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Smithville Christian Wins Volleyball Gold

Department: Author: Kristen ParkerWith medals around their necks, smiles across their faces, and hearts still pounding, Smithville (Ont.) Christian High School’s senior boys’ volleyball team proudly posed for a picture with their championship banner Nov. 23.Competing at the Ontario Federation of Sc

California Congregation Honors Veterans With Quilts

Department: Author: Dan VeenemanWrapping them in colorful quilts created just for them, the congregation of First Christian Reformed Church in Bellflower, Calif., honored nine of their military veteran members during their morning service Nov. 10. Those honored had served in World War II, the Vietn

Christian Leaders Call for Biblically Principled Immigration Reform

Department: Author: Alissa VernonA group of Christian leaders, including Christian Reformed Church executive director Steven Timmermans, recently signed a statement by the Evangelical Immigration Table calling for an “approach to immigration policy (that) is driven by biblical principles.”The Evang

Stories of Renewal: Christian Reformed Churches Seeking Regeneration

Department: Author: Anita BrinkmanThis fall in Ontario, two churches marked milestones on a journey of renewal. In September, The Junction Church in St. Thomas, Ont., hosted a service, including a ribbon cutting to mark extensive renovations on the church’s building. In November, Water Street Churc

Partnering With ‘Brothers & Sisters’ in Holland, Mich.

Department: Author: Susan Vanden BergOn a recent Tuesday night seven women gathered around an oval oak kitchen table in Holland, Mich. One read aloud a passage from the book of 1 Kings, illustrating with sticks, stones, and a jar of water the story of Elijah and the prophets of Baal, while the rest

In Memoriam: Rev. Jacob Kuntz (1926-2019)

Department: Author: Janet A. GreidanusJacob Kuntz thrived in congregational ministry. He loved to preach God’s grace—from the pulpit or on the Dutch radio program Zingend Geloven. He was an encourager, ending every visit, even during his final week, with a fervent hands-raised “Lift up your heart!”

Naschitti CRC Returns to Worship in Restored Sanctuary

Department: Author: Alissa VernonThe congregation of Naschitti (N.M.) Christian Reformed Church was able to return to worship in their sanctuary this past week after completing repairs and restoration from smoke and fire damage incurred in the summer. (See Fire Damage, Uncertainty in Days Following

Faith and Immigration: Getting Beyond the Rhetoric

Department: Author: Kyle HoogendoornAt Northwestern College, in Orange City, Iowa, about 100 people gathered Nov. 12 for a discussion on immigration presented by Northwestern, the Evangelical Immigration Table, the National Immigration Forum, and the Christian Reformed Church’s Office of Social Jus

‘Yes in God’s Backyard’: Using Church Land for Affordable Housing

Department: Author: Religion News ServiceFaith congregations across California are responding to the state’s housing crisis by sharing their parking lots with people living in their cars, providing mobile showers for the homeless and joining their neighbors in calling for rent control in their comm

Classis Georgetown Collaborates On Habitat Home

Department: Author: Greg ChandlerA new Habitat home for a western Michigan family was a labor of love for an entire classis.Seventeen congregations of the Christian Reformed Church’s Classis Georgetown recently partnered with Lakeshore Habitat for Humanity to build a Habitat home in Jenison, Mich.

Sharing Harvest Bounty: ‘A Conduit of Mercy’

Department: Author: Janet A. GreidanusThis September in Fort Saskatchewan, Alta., a group of farmers busy with bringing in their own crops continued their 17-year tradition of donating time, resources, and labor to food relief. About a dozen combines harvested 295 acres of barley on land set aside

Church Hosts Conversation About PTSD

Department: Author: Phil de Haan"PTSD," said Roger Bouma, "is a little like the national debt. Everyone realizes that it's a problem, but nobody knows what to do about it." He was standing in front of a room of 80 people at Hillside Community Church, microphone in his right hand, his left hand by h

Art Exchange Promotes Peace

Department: Author: Maia VanderMeerSpreading peace for students at Rehoboth (N.M.) Christian School can look like a unicorn, a waterfall, or a forest. This fall, 128 of the school’s elementary students are participating in a program developed by the Memory Project to create artwork to mail and shar

In Memoriam: Rev. Gordon Lee Van Enk (1940–2019)

Department: Author: Janet A. GreidanusGordon Van Enk served in parish ministry for 25 years and was hoping to also serve 25 years as a hospice chaplain. That was cut short by ten months, however, when he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer June 30, 2017. Van Enk received treatment that extended hi

Church Hosts Poetry Sessions to Build Community

Department: Author: Kimberly SimpsonFellowship Christian Reformed Church in Toronto, Ont., kicked off a joint venture with the Neilson Park Creative Centre in September, launching a series of open mic poetry sessions. Sponsored in part by the League of Canadian Poets and the Ontario Arts Council, t

In Memoriam: Rev. Russell Van Antwerpen (1954-2019)

Department: Author: Janet A. GreidanusA beloved chaplain, Russ Van Antwerpen was a humble man with an open, ready smile, who dedicated his life to serving God and God’s people. He died Oct. 3 at age 65 following a brain aneurysm.At Calvin Theological Seminary, Russ increasingly felt called to cross

Rebuilding, Renewal Part of Michigan Church’s 100-Year History

Department: Author: Greg ChandlerFaith Community Christian Reformed Church in Wyoming, Mich., recently celebrated its 100th anniversary.The congregation celebrated its centennial with a Saturday-night banquet attended by about 300 people, concluding with two worship services the following day with

Michigan Church Celebrates 150 Years

Department: Author: Eliza AndersonWhen a church has 150 years of history to mark, it’s hard to fit everything into one celebration. Members of East Saugatuck Christian Reformed Church in Holland, Mich., have spent most of 2019 celebrating the sesquicentennial.The church hosted special worship servi

When Should Council of Delegates Comment on Synod Matters?

Department: Author: Gayla R. PostmaHow and when should the Council of Delegates send comments to an annual synod in response to matters on the synod agenda?That was a question the Council wrestled with at its October 2019 meeting. (The Council acts on behalf of the Christian Reformed Church’s annua