1Life Newsletter — December 2021
Curating. Connecting. Collaborating.
Mission is All of Life with Naji Umran
Join us for episode 3 with Naji Umran, who is working in the Middle East with Resonate. Listen to his life story and reflect on how our lives can be used by God when we just "be."
Coming in December
Resonate Global Mission Info Session
Get excited about CRC Missions in Canada!
Resonate is offering a special opportunity to get in touch with our leaders, hear the latest ministry updates, and participate in Q&A. You’re invited!
Thursday, December 2, 12:00PM - 1:00PM
Tag: pastors, councils, mission team leaders, mission donors, anyone interested in missions
Workshop: Making a Pastoral Visit
Jesus teaches us that when we visit others in his name, it’s as if we were visiting him. This responsibility is a joy and a blessing, but it can also feel daunting at times.
Facilitator: Liz Tolkamp, curator Faith Formation, Wilma van der Leek, curator Servant Leadership
Saturday, December 11, 1:30PM - 3:00PM
in-person with lower mainland LDN participants at 1Life learning hub
Off the Rails: a social justice pilgrimage around America
Begin 2022 seeking reconciliation & justice in the company of Gus & Wynanda Polman (Fleetwood CRC) who will share pilgrim stories, pictures and reflections on their recent six-week pilgrimage to the southern U.S. via Amtrak.
Facilitators: Gus & Wynanda Polman (Fleetwood CRC)
Host: Wilma van der Leek, curator Servant Leadership
Monday, January 3, 7:00PM - 9:00PM
In-person & online
Tag: deacons, pilgrims, anyone loving & seeking justice & reconciliation
Book Study: The Work of the People by Marlea Gilbert
Explore patterns of worship where the congregation is involved in creating the worship experience.
*If attending, please order this book and read it before the book study.
Facilitator: John Zuidhof, curator Gospel Proclamation & Worship
Monday, January 17, 7:00PM - 8:30PM
Tag: worship, liturgy, congregation, church
The Building Blocks of Faith
What do people of all ages need in order for their faith to grow? This workshop identifies four simple spiritual needs that children, teens, and adults share.
Facilitator: Robert Keeley, Professor of Congregational and Ministries Studies, Calvin University and Laura Keeley, Faith Formation Catalyzer, Michigan
Host: Liz Tolkamp, curator Faith Formation
Saturday, January 22, 9:30AM - 11:00AM
Tag: council members, faith formation, youth/ children pastors, youth/children leaders
Morning prayer with the 1Life team
First and third Thursday of the month at the 1Life Learning Center at Fleetwood CRC
Thursday, November 4 & November 18
9:30AM - 10:30AM
Fall Lectures at The King’s University
Join The Kings’ University faculty for their fall lecture series on-line. From their areas of research, they all shed light on our 1Life in Christ.
In case you missed it…
Deacons Ministry 101
What is a Deacon Anyway?
Equipping churches to "live out the story of God's reconciling love… working for a world of justice and peace" (Contemporary Testimony) is the inspiring and challenging mandate of word and deed ministry entrusted to the deacons who serve in our BC CRC churches.
Facilitated by Rachel Vroege (Regional Ministry Developer – Diaconal Ministries West), over 30 deacon participants recently gathered online to reflect on this calling and mandate and wonder how God has equipped them for this role in their local church.
Participants also considered the unique gifts, knowledge, and skills they each bring to the leadership table of their deacon team and church councils. We were reminded once again that deacons are energetic, knowledgeable, and excited to lean into the mission God has for their congregation.
Kathy Smith, Classis BCNW clerk and Len Batterink, Classis BCNW clerk join the 1Life team for morning prayer
On November 6, with both online and in person participants, we were privileged to have Joan DeVries lead a workshop exploring biblical foundations around worship. We enjoyed 13 participants from BC, Alberta, New York, and the UK. Fascinating mix of people and ideas!
5 Callings, 1Life
1Life has a vision to support Spirit-renewal in our BC CRCs by curating a curriculum-for-Christ-likeness that encompasses the following 5 Callings of the church:
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