Touché March 11, 2016
Posted on March 11, 2016 by under Touché,

 

The Nina, the Pinta and the Santa Maria

“Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, To the church of God in Corinth, together with all his holy people throughout Achaia.”  (2 Corinthians 1:1)

On Tuesday I will give my President’s report to the Classis of Mid-Hudson.  I have been president for two years and it has been a great time.  The main goal of my presidency has been trying to get the classis together in ministry and in relationships.  I recognize that many at HRC may not know what the classis is; it is our group of churches in the Hudson Valley that are part of the denomination known as the RCA.  The term comes from a fleet of ships that sail together, like Columbus with the Nina, Pinta and Santa Maria. I recognize that most of the time we sail on our own with little connection to each other.

Hopewell is the largest church in the classis and we carry the biggest piece of the budget in keeping the classis afloat.  Our denominational assessment last year was $48,189.42.  That is divided among the classis of Mid-Hudson, the regional synod of New York and the General Synod of the Reformed Church in America. If you receive envelopes, you know there is an envelope titled: “Denominational Responsibility” and you are asked to give in that envelope.  I no longer receive envelopes as I give electronically, so I thought this might be a good time to give everybody the opportunity to support the ships sailing together.  We are charged about $100 per active member as our “classis dues.”

The other envelope that is included this time of year is our Easter envelope.  It is an invitation to give a special offering at Easter.  We will not have a special Easter appeal this year, but this reminder is for those who do not have envelopes that you can give a special gift at this time of year.  I have a giving app on my phone now called SimpleGive. You can get it through the app store or you can give through our online giving portal at hrcrca.org.

Paul wrote about churches linked together in Greece.  I write about churches linked together in the Hudson Valley.  I pray that through finances, prayer and praise we will see ourselves in relationship as the body of Christ.  Our RCA mission statement says this:

The Reformed Church in America is a fellowship of congregations called by God and empowered by the Holy Spirit to be the very presence of Jesus Christ in the world. Our shared task is to equip congregations for ministry—a thousand churches in a million ways doing one thing—following Christ in mission, in a lost and broken world so loved by God.

Let’s do that together.

In Christ, Taylor