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Wednesday
Feb252015

Happening Around the Synod

Two ordinations will be celebrated on March 1st. Check out the list below to see what else is happening around the synod, and visit our online calendar for more details:

  • 2/25 Synod Personnel Committee, 1 p.m.
  • 2/26 Synod Finance Committee, 10 a.m.
  • 2/26 Classis of Greater Palisades stated session, 6 p.m.
  • 2/28 Classis of Delaware-Raritan Elder/Deacon Workshop, 8:30 a.m.
  • 3/1 Ronald W (Bud) Beresford, II Ordination at Hillsborough Reformed Church, 4 p.m.
  • 3/1 Maddie Patterson Ordination at Six Mile Run Reformed Church, 4 p.m.
  • 3/2 Synod Multicultural Ministry Committee, 10:30 a.m.  
  • 3/4 Ridder Conversation with Andy Bossardet at NBTS, 12 p.m.
  • 3/6-8 Elementary Retreat at Camp Warwick  
  • 3/7 Community Church at Harrington Park Annual Men’s Communion Breakfast with former NY Giant George Martin, 8 a.m.
  • 3/7 Reformed Church of Freehold Roast Beef Dinner, 4 p.m.  
  • 3/8 Music at United Reformed Church of Somerville, Central Jersey Symphony Orchestra
  • 3/9 Synod Foundation, 10 a.m.
  • 3/10 Synod Church Multiplication Committee, 10 a.m.  
  • 3/13-15 Camp Snowball at Camp Warwick
  • 3/14 South Branch Reformed Church Corned Beef Dinner & Bake Sale, 4:30 p.m.  
  • 3/15 First Reformed Church of Pompton Plains Youth Chili Cook-Off, 5 p.m.
  • 3/19 Synod Executive Committee, 10 a.m.  
  • 3/22 Rev Steven Sayer Installation at the Community Church in Harrington Park, 4 p.m.

 

Wednesday
Feb252015

Annual Men's Communion Breakfast with Guest Speaker, Former NY Giant George Martin

THE COMMUNITY CHURCH in HARRINGTON PARK

ANNUAL MEN’S COMMUNION BREAKFAST 

Saturday, March 7 - 8 A.M. 

One Spring Street, Harrington Park NJ  07640

The Community Church in Harrington Park will hold its ANNUAL MEN’S COMMUNION BREAKFAST on Saturday, March 7 at 8 A.M.  The speaker this year will be George Martin, who played defensive end for the NY Giants from 1975-1988 and served as captain for the Super Bowl XXI Champions.  On September 16, 2007, Martin began walking from New York City's George Washington Bridge to San Diego in order to raise money for medical care for the first responders to the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attack on the United States. Martin hoped to raise more than $10 million for this cause.  Martin arrived in San Diego on June 21, 2008 after having walked over 3,000 miles. He said the total amount raised was about $2 million.  Men! Please round up your sons, brothers, neighbors, and friends and bring them to this annual event.  Tickets are $10 for adults, and $6 for children 12 and under.

Make your reservations by calling the church office at 201-768-2457 or emailing cchp@verizon.net


Wednesday
Feb182015

Synod Churches in RCA Today

Each issue of RCA Today gives us an opportunity to highlight what's happening in churches throughout our regional synod. The Winter 2015 issue tells of a new chapter for an historic church, and how 2 churches help the hurting through Stephen ministers.  Click here to see previously published articles.

If your church has a ministry you would like to see shared in a future issue, please contact the synod office at rsmat@rca.org or 862.247.8444.

To see what's happening at churches in the other synods around the RCA click here or visit www.rca.org/synods

Friday
Feb132015

Wheelchair Accessible Bus Campaign for Warwick's Camp Sunrise

The Camp Sunrise & Camp Snowball programs of the Warwick Conference Center have an urgent need to purchase a new wheelchair accessible bus used to transport those with challenged mobility to onsite and offsite activities.

The Board of Directors has set a goal of raising $65,000 by April 15, 2015 and have received leadership gifts to date representing 25% of their goal.  Click here for more details and to learn how you can help support this worthy effort. All gifts, no matter what size, are important and welcomed.

If you are not familiar with Warwick's Camp Sunrise/Camp Snowball programs, click here for a video from the Summer 2014 program.

Donations can be made payable to "The Warwick Center" with "Sunrise Bus" in the memo line, and mailed to The Warwick Center, PO Box 349, Warwick NY 10990

Friday
Feb062015

Ridder Conversation with Andy Bossardet Rescheduled to March 4th

Below is an invitation from Andy Bossardet to the rescheduled conversation about Ridder Church Renewal. The new date is Wednesday, March 4, 2015 from 12-2 PM at the New Brunswick Theological Seminary, 35 Seminary Place, New Brunswick NJ 08901.  Lunch will be served. If you are interested in attending please RSVP to the synod office by Tuesday, February 24th - rsmat@rca.org or 862-247-8444. 

As someone who lived near the 45th parallel for five winters, I know that you can always count on weather to confound one’s plans… particularly winter. However, I am excited to host (with the Regional Synod of the Mid-Atlantics) a rescheduled conversation about Ridder.

Ridder Church Renewal is a Journey of Personal and Congregational Transformation; offered as a partnership between Western Theological Seminary (WTS), t​he ​Reformed Church in America (RCA) and the Christian Reformed Church in North America (CRCNA). A great first step to thinking about participation in Ridder is to come to this luncheon.

Pastors Bethany Devos of North and Southampton Reformed Church and Donald Hoover of Tappan Reformed Church have agreed to share their stories, giving participants a great opportunity to not only hear the principles behind Ridder but also stores of how RCR has played out in their contexts.

We hope to provide you with enough information for you and your leadership to discern whether a team from your congregation should attend the Introductory event for Ridder Church Renewal, that will be held on May 15-16 for the East Coast Region at Kaatskill Mountain Club in Hunter, NY​. More about that event will be shared at the luncheon as well.

Here are the details for the pastors' luncheon:

  • Wednesday, March 4 2015
  • From 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
  • New Brunswick Theological Seminary
  • Lunch provided as a gift to you for your attendance
  • RSVP to the Synod office by February 24th

Let me be clear; this is an invitation to a conversation. It is a way to begin to provide you with information that we hope will be helpful to you and your leadership in discernment. Attendance does not commit you to any further steps. I look forward to meeting with you on March 4.

Blessings always,

Andy Bossardet

If you wish to attend but are unable to do so on March 4th, the Synod of New York is hosting a similar conversation with Andy on March 3rd at their office in Tarrytown from 11 AM-2 PM. You are welcome to attend either event but must RSVP to our office by February 24th.