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Workshop on financial freedom at Blawenberg May 11

Blawenburg Church hosts the second program in its spring Lecture Series with the dynamic Dr. DeForest B. Soaries, Jr. in a talk titled Breaking Free from Financial Slavery…Wednesday, May 11th, at 7:30pm.
Dr. Soaries served as New Jersey’s first African-American Secretary of State under then Governor Christie Todd Whitman. He’s currently Senior Pastor of the First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens in Somerset, New Jersey. Dr. Soaries is the author of dfree™ Breaking Free from Financial Slavery. Founded in 2005, his dfreeTM campaign is the linchpin of a successful strategy to lead people, families and organizations out of debt to attain financial independence. Dr. Soaries was the focus of the 3rd program in CNN’s Black in America documentary series “Almighty Debt”. He received his Master of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary.
On Wednesday, May 25th, at 7:30pm, Blawenburg Church will host the third program in its series with journalist John Patten in a talk titled New Directions in Online News Media.

Download more information here.


Church Multiplication pages expanded

Visit the expanded church multiplication resource pages for new information, ideas, contacts...


North Reformed seeks items

  1. Men's Clothing:  This is our Clothing Barn's highest demand and lowest supply item.  We love all sorts of men's clothing, including more formal items as we assist people in job interviews.  I am told by our leaders in this area that we are close to exhausting our supply.
  2. Paper Supplies:  It is so difficult to find deals on paper products such as toilet paper, napkins and the like.  Toilet paper is a particular personal need for those sleeping in the streets or in certain shelters. 
  3. Pick-up Truck (preferably with driver):  We receive a significant order of food from the Food Bank of New Jersey in Hillside (just south of Newark).  It would save time, money and effort to have a truck or van at our disposal.  A donated truck would be a well-used luxury.  Having a person with a truck who is willing to help with this part of the mission would be better.
  4. Administrative Assistance:  As we seek new sources of food and other resources, there is more paperwork and organization needed.  This is another way to volunteer time instead of money.

We do appreciate the past and present support we've received from classis partners.  Something special is happening that bears witness to the goodness of the Lord as expressed in the generosity of God's people. 


Rev. Randy Van Doornik                                                     

Church Phone: 973-623-3198
North Reformed Church                                                     

Cell Phone: 201-835-4649
510 Broad St.
Newark, NJ  07102                                                    


Community Development learning group forming

Community Development efforts are proving to be a major way churches can engage their mission. In a variety of ways, they are developing creative and significant interventions in communities around issues of food, housing, foster care, etc...

As part of the outcome of our various Revitalization/Renewal conversations, Earl James has done some work in preparing a seminar.  Details of the seminar can be found in the attachments.  We want to send you this as another action item which has been developed. 

This project is run in conjunction with Western Seminary as part of their Journey program. An information sheet and an application are in our downloads section in the folder called "Community Development"

The deadline to register has been extended to May 10th, and Earl’s office can provide a stipend of $325 per church.  


If you are interested in participating, email or call Earl James ASAP: or 616.916.8077




Luis R. Pérez

Executive Minister

Synod of the Mid-Atlantics, RCA

245 US Highway 22, Suite 106

Bridgewater, NJ  08807



Webinar in support of Discovery Discernment process

The Discernment Process Design Team cordially invites you to attend the next webinar: The Role of the Discovery Workshop Leader, on Monday, May 2nd from 7:30 - 8:30 pm EDST. Last night's webinar: How to Host a Congregational Discovery Workshop, was recorded and will be posted on the RCA web site for you to watch at your convenience.
It is the goal of the Discernment Process to have every RCA church and church plant do a Congregational Discovery Workshop and to bring their stories to Conversations: Seeking God's Future for the RCA.  which will be held Feb. 10-12, 2012 in Orlando, FL.
Rev. Don Poest, president of General Synod, has posted a short video of his church's response to the Discovery Workshop:

The Regional Synod Executives will be soon identifying at least one person in each classis to help promote Discovery Workshops and the Discernment Process.