The Ministry of Loving, Listening, and Praying

  • 9/23 – Session 1: Questions About Healing (Pastor Paul) – download notes
  • 9/30 – Session 2: Listening, Part 1 (Bren Shantz) – download notes
  • 10/7 – Session 3: Listening, Part 2 (Bren Shantz) – download notes
  • 10/14 – Session 4: Loss & Grief (Rob Bergman)
  • 10/21 – Session 5: Healing Prayer Model (Pastor Paul) – download notes
  • 10/28 – Session 6: Hearing God’s Voice (Pastor Paul) – download notes
 
Oct 21, 2015
Loving, Listening, Praying – Part 5
"Prayer Model" from The Ministry of Loving Listening and Praying by Paul Bradford. Released: 2015. Track 5. Genre: Teaching.
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  • Oct 21, 2015Loving, Listening, Praying – Part 5
    Oct 21, 2015
    Loving, Listening, Praying – Part 5
    "Prayer Model" from The Ministry of Loving Listening and Praying by Paul Bradford. Released: 2015. Track 5. Genre: Teaching.
  • Oct 7, 2015Loving, Listening, Praying – Part 3
    Oct 7, 2015
    Loving, Listening, Praying – Part 3
    "Listening, Part 2" from The Ministry of Loving Listening and Praying by Bren Shantz. Released: 2015. Track 3. Genre: Teaching.
  • Sep 30, 2015Loving, Listening, Praying – Part 2
    Sep 30, 2015
    Loving, Listening, Praying – Part 2
    "Prayer Model and Principles of Listening" from The Ministry of Loving, Listening and Praying by Bren Shantz and Paul Bradford. Released: 2015. Track 2. Genre: Teaching.
  • Sep 23, 2015Loving, Listening, Praying – Part 1
    Sep 23, 2015
    Loving, Listening, Praying – Part 1

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Pastor’s Corner – September 2015

_Paul-Tammy-Bradford-Portrait-Color-1 (2)This past Sunday we had an amazing day. Our Fall Festival and All Church Picnic were well attended. People had a chance to see all that is being offered this fall at RRC and to sign up for classes, small groups, and volunteer opportunities. Kid’s Hope had the largest sign up ever.
 
Sunday evening we returned for our first Concert of Prayer – an all church gathering of prayer and worship. We had about 45 attend. I was flooded with comments by those who attended. They shared the wonderful impact of the evening. God’s presence was felt, and people said the time flew by. We know that, as we pray according to God’s will, he hears, and his answers are on the way!
 
As we move towards our future, prayer will become increasingly central. We can accomplish nothing apart from the hand of God working in our midst, and as we ask, we will receive. Learning to highly value congregational times of prayer together is a very important area of growth together. Our next Concert of Prayer will be 6pm on Sunday, January 3, to launch us into the New Year.
 
Life Groups are a great new addition to the small group line up here at RRC. We have 4 groups forming, two of which still have plenty of room for people to join (the ideal group size is 8-12). Our groups include:
  • Jerry & Deb Coon – Sunday nights – full
  • Seth & Emillie Clayton – Sunday nights – full
  • Eric & Julie Ringnalda – Monday nights – space available (childcare included)
  • Stephen Bradford –Night to be determined (probably Monday or Tuesday) – for Young Adults age 18-30 – space available
 
To enhance our kids’ security, beginning this Sunday only Kid’s Life staff, parents, and children will be allowed in the hallways in the Children’s area. The stairs going into the Fellowship Hall will still be opened for general traffic. Also, our room numbers and Building Map have been updated to make them more newcomer friendly. You can view the Building Map here, or download it here.
 
I encourage you to read through The Beacon. You’ll find updates from Consistory (our church board), all of our Ministry Teams, and our Worship Director Search Team. The Beacon will keep you up to date on what’s happening here at RRC as we press forward into God’s future for us!

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Consistory – September 2015

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bp newsletterYou missed a fun party! August 26 and 27 featured two very different block parties. We had an end-of-summer block party for the Hillview neighborhood and served about 90 hotdogs plus the extras. A number of children came alone. Rachel DeKuiper identified a need for homework kits. We made 50 kits available to these children, so they would have the needed tools to do their homework. Volunteers helped with set-up, food, games, face painting, and more. It was a very rewarding experience. Please pray for open hearts for these families as we again invite them to Pioneer Clubs and adult Bible study on Wednesday evenings.
 
On August 27, Ken & Wilma Nelson held a repeat block party in the Rollingwood neighborhood. This area has had a significant turnover in residents in the past couple of years; many moved away because they were upgrading to larger homes as their families grow. The party provided an opportunity for old and new neighbors to connect. Adults were able to visit, while children enjoyed supervised bouncing in the Bounce House. This was a treat for everyone. One comment was “your yearly get-togethers are the only time I visit with my neighbors farther down the block.” Again volunteers helped with many tasks including just visiting with folks. Many expressed their appreciation for what RRC did to support the good time. People willingly provided email addresses so they can be in the loop for future activities such as the neighborhood garage sale their neighborhood held this spring. They are planning for a Christmas coffee for the women in early December. Pray that these everyday activities will continue to prompt questions and that Ken & Wilma will make deeper connections that reflect our Lord’s love. 
 
Thank you again to the 20 plus volunteers that made these events possible!
 
Prayer Ministry Teams began serving September 13. Prayer teams will be available after each worship service to pray for any person who has a concern, need, praise, or just wants to pray with someone. Anyone interested in being part of a prayer team should plan to participate in the Wednesday night class, The Ministry of Loving, Listening, and Praying
 
Nomination letters for Administrative Elder, Shepherd Elders, and Service Deacons will be going out soon to those who have been nominated. There will be two informational meetings; one on Sunday, September 27 and another on Sunday, October 4, both at 10 a.m. These meetings give the nominees a chance to find out what is involved in serving as an office holder in our church. The consistory asks for prayers for all the nominees leading up to our congregational meeting on December 6.
 
Pastor Paul presented his goals for RRC for the 2015-2016 program year at the last consistory meeting. Some of the goals include strengthening the adult ministries to result in more discipleship and greater spiritual depth; preaching biblical sermons that develop and release vision, values, discipleship, and outreach; asking all directors to integrate meaningful prayer into meetings; equipping ministry leaders in core leadership, pastoral, and prayer skills; and identifying and removing barriers to the unchurched and newcomers. Please pray for Pastor Paul, the consistory, and staff as we work on these goals.
 
New Signage and Renumbering of Rooms: In an effort to make the church more welcoming for visitors and for everyone to find rooms easier, more signs have been ordered and the rooms have been renumbered. The children’s area has been made more secure by making one entrance in that area – the one on the northwest side of the church – an emergency exit only and limiting access coming from the lobby area.

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Missions – September 2015

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Since 2007, many in our church family have set up, decorated, cooked, baked, served, and cleaned up for a Thanksgiving dinner served in our gymnasium. We are so thankful to everyone who volunteered to spend their time providing a great holiday for many in our community.
 
As the numbers attending this dinner have been declining the last couple of years, we met with Claire Guisfredi, Director of North Kent Community Services (NKCS), and Katie Hop, the Communications and Development Manager, to determine ways to improve our communication/invitation methods. To our surprise, they kindly told us that an increase probably would not happen. Clients have indicated they much prefer to cook a dinner in their own homes rather than coming to a church. Although our efforts were appreciated, many felt it was intimidating to have so many people trying to serve them.
 
Claire and Katie are so grateful that we want to help the clients of NKCS. We brainstormed some ideas on how we can continue to provide Thanksgiving dinners for members of our community. We have decided that we can more effectively provide a dinner for people by providing one half (40-45) of the Thanksgiving dinner baskets that will be distributed to NKCS clients on November 19.
 
Your whole family can help on the evening of Tuesday, November 17 – please save the date. This will be a fun evening as we work together packing the Thanksgiving baskets, creating cards for each basket, praying together for those who will receive the baskets, and delivering them to NKCS.
 
Watch for more details soon on what we need for the baskets and for the time and activities on the evening of November 17th. If you have any questions regarding the change for this year, please contact Dave VanderWiere, Dianne Bennett, or Pastor Paul.

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Adult Ministry – September 2015

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At the last Adult Ministries meeting, we finalized leaders and study questions for the new Life Groups that start up the week of September 20. We were also able to confirm the adult Sunday School class and the two Wednesday night classes.
 
In addition to these classes, there are many opportunities for adults – both men and women – to grow in their relationships with others and with God through weekly Bible studies. Hopefully you were able to sign up for a class that works with your schedule at the recent Fall Festival.
 
Our church is blessed with volunteers who graciously give of their time and energy to lead the different studies and activities. If you’re one of those people, “Thank you!”
 
There’s a men’s event coming up that would be a great opportunity for the guys to invite friends, neighbors, and co-workers to. Just show up at church on Monday, October 5 at 7:30pm, and you will be treated to a cookout while you watch the Lions vs. Seahawks game on the big screen! You can contact Kevin Johnson (291-3991) or Bren Shantz (821-8907) with any questions. Another cookout will be held December 3.

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Children’s Ministry – September 2015

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The Caravan Sunday School program is in the process of transitioning into KidLife. The curriculum will gradually be changing to a new format. Another change you will notice is the traffic flow through the lower level. In an effort to provide the safest possible environment for the children, we are closing off parts of the lower level to anyone who is not there for KidLife. Please respect any signs you see that direct you away from the area. To get to the gym following services, you can either go down the stairs into the fellowship hall and through to the back hallway, or use the main stairs near the elevator. We thank you for your patience as we go through this transition!

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Missions – September 2015

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Since 2007, many in our church family have set up, decorated, cooked, baked, served, and cleaned up for a Thanksgiving dinner served in our gymnasium. We are so thankful to everyone who volunteered to spend their time providing a great holiday for many in our community.
 
As the numbers attending this dinner have been declining the last couple of years, we met with Claire Guisfredi, Director of North Kent Community Services (NKCS), and Katie Hop, the Communications and Development Manager, to determine ways to improve our communication/invitation methods. To our surprise, they kindly told us that an increase probably would not happen. Clients have indicated they much prefer to cook a dinner in their own homes rather than coming to a church. Although our efforts were appreciated, many felt it was intimidating to have so many people trying to serve them.
 
Claire and Katie are so grateful that we want to help the clients of NKCS. We brainstormed some ideas on how we can continue to provide Thanksgiving dinners for members of our community. We have decided that we can more effectively provide a dinner for people by providing one half (40-45) of the Thanksgiving dinner baskets that will be distributed to NKCS clients on November 19.
 
Your whole family can help on the evening of Tuesday, November 17 – please save the date. This will be a fun evening as we work together packing the Thanksgiving baskets, creating cards for each basket, praying together for those who will receive the baskets, and delivering them to NKCS.
 
Watch for more details soon on what we need for the baskets and for the time and activities on the evening of November 17th. If you have any questions regarding the change for this year, please contact Dave VanderWiere, Dianne Bennett, or Pastor Paul.

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Outreach – September 2015

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In an effort to begin reaching out in more ways to our community, the Outreach Influence Team has begun to meet with all the ministry teams in order to ask two very important questions: What are you currently doing well?, and How can you begin to look at ways to slightly turn your ministry out into the community?
 
We are looking at ways to…
  • THINK BIGGER – How can each program or ministry impact people in our community who are spiritually lost?
  • PROMOTE MORE WIDELY – How can we promote church activities and events in our community?
  • TAKE ACTION – How can we take steps to make sure that people from the community feel at home?
 
The real value for approaching outreach through slightly turning our programs outward, is that we are not starting new ministries, requiring more volunteers and resources. We are simply taking what we are already doing well and extending it into the community. Maybe you have an idea for a current ministry that could be easily shifted into the community. Please share it with an Outreach Influence Team member or any member on a ministry team.
 
Additionally, the Outreach Influence Team will also be sending out a monthly outreach concept and/or thought provoking question called the OUTREACH QUESTION OF THE MONTH. This question will be sent to every person who serves on a ministry team through email, and also to the entire congregation through a variety of sources… the Outreach section of the newsletter, on the RRC facebook page, postcards in your mailbox, etc. The purpose for this infusion is to continually keep outreach in the forefront of our minds, and at the top of every ministry agenda.
 
SEPTEMBER’S OUTREACH QUESTIONS OF THE MONTH:
  • How much time do you spend with people who are spiritually lost on a weekly basis?
  • What can you do to increase this amount of time?
 
Pray that God would increase your awareness of those around you who are spiritually lost and far from Christ and that He would give you opportunities to love and serve them.

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Worship – September 2015

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The search for our next Worship Director continues. We have successfully interviewed a variety of candidates and feel confident in the candidates we have selected for second-round interviews. Pastor Paul will join us for the second interviews and the meetings will take place within the next 2 weeks. We are prayerfully seeking God’s direction for us and hope that you will join us in praying that God would make it abundantly clear to us which of the candidates He has already chosen for the church. If you have any questions or would like to talk in more detail about the process, please do not hesitate to reach out to Stephanie Bergman at church on Sundays or by email/phone during the week: stephanie.l.bergman@gmail.com or 616-901-1429. 

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Property – September 2015

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Some highlights of the past several weeks:
  • New, brighter LED lights in the gym
  • Upgraded exit signs
  • New carpet in the upstairs library and classrooms
  • Outdoor light poles are being painted and weatherized this week
  • Fixes in our computer network
  • New faucets in kitchens and utility sinks
Watch for details on a Fall cleanup day coming soon!

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