July 2011 News
Posted at www.stcroixreformed.org
We received this wonderful report from member Jay Nix, who was our representative to the 205th General Synod of the Reformed Church in America.
Thanks so much for asking me to go to Grand Rapids, MI as the elder delegate to the Reformed Church’s 205th General Synod on June 16,-21, 2011. This great gathering of ministers, elders and others of diverse backgrounds were attending the highest assembly and judicatory of the RCA to make decisions for the ministry and mission of the whole church. The schedule of events and meetings were jammed tight, and I met so many nice people from all over the states.
I was selected to serve on the Committee on Overtures and New Business and I also attended a workshop on multiracial ministry teams. Those attending the General Synod witnessed a historic reunion of the Christian Reformed Church and the RCA after many years of separation (since 1857). We worshipped and praised the Lord together and sang very inspirational songs (many I never heard before).
The Calvin College campus was a beautiful green and safe environment. We rode on golf carts if we didn’t want to walk to the different buildings. Wesley Granberg- Michaelson, retiring General Secretary of the General Synod passed his gavel to Rev. Dr. Tom De Vries, pastor of Fair Havens Ministries in Hudsonville, MI.
I will never forget my 70th birthday. I was asked to help serve communion at the closing worship service.
In Other News…
Phase 1 of the church landscaping project should be complete by the end of this month. Numerous trees and bushes have been trimmed or removed. The entrances are being trimmed back. And by the end of the month the tan-tan will be cut back 15′ down the hill, –which should make the cross once again visible to the community. It will also be kept mowed as part of our regular mowing. We anticipate the grass will fill in nicely where unruly plants and hedges once sprawled. The Consistory will be considering a “Phase 2” beautification proposal early this Fall. If you have suggestions for Phase 2, please share them with Rev Rod or any member of the Landscaping Task Force (Will Borden, Sue Cissel, Neil MacQueen, Sandi Savage).
Turbine Update:We’re currently waiting word on the delivery date of the turbine and tower. Apparently there was a manufacturing delay. Once that date is set, the construction of the concrete pad can be scheduled. All permits have been approved!
UPDATE: For info about our Wind Turbine you can now visit the Wind Turbine pages at this website: https://stcroixreformed.org/our-wind-turbine/