On April 21, 2020 the Regional Synod of Mid-America Annual Session we formed a new classis: Classis de las Naciones (Classis of the Nations). God is doing a new and amazing thing in Florida and in addition to our strong and healthy churches already doing ministry in Florida four new churches have been adopted with many more working through the process of training ministers and becoming part of the RCA. This movement is with English and Spanish speaking churches and is an exciting work of God that has caused us all to awe at his power. There was a great article about this formation and some of our new churches and pastors in the recent RCA Today. You can also read minutes of this meeting HERE.
The RSMA is grateful to Jason DeVries who served as president these last two years and continued the movement forward into God’s future. Jason’s leadership during uncertain times was stellar and though his time as president is done, he will continue to serve our region on our executive team. We welcome the returning leadership of Bob Wierenga and look forward to further movement in leading our region and the RCA.
The Vision 2020 of the RCA continues to meet and discern the future of the RCA. You can read their most recent update HERE.
Women in Ministry Sunday is May 17, 2020. The RCA’s Women’s Transformation and Leadership Team has put together some excellent resources for celebrating women in ministry on this day. You can find those resources HERE.
The RCA and the Regional Synod of Mid-America have both reduced assessments for the second quarter of 2020 by 30%. More information from the RCA’s Chief Financial Officer Jillisa Tietsma on financial resources can be found HERE.
You can find all of the RCA’s COVID-19 resources HERE.
New Leaf Resources has established a special webpage for managing stress and other mental health resources in the time of COVID-19. You can check these our HERE.
Free Christian Counseling for Pastors and Church Employees – The RCA’s Board of Benefits Services Employee Assistance Program provides free, confidential Christian counseling either at at an outpatient clinic in your area or via an online telehealth session. Up to 3 sessions per issue are provided at no cost to any employee of an RCA church. Some common issues addressed are depression, anxiety, work-related problems, marital issues, family issues, substance abuse, and others. The 24 hour hotline number is (833) 244-2490. For more information click HERE.
NEWS FROM CAMP MANITOQUA
Camp Manitoqua has had to cancel all current events including overnight camp for this summer due to COVID-19 but as of now, Day Camp is still scheduled to occur. Camp Manitoqua recognizes that they cannot run camp in the same way as they have in the past for summer 2020. Therefore, they are no longer taking new registrations for 2020 summer camp program. In addition, they are working with local officials to understand what restrictions they will need to abide by and hope to communicate additional information out to our camper families by mid-May regarding what that means for everyone.