Classis Stated Session

Tuesday, October 13, 2020
6:30 PM Worship. 7:00 PM meeting

We will meet entirely online. Link info coming soon.


Churches returning to Buildings - best practices

Here is a variety of denominational guidelines for returning to buildings for worship. Links to plans from Judicatories


Who to call?

Rev. Steven Miller is our Classis Minister
(908) 705-0145 (cell)



Update Classis Directory

Go HERE to update required info for Classis
(delegates, addresses, etc.)







Background Screening

The Classis requires a background screening of our ministers, students, and officers prior to the commencement of their service or employment.

Go here to find out more or to initiate your screening.


Specialized Ministers (Annual update)

Specialized Ministers, please fill out the form below and return to the Pastoral Care Committee annually by March 1st describing your current ministry position.  Download Fillable Form




https://sites.google.com/site/drclassis/prayer-schedule

Classis Congregation Prayer Schedules
To help us hold each other in prayer throughout the year, we have a schedule for every congregation to pray for every other congregation as the year progresses. Find out more...


Delegates to Synods

Info and rosters for delegates to the General Synod and the Regional Synod of the Mid-Atlantics.



Stand against injustice and with the wronged

We believe….that God has revealed himself as the one who wishes to bring about justice and true peace among people...that the church must therefore stand by people in any form of suffering and need, which implies, among other things, that the church must witness against and strive against any form of injustice, so that justice may roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream...that the church as the possession of God must stand where the Lord stands, namely against injustice and with the wronged that in following Christ the church must witness against all the powerful and privileged who selfishly seek their own interests and thus control and harm others.    (from The Belhar Confession)

To bear witness to the gospel of Christ is why we exist as a church. We have been reminded over these last months that the church is not a building but rather the people of God set apart by the Holy Spirit through our Lord Jesus Christ. As our country is embroiled in a fight for its very soul, we are reminded that our mission will not be found in the buildings to which we are returning.  Our Reformed tradition has had to reckon with its own complicity in supporting racial injustice in South Africa, so I believe we are doubly obligated to work for racial justice in our own country and time.  Below are some online resources and we encourage you to share these with your congregations.

In Christ,
Rev. Bill Borror
President of Classis


From the Reformed Church in America...

Anti-racism Resources for White People...

More Anti-racism Resources...

From the Christian Reformed Church...


Check out worship from other colleagues and churches during this time of social distancing.



BY LAWS

of Delaware-Raritan Classis
(revised October 8, 2019)



Abuse and Misconduct - Classis Policy

See our Classis Policy for preventing 
and responding to Abuse or Misconduct
ĉD-R A&M Policy.doc



Retirement?

"Listen as a Group" with the 
Multicultural Committee 
of the Classis of Delaware-Raritan

You are invited to help our classis and churches improve the ability of our organizations to listen to people from different generations, races, nations, and cultures by joining monthly discussions, via phone, or Zoom link.
Contact Us to request the link to join in.

Committee members (Fred Mueller, Alex Arthurs, Marisol Ferrer-Malloy, and Liz Estes) moderate the calls, communicate guidelines and support respectful discussion.

Invite friends and neighbors who wish to engage in respectful dialog. 

Prepare in advance by reading, watching or listening to the resource we will discuss online.

Upcoming:

7 PM SUNDAY, DECEMBER 6

IN ADVANCE, please watch the documentary, “The Central Park Five,” by Sarah and Ken Burns about five children and young adults whom New York City authorities pressured to falsely confess to a murderous assault on the woman known as the “Central Park Jogger” in the 1980s.

https://www.pbs.org/kenburns/the-central-park-five/


Previous weeks topics and links


Other Resources



How to Serve on General Synod Commissions, Agencies, and Boards

All confessing members of the RCA are eligible to serve on the General Synod's commissions, boards and agencies. 
See brief descriptions here.

Members who wish to be considered for service may complete a profile form and submit it to the Commission on Nominations. www.rca.org/profile