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
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
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.
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)
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
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.
Sunday Worship 10:00am