RCA Today: Winter 2015

RCA Today shares God's transforming work in the RCA, creating connections and equipping and inspiring people to further transform their churches and communities.

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From the General Secretary: Next Generation Mission

Fast Company’s November 2014 cover story is resonating with the next generation: “Find Your Mission.”

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My Voice: Confession Unites Us

The Bible is relevant to all people in all times and in all places because it serves as a vast narrative that gives an account of universal history.

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Living into Transformed & Transforming: Giving ourselves

Live and love like Jesus. Radically follow Christ in mission together. That’s the RCA’s vision through Transformed & Transforming, a 15-year goal adopted in 2013.

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Signs of the Kingdom: A Right That Is Wrong

Dear Anonymous: Thank you for your letter. Sorry my sermon on abortion upset you.

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Platform: It’s about People

First Reformed Church in Sioux Center, Iowa, has been experiencing the transition from being a missionary-sending church to being a going-and-doing church. The key to a successful transition has been leading with relationships.

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Loving The Neighbors

Getting to know people and caring about the issues that impact them is incredibly powerful kingdom work. 

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Loved by God

In Grace’s bedroom in New York, her mother has placed several Bible verses on display.

“Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these,” says one, a passage from Matthew.

“For you are a people holy to the Lord your God. The Lord your God has chosen you out of all the peoples on the face of the earth to be his people, his treasured possession,” reads another, from Deuteronomy.

These are important messages for any child to hear, but they have special meaning for Grace, who has autism and is nonverbal, and her mother, Janet Paduano Cardillo.

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Greening the Church

The work of a “Green Team” has allowed Community Reformed Church of Manhasset, New York, to build new connections with others in their community—and that speaks to the church’s overall mission.

 

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Helping the Hurting

A specialized one-to-one caring program has brought new ministry opportunities in two Reformed Church congregations in New Jersey.

The national, faith-based Stephen Ministries (www.stephenministries.org) trains key church leaders who then train fellow church members to provide a listening ear and a comforting presence to people who are hurting.

“It’s been a remarkable ministry,” says Hillsborough Reformed Church pastor Fred Mueller. “Between our trained Stephen leaders, Stephen ministers, and those receiving care, we’ve involved a quarter of our congregation,” he says of the church where 120 people gather for weekly worship.

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New Chapter for Historic Church

The historic village of Blawenburg, on Route 518, is known to many for its big, white church, built in 1832. Now Blawenburg Reformed Church, one of the oldest continuously operated churches in central New Jersey, is partnering with Marble Collegiate Church (RCA), a historic landmark on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan.

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