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Arcola United Methodist Church







Dear Reader:

A friend who is a member of the 2nd Reformed Church in Hackensack, NJ 
gave this letter to me a few weeks ago.  It was written by their pastor, 
and I wanted to share it with you.

We, in the United Methodist Church, are also at work to help refugees 
here and around the world through the General Board of Global 
Ministries.

God bless,
Scott

The Refugee Crisis

Do you ever wonder how we in the Reformed Church should be talking about 
the refugee crisis and what we should be doing? Some might say that the 
church should stay out of these political issues. But these matters are 
a concern of faith.

In our OT scriptures God reminded his people that they should provide 
food and clothing for their own who were in need, but “You shall also 
love the stranger, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt” (Deut. 10:19).

Jesus teaches us in his summary of the law that we should love the Lord our God with all our heart, soul, and mind, but also to love our neighbor as ourselves (Matt. 22:37-39). In the letter to the Hebrews 
we read: “Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing 
that some have entertained angels without knowing it” (Heb. 13:2).

Our Reformed Church standards and creeds also urge us to respond to the 
needs of refugees. In its commentary on the eighth commandment that prohibits 
stealing, The Heidelberg Catechism goes on to say: “That I do whatever I 
can for my neighbor’s good, that I treat others as I would like them to 
treat me, and that I work faithfully so that I may share with those in 
need.”

Our Belhar Confession reads ”we believe that God wishes to bring about 
justice and peace among people; that in a world full of injustice and enmity, God is in a special way the God of destitute, the poor and the wronged…Therefore, we pledge ourselves to seek unity, reconciliation and 
justice; even though human authorities and laws forbid us, and 
punishment and suffering be the consequences of our obedience to (Art. 
4-5)

Did you know that the Reformed Church is involved in refugee resettlement with partner churches in Hungary, Austria, Turkey and Italy? Also, locally, Reformed Church pastors and congregations are 
working with World Vision and Church World Service to welcome refugee 
families and help families transition to the United States. The First Reformed Church in Pompton Plaines (Pastor Kathleen Edwards Chase); the Ponds Reformed Church in Oakland (Pastor Nathan Busker); and the Reformed Church in Highland Park (Pastor Seth Kaper-Dale), are a few of 
the churches that have been involved. The RCA’s website recently offered 
some prayers for the refugee crisis, highlighted relevant portions of 
our creeds and standards, and people in the RCA you can contact. Look 
for more on the RCA website: rca.org.

(Roland Ratmeyer - 2nd Reformed Church, Hackensack)

PASTOR'S LETTER

  • ​​       MARCH 2017





JUST A SUMMER WALK

IN THE PARK

Pastor Scott meets Pastor Dave Wehrle

on the walking/biking path

in the park

CONFIRMATION  SUNDAY  2015

Family is a great blessing from God!

Pastor Scott and his beloved sister, Sharon


Confirmation Lesson

Who Is Our Pastor?
      Pastor Scott Griffith, a lover of M&Ms, is the son of Paul and Trudy Griffith. He was raised in New City, New York. After graduating from Summit High School in 1982, Rev. Griffith attended Kean University where he earned his undergraduate degree and a dual certification in music and elementary education.
       In 1994 he was called into ministry by the Diamond Hill United Methodist Church in Berkeley Heights, New Jersey, where he had been serving as Music Director. After serving for five years there, he was appointed to a two-point charge in Kearny, New Jersey. Before coming to Arcola United Methodist Church here in Paramus, Rev. Griffith was serving as a full time pastor at Asbury United Methodist Church in Egg Harbor Township, NJ. Currently, Rev. Griffith is taking graduate courses at Wesley Seminary in Washington, DC and is also serving Arcola as a full time Pastor.
     Pastor Scott serves Arcola by singing in the choir, sitting in on all meetings and getting involved with the youth. Among Rev. Griffith's interests are reading, collecting coins and listening to music.
    Won't you come and be a part of our ministry? Our service starts at 10:00am with fellowship to follow.   
      

 

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