Staying in Touch
Church Lawn Cutting: The church is in need of somebody to take care of the lawns this year as the person who had the contract for the last few years is no longer in the business. Please let the Operations Board know if you or anyone you know would be interested in doing this. Please contact Wayne Beck, Eric Leyenhorst, Lucas deHaan or Bob Smith to discuss the job.
Sanctuary Course: The Sanctuary Course is launching their newest project: Healing in Colour, an art collection featuring Black, Indigenous, and peoples of colour artists from around the world whose work tells stories of race, faith, and mental health. The artwork will feature in a gallery show from May 5 - June 11 and is part of our ongoing work to equip the Church to support mental health and wellbeing by reducing stigma and starting conversations about mental health. The show highlights the artists’ experiences, wounds, and journeys of healing. It includes a variety of mediums, from linocut to dance to acrylic. Artists reflect on the role their faith plays in how they understand mental health challenges and aspects of the recovery journey. Through their stories and reflections, artists raise awareness and open the door for conversations about the unique experiences of mental health challenges for BIPOC individuals and how faith communities can support them. Healing in Colour will be available for viewing at the Dal Schindell Gallery. The exhibition will be featured on their website, and depending on COVID-19 safety guidelines, may be available for viewing in-person by appointment.
An Opportunity to Engage with the CRCNA’s Human Sexuality Report: The CRCNA recently released the Study Report of the Committee to Articulate a Foundation-Laying Biblical Theology of Human Sexuality (more commonly known as the Human Sexuality Report). This report attempts to a) articulate a foundation-laying biblical theology of human sexuality that pays particular attention to biblical conceptions of gender and sexuality, and b) provide pastoral and missional guidance to the church in engaging with these issues. The report can be found here, and an executive summary of the report can be found here.
Using resources provided by the CRCNA, council will be providing opportunities for the congregation to engage with the report both this spring and in the fall. This engagement will be provided in the form of listening circles. Andrea Drummond and Kathy Smith will be facilitating in the spring; Anton Donkersloot and Arnie Melissen in the fall.
The goal of our Listening Circles is to create a safe space to engage the Human Sexuality Report and to listen to one another deeply to understand the impact that the report has on us and our church. The Listening Circles will provide a space for people in the church to connect, to share their experiences, and look to the future. The Listening Circles are not meant to “solve” any issues or to engage in debate. The purpose is to listen to one another in the presence of the Holy Spirit. During these circle experiences, you will be asked questions to explore the issues raised in the report on a deeper level. You will come together with people you may or may not agree with. When participating in a Listening Circle, you have the responsibility to listen to others and an opportunity to be heard.
In order to help you prepare for this experience and decide if you would like to attend, reflect on the following questions:
- Am I prepared to listen deeply to those I may not agree with? ü
- Am I prepared to share my experience and perspective, even if others disagree with me?
- Am I prepared to sit in discomfort?
- Do I have an apprehension about attending and, if so, can I share it with someone?
- Will I be able to address the apprehension and still participate?
- Do I have support if I am unable to continue with the process?
If you are interested in participating, either this spring or in the fall, please complete the online registration survey. You will be contacted about joining a group based on your responses. We hope to see you at the event, please feel free to reach out with questions.
Yours in Christ, Anton Donkersloot, Andrea Drummond, Arnie Melissen, Kathy Smith
Sunday Service: We're having another outdoor "drive-in" service this week. Make sure you register in advance before arriving at 10am April 11.
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Praying for our Church Family
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Peter Helmus is being transferred to Mission Memorial Hospital on Thursday, April 31. Please play for safe travels and renewed healing.