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What does it mean to be Reformed?

Inquiring minds want to know.

Join us Sunday, May 20th after worship to begin a discussion on Reformed history, theology, polity, and practice.  Our third question will be:  What is the Dutch theology of the Reformation?

Fun and Fellowship

Pictures from our recent Potluck BBQ.  In case you missed it, we will be planning another one soon!

Join us Saturday, May 12th for a Church picnic at 5pm. Bring a dish to share!

Join us Saturday, May 12th for a Church picnic at 5pm. Bring a dish to share!

Employment Opportunity: Senior Pastor

Senior Pastor

Church or Organization: St. Croix Reformed Church

St. Croix, USVI

Full-time

St. Croix Reformed Church is literally a church on a hill. We want to let our light shine before others so that our island community might see our good works and give glory to our Father in heaven. We own our Reformed/Presbyterian heritage, but are casual in our approach and willing to live into it in new ways. Music is a vital part of our ministry and we anticipate using new styles and approaches. We value cultural diversity and the welcome we extend, but recognize there is more work to be done. We want to offer our neighbors an inclusive community striving for justice.

We are looking for an energetic pastor who can engage us in activities beyond Sunday morning. We’d appreciate a capable preacher and teacher who can apply Scripture to our daily lives and offer us spiritual direction as we share this journey of life and faith. Our island is seeing a number of families with young children arrive, so we are seeking a pastor who will be involved in the community and can engage with them. As our island is very diverse, we are seeking someone who is culturally competent, adaptable, and willing to listen to people from all walks of life.

Caribbean living has its strengths and struggles. There are beautiful beaches, but also the possibility of hurricanes. The pace of life is slow, but that also means that conveniences are not always readily available. In the midst this SCRC hopes to be a presence of peace, making space for rest, restoration, and recovery in our church on the hill. If you sense a call to join us in this work please submit a cover letter, resume, and two essays in response to the following questions:

  1. What caused you to enter ministry, what are the core values that define your vision for ministry, and which theologians/authors influence your ministry?
  2. Name at least one challenge for a pastor who accepts a call to lead a church that is based in a community whose culture is different from the majority of church members, and how you would address it.

We are also ready to accept a sermon video or audio if you have one available. All items can be sent to stxreformed@gmail.com.

Date Posted: Thursday, April 19, 2018
Contact Email:

 

https://www.rca.org/employment

Reminders for this week

April 18th:

The Enneagram- A Small Group Study

Who am I?  Why do I get along with some people and not others? Why do my spouse and I keep having the same arguments?  How can I love my kids and get so frustrated at the same time? How do I draw closer to God? Pastor Peter and Julie have found the Enneagram to be a very helpful tool in answering these questions.  They invite everyone to join them for a conversation in the Sanctuary on Wednesday evenings at 5:30pm beginning April 18th.  The conversation will be based on the book The Sacred Enneagram: Finding your Unique Path to Spiritual Growth by Christopher Heuretz.

April 19th:

The Long Term Recovery Group

The following sub-committees have formed: Finance, Case Management, Unmet needs, Communication & Advocacy, Youth, Spiritual/Emotional Care, Construction, and Volunteer Management.  If you’d like more information please see Pastor Peter.  The next LTRG meeting will be Thursday, April 19th, 3pm, at the St. Croix Christian Church.

April 22nd:

What does it mean to be Reformed?

Inquiring minds want to know and there are a lot of them based on the number of times Pastor Peter has been asked.  It’s time to start working on an answer.  On APRIL 22nd, we’ll meet after worship to begin a discussion on Reformed history, theology, polity, and practice.  Our second question will be: what were the main points of theology in the Reformation?

Upcoming Events at St Croix Reformed Church

April 18th:

The Enneagram- A Small Group Study

Who am I?  Why do I get along with some people and not others? Why do my spouse and I keep having the same arguments?  How can I love my kids and get so frustrated at the same time? How do I draw closer to God? Pastor Peter and Julie have found the Enneagram to be a very helpful tool in answering these questions.  They invite everyone to join them for a conversation in the Sanctuary on Wednesday evenings at 5:30pm beginning April 18th.  The conversation will be based on the book The Sacred Enneagram: Finding your Unique Path to Spiritual Growth by Christopher Heuretz.

April 19th:

The Long Term Recovery Group

The following sub-committees have formed: Finance, Case Management, Unmet needs, Communication & Advocacy, Youth, Spiritual/Emotional Care, Construction, and Volunteer Management.  If you’d like more information please see Pastor Peter.  The next LTRG meeting will be Thursday, April 19th, 3pm, at the St. Croix Christian Church.

April 22nd:

What does it mean to be Reformed?

Inquiring minds want to know and there are a lot of them based on the number of times Pastor Peter has been asked.  It’s time to start working on an answer.  On APRIL 22nd, we’ll meet after worship to begin a discussion on Reformed history, theology, polity, and practice.  Our second question will be: what were the main points of theology in the Reformation?

April 29th:

Congregational Meeting:

On Sunday, April 29th, we’ll gather for a brief congregational meeting to update you on administrative matters related to the church (i.e. leaders, budget, by-laws, etc.).  This is also a time for you to ask questions and make recommendations to the Consistory.

 

 

 

The Reformation

This devotional is very timely since we just began a discussion with Pastor Peter last week on the Reformation and what does it mean to be Reformed.  We discussed last week how it all began.  We will continue to have more discussions in the future so stay tuned!

Simony
April 11, 2018

Read: Acts 8:9-25

May your silver perish with you, because you thought you could obtain the gift of God with money! (v. 20)

In 1514, Albert of Brandenburg became the archbishop of Mainz, the most powerful church leader in Germany. In order to win this appointment, Albert paid Pope Leo X an “installation fee” of 10,000 ducats, which Albert borrowed from a German banking house. To enable Albert to repay his loan, the pope issued him a license to sell indulgences throughout the German principalities, provided Albert split the proceeds with Rome. When salesmen fanned out across Germany hawking indulgences—essentially a written guarantee promising escape from the punishment of sin—it aroused the ire of a monk named Martin Luther. So you could say that Albert’s ambition and Leo’s greed touched off the Reformation.

Peter and John ran into another unsavory character when they traveled to Samaria to check on the gospel’s progress there. Simon was so impressed with their spiritual power that he offered to pay Peter for the secret, one magician doing business with another, as Simon no doubt thought. But among the many things money can’t buy is a relationship with God.

Simon did get one thing out of this encounter though—infamy! Simony is the name for financial corruption in the church, such as buying or selling an office, or using one’s position for self-enrichment. To anyone who would turn the ministry into a personal get-rich scheme, God’s Word thunders: “Your money perish with you!” —David Bast

Prayer: Lord, continue to reform your church according to your Word.

The Long-Term Recovery Group (LTRG)

This is the group responsible for raising, managing, and distributing a portion of recover funds devoted to St Croix.  The following sub-committees have formed: Finance, Case Managment, Unmet Needs, Communication & Advocacy, Youth, Spiritual/Emotional Care, Construction, and Volunteer Management.  In the absence of a small group ministry at SCRC, this is a good way to build relationships and engage in the ministry (it’s probably better).  If you’d like more information please see Pastor Peter.  The next LTRG meeting will be Thursday, April 19th, 3pm, at St Croix Christian Church.

You are invited to join us for a small group study: The Enneagram

Who am I? Why do I get along with some people and not others? Why do my spouse and I keep having the same arguments? How can I love my kids and get so frustrated at the same time? How do I draw closer to God? Pastor Peter and Julie have found the Enneagram to be a very helpful tool in answering these questions. They invite everyone to join them for a conversation on Wednesday evenings at 5:30pm beginning April 18th. The conversation will be based on the book The Sacred Enneagram: Finding Your Unique Path to Spiritual Growth by Christopher Heuretz.

Visit the link below more a glimpse of the book

https://gravitycenter.com/sacredenneagram/