RCS Crest Thoughts from the Pastor RCS Crest

 

July - August 2016

 

 

Planning for the Future!

 “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”  Jeremiah 29:11 (ESV)

Dear Friends,

God has plans….plans for even this little congregation of the First Reformed Church of South River!!  And the Classis of New Brunswick has sent a small “Visioning Team” to walk along side of the small consistory. I am a member of that small team; my name is Rev. Susan Kramer-Mills. Some of you know me. I come to visit at worship as the Classis’ Executive Minister. The other member of Visioning Team is the Rev. Osy Nuesch. He is the pastor of the Six Mile Reformed Church in Franklin Park. Together with the Rev. David Martin, the three of us have been meeting with the consistory since January.

And we have been making plans. Of course, it’s never so easy….At first we needed to rule out what we did or did not want to be doing, i.e. taking on another “fill-in” as pulpit supply, ending the after-school program as it presently is structured, discussing what we have as assets and how we want to use them in a more effective way, such as the various houses that FRC SR owns. These types of discussions take time, a lot of energy (spiritual, mental), and considerations.

That being said, we are making progress! Yes, indeed!!

We realized that you have wonderful assets with the houses, which we could really employ to house as a part of a salary package for a pastor. We are seeking to get a grant through the Regional Synod & General Synod which would enable us to hire a pastor, who may even be employed for 25 to 28 hours per week. Furthermore, we have been developing the vision of what outreach would look like to the surrounding Hispanic, Latino, multi-cultural community is also being explored. We are also looking to become more accustomed to various cultures and are seeking a cultural competency training through the denomination.

This is a process, which will take some time still. But slowly, hopefully, prayerfully we are moving forward.

I would like to commend your consistory members! They are really incredible! REALLY! Ellen T., Ellen H., Beth, and Darlene…….What would your congregation do without their devotion!!!

Finally, I would ask that you hold the entire consistory and the Vision Team members in prayer while we move forward. Ask for strength, for enlightenment, and for new doors to open for us….and actually ….for YOU, too!

May the peace of God rule in your hearts,

Pastor Susan

 

 

Contact Information

 

40 Thomas Street, South River, New Jersey 08882
732-257-1994