RCA Global Mission WILL RESPOND to the urgent needs created by Hurricane Harvey. The RCA’s disaster response and volunteer teams will be meeting and are already connecting with our partners to determine the most effective ways that we can respond and how you and your congregations can be a part of that response. Please pray for our team as we seek the best ways to help. If you would like to contact the team to see how you can help, click here.
A Poverty Simulation Event will take place on September 9 at Calvary Reformed Church in South Holland. This three-hour (9am-noon) simulation is a unique opportunity to put yourself in the shoes of people who experience poverty. As you grow to understand this population better, you’ll also grow in your ability to minister to them. Many church members do not have opportunity to identify and unpack their feelings and assumptions about poverty. Neither do they often explore how their ministries fit within lifestyles influenced by poverty. This simulation opens doors so that more mutually transformational relationships can be nurtured. Plus, there’s no cost to attend. There’s only space for 40 people to participate, so sign up today to ensure you get a spot. Registration will close August 31.
Urban Ministry Grants from the Regional Synod of Mid-America are for ministries to, in, and/or for areas considered urban in geography of our regional synod. The minimum criterion is that it is a ministry to, in, and/or for the urban area with a vision, plans, and goals for outreach into the community. Those ministries applying for a grant that aren’t in a traditionally geographic urban setting should take into account that the ideal of the grant is that it be used for those living in geographically urban areas, multi-cultural areas, and lower socio-economic areas. The synod’s goal is to see lives changed through the work of Christ and the Gospel. 2018 will be the last year for Urban Ministry Grants and the deadline to apply is September 29, 2018. You can read the guidelines and download an application by clicking here.
The General Secretary Search Team has been chosen and Rev. Dr. Matthew Waterstone from First Reformed Church in South Holland has been named to the team. The General Synod Council is continuing to develop clarity about what’s needed in the next general secretary, and they will share that direction with the search team when it is finalized. The search team is expected to present a candidate to GSC in time for consideration at General Synod in June 2018. Please be in prayer for Matt and the rest of the team.
“Church finances don’t have to be overwhelming.” That’s the catchphrase of Church Excel, offered through the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability. Thanks to a grant we received, you can subscribe for free to access tons of resources: webinars, ebooks, tax guides, and more.
The Regional Synod of Mid-America has launched the Ministerial Excellence Fund. The purpose of this Fund is to assist with alleviating some of the financial pressures facing clergy in their pastoral ministry. This fund is made available to both Ministers of Word and Sacrament and Commissioned pastors rostered in Illinois Classis, Wisconsin Classis, and Illiana-Florida Classis. Each classis began this fund with $10,000 which was matched by the Reformed Church in America for a total starting balance of $20,000 per classis. You will need to download and read the Ministerial Excellence Guidelines prior to filling out an application. Once the application is filled out, please email it to email@example.com.
The Classis of Wisconsin-R.C.A. is in need of an Interim Classis Leader due to current Classis Leader, The Rev. Lyle Zumdahl, accepting another call. This is a short-term, part-time position. The main function is to assist the Servant Team in maintaining the Classis functions while we seek God’s leading for the future of our Classis and how it should be led. The Primary Duties give a fuller description of the types of duties we are asking the Interim to fulfill. If you are interested in receiving a job description and applying for this position, please contact the Wisconsin Classis Clerk.
Reclaiming the Gates is a new 6-week training program for men high-school-aged and older involves 45 minutes of instruction and 45 minutes of small group interaction. Our vision is to empower men to empower leaders of the next generation. To accomplish this vision, we must:
- Identify those men who want to be a part of the solution of building the next generation of leaders.
- Equip them to heal from the wounds that hinder them from helping.
- Inform these men of opportunities to to serve young men.
- Deploy them to areas where they can make a difference.
Contact Jason Perry about leading your Men’s Group or young men through this 6-week series.
News from Camp Manitoqua
Save the Date: Camp Manitoqua & Retreat Center is organizing its first Project MTB. From September 23 – 25, those 18 years and older can enjoy an adventurous mountain biking experience in the upper peninsula of Michigan at Copper Harbor. Additional information can be read at Manitoqua.org/projectmtb. If interested, please email Nathan@manitoqua.org or call the office at 815-469-2319.