NEW Officers

Grace Reformed Church of Mitchell, SD, ordained and installed two new officers during their worship service on January 31, 2016. Mr. Tom Savage is a new elder and Mr. Mark Strong is a new deacon. We give thanks to the Lord for his continued faithfulness to Grace and look forward to the blessings that these new officers will be to us.

New Members

God has brought several new members into the covenant family of Northland Reformed Church of Kansas City, MO.

Steve and Amy Brack and their six children were received (and their six children baptized) on August 9, 2015.  All six children were also baptized into the name of the Triune God as members of His covenant.

Gary Duffey and his son Vandon were received on October 18, 2015.   Vandon was also baptized into the name of the Triune God as a member of His covenant.11a, Brack Family 11b, Duffy Family

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Obituary for Clayton L. Greiman
January 25, 1936 – November 10, 2015
Garner, Iowa

[Elder Clayton Greiman was Treasurer for the Synod of the RCUS from 1990-2003. Even after this time, he served as an invaluable resource to the Executive Committee of the Synod. He will be sorely missed by the entire RCUS, and we are thankful to God for blessing us with his sacrificial service through the years. – Editor]

Clayton L. Greiman, 79, of Garner died Tuesday, November 10, 2015 at the Edgewater Retirement Community in West Des Moines.

Funeral services were held 10:30 A.M., Saturday, November 14th at Peace Reformed Church south of Garner with Rev. Mark Larson officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery with military rites conducted by the Iowa Air National Guard Ceremonial Unit and the Garner Veterans Ceremonial Unit.

Assisting the family with the Funeral was the Cataldo Funeral Chapel, 160 E. 4th St., Garner, IA.

Memorials may be directed to Peace Reformed Church, Garner, IA.

Clayton Lee Greiman was born in Albert Lea, MN on January 25, 1936. He came to Garner at the age of three months to become the adopted son of Ben V. and Iris Greiman. He was baptized and confirmed at Peace Reformed Church south of Garner. Clayton attended rural school near his home until the eighth grade and graduated from Garner High School in 1953. He entered the U.S. Army in March of 1954 serving in Europe. Upon his discharge, he entered the Iowa Air National Guard retiring in 1977 with the rank of Senior Master Sergeant after twenty-three years of service. On September 4, 1954 he married Mary Alice Baggs at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Garner. They lived in Germany from 1954 to 1956 while Clayton served in the U.S. Army. They then returned to Iowa and made their home on the Ben V. Greiman farm two miles south of Garner where they raised their three children. Clayton farmed in partnership with his father until 1971, when he and Mary Alice purchased the Garner Ben Franklin store. On June 1, 1974, he became the first Branch Manager for Home Federal Savings and Loan Association of Algona, when they opened their new office building in Garner. He was also a realtor at Schoneman Realty for a few years. Following his retirement he helped his son, Bill, with his farming operation.

Clayton was very active in the life of his community. He was a life-long member of Peace Reformed Church where he served as a Sunday school teacher and held the offices of deacon and elder. He was a member of the Garner Rotary Club having served as president. He was also president of the Garner Chamber of Commerce and served as member and president of the Garner Crown Jewel Development Corporation. Clayton belonged to the Garner Country Club since it opened and served as president of the board of directors. He also was chairman of the Hancock County Memorial Hospital board of trustees for many years.

Clayton is survived by his three children, Bill (Christine) Greiman of Garner, Dr. Marshall (Cheryl) Greiman of Urbandale and Crystal (Brian) Kennedy of St. Louis, MO; grandchildren, Tom (Juanita) Greiman, Sheena (Baldo) Espinoza, Tara (Daniel) DeLuna, Natasha Berhow, Rockford (Shannon) Berhow, Nancy (Adam) Buchweitz, Eric Greiman, Anna Greiman and Elizabeth (Jonathan) Wekerle; great grandchildren, Eric Greiman, Iris Greiman, Zoe Espinoza, Max Espinoza, Madison DeLuna, Jack DeLuna, Natalie DeLuna, Dominic DeLuna, Avery Wekerle, Hunter Berhow and Emiliana Buchweitz ; two sisters-in-law, Helen (Robert) Streyle of Rochester, MN and Virginia Ginsberg of Naples, FL; a brother-in-law, Lee Albertson of Albuquerque, NM; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Mary Alice, on June 28, 2014; a sister-in-law, Dorothy Albertson; a brother in-law, James Ginsberg; a nephew, Aaron Ginsberg; and a great grandson, baby boy Berhow.
“Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints.” Psalm 116:15

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“And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother,`Let me remove the speck from your eye’; and look, a plank is in your own eye? Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.” (Matthew 7:3-5, NKJV)

One thing that used to bother me about this passage was the absolute way Jesus speaks here. How does He know it’s only a speck in my brother’s eye that I’m trying to get out? Why am I the only one with a plank in my eye?

The reason it’s always a plank in mine and a speck in the other’s eye is because of our sinful nature, because of the pride and self-righteousness in my own heart. I always have a plank in my eye, and getting that plank out is a full-time job. On the contrary, the things we see others doing, the behaviors we actually observe and try to correct, are always comparative specks. I cannot see or deal with the pride and selfishness that drive my neighbor; that’s his plank. Instead, I focus on specks- how he worships, how he dresses, how he raises his kids, and the like. In comparison to the pride and selfishness in my own heart, all these things are small ball. In this realm, I can decide what matters the most and what doesn’t, and therefore will be able to frame the debate in a way that makes me look better than him. If I am not dealing with my own plank, then these are the kinds of criticisms I will raise against my brother.

If, on the other hand, I face my own plank, if I face the fundamental sin in my heart, my pride and self-righteousness, then I will recognize that the problems in my brother that I am focusing on are comparative specks of little importance. I will begin to see clearly the real issues, and may now be in a position to actually help him, just as the magnitude and seriousness of the problem makes me much more cautious and less quick to insert myself into his life. I can begin to know that everyone’s real problem is that plank, that pride and self-righteousness that leads me to hate God and my neighbor, to be constantly demeaning my neighbor and elevating myself above him, and therefore focusing on minor issues where I might be able to pretend that I am superior to him.

This passage comes immediately after that passage, “Judge not, lest ye be judged.” Verses 3-5 (quoted above) tell me the right way to understand Jesus’ statement. When I am trying to fix all the little mistakes my neighbor is making, correcting him in every detail of his life, then I am doing what Jesus is exhorting us not to do in these first two verses – judging my neighbor.

It is never judging my neighbor to simply proclaim what God has said. We must proclaim that stealing, lying, or hatred is wrong. But when we spend our time focusing on our brother’s faults and not looking at ourselves, then the plank in our own eye will prevent us from doing anything about his specks. When we concentrate our attention on our own planks, the specks of our brother will seem small by comparison.

If I had spent as much effort in my life trying to convince myself to be more godly and obedient as I have spent trying to convince other people of some opinion of mine, I would be a very different man than I am. And that’s why I always have the plank and the other guy always has the speck.
Rev. Matt Powell
Casper, Wyoming
From his blog, ‘Wheat and Chaff’ at www.medwardpowell.com

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The forty first annual meeting of the North American Presbyterian Reformed Council (NAPARC) was held November 10th – 12th, 2015 at the Quebec Inn at Québec City, QC. This Council Meeting was hosted by the Église réformée du Québec. Each Council session was opened with scripture reading, devotions and prayer. On November 11th, the Canadian Remembrance Day was observed with a moment of silence followed by prayer.

Following the Interim Committee meeting on the morning of November 10th, 2015, in which the docket for the plenary session of the Council was approved, the Council was called to order by the Chairman, Rev. Bernard Westerveld at 2:00 PM.  Thirteen member churches were represented by their delegations as follows: the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church (ARPC); the Canadian Reformed Churches (CanRC); the Église réformée du Québec (ERQ); the Free Reformed Churches of North America (FRCNA); the Heritage Reformed Congregations (HRC); the Korean American Presbyterian Church (KAPC); the Korean Presbyterian Church in America (Kosin) (KPCA-Kosin); the Orthodox Presbyterian Church (OPC); the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA); the Presbyterian Reformed Church (PRC); the Reformed Church in the United States (RCUS); the Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America (RPCNA); and the United Reformed Churches in North America (URCNA). These churches were represented by a total of thirty eight delegates.

The Protestant Reformed Churches in North America (PRCNA) as well as the Bible Presbyterian Church (BPC) attended as invited observers. A total of three observer delegates were present from these two churches.

Since representatives from so many likeminded churches are gathered in the same place for the annual NAPARC Meeting, the meeting is designed to allow time for delegates to meet separately with one another, as desired. Thus, many denominations take this advantage for their own Interchurch Relations Committees to meet with those of specific member churches, as needed.  Another benefit of this process is that it brings even more brothers to NAPARC from these various Interchurch Relations Committees to observe the NAPARC proceedings.

Upon recommendation of the Interim Committee the following officers were elected to serve NAPARC: Chairman, Dr. L.W. Bilkes (FRCNA); Vice-chairman, Rev. Bartel Elshout (HRC); Secretary, Rev. Ron Potter (RCUS), Treasurer, Rev. Maynard Koerner (RCUS).

A major item on the NAPARC Docket is the reporting of member Churches both through a standardized reporting form previously distributed with the Docket and an oral presentation on the floor of the Council designed to supplement that report. Each reporting Church is assigned another member Church to ask questions of, and to pray for when it reports.  Questions are also asked of the reporting Church by the other member Churches present. Extensive interaction thus took place between the NAPARC member Churches concerning what the LORD is doing among us. Reporting took place on Tuesday afternoon and extended through Wednesday morning and most of Wednesday afternoon. During this time reports were also given by the Observer Churches present.

On the Tuesday evening of NAPARC a 6:00 PM meal and a 7:30 PM Devotional Service was hosted by the ERQ at St. Marc Reformed Church with a number of members from St. Marc’s present for both the meal and the Devotional Service. Rev. Ben Westerveld led the Devotional Service and Pastor Mario Veilleux preached a sermon in French from Matthew 28:20 entitled: I am with you always to the very end of the age. Translation into English was made available in printed form. Hymns were sung in both French and English. Fellowship followed.

On the Wednesday evening a 6:00 PM meal and a 7:30 PM Lecture was hosted by the ERQ again at St. Marc Reformed Church. Members from St. Marc’s Church again were present for the Lecture. At the Lecture, Pastor Patrice Michaud of the ERQ spoke on his experience within the ERQ as a church receiving the missionary support of English-speaking Churches of North America. Questions from those attending followed. The evening closed with fellowship.

Among the various items of business dealt with by the Council were the presentations of the Treasurer’s Report, the Auditors Report, the Web Site Committee Report and the World Missions Consultation Report. In addition discussions were held on the topic of organic union and as to how each member church receives baptized members into communicant membership. A budget for 2016 was also approved. Permission was given by the Council for a presentation by Pastor Paulin Bedard of the ERQ to provide a power point introduction to Ressources chrétiennes (Christian Resources Ministry).

In the light of the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision the Council also moved to: “ . . . remind the Member Churches of their biblical responsibility to teach the whole counsel of the Word of God, including that pertaining to the God-ordained institution of marriage as being between one man and one woman.”

The 2016 Council Meeting is slated to be held in Pompton Plains, NJ and will be hosted by the FRCNA November 8th-10th, 2016. Those invited to observe the 2016 Council meeting are the PRCNA and the BPC.

Respectfully,

Rev. Ron Potter,

Secretary, NAPARC

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