NEW! Second Devotion for Deacons

By Marcia Mantel | July 30, 2014 | Comments Off on NEW! Second Devotion for Deacons

Here is the second devotion for deacons in the latest set from Diaconal Ministries Canada. In our conversations with deacons across the country, we often summarize the ministry of the deacon into 4 areas: community ministry, compassion, justice, and stewardship. The first 3 devotions focus on deacons and community ministry. Each devotion is available in…

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A Shared Vision

By Marcia Mantel | July 4, 2014 | Comments Off on A Shared Vision

It has often been said that a few of the church’s members do all of the work!  I began to ponder about how that unfolds.  I wondered:  Are we receptive and responsive for all to share their capacity and their gifts?  Is there a “welcome” for all to contribute? Studies have shown that 1 in…

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National Aboriginal Day: June 21

By Marcia Mantel | June 18, 2014 | Comments Off on National Aboriginal Day: June 21

Join with churches across Canada to respond to the call for reconciliation with indigenous peoples. There are many resources available to help you learn about what reconciliation might look like, and there are opportunities  to act, advocate and be involved individually and as a church. For background information on Aboriginal justice in Canada, and more…

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NEW! Devotions for Deacons

By Marcia Mantel | June 10, 2014 | Comments Off on NEW! Devotions for Deacons

Since the last release of a set of devotions specific to deacons and written specifically for use in deacons meetings, there have been requests for another set. Today Diaconal Ministries Canada is publishing the first devotion in a new set. In our conversations with deacons across the country, we often summarize the ministry of the…

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Operation Manna Partner: Mosaic Centre in Edmonton, Alberta

By Marcia Mantel | May 30, 2014 | Comments Off on Operation Manna Partner: Mosaic Centre in Edmonton, Alberta

Mosaic Centre has been a recipient of Operation Manna (OM) funding for the past 4 years. In addition to the financial seed money that OM has gifted us, we have also been blessed by excellent mentoring from Diaconal Ministries Canada. During this time, we have grown from a “green” start-up ministry into a valuable and…

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Updated Resources

By Marcia Mantel | May 20, 2014 | Comments Off on Updated Resources

Be sure to check out the following resources for deacons, updated and reformatted.   Guidelines for Benevolence: This resource offers suggestions to help deacons develop priorities and set boundaries as they reach out in love to their neighbours.       Growing as a Community of Deacons: This resource provides practical ideas to help deacons capitalize on…

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Drinking Downstream: The Church and Residential Schools

By Marcia Mantel | May 7, 2014 | Comments Off on Drinking Downstream: The Church and Residential Schools

We Drink Downstream from Christian Reformed Church on Vimeo. Danielle Rowaan, Justice Communications and Education Coordinator for CRC Canadian Ministries, writes the following about the video: “If there is one single area of Canadian life where Shalom and right relationships are most needed, the relationship between indigenous peoples and other Canadians is certainly in the…

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Too Busy to Pray? Not Necessarily…

By Marcia Mantel | May 1, 2014 | Comments Off on Too Busy to Pray? Not Necessarily…

A few years ago, Willow Creek Church pastor and author Bill Hybels released a cleverly-titled book: Too Busy Not to Pray.  In my mind I know it is true: so many things need to be prayed about, with so much happening in my life and so many needs in the church.  But, in my life,…

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Operation Manna Offering: May 4, 2014

By Marcia Mantel | April 25, 2014 | Comments Off on Operation Manna Offering: May 4, 2014

In many CRCs across Canada, the Operation Manna offering will be held on May 4, 2014. Operation Manna is a program of Diaconal Ministries Canada. The offering for this program provides an opportunity for CRCs across Canada to support each other as they love their neighbours and bless them through community ministry. It works like…

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World Renew’s Annual Refugee Sunday

By Marcia Mantel | April 4, 2014 | Comments Off on World Renew’s Annual Refugee Sunday

This Sunday, April 6, 2014, is World Renew’s annual Refugee Sunday. Together with World Renew (WR) and Diaconal Ministries Canada (DMC), CRCs across Canada celebrate the ministry of mercy and hospitality extended to people who have fled persecution and war.  Offerings received for Refugee Sunday support the World Renew program and refugee sponsorship in Canadian…

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