September 2012 Classis Meeting – Restore Church

Classis Hudson met on September 17-18, 2012 at Restore Church in North Haledon, NJ.  Part of this meeting was held jointly with delegates from Classis Hackensack.  Pastor Jeremy Mulder and the worship team from Restore Church led delegates in an opening time of worship.

As part of this meeting, Rev. Howard Vanderwell of the CRC’s Faith Formation Committee made a presentation regarding the development of a culture of faith formation in the CRC.  The discussion covered a wide range of topics, especially regarding the significnace of baptism, profession of faith, and the Lord’s Supper.  Resources for churches are available on the Faith Formation Committee’s web site, as well as from Reformed Worship magazine and Faith Alive Resources.

Delegates from the classes also spent in prayer for the ministries of our region.

In the course of reporting on the work of regional ministries, churches are referred to a number of resources, including small group development, church renewal, mission updates, and missions training.  Local churches may be interested in encouraging members to attend the Mercy Vision Conference with Ron Sider on December 1 at Cedar Hill CRC.  The reports also highlighted the work of three new church plants sponsored by our classes: Dwell NYC, Restore Church, and Roots DC Church.  The newest church plant, Roots DC, is pastored by Rev. Bryan Berghoef, the author of the book Pub Theology, from which he shared some insights with classis.

Classis was also informed of the continuing ministry of CRWRC under the new name World Renew.  The organization is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, and North Jersey CRCs will gather for a joint worship service at Faith Community CRC in Wyckoff on November 4, 2012 at 6 pm to celebrate.  Come early for food at 5pm.

Rev. Ken Bieber opened the session of Classis Hudson’s meeting on Tuesday with a devotional on Daniel 5 and the continual faithfulness of our God in a world of change.

Amongst other classis business, delegates affirmed our classis ministry team’s desire to add two young adults to its membership.  It was noted that the classis archives have been transferred to Heritage Hall at Calvin College in Michigan,  where they are now catalogued and preserved for those who wish to research the history of the CRC in North Jersey.  The practice of church visiting was also discussed.

Rev. Joseph Byun concluded the meeting by reading from Matthew 14:13-21 and reflecting on the sufficiency of Christ’s provision for His people, and closed the meeting with prayer.

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