The Fall Issue of the RCAToday is now available online. In addition to stories from around our denomination, there are stories within our region from Second Reformed Church in Fulton, IL and Calvary Church in Orland Park, IL.
Corresponding Women Delegates to General Synod are needed for the 2019 General Synod June 6-11, 2019 on the campus of Hope College in Holland, MI. A Corresponding Woman Delegate has the same role as a regular delegate to General Synod except they are non-voting members. If you are interested in serving the region in this way, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
A Corresponding Youth Delegate is also needed. These delegates are typically college-aged young adults who are sensing a call to some form of ministry in the future. These delegates also have some special programming during synod. If you are interested or know someone who would be good in this role, please contact email@example.com.
A new church plant, Renewing Life Church in Ferguson, MO was launched in late August. Pastor Terry Tyson is leading this satellite church of Christ’s Church in St. Peters, MO. Renewing Life’s mission is restoration to the broken, the disheartened, the lonely, the economic struggling, and the drug addicted people in the Ferguson community. Please keep this new church in your prayers.
The Reformed Church in America is partnering with the Fuller Youth Institute (FYI) to host a Growing Young Cohort in Grand Rapids, Michigan. This is an incredible opportunity for up to 30 RCA churches to transform their ministry to teens and young adults using research-based strategies to help young people love your church.
The Growing Young Cohort includes:
– Two in-person summits
– Regular online webinars
– One year of personalized coaching
– Comprehensive online diagnostic tests
*Registration is already underway and will end on November 20. To learn more about this opportunity and how your church can register, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Watch a video on the impact of Growing Young 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
Have a BLAST this winter break – Registration will begin October 1 for the WinterBlast day camp program, a break from school, not from fun, at Camp Manitoqua and Retreat Center. Held during winter break for grades 1-6; featuring classic camp activities, winter snow games, hot lunches, and more. Online registration and additional information (including downloadable brochure) available at www.manitoqua.org/winterblast, or call the office at 815.469.2319.
Enjoy a taste of fall at the Red Oak Luncheon, a pleasant occasion for adults, at Camp Manitoqua & Retreat Center on Wednesday, November 28th. Coffee & rolls will be served at 10:30am. Our program will begin at 11:00am with lunch to follow at 12:00pm. Tours of the grounds will be available after lunch. Cost for the event is $10.00. Please make reservations at 815.469.2319 by November 26.
Storm the base, capture the flag, and win the game! Camp Manitoqua and Retreat Center invites you out to one of the most epic days of paintball you will ever experience on October 20 from 10am – 4pm! Come play a full day of paintball on our wooded course. Space is limited; registration processed on first come first serve basis. Cost is $36 (includes marker and mask rental, 1000 paintballs, and a box lunch). Register online at www.manitoqua.org/events by Today – October 15. Ages: 7th grade and older. Questions: 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 email@example.com for availability.