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275th Anniversary Celebration at First Pompton Plains

You are cordially invited to be our guest as we celebrate our 275th Anniversary at an evening service on Thursday, the 7th of April at 7:30 pm First Reformed Church of Pompton Plains, NJ 529 Newark Pompton Turnpike Pompton Plains, NJ 07444


RSMAT in RCA Today

Each issue of the denomination's magazine, RCA Today, contains 4 pages highlighting things that are happening in our regional synod.  Check out our pages in current and past issues here.


Memorial Service for Mrs. Carol Hagerman

carol hagemanA Memorial Service for Mrs. Carol Hageman,  the widow of Dr. Howard Hageman, President of New Brunswick Theological Seminary from 1973-1985, will be held at the First Church in Albany, 110 North Pearl Street, Albany, NY  on Saturday, March 12th at noon. Dr. Gregg Mast will participate in the service. Click here to read the RCA Today article, "Carol Hageman Remembered."


meeting held on revitalization process

14 members of the Regional Synod, representing each of our four classes, gathered on Monday night to think together about shared challenges with regard to revitalization of congregations. We agreed that the congregation is the real place where this starts, and our role is to resource and encourage congregational leaders in seeking revitalization. Luis shared a comment recently made by our retiring General Secretary, that "culture eats strategy for lunch." This stressed the importance of paying attention to the cultures present in our local congregations. Using a medical analogy, these may be healthy, sick or dying. This led to a discussion about how to recognize the conditions of our churches, and how to offer the right kind of support for each condition. The Reformed Church offers an excellent summary of different kinds of church situations in the Fresh Start document. We looked at each of these situations, and discussed cases where churches have had to face hard realities about their conditions and what was needed to move forward. One of the more interesting options is for members of stronger congregations to be loaned to other congregations to assist in ministry for a time and to help offer new visions of church culture. We will have more report following, but if you are interested in the conversation, email us and let us know!


South Branch Reformed Church fundraising dinner



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A Corned Beef Dinner & Bake Sale will be held
on Saturday, March 12th, from 4:30 to 7:00 PM
with Chef Tyson presiding over the kitchen.

Honey Glazed Corned Beef Boiled Cabbage
Horseradish Sauce Parsley Potatoes
Candied Carrots Cole Slaw Irish Soda Bread
Assorted Desserts Assorted Beverages
Kids Menu: Hot Dogs Mac & Cheese
Prices: Adults - $12.00 Children (ages 5-10) - $5.00
Children (age 4 and under) - FREE