January 2014 Classis Meeting – Midland Park CRC

Highlights of the 398th Meeting of Classis Hudson:

Classis Hudson met on January 16, 2014 at the Midland Park CRC.

The meeting began with a devotions from Rev. Rod Gorter based on Psalm 8 and Hebrews 1:1-3, encouraging church leaders to focus on the majesty of God and of Jesus Christ.

Classis heard updates on the work being done by World Renew in our area in response to the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy.  Churches were encouraged to send volunteers to be part of the efforts to rebuild and renew these communities in Jesus’ name.

Northeast Community Transformation (NECT), the diaconal ministry of classis, shared about the work they are doing as a resource to local churches.  More information is available in their newsletter.  NECT is also sponsoring a local simulcast of the Justice Conference being held in California, and invites churches to send members to reflect on this important topic.

The director of the CRC’s Office of Race Relations (ORR), Rev. Esteban Lugo, offered a presentation of that ministry’s work, and especially highlighted the Community Connect Initiative which helps local churches become models of the rich diversity of God’s Kingdom.  The ORR has a number of other resources for churches wishing to engage in discussions about this important issues, including DVDs and workshops.  Interested congregations should contact the ORR.

Classis Hudson welcomes Harmony Church of Queens, NY as the newest member congregation of our classis and of the CRCNA.  A formal welcome of the congregation and pastor, Rev. Chung, is being planned as part of a worship service in the near future.

Changes were made to the Paramus Fund grant process which will result in those grants being distributed in May rather than January.  The Paramus Fund offers a source of revenue for small-scale ministry projects in the churches of Classis Hudson.

Rev. Steve Wolma’s work as a chaplain at a local hospital was approved as consistent with the work of a minister.  This work is done in conjunction with the denominational Chaplaincy Committee, which works to maintain consistent standards in the ministry work being done by CRC chaplains.

In response to a report on the ministry of the local church, and to a discussion with representatives of the Strategic Plan and Adaptive Change Team from the CRC’s denominational offices, classis delegates engaged in a lengthy and helpful dialogue about our local ministry context, current challenges and opportunities as our congregations serve the Lord here, and the faithfulness of God who has given us the gospel story to share.

Elders Jeremy Mulder (Restore Church) and Ern Wiegers (Midland Park), as well as Pastors Rod Gorter (Midland Park) and Albert Sideco (Filipino-American) were delegated to represent Classis Hudson at Synod 2014.

The classis meeting was closed with devotions from Rev. Mary Stegink, based on Psalm 31, reflecting on the promise that God knows our names and situations, and we can therefore trust Him to do what is good for us and for His glory. 



  1. […] Classis Hudson met at Midland Park CRC on January 16, 2014.  Details of the meeting are available here. […]

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