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CRC News Service | Vol. 14 | No. 35 | August 31, 2016
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Church Offers Day Services to Persons with Dementia

Louise Steffen’s kayak was strapped to the hatchback of her tiny Kia as she pulled into the parking lot of Reeman Christian Reformed Church in Fremont, Michigan. She was there to pick up her husband who was participating in the church’s new Wellspring ministry. Read story

Who Decides What’s Polite?

Christian Reformed World Missions recently hosted an orientation for new missionaries. One of the topics that they explored included cultural competency—the importance of knowing key differences between your host culture and the one you are coming from. Read story

Sunshine Community CRC Sold

Sunshine Community Church, once one of the largest congregations in the Christian Reformed Church, has sold its facility and 77-acre site in Grand Rapids, Michigan, to a non-denominational church that plans to use it for a second campus. Read story

Laarman Named New World Renew DRS Director

Bob Laarman can number on his resume the different experiences that helped make him a good choice to become the new director of World Renew’s Disaster Response Services. Read story

Chicago-area CRC Wins Energy Star Certification

Hope Christian Reformed Church in Oak Forest, Illinois, has become the first congregation in the CRC to be given Energy Star certification from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Read story

Discovery Doesn’t Retire

Roger DeKock, a retired Calvin College chemistry and biochemistry professor, has been selected as one of just five emeritus faculty nationwide to be part of the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation’s 2016 Senior Scientist Mentor Program. Read story

Banner: From Pancakes to Praise in Lacombe

Members of Woody Nook Christian Reformed Church served up pancakes to about 1,000 people in July. It was part of Lacombe Days, a summer highlight for this town of 13,000 residents located 125 km (78 miles) south of Edmonton, Alberta. The event included a parade, museum tours, Slo-pitch tournament, hot air balloon rides, car and quilt shows, live music and entertainment, and more. Read story

Network: How to Help the Single Parent

A single parent has suffered loss—whether through death, desertion, separation or divorce. She/he will exhibit all the stages of grief. However, here there is no socially accepted mourning period with many supporters coming alongside the grieving spouse. There is mostly aloneness and confusion. What can the church do? Here are several way to help... Read More

Heads Up

Redeemer University College in Ancaster, Ontario is launching a new liberal arts curriculum this fall. The core curriculum will challenge students to engage beyond the boundaries of their major area of study, teaching them to think broadly and innovatively. The core curriculum connects the entire Redeemer experience together with 10 courses that build on and complement the content of each student’s chosen discipline.

The Rev. Dr. Douwe Visser, the executive secretary for theology, communion and mission for the World Communion of Reformed Churches will be taking early retirement in 2017 after an extended medical leave due to the need for surgery on both of Visser’s knees, a process that includes several months of rehabilitation and recovery. In accepting his request for early retirement, the WCRC’s Executive Committee expressed its thanks for Visser’s many years of service to the organization and offered the assurance of its prayers for his good health.

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