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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
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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?

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/

Join us for Christmas Eve lessons and carols at 5:00pm

Advent devotions: December 18th

advent devotions

By Fernando Jensen

2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16
Now when the king was settled in his house, and the Lord had given him rest from all his enemies around him, the king said to the prophet Nathan, “See now, I am living in a house of cedar, but the ark of God stays in a tent.” Nathan said to the king, “Go, do all that you have in mind; for the Lord is with you.”

But that same night the word of the Lord came to Nathan: Go and tell my servant David: Thus says the Lord: Are you the one to build me a house to live in? I have not lived in a house since the day I brought up the people of Israel from Egypt to this day, but I have been moving about in a tent and a tabernacle. Wherever I have moved about among all the people of Israel, did I ever speak a word with any of the tribal leaders of Israel, whom I commanded to shepherd my people Israel, saying, “Why have you not built me a house of cedar?” Now therefore thus you shall say to my servant David: Thus says the Lord of hosts: I took you from the pasture, from following the sheep to be prince over my people Israel; and I have been with you wherever you went, and have cut off all your enemies from before you; and I will make for you a great name, like the name of the great ones of the earth. And I will appoint a place for my people Israel and will plant them, so that they may live in their own place, and be disturbed no more; and evildoers shall afflict them no more, as formerly, from the time that I appointed judges over my people Israel; and I will give you rest from all your enemies. Moreover the Lord declares to you that the Lord will make you a house. …

Your house and your kingdom will endure forever before me; your throne will be established forever.

David has been delivered from all his enemies, has been proclaimed king, and is living in a palace. In a moment of quiet, David reflects, “The Lord took me from the pasture, where I was tending sheep, to a palace to be the leader of Israel. I must build a house for the Lord.” David has a plan and good intentions; it’s part of a response of gratitude to God. But is this what the Lord expects of him? Are King David’s good intentions sufficient?

There is an old phrase, “All roads lead to Rome.” It’s very common today to believe that there are many different ways to draw near to God and please him. But that’s not actually the case. The writer of Proverbs says, “There is a way that seems right to a person, but its end is the way to death” (Proverbs 14:12). Even though the way seems right, it may not be. Even though David wants to build a house for God, God does not want David to build it. Instead, God says that he will make David a house and establish David’s throne. God will keep his covenant to the people of Israel.

The reason David runs into trouble is because he doesn’t ask, “What is God’s plan?” As Christians, we ought to start by seeking the truth and trying to understand God’s will. Rather than looking to our own experience alone, we should look to the Word of God, since we believe in “Sola scriptura” (Scripture alone). We know that God is sovereign, and we want to live according to his plan.

As we go about our lives, it’s important to seek God’s purpose and plan, and this plan is found only through his Word. Despite our intentions, the promises of the Lord are unbreakable: “I will not violate my covenant, or alter the word that went forth from my lips.” (Psalm 89:34). The Lord never forgets his covenant.

Prayer: Lord, help me to seek you, and to trust that you will keep your promises to your people. Give me the humility and insight to recognize when my own best intentions don’t align with your purposes. Amen.

Fernando Jensen is a retired church planter in the Orlando, Florida, area.

Advent devotions: December 12th

advent devotions

By Carlos Corro

Isaiah 61:8-11
For I the Lord love justice,
      I hate robbery and wrongdoing;
I will faithfully give them their recompense,
      and I will make an everlasting covenant with them.
Their descendants shall be known among the nations,
      and their offspring among the peoples;
all who see them shall acknowledge
      that they are a people whom the Lord has blessed.
I will greatly rejoice in the Lord,
      my whole being shall exult in my God;
for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation,
      he has covered me with the robe of righteousness,
as a bridegroom decks himself with a garland,
      and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.
For as the earth brings forth its shoots,
      and as a garden causes what is sown in it to spring up,
so the Lord God will cause righteousness and praise
      to spring up before all the nations.

People and history are filled with layers upon layers of complexity. In the face of that complexity, we can easily ignore two of the deepest truths that Advent attests to.

First, humanity is deeply broken and in desperate need of a Savior. We live in and are a part of a sinful world, a world of broken relationships with God and neighbor. This is true for all people, in all times and all places. Second, the work of God through the incarnation of Jesus Christ is both greater and more mysterious than we want to admit. The Word became flesh to save us and now through the power of the Holy Spirit, the Word becomes flesh in us, in order to restore us and equip us for the continued work of redeeming all of creation back to God.

This Scripture passage paints a rich portrait of people coming together through the redemptive power of the gospel. In this biblical account we see the living God causing “righteousness and praise to spring up before all the nations” (v. 11). Rather than conforming to the patterns of this world, Advent invites Christians into a new perspective that encourages each person to joyfully embrace their own culture and at the same time celebrate the cultural differences of other sisters and brothers in Christ.

In a broken world often marked by tribalism and suffering, the gospel offers expressions of unity through praise and hope for oneness without sameness. In the kingdom of God, diversity within God’s people is not just a nice commodity for contemporary Christianity. Instead, multicultural worshiping communities serve as a faithful witness of the living image of God to the whole world.

Prayer: Living God, continue to renew and transform us during this Advent season. Teach us your ways and remind us to praise you in our rejoicing and even in our grieving. Transform and conform us more into the likeness of your son, Jesus Christ, in order that the Word may become flesh in us. Amen.

Carlos Corro is pastor of Imago Church, a church plant in Visalia, California, and president of the RCA Council for Hispanic Ministries.

Join us for Christmas Eve lessons and carols at 5:00pm

Join us for our live nativity. The live nativity is scheduled for Saturday, December 16th at 4:00pm