Our Worship Services will be held in the Upper Room of our Christian Education Building while repairs are being completed to our Sanctuary.
used to ride a motorcycle year round and every day in southern California
during my teenage and early adult years.
I loved the way my motorcycle gave me a feeling of freedom and an
intimate contact with my surroundings.
(Helmets were not required then). I liked the acceleration I could
easily achieve from a dead stop when the traffic light turned green. Then, all of sudden, I got rid of my beloved
mode of transportation. Why? Fortunately, it wasn't due to an
accident. One word sums up my reason for
selling my motorcycle and stopping all that fun-filled riding cold turkey:
the birth of our first child, my wife did not have to argue me out of using my
risky mode of transportation. I realized
that my survival in life was too important as a husband and as a father. My mentality shifted from a "me" to
a "we." The blessing of our
children changed my perspective on my plans and behaviors. My risk-taking and fiercely independent
lifestyle morphed into a conservative, safety conscious family man.
the most basic theological level, according to Jesus' teachings, children teach
us about the meaning of grace. We're
going to focus on what the children teach us this Sunday. We'll explore just
what Jesus means when he exalts children as the exemplars of those entering the
Kingdom of God.
this sunny Sunday, we will celebrate the Lord's Supper and reflect on what the
children in our midst can teach us.
Blessings on all of you! Pastor
The Moral Life--Virtues Jesus
Taught and Practiced
“Grace: A Model for Grown-Ups to
6:6-11; Mark 10:2-9
Sale after both services in the hallway. Fundraiser by our Youth Group.
Collection taken at both services today. Envelopes provided on attendance
8:50 Prelude; 8:55
10:15 Deacon’s Meeting in Prayer Library
10:15 third class for Confirmation meets
in Youth Room
Sunday school is offered during the 11:15 AM
5th Bible Study @ Emerald Heights at 10AM with Pastor
Larry; Financial Planning with Jesus
of Nazareth. All are welcomed.
Confirmation class in Youth Room at 10:15AM
10th, Session meets @ 7:00 PM
in Room 26
14th, 8AM Men’s
Breakfast Club meets @ Emerald
14th, 8:15AM RPC
serves breakfast @ Mary’s Place
17th, Summer Newsletter articles due
RPC Leaders Retreat
May 21 9AM-3PM
Healthy Habits, Helpful Practices, and
Residence all Church staff, newly nominated and continuing Elders and Deacons
Pastor Larry will
teach the Confirmation Class Series for the young people of RPC.
We will meet between services in the spring. The classes are designed to incorporate a
"hands-on" training in different tasks for the young people to complete
outside of class with the pastor, e.g., visit with church shut-ins, visit to
the cemetery, one assignment to tell about their own faith to a school friend. Several
classes will include guest speakers. The
classes are open to all older
children/youth who are simply curious, (including youth who are already church
members). No one attending is ever required to join at the end.
April 17- June 12, 2016
services in the Youth Room
April 17--Introduction to the series and getting to know each other
April 24 - Guest speaker-- (Testimonials of faith and transformation)
May 1-- The Image of God in Jesus and in Us - (What does it mean to be
May 8--Why Church? (The Importance of Community)
May 15--Why God Sent Jesus? (Incurable Sin and Necessary Sacrifice)
May 22--Why Were We Born? (Discovering your Gifts)
June 12--Meet with Elder and Deacon representatives before worship:
Sharing faith convictions
In Sunday worship--youth "confirmed"-- declare their faith and
are received into church membership (this schedule will be posted on website under Resources tab, under Upcoming