Jubilee Fellowship Christian Reformed Church WELCOME Welcome to Jubilee Fellowship Christian Reformed Church: A special welcome to our members and guests! We hope you experience God's presence as you worship with us this morning. If you would like more information about Jubilee, please ask one of our Welcome Team members. They would be happy to assist you. Please join us after the service for refreshments and allow us to introduce ourselves to you. Nursery is available downstairs for children under 3. Joy Jam & Joy Jam Junior (Sunday School) is provided for children ages 3—Grade 5, who will be dismissed part way through the service. This morning we continue our worship series following the early life and ministry of Jesus, which is the traditional focus of Epiphany ‑ the season of the church year between Advent and Lent. Today we turn to the gospel of Mark where Jesus calls his first disciples. MEETINGS In Christ, With Each Other, To the World Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, that person is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! (2 Cor. 5:17) January 25, 2015 Pastor Woodrow Dixon Mark 1: 14-20 “Following Jesus” Elder of Service: Alice Dunbar 13 Wilholme Drive, R.R. 3 St. Catharines, ON L2R 6P9 Telephone: (905) 687-3372; Fax: (905) 687-8074 www.jubileecrc.org Tues. Jan. 27 Coffee Break, 9:30—11:00 am Wed. Jan. 28 Jubilee Night—6:00 Supper; 6:30 ACTS, Cadets, Gems, Jubes; 7:00 pm Adult Ed classes Sunday ‑ Gabrielle Veldboom, Tina Schulz Monday ‑ Ryan Warkentin, Bob VanderHeide, Wednesday ‑ Stacy Kok, Lauren Ste.Croix, Katelynn Folkerts, Thursday ‑ Peter Boldt; Saturday ‑ Jeff Bootsma JOY JAM SCHEDULE — January 25 Story Teller—Michelle de Boer Games Bernice Warkentin Melinda Regnerus Drama Rennie Faber Art Joanne Tenyenhuis Music Stacy Kok Grade 4/5 Alice Verhoef Christi Webster Grades K/1 Julianna VanderLinde Grade 2 Nelly Westerhoff Grade 3/4 Kadie Thompson MINISTRY TEAM OUR OFFERINGS Pastor: W oodr ow Dixon [email protected] Sunday — Jubilee & Calvinist Cadet Corps: This offering supports the work of the national organization staff of the Calvinist Cadet Corps, located in Grand Rapids, MI, helping them to produce quality curriculum, learning guides, activities, summer camps, etc. Administration: W endy de Jong [email protected] Children’s Ministry Coordinator: Stacy Kok: [email protected] Custodian: Elaine de K leine [email protected] Technical Support Coordinator Caleb Kuntz: [email protected] Youth Ministry Coordinator Anna Bailey: [email protected] Next week — Jubilee & Indwell: Indwell, formerly Homestead Christian Care, was established in 1974 as a Christian response to the needs of individuals with mental illness leaving Provincial institutions. Since that time, we have expanded the range and number of our housing options that support people seeking health, wellness and belonging. We now provide supportive housing to over 235 tenants in southern Ontario through our Hamilton and Oxford County Programs. Our housing options range from residential care with 24 hour on site services through supported independent living apartments. COUNCIL REPORT At last Tuesday’s Council meeting, a number of incoming memberships were received. We extend a warm welcome to Pastor Jim & Rose Dekker who come to us from Covenant CRC, Rita Sinnema and Frank & Tini Teeuwsen who were former Maranatha members, Thalia Semplonius who comes from Waterloo CRC and Josh Van Muyen who comes from Community CRC of Kitchener. Some of these persons, along with some others who have recently begun worshipping at Jubilee, will be formally introduced in early February. A 2‑session membership class will be offered this spring for those who would like to know more about the Christian Reformed Church or would like to become members. Kaylyn Leva, oldest daughter of Jim & Christy, recently met with one of the elders to express her faith and is now welcome to participate in communion. Council approved the offering list for 2015, and discussed reports from the Deacons, Pastor Woody, Care Elders, Personnel, Hiring Committee, and Property Administration Board. An ad hoc committee, consisting of Jasper Schouten, Chair, Pastor Woody, Wendy de Jong, Anna Bailey, Alissa Vernon, Renate Faber and Aydan Schat, has been struck to undertake a thorough evaluation of Camp Shout, using an assessment tool from Operation Manna, to determine whether we are meeting our goals for this outreach program and where improvements could be made. On February 20‑21, Classis Niagara will hold a second retreat in Stella, New York to engage in indepth discussions about ways to enhance the work of classis and the local congregations. Last year they developed a Vision and Mission Statement. This year the focus is on articulating principles that shape Classis, and which will in turn shape local congregations. Sean Schat, who is on the steering committee will attend, as well as 4 delegates: Pastor Woody; Alissa Vernon, elder; Jennifer Ste.Croix, deacon; Brandon Van Huizen, young adult rep. When Jubilee’s church leadership was restructured in 2010, the elders and deacons committed to writing yearly goal statements. Last Tuesday the goals for the executive elders, care elders, life group elders, outreach elder, youth & young adult elders and the deacons were reviewed. This annual review helps ensure that our vision and mandates are being met and used as a guideline for the overall pastoral and diaconal care of the congregation. Council also reviewed the Synodical Report on the offices of elder and deacon which will be presented to Synod in June. This report built on the earlier work of the Diakonia Remixed report which recommended that deacons be full participants at the wider Classical and Synodical level. This report dealt specifically with church order changes needed in order to make this change, and recommends that synod adopt the proposal to include deacons. The paper outlined that there is not equality between the office, but there is parity. The report’s main thrust is that by seating deacons, “there will be full representation of the whole church which these offices represent.” This report can be found on the CRCNA website ‑‑ http://www.crcna.org/ resources/synod‑resources. THIS WEEK AT JUBILEE Open Door Luncheon: You are invited to the home of Bram & Elly Hoff, 1398 Irvine Road, Niagara‑on‑the‑Lake, for a light lunch and a time to socialize with other Jubilee members. College & University students and those new to Jubilee are especially welcome. Maps with directions to their home are on the Kiosk. Have you recently begun worshipping at Jubilee?: Do you have questions about Jubilee, or about what the Christian Reformed Church is all about? Are you interested in becoming a member here at Jubilee? Please contact Pastor Woody ([email protected]) to express your interest. Jubilee hopes to offer a New Members' Class this winter and your interest can make that hope a reality. Directory updates: The new directories are in your mailboxes. Please note the following changes and update your new book as soon as possible. Clinton Klamer & Jill Walters‑Klamer ‑ add Oliver(14) and change address to 4768 King Street, Beamsville, L0R 1B1 Dave & Brenda Kiers ‑ add Gillian(14) Nellie Versluis ‑ new phone number ‑ 905‑329‑0640. New—Frank & Tini Teeuwsen, 3342 2nd Avenue, Vineland Station, L0R 2E0, 905‑562‑5724 Missing books: Two curriculum books have gone missing from the Joy Jam Jr. room. They are the "Play and Pray Bible" and "The Play and Pray Bible #2). A lot of our curriculum and teaching ideas are taken from these two resources and they seem to have disappeared. We would really appreciate having them returned as soon as possible. Thanks! Junior High students and parents: If you are now in grades 6, 7 or 8, I invite you to join me (Martin Lensink) once or twice a month starting TODAY for a junior high faith formation class. During our periodic discussions we will have a conversation about a number of new technologies and how they are or are not affecting you. If you have any questions call or contact me ‑ [email protected] or 905‑708‑4050. I look forward to seeing you in the Youth Room. The class will run the same time as Joy Jam so please come downstairs when the younger children go down. Yoga classes at Jubilee: Young Adult Yoga (ages 19‑25) ‑ Monday evening from 7:00 ‑ 8:00 pm. Cost $5.00 per class. All ages Yoga, Wednesdays 4:30‑5:45. The focus of this week’s class is on hip openers. For many of us our hips are often an area of tightness in our bodies, whether from spending a lot of time sitting or from sports such as running or cycling. Working on hip flexibility and stability can also improve lower back pain, balance, posture and prevent injuries in later life. Appropriate for all ages, all bodies, all abilities. No cost. Join us! Joy Jam: This past Sunday, the children in Joy Jam heard the story of Jesus healing the lame man that was lowered down through the roof. In that story, we "discovered" 3 miracles that Jesus actually performed...can you find them as well? COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENTS New book available from Disability Concerns: The church received a copy of a new book from Disability Concerns, called "Views from Our Shoes: Growing Up with a Brother or Sister with Special Needs." The brief chapters of this book were written by 45 children and young people who are siblings of people with disabilities. If you would like to borrow this book please see Wendy de Jong. Looking for Volunteers – Interested in serving closer to home? The Ministry to Seafarers in Montreal is looking for volunteers to serve at their center throughout the year 2015. If you have 1 week or more to give please consider joining our team as we seek to reflect the love of Christ to the seafarers who come into the Port of Montreal. For more info go to our website www.ministrytoseafarers.org and look under Get Involved Special Needs SERVE Mentor: Walk alongside 'special needs' SERVE participants and encourage them at SERVE sites, in worship, in small groups and even sightseeing. It's a beautiful week of learning and serving together in our nation’s capital city, Ottawa from July 3 – 9, 2015. Both mentors and participants are between ages 14 – 26. Check out crcna.org/servicelink (Ref.# CAN165) or email [email protected] for more information. Cycle to End Poverty!: Registration is now open for the 10th anniversary ride of the Sea to Sea Bicycle Tour. Join other cyclists this summer for a 6‑day ride in Ontario or a 10‑day ride in Alberta, and raise money for the fight against poverty. Proceeds will fund ministry by World Renew, Partners Worldwide, International Justice Mission, and local poverty initiatives in communities along the route. Volunteers are also urgently needed to assist with both rides. For information or to register, visit seatosea.org. JUBILEE NIGHT Adult Education: This coming season we are offering three adult education options, with two of them running concurrently. You may join a group at any time. 1. LGBT issues & the Church – Part 3: In this course, which will be led by Pastor Woody, those who have participated in the two basic level studies of issues surrounding what the Bible says about same‑sex attraction and how the church responds to these persons, will join together for a more in‑depth & concluding study. (held in the class- room off the Lounge, across from the Youth room) 2. “Four Reflections on the Structure of a Good Life” This seminar will be led by Shannon Hoff of the Institute for Christian Studies and run four weeks, from January 14 – February 4. Week 3 Reading: Conscience — “What is Meant by Telling the Truth?,” by Dietrich Bonhoeffer, the Protestant theologian. Scripture: Matthew 7: 28; Galatians 1: 15‑17; 1 Corinthians 2: 11‑16. (held in the classroom off the Lounge, across from the nursery) 3.“Faith Unraveled: How an evolving spiritual journey leads to an unshakeable faith” by Rachel Held Evans. This course will begin on February 11, running for 10 weeks, and be led by Jennifer Hordijk. Jubilee Night: All are welcome to come out for a communal meal at 6:00 pm, followed by various youth programs and adult education classes. Also beginning this season, Yoga will be offered before supper. The cost of the meal is being increased to $4/pp, $10 for a family of 3, and $12 for a family of 4 or more. This week's meal is Chicken & Rice Casserole with Broccoli Salad. Life Groups Update, mid season report: The second half of the church year is fully underway again, the same is true for Life Groups. Several groups enjoyed Pastor Woody’s sermon series on Hebrews along with the accompanying questions as study material; others are using various books to stimulate discussion. A lot of good comments are heard about how well it is going, but don’t think that if you are not part of a life group yet you have to miss out. There are several groups that would love to have you join them even in mid stream, it’s not too late and there is no heavy prerequisite to these discussions. Life groups are an integral part of how we “do church” at Jubilee. It is a good way to get to know one another, support each other, encourage mutual spiritual growth and explore ways to serve God and our neighbors together. For more information contact one of the Life Group Elders, Leo Versluis 905‑937‑3380 or Eb Quist 905‑563‑4224 or talk to one of the group leaders.
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