IN COMMON by hedongchenchen


									                                            Media News                                                                                                     IN COMMON
Groundwork                                                                                                         A publication of the Abbotsford Christian Reformed Churches                                April 22, 2010

May      1        Is God a Fairy Tale? In light of some profound questions asked by a class of 8th graders,
                  it’s clear they’re trying to reconcile their Christian faith with what they know of the world                                    The Church Family
                  around them. So with their questions as our guide, today’s Groundwork asks “How do I
                  believe in someone or something I can’t see? How do I know God is real?” Join the May           Births
                  1st Groundwork conversation. Find a local radio station or listen online at
                                                                               April     14      Ryan Marcus, son of Pat & Maureen Blink. (Gateway)

                  Tune into Groundwork on Sundays at 7:00 am on KWPZ 106.5(FM)                                    Baptism
Kids Corner
                                                                                                                  April     24      Ember Sophia VanderKooi (Gateway)
A radio ministry for children, Kids Corner is heard on stations throughout North America. Write to Kids
Corner at PO Box 5070, Burlington ON L7R 3Y8 for your very own Bible study. And check out Kids Corner             Weddings
at for fun games and activities.
                                                                                                                  April     30      Rachel Terpstra & Dan Froese (Living Hope)
April    24       Bible News: Paul and Silas--Have you ever met a missionary with an exciting story to tell?
                  Check out the life of Paul and his friend Silas on this week’s Kids Corner. Kids Corner is a    Anniversaries
                  member of the alliance—working together to provide quality entertainment for
                  kids that is Christ-centered and Bible-based. Visit to find great Christian         April     18      Herman & Angel Roosenber – 65 years (Living Hope)
                  programs and music for kids.                                                                    April     29      Rob & Johanna Naayer – 40 years (Trinity)
                                                                                                                  May       2       Jake & Jean Ruiter – 54 years (Trinity)
Missions Webinar Series                                                                                           May       2       Allan & Diane Mulder – 25 years (Gateway)
                                                                                                                  May       4       Henry & Alice Groothof – 50 years (Gateway)
God Centered Missionary Care: Is missionary care by churches really necessary? On May 4 at noon (EDT),            May       8       Dave & Helen Ten Hoeve – 58 years (Living Hope)
we’ll explore the biblical heart of the “sender / sendee” relationship, when care is critical, and practical
examples of excellent care. Presented by Trish De Jong, CRWM Missions Resource Consultant. To register            Birthdays
                                                                                                                  April  27     Klaas Meindertsma – 85 years old. (Living Hope)
Canadian Ministries                                                                                               ______________________________________________________________________________________
                                                                                                                  Thank You
Election 2011 Voter Resources - The Christian Reformed Centre for Public Dialogue has produced a special
Election 2011 newsletter with YOU - the voter - in mind. We provide background on some key election topics        We would like to thank our church family for the cards, visits and prayers during the past year and especially
and suggestions for questions to raise with your candidates. Our actions as responsible citizens matter at        now after Mom’s, Marie Jansen passing away. Your caring support was much appreciated.
election time and between elections; we trust these resources will be helpful as you seek hope and justice        Bob Jansen, Shirley, Doug, AJ, Calvin Mauger and extended family.
on May 2 and beyond.

                                                                                                                                                 Other Ministry News
                                                                                                                  World Missions

 “In Common” is published twice a month. Announcements relevant to all the Christian Reformed Churches            Get out your paints, markers, and crayons . . . it’s Poster Time! Christian Reformed World Missions’ 2011
of Abbotsford should be submitted to Charlotte van Gelder, 604.746.8131,                         Poster Contest has begun. Create a poster with a missions theme and send it in to CRWM by April 15,
Church Secretaries will also forward information. Deadline Noon, Wed. May 11, 2011.                               2011. For more information, visit
CRWRC                                                                                                          King’s University College
DISASTER RESPONSE SERVICES: A Spring Break to Remember: - Thank you to all those who serve,
pray, and support CRWRC Spring Break volunteers in 2011! Young people, student, church, and family             Convocation at The King’s University College will take place on Saturday, April 30, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. at
work groups are helping disaster survivors rebuild across North America through CRWRC Disaster                 Evangel Pentecostal Assembly, 4461 50 Street, Edmonton. Everyone is welcome to attend this
Response Services (DRS). Thank God for each one who is willing to be Christ’s hands and feet, and ears         celebration. SPRING CAMPAIGN The annual spring fund raising campaign for The King’s University
and voice!                                                                                                     College is in full swing. Thank you to everyone who has generously supported the campaign so far. Annual
                                                                                                               spring donations are a vital part of the university’s existence. To contribute to Spring Campaign 2011, please
Bible League                                                                                                   send your gift using the form that was mailed to you or donate online at Extra copies of the
                                                                                                               Spring Campaign information are available at the back of the church. Contact the Development Office at
A report from our ministry partner in Burma, following the March 24, 2011 7.0 earthquake: “I have gotten       780-465-8314 or with comments or questions. Thank you for supporting Christian
through to a pastor, and he was in a village when the quakes hit.He said the village houses all fell.When he   education at King’s! ACCOMODATIONS AVAILABLE AT KING’S FOR YC Are you bringing your youth
got back to town, he found his church building had fallen. They are going out this weekend to other areas      group to YC this year? Do you need comfortable & affordable accommodations? King’s is only minutes away
where they have churches to know if the people are okay and if the buildings are still standing or not.”       from the YC venue. Breakfast and bagged lunches are available to assist you with your very busy weekend!
Please pray for the Burmese people, particularly the Christians who are so few in number. Pray that they       Give us a call! We would love to host you! Please contact Conference Services at The King’s University
might be a light to their communities in this frightening time.                             College for more detail or to make your reservation. 1-800-661-8582 ext: 3 or 780-465-8323
Fraser Valley Bible Conference
                                                                                                               Cascade Christian Counseling
 Please reserve Friday evening, April 29 and Saturday morning, April 30 on your calendar! We invite you
attend the 2011 Fraser Valley Bible Conference at the Free Reformed Church on Mt. Lehman Road,                 STRESS MANAGEMENT AND AGING - This will be the topic presented by Kristelle Heinrichs at Cascade
Abbotsford, BC. This year's speaker is Geoff Thomas from the UK, who is a frequent speaker at                  Christian Counseling's Annual General Meeting on Thursday, May 12 (note date change) at 7:30 p.m. at the
conferences world-wide. He will address topics related to "How Can God Accept Me?" For additional              Oasis Building at Elim Village. Plan now to attend!
information regarding the conference, please visit our website or call (604) 794-3501.                                                                                GOLF! Do you like to golf? There's still time to register for Cascade Christian Counseling's golf
                                                                                                               tournament. Have fun while supporting a great cause! Get your registration in soon for our May 6, 2011
                                                                                                               tournament. This event is a fundraiser for Cascade and will be held at 1pm at ROYALWOOD GOLF
Communitas Supportive Care Society
                                                                                                               COURSE in Chilliwack. For more information or to register, please call the Cascade office (Surrey) 604-
                                                                                                               585-1411, (Abbotsford) 604-854-5413, or email
Spring Benefit Concert featuring the Sabir Sisters, Thursday, May 5 at Emmanuel Mennonite Church, 3471
Clearbrook Rd, beginning at 7:00 PM. Tickets for the Spring Benefit Concert featuring the Sabir Sisters may
be purchased early for $20, or $25 at the door. Tickets are available at the Communitas office at 103-2776     Student Fund Committee
Bourquin Cres. W., in Abbotsford (604-850-6608), at House of James, or at: Communitas is very excited to have the Sabir Sisters showcased at this           Classis BC South East invites students from this classis who are pursuing ordained
year’s Spring Benefit Concert. This evening's fund raising focus is the Family Support Network (FSN), a        ministry and are in need of financial assistance for the 2011-12 school year, to apply to the
network for families that have a child or sibling with a disability. This network provides workshops and       Student Fund Committee by June 6, 2011. For more information and forms please contact
events, like the annual FSN Retreat, which allow these families to find support and rejuvenate in a safe       the clerk, Clare Kooistra at or (250) 549-2322.
environment, and build great lasting friendships. Communitas Supportive Care Society (Communitas) is a
non-profit, faith-based social services agency providing care in communities of Greater Vancouver, the         Bethesda
Fraser Valley, North Vancouver Island and Okanagan. Communitas provides various resources to persons
living and dealing with mental, physical and/or emotional disabilities.                                        Bethesda Christian Association continues to collect used wheelchairs and extra wheelchair parts to be given
Contact: Lara Gray 604.850.6608                                                      to kids, teens and adults in need in Guatemala. Join us in spreading the word about this exciting ministry!
                                                                                                               To donate, please contact Brittani Gifford at or 604-866-8995.
Songs Strings & Steps                                                                                          Summer Employment Opportunity: looking for a fun summer at the same time as gaining skills that will
THURSDAY May 5th and FRIDAY May 6th at Abbotsford Arts Centre. Both performances are at 7:00 pm.               help build your resume? Bethesda Christian Association has summer positions available in Abbotsford.
Tickets are on sale at King’s Music.                                                                           Responsibilities include supporting children and adults with disabilities in day camps by assisting with
Under the direction of Calvin Dyck and Sylvia Friesen, this year’s show will include the outstanding           personal care, teaching life skills and providing social, recreational and leisure activities within the
Abbotsford Youth Orchestra and the perennial favourites the Abbotsford Skipping Sensations, as well as         community. Applicants must be students, 19 years of age and older, hold a Class 5 Driver’s License at the
other great surprises. The music will range from “Phantom of the Opera” to Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony;         time of application and be willing to obtain a Class 4 License. Deadline for resumes is April 21, 2011. For
from high energy fiddling tunes such as “Lord of the Dance” to the heart-warming strains of Johann Strauss’    further information, phone 604-850-6604.
“Voices of Spring”. Host for the show will be outstanding comedian Clifford Prang, probably best known for
his work with the Panic Squad.
Lest We Forget
                                                                                                                                             CHRISTIAN EXCHANGE
It is customary in many cities and towns in the Netherlands, on May 4 of each year, to organize a ceremony
(Nationale Dodenherdenking) to commemorate the end of world War 2 and to remember the sacrifices of the         Anyone wishing to advertise in the Christian Exchange MUST WRITE THEIR ADS and ENCLOSE
liberating armies, notably the Canadian army, of which thousands gave their life. As other Consulates and       THEIR TOONIE, TO THE CHURCH SECRETARIES. PLEASE NO EMAILS OR PHONE CALLS.
Embassies around the world, the Consulate of the Netherlands in Vancouver organized a similar event at
the location of the Cenotaph on Hastings Street. Unfortunately, the dwindling attendance no longer justified
the expense involved and the Consulate suggested the "Netherlands Association Je Maintendrai"
organize the event and at the location of the Cenotaph in White Rock. Therefore anyone interested in
attending and remembering the sacrifices of the liberating armies is invited to this Remembrance Service        Alterations
on May 4, 2011 between 6:30 PM and 7:30 PM. The Cenotaph is located on the corner of Buena Vista
Avenue and Fir Street in White Rock. Wreaths will be laid by representatives of the BC and Yukon Legion,        Dresses, skirts, pants, suits, jackets. No blue jean zippers. Drapery and bridal altering okay. Call Ida
The Vancouver Consul General, and by local and provincial dignitaries. Reception to follow in the Legion        DeJong for an appointment – 604.859.6693
Hall at 2290-152 Street in Surrey. Jerry DeWit, chair of the remembrance committee.
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support and to share the heart of Jesus – they came not just to pray for them but to pray with them. As Joel    If you want a Free Personal Plan Review including Free Quote or wish to be helped with the highest
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We wish you a very Blessed Easter Celebration and may the Joy of Our Risen Lord remain with us

I would like to thank you for allowing me to be the editor for the IN COMMON bulletin, I made the odd
mistakes and at times missed putting in announcements but it was fun to do. I now give it over to
Charlotte van Gelder who will be the new Editor.

Liz Veeneman

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