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Friday
Apr012011

Agape House report and request for support

Attached is a letter providing an update about the progress of Agape House, the new church plant Classis New Brunswick is fostering in North Plainfield, NJ.  The New Ministries Committee of Classis is overseeing this new venture on a monthly basis and is pleased with its progress to date.  Nevertheless, there are months of hard work ahead as Agape House moves toward its formal launch, that is, the beginning of weekly worship services in October 2011.

Part of the New Congregation Plan that is being followed by Agape House includes the need to supplement funding from Classis, Regional Synod, General Synod and, most significantly, from Trinity Reformed Church in North Plainfield.  Funding from church mission/outreach budgets as well as from individuals within our churches is anticipated in the 2011 revenue budget for Agape House.  The New Ministries Committee asks that you use your most effective means of getting this appeal for monetary gifts to those in your congregation who have a heart for planting new churches and may be led to participate.  Bulletin inserts, monthly newsletters, and the pulpit are possible avenues as are church and vacation Bible schools.  Only you know the best way to appeal to your congregation, and we ask to you to make a special effort to do so this spring.

How exciting it is to be part of the initiative to reach hitherto churchless children of God!  How connected your parishioners will feel when they have contributed to fulfilling the Great Commission of our Lord Jesus Christ in this particular way.  On behalf of the Administrative Council (which approved this appeal) and the New Ministries Committee (which sponsors it), we thank you for helping put this opportunity in front of your congregation.

 

In love and service,

Rev. Jane Price

Chairperson, New Ministries Committee

Classis of New Brunswick

Friday
Apr012011

Reformed Church Home golf classic

20th Annual Golf Classic Scheduled for August 22
Save the date for Reformed Church Home's 20th Annual Golf Classic to be held on Monday, August 22 at the Forsgate Country Club, Banks Course, Monroe Twp, NJ.  Proceeds from this popular event are used to support RCH's mission "...the compassionate care of our elders in a spiritual environment."  Please check our website for details in the months ahead.

Friday
Apr012011

Watoto Children's Choir Tuesday April 5 7pm

Faith Reformed Church (95 Prospect Street - Midland Park) invites you to attend a special performance by the Watoto Children's Choir Of Uganda on this Tuesday night (April 5) at the church beginning at 7:00 PM.

"Watoto Children's Choirs have travelled internationally since 1994 as advocates for the estimated 50 million children in Africa, orphaned as a result of HIV/AIDS, war, poverty and disease. Accompanied by a team of adults, the choir presents Watoto’s vision and mission through their stories, music and dance. Watoto choirs act as ambassadors to raise awareness about the plight of the orphaned and vulnerable children of Africa.  Issues such as poverty, HIV/AIDS, the effects of war and the child soldier crisis in Northern Ugandan are highlighted.

Each of the children in the choir has suffered the loss of their parents either through war or disease. They live in Watoto children's villages. The experience gives the children exposure to other cultures broadening their worldview. It also gives them confidence and boldness and helps them rise up out of their own situations of sadness and despair. The choirs have toured Uganda, Kenya, South Africa, Australasia, Canada, UK, Germany, France, USA, South America, Hong Kong, China and Japan. Their audiences have included princes and paupers, warming many hearts wherever they go."  

Pleae join us for this special evening of song, dance and story-telling. A Free-will offering will be recieved to support the mission of the Watoto Children's Villages.
More information can be found on our website: http://www.growinggodspeople.com or http://www.watoto.com/home or call the church at 201-444-1694.

Thank you!

Pastor Scott Nichols

Thursday
Mar312011

Worship Renewal Conversation Hosted by Classis of Delaware-Raritan

Your Invitation to Join the Conversation...

Recognizing that spiritual renewal and renewal of worship go hand-in-hand, the 2009 General Synod approved the formation of a task force "to explore the nature of and funding for a major worship initiative in the RCA."  (read more about the Worship Renewal Project).  You are invited to be part of this denomination-wide conversation about worship happening here in our corner of the world.  

Through conversation, book responses, experiences, and video examples, we'll explore worship practices and liturgy with a special eye to how we are incorporating Reformed theology through it all.

In addition, we would like to continue the conversation that began at the Leadership Training workshop led by Jared Ayers (Liberti, Philadelphia) in which we were challenged to narrate the gospel throughout worship in a way that opens it to those seeking Christ and fellowship in a congregation.  Although Jared is unable to join us this day, we will explore these ideas together.

Pastors, worship leaders, and interested others (from any classis) are welcome to join us!

Worship Renewal Conversation: Saturday, May 21 Ÿ 10 AM to 3 PM (come as long as you can)

Hosted at: North & Southampton Reformed Church Ÿ 1380 Bristol Road, Churchville, PA Ÿ 215-357-5636

Hosted by: Worship Renewal Project small group leaders: Rev. Bill DeYoung, Harlingen Reformed; Rev. Bethany Devos, North & Southampton

Save your seat:  pastor_bethany@nsrc1710org

Suggested Reading:  A More Profound Alleluia: Theology and Worship in Harmony limited number of copies available for participants

Additional Information: Rev. Bill DeYoung, (908) 359-3556; Rev. Bethany Devos (215) 357-5636

Friday
Mar252011

First Reformed Pompton Plains 275th Anniversary

First Reformed Church in Pompton Plains, New Jersey, will be having a service of celebration at 7:30 p.m. on April 7 to celebrate its 275th anniversary. Anyone who would like to attend is invited to join members of First Reformed as they celebrate 275 years of ministry and witness in their community.

Everett Zabriskie, stated clerk of the Classis of Passaic Valley, encourages members of classis churches to consider attending. “Anniversaries are the lifeline to the future. It is important to pay attention to our history as it tells us who we are.”

First Reformed Church is located at 529 Newark-Pompton Tpke., Pompton Plains, NJ 07444.