Touché January 26, 2018
Posted on January 26, 2018 by under Touché,


Paying Our Part

“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.”

                                                                                (Mission Statement-RCA)

Last Sunday at our congregational meeting we talked about belonging to the RCA and the part we pay to be a member of a denomination.  It is not something we think about often because most of our connection is to this congregation, but we are part of a larger body all doing one thing, “following Christ in mission, in a lost and broken world so loved by God.”  Tuesday night Josh Bode (currently a pastor at Woodstock and a leader in our Mid-Hudson Classis) spoke with the deacons about his call to become an RCA missionary in the Middle East.  He will join a ministry that started in Oman in 1893. Long before oil was found there, the RCA was working in the Arab world.  There are many stories like this of being part of the RCA family.

You may not think much about our larger family, but that family impacts us and we impact it.  As the largest congregation in the Mid-Hudson Classis, we are assessed $35,499.62 for 2018.  That is the part we pay to be a part of the larger work of the RCA.  Jan Bushey, one of our new deacons, pointed out that many do not know about our assessment, or recognize the value of being a part of a larger body.  If you get envelopes, the one that reads “denominational responsibility” goes to pay your part of that $35,499.62.  Currently we are assessed at about $120.00 per active member.  If you are an active adult member of Hopewell, we cover the cost of sending your assessment to the denomination.  Designated giving—people returning that assessment envelope with payment–usually accounts for less than $9,000 to cover that cost.  If each of us carried the full freight of the assessment, it would certainly free up more money for mission and the work of HRC.  I hope you will consider a special gift to the church, either in the designated envelope, or with a note on the memo line that reads “for denominational responsibility.” It is a part of being part of a larger family, a family where we have belonged since 1757.

Yours in the Family,