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 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
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 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, or at the door. Adult $20, Youth (14 and under) $10. Children under 10, free. For more information, 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 To find out more and to register, contact
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 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.

Christian, Jewish and Muslim leaders call on new Government to focus on palliative care instead of euthanasia and assisted suicide

“Assisted suicide and euthanasia raise profound social, moral, legal, theological and philosophical questions—questions that go to the very core of our understanding of who we are, the meaning of life, and the duty of care we owe to each other.” Declaration Against Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide

Christian, Jewish and Muslim leaders call on new Government to focus on palliative care instead of euthanasia and assisted suicide

OTTAWA – At a news conference today on Parliament Hill, the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) and The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada (EFC) released a joint statement on euthanasia and assisted suicide. The Declaration Against Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide has been endorsed by over 30 Christian denominations together with over 20 Jewish and Muslim leaders from across Canada.

In light of the Supreme Court of Canada’s ruling in R. v. Carter, the joint statement advocates for palliative care, respect for the dignity of the human person, human solidarity and psychological, spiritual and emotional support as the ethical and moral response in end-of-life care.

The Declaration states that “The recent Supreme Court of Canada decision has brought this issue to the forefront of public discussion and compels each of us as Canadians to reflect upon our personal and societal response to those who need our compassion and care.”

Addressing the underlying importance of human dignity, the signatories affirm that “the sanctity of all human life, and the equal and inviolable dignity of every human being … is not exclusively a religious belief, although for us it has a significant religious meaning.”

The signatories emphasize that “reverence for human life must be “the basis and reason for our compassion, responsibility and commitment in caring for all humans, our brothers and sisters, when they are suffering and in pain … to work to alleviate human suffering in every form but never by intentionally eliminating those who suffer.”

The joint statement insists that Canada’s “health care systems must maintain a life-affirming ethos. Medical professionals are trained to restore and enhance life,” as “any action intended to end human life is morally and ethically wrong.”

The signatories to the Declaration urge “federal, provincial and territorial legislators to enact and uphold laws that enhance human solidarity by promoting the rights to life and security for all people; to make good-quality home care and palliative care accessible in all jurisdictions; and to implement regulations and policies that ensure respect for the freedom of conscience of all health-care workers and administrators who will not and cannot accept suicide or euthanasia as a medical solution to pain and suffering.”

The speakers at the news conference included the following representatives: Ms. Julia Beazley, Policy Analyst, EFC; Rabbi Dr. Reuven P. Bulka, C.M., Congregation Machzikei Hadas, Ottawa; Dr. Aileen Van Ginkel, Vice President, Ministry Services, EFC; Sister Nuala Kenny, SC, OC, MD, FRCP, a pediatrician and former Deputy Minister of Health in the province of Nova Scotia, also speaking on behalf of the CCCB; Imam Samy Metwally Ottawa Main Mosque/Ottawa Muslim Association; and the Most Rev. Terrence Prendergast, S.J., Catholic Archbishop of Ottawa and CCCB representative.

For more information:

Rick Hiemstra
Director, Research and Media Relations
The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada
613-233-9868, ext. 332
Mobile: 613-618-3020

Deacon René Laprise
Director, Media relations
Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops
613-241-9461, ext. 225
Mobile: 613-323-0895

The Declaration Against Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide is the result of efforts of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) and The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada (EFC) to collaborate on a response to legislative efforts and legal action that seek to revise Canada’s Criminal Code to allow the practice of euthanasia and assisted suicide. The Declaration demonstrates that commitment to the sanctity of human life and the importance of upholding human dignity leads also to a strong call for renewed efforts in relation to palliative care.

Signing the Declaration will indicate broad support for its stated principles. It will also witness to the desire held by many in Canada to promote palliative care, home care and long-term care, and to ensure compassionate responses at all levels to those who are near death, as well those who are disabled, depressed, elderly or who feel burdened by physical or mental suffering and illness.

If you support the Declaration Against Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide and would like to add your signature, please fill in the form below and click “Sign Now”. NOTE:  Canadian citizens only please. Thank you.

One signature per email, please.
Declaration Against Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide

Missions Update

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Dear Friends,

First of all I would like to thank everyone who prayed for our mission trip. It is joy to see when God’s people come together for His work and pray.  This trip was very exciting and filled with much fruits. We visited several households and shared good news with those families. My colleagues Shik described current situation   “There are ears to hear”. I agree with him I have not seen in my last couple of year’s work when the door open like this.

Anyway we stayed with clan leader M. and his family for 3 days and nights the rest of days we stayed with K. one of young believer.   In total we shred good news with 10 families. Our plan was to teach 7 families but God multiplied. I have so many stories for you, the first day of our stay with my uncle M. family one of his wife, his son and wife and 2 of his sons were learned about J. (I Have attached their picture) The clan leader M said “I am not sure what I can do to share a Gospel after this because of my old age and can’t walk to see many people but I will encourage my own family to follow His way and I will keep J. in my heart forever”


  1. is one of believers and might be the next clan leader. His two brothers and wives joined the teaching at K’s house. K‘s wife also very interested on the word of God and the entire family including children were attended the teaching sessions.  On the last day K. shared with us the dream he saw few months ago and that dream led us to talk about J. very clearly. The dream K’ had was like this” 2 month ago in the dream the person with light skin appeared to him and asked him his name (K’s name) .  Than K told us he gave his name and the man began writing his name on the large book.  And the man said to K. I assure you your name is written in this book and left him .But K says he was very shocked and when he wake up he found his belly was full of air and couldn’t speak or walk. He though may be the man he saw was the Angele of death. However he was talking with his wife for the help but suddenly this man again appeared to him and touched his belly and completely healed within one second.  Now K wondering who this man is? It’s so amazing to see God Himself dealing with individual and groups of people even though while no workers available.

So, my colleagues and I explained very well about the dream he had and specially telling him the largest book he saw was assurance of salvation. It is also clear that the man was J. K’ said “I want to know more about him” Please pray for K and his family and his two brothers and wives and children too.

Another story an old man his name is Ali he is in his 60th. His son is following J in secret and his son Ab sponsored by Into All the World (IATW) by Desert Child sponsorship program in district town learning at secondary school. Anyway we visited the father of this young man and we had a great time with him. Every time we shared a word of God with him he says” Malab xaqale yaaba!” mean  “This word tastes like honey” colleagues and   I read to him from the scripture exactly what he said was it is in Bible. He was really amazed!  Finally we asked him to repent his sin and he lifted his both hands confessed his sin. It was very exciting day for us to see all of that. After we finished the prayer Ali says “My wife is not home right now she took goats for the grazing but if you around please come at evening and share the same word with my wife too” Please pray for Ali and his family to grow in their faith.

3rd story my  colleagues and I walking in village visiting some of families that we wanted to teach and suddenly  met the village Muslim teacher on the street . He is the Imam overseeing the entire village and his name is Jacob. Whenever I visited the village I have never stopped at his house because I was afraid I assumed he might not happy with what I am doing?  But the truth is completely different.  Jacob when he met us on the street he said to us  I know you guys visiting people’s house but why not you come in to my house. That was big surprise! Well my friend and I said sure we can come and went the same day to see him at his house? . Wow!  He continued his speaking to us and said “G you don’t know how much I supported you on what you doing? Even during a trial 2 years ago I was protecting you in many ways. The local government and radical’s wanted my signature to say that you are converting people into Christianity but I refused. In several ways some people wanted my approval to kill you and put you in prison but I have not seen any bad things from you and said no. But he says you never visited me ones even, I know you sharing about J with our people and I am OK with it.  I will never stand against you regarding this he says.

Suddenly I start weeping, I didn’t know all this stories. I didn’t know this man was protecting me in this way and always skipping his house because of fear. I apologized for that and told him got good lesson for the future. Anyway directly he asked us to tell him about what we teach and without any fear my colleague and I told him about Saviour. It was incredible to see him happy to hear about J. We still don’t know what happened to him but totally unbelievable to see him trusty for the word. We even asked him to teach us something he know from Koran just to show respect but he said No…No today I want to hear what you teach me. Especially my colleague with his Koran knowledge thought him so many things and Jacob asked us to teach him more. You can see our stay was very exciting!!

Hard to tell all stories by email but my last story, we found another young man who knows J from before and leading small mosques in the village . His name is M. we are very excited to meet this fellow and we will disciple him and send him back to the village. The good thing is he can read and write very well, Also have some Koran knowledge and people in the village the recognize him as a “Rabbi” We are thinking after we disciple him we will send him as “village proclaimer” for that area.

I have no word to describe what God is doing. He always amazes me and do unexpected things. Thanks for praying and supporting for A. ministry now we are seeing God is moving among our people.  We expect from God big things. The fire is there, please pray the Holy Spirit to move in all dark areas and hearts.

Every Blessings – G