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January 28 Ridder Conversation Postponed

The Ridder Conversation scheduled for Wednesday, January 28th has been postponed due to the winter storm and the resulting travel disruptions.  We will share the new date once it has been set.


Crossroads Retreat for Women April 17-18, 2015


An Invitation to a Conversation About Ridder Church Renewal

I am writing with an invitation to a conversation about Ridder Church Renewal (RCR). It includes an offer of a free lunch. Pastors Bethany Devos and Donald Hoover will be in attendance to talk about their experience in Ridder Church Renewal.

Ridder Church Renewal is a Journey of Personal and Congregational Transformation; offered as a partnership between Western Theological Seminary (WTS), the Reformed Church in America (RCA) and the Christian Reformed Church in North America (CRCNA). 

As a first step in helping you and your congregation discern whether this is the right time for you and your congregation to engage the Ridder Church Renewal process, WTS, the RCA, and the Synod of the Mid-Atlantics are hosting an informational luncheon for RCA and CRCNA pastors in the Mid-Atlantic Regional Synod. 

The purpose of this luncheon will be to offer you a brief overview of the Ridder Church process and, more importantly, for you to hear stories about what RCR has meant for pastoral leaders and their congregations. You will hear from Andy Bossardet, former Ridder pastor in Glen Arbor, MI & current Coordinator for Equipping Thriving Congregations for the RCA, and East Coast pastors engaged in Ridder Church Renewal. 

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, January 28 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 January 22 if you plan to attend at or 862-247-8444

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. 

Blessings always, Andy Bossardet

RSVP to the Synod office by January 22 if you plan to attend at or 862-247-8444


Former Clover Hill Reformed Church Student Doing Mission Work in Uganda

Each year the Clover Hill Church provides a small scholarship to our college students and, when I present the checks I speak of our college students as our product, our gift, our missionaries to the future!

And I believe that is true, as I watch them take their places in business and education and medicine and the other vocations to which God has called them.  The world, in many places and ways, is so much better for all that God done through the men and women who had their souls shaped and nurtured in Clover Hill!

Here is the story of one of them, one of us, Jason Reinhardt.  Jason, Jalina, Drew and Blake will soon be leaving to serve God, on our behalf, in Uganda.  Please read, share and pray over this, and if you can provide and support for them in their work that would be wonderful!

If you have any questions or need more information just let me know! Thanks so much!


Jack Cherry

Pastor, Clover Hill Reformed Church


News from the Reformed Church Home

Reformed Church Home Earns Deficiency-Free Honors in Annual State Survey: Kate Shepard, Executive Director and Administrator at Reformed Church Home (RCH) in Old Bridge, New Jersey, is pleased to announce a Deficiency-Free Rating attained in the annual survey of skilled nursing facilities conducted by the NJ Department of Health and Senior Services. “This honor places Reformed Church Home among a handful of elite New Jersey nursing centers recognized for excellence in quality of care, and is a testament to the excellent nursing and management staff that uphold our high standards every day,” said Shepard. Click here for more news from RCH.

Food Bank Presentation: During a pre-Thanksgiving celebration, Kate Shepard, Executive Director at RCH, presented a check for $500 along with several hundred pounds of food to representatives from the Food Bank of Old Bridge.  Donations were collected from staff members and families of residents at the Home as part of the “Stop Hunger” and “No Kid Hungry” initiatives implemented during the month of November at RCH.

The Reformed Church Home, a subsidiary corporation of the Synod of the Mid-Atlantics, is an assisted living, skilled nursing, and rehabilitation community in Old Bridge, NJ.