Adult Ministry – March 2015

First of all, “Thank you!” to all of the women who planned the Women’s Lenten Breakfast on March 7! It was a blessing to be able to participate in this type of event. As we focused on the character of Christ in this period of Lent, we could – and can – appreciate more the gift of salvation and grow in love for the Giver for so lavish a gift.
On April 18, the Ladies Day will be another opportunity for women to gather for a time of fellowship and fun, anchored with speaker Ruth Hansen. It is half a day on a Saturday, beginning at 9 a.m. and going through lunch (12:30 p.m.), so forget the chores at home and plan on attending. Don’t forget to invite a couple friends, as this is a community event.
Ruth Hansen, Linda Van Houten’s mother, will be speaking about “Refreshing your Heart, Mind, and Spirit” as well as “Thriving in the Lord” – two speaking/discussion sessions. Some of the fun breakout sessions are: Freezer Meals (Audrey Shantz & Trisha VanStensel), Painting on Canvas (Karen Halbersma), Candle Making (Kimberly Tuttle), Essential Oils (Laura Aulbach), and Relax & Refresh (Beth Jennings, Rachel DeKuiper, & Megan DeVries). Lori VerMerris may still need discussion facilitators and a pianist, so please contact her if you can help out. Click here to register online.
The Saturday Series is for “the guys” (both big and small), and meets the first and third Saturdays of the month. Men and their sons share the time in the Family Life Center from 7-8:30 a.m., eating a hearty breakfast and then having a stimulating discussion and growing in Christ. They may meet through the summer but haven’t made any specific plans yet. Usually 6-8 men have attended on a given weekend. The 5 boys who have come usually play in the gym while the men meet. The discussion topics have been about cultural and familial messages relating to masculinity, looking specifically at men’s roles in the church, some time talking about discipleship, and an in-depth study of Galatians. Upcoming studies likely will be 1 and 2 Thessalonians and/or 1 and 2 Corinthians. If you haven’t come out for this yet, the invitation is always open. If you have any questions, see Bren Shantz.
Don’t forget the Church Library and the Puzzle Room! As winter is not quite over, you can enjoy a good book or a challenging puzzle on these cold nights. The library is for anyone who attends RRC, not members only. You are asked to sign the materials out – don’t just take them, as that is the only way Melanie Matthews, the librarian, keeps track of what is out and for how long. Please return the items within a couple of weeks so others can enjoy them as well. Book categories are: Christian Living, Teen, Children, Bible, Bible Reference, Non-fiction, Fiction, Biography, and Marriage.
New fiction to the library:
  • The Third Target, by Joel C. Rosenberg
  • Twisted Innocence, by Terri Blackstock
  • Where Truth Lies, by Janette Oke and Laurel Oke Logan – book 2 in the Return to the Canadian West series
  • Movie: Noah’s Ark – Veggie Tales
The puzzle room is the brainchild of Bill Stadt. All the puzzles are contained in the room across from the library and operates similarly to “give a penny/get a penny” you see at the stores. People contribute and people use – no sign ins or outs – no inventory – no church money involved – just an opportunity for a fun challenge when you open each box.