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Save the date: Friday, February 8th at 6:00 pm. Our Annual Spaghetti Dinner is back!

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Join us for a spaghetti dinner, live music by the Brian McCullough Band, raffle prizes, and silent auction.  Tickets are now on sale for $20. Our fundraising efforts will go to support the church’s new Hand 2 Hand Fund which will offer loving assistance to our neighbors in need.

Join us Sunday, January 27th for Pastor Peter’s Installation

Pastor Peter has been serving SCRC for over a year and it’s finally time to make it officially official.  The Classis of NY has approved his call.  Pastor Peter has traveled to NYC for an official welcome, the only step remaining is to host a service of installation.  Please plan to celebrate together on Sunday, January 27th.

SCRC Welcomes New Members

SCRC continues to grow!  We welcome Ian and Claudia Collins with their children Helen and Henry as the newest members of SCRC.

Installation of New Leaders

SCRC would like to thank Dulcie Crowther and Barbara Daniels for their time and service on the consistory.

We would like to introduce Brad Ebersole as our newest Elder and Dan Binoniemi as our newest Deacon.

Announcements

CONGREGATIONAL MEETING

Please mark your calendars for Sunday, January 20th.  We will be meeting for our annual congregational meeting during which time you will be invited to approve a budget, elect new leaders, ask questions, express hopes and concerns for the future.  It’s crucial that we have as many voices as possible present for this meeting.  Your voice is important.

PASTOR PETER’S INSTALLATION

Pastor Peter has been servicing SCRC for over a year and it’s finally time to make it officially official. The Classis of NY has approved this call.  Pastor Peter has traveled to NYC for an official welcome.  The only remaining step is to host a service of installation.  Please plan to celebrate together on Sunday, January 27th.

SPAGHETTI DINNER

On Friday, February 8th, we will be hosting an evening of great food, live music, and silent auction.  Tickets are available.  There is plenty of time to invite friends and family to join you.  Our fundraising efforts will go to support the church’s new Hand 2 Hand Fund which will offer loving assistance to our neighbors in need.  Please see Judy Leonardis or Laurie Bohlke if you’d like to help in planning, preparing, or serving.

 

SCRC Welcomes New Members

Please join us in welcoming the newest members of St Croix Reformed Church

Andrea Rowley
Brian & Gail Quinn
Michael & Serena Quinn
Chris & Kirsten Fletcher (Lily & Jack)

 

 

January Announcements

BBQ ON THE HILL

On Saturday, January 13th, at 5:30 pm we’ll gather on the hill for our monthly BBQ.  The grill will be hot and you can bring something to grill or a dish to share.  As always, we’ll finish the evening with a fireside chat (and some roasted marshmallows!).  See the announcement about missional communities below.

NEW MEMBERS

On Sunday, January 13th we will be welcoming new members to the body of Christ at St. Croix Reformed Church. Please mark your calendars to join in the celebration and extend a warm welcome.  If you are interested in joining the church on this date, please see Pastor Peter.

CONGREGATIONAL MEETING

Please mark your calendars for Sunday, January 20th.  We will be meeting for our annual congregational meeting during which time you will be invited to approve a budget, elect new leaders, ask questions, express hopes and concerns for the future.  It’s crucial that we have as many voices as possible present for this meeting.  Your voice is important.

PASTOR PETER’S INSTALLATION

Pastor Peter has been servicing SCRC for over a year and it’s finally time to make it officially official. The Classis of NY has approved this call.  Pastor Peter has traveled to NYC for an official welcome.  The only remaining step is to host a service of installation.  Please plan to celebrate together on Sunday, January 27th.

MISSIONAL COMMUNITIES

We have spent the last four months at our BBQ on the hill framing a ministry.  Even if you haven’t participated, you’re invited to share some ideas about how we might be the hands and feet of Jesus out in the community and witness to the kingdom of God as ambassadors of Christ.  More simply, how is Jesus calling us to make a difference on St. Croix?

A missional community is a group of people, about the size of an extended family (15-30 people), who gather for a sense of belonging and around a common purpose: being the hands & feet of Jesus in the world.

Save the date: Friday, February 8th at 6:00 pm. Our Annual Spaghetti Dinner is back!

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Join us for a spaghetti dinner, live music by the Brian McCullough Band, raffle prizes, and silent auction.

Advent Devotion

Matthew 3:1-6

In those days John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness of Judea, proclaiming, Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.” This is the one of whom the prophet Isaiah spoke when he said,

“The voice of one crying out in the wilderness:
‘Prepare the way of the Lord,
make his paths straight.’”

Now John wore clothing of camel’s hair with a leather belt around his waist, and his food was locusts and wild honey. Then the people of Jerusalem and all Judea were going out to him, and all the region along the Jordan, and they were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins.

A lonely voice is carried down the centuries by a dry desert wind: Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight!

The voice prophesied by Isaiah is growing louder, clearer. Its source is coming into view. It is John the Baptist, calling out to the people of Israel. The years of waiting made the people nearly forget about God’s promise to send a Savior, someone who would redeem the people from their lives of misery, sin, and oppression. But John the Baptist is here to refresh their memory. You might have forgotten, but God hasn’t! A Savior is on the way.

John the Baptist prepares the way for Jesus Christ to come. He invites the people to be baptized in preparation for Jesus’s arrival. The people confessed their sins and were washed clean.

Like John and the people he baptizes, we can prepare for Christ’s coming. We can confess and repent of our sins. We can ask God to make us clean, fit to be in the presence of our Savior.

Prayer: Lord, would you point out the places in me that are a mess? The places that are making it hard for me to encounter you? I confess those sins to you. Make me clean. Prepare my heart to welcome you. Amen.

Join us for Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at 5:00 pm

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Some familiar Scripture. Some familiar songs. All tell the same story of hope and promise to a world that seems to be unfamiliar with both.

The Christ candle’s light that shines for us here
tells out the good news that God has come near!
God came, a poor baby, in one time and place,
to show all creation the wealth of God’s grace.
– The Candle of Hope, Gillette

Our doors are open. You are invited.