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.

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