Wednesday, September 16
From Pastor Brian's Desk
Hey, Riversiders!

Last week was a breath of fresh air as our Sunday school classes resumed and people carefully filed into the Education Building again. Those of you in attendance did a nice job of following our safety guidelines and staying at a safe distance—thank you! For those who weren’t able to attend last week, please feel free to sign up this week. Click on the blue button below to RSVP for our in-person Adult Classes as you do to attend Worship in person.
For those of you who prefer to keep your distance and are following online, please feel free to tune into Sunday School via Zoom on Sunday morning. You can also go back and watch the Sunday School classes. All of this can be found by clicking the blue button above or by going to www.rpcjax.org/programs/adult-sunday-school. I’ve heard a great deal of good things about the class offerings, so know that it will be well worth it to tune in.

Thanks, again, for your patience with us through some technical difficulties. Managing our livestream is an ongoing process but we are learning new things every week. The same goes for the sound, which we are actively working on, and which, I am confident to say, is improving. The hybrid format for Sunday School worked well on Sunday, and we will continue to monitor its effectiveness. 

Despite the challenges the pandemic continues to present, ministry and worship continue here at RPC and for that we give God thanks! I’m proud of our staff for their diligent work, and grateful to all of you for your continued engagement, whether carefully on campus, or digitally from your homes. Our prayers continue for each of you, that you would stay safe and well!
Grace and peace,

Brian
Sunday, September 20
Worship 8:30 am and 10:30 am
Short video with RPC's On Campus Protocols
Sanctuary on 8th Street Shindig
TOMORROW
Thursday, September 17
6:00 - 8:00 pm
Please join virtually for the Swingin’ SHINDIG to hear some great music, participate in our online raffle and consider making a donation which will benefit the Sanctuary on 8th Street: A place of hope for the children of Springfield since 1992. Event is free to attend on Facebook live!
Drop-In Baby Shower
Sunday, September 27, 3:00 - 5:00 pm
Please don't forget to RSVP! Questions? Please text Deana Green at 904-616-5820 or email deanalgreen@att.net Click the button below to view the full invitation, see the address, view gift registries and to RSVP!
Sunday School 9:30 - 10:15 am
We will not be offering Holy Grounds Coffee for the foreseeable future
September 13 and 20
God and the Pandemic
in-person and online
taught by Dr. John Ragsdale
Library
The Bridge Class - Reconnect
in-person and online
Thompson Parlor
Underwood Class
Room 306
  • 6th + 7th Grade Class (Room 302/303)

  • Confirmation Class (Room 310/311)

  • 9th - 12th Grade Sunday School (Youth House)
Children's Class: Creation
Pre-K through 5th Grade
in-person, outside. Wear cool, play clothes Rain location: Kissling Hall
continuous
Weekly Videos for Children
by Emily Heeg
Riverside is considering becoming a
Matthew 25 Congregation
This month, Riverside's session will vote on becoming a Matthew 25 congregation. This is a vision and invitation to congregations from the PCUSA " to act boldly and compassionately to serve people who are hungry, oppressed, imprisoned or poor." The three main focuses of this initiative are building congregational vitality, dismantling structural racism and eradicating systemic poverty. Many PCUSA churches are already part of this movement.
College Secret Pal Recruitment
As RPC's students head to college this fall, we want to continue to love and support them with Secret Pals.

If you are willing to correspond with one college student this year, please contact us!
Jean Grant-Dooley - jeangrantdooley@gmail.com
Heather Campbell – mystlib@att.net
Norma Lockwood – 904-388-3917
Sunday Night Youth Group
Join us for dinner, games and fellowship this week in the Youth House! Middle School Youth Group will meet from 5:00 - 6:30 pm and High School Youth Group from 6:00 - 7:30 pm. Please email tatum.thompson@rpcjax.org with any questions or concerns! See you then!
PRAYER AND CARE
Remember those needing our prayers:

Prayer & Care: Kay Armstrong, Jennie Bibb, Roberta Birch, Melanie Boree (niece of Shirley Flynn), Tina Burrow, Mary Cousar, Judy Davidson, Brenda Dohn, Nancy Drought, Faith Erath, Madelyne Gillis (Marsha Mixon's mother), Tina Goedkte, John Hartman, Hans Huntsinger, Doug Hutchins (Denise Brennan's father), Allan Knight, Angela Knight, Robert Littell, Joe Lopez, Christine Rosenbloom Lyons, Joe Meux, Gunnar Miller (Betsy Miller's husband), Tony Morrow, John Ormand (Lisa Taylor's brother), Mersida Porcic, Bill Schilling, Mae Singletary (Carol Proctor’s mother), Mike Small, Mildred Taylor, Bill & Suzanne Tomlinson, Don & Lois Ward

Assisted Living, Nursing Homes, Rehab or Long Term Care (at home or at a facility): Shirley Ballowe, Fran Brissel, Margie de Bauernfeind, Peggy Fannin, Jack Hazard, Jim Hodge, Norma Hooker, Betsy Langston, Myra Pattishall, Judi Perdue, Dannette Robinson, Ruth Wrenshall
During this time, it is important for us to continue the ministries of the church. We hope you will be able to continue with your regular giving. You can give online through your Realm account, or by clicking the button above. You can also mail checks to:

Riverside Presbyterian Church, 849 Park Street, Jacksonville FL 32204