Consistory – August 2015

The Consistory met on August 11 and we would like to share some items from the meeting with you, the members of the congregation.
Nomination forms are out now for you to nominate your choices for Elder, Deacon, and Administrative Board members. Prayerfully consider whom to nominate, complete your form, and drop it in the box provided at the back of the sanctuary next week.
The Consistory approved participating in Ridder Church Renewal. Ridder is a process for personal and congregational transformation. This 5-year process is divided into two modules, each 2½ years in length. A congregation commits to the first module (which, for us, begins in October) with the option to continue on to the second. The focus is on developing leadership and personal discipleship within the church, and leads to a renewed culture in a church, improving discernment, communication, and removing obstacles to growth and barriers to living out the church’s mission and vision. The core values are Integrity, Courage, Authenticity, and Love. A Ridder Committee, consisting of 4-6 people from the congregation plus the pastor, is trained in core values and skills, and then in turn trains the Consistory and Staff in these principles. The principles are then transferred into the congregation through teaching and training events. Ridder is a joint effort by Western Theological Seminary and both the RCA and CRC denominations.
Worship Director search update: Hoping to have a new worship leader in place by October, the Worship Director Search Team has recently expanded its search for applicants. Continue to pray that the person with the desired set of skills and the right fit for leading our church’s worship teams will be found soon.
Prayer Ministry Teams will begin this Fall. Prayer ministry teams made up of two or three people will be available after each worship service to pray for any person who desires prayer for any concern or need, whether physical, spiritual, or relational. Training for anyone interested in being part of a prayer team will be held this fall. Contact Pastor Paul if you are interested. 
Block Parties: The purpose of a Block Party is for the church to connect with our community and show God’s love to our neighbors. The RCA has a Block Party trailer that we are using to host two Block Parties this month. The first one is in the nearby Hillview Apartments on August 26 from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., hosted by Ryan and Rachel DeKuiper. The second party is at 192 Rollingwood on August 27 at 5:30 p.m. and hosted by Ken and Wilma Nelson. Both places are in need of help with grilling, activities, and mingling with the neighbors. If you can help out, please see one of the host couples.