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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.

St Croix Reformed Church Welcomes New Members

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New Members

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Joseph and Laura Croney (Joey, Annabelle, and Oliver)

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Craig and Barbara Daniels

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Dan and Peggy Binoniemi

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Jeff and Sharon Turk (Jenny and Nick)

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Steve and Lindsy Wagner (Weston, Harper, and Huxton)

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Willette Lewis

New Member Installation is May 14th

There is still time for anyone interested in joining and becoming a memeber of the Church.  Please contact Pastor Wakefield 340 277-5950 or Dave Russell 419 461-6806 for information.

News and Announcements

••Interim Pastor Search Committee

The search committee has submitted the official interim pastor job posting to the RCA and other affiliated churches nationwide.  The search committee hopes to receive and review all interim pastor candidates by the end of May.

In order to receive more input from the congregation on choosing an interim pastor, the search committee will be conducting a survey.  The survey will be available both online and in paper format.  More information to follow soon.

••Volunteer at the St Croix Animal and Welfare Center Saturday, May 6th at 5:30pm.

 

••Join us for worship and communion on Saturday, May 6th at 5:30pm.  Due to road closures associated with the Ironman Triathalon, we will not be having our usual Sunday worship service on May 7th••

Advent 2009 (2)

••Join us for Jazz Vespers on Sunday, May 7th at 5:30pm

jazzvesperssmall  “From Us (adults) To Them (children”

Elvis Pedro (guitar), Keshawn Hardy (trumpet), Deon St Jules (bass), and Micah Tyson (drums)

 

••The intermediate Sunday school class (4th-8th grade) will be starting a new curriculum in the fall.  Anyone interested in helping teach these classes please contact Tom Calhoon.

 

 

New Member Installation is May 14th

There is still time for anyone interested in joining and becoming a memeber of the Church.  Please contact Pastor Wakefield 340 277-5950 or Dave Russell 419 461-6806 for information.

News and Announcements

Due to road closures associated with the Ironman 70.3 St Croix being held on Sunday, May 7th, we will not have our normal Sunday 9:30am service.

The worship service will instead be held on SATURDAY, May 6th at 5:30pm.

Jazz Vespers will continue as scheduled on Sunday, May 7th at 5:30pm

Easter egg hunt

photos courtesy of Wylie Crowther

Blooming of the cross