History and About Us
Harlingen Church is a congregation of the Reformed Church in America, the
oldest Protestant denomination in the United States. Historically, the Reformed
Church in America has its roots in the Protestant Reformation in Europe
in the 16th century.
Missions are a very important part of Harlingen Church's life. Every month
its members choose a mission, locally or worldwide, that they can support.
On the first Sunday of every month the members bring gifts of food to church
that are distributed to local food banks. They call this, "Food on
See the Missions Page
Harlingen Church is governed by a church board called the "Consistory."
There are six elders and six deacons, chosen by the church's membership,
who serve on the Consistory. Women and men serve together as elders and
deacons in Reformed Churches.
Harlingen Church is one of the oldest churches in Montgomery and
Hillsborough Townships. Early Dutch settlers to the area founded it in 1727.
The church and its community were named after one of the early pastors of
the congregation, Rev. Johannes Van Harlingen, who served the church at
the time of the American Revolution.
Two of the great reformers were Martin Luther and John Calvin. Those who
followed Luther became known as Lutherans. Those who followed Calvin became
known as Reformers or Presbyterians or Congregationalists. The Puritans
who came to America in 1620 were also Calvinists.
Our Statement of Beliefs
- We believe that the Bible is the Word of God, the "only rule for faith and practice".
- We are Trinitarians, believing that God has revealed Himself in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit (the Trinity).
- We believe that God the Father is a God of love. Therefore, God seeks a personal relationship with all people.
- We believe that Jesus is the Son of God and the Savior of the world.
- We believe that the Holy Spirit takes up residence in believers and helps them to demonstrate faith, hope, and love in their daily lives.
- We believe that the mission of the Christian Church is to tell people of God's love and invite them to become passionate followers of Christ.
The Reformed Church of America
Reformed Church in America has nearly 1,000 churches in the United States
and Canada. A couple of its churches and pastors are widely known. One is
the Marble Collegiate Church in New York City, which was served for 50 years
by the late Dr. Norman Vincent Peale.
The Apostles' Creed
The Apostles' Creed was adopted as one of the basic tenets of the Christian Church worldwide.
I believe in God, the Father Almighty,
Creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit
and born of the virgin Mary.
He suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;
He descended to hell.
The third day He rose again from the dead.
He ascended to heaven
and is seated at the right hand of God the Father Almighty.
From there He will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church,
the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.