Merry Christmas from the Regional Synod of Mid-America! May God give grace and peace to you as you celebrate him. May your New Year be filled with hope.
From Outreach to Embracing: a Biblical and Transformational Model for Equity-Based Hospitality – The RCA is offering a learning community that will explore cultivating Christ-like, equity-based hospitality and engagement across differences. Equity-based hospitality works across generations, gender, disabilities, race, and culture, removing the barriers that hold us back from God’s vision of community in Christ. It enfolds people the way Jesus did so that everyone has a place at the table, drawing the circle wide and inviting all to embrace the reign of peace and love Christ came to bring. This will be a 10 week learning journey and you can sign up or learn more HERE.
RSMA Staff to transition to new roles: Beginning in 2021 Wayne Van Regenmorter will be transitioning to a part time role as the Facilitator for Multi-Ethnic Church Partnerships and Chad Schuitema will be transitioning to the Regional Synod Executive role. To read more about this transition in a letter from the RSMA President, click HERE.
There is a new RSMA Directory of Ministers and Ministries available for 2021. Please keep this document private and do not share it anywhere online. You can download it HERE.
The Regional Synod of Mid-America is looking for a Corresponding Woman Delegate and a Corresponding Youth Delegate for General Synod 2021. These delegates attend all the sessions of General Synod and have the privilege of the floor but do not vote. There are also a few special opportunities for these delegates at General Synod. The Corresponding Women Delegates is open to any woman who is a member of an RCA church and the Youth Delegate is open to anyone connected to an RCA church with a sense of call from God to go into ministry. Usually, these youth delegates are college-aged and discerning a call to ministry in any form. General Synod 2021 will be held June 10-15, 2021 in Pella, Iowa. Lodging and food is covered by the RCA and travel will be reimbursed by the RSMA. Email Chad Schuitema if you know of someone or you yourself are interested in serving in this role.
RSMA to host Vision 2020 conversations – In January, each classis will be invited to participate in a Zoom online meeting to hear from members of the Vision 2020 Team, RCA Staff, and have an opportunity to discuss the proposals together as a classis. More information will be coming soon and specific times and dates will be released by your classis.
The RCA continues to offer free/reduced fee Spiritual Direction (and coaching) during the Pandemic – to learn more, and find a spiritual director, click HERE. To hear General Synod Vice-President, Phil Assink, share about his experience with spiritual direction, click 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.
You can continue to find all of the RCA’s COVID-19 resources HERE.
NEWS FROM CAMP MANITOQUA
Fall Into Winter @ Manitoqua: Manitoqua will be offering outdoor activities on Tuesdays and Wednesdays before and after Christmas (12/22&23; 12/29&30). Climbing activities, games, and other fun events are being planned. You can choose either a morning time (9:30-11:30) or an afternoon time (1:00-3:00). Sign up HERE.
WinterBlast will be two separate times in December for kids in 1st-6th grade. WinterBlast seeks to introduce children to Christ and His message of salvation as well as to provide a setting and community where their lives are enriched through high energy and intentional programming. We hope that during their winter break, your child’s experience is a real blast! For more information and to sign up, click HERE.
To get the most up to date information, please check out their updates HERE.