Christian Reformed Church

CRC News Service | Vol. 16 | No. 45 | November 28, 2018
Weekly news and information about the Christian Reformed Church

Soong-Chan Rah to Speak on Lament at Inspire 2019

Rev. Soong-Chan Rah, the Milton B. Engebretson Professor of Church Growth and Evangelism at North Park Theological Seminary in Chicago, Ill., will speak at Inspire 2019 about “The Necessity of Lament in Our Broken World.” Rah is one of four keynote speakers who have been announced to address attendees at the Christian Reformed Church in North America’s second denomination-wide gathering for church leaders set for Aug. 1-3. Read story

Youth Group Learns New Lessons through Blanket Exercise

Near the end of the Blanket Exercise at Neland Avenue Christian Reformed Church in Grand Rapids, Mich., members of the church youth group watched a video in which Susie Silversmith told her story. Silversmith is from the Navajo nation and was on hand to help lead participants through a summary of Indigenous history as part of the Blanket Exercise. She had made a video as a way of sharing her stories with others. Read story

New Hope Rises Amid Financial Challenges

Jessica Brand clearly remembers the early days of New Hope Christian Reformed Church in East Hamilton, Ontario. She was among those who began meeting on Sunday nights in 2005 in the livingroom of the church planter, Jeff Neven. Read story

A New Way to Pray

Resonate Global Mission volunteer Pat Voetberg spent eight days in Obule, Uganda, and brought a new way to pray to her church in Hudsonville, Mich. Read story

Sharing the Gospel in Spain a Work in Progress

Walking through Barcelona’s Sagrada Familia basilica felt bittersweet for Guillermo Serrano. On the one hand, he enjoyed experiencing the magnificent beauty, but he also lamented the fact that the building’s primary purpose seemed to be missed among all its tourists. Read story

Christian Reformed Minister, Professor to Speak at Urbana 2018

Billed as the largest and longest running youth missions conference in the world, this year’s Urbana conference will be held from Dec. 27-31 in St. Louis, Missouri. Among the keynote speakers will be Anne Zaki, a Christian Reformed Church minister who currently teaches at the Evangelical Theological Seminary in Cairo. Read story

The Banner: Arab-American Friendship Center Grows with CRC Volunteers

Some 27 years ago, seeing the thousands of Arabic immigrants settling into the Dearborn-Detroit, Mich., area, local Christians began to realize the potential for ministry. God was making the Muslim world available as never before. Dearborn Christian Fellowship, along with other area congregations and Classis Lake Erie, the regional grouping of Christian Reformed churches, contributed their resources to establish the Arab-American Friendship Center. Read story

Network: An Early Advent Reflection

Safe Church work can be daunting at times and can feel overwhelming. There is a darkness to abuse that can seem heavy, even knowing that the light, which has come into the world, is stronger. I often remind people, as we work together, that we are not in heaven yet. We are called to live here in the “not yet,” in the midst of life, in difficult and complicated situations that are beyond our understanding. Read more 

Heads Up

The Lynden (Wash.) Chamber of Commerce put up its Christmas light displays a little early this year. Typically, it doesn’t happen until about American Thanksgiving, but, given an anonymous donation of about $19,000 for new LED bulbs, the chamber was able to buy more than $20,000 new bulbs, about $1 apiece. The numerous lighting displays around town — of tulips on light poles, a poinsettia at the cemeteries, a windmill display at City Hall, a skating boy at Bender Fields and a Nativity scene at First Christian Reformed Church — also will require less maintenance. From the Lynden Tribune

The Rev. Nathaniel Moody says he's disappointed after threatening racist rants were left on the answering machine of his church, Brown Hutcherson Ministries in Grand Rapids, Mich. The caller, using a racial slur, threatened to kill the first black person he saw at the church.The Rev. Emmett Harrison of Oakdale Park Christian Reformed Church stopped by Brown Hutcherson Ministries. He said his church has already begun looking at security measures. Community-policing officers use space at his church. He doesn't want armed guards but wants people to be safe and feel safe. Read story on

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