RCA Global Mission Responds to Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria: if you would like to donate to the hurricane relief happening in Texas, Florida, and on the Islands of St. Croix and St. Thomas, you can click here.
Pastor Jim Stralow passed away passed away Thursday, September 21, 2017, at Freeport Memorial Hospital. Jim pastored the Reformed Church in Forreston, IL for 27 years until his retirement in 2009. Through the years he served at various times as Classis President, Vice president and Clerk. Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, September 26, 2017, at Silver Creek Reformed Church, 326 S Bunker Hill Rd, German Valley, IL, with Rev. Grant Mulder and Rev. Ken Zuithoff officiating. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday at Burke-Tubbs Funeral Home in Freeport, 504 N. Walnut Ave., Freeport, IL. Burial will be in Silver Creek Cemetery. A memorial has been established for Reformed Church Missions and Forreston Fire Department. Please sign Pastor Jim’s guestbook and share a remembrance at www.burketubbs.com.
Reformed Benefits Association and Fidelity will be holding a retirement and financial planning online seminar Wednesday, September 27, 2017 at 1pm Central. Join Fidelity for an educational web workshop, where you’ll learn strategies and tips to help you manage your financial future with confidence and education on retirement options. This workshop will help you understand key investing concepts, common investment types, how to select a mix of different investments, the benefits of investing in your workplace savings plan and how to choose your investment approach. To register, click here.
Urban Ministry Grants from the Regional Synod of Mid-America are for ministries to, in, and/or for areas considered urban in geography of our regional synod. The minimum criterion is that it is a ministry to, in, and/or for the urban area with a vision, plans, and goals for outreach into the community. Those ministries applying for a grant that aren’t in a traditionally geographic urban setting should take into account that the ideal of the grant is that it be used for those living in geographically urban areas, multi-cultural areas, and lower socio-economic areas. The synod’s goal is to see lives changed through the work of Christ and the Gospel. 2018 will be the last year for Urban Ministry Grants and the deadline to apply is September 29, 2018. You can read the guidelines and download an application by clicking here.
“Church finances don’t have to be overwhelming.” That’s the catchphrase of Church Excel, offered through the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability. Thanks to a grant we received, you can subscribe for free to access tons of resources: webinars, ebooks, tax guides, and more.
The Regional Synod of Mid-America has launched the Ministerial Excellence Fund. The purpose of this Fund is to assist with alleviating some of the financial pressures facing clergy in their pastoral ministry. This fund is made available to both Ministers of Word and Sacrament and Commissioned pastors rostered in Illinois Classis, Wisconsin Classis, and Illiana-Florida Classis. Each classis began this fund with $10,000 which was matched by the Reformed Church in America for a total starting balance of $20,000 per classis. You will need to download and read the Ministerial Excellence Guidelines prior to filling out an application. Once the application is filled out, please email it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
News from Camp Manitoqua
Is your church holding a retreat soon? Consider having it at Camp Manitoqua! Reasonable rates, excellent location, and the beauty of God’s creation will surely enhance your experience. If interested, please email Nathan@manitoqua.org or call the office at 815-469-2319.