Encouraging Thriving Congregations

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To All Churches of the Regional Synod of the Mid-Atlantics:

We are excited to welcome Andy Bossardet, RCA Thriving Congregation Coordinator, to work alongside our churches to redevelop our ministries, our community connections, and to encourage congregations in how they can and do thrive in today’s world.  

As partners, Andy will be working with churches on a monthly basis, meeting in person quarterly, and via online avenues in between, to strategize how they best can advance their independent ministries; whether it be developing the discipleship program in your church, collaborating with local non-profits, or searching within yourselves to find what God is asking of you.

This yearlong learning community will begin in May (see attached flyer) and will run at a cost of $500/congregation.  Registration opens immediately and will run through April 15.  We are currently opening up to the first 10 congregations. However, if we have enough interest/response, Andy has agreed to work with us for a second class, which would hopefully allow for a north and south class within the synod.

Please note that this opportunity is for churches of ALL sizes, especially those worshipping under 100 people.

If you are interested in participating, please respond to Deb Petersen in the synod office at rsmat@rca.org or 862-247-8444 by April 15.

Rev. Christopher Heitkamp, President, Synod of the Mid-Atlantics

Building a Discipling Culture - NJ Workshop Series

Engage with the word, works, and way of Jesus while discovering the principles of going from having a ministry to leading a movement: reproducing disciples instead of just recruiting more volunteers, multiplying communities instead of just adding more people. During the two-year journey, your team will progress from discipleship to mission, from the singular to the movemental, through a series of four 1.5-day onsite Training Immersion supported with weekly Coaching, Online Intensives for your team, and Times of Retreat. You and your team will experience proven vehicles for discipleship and mission (like Huddle and Missional Community), evaluate your current realities of what is, and look to where God is calling your church into what could be and what will be. For further information you may contact Revs Debbie Pierce (debbie@pondsnj.org) or Nathan Busker (nathan@pondsnj.org) at Ponds Reformed Church, 201-337-6744. You may also contact the workshop facilitator, Rev. Jeff Allen (pjallen@faithctr.org) or 303-524-5273.

Click here for full details.

Crossroads Women's Conference

CROSSROADS XXXIV & Reformed Church Women in the Regional Synod of the Mid-Atlantics present

Broken Hearts/Thriving Hearts: Our Life’s Journey
Women Pilgrims Journeying Together With Christ

“I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. And the life that I now live in my body, I live by faith, indeed, by the faithfulness of God’s Son, who loved me and gave himself for me. [Galatians 2:20, Common English Bible (CEB)]


A Pilgrim’s Psalm: A Contemporary Oratorio For Lent

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March 29-30, 2019
Harvey Cedars Conference Center, Long Beach Island, NJ
Friday 7:30 PM - Saturday 5:30 PM Supper

Check in Friday 4:00 - 7:00 PM

Download the retreat brochure and registration here.

Services of Peace & Healing / Blue Christmas Services

Churches throughout the synod are offering Services of Peace & Healing or Blue Christmas Services for those who have experienced loss, are hurt, or suffering at this time of year. For more information about the services listed below, visit our calendar.

  • Feasterville Community Reformed Church “Service of Peace & Healing”, 12/12 @ 7:30 pm

  • Ponds Reformed Church “Blue Christmas Service”, 12/18 @ 7pm

  • Mok Yang & Crossroads Community Churches “Combined Service of Peace & Healing”, 12/19 @ 8 pm

  • Brookdale Reformed Church “Blue Christmas Worship Service”, 12/20 @ 7 pm

  • Clover Hill Reformed Church “Blue Christmas Service”, 12/21 @ 7:30 pm

Peter Mayer Stars & Promises Concert at United Reformed Church 12/7

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For Tickets:  https://www.itickets.com/events/405263

Peter Mayer, the veteran guitarist with Jimmy Buffett's Coral Reefer Band, presents an annual holiday tour. This concert has become a yearly tradition here at United Reformed Church. All proceeds from the performance benefits a different local youth organization each year. The Stars and Promises Tour celebrates Christmas in story and song. Fans come back faithfully every year to hear favorites such as Sing Joy, Junkman’s Christmas, and Christmas Overture, along with other traditional holiday songs. This performance sells out our 600 seat sanctuary, so be sure to get your tickets early.

Part-Time Administrative Assistant Position at Pequannock Reformed Church

Pequannock Reformed Church in Wayne is seeking a part time Administrative Assistant. Hours are flexible, part-time, 10 hours a week. Responsibilities include preparing weekly bulletin and monthly newsletter publications, communicating with members of the congregation and the public, directing phone calls/ emails appropriately, updating social media, completing periodic mailings, publicizing church events, supporting special projects by the congregation, maintaining databases, church calendar, bulletins boards and outdoor signs. 

Requirements include strong, independent coordination, initiative and attention to detail, excellent communication and customer service skills, proficiency with MS office including MS Publisher, computer skills, flexibility, confidentiality, and office experience. 

Pay commensurate with experience. To apply, please email a resume and cover letter to pequannockreformed@yahoo.com. Or contact: Steve Zahner at 201-738-0101

Part-Time Church Office Manager/Financial Secretary Position at Allwood Community Church

Allwood Community Church has a part-time opening (14 hours per week) for a Church Office Manager / Financial Secretary. The position involves Sunday worship preparation, general office maintenance, and financial recording. The church is located in Clifton, one block off Allwood Road. Anyone interested in the position should send an email to  pastornancy@allwoodcommunitychurch.com for more details. 

Being A Visitor-Pastoral Visit Training at Clover Hill Reformed Church 12/15

Calling on someone and offering the comfort of the presence of another person is a simple, meaningful act of kindness.  Some of us may wish to visit others, but are not sure how to begin or what to say. 

Clover Hill Reformed Church's Classis Supervisor, the Rev. Bill Borror, has offered to conduct a training on how to approach visiting in a way that will show the caring these visits are meant to convey. 

Please join us at Clover Hill Reformed Church (890 Amwell Road, Hillsborough, NJ 08844) on Saturday, December 15, at 10:00 am in the Nevius Fellowship Hall for our Pastoral Visit Training Session.

We invite all who would like more knowledge in this ministry, even if you don’t think you’d be visiting anyone right now, or if you think it might help with a family member or friend you visit.

If you plan on attending please contact the Clover Hill Church office (908-369-8451 or chrc1834@gmail.com) so we may make the proper preparations.