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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


Lenten prayer vigil in Pompton Plains

First Reformed Church of Pompton Plains 529 Newark Pompton Turnpike Pompton Plains, NJ 07444- will be offering a Lenten Prayer Vigil- on April 15, 2011  from 5pm to 10pm in the church Sanctuary.   Our lives are so busy and the season of Lent is quite the opposite. Lent is a time of spiritual preparation and renewal for all the faithful as we give special attention to the ministry and passion of Christ.  Jesus went out into the desert to reflect, pray, and prepare.  This Lenten Prayer Vigil is offered as a time to accomplish the same goal.  Come and go as your spirit leads- stay for 10 minutes or the full 5 hours.   There will be a short time of Scripture reading, prayer, and confession at the beginning of each hour, but the rest of the time is open for your spirits to connect with the Holy.  You may pray silently or come forward to pray with a member of the prayer team.  For more information please contact Pastor Susan Dorward- 973-216-0702.


NBTS International Summer School

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International Summer School
The Free University
Amsterdam, Netherlands
July 11-21, 2011  
God in a (Post) Secular Society
Registration and Deposit Due By April 15, 2011
The New Brunswick Theological Seminary International Summer School, working in collaboration with the Free University of Amsterdam theology faculty, provides a forum in which students can participate in discussions with a variety of Dutch theologians and church leaders offering old and new perspectives on current issues. 
Does God exist? Which God exists? The question of God is at issue in new ways in a society that is both radically secular - without God - and that is religious in new ways. The Netherlands, called the most secularized society in Western Europe, provides a fertile context in which these questions are being asked. Set in the international city of Amsterdam, the school provides a unique place and opportunity for theological students to engage in conversations with NBTS' own Rev. Dr. Allan Janssen, leading minds on the Dutch theological scene, as well as with Dutch students. All lectures will be in English.

The school will be held July 11-21, 2011. The cost is $2700 per person (double occupancy). The price could change with airfare changes. A $200 non-refundable deposit is needed by April 15, 2011. The cost includes airfare, ground transportation and lodging. Meals can be purchased in the cafeteria at the VU for inexpensive prices.

New Brunswick Theological Seminary M.A. and M.Div. students may receive three credits for participation in the school and completion of course requirements for an additional tuition fee. Please click here to register for International Summer School. For more information, please contact Jeanette Peralta at
New Brunswick Theological Seminary
17 Seminary Place
New Brunswick, NJ 08901


Clergy Well-being Seminar at Drew

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Drew Theological School - Classes Without Quizzes
"Keeping the Pastor Healthy"
Dr. Virginia Samuel
Associate Dean of Contextual Learning, Drew Theological School
Friday, February 25, 2011
9:30 am – 12 noon
University Center, Room 123
Clergy were once among the healthiest of all the professions and enjoyed low rates of heart disease, diabetes and depression. Since the 1980's clergy health across denominational lines has steadily declined. They now show among the highest rates of heart disease, obesity, diabetes and depression of all professions. Research shows that there exists a vocational problem and not a denominational problem relative to clergy health. This seminar will focus on current research on clergy health and the several issues -- including theological issues -- that contribute to the poor state of clergy health today. We will also explore things that clergy and congregations can do together to help clergy commit to better habits of self-care and look at examples of efforts in various denominations to address and improve poor clergy health.

The cost of the workshop is $15. Refreshments will be provided.
For more info and registration form go to:
Questions? Email Nancy VanderVeen, Coordinator of Continuing Education at or call 973-408-3084.


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