Greetings Church Family,
Thanks to all who joined us live or on-demand this past Sunday for our morning time of prayer and teaching. God continues to use this time to keep our church family connected and reach people across our state and country. For this and other blessings I am sincerely grateful.
Each week I see church family, guests, friends from the past as well as new friends jump on for the service, or I receive comments from them about the digital message. My guess is that the new normal will include both presented live and high-quality digital broadcasts of worship services and bible studies. Already we’re engaging in conversations about equipment and software to make a expanded digital broadcasts happen. Yes, this type of ministry will cost us in time and resources, but God is moving and laying strong foundations for advancing the Gospel to neighbors and nations using digital technology.
This past Sunday we began our summer sermon series from Philippians. This little epistle was written by the Apostle Paul to thank the Christians at Philippi for the gift they had sent him and to strengthen these believers by showing them that true joy comes from Jesus alone. Note: This past Sunday I extended the message to allow for a stronger introduction to the study. Beginning this Sunday, plans are to begin our new abbreviated worship time in preparation for our return together. This week’s message:
Finding Joy in Christ and Community
from Philippians 1:3-8.
To build on the things we learned from the Gospel of John, I will be leading a new study from 1 John beginning Wednesday, May 6, and running through our time together this summer. This study will be delivered digitally utilizing Zoom technology with studies being weekly at 6pm. For more information on how to jump in to this new study, visit our
Looking forward, we are still unsure when it will be safe for us to physically gather together again.
next target to begin worship gatherings is Sunday, May 24
. If this date holds, the church office will reopen on May 18 to prepare for our first Sunday to gather again. Believing that we must err on the side of caution, ongoing Sunday School, Choir, Mission Gatherings and Next Generation Ministries will be postponed until a later date. (More details to come as they become available.).
Additionally... (1) Plans are being made toward a more “family friendly worship service” valuing social distancing among attenders. (2) Modifications and limitations will be made to our foyer and worship room following national and state recommended guidelines. (3) We will continue to offer digital Sunday School, Mid-Week Bible Study, Choir and Next Generation Ministry opportunities. There is still so much we don’t know, but what we do know is God still working in the lives of our church family and we continue to minister to our congregation and community in new and different ways.
Once again, many thanks for your faithfulness to love, care and serve one another during these challenging days. Thanks also for your faithfulness to support all three of our financial contribution buckets: the general budget, additional missional support and debt freedom. God continues to bless our church family greatly.
Before I go... Congratulations to
as he celebrates
10 years of ministry
and service to the RBC church family. What a tremendous gift Murphy and Jade are to the kingdom and to our congregation. If you get a moment this week, please mail, email or text Murphy a note of thanks letting him know how grateful we are for his service and how much we love him and Jade as church leaders and friends. Well done my friends!
I love you all and look forward to our gathering together soon.
Peace, Hope, Love, Joy and Jesus to all!