Frequently Asked Questions (and Answers!)
1. What is the Christian Reformed Church?
Perhaps the best way to answer that is historically. The church was formed by the gift of the Holy Spirit following Jesus' resurrection. In Europe in the 16th century, a period of turmoil in the church resulted in the establishment of bodies outside the Roman Catholic Church. These new churches (Lutheran in Germany and Scandinavia; Episcopalian in England; Reformed in the Netherlands and Switzerland; Presbyterian in Scotland) emphasized the primary authority of the scriptures in understanding God's will for the church.
In the 19th century, a movement called Pietism swept Europe with its emphases on devotion and personal experience of and relationship with Jesus Christ, as well as a separation from any direct government connection or support. This movement produced the Methodist and Wesleyan churches in England and the Christian (loose translation of Christelijk, Christ like) Reformed Churches in the Netherlands. Large numbers of Dutch immigrants came to North America in the late 19th century, an overwhelming majority of whom belong to this new movement.
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2. What do you believe and what does your ministry stand for?
We believe that we are restored to relationship with God because of the death and resurrection of Jesus for our sin.
Our beliefs are summarized in three ancient creeds, the Apostles', the Nicene, the Athanasian, which are the product of hundreds of years' reflection on the nature and work of Jesus Christ. We also use three Reformation documents, the Belgic Confession, the Canons of Dordt and the Heidelberg Catechism, to help us articulate the central meaning of scripture. The Heidelberg Catechism is the most useful of these three, consisting of an elucidation of the Apostles' Creed, the Ten Commandments and The Lord's Prayer.
Besides our trust in Jesus Christ because of his death and resurrection and our reverence for the Bible as God's means of shaping our lives, our particular congregation has worked hard to develop a program of ministry to children of all ages and has sought to encourage the use of women's gifts in both ordained and non-ordained capacities.
3. How can I become a Christian, knowing that I'm saved?
A Christian is someone who believes that Jesus died to rescue them from their sin. Christians belong to Christ and live in the kingdom of God forever. You can become a Christian by admitting to God that you have fallen short of God's standards for you and that only the sacrifice of Jesus can make you right with God. When you take on Christ's death and resurrection as your own, you are called to offer yourself for the service of God and you are a member of the body of Christ: all those who trust in Jesus as you do.
4. How can I become involved at North Hills?
Come and visit us or give us a call (248) 645-1990. If interested in our Child Care Center please call our Director Cheryl Mueller at (248) 645-1811. Program information is printed elsewhere here, as well as in our weekly worship bulletin and throughout the facility.
5. What is the best way to learn about North Hills?
Though we've tried to give as much information in this Web site as possible, we firmly believe that the most accurate information about us is obtained by worshiping with us.
6. What programs does North Hills offer?
Click here for a list of programs, schedules, and activities for both North Hills Christian Reformed Church or Child Care Center. Contact the Pastor, Director of Education and Outreach Anita Beem, Child Care Center Director, or the church office for more information about any of these opportunities.
Sunday Mornings - Worship, Sunday School, and Adult Opportunities
Worship begins at 9:30 a.m. followed by Sunday School and Catechism for K-12 youth at 10:45 a.m., and at 11:00 a.m. three options for adults: sermon discussion group, Bible study, or catechism.
Sunday Night Alive!
On alternate Sunday evenings through the fall, winter, and spring months, North Hills gathers for fellowship, dinner, informal worship, and small group discussions. A nursery is available. Brochures with more information and a detailed schedule are in the Narthex.
Coffee Break Bible Study
This interdenominational Bible Study for women meets on Wednesdays from 9:45AM-11:00AM. Child care is available upon request.
Bible Break Bible Study
This is an adult interdenominational Bible Study group that meets on Wednesday evenings from 6:00PM – 7:00PM for spiritual growth through study of the Bible. Anyone is welcome to attend.
The Choir is under the direction of our choral director, Antonina Chekhovskaya.
7. Who is the pastor at North Hills? What is the pastor like?
Dr. Engle grew up in Pella, Iowa, where his father helped make the world-famous Pella windows. After graduating with a Music degree from Calvin College (Grand Rapids, MI), he received the Masters of Divinity Degree from Calvin Theological Seminary. He was ordained in October of 1992 and began serving his first church in suburban Minneapolis, Minnesota, while completing a second masters degree at Luther Seminary, St. Paul. North Hills Christian Reformed Church is his second charge, and he and his family arrived here on July 1, 2001. Since his arrival here, Rev. Engle completed a Ph.D. in theology from the University of Wales; his research studied Reformed liturgics at the time of the Reformation. Dr. Engle serves our denomination as a Synodical Deputy and as a trustee of Calvin College. He is also adjunct professor of theology at Oakland University, Detroit Ecumenical Theological Seminary and Ashland Theological Seminary in addition to serving as chaplain for the Detroit chapter of the American Guild of Organists. He lives in Troy and is married to Kathryn (Poel) and together they parent their highschoolers Jonathan and Elizabeth. Their family also includes Milly, a miniature dachshund--the family's third dachshund, but Kathy's 9th!
8. What other ministries does North Hills participate in?
As part of the Christian Reformed Church we participate in world-wide spreading of the gospel, as well as relief and development work. We assist congregations that are being planted and we support a number of educational institutions through graduate level programs. For a full list of the ministries we support, go here.
North Hills also operates the North Hills Child Care Center which serves infants, toddlers and preschoolers and has an enrollment of approximately 90 students. For more information, check out the links on our website or call the Center directly at 248-645-1811.
9. How can I get answers to questions not listed here?
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