Category Archives: Mission

Volunteer next Saturday at the Animal Shelter: July 31st 8:30-10:30am

Baptism

In Baptism God promises by grace alone:

to forgive our sins; to adopt us into the Body of Christ, the Church; to send the Holy Spirit daily to renew and cleanse us; and to resurrect us to eternal life.

God Bless you Huxton!

St Croix Reformed Church Consistory

What is a faithful consistory?

A common misconception is that a congregation is built like a pyramid, with the minister at the top, the consistory next, and the congregation as a broad but somehow less-than-equal base. This is certainly not how the church order of the Reformed Church was conceived some five centuries ago. In light of Reformed church order, the structure of an RCA congregation is better represented as a circle with the consistory, including the pastor, inside. The whole circle stands together under the wisdom and guidance of the Word of God. The same Word measures each and all of us.

Reformed thought teaches that the whole ministry of Christ is found only when the whole congregation, including the elders, deacons, and ministers, is called to serve. The three offices– elder, deacon, and minister–complement each other and together are described as making up the pastorate of a local congregation. It has been customary to call the minister “pastor,” and that is appropriate. But the pastorate, the ministry of leadership, is only complete when all three offices work together, when they are mutually supportive and mutually accountable.

What’s an Elder?

Far from being just a placeholder in the congregation’s structure, an elder has specific ministry responsibilities that help provide for and protect the church.

The office of the elder is one of servant hood, representing Christ through the action of the Holy Spirit. In the local church, elders are chosen members who show spiritual discernment, lead exemplary lives, have charitable spirits, and embody wisdom grounded in God’s Word.

Elders, together with the installed minister/s serving under a call, have supervision of the church entrusted to them. They are set apart for a ministry of watchful and responsible care for all matters relating to the welfare and good order of the church. They are to study God’s Word, oversee the household of faith, encourage spiritual growth, maintain loving discipline, and provide for the proclamation of the gospel and the celebration of the sacraments.
–adapted from the Book of Church Order, Part I, Article 1, Section 8

We would like to thank our Church members who serve as Elders:

Jane Coles, Tom Calhoon, Dulcie Crowther, and Glenn Wells. We are pleased to welcome Barbara Daniels as an Elder and a new member of the consistory.

What are deacons called to do?

The Greek word in the Bible for deacon, diakonos, means servant.

Jesus provided the ultimate role model for servanthood. Throughout his ministry he reminded his followers in word and deed that he was among them as one who serves.

Deacons play a key role in moving their churches into missions of justice, mercy, and compassion. They organize soup kitchens, lead work groups to repair homes for elderly people or clean up a local stream, and minister to patients dying of AIDS.

Six diaconal concern areas:

  • Stewardship education and congregational giving
  • Special individual and family concerns
  • Mission involvement
  • Disaster response and volunteer service opportunities
  • Hunger advocacy and relief efforts
  • Caring for creation and simple living

We would like to thank our Church members who serve at Deacons:

Laurie Bohlke, Amanda Foltz, Donna Koester, Monica Ruhle, and Dave Russell.

Volunteers needed at the Animal Shelter: Saturday, April 1st

Join us at the St Croix Animal and Welfare Center on the first Saturday of each month.

Duties include:  Playing with puppies, bathing puppies, cleaning cages, washing food bowls, walking larger dogs, cleaning kitten cages, doing laundry….

Wear long pants and closed toe shoes.  We meet at 8:30am and are usually finished by 10:30 depending on the number of volunteers.

Volunteer the first Saturday of the month, March 4th at the Animal Shelter

It takes a village….

We clean puppy cages, bathe puppies, play with puppies, walk large dogs, change kitty litter boxes, play with the kittens, wash food bowls, fold laundry, HAVE FUN! etc….

Giving back and having fun!

Our donations have paid off!  We raised enough money to build another dog house.  Every time we collect enough donations, we will build another house.  The St Croix Animal Welfare Center will donate the houses to dogs in need of shelter in the community.

Don’t forget to come volunteer at the animal shelter the first Saturday of each month.

Youth Group donates $500 to the St Croix Animal Welfare Center

The Youth Group volunteers at the shelter cleaning cages, bathing puppies, and giving the animals much needed tender loving care.

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Angel Tree

Angel Tree gifts are due by December 21st. Please stop by the tree and pick an Angel card. Each angel card represents a child in need of a Christmas gift. The cards list the first name, age, and sex of the child to help you choose a gift appropriate for each child.

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Missionaries visit St. Croix

Getting to know the missionaries during a 4th of July Celebration at Pastor and Janie's house

Getting to know the missionaries at a 4th of July Celebration at Pastor and Janie’s house

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Missionary group visits St. Croix and St. Croix Reformed Church

Click on the link below the pictures for the St. Croix Source news article:4th of July at Pastor Rod and Janie's house

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http://stcroixsource.com/content/lifestyles/religion/2013/07/04/missionary-group-illinois-visits-st-croix