids’ devotion at www.kidscorner.net. God isn’t only concerned with who’s right. He wants us to “...try to live at peace and help each other have a strong faith” (Romans 14:19). Is there someone you need to try to make peace with this week? Listen now at kidscorner.net and check out all the new content.

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.

Diaconal Ministries Canada

Diaconal Coaches Needed! - Are you newly retired (or semi-retired) and/or have a few hours to spare each month? Are you looking for a rewarding way to equip leaders in God's Kingdom? Diaconal Ministries Canada has a network of amazing Diaconal Coaches spread out across the country, ready to serve and support deacons in the CRC. We are currently looking for a few coaches to add to our amazing team, specifically in: Northern BC, the Okanagan region, on Vancouver Island and in Calgary, AB. A Diaconal Coach serves as an equipper and encourager for local diaconates. Coaches do this by holding workshops and training events, by providing relevant resources, and by connecting deacons and churches to local organizations. Coaches receive training and support as well as a modest salary and an expense budget. Want to learn more? Email Rachel at [email protected] or visit our website for more information: diaconalministries.com/diaconalcoaches

Faith Formation Ministries

At-home Faith Practice Reflection Tip - Reflection and Discussion Starter—the Practice of Remembering: Read Hebrews 11:1–12:2 and ponder or discuss the following questions. What do the actions of the people mentioned—such as Noah, Abraham, Sarah, Moses—have in common? What does it mean to act “by faith”? Do you have family “faith stories” that you tell about your parents or other ancestors? If so, what are they? How do you share them with younger generations? (For more on faith practices from Faith Formation Ministries, visit bit.ly/FaithPracticesProject)

At-home Faith Practices Reflection Tip - Reflection and Discussion Starter—the Practice of Service: Read Deuteronomy 10:12-13 and ponder or discuss the following questions. What does serving the Lord “with all your heart and with all your soul” mean to you? How would you know if you were indeed serving God with all your heart and soul? What might be different about your daily life? What might be the same? How would you describe this type of wholehearted service to a child? (For more on faith practices from Faith Formation Ministries, visit bit.ly/FaithPracticesProject)

At-home Faith Practice Reflection Tip - Reflection and Discussion Starter—the Practice of Service: Read Mark 10:42-45 and ponder or discuss the following questions. Do you know someone who is an example of a “servant-leader”? What do you think motivates that person? In what areas of life are you a leader? How can you also serve in those areas? How might you cultivate the heart of a servant in imitation of Jesus? (For more on faith practices from Faith Formation Ministries, visit bit.ly/FaithPracticesProject)

At-home Faith Practice Reflection Tip - Reflection and Discussion Starter—the Practice of Service: Read John 13:3-5, 12-14 and ponder or discuss the following questions. If you were one of the disciples, how do you think you would have felt when Jesus, the Son of God, began to wash your feet? Embarrassed? Unworthy? Awed? Other? In what specific ways can we follow Jesus’ example of servanthood, both individually and as members of a faith community? Whose “feet” might you need to “wash”? (For more on faith practices from Faith Formation Ministries, visit bit.ly/FaithPracticesProject)

Indigenous Ministry

Hearts Exchanged: This Fall - If you have questions about the church and its role in the current and historical relationship with Indigenous peoples, consider participating in the upcoming cohorts of Hearts Exchanged. Find out more details about what's involved and sign up at crcna.org/Hearts-Exchanged

Hearts Exchanged: Participate - Hearts Exchanged is a unique CRC opportunity to learn about reconciliation in a supportive community. Learn more about the details of this experience and how you can get involved this fall. crcna.org/hearts-exchanged

Hearts Exchanged: Northern BC - Calling everyone in Northern BC! There is a group of people already signed up in your area to participate in Hearts Exchanged this fall. Hearts Exchanged is a learning and action journey designed to equip Reformed Christians to engage with Indigenous people as neighbours and fellow image bearers. Sign up to be a part of a circle in your region. crcna.org/hearts-exchanged

Hearts Exchanged: GTA - Calling folks in the GTA! Hearts Exchanged is a learning and action journey designed to equip Reformed Christians to engage with Indigenous people as neighbours and fellow image bearers. There is a group of people already participating from your area. Find out the full details about participating this fall at crcna.org/heart-exchanged

Hearts Exchanged: Alberta - Hello Albertans! Hearts Exchanged is a learning and action journey designed to equip Reformed Christians to engage with Indigenous people as neighbours and fellow image bearers. There is a group of people already participating from your area. Find out the full details about participating this fall at crcna.org/heart-exchanged

Resonate Global Mission

Heading Off to Campus? - As you study, experience a multitude of perspectives and worldviews, and develop new relationships, why not also be part of a diverse community that gathers together to grow in faith and to engage God’s world? There are over 35 CRC Campus Ministries on campuses across North America, comprised of students, faculty, and staff. To find out if there is one on your campus please check www.resonateglobalmission.org/campus-ministry/partner-campus-ministries No campus ministry at your school? You can also locate a nearby CRC here: crcna.org/church-finder For more information about our unique ministries, please contact us at [email protected]

World Renew

World Renew DRS 50th Anniversary Tour - For 50 years, disaster survivors have been met with God’s justice through church and volunteer partnership with World Renew Disaster Response Services. Come and celebrate all God has done at our 50th Anniversary Tour on August 16th from 4-7PM open house style at Redeemer University.

International Disiaster Response - Safeguarding and Social Inclusion Coordinator Job Opportunity - World Renew has a suite of safeguarding policies, including a Complaints Policy. This position will support the rollout of this policy across the breadth of the organization and play a pivotal role in the ongoing development of systems and processes to strengthen and embed a safeguarding culture across the organisation.

Position Opening: International Disaster Response - Senior Project Manager - This position will work to further the impact of World Renew in areas affected by conflict-related humanitarian emergencies. They will work on the development of multi-year proposals and project implementation in areas of chronic emergencies. Working closely with our Ministry Team colleagues and international partners, the incumbent will development proposals that are well formulated and in line with institutional donor requirements.

Position Opening: Regional Director - West Africa - The Regional Director position provides overall direction and leadership to the West Africa regional team (Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone) to achieve World Renew’s vision of community transformation in alignment with World Renew’s values, standards, and global strategic priorities. This position is also responsible for ensuring team organization, development, and performance, and represents the regional ministry team (MT) to the World Renew agency directors, teams, denominational (CRCNA) agencies and institutions, and external organizations.

Position Opening: Director of Finance - This position manages all financial risk, develops and implements financial systems, ensures compliance with regulatory and funder requirements, and leads an effective financial management infrastructure in accordance with approved plans and budgets and the sustained financial health of the organization.

Position Opening: CORE - Receptionist and Administrative Specialist (Part Time) - Serve at the front desk for World Renew’s US headquarters to greet visitors, provide telephone coverage, and provide administrative support for World Renew.

World Renew DRS 50th Anniversary Tour - At World Renew Disaster Response Services, we are grateful to celebrate 50 years of DRS! Our work with churches and volunteers is how Christ’s hope and love is shared through disaster response, home repairs, and more. Join us on our anniversary tour in Pella, Iowa, at Pella Christian High School on September 14th from 4-7PM, open house style, to reconnect, join in fellowship with a meal, and more.

World Renew DRS 50th Anniversary Tour - For 50 years, disaster survivors have been met with God’s justice through church and volunteer partnership with World Renew Disaster Response Services. Come and celebrate all God has done at our 50th Anniversary Tour! We'll be in Pella, Iowa, at Pella Christian High School on September 14th from 4-7PM, open house style. More information can be found at worldrenew.net/drs-50th-anniversary-tour

Kentucky Flood Response: - World Renew Disaster Response Services is preparing to assist the survivors of flash flooding in Kentucky. There has been heavy damage to buildings and homes, and more than 37 people have died. Please pray for Kentuckians affected by this devastation, and give generously to help families recover at worldrenew.net or call 800-552-7972 to give by credit card. You can also mail your check made out to World Renew, with “DRS-Kentucky Flooding 2022” in the memo line, to World Renew, 8970 Byron Commerce Dr SW, Byron Center, MI 49315-7400.

Office of Social Justice

Season of Creation - Celebrate this time on the liturgical calendar starting September 1st. During this season the church praises God for Creation’s beauty, focuses on their call as caretakers, and laments the brokenness and the groaning of all creation. For resources go to: network.crcna.org/biblical-justice/seasons-creation

Office of Diversity

Diversity Sunday - August 14 - In two weeks we will recognize and celebrate the growing number of non-Anglo congregations in the CRC. Learn more about the CRC Office of Diversity and its mission to serve and grow diverse leadership throughout the denomination. Check out the website: crcna.org/Diversity

Next Week is Diversity Sunday - On August 14, we will recognize and celebrate the growing number of non-Anglo congregations in the CRC. Learn more about the CRC Office of Diversity and consider giving to its mission as it serves and grows diverse leadership throughout the denomination. Check out the website: crcna.org/Diversity