Merry Christmas from the Regional Synod of Mid-America! We pray that you and your ministries are blessings to those who are seeking Jesus this Christmas.
The #WeAreSpeaking movement is gaining momentum. The Reformed Church in America is issuing a call to the church to end harassment, abuse, and sexual violence against women and girls. To learn more, click HERE.
General Synod Council urging restraint in sending overtures which require action at General Synod 2019. The formation of the Vision 2020 Team reflected the 2018 General Synod’s consensus that the RCA cannot realistically continue to do “business as usual.” The proposed change to the 2019 General Synod’s time allocation would constructively signal a disruption of the status quo that the work of this team represents. It would begin to prepare us for General Synod 2020, when the team will bring its final report and recommendation. In place of overtures requesting action, classes and regional synods might consider sending a letter to the General Synod that would not entail floor debate while still expressing concerns and/or viewpoints. To read more from GSC Moderator Lee DeYoung, click HERE.
A story about Renewing Life Church, an RCA church plant in Fergusen, MO was recently featured on RCA.org and will be published in an upcoming issue of the RCA Today magazine. Click HERE to read it.
The Hope College Board of Trustees names Matthew A. Scogin ‘02 the 14th president of Hope College. To read more about the new president, click HERE.
Proposed Change to Assessments: After many years with our current funding structure, a possible overhaul to assessments is in the works. The proposed funding structure, called Covenant Shares, is based on contributions rather than membership numbers. (You may have heard about it at a fall classis meeting.) The committee working on this proposal would like your feedback before bringing their final report. Fill out their survey by the end of the month to register your thoughts.
The RCA’s Board of Benefits Services Employee Assistance Program provides free, confidential Christian counseling either at at an outpatient clinic in your area (Pine Rest in Grand Rapids), 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
High School students are invited to participate in STAND OUT, a leadership retreat hosted by Camp Manitoqua & Retreat Center on January 25 – 26, 2019. Surrounded with opportunities to lead, Christians must look to the Bible and Jesus example of leadership. Join us as we study, ask questions and work to answer questions as well. Additional information and registration availabile at Manitoqua.org/standout or call the office at 815.469.2319.
Retreat season has begun at Camp Manitoqua & Retreat Center. At this time, we are offering groups a 15% discount on any retreat booked for December 2018 or January 2019. Please contact Todd at 815.469.2319, or at firstname.lastname@example.org for availability.
Apply for Summer Staff at Camp Manitoqua! We are looking for ministry-minded college students who love kids and have a desire to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We are taking applications and would encourage you to apply today! For more information visit our www.manitoqua.org.