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2011 Annual Meeting

The Annual Meeting of the Synod of the Mid-Atlantics was held on Saturday, May 7th at the Middlebush Reformed Church in Somerset, NJ. 

The Synod approved a recommendation for the Ad-hoc Committee on Re-evaluation to continue its study and assessment of the structure and staffing of the synod and to work with the Personnel Committee to bring recommendations to the 2012 annual meeting. 

New officers were elected: President, Rev. Chris Jacobsen; Vice President, Rev. Scott Brown; Stated Clerk, Rev. Steve Eckert; Treasurer, Elder Jim Thompson. 

The Synod also named Rev. Frederick Mold, Jr. Stated Clerk Emeritus. 

Visit our picture gallery to see more photos from the meeting.


flute and guitar concert


Don't Miss iDuo Caramba! on May 15th!

Carla Auld, flute

Ana Maria Rosado, guitar


Learn More at:



iDuo Caramba! Facebook



Sunday, May 15, 2011    

3:00 p.m. 


iDuo Caramba!

North Branch Reformed Church

203 Route 28

Bridgewater, NJ 08807 


Works from the USA, Argentina, Bolivia, Cuba, and Venezuela by Beaser, Granados, Leon, Larson, Piazzolla, Pujol, and Zenamon.



Suggested Donation:  $10 


For more info, call 973-377-0722

Sponsored by NJ Flute Society.  



" ... Beguiling ... perfect technical command ... music made for listening ease and pleasure. Strongly recommended." - Fanfare Magazine


"[M]usic that is as creative as it is delightful ... its ensemble blend and polish speaks volumes for the conscientiousness of its approach." - Lynn René Bayley 



¡Duo Caramba! is a spirited duo that focuses on contemporary Latin-American Music. Featuring Flutist Carla Auld and Guitarist Ana María Rosado, the ensemble performs new music, as well as more traditional repertoire from all styles of music.


To listen, click on the following link  ¡Duo Caramba!


Flutist Carla Auld was most recently garnered First Prize in the Cosmo Buono International Flute Competition which featured her and other First Prize winners in a solo performance at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall in Fall 2010.


Her first solo debut CD, "The Beauty in America", featuring the works of living American composers, is available on under the MSR record label. The label has described the CD as "entirely captivating and impressive". 

Read more ... 




Guitarist Ana María Rosado is a dynamic interpreter of classical and contemporary music who has concertized throughout the United States, Europe, Latin America and the Far East. Prominent composers have written works for the Puerto Rican artist, including Jorge Morel, Tania León, Laura Kaminsky, David Fetherolf, Roque Cordero, Rafael Aponte-Ledée, Francis Schwartz and Edmundo Vásquez.

Her interpretations of Twentieth-Century music have been widely praised, noting "carefully shaded readings of Falla's Homenaje and Ponce's Theme, Varie et Finale," and that "she rose to the challenges of Francis Schwartz's We've Got (Poly)Rhythm" [The New York Times]. Her debut solo compact disc on the Albany Records label, We've got (poly)rhythm, was critically acclaimed, and her interpretations praised for "each cunningly placed note, chord and expression mark" [Classical Guitar, U.K.]

Her second solo CD, independently released on Salsa and other beats (2010) has been hailed as exquisite by discerning listeners. Another CD release in 2010, The Beauty In America by flutist Carla Auld on the MSR Label, will feature AMR with Ms. Auld in a selection of Robert Beaser's Mountain Songs.

Ana María 's playing has been heralded as having "great style and zeal" [The San Juan Star, Puerto Rico], with "total command both technically and musically of the guitar" [La Nación, Costa Rica]. Appearances in chamber music has also garnered acclaim: "Arrangements for guitar rather than piano gave a more vernacular grounding to the accompaniment, sensitively played by Ana María Rosado." [The Washington Post] 



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