Annual Event Spotlight: Sandra Van Opstal, worship leader

Beth Herrinton-HodgeAnnual Event, Deep & Wide: Boundless Hospitality

Worship experiences during the 2018 Annual Event promise to be boundless and rich. Renowned for crafting multi-cultural worship that moves beyond singing hymns or offering prayers in different languages, Sandra Van Opstal (CRC) brings her creative and innovative gifts to the Annual Event. Worship, to Sandra, is a cross-cultural experience, designed to give glory to a global God. Hospitable worship encompasses the diverse body of Christ, gathering peoples from every tribe and tongue and weaving … Read More

Join Us in Louisville for the 2018 Annual Event!

Terry Hargrave and Doodle HarrisAPCE

We are so excited that APCE is in Louisville in 2018! At least for us, it means no plane rides and no heavy suitcases! Plus, we get to share the place we call home with all of you. Across the country, Louisville is known for Churchhill Downs and our tradition of horse racing. You can imagine all the jokes the year that the horse Rousing Sermon was a favorite to win!  Louisville is also known … Read More

Deep & Wide – Boundless Hospitality

Martha Miller and Jo MorrisAPCE

“I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me” (Matthew 25:35). Christ calls us all to the risky business of hospitality. To welcome the stranger, and the strange, asks us to be vulnerable, to extend ourselves to offer not only what we have but who we are. But this risk is taken in faith, because that stranger might be … Read More

What’s in a Name?

Pressley CoxAdvocate News

The practice of genealogy, the practice of researching one’s ancestors and family tree, has exploded lately.  It’s an understandable obsession, of course, wanting to know who we are and where we came from. In researching my family tree, I turned to our family Bible where births from the 1800’s had been recorded.  I immediately noticed a name change from one line to the next.  In recording a birth, someone had added an extra “s” to … Read More

Where Have We Been and Where Are We Going?

Julie HesterAPCE

Where have we been? Where are we going? How are we doing? Who’s doing the doing? With far greater eloquence and far less brevity, these are the questions that the Special Committee to Study the Reformed Perspective of Christian Education in the 21st Century is being asked to consider. This committee was created out of the 222nd (2016) General Assembly of the PC(USA). You can read more about our work and our charge here. As … Read More

Hanging of the Greens

Pressley CoxLiturgical Year

Growing up, I had never heard of a “Hanging of the Greens” service.  Preparing the sanctuary for Christmas was done by a group of women one Saturday morning.  The bulletin announcement the next day would be a thank you to those who “decorated” the church.  It wasn’t until seminary, that I began to understand the full theological meaning of preparing the sanctuary for the liturgical season of Advent and Christmas.  A Hanging of the Greens … Read More