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The Giving Tree Project 2014
This giving project includes a poster, instructional inserts, and one set of 32 unique ornaments with ribbon to hang on your Advent, Easter, or Christmas tree. Perfect for churches, small groups, families, and day or church schools—or use as gift tags on your Christmas gifts! Use The Giving Tree Project with the World Renew 2014-2015 Gift Catalog, or check out the new Group Giving Guide in the center of this year’s catalog to give collectively!
Live Justly Curriculum
The release of our Live Justly small group curriculum is on back order. We hope it will still be released by the end of November and when it is available you [as a subscriber to Deacons Link] will be one of the first people to receive a copy. In the meantime we would like to share with you another book that will be coming in the mail. . . .
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Devotional for Deacons: November
Building Diaconal Partnerships
Too often local congregations act as if they alone are the Church or Body of Christ in the community . . . that they alone are doing God's work . . . alone. This perspective or mindset can be especially challenging and often discouraging to deacons in smaller congregations. The truth, however, is that many, if not most, congregations--especially in the U.S. and perhaps Canada--are in communities or areas where there are other churches (not necessarily CRC of course), ministries, and/or faith-based Christian organizations working with and supporting individuals and families in some way. I believe that we need to both view and work with other Christians (churches, ministries, organizations, neighbors, etc.) in our communities in a way that more faithfully reflects the Church as the Body of Christ that we are.
As deacons and those involved in diaconal work on behalf of a local congregation, this means that we should explore ways to support and work with individuals and families. Increasingly, as we act and look more like the Body of Christ that we are we will also . . .
"Building Diaconal Partnerships" was originally posted on the Deacons Network on April 15, 2014.
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