May 2014 Classis Meeting – Ridgewood CRC

Highlights of the 399th Meeting of Classis Hudson:

Classis Hudson met on May 8, 2014, at the Ridgewood CRC of Ridgewood, NJ.

The meeting began with a devotional from Pastor Jeremy Mulder on Psalm 104:19-23 with a reflection on God’s work through the routine events of life and ministry.

Delegates were informed that Rev. Trevor Rubingh and his family will be leaving New City Kids Church after nearly twenty years of ministry in Jersey City to pursue new ministry opportunities.  Classis is grateful for the diligent service he has given and for all the work that God has accomplished under Pastor Trevor’s leadership there and wishes both him and his family God’s rich blessings as they continue to serve Him.

Smaller congregations are encouraged to take advantage of a learning event, sponsored by the CRC’s office of Sustaining Congregational Excellence, to be held in Mystic CT in November 2014.

Mr. Al Santino reports on the work of Northeast Community Transformation, the diaconal team for Classes Hudson and Hackensack.  He informs classis of his own intention to move on to new ministry after nearly ten years of service.  Classis expresses its deep appreciation to Al for his leadership and offers prayer for him and for the transition taking place at NECT.

Mr. Ralph Fylstra was named the new classis treasurer, effective July 1.  His contact information can be found here.  Classis also appoints several other individuals to fill terms on its various committees.

Classis heard about some of the challenges facing its smaller congregations, and spent time in prayer especially for the ministry of Crossroads Community Church in Flanders.

Ministry share for classis ministries was maintained at $52 per adults confessing member for the coming year.

Classis delegates briefly discussed the agenda for Synod 2014, to be held in June in Pella, Iowa.

New Life Community Church of Staten Island, NY presents a request to classis that they be permitted to become an organized congregation and to install elders and deacons.  The church was begun as an outreach to the Korean community of Staten Island more than ten years ago, and has blessed with effective leadership and spiritual commitment in the congregation.  Classis enthusiastically supports the congregation, rejoices that God has brought them to this point, and prays for the Spirit’s continued leading as they continue serving the Lord.  A formal service of organization will take place soon.

Ridgewood CRC and Filipino-American CRC both share some of the opportunities and challenges God has placed before them.

The meeting is closed by Rev. K.C. Vande Streek with a devotional reflection on Romans 8:18-28, reminding classis of God’s continued faithfulness even in the face of difficulties.  He concludes by praying for the churches and the decisions made at this meeting.

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