CRC Member Receives Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers

Department: Author: Janet A. GreidanusOn Oct. 15, Philip Koning, a member of First Christian Reformed Church in Edmonton, Alta., was one of 31 Albertans to receive the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers. The award, presented by Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Lois Mitchell on behalf of the Governor Ge

Iowa Church Marks 100th Anniversary of Armistice Day

Department: Author: Kyle HoogendoornIn addition to its two regular church services, there were some very special moments on Nov. 11 at Ireton (Iowa) Christian Reformed Church. The congregation’s youth group held a program to honor both veterans and currently serving military members, marking the 10

U.S. Recognizes 20th Anniversary of International Religious Freedom Act

Department: Author: Religion News ServiceThe U.S. ambassador for religious freedom called for renewed activism on protecting faiths around the globe on Friday (Nov. 9) as religious liberty advocates gathered in the nation’s capital to mark the 20th anniversary of the International Religious Freedom

CRCNA Celebrates Re-opening of Canadian Office

Department: Author: Alissa VernonStaff of the Canadian ministries of the Christian Reformed Church held a grand opening of their renovated office building this week, welcoming dignitaries, colleagues from Grand Rapids, Mich., and Canadian ecumenical partners to tour the facility and give thanks to

RedArrow Ministries: Ten Years of Growing in Place

Department: Author: Greg ChandlerKim Miskowski grew up believing in God but didn’t go to church and didn’t study the Bible.“The Bible was a place for your family tree to be recorded, and I think I felt unworthy to touch those pages inside,” she said.About 10 years ago, Miskowski went through a seem

Young CRC Member Visits Parliament as Diabetes Delegate

Department: Author: Krista Dam-VandeKuytNovember is Diabetes Awareness month. To get the awareness campaign kicked off this year, Maya Webster, 7 years old, lobbied at Parliament Hill as a delegate for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation’s (JDRF) Kids for a Cure Lobby Day held October 28-30 i

Workshop Offers Church Administrators Encouragement, Support

Department: Author: Anita BrinkmanEighteen church administrators from Christian Reformed churches within Classis Chatham (a regional group of churches) gathered at Westmount CRC in Strathroy, Ont., on October 17 to learn together, share information, and be encouraged in their work. Organizers hope

Finding a Bright Spot in the Darkness

Department: Author: Anita BrinkmanDorothy Fischer, a member of First Christian Reformed Church in Sarnia, Ont., had always enjoyed using her creativity and talent in a variety of crafts. When her failing eyesight made that impossible, she found a new way to keep her hands and mind engaged in making

Disability Concerns Director Receives Ability Award

Department: Author: Alissa VernonDisability Network Lakeshore is a center for independent living in Holland, Mich., dedicated to “rethinking disability . . . raising awareness, and making accommodations.” Each year since 2011, the group has been presenting the Ability Award to recognize individuals

In Memoriam: Rev. John Cooper (1924-2018)

Department: Author: Janet A. GreidanusThe son of Frisian immigrants, John Cooper grew up in Clifton, New Jersey, and served in the U.S. Army during World War II. Throughout his life he had an unwavering faith in God’s love. He died on October 16 at age 94.After graduating from Rutgers University an

CRC Pastor Named Citizen of the Year in Acton, Ontario

Department: Author: Anita BrinkmanBethel Christian Reformed Church in Acton, Ont., has been very intentional about positively impacting the community around it—and that community is responding. Bethel’s pastor, Ray Vander Kooij, was named Acton’s Citizen of the Year for 2018 in recognition of his c

‘Luther: The Rock Opera’ Retells Story of Reformation

Department: Author: Religion News ServiceThe Protestant Reformation was a little bit like social media, featuring charismatic influencers, cutting-edge technology and viral content, according to Michael Bridges.It started when a man decided to stay up late and update his status, posting 95 things o

CRCNA Statement Following Pittsburgh Shooting

Department: Author: Alissa VernonIn a statement released October 30 leaders in the Christian Reformed Church expressed the grief that many feel.“We mourn the wanton destruction of life through weapons and violence,” the statement reads in part. “We mourn the assault, and threats of assault, on peop

Refugee Organization Reports Fewer Persecuted Christians Admitted to U.S.

Department: Author: Religion News ServiceThe number of Christian refugees coming to the United States from the countries where Christians are most persecuted has dropped dramatically under President Trump’s administration.That comes despite the president’s pledge during his first week in office tha

Korean-American Pastors Make Revelation Accessible with New Commentary

Department: Author: Jonathan Kim“Everyone can read Revelation!” is the catchphrase of a new commentary written by retired Christian Reformed pastors Rev. In Yeol (Moses) Jeong and Rev. Tong K. Park. The goal of providing this book in the Korean language was to help Korean pastors and lay people rea

Florida Church Creates Preschool Oasis for Families

Department: Author: Eliza AndersonOasis Christian Reformed Church in Winter Garden, Fla., is located in one of the fastest-growing regions in the United States. A few years ago, when the church saw former orange groves redeveloped as 13,000 homes with new schools and a hospital built to accommodate

Eugene Peterson, Pastor and Author of The Message Dies at Age 85

Department: Author: Religion News ServiceEugene Peterson, best-selling author of “The Message” and longtime pastor praised as a “shepherd’s shepherd,” passed away Monday morning (Oct. 22) at age 85.Among Peterson’s last words were, “Let’s go,” according to a statement from his family.“During the pr

Council Works on Assignments from Synod 2018

Department: Author: Gayla R. PostmaOne of the duties of the Council of Delegates is to carry out the tasks assigned to it by synod, the annual assembly of the Christian Reformed Church. Synod 2018 gave the Council plenty to do.[ ✓ ] Synod 2018 recognized how conflict hurts the church and urged the

In Memoriam: Rev. Walter DeRuiter (1937-2018)

Department: Author: Janet A. GreidanusMechanic, pastor, and poet Walt DeRuiter lived his life according to Micah 6:8. He was also a prayer warrior and is remembered for being “always thankful.” DeRuiter died on September 15 at the age of 81.As a young man, DeRuiter worked as a laborer on the family