ÉGLISE RÉFORMÉE DU QUÉBEC (ERQ)
(The Reformed Church in Quebec)
We extend to you greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. We praise our heavenly Father for his irresistible grace that has called us to be his children, holy and righteous.
In obedience to our Lord and Saviour, we continue to make disciples of all the nations which the Lord sends to us in the province of Quebec. While the vast majority of our members are Quebecers “pure laine” (pure wool), we minister with thanksgiving to a growing population of French-speaking immigrants. The welcoming and integration of these “new Quebecers” presents particular challenges as we learn to appreciate cultural differences within the common bond of one faith in Christ Jesus.
We mentioned last year that the Rev. Christian Adjemian was received as a pastor of the ERQ from the RPCNA in order to administer and teach at our seminary, Farel. We are saddened to report that Christian has contracted the degenerative disease ALS/Lou Gehrig. We rejoice that Christian is a child of God, that he gives a clear testimony of his faith in Christ, and that he embraces the living hope of the resurrection. Pray for his wife, Laura, for their children and for the work of the Lord at our seminary which he is no longer able to serve.
The ERQ is presently composed of five congregations with a total membership, baptised and communicate, of about 300 souls. As reported last year, our two urban churches continue to experience numerical growth, and they are moving toward financial autonomy. Two other congregations are presently without pastors. The first has been blessed by the installation of an elder, and another brother is preparing for the eldership. A pressing need of all our congregations is for more elders.
With respect to the second vacant congregation, significant time was spent discussing the feasibility of renewing its ministry or, sadly, recommending its closure. No decision has met with consensus. Pray that the Lord will grant us a clear vision of his will for this congregation.
Our Ministerial Committee has presented a draft proposal for the examination process of men for the pastoral ministry. While our church order provides some broad guidelines, we have never defined the particular steps to be followed. Traditional practice has been our guide to date. In order to write their
proposal, the committee examined the procedures followed by sister churches, in particular the CanRC, OPC, PCA and URCNA. Local councils and the synod have provided some comments for improving the proposal. A final proposal is expected in the near future.
The ERQ synod is scheduled to meet: . Friday & Saturday, November 19-20, 2010 in Quebec City; Friday & Saturday, March 18-19, 2011 in Montreal; Friday & Saturday, June 17-18, 2011 in St-Georges.
With respect to inter-church relations, the March 2010 synod voted to receive the PCA into ecclesiastical fellowship. We were pleased to receive personal greetings from a PCA delegate. Our relationship with the PCA predates the foundation of the ERQ as many PCA missionaries have worked in the province. We look forward to continued missionary cooperation with the PCA as two additional MTW missionaries prepare to come to Quebec.
We have revived a news bulletin, En Lui (In Him), disturbed to our church members in order to informs them of the happenings in local congregations of the ERQ and to foster Christian fellowship and unity. The new format will also include a short article about sister church relations. We hope to encourage our
members to take an active interest in the work of the Lord in other churches in North America.
May our gracious Lord sanctify us by the work of his Spirit, through the ministry of the Word, the sacraments, the prayer and the communion of the saints.
In his service,
Pastor Ben Westerveld
for the ERQ Interchurch Committee
ERQ Interchurch Committee
844, rue de Contrecoeur
Québec (Québec) G1X 2X8