A Deacon’s Journey of Faith and Service

In this follow-up post, I wanted to highlight one deacon at Hope Fellowship and share about her experiences being in that role and how it impacted her own life. I hope it will inspire deacons to continue on their journey in this vital role or perhaps inspire others who have thought about becoming a deacon but aren’t sure if that would fit them well. – Amanda Mason

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How Deacons Impacted my Faith and Family

The interactions my family had with the deacons at our church profoundly influenced my family’s journey toward becoming members of the Christian Reformed Church. They impacted our lives in tremendous ways. I am convinced that my story would have a very different ending if it wasn’t for the support, kindness, and hospitality offered by the deacons, along with God’s leading and direction in our lives. God brought light back into our world through the deacons at Hope, who supported us and showed the love of Jesus.
Let me share some of our family’s story with you…

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Worshiping with our Hands and Feet

On Service Sundays, members at Faith Christian Reformed Church in Burlington, Ontario, put on their work gloves and boots and head out of their building to be the hands and feet of Jesus in their local community.

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Wearing the Mark of Mercy

I am thankful that I was introduced to the writings of Tim Keller and highly recommend his devotional book: “A Year of Daily Devotions in the Book of Proverbs – God’s Wisdom for Navigating Life”. In it, he says that mercy isn’t just the job of the Christian: mercy is the mark of the Christian. This quote just stops me in my tracks. Wearing the mark of mercy is one of the most practical and beautiful ways that we can show the world that we are Christians. Sometimes I overcomplicate it, over-analyze the means by which I show it, or even find excuses why someone isn’t worthy of my mercy. This quote stops the noise in my head.

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Driving the Community Forward

In 2010, the CARS ministry in Wingham, ON, received a NewGround grant to renovate the shop and get a hoist. This was the boost they needed (literally!) and the ministry has grown since then. Today, CARS is a thriving non-for-profit business that fixes and maintains around 100 cars every year, catering primarily to those on government assistance of some sort – single moms, seniors, and people with disabilities.

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Join us in the Joy of Giving

I don’t know about you, but I am inundated with opportunities to give: giving of my time, my energy, my resources. Scrolling through my social media on any given day or checking my inbox, there would be at least three or four organizations that are worthy of my time and support every single day!

If you are part of a church, you are likely exposed to even more worthy causes – both within your denomination and your local community. Quite honestly, it can take the joy out of giving!

So what’s a donor to do?

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The Call to Listen

Throughout Hilke Wierenga’s life of service, the one thing he believed God showed him was the highest calling of a deacon is to listen well.

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Online Course Redefines Stewardship

A brand new, self-guided, online stewardship course is now available to deacons and churches. We often say that everything we have is a ‘gift’ from God, but sometimes that thinking can lead us a little astray. When someone gives a gift, it’s not theirs anymore – it becomes ours, to use as we please. But stewardship isn’t like that…

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Bethel Church Puts Love in Act(i)on with Coffee Trailer

Bethel CRC in Acton has worked intentionally over the past years to be an integral part of their local community. While at the annual fall fair, church members noticed there was no hot beverage vendor. They began to dream and wonder how they could use this opportunity to move toward their community. Then an idea came to them – a mobile coffee trailer they could bring to any and all community events!

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Retiring Diaconal Coach Shares her Top 10 Moments

Lucinda Klapwyk served the Edmonton area churches of Classis AB North as a Diaconal Coach for twelve (12) years. Lucinda “retired” from her position as a Coach this June 2022. At a recent farewell dinner for Lucinda, she shared with us her many memories and reflections. Here are her Top 10 moments as a Diaconal Coach…

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