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Tuesday
Sep162014

Warwick's Camp Snowball Dates & Volunteer Opportunities

Camp Snowball is a special weekend camping experince for the differently-abled, ages 8-55.  If you are interested in volunteering, contact Camp Warwick at 845-986-1164 for more details.

Friday
Sep122014

Additional September Happenings

  • 9/13 Pottersville Reformed Church Pig Roast, 4-7 p.m.
  • 9/13 Griggstown Reformed Church Youth Group & Jersey Harmony Chorus dinner show, "See You in September"
Tuesday
Sep022014

September Happenings Around the Synod

Two ordinations head up our September happenings as churches kick off their fall programming. Visit our calendar for more information:

9/4, 5, 6 – Godspell at Old Brick Reformed Church

9/7 – Tom Henion Ordination and Installation at Living Word Reformed Church

9/8 – Synod Foundation board meeting

9/9 – Synod Church Multiplication Committee meeting

9/18 – Synod Executive Committee meeting

9/19, 20, 26, 27 – Godspell at Middlebush Reformed Church

9/20 – South Branch Reformed Church Ham Dinner

9/20 – Readington Reformed Church Harvest Home Roast Beef Dinner

9/21 – Bradley Redeker Ordination

9/24 – Classis of New Brunswick Stated Session

Wednesday
Aug272014

Warwick Open House Day - October 20, 2014

Click here for flyer and registration form

Tuesday
Aug192014

"Christ is Acquainted with All of Our Sorrows" - A Letter from Our Synod President

“So Judas came to the garden, guiding a detachment of soldiers and some officials from the chief priests and the Pharisees. They were carrying torches, lanterns and weapons.”   John 18:3 (NIV)

I don’t know about you but “torches, lanterns and weapons” seem a bit excessive considering the perpetrator (Jesus of Nazareth) that the soldiers, officials representing the chief priests and Pharisees were out to apprehend. Some may say that the officials were just doing their job and the excessive show of force was justified. Others felt that their rights were being trampled on and that this was just another case of abuse of power. Regardless, on a political, legal and moral scale the system failed greatly. 

On Saturday August 9, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri, Michael Brown, who was unarmed, was shot to death by police while walking down a street with a friend. 

In the midst of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict, Iraqi’s fight against the terror group ISIS and the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, the tragic death of Michael Brown, yet another African-American male killed at the hands of police, has polarized this nation.

Several months ago at a classis meeting there was discussion regarding gun control in our country. Both sides presented passionate dialogue about their stance and a small portion suggested that urban areas with it’s minority population, crime and failing schools would benefit greatly from better gun control laws. My response to that notion is that everyone would benefit from better gun control laws, from Columbine to Newark and from Paterson to Newtown. But what I shared with my sisters and brothers that night is that the first time I ever had a gun pointed at me did not occur in Paterson but in a predominantly white suburb of Bergen County.  

Imagine the psychological effects of knowing that your only crime was driving home from work after dark. No speeding, no broken taillight and your license, registration and insurance not asked for. You think to yourself, “This is it. I might not see my family and friends again.” The officers question you, “Where are you going?” “Where are you coming from?” “Do you know anyone who lives in this town?”  

Never mind the fact that I worked at Ramapo College for 14 years, my wife who was my fiancée at that time, lived in that town and, oh yes, by the way, I am a US Citizen since birth. With your dignity now stripped away, anger and frustration come to the forefront.  

I know how Peter felt when they came to arrest Jesus. He had enough of being pushed around but Jesus knew full well that peace would prevail and His tragedy would become our eternal triumph. Peace will prevail in Ferguson, Missouri, as it will in every urban city, suburb and trailer park when the people of God pray for one another and love one another. 

Let us pray that the tragic death of Michael Brown will be the beginning of triumph over the sinful practices of injustice all over this world.   God has placed many voices throughout the Earth and no greater voice does He have at His disposal than the Reformed Church in America. Let us continue to sharpen each other with every opportunity that the master gives us daily

Blessings, Rev. Darryl Redmond

Pastor, Faith Chapel Reformed Church

President, Synod of the Mid-Atlantics

https://www.rca.org/multiracial/