Converting a Kingdom Hall building into an OPC Church

An OPC congregation in Reedsburg, WI, has an opportunity to purchase a building and radically repurpose it. After changing worship locations about every three years in its less than twenty years of existence, Grace Reformed Church hopes to put down permanent roots in a former Kingdom Hall of the Jehovah’s Witnesses. More than that, the … Continue reading Converting a Kingdom Hall building into an OPC Church

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How Christians Became Countercultural in Pasadena and Beyond

The President of Providence Christian College, Dr. Jim Belcher, gave the inaugural chapel address in Witherspoon Hall on January 13, 2019. He addressed three questions he had been repeated asked recently: “Why is the church that had been here since 1927 no longer here? Why did we just send out an email to prospective students … Continue reading How Christians Became Countercultural in Pasadena and Beyond

Providence Christian College: new campus in Old Pasadena

After eight years of using the campus of William Carey International University in Pasadena, Providence Christian College was forced to find a new location when the University decided to sell. Things “providentially” fell into place for Providence’s new and unique campus, several facilities within the historic Playhouse District of Old Pasadena. The move took place … Continue reading Providence Christian College: new campus in Old Pasadena

RMS Ten Years Later – From small beginnings to far and wide

Reformed Mission Services officially began on March 28, 2009, as an organization to provide youth in United Reformed Churches with opportunities for mission work. In ten years, it has grown far beyond organizers’ expectations to encompass both domestic and international service for young people and adults from various Reformed churches. Projects include TASC (Teens Actively … Continue reading RMS Ten Years Later – From small beginnings to far and wide

Dutch roots; multi-ethnic fruits — A URC establishes itself in Cincinatti

A worship service, featuring a liturgy rich in responsive readings, marked the organization of Westside Reformed Church in Cincinnati, OH, on a chilly January 25, 2019 evening. The supervising consistory of Zeltenreich Reformed Church (New Holland, PA) called the service with the concurrence of Classis Eastern U.S. of the URCNA, and representatives from far-flung regions … Continue reading Dutch roots; multi-ethnic fruits — A URC establishes itself in Cincinatti

Who Really Set Brian Banks Free

Movie/book review by Glenda Faye Mathes Brian Banks; Rated PG-13 Production companies: ShivHans Pictures, Gidden Media; Distributors: Bleecker Street, Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions, Stage 6 Films; Director: Tom Shadyac; Writer: Doug Atchison What Set Me Free: A True Story of Wrongful Conviction, a Dream Deferred, and a Man Redeemed by Brian Banks with Mark Dagostina; … Continue reading Who Really Set Brian Banks Free

WCRF hosts Lake Tahoe retreat

Lake Tahoe, straddling the border between California and Nevada, lies like a jewel in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Its scenic beauty formed an incredible backdrop during the West Coast Reformed Fellowship retreat for young adults from November 16-19, 2018. Over 130 participants from nine states and two provinces gathered to hear Rev. Christopher J. Gordon … Continue reading WCRF hosts Lake Tahoe retreat

Heartbreak and Hope: On Schizophrenia

Book review by Glenda Faye Mathes Broken Pieces and the God Who Mends Them: Schizophrenia through a Mother’s Eyes by Simonetta Carr; published by P&R Publishing, Phillipsburg, New Jersey, 256 pages; © 2019 In Broken Pieces and the God Who Mends Them, Simonetta Carr transparently shares the heartbreak and confusion of losing a son to schizophrenia, … Continue reading Heartbreak and Hope: On Schizophrenia

PRTS completes new housing project

A new housing project on the campus of Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary (PRTS) was completed at the end of December 2018. Fifteen of the sixteen apartments are occupied by students and families, while the remaining unit was left unfinished for use as a food pantry. Apartment size is approximately 950-1000 square feet. In addition to … Continue reading PRTS completes new housing project

Student housing complex completed at WSC

Westminster Seminary California has completed a student housing project called Westminster Village. As of September 2018, 60 of the 64 apartments were occupied by families, couples, or single students. The Seminary anticipated the remaining apartments would fill with the arrival of new students in the spring of 2019. Among those living in the new apartments … Continue reading Student housing complex completed at WSC