Happy New Year from the Regional Synod of Mid-America! As you seek to follow Jesus in 2019, we pray that you are transformed by the renewing of your mind in order to put on the mind of Christ.
The 2019 IRS Mileage Reimbursement Rate for business miles driven has been increased to $.58 per mile. You can learn more about IRS mileage reimbursement rates by clicking HERE.
Small Church Learning Community forming in 2019. Based on the success and interest in our first Small Church Learning Community we will be leading another more in 2019. One will be an introductory learning community based on Small Church Essentials by Karl Vaders and another will be a next steps based on a resource yet to be chosen. Dates and times are not set yet. If you are interested in either or these, please email Chad and let him know.
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.
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.