Mission Update

unnamedPentecost 2016—Let Your Light Shine

Missionaries around the world are truly embodying the command found in Isaiah 60: “Arise, shine” in a place that is often seen as spiritually-dark. This “arise and shine” command  prompts
Hailey (read her story here) and each one of us as God’s people to live our lives in a way that is different from that of our world—a world filled with the darkness of sin.

As we prepare for a season of Pentecost, CRWM will be featuring a number of ways that missionaries around the world are shining their lights for Christ through your support for Christian Reformed World Missions—including in the story found below!

Your congregation is allowing Christ’s light to shine around the world through your partnership with World Missions. You can celebrate the ways that your church is helping people know the Light of the World with new materials from CRWM:

  • A bulletin insert and cover that features the “Let it Shine” theme
  • A children’s bulletin that helps children explore this theme
  • A video that features God’s light shining through the CRC around the world
  • A litany based on Isaiah 60 and John 8
  • A feature article in May 2016’s Banner magazine that highlights three missionaries and people they serve alongside who are living in a variety of “dark” contexts

All of these materials will be uploaded atcrwm.org/Pentecost as they become available. Churches that have indicated interest in using the materials will receive them in April.

Click here to download printable version of this newsletter

Unity Christian High Announcements – Cinderella and Spring Thaw

spring cinUnity Christian High School is thrilled to be presenting “Cinderella” as our spring production!  You won’t want to miss this unique spin on a traditional tale.  Show dates and times are as follows:
        – Thursday, April 14th7:30pm
        – Friday, April 15th – Dessert Social at 7:00pm and Show at 7:30pm
        – Saturday, April 16th1:00pm
        – Saturday, April 16th7:30pm
Ticket prices: Adults – $15, Children (12 and under) – $10, Seniors and Secondary School Students – $12.
Dessert Social ticket prices: Adults $18.50, Children (12 and under) – $13.50, Seniors and Secondary School students – $15.50 (proceeds from the dessert social portion go to the Grade 12 Graduation Trip to NYC)
Tickets go on sale on Monday, February 22nd!  To reserve yours, please call the school at 705 792 6915, or email the school at info@unitychristianhigh.ca.
Special Cinderella event this year: TEA WITH CINDERELLA!  Please consider joining us for afternoon tea with Cinderella and her friends on Saturday, April 16th, from 3:15-4:30pm (at the school).  This FREE event will include a photo booth with the cast of Cinderella, autograph books, tea, juice and treats, tiara and wand decorating and original Cinderella pages to colour.  All children are welcome!  If you know you would like to attend, please reserve a spot by calling the school (but walk-ins are also more than welcome).

Unity Christian high school is putting on their 11th annual Spring Thaw race fundraiser.

Information  – Spring Thaw 2016  – April 16, 2016

Location: Barrie Southshore Centre

1st race starts at 9 am

1 km children’s race: 15 dollars
5 km walk/run cost: 35 dollars
10 km run: 45 dollars

Prize giveaways for runners include

1 free week at Camp Mini-Yo-We
Toronto FC tickets
Personal training package
Running room gift certificates

Sign up at events.runningroom.ca

For more information contact Stephen at slopes@unitychristianhigh.ca

The Amazing Race with TCS

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SATURDAY APRIL 16—Come support local Christian education as Timothy Christian School presents THE FINAL PIT STOP DINNER & SQUARE DANCE! Have you ever watched the Amazing Race TV show and wanted to be a part of that excitement? Join us for the Final Pit Stop Dinner, where you will be able to compete in mini Amazing Race type challenges and dine on finely catered BBQ with a western flare. Come dressed in your best western outfit to cheer on the teams arriving during the Final Pit Stop dinner. You will watch as they compete in their final challenge before we declare the winning team! As well you will be able to participate in our Live Auction featuring memory making adventures. Top off the evening with some square dancing fun. This event is open to your church friends, your extended families, workplace friends, couples who need a fun date night out. Tickets for the Final Pit Stop are $75/person and may be purchased at www.tcsamazingrace.org or the school 705-726-6621. Doors open at 5:30pm.

April Mental Health and Social Media Talks

Wednesday – April 6 at 7:30-9pm – Student Session
(no catechism classes this week)
Wednesday, April 20th at 7:30pm- 9:00 PM – Parent Session 

Covenant CRC will host Mental Health and Social Media Talks with
Anne Springle on Wed. April 6 and Wed. April 20th.

Anne Springle has a Master of Social Work and has been a family counselor in Barrie since 1995. She is a Christian parent with three teens.
She loves to help families navigate the rough waters of our changing culture. She wants parents to lose their fears and adolescents to become braver. Families are facing serious mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, self-abuse and addictions. There is hope! Teens and parents are each invited to their own interactive workshop where all the issues will be discussed. You will leave with a greater understanding of the issues and lots of new tools in your family’s community toolbox!
If you require additional information or have questions, please contact Pastor Harry covenantundershepherd@gmail.com
These sessions are open to all, please feel free to invite your friends.

Festival of Praise Coming to Springdale CRC


Coming up soon: Saturday, April 16, 7:30 PM at Springdale Christian Reformed Church, 1466 Fifth Sideroad, Bradford, an evening of song hosted by the Crusaders of Simcoe/York Region. Presented by the Ontario Christian Male Chorus Association, this evening features male choirs from the Hamilton and Niagara regions, with the York Regional Police Chorus as invited guests. Each choir will present individual selections, with all choirs joining together, a total of approximately 60 voices. Tickets of $12 are available from choir members or at the door, with children under 12 admitted free of charge. This event is hosted once every three years in our region, so you don’t want to miss this inspiring evening.

Denominational Announcements for March 30

ATTENTION CADETS, JR. COUNSELORS AND COUNSELORS! – ALL ONTARIO CAMPOREE – August 1-6, 2016 at Algonquin Park – The All Ontario Camporee registration is now open! Check out www.allontariocamporee.com for information, requirements and to register online. Early bird registration fees of $235 have to be postmarked by May 15; after that date the fee is $275. If you have any other questions please talk to your Cadet Counselors! CAMPOREE PATCH CONTEST Every cadet who has registered for the 2016 All Ontario Camporee is eligible to enter the Camporee Patch Contest. You must submit your drawing before April 30, 2016. If your design is selected, your camp registration fee will be reimbursed to you. Check the website for pictures of the patches from previous years.
LIBERTAS MALE CHOIR – under the direction of Martin Mans and accompanied by Andre Knevel, will present a Spring concert on April 9, 7:30 p.m. at Rehoboth Canadian Reformed Church, 1225 Dundas Street, Burlington, Ont. L7R 3X4. Tickets online at libertasvoices.com, or at the door. Adult $20, Youth (14 and under) $10. Children under 10, free. For more information, emailinfo@libertasvoices.com or call 905-522-0001.
Join Online Study with World Renew this Spring – Are you looking for an in-depth study about following Jesus more closely in your everyday life? Live Justly is a 6-week web-based curriculum that includes honest discussions about justice in our lives and our world. Study begins April 13 and concludes the week of May 18, 2016. The course is FREE, and study guides are available for purchase at worldrenew.net/order. To find out more and to register, contact ckritikos@intern.crcna.org.
Southern Africa Ministry Team Leader – World Renew, an agency of the CRCNA, is seeking a Team Leader for Southern Africa based in Lilongwe, Malawi. The Team Leader will provide leadership in a region seeking to improve food security, build sustainable livelihoods and increase the use of household resources to improve maternal and child health. The position will be responsible for building collaborative regional and country teams under a unified vision of community transformation in Southern Africa, with a particular focus on programming in Malawi, Zambia and Mozambique. Please visit our website at www.worldrenew.net/careers for more information.

Photo-directory Update Coming Soon

download (1)This is just to advise you that we will be updating Covenant CRC’s photo directory this Spring.  We will be posting reminders and schedules in the upcoming bulletins.

Church Photo Directory Update – It is that time again for updating our Church Photo Directory.

We will be starting to take pictures of our church members beginning on Sunday, April 10th after the morning service in Classroom D.  Please try and make the date assigned to you.  We will, however, be posting makeup dates at the end of schedule.

We will begin the process by asking the following members to have their picture taken on April 10

Armstrong, Aukema, Brands, Brennan, Bulloch, Carroll, Charters, Companion, Depueter,

The next group that will have their pictures taken on April 17:

Drake, Dupain, Dykstra, Dykxhoorn, Eisses, Frielink, Geerlings (Bert & Carolyn, Kerry, Brent & Tanya), Haan,

If you are not able to make this time slot please speak to Jan or Kathrin Veenstra.