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Wednesday
Apr062011

volunteer work opportunities in Classis New Brunswick

Volunteer Mission Teams, Individual Volunteers and Tradespersons needed to assist two volunteer work sites in The Classis of New Brunswick.

1). Willingboro:  Monday, July 25 through Saturday August 13 (If team staying on site can begin Saturday, July 23).

    Tasks: Much cleanup of property, landscaping, painting exterior trim wood, replacing exterior (or major repairing of) doors in education wing and painting them, some gutter repairs (minor), filling in sidewalk cracks, making wooded wheel chair ramp for exit, shingling two smaller out buildings, cleaning and painting interior Sunday School rooms and baths, remodeling bathrooms, electricians needs to install much brighter lights for the sanctuary (sanctuary very dim), sand and vanish pews, clean and wax floors, clean windows, and much, much more.  There are many tasks for teen/young adult youth teams, retirement age groups, as well as regular mission teams.  All these are very important tasks that need to be done if this church is to be a good restart.  We need a building and property that is attractive to attract folks.  These are all obtainable tasks for even quite untalented teams and volunteers.  Paul Nulton can teach and train how to do these tasks.  A volunteer materials fee will be determined to help defray cost of materials.  If teams stay on site overnight they need to purchase and cook their own meals.  Showers will be provided.  On site teams needs to bring sleeping bags, pillows, and (optional) air mattresses as well as hygiene supplies.

2.  First Reformed Church, New Brunswick:  Monday August 15 through Saturday August 27th.

    Tasks:  Preparing for painting and painting the church house.  This building has not been painted for many years.  The upper trim wood will be painted by the Volunteer Coordinator Paul Nulton because of height in some areas and electrical wires.  The second floor wood tiles need to be sanded, some re-nailed and perhaps a few replaced, and then stained.  The first floor wood needs to be scraped very well, sanded to open the pores, caulked in places, primed and then latex coated.  Some wood needs replacement and a carpenter volunteer or two would be very helpful for this purpose.  Tarps and other aids like tape will be used to keep paint splatters off lower areas in the beginning and then sidewalks and etc.  This job will have to be done from various heights of ladders – but only those used to working high will do so or if it is part of their trade.  Most of the difficult work is 10’ and under.  Some can be done from the ground.

 

These projects, if completed, will save the Classis a lot of money in Willingboro and save First Reformed Church a lot of money, especially in labor.  Both projects will significantly improve the appearance of the properties; make the buildings tighter and more secure from water damage and in Willingboro’s case, theft.

These projects need your help and love.  Please phone Paul Nulton, Coordinator of Volunteers for the Synod of Mid-Atlantics, if you desire more information or if you would like to schedule times for volunteers from your church or yourself.  Paul needs to be on-site when these projects are going on.  He can tell you what tools to bring and give further information if you or your team desires to stay on site overnight.  Paul can be reached at 845-598-1407 (cell) or E-mail:  pnulton@warwickconferencecenter.org.  Sometimes when Paul is working at sites he cannot return e-mails until Friday night or Saturday so if you need to talk to him right away, phone.

The Reformed Church in Highland Park will take the lead in volunteers in Willingboro.  Is there a New Brunswick Classis Church willing to take the lead at First New Brunswick?  The Lead Church is the one working closely with the Volunteer Coordinator and provides volunteer support at the beginning week of the project and supplemental volunteers during the remainder of the project.  This is to insure there will be a minimum of volunteers to keep the project going.  Also, at Willingboro, there is interest in a team helping them with VBS program and can run at the same time as the property work.

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