City Church San Francisco 15th Annual Harvest Festival

Join us Sunday, October 27th, 4 - 7 PM at the Russian Center 2460 Sutter St.

The evening will be full of fun and games, a bounce house, prizes, and delicious food and drink for all ages. Invite your friends and neighbors! Costumes welcome and encouraged. This event is not just for people with kids--come with friends and shoot some basketball hoops, try the giant Jenga, step into the photo booth, or make some spin art!
Please help us make the event even yummier. If your last name starts with:
A-K: Bring a beverage (juice, soda, beer, wine)
L-Z: Bring a dessert

Call or email the office to volunteer to help or to volunteer to bring chili, soup, or cornbread:  415-346-6994; office@citychurchsf.org

Hillsborough Reformed Church Art Show & Sale: November 16-17

"Beauty All Around Us" - an exhibition of fine art paintings and photographs celebrating the beauty of New Jersey. The exhibition will feature works by established and emerging local artists. A reception starting at 1pm will be a great opportunity to meet the artists and hear about the inspiration for their work. All are welcome and light refreshments will be served. Many of the works will be for sale with a portion of the proceeds to support maintenance and restoration of the historic church buildings.  If you can’t join us on Saturday, the Show continues on Sunday, November 17 starting at 11am and ending at 4pm.

"Beauty All Around Us" - an exhibition of fine art paintings and photographs celebrating the beauty of New Jersey. The exhibition will feature works by established and emerging local artists. A reception starting at 1pm will be a great opportunity to meet the artists and hear about the inspiration for their work. All are welcome and light refreshments will be served. Many of the works will be for sale with a portion of the proceeds to support maintenance and restoration of the historic church buildings.

If you can’t join us on Saturday, the Show continues on Sunday, November 17 starting at 11am and ending at 4pm.

Director of Music & Worship Position Opening - Grove Reformed Church

Grove Church, in North Bergen, NJ, is seeking a Director of Music & Worship (Part Time-15 hours/week)

SUMMARY

The music director will work closely with our pastor in cultivating worship services and worship teams that help lead our congregation to see and savor the greatness of God in Jesus Christ, in the power of the Spirit.  Fostering dynamic congregational worship, singing the best of the old and the best of the new, is a key priority for our church and we are seeking an individual who’s called and gifted by God in the following areas:

SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES

1.   Collaborating in the planning of our weekly Sunday 10:45 am worship service.   Choosing congregational hymns and songs that engage the congregation and  support the reading and preaching of God’s Word.

2.   Modeling and leading heartfelt worship in an invitational style – that draws   people in, encourages participation, and points people to Jesus.

3.   Recruiting, auditioning, teaching, and training volunteer musicians and singers in the church and community to serve the congregation as a team with musical skill  and humility.

4.   Building up a core/several teams of volunteers to sing/play/minister in Sunday morning worship. This could include a praise team/volunteer choir/quartet/soloists/ children’s choir/etc.

5.   Leading weekly rehearsals/Bible Studies that serve a dual purpose: (A) preparation for Sunday and (B) cultivation of Christ-centered community.

6.   Building on our traditions and having a vision for where God might be calling our congregation and our musicians to grow in new expressions of worship.

7.   Serving as a member of the ministry team at Grove, demonstrating a commitment to this congregation and its mission.

8.   Oversee the AV/Production team and volunteers.

 This individual is expected to: (A) be gifted in leading congregational worship (B) have a pastoral heart and love for Christ (C) be skilled in leading with/playing an instrument (D) possess leadership and organizational skills, and (E) be a team player.

If interested, please submit Resume AND Cover Letter to GroveChurchStaff@gmail.com

Lebanon Reformed Church "We Shall Over-Run 5K Run & 1 Mile Walk" - May 4, 2019

On Saturday, May 4 Lebanon Reformed Church will hold our 5th Annual We Shall Over-Run 5K Run and 1 Mile Walk. Over the years we have been blessed with big turn-outs and generous donations to support Hunterdon Hospice.

This year the race will be dedicated as a celebration of the life of Rev. Rebekah (Becky) Pratt (Stanton Reformed Church).  Proceeds from the race/walk will benefit both Hunterdon Hospice and The Rebekah Pratt Legacy Campaign.  

Online registration is now open to accept your entries and additional donations (if you choose) at: https://runsignup.com/Race/NJ/Lebanon/WeShallOverRun5K

So, come on out on Saturday, May 4 for a morning of fellowship, fun, music, and refreshments.  Spread the word to your family, friends, co-workers, neighbors, etc. and organize a running/walking team to help make this year's event a success! I hope to see you there!

Adrian Condis Quartet to Be Featured at Final Concert of Inaugural Old North Reformed Church Chamber Series – May 12, 2019

The Old North Reformed Church in Dumont is pleased to present woodwind specialist Adrian Condis, a Bergen County resident and graduate of the esteemed jazz program at William Paterson University, in the church’s historic sanctuary on Sunday, May 12, 2019 at 4:00 pm.

Condis will complement his talents with a handpicked trio of some of the finest jazz musicians in the Tri-State area. The special Mother’s Day presentation will feature a mixture of jazz standards, ballads, and newer compositions, all of which are bound to set the tone for a wonderful spring afternoon.

This is a FREE event; donations for the Church’s outreach programs will be graciously accepted at the door. The program is expected to last approximately ninety minutes, with a brief intermission; light refreshments will be served during intermission. As a special gesture for the women in attendance, flowers will be gifted as part of this special Mother’s Day performance.

 Adrian Condis is one of the most exciting up-and-coming saxophonists of our time. His ersatility on multiple woodwind instruments enables him to perform in a wide range of genres. He has already played in a wide variety of notable venues such as Carnegie Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Symphony Space , The Bitter End , Zinc Bar , Swing 46 , the Highline Ballroom, Antoine’s, and the Ibirapuera Auditorium.

 Adrian has shared the stage with some of the world’s finest jazz artists such as John Fedchock, Terrell Stafford, Stefon Harris , Luis Bonilla, Jane Moneheit, Jerry Dodgion , Robin Eubanks, Randy Brecker , Jon Faddis , Benny Golson , Claudio Roditi , Gregg Field, Jiggs Wiggum, Wayne Bergeron, Gordon Goodwin, John Clayton, Roy Hargrove , Gunhild Carling, New York Voices, and the Bobby Sanabria Multiverse Big Band. He also opened for Reggie Workman, James Carter, and Justin Kauflin.

 Adrian started his Bachelors in Music at the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music and completed it at William Paterson University. He has studied with Dave Glasser, Ted Nash, Vincent Herring, Lew Tabackin , Billy Drewes, Cecil Bridgewater, Adam Brenner, and Bill Charlap.

 Adrian performed as a member of the New York Youth Symphony Jazz Orchestra for three years. In the summer of 2016, he was selected for the Disney All-American College Band, a program in which only the nation’s top college musicians are selected.

Adrian can be seen performing throughout the New York Metropolitan area with groups such as Swingadelic, The Stephen Santoro Orchestra, Cityscape & the Park Avenue Horns, the Evan Sherman Big Band, and many others. He is currently working on his debut album.

 The Old North Reformed Churchis a Protestant Church affiliated with the Reformed Church in America. Old North Reformed Church houses its congregation in a national historic site building, set in the heart of Dumont, NJ, that has been there since 1801. The traditional boxed pews and graciously symmetrical proportions of the sanctuary are the perfect place to enjoy spiritual respite and to soak up a couple of centuries of faith.

 We are pleased to invite the community in to enjoy music in our first free concert series!

Spaces Filling Up For Encouraging Thriving Congregations Learning Community-Register by April 15

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Dear Brothers and Sisters in the churches of the Mid-Atlantics.

I pray as we enter the mid-point of Lent, you are blessed and not overly burdened with additional responsibilities we often accrue during this season.

Three weeks ago, we released a flyer to you regarding the upcoming community of Encouraging Thriving Congregations, a 12-month learning community to focus on re-engaging our churches/congregations in ministry specific to each of our individual contexts.  This is not a “cookie-cutter” approach to re-engaging ministry, but rather a very organic approach to looking at what is needed in your church or community and how your people might be able to tap into that need.  Through the monthly conversations of our community, and the accountability that is held within, it is the hope and goal that we can fill our communities with the love and grace of God.

The approach is simple.  A team of 3-5 members gather monthly for conversation and guidance from Andy Bossardet, RCA Coordinator for Encouraging Thriving Congregations. Quarterly, starting in May, we will gather in person, with pastors meeting on Friday evening, and the entire team gathering on Saturday.  In between we will gather via Zoom Conferencing.  Each team will develop its own particular focus, and as we gather, will report back on their gains, their obstacles, their successes, and their struggles.

 One question that has come up several times already is, “Does our pastor need to be a part of this?”  The response we have offered is the pastor has to be supportive at the very least.  Without the pastor’s support, the chance for success is minimal.  Ideally, we pray the pastor is directly involved, does not have to be the leader of it, but to show the support of the leadership is essential for making any change.  If your church is currently without pastoral leadership, this could provide a great opportunity for your search committee to focus its charge by looking for a candidate who may be able to take the reins of new path for the church that has been laid out by the congregation.

With this being said, our community is currently limited to 10 churches, and this is filling up quick.  If we receive enough interest, Andy Bossardet has agreed to splitting into two sessions (on separate weekends) and we will strive to make a north and a south session to better accommodate the wonderful traffic patterns of the East Coast.

Please refer to the above flyer for contact information, and if you have questions regarding this, please contact either Deb Petersen in the synod office, or email me.

 Blessings and Peace to you and yours.

Chris Heitkamp,

President, Regional Synod of the Mid-Atlantics

Chairperson, Regional Synod Missional Re-engagement Committee