An open letter to or churches:
the Regional Synod of Canada churches
As we approach this season of giving and
the end of another year, we want to thank the churches and
individuals in the Regional Synod who have given generously
to the Mobilizing for Mission
Your contributions have enable us to
Funding of the One Body Ministries church plant
Burnaby in the
Vision Renewal process
Individuals on short-term mission trips
Vancouver Island for 3
Church Renewal in
Training in missional ministry
Our support for One Body Ministries ends
this year and the church has struggled to grow. The future
of this work is still to be determined. More churches are
signing up for the Vision Renewal program and seeking god's
preferred future. Our Executive Secretary is a Vision
Renewal coach and we welcome and will support you in this
We will continue to support the Ridder
process which has four RCA churches participating. This is a
challenging, transformative initiative based on the reality
that changes starts in us before we can effectively see our
We hope to support a new church plant in
the coming year and hope to support have a major church
missional initiative which is in the planning stages.
Athabasca Reformed is also in the process of re-engaging
more fully in the Calling Lake
ministry which we support.
We continue to support HIV/AIDS related
work in South Africa. A video of our trip to
the feeding station project is on our website. (www.reformed-church.com).
We only support this funds by donations specified for this
work, so donations for this should be designated to it.
As the RCA moves into a new vision,
Transformed and Transforming, the Regional Synod is also
reviewing our grant structure and invite input form you as
to how we can better support you in the ministries God has
and is calling you to.
We wish you a blessed Christmas season
and a fruitful 2014.
for the Regional Synod of
The Regional Synod of Canada (RSC) is one of eight regional
synods in the Reformed Church in America. The Regional Synod of
Canada provides spiritual and practical leadership by
shepherding leaders, congregations and classes. We cast
the vision of the Synod, coordinate new church developments and
serves as a catalyst for congregation renewal. more
The Regional Synod of Canada is called
by God to mobilize the classes, churches, pastoral leadership,
and laity into mission. Mobilizing for Mission will help
transform God’s call and our dreams into reality. We mobilize
the church by preparing the church and providing resources for
mission. Mission is responding to Christ’s call to “Go and make
We Are Blessed
“My soul glorifies the Lord
and my spirit rejoices in
God my Saviour,
for he has been mindful of
the humble state of his servant. From now on
all generations will call me blessed,
for the Mighty One has done great things for
is his name.
His mercy extends to
those who fear him, from
generation to generation. (Luke 1:46-50)
Last summer Margaret and I visited a number of
cathedrals in Spain and I was often offended when
a statute of Mary took centre-stage rather than the cross. We do not
pray to Mary of worship her.
We may however learn from Mary and acknowledge her
favoured position. When Mary is told that she will give birth to a
Saviour she rejoices and considers herself as blessed - as favoured by
God. God has called her to be the human vehicle by which He will send
His Son into our world. Her rejoicing extends beyond herself as she
considers that through this child God's covenant promises to Abraham and
his descendants will be fulfilled.
For all of us who are followers of Jesus Christ, we
also are blessed - highly favoured. For God calls us to be His witnesses
and declare His praises. We are to bring Jesus into this world by
sharing the good news of salvation with others though proclaiming God's
word but also through sharing His love with others through good deeds.
Do we truly rejoice in God's calling - to be His
children and to be bearers of His truth and love? Or do we often feel
over-burdened and not only fail to rejoice, but to actually fulfill our
This Christmas, may we reflect upon the reality that
we are favoured to bring Jesus into the world and may we seek ways to do
this through interaction with family, friends and
neighbours and by supporting ministries dedicated to sharing Him and
caring for others.
Margaret and I extend to you all a truly blessed
Christmas and 2014!
John and Margaret Kapteyn
the Regional Synod's Executive Secretary)
Drost - A Faithful Servant
On November 17, 2013, Rev.
John Drost, a faithful servant of our Lord, passed into glory at the age
of 86. John and his wife Joan, pastored churches in
Montreal, Wainfleet and Stoney Creek, and to the
children and youth of Classis Ontario
Shalom. He was one of the
editors of The Pioneer, monthly
of the Reformed Church in
Canada, and founder of the RSC
archives. We thanks God for their ministry.