Monthly Archive for: ‘October, 2014’

Pastor Portraits: Rev. Thomas Mayville

Pastor Portraits Rev. Thomas Mayville A long time ago, in Detroit, Michigan, a Scot-Irish girl named Margaret Myrn McBride, and an English- French Canadian guy named Thomas M. Mayville got married and in 1956 gave birth to yours truly in Redford Township (A suburb of Detroit). When I was 3, my dad hitchhiked from there to Los Angeles with $9 …

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(Author’s note: the following is the text of a sermon I preached on Sunday, June 15, 2014, at which five Sunday School students were confirmed. As every communicant member of the RCUS has taken the same vows, a reminder of the duties we have voluntarily promised to God is always timely.) As I look out over our five confirmation students …

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Synod Memories

With thanks for his 13 years of diligence and loving labor as Reformed Herald Editor, Rev. Paul Treick is presented with shades, a frosty mug (Green Bay Packer!) and some matching duct tape to continue his excellent “Cut and Paste” work in his retirement.             At each meal, the Synod President, Rev. James Sawtelle, instructed …

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COMPASSION KENYA: THE ORPHAN PROJECT Kenya is experiencing one of the world’s harshest and most severe AIDS/HIV epidemics. For example, it is estimated that 1.6 million Kenyans are living with HIV; 1.1 million children have been orphaned by AIDS; and 62,000 Kenyans die each year from AIDS and AIDS-related illnesses. Women are disproportionately affected by HIV–the prevalence is twice as …

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Report on the 268th Synod of the RCUS

Report on the 268th Synod of the RCUS The 268th meeting of the Synod of the RCUS contained, for this delegate, a first. I do not believe I have ever seen anyone speak against a motion to adopt the agenda before, or a movement to refer an issue raised by the agenda to the Judicial Committee. The matter was raised …

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