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Practicing Biblical Advocacy (Delta, BC)

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Saturday, May 11, 2019; 9:30am-3:30pm | Ladner CRC, Delta, BC

Advocacy matters! When you speak out, you reflect the biblical call to work towards a just world in which structures and institutions give all of creation the opportunity to thrive.

“Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed. Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow.” (Isaiah 1:17)

Contacting elected officials may be daunting, but sharing your well-informed opinion can make a real difference on the justice issues that you care about, and can bring about long-term changes to unjust systems. This workshop will help you learn how to navigate the political system to have your voice heard by local, provincial, and national leaders.

The Office of Social Justice is partnering with Canada Foodgrains Bank and their I CARE Campaign which is focused on ending global hunger and poverty by advocating to the Canadian government to increase aid funding and to change public policies that improve access to food for families and communities.

Find our more on the Facebook Event Page or email the Canadian Justice Mobilizer, Cindy Stover, at cstover@crcna.org.

Practicing Biblical Advocacy (Hamilton, ON)

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Saturday, April 27, 2019; 9:30am-3:30pm | Immanuel CRC, Hamilton, ON

Advocacy matters! When you speak out, you reflect the biblical call to work towards a just world in which structures and institutions give all of creation the opportunity to thrive.

“Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed. Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow.” (Isaiah 1:17)

Contacting elected officials may be daunting, but sharing your well-informed opinion can make a real difference on the justice issues that you care about, and can bring about long-term changes to unjust systems. This workshop will help you learn how to navigate the political system to have your voice heard by local, provincial, and national leaders.

The Office of Social Justice is partnering with Canada Foodgrains Bank and their I CARE Campaign which is focused on ending global hunger and poverty by advocating to the Canadian government to increase aid funding and to change public policies that improve access to food for families and communities.

Find our more on the Facebook Event Page or email the Canadian Justice Mobilizer, Cindy Stover, at cstover@crcna.org.

Helping Without Harming Workshop (Toronto, ON)

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June 8th, 2019; 9:00am – 1:00pm | Fellowship CRC, Toronto, ON

Are you looking for strategies to build an effective, sustainable ministry to a hurting world?

Is is time to re-evaluate the ministries your church is currently doing to see if they are effective and appropriate for the ones you aim to serve?

World Renew and Diaconal Ministries Canada, in partnership with Fellowship CRC in Toronto, invite you and your congregation for a “Helping Without Harming” Workshop to become equipped to engage God’s world globally and locally without harming others or yourself.

The workshop will take place at Fellowship Christian Reformed Church, 800 Burnhamthorpe Road, Etobicoke, ON, June 8th, 2019, from 9:00am – 1:00pm. Featured workshop leaders include Peter Bulthuis, Associate Director Church Relations for World Renew Canada, and Ron Vanden Brink, National Director of Diaconal Ministries Canada. Refreshments (not lunch) will be provided. Registration is free, seating is limited; please register today at worldrenew.net/hwhworkshop.

This workshop is open to all of those involved in community ministry in your congregation or community, especially your church’s deacons.

Need more info? For more information please contact Mark Broadus at info@fellowshipchurchto.org or 416-622-9647 or Diaconal Ministries Canada (dmc@crcna.org or 1-800-730-3490).

We look forward to seeing you there!

Safe Church Conference (Ontario)

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All ministry leaders – pastors, elders, deacons, youth ministry leaders – and those involved with abuse awareness are urged to attend this year’s Annual Inter-Classis Safe Church Conference.

Saturday, March 2, 2019 from 9:00 – 3:30 (registration 8:30-9 am)

Waterloo CRC

This year’s special guest will be Bev Sterk from Lynden, Washington, who spoke passionately at last year’s synod about abuse and what the denomination needs to do to prevent it. Other speakers include Kathy Smith, adjunct professor of church polity at Calvin Seminary, Grand Rapids, and former crown attorney Henry Van Drunen. In addition, there will be a presentation on the “Circle of Grace” Abuse Prevention curriculum, as well as a presentation by the Waterloo Regional Police Department on cyber-bullying, and a session on detection and prevention of suicide.

For further information and registration visit www.wmott.ca/scc. or contact Atie Ott at 519-576-0965 or wmott@uwaterloo.ca. Cost: $35

Helping Without Harming Workshop (Nanaimo, BC)

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A workshop on how to alleviate poverty without harming the people you are trying to help!

Join World Renew and Diaconal Ministries Canada to learn how to help alleviate poverty and injustice through effective engagement in your global and local communities. Collaborate with others and discover how food banks, deacon funds, short-term service trips and other benevolent activities can be more meaningful and have a greater impact.

February 2, 2019 – 9:00AM-3:00PM

Christ Community CRC; 2221 Bowen Rd, Nanaimo, BC

Register* online: worldrenew.net/hwhworkshop

*Registration is free but a $10 donation is recommended to help offset the cost of the lunch provided.

Questions? Email dmc@crcna.org or call 1-800-730-3490.

“Helping that HELPS @ Christmas” Webinar

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From turkeys to toys, it’s the time of year when many churches encourage their members to consider those less fortunate.

In this one hour webinar we will explore ways to alleviate poverty while helping, rather than unknowingly harming, people who live in poverty. You’ll discover practical strategies to partner with your local and global community in overcoming poverty and injustice.

Presenters:

  • Wendy Hammond, Church Relations Manager-US, World Renew
  • Andrew Ryskamp, CRCNA Diaconal Ministry Initiative (US)
  • Ron VandenBrink, National Director, Diaconal Ministries Canada

This free webinar will take place Wednesday, December 5 at 1 PM EST. 

Register here!

Stewardship Webinar

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LEARN ABOUT STEWARDSHIP FROM THE COMFORT OF YOUR OWN HOME!

Join Maynard Wiersma and Ken Tigchelaar on November 22nd for a conversation about encouraging Stewardship within your church and how to develop a culture of giving.

There will be two opportunities to participate on this Webinar:

  • 12 noon EST, or
  • 7:30pm EST

Maynard Wiersma is the Executive Director of Christian Stewardship Services and passionate about helping Christians in the area of Stewardship. Maynard has 11 years of experience with Christian Stewardship Services, and has traveled across the country encouraging church leaders in the area of Stewardship.

Ken Tigchelaar is the editor of the quarterly Developing Stewards newsletter which is distributed to all Christian Reformed Churches within Canada. Ken is the chairman of the Stewardship Team at his church.

PLEASE FEEL FREE TO SHARE/INVITE OTHERS IN YOUR CHURCH WHO ARE PASSIONATE ABOUT STEWARDSHIP AND SEEING YOUR CHURCH AND ITS MINISTRIES THRIVE! 

Simply click the following link to join (nothing to download or install):

https://christianstewardshipservices.adobeconnect.com/stewardship/

 

Helping Without Harming Workshop (Edmonton)

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A workshop on how to alleviate poverty without harming the people you are trying to help!

Join World Renew and Diaconal Ministries Canada to learn how to help alleviate poverty and injustice through effective engagement in your global and local communities. Collaborate with others and discover how food banks, deacon funds, short-term service trips and other benevolent activities can be more meaningful and have a greater impact.

Where? Southpointe Community Centre (11520 Ellerslie Road SW, Edmonton, AB)

Questions? See the full poster here OR contact Diaconal Ministries Canada: email dmc@crcna.org OR call 1-800-730-3490.

To pre-register, visit worldrenew.net/hwhworkshop.

Pastor’s Breakfast Gathering (Winnipeg)

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All Winnipeg area CRC Pastors are invited to a “free breakfast”, hosted by Ron VandenBrink, National Director of DMC and Shannon Perez, Canadian Ministries’ Justice and Reconciliation Mobilizer. We’ll meet at  Perkin’s Restaurant (on Henderson Hwy) at 10am. Let’s talk about how pastors, elders and deacons can work better together to animate their congregations to share and show the love of Christ in their communities.

Email Ron, DMC’s National Director, for more information!