Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
No doubt many are already making moves to
gather with family and close friends for your Thanksgiving
celebration. I wish all of you a very happy and meaningful time
with those you love. I want you to know that I am Thankful for you and
for our journey together in the last ten years.
This Sunday marks the beginning of
Advent. I’m preparing a series from the lectionary on
Joy. I’d like you to reflect on this question before Sunday: “When
do you most often experience joy?” I started developing my own joy list
just the other day.
“I experience joy when”:
When walking in nature on a sunny day
When looking at art –paintings and sculpture
When sharing at the table with my family over a long casual dinner
When I play full court basketball on a good team that plays together (this is a
past joy, obviously)
When riding my bike in a quiet neighborhood or easy mountain trail
When doing landscape design and working in the soil
When worshipping on Sunday morning (especially looking into the faces of
When body surfing down the face of a wave on a sunny Southern California day
(it’s very difficult for me to catch waves like I used to)
When snorkeling among beautiful sea creatures
When I am backing packing in the High Sierra’s with my close friends (The last
time I did this was in 1999—then my friends rented me a horse due to my
When I feel a deep connection with a person and with God during a pastoral
What about you? Would you be willing to
make your own joy list for yourself? And if you do, will you share it
with me? I’m interested in your places of joy.
I look forward to seeing you ion Sunday—if you
are in town. Then we can share some joy together! Pastor Larry
Finding Joy in All Your Seasons of Life
33:14-16; 1 Thessalonians
8:50 Prelude; 8:55 Announcements
Fellowship/ASF in The
House, CE Bldg.
Songfest rehearsals, Youth Room
Sunday school is offered
during the 11:15 AM service!
December 6th ~
Christmas Is All In Your Heart, Bill Phillip’s Annual Christmas Concert at 3pm in the Sanctuary. (see
link to concert under Resources tab and under Upcoming Events.
Please remember to sign up at the back of the
Sanctuary if you are planning to attend the Christmas Luncheon @ Emerald Heights
on Tuesday, December 15th. Deadline to sign up is December
Children’s Songfest – Sunday,
December 13th at 2 PM in the Sanctuary
Eight years ago, our Songfest was born
when we gathered all the tremendous gifts of our musical church staff, our
children (who had been presenting solitary Christmas pageants), and our
congregation. A fun loving Christmas tradition continues with an Open House
reception following in the Upper Room of the Christian Education building.
Transition Team Statement to Congregation:
The RPC Transition Team, Jessica Ahnert,
Joclyn Coats, Ron Dorn, Craig Fetters, Bonnie Foti, Dan Weinmeister and Jane
Wickert is leading RPC through the transition process as we discern God’s
direction for our church’s promising future. If you have any questions or
concerns about the process please contact any member of the team, we value your
input. To facilitate communication, we have a mailbox
in the Church office to receive letter/notes, and questions about this
December 6th Deacons Meeting @ 10:15AM in the Prayer Library
December 6th Bill Phillip’s Christmas Is All In Your Heart Concert @ 3PM
December 12th 8AM Men’s Breakfast Club @ Emerald Heights
December 12th 8:15AM RPC serves breakfast @ Mary’s Place
December 12th 11AM, Memorial Service @ RPC for Larry Loper
December 13th 2 PM, Songfest in Sanctuary
December 13th Open House following Songfest, Upper Room, CE Bldg.