Church News, July 2014

New Beginnings
From First Reformed Church, Yuba City, CA
Olive plants around the table at First Reformed Church! This spring, God has tremendously blessed us with five new covenant children. Oliver and Marshall Johnson and Wyatt Opie were baptized on April 27th. Anna Rose Reardon was baptized on May 4th and Luke Rainwater was baptized on June 8th.
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Photo from left to right:
Michael and Morgan Opie, with Wyatt
Nate and Joanna Johnson, with Oliver and Marshall
Isaac and Rachael Rainwater, with Luke
Seth and Courtney Reardon, with Anna


Final Rewards
From Salem Ebenezer RCUS in Manitowoc, WI:
Gustav W. Stock, age 85, formerly of the town of Newton, was called home to be with his Lord and Savior, Monday, June 23, 2014 at the Manitowoc Health & Rehabilitation Center.

Gustav was born September 19, 1928 in Newton, son of the late Gustav and Elsa (Rosso) Stock Sr. He attended schools in the Manitowoc area and graduated with the class of 1946 from Lincoln High School. On September 25, 1948 he married the former Delores Hochkammer at Salem Ebenezer Reformed Church in Newton. He worked on the family farm and was employed at AH Stock Manufacturing in Newton from 1956 until his retirement in 1992. He was a member of Salem Ebenezer Reformed Church, where he served as deacon and elder; and was an organizational and honorary member of the Newton Volunteer Fire Department. In his retirement years, he enjoyed gardening, woodworking, and spending time with his family. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather.

He is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 65 years: Delores Stock, Manitowoc; three children: Larry (Shelly) Stock, Manitowoc; Patty (John) Check; Manitowoc; Cindy (Patrick) Check, Manitowoc; seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. He is also survived by several sisters-in-law, a brother-in-law, and many nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were held on June 25, 2014 at Salem Ebenezer Reformed Church in Manitowoc, WI, with Rev. Kyle Sorensen officiating.
The family notes that while we will all miss him dearly, we are reminded, “Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of His saints.” Psalm 116:15
Caring for our Retired Pastors and their Wives
The 2014 Synod made several important decisions regarding the Ministerial Aid Fund and how congregations as well as individuals who are planning their estate can minister to retired pastors and their wives/widows for years to come. Among the decisions that were made are the following:
 That the report of the MAF committee be copied (without the recommendations) by each church and distributed to members of their church for information purposes.
 That the elders and deacons of the churches of the RCUS regularly encourage their members to consider gifts and bequests to the churches and the denomination.
 That the pastors of the various churches be strongly urged to look for opportunities to outline and teach the members these investment options in their visitations, bible studies, annual meetings, and other opportunities as they may arise.
 That the consistories be advised that the MAF committee is available to answer any questions and to assist in promoting these investment options in any way that they can.
Once the contract with the investment firm which Synod authorized is finalized by the MAF, they will be in touch with members of the RCUS with the details of how to contribute. If anyone has an urgent question, please contact the Chairman of the MAF Committee, Mr. Mark Fisher, at (816) 790-3615 or

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