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Prayer took center stage at a November event in Byron Center, Michigan.

“Fanning the Flame: Rekindling Our Heritage of Prayer” was a joint effort of the Christian Reformed Church and the Reformed Church in America.

Volunteers from “up north” are encouraging the revitalized ministry underway at North Dade Community Church (NDCC), an RCA congregation in southeastern Florida.

With pastor Newton Fairweather leading, NDCC has found new ways to connect with its community, and its ministries are growing. But NDCC’s 1970s-era building needed a lot of work, and the congregation didn’t have the resources to make repairs.

It is with great pleasure that the Regional Synod of New York announces that the Rev. Amy L.

My mukluks thumped the wall. “We can fly, we can fly!” shouted Mom. 

I traveled to Cuba in January with a team of seven women, two of whom were pastors’ wives. We went under the auspices of Missionary Ventures and spent a week with two pastors there. We spoke at three one-day conferences for the women in the area churches; one of these was for the pastors’ wives. The women spent time in worship and listened to our speakers, who were told that they were an encouragement to them. We also visited some of the poor and sick in the community, bringing food and a gift.

Toby Gruppen describes worship at LifeQuest, an RCA church plant in Holland, Michigan, as laid ba

Before starting a new small group study, one church wrote its own devotional.

The Ridder Church Renewal team at Heartland Community Church (RCA) in Lafayette, Indiana, had been learning a lot, and they wanted to share that with the entire congregation.

Jean Browne’s and Jim and Sally Thompson’s enthusiasm is contagious as they talk about the work they are doing at Brookdale Reformed Church.

The Sea of Galilee and the Dead Sea are within one hundred miles of each other, both fed by the Jordan River. But while the Sea of Galilee is lush, full of fish, and life-giving, the Dead Sea is just that—lifeless. 

Before taking Vantage I was in the group of people who had done church for a long time. I was growing but felt it was no longer enough. There had to be more…but I didn’t know what that was or what it looked like or how to get there. My Vantage experience has been an awakening experience.

By investing two years in weekly homework, readings (Bible and other books), meetings, and talking to a mentor, my eyes were opened and so was my heart.

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