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Reformation Hymn Festival — Friday, October 29, 2010

Lutheran theologian Robert Preus once said that one of the best ways to learn the Christian faith, was to "sing the faith into our hearts."  Join us on Friday, October 29 at 7:30 p.m. for our third annual Reformation Hymn Festival as we seek to do just that.

Our hymn festival will follow the Heidelberg Catechism's three-fold division of guilt, grace and gratitude.  Through the reading of Scripture and our confessions, and through singing the Psalms and the great hymns of the Reformed tradition, we'll be reminded of our guilt before God, the greatness of God's grace toward us in Jesus Christ, and having "sung the faith into our hearts," Lord willing, we will leave with our hearts filled with gratitude.

There is no cost for the Hymn Festival so come and join us for an evening of wonderful hymns, teaching and fellowship. 


We Return to Our Series on 1 Corinthians

Lord willing, Dr. Riddlebarger returns to his series on 1 Corinthians this Sunday (October 10).  We will be covering chapter 13.



Our Current New Members Class

Here's photo of our current new members class, one of the largest we've had in our fifteen years.

There are four sessions left.  Still time to come and join us!


Great Interview with Ken Samples

Ken Samples  was recently interviewed by the Jude 3 Project.

Ken answers ten questions and explains his interest in Augustine and his baseball days.

Enjoy the interview:  Ten Questions for Ken Samples


Back to Our Series on 1 Corinthians

Lord willing, Dr. Riddlebarger returns next Sunday (Agust 29).  He will pick up where he left off in his series on 1 Corinthians.

Please read through 1 Corinthians this week in preparation to work our way through 1 Corinthians 12.

You might also want to listen to the earlier sermons in this series (especially the first sermon).  You can find them here:  Sermons on 1 Corinthians


Kennedy High welcomes new band director - Josh Parsons

Joshua Parsons said he took over as band director at Kennedy High School with a mixture of excitement, with a new opportunity, and sadness, with the recent retirement of the band's veteran leader.

To read the rest of the article please click on the link below.



Ladies Book Club - Stretch the Mind in 2010

 The ladies book club met at the home of Dr. and Mrs. Kim Riddlebarger on Saturday, November 13.  We discussed our final book of the year Surprised by Joy


Synod 2010

Please continue to pray for the delegates (pastors and elders) of Synod who are meeting in London, Ontario this week.  Listed below is the most recent press release from the URCNA website.  For additional updated information please visit the URCNA website at:


Press Release #2 – July 28, 2010
Synod spent the entire morning working as Advisory Committees completing most of the work that was given to them.
The afternoon session began by taking up the report of the Songbook Committee. Synod adopted the proposed process for evaluating the hymn suggestions for the new songbook, which says that recommended changes to the list of hymns will be processed through classis to synod. With regard to the Liturgical Forms Committee, synod voted to encourage the churches to utilize the new forms and prayers that have been presented and to continue to give feedback to the committee.
Synod then turned its attention to the report of the Proposed Joint Church Order Committee. The synod accepted for continued study the PJCO 2010 and instructed the churches that changes should now be directed to the synod by way of overture, rather than to the committee.
The relationship between our churches and the Canadian Reformed Churches took up the rest of the afternoon session and most of the evening session. Synod explicitely reaffirmed without dissent our conviction that the Canadian Reformed Churches are a federation of true faithful churches of Christ, whom we love and respect as fellow-workers in the kingdom. Synod encouraged the churches to facilitate further opportunities for our churches to interact with Canadian Reformed Churches.
In a related matter, the synod voted to receive and approve the work of the Theological Education Committee and to declare that their mandate has been fulfilled and then dismissed the committee with thanks. However, synod did not accept the model proposed by the committee suggesting the use of independent seminaries as well as a seminary under the governance of a Regional Synod. Churches which wish to recommend a model may do so by way of overture.
An amendment of the Church Order was adopted which affects the timeframe for when ratified changes of the Church Order will take effect. Previously, any changes to the Church Order that had been ratified by the consistories of the federation took effect after the next synod. The synodically adopted change will take effect after it has been ratified by the churches, rather than waiting until the next synod.
A number of decisions were made with regard to the website of the federation ( and its operation and oversight. We trust these will help the website to continue to be an effective tool used for the glory of God and the edification of the churches.
Throughout the day, synod received greetings from a number of guests. Fraternal delegates Rev. Vernon Pollema of the Reformed Church of the United States, and Rev. John Hilbelink of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church brought greetings from their denominations. Two church planters gave updates on their work: Rev. Spencer Aalsburg of the Sioux Falls United Reformed Church, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and Rev. Dr. Brian Lee of Christ Reformed Church, Washington D.C. Representatives from two seminaries brought us updates about their institutions: Rev. Steven Oeverman from Westminster Seminary California, and Dr. Gerhard Visscher from the Seminary of the Canadian Reformed Churches. Rev. Richard Bout gave a report of the mission work going on in Tepic, Mexico. Rev. Tony Zekveld spoke of his work among the Sikh at The Center of Hope in Toronto, Canada.
Synod recessed at 10:00 p.m., and will take up its work again tomorrow morning at 8:00.

Wednesday Night Bible Study - Summer Break

There are no Wednesday Night Bible Studies during the summer break.  Dr Riddlebarger will resume the series entitled "The Person and Work of Christ" (using materials from the course he taught at Westminster Seminary California last spring) in September.


Christ Reformed Church Picnic

Picture slide show from the 2009 Christ Reformed Church picnic. This years pincic is Saturday June 26th.