From Back to God Ministries International
A Theology of Star Wars - Are you excited about Star Wars: The Last Jedi? Some of the sharpest thinkers on theology and pop culture explore key themes in the preceding films in “A Theology of Star Wars,” an ebook from Think Christian. Sign up to receive Think Christian articles by email and the ebook is yours! Learn more at thinkchristian.net/starwars.
Advent Devotional Series - Looking for more meaning in the midst of a busy Christmas season? This Advent, ReFrame Media offers a special email devotional series just for you. With daily devotions and encouragements from Today, Family Fire, Groundwork, and the fun of Kids Corner, we designed it to help your whole family experience the true wonder of Christmas, the coming Christ. Subscribe at reframemedia.com/advent.
THE KNIGHTS BEFORE CHRISTMAS - When Liz and Lucille see a homeless family in front of church, they tell Liz’s dad. The church decides to help them, but then they find out that all is not what it seems. Check out KC’s Gifts of Kindness Advent Calendar and Devotional and invite your whole family to join you in giving daily gifts of kindness at www.kidscorner.net.
WONDERFUL COUNSELOR - In the famous passage in Isaiah 9:6, the prophet begins by describing the Messiah as our Wonderful Counselor. As we look toward Jesus Christ’s birth, join us in studying Isaiah 9:2-6, John 14:15-17, and John 16:12-15 to discover the divine wisdom and help we receive from Jesus Christ our Messiah. Listen now at GroundworkOnline.com and subscribe to Groundwork's weekly emails for future episodes.
From Calvin College
CALVIN SYMPOSIUM ON WORSHIP - You are invited to register and attend the annual Calvin Symposium on Worship, January 25-27, 2018, at Calvin College and Calvin Theological Seminary. The three-day conference brings together a wide audience of artists, musicians, pastors, scholars, students, worship leaders and planners, and other interested worshipers. There are excellent rates for students and groups from churches. All worship services are free and open to the public. For information and to register, go to worship.calvin.edu/symposium/.
From Office of Social Justice
Sanctity of Human Life Sunday Worship Materials - January 21 is Sanctity of Human Life Sunday, and the CRC Office of Social Justice is offering resources for your church to honor the day, including bulletin inserts, a prayer, and a responsive reading. The world tells us that a person’s life is only as valuable as the circumstances into which they are born. But this year, we are focusing on Jeremiah 1:5 to remember that God knows us, God appoints us, and God blesses us to be a blessing. So, we are called to seek flourishing for every person created in the image of God. Visit crcna.org/life for worship resources and to learn more about this year’s focus. The deadline for ordering bulletin inserts is December 18.
From Resonate Global Mission
South Africa Prayer Safari - Explore life and ministry as you pray for those living in South Africa on the Global Prayer Safari, Wednesday, January 31 - Monday, February 12. You'll be hosted by Resonate missionaries and partners, and see the power of prayer! Visit Resonateglobalmission.org/Safari to sign up or for more information.
From World Renew
Advent starts today. Is your heart ready? - Celebrating Christmas isn’t a day, it’s a season. Welcome Immanuel, Incarnate in 2017 with Advent devotions from World Renew and the CRC Office of Social Justice every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, starting tomorrow, Dec. 4. Join an exploration of the Incarnation of Christ and his presence in our lives as we prepare to celebrate his birth. To sign up, go to crcna.org/advent.
This Advent, World Renew asks you to stand in the gap with people in need. - With your help, World Renew can fill the poverty gap with literacy, agriculture, and good health. Include a gift catalogue item on your Christmas list this year. Get your copy online at worldrenewgifts.net or call 800-730-3490 to request your catalog in the mail.
World Renew Giving Tree - In this season of giving, you can stand in the gap with someone who lives in extreme poverty. Our community Christmas tree is covered with ornaments that have giving suggestions for people in need around the world. You are invited to choose an ornament and bring it, along with your donation, to put in the World Renew offering on Christmas Day! A bag of beans, a goat, and a family water filter are a few of the ways you can fill the gap this year. Learn more at worldrenewgifts.net or call 800-730-3490 to order your copy today!