Since the early 1990s, all members of the RCA have been receiving our denominationâ€™s monthly journal, the Church Herald, automatically. However, this yearâ€™s General Synod terminated the all-member subscription, beginning January 1, 2008. Instead we have the option of subscribing voluntarily.
There are two ways for this. We can subscribe as a church or as individual members. If we subscribe as a church, we must provide addresses of at least 80% of our members, and the church would be billed in the amount of $15 per address. A draft invoice sent to our church was $675.
The second way is to subscribe as individual members. This would not burden the church budget, but it brings the price to 29.95 per subscription.
The Board of Elders and the Consistory have met over the issue. Finally, Consistory resolved to follow the Elders and not to subscribe as a church. The burden on our annual budget would have been substantial, and it was very doubtful whether we had enough addresses to cover 80% of our congregation.
By the same token both, the Board of Elders and the Consistory were concerned whether this decision would sever important ties between our members and the denomination. We decided, therefore, to include the address of the RCA website in each bulletin. In addition, we will insert a printout of one page from the RCA website in each monthâ€™s newsletter.
For individual subscriptions of the Church Herald please write to:
Â Â The Church Herald
Â Â 4500 60th Street SE
Â Â Grand Rapids, MI 49512-9642
Â Â or call 616-698-7071