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a message from the Van der bijl’s

Thank You.

“Dear Mother Jean, Greg, and Donna:

JOHANN AND LOUISE VAN der BIJL
Johann and Louise Van der Bijl

Just a short note to thank you all for your partnership in the Gospel. We are truly grateful for your support and commitment as without you all we would not be able to do what we do!

The Netherlands is such an interesting country. Extremely secular, but many of the folks we talk to are genuinely interested in hearing the truth. Some are amazed that we actually believe what to them is akin to fantasy, but they listen and some even come to our services or special events.

Please do pray that it will grow into something deeper than just an interest.

We pray that you will all be blessed this Christmas and that our gracious Lord will pour out abundant blessings on you and yours throughout the coming year.

Love and blessings, 

Johann and Louise”

this month’s mission

Christ Church, Jerusalem/CMJ

This month, Church of the Messiah is supporting Christ Church, Jerusalem/CMJ

Photo: Oldest known photo of Christ Church. Taken by George Wilson Bridges, 1851. (Penn Libraries/Holy Land Collection)

Christ Church is the oldest Protestant Church in the Middle East. It was completed in Jerusalem in 1849 and soon after became known as the “Jewish Protestant Church.” When writing about the establishment of the church, well known historian Stephen Neil called it “one of the strangest episodes of modern church history.”

Christ Church is indeed unique. It was built for numerous reasons, but the foremost was that the founders of CMJ had a great love and concern for the Jewish people and wanted to share with them the Good News of Messiah Jesus. They also anticipated the Jewish return to the Land of Israel in fulfillment of what was understood to be Bible prophecy (long before the advent of Zionism) and wanted to be in a position to help that process.

From the beginning, the message of CMJ has been to remind Christians of the great spiritual debt owed to the Jewish people. The Jewish symbols and Hebrew texts found in the church are reminders that our faith is built upon the foundation of God’s promises to the Hebrew patriarchs and prophets and that His covenant purposes for Israel have not been canceled (Romans 11).

Today Christ Church is an evangelical Anglican congregation that worships in our historic church in the Old City of Jerusalem. The congregation, comprised of expatriates who have come to serve in Israel or the West Bank along with local believers (both Jews and Arabs), welcomes visitors and tourists to its worship services.

We are an English speaking congregation that appreciates our Jewish roots in a liturgical and historical context. Towards this end we celebrate both Jewish and Christian holidays, incorporate some Hebrew into our liturgy and preach in a way to emphasize a Hebraic understanding of the Gospels. At the same time we remain unashamed of our Christian heritage and recognize that the spiritual treasures handed down to us by previous generations of Christians are part of our lives and worship.

Messiah Missions Calendar

January

The Open Door Mission

226 Warren St.
Glens Falls NY 12801

Contact
Wanda Bennett
Penny Belton

february

Missions Trip

TBA


Contact
Missions & Outreach Team

March

Ash Wednesday and Lenten Offering

The Van der Bilj’s
de Kuilenaar 60
1851 RZ Heiloo
The Netherlands

Contact
Gregg Hanchett
Donna Hanchett

april

Christ Church, Jerusalem/CMJ

The Amenian Patriarchate St. 55
Jerusalem ISRAEL



Contact
Mtr. Jean DeVaty

may

Next Steps For You

PO Box 4252
Queensbury NY 12804

Contact
Missions & Outreach Team

june

Beaver Cross Ministries

575 Burton Rd.
Greenwich NY 12834

Contact
Missions & Outreach Team

july

The Open Door Mission

226 Warren St.
Glens Falls NY 12801

Contact
Wanda Bennett

august

Missions Trip

TBA


Contact
Missions & Outreach Team

september

The Van der Bilj’s

de Kuilenaar 60
1851 RZ Heiloo
The Netherlands

Contact
Gregg Hanchett
Donna Hanchett

october

Samaritan’s Purse

PO Box 3000
Boone NC 28607


Contact
Shannon Ayala
Melissa Walker

November

Family Service Foundation of Glens Falls, Inc.-Christmas Families




Contact
Janet Papa

december

Missions & Outreach Discretion




Contact
Missions & Outreach Team