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A New URC in Milan, Italy!

As recently announced by the consistory of Christ United Reformed Church in Santee, California:

On Sunday, January 24, the members of Christ URC in Santee witnessed the ordination and installation of a Minister of Word and Sacrament, and a small piece of church history in the making. Andrea Ferrari, pastor of small Reformed congregation in Milan, Italy, was installed as a missionary-pastor in the URCNA with the specific calling of establishing a federation of Reformed churches modeled after the URCNA.

Here's a photo of the congregation of Filadelfia Reformed Church gathered for worship on the Lord's Day.  For the full story, click here:  New URCNA in Milan

Dr. Riddlebarger was privileged to participate in the ordination exam (colloquium doctum) of Rev. Ferrari, who will be a faithful shepherd to his flock!


Know Anyone in Gig Harbor?  Tacoma?

Know anyone who lives near Tacoma or Gig Harbor, Washington? 

Beginning on February 16, 2010 a new Bible Study will be starting in Gig Harbor, WA with the goal of planting a new URC church in that area. 

For more information, here is their website:


A URC Study Group Forming in Ventura, CA

If you live in the Ventura, CA, area (or know someone who does) a Bible study has been organized with the goal of seeing a URC congregation planted in the area.  Some of those involved are Christ Reformed refugees . . .  But check it out anyway!

They have a website:  Click here

And a Facebook page:  Click here


Missions and Our Missionaries

Steve Irons, chairman of our missions committee, has developed two new pages here on the Christ Reformed blog.

The new resource is entitled "Missions and Our Missionaries" and includes two sections. 

Be sure to stop and look through this great resource!  (Scroll down the right sidebar.)  And be sure to pray for our missionaries!


Church Christmas Party - December 11

You are cordially invited to attend our church Christmas party on Friday, December 11 at 7:00 p.m.  Come for an evening of great food, fellowship and to hear our children tell the story of the birth of Christ. 


Thanksgiving Service - November 26

All are welcome to join us for our Thanksgiving service on Thursday, November 26 at 10:00 a.m.


Ladies Book Club 2009 - The Life of the Mind

Ladies another year has begun and we have a new book list! 2008 was a year for Christian Classics, whereas the "Life of the Mind" is our theme for this year of 2009. We look forward to lively discussion groups and fellowship with our Ladies book club.

  1. Michael S. Horton, Too Good to be True
  2. Kenneth R. Samples, A World of Difference
  3. Kim Riddlebarger, A Case for Amillennialism
  4. Michael S. Horton, Christless Christianity
  5. Kenneth R. Samples, Without a Doubt
  6. Kim Riddlebarger,The Man of Sin


Festival of Hymns - October 30

Please join the congregation of Christ Reformed Church in Anaheim as we celebrate Reformation Day in song!  All are cordially invited to attend our Festival of Hymns on Friday, October 30, at 7:30 p.m. for an inspiring evening of congregational song accompanied by choir, brass, and organ.  All are welcome to stay for dessert and fellowship after the Hymn Festival.  For directions, click on the link here on the church's webpage or call (714) 538-1057.


Good to See Some Old "Friends"

Dr. Kim Riddlebarger recently preached at Grace Reformed Church in West Linn, a suburb of Portland. Grace Church is a URCNA church plant, overseen by Immanuel's Reformed Church in Salem.

Two families from Christ Reformed now live in the area and are worshiping there.  Matt and Jocelyn Friend send their greetings (pictured).  Matt was a deacon at Christ Reformed. 

Jill and Scott Coppin were also present and are expecting their second child.  They too send greetings!


Young Musician's Foundation "Debut Orchestra"

Caitlin Phillips (daughter of Jeff and Casey Phillips) will be performing Mozart 2nd Flute Concerto in D Major with the Debut Orchestra on Sunday, November 1.  For concert information please click on the link below.

The Debut Orchestra is the second–oldest pre–professional training orchestra in the country and is comprised of 71 of Los Angeles’ most talented 15–25 year–old musicians. The orchestra’s rich history includes more than 41 world premieres, including works by such renowned composers as Igor Stravinsky, Ingolf Dahl, and Michael Torke. The orchestra adheres to a professional rehearsal schedule and performs the full range of orchestra literature, from Baroque to 21st– Century, including works for both chamber and full orchestra. For more than 50 consecutive seasons, the orchestra has performed admission free concerts for the public in professional venues throughout Los Angeles, with audiences totaling more than 5,000 annually.

Musicians are selected each year through blind auditions adjudicated by members of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and other eminent, Los Angeles–based musicians. Orchestra members receive a scholarship to support their studies. The thousands of Debut alumni in orchestras around the world illustrate the importance and success of the training they receive.