First State Win in Football for Unity Christian

Department: Author: Greg ChandlerDespite finishing third in their league during the regular season and being an underdog for most of their postseason games, Unity Christian High School in Hudsonville, Mich., has won the state Division 5 high school football championship.It’s the first state title i

South Dakota Church Delivers Thanksgiving Dinner

Department: Author: Kyle HoogendoornThe people at First Christian Reformed Church in Sioux Falls, S.D., care about people. That’s why they call their annual Thanksgiving meal delivery program Caring About People—CAP. For the past 14 years First CRC has gathered the essentials to make a holiday meal

Church Focuses Community Support on Family Leadership

Department: Author: Greg ChandlerOn Tuesday nights throughout the fall and winter, Lee Street Christian Reformed Church in Wyoming, Mich., hosts a community outreach program designed to help kids succeed in school and help their mothers and fathers become better parents.Through its Family Leadershi

Mrs. Mary’s House: Building to Bless

Department: Author: Alissa Vernon“Mrs. Mary” was a longtime volunteer with Mississippi Christian Family Services (MCFS), an organization serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Rolling Fork, Miss. With her husband John Verhoog, Mary was a member of Exeter (Ont.) Christian

In Memoriam: Rev. John Henry Primus (1932-2018)

Department: Author: Janet A. GreidanusRemembered as a scholar, a dedicated teacher, and one who modeled Jesus Christ in humility and kindness, John Primus had a quiet strength and an unshakeable faith. He was slow to speak and quick to serve. Primus died at Raybrook Manor in Grand Rapids, Mich., on

Edmonton’s Joyful Noise Making a Difference for 40 Years

Department: Author: Janet A. GreidanusThe Joyful Noise Children’s Choir recently celebrated its 40th anniversary at West End Christian Reformed Church in Edmonton, Alta., with a Saturday evening concert and participation in Sunday morning worship. Fifty-three children from ages 7 to 14 and 57 alumn

Colorado Church Expands College Ministry Space

Department: Author: Eliza AndersonWhat should a church with a college campus down the street do with an empty parsonage next door? Cragmor Christian Reformed Church in Colorado Springs, Col., chose to renovate its parsonage into a space for college students to connect, applying for seed money from

Highlights of Summer and Fall Classis Meetings

Department: Author: Banner StaffTwo or three times each year, Christian Reformed churches send representatives to their classis, a regional group of churches. Here are the highlights of classis meetings of the past few months.Those welcomed into ministry in the Christian Reformed Church include sem

Arab-American Friendship Center Grows with CRC Volunteers

Department: Author: Anita BeemSome 27 years ago, seeing the thousands of Arabic immigrants settling into the Dearborn-Detroit, Mich., area, local Christians began to realize the potential for ministry. God was making the Muslim world available as never before. Dearborn Christian Fellowship, along w

Alberta Churches Celebrate Growing ‘Family Tree’

Department: Author: Janet A. Greidanus“God has a grand divine plan for Edmonton,” said Victor Ko to those who had gathered to celebrate the various stages of six Edmonton, Alta., church plants—young congregations within the Christian Reformed Church. “And he will provide,” Ko continued. “Edmonton i

Director of World Renew Canada Elected to Board of ACT Alliance

Department: Author: Alissa VernonAt its recent general assembly in Uppsala, Sweden, delegates for ACT Alliance elected new members to its board of governors. The board provides governance to the organization between assemblies. Ida Kaastra-Mutoigo, director of World Renew Canada, was one of those e

New Young Adults Group ‘Rooted’ in Christian Connection

Department: Author: Eliza AndersonA few Christian young adults in and around Grand Rapids, Mich., were looking for community with other emerging adults in a similar stage of life. They wanted to be rooted in God’s Word and to grow together. Calling their group “Rooted,” they were helped by Christia

Denver Resource Center Source of Hope

Department: Author: Maia VanderMeerCascade of Hope Community Resource Center reaches out to the urban communities of Denver, Col., in the hope of bringing together a multicultural, multigenerational body. In August, the ministry moved from Mountainview Reformed Church of America to Hillcrest Christ

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