Classis Hudson met on January 26, 2017 at the Ridgewood CRC. Opening devotions were led by Pastor Jeremy Mulder.
The classis heard updates on various ministry agencies of the CRCNA, including a conversation with Rev. Marco Avila, the new regional team leader for CRHM. He provided an explanation of the process of merger between the CRC’s home missions and world missions agencies. Delegates also heard about the work of World Renew and several opportunities for churches to work in disaster relief or serve in other ways in Christ’s name.
Mid-Atlantic Ministries, the local missions committee for Classes Hudson and Hackensack, reported on efforts for church planting and renewal in our region. They also noted the work going on in the area of campus ministry, and shared the good news that a candidate has been identified to take the place of Rev. Ken Vander Wall, who is retiring from his role at William Paterson University after more than four decades of ministry there. Updates were also given on the work of church planting in the Korean community in our region.
The church visitors reported on a visit with the council of Ridgewood CRC and the work God is doing in that congregation. It is noted that Ridgewood CRC celebrates their 75th anniversary this year, a milestone which reflects the grace of God on that church over the years.
Classis continues to work on ways to integrate Korean-speaking congregations and pastors into the business of classis which most often takes place in English. A working group will continue these discussions and return with suggestions to the spring classis meeting.
An overture was discussed regarding the Belhar Confession, which is being proposed to Synod 2017 as a contemporary testimony included in the Covenant for Officebearers in the CRCNA. Classis Hudson will be asking Synod to retain the Belhar Confession in its current status, while looking for ways to strengthen our testimony against the evil of racism.
Finally, classis heard updates on the ministries of Cedar Hill CRC and East West CRC. received an update on the continued efforts to provide care and support to the Queens CRC congregation. Classis continues to keep this church and its retired pastor in prayer.
Rev. Eun Boem Kim led our closing devotions and prayer.