Church Herald No Longer Guaranteed

Since the early 1990s, all members of the RCA have been receiving our denomination’s monthly journal, the Church Herald, automatically. However, this year’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 month’s newsletter.

For individual subscriptions of the Church Herald please write to:
  The Church Herald
  4500 60th Street SE
  Grand Rapids, MI 49512-9642

  or call 616-698-7071

About Rev. Dr. Hartmut Kramer-Mills

Hartmut Kramer-Mills, a native of Jena, Germany, began his theological education at Heidelberg University. After the Middle Exam in 1986 he received a scholarship from the World Alliance of Reformed Churches for McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago. He graduated from McCormick with a Master of Divinity in 1988. He graduated from Marburg University in Germany with the Ecclesiastical Exam in 1990, and received a Dr. theol. from Greifswald University, Germany, in 1997. From 1990 to 1991 he was vicar at St. Wenzel in Naumburg, Germany. He was ordained minister of word and sacrament in 1993 through the Protestant Church of the Church Province of Saxony. From 1993 to 1998 he served as assistant pastor in Stoessen, Goerschen, and Rathewitz, Germany. At the same time he was lecturer for Church History at Erfurt College in Germany. From 1999 to 2000 he served the Spotswood Reformed Church in New Jersey as interim pastor. Since 2000 he and his wife serve the First Reformed Church in New Brunswick, New Jersey, as co-pastors.
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