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!