January 23, 2023

Worship Service Times

9:00 AM - Chapel | 11:00 AM - Sanctuary & Livestream

10:00 AM - Sunday school

Baby & Toddler Nursery is available

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Weekly Devotional

 “Consider the ravens, for they neither sow nor reap, and they have no storeroom nor barn and yet God feeds them; how much more valuable you are than the birds! And which of you by being anxious can add a single cubit to his life’s span? If then you cannot do a very little thing, why are you anxious about other matters? Consider the lilies, how they grow, they neither toil nor spin; but I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory did not clothe himself like one of these. But if God so arrays the grass in the field, is which alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, how much more will he clothe you, O men of little faith!” -Luke 12:24-31 


At my radio station, a few seniors volunteer to do broadcasts of newspapers for the visually impaired. I chat with them often as I let them in the building. Maybe we’ll talk about the weather, family, or what I have for the news for the morning. Apparently, what I’d talked about struck a chord with one of them,  


Through one of those volunteers, I received a 'Box of Blessings' (cards with Bible verses) as a gift (I'm not even sure which volunteer brought it to me; our receptionist just made sure I got it.) But given that I was a little concerned about what I would come with for a Devotional, I took it as a sign.  I shuffled the cards like playing cards, and Psalm 37:5 (“Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will help you”) stood out for me.  


But I was just as quickly led to my wife Kerry's childhood Bible. 


Years ago, my late mother-in-law had highlighted Luke 12: 22-31.  

When I became stressed, 'Maw' as I called her, often told me, "Oh ye of little faith."- which is a reference to Luke 12:28, "of men of little faith." That stress (likely something relatively minor; quite often dealing with the Chicago Cubs) would prompt her to remind me there's an answer, and a solution, for everything.  


In other words (quoting another book in the collection at home) ‘Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff.’  

2020 and the worst of the pandemic seems like a long time ago, but we still have our share of health concerns, many economic uncertainties, and we’re as divided as ever. But we also have to believe that God is in control, and there’s a plan for everything.  

-Jeff Bossert, Deacons

Fellowship & Community Happenings

Fellowship Dinners - Wednesdays at 6:15 PM

Fellowship Dinners continue this winter and spring each Wednesday at 6:15 PM. Meals are a suggested donation of $7 for an individual 12 years and up, $5 for children ages 4-11, and free for 3 and younger, with a max of $20 for a family. Please register by noon the Tuesday before each meal online at rcpres.org/dinner.

Menu for January 25: Pizza Casserole, Salad Bar, Homemade Garlic, Veggie Casserole, Banana Pudding

Menu for February 1: Savory Pork Loin, Mac 'n Cheese, Mixed Greens, Cornbread, Savory Squash Loin, Cupcakes

Fellowship Dinner Weekly Sign-Up
Fellowship Dinner Volunteer Sign-Up

Young Adult Bowling - January 26

After a wonderful gathering at Leigh’s house in November, we’re going bowling! Join us on Thursday, January 26 at 7:00 PM for bowling at Lee- Hi Lanes in Salem. We’ll bowl through a few games together and talk about a direction for a Lenten Bible Study. Cost is $4 a game and $4 for shoes. Bring money to play and to purchase your own food or drink. See you then! 

Lenten Devotional Book Writers Needed

We are starting the work of creating our RCPC 2023 Lenten Devotional Book! We know God’s Spirit is already at work in the minds and hearts of our thoughtful RCPC authors. This year’s theme is “Love and the Law.” Contact Leigh Sackett at [email protected] ASAP if you would like to be a writer for this year’s devotional book.

Lent Bags

It is time to sign-up for your Lent Bag! These bags are full of Lenten practices to enrich your journey, drawing you closer to God in this coming Lenten season. The activities in your bags can be used by a single person or an entire family. They are for families with 2-year-olds as well as homes with 80-year-olds. Sign up today and you will receive 1 kit per household that will be in the Gathering Area for you to pick up on Sunday, February 19. Deadline to request a Lent Bag is February 5.

Lent Bag Request

RCPC Preschool 2023-2024 Registration

RCPC Preschool Registration for the 2023-2024 preschool year is open. Classes fill quickly and are on a first-come, first-served basis. If you are looking for a preschool home for your child, age 12 months through 5 years, please contact Betsy Prillaman at [email protected].

Pump-A-Pint Blood Drive

RCPC’s Winter Blood Drive is scheduled for Tuesday, January 24 from 1:30 PM to 5:30 PM. RCPC collected a total of 210 units in 2022 – let’s start this new year off with a successful drive! Sign ups are available on the Red Cross website at redcrossblood.org. You are welcome to schedule your appointment or contact Lillian Alexander at 540-632-8921 or at [email protected]. The Pump-a-Pint Mission Group would love to have you join the ranks of faithful donors here at RCPC. Come for the snacks and fellowship, leave knowing you have saved three lives! Thank you for your continued support of this vital mission!

History Committee Announcement

The History Committee has been hard at work documenting our church’s history picking up where Betty Merritt’s book concluded,The History of Raleigh Court Presbyterian Church from 1990 to 2020, 30 years of RCPC history! The History of RCPC is available through a link at the top of the RCPC Website. Any questions contact Carole Banks at [email protected].

RCPC Variety Show

RCPC is just weeks away from its third variety show in as many years. We’ve seen a diverse list of performers – from pianists and guitarists, poetry readings, tumblers, short skits, and more! There have also been a number of family acts in what’s proven to be a fun night for those both on and off stage. We hope to build on that list of performers in 2023. The show will be held Friday, February 3, in the Fellowship Hall. The deadline to sign up is Wednesday, January 25. You can sign up using the link in the This Week @ RCPC or in the Gathering Area beginning January 8. If you have questions, contact Jeff Bossert at [email protected]

Variety Show Participant Registration

Christian Education

Congregational Retreat:

Springs of Living Water

Out of the believer’s heart shall flow rivers of living water. - John 7:38

Join us at Massanetta Springs for the return of our Congregational Retreat on March 24-26, 2023! This has been a long time coming, and we are elated to have this chance to gather again as a community of faith. We will be looking at the healing and restoring power of water in the scripture together as we are immersed in the “Springs” of Massanetta. There will be Bible Study, Worship, Recreation, Quiet Reflection, Games, Food, Sweet Sixteen Basketball, Campfires, S’mores, Songs, and more. Step away from the over-scheduled calendar. Carve out a weekend. Be restored by the one who has claimed you in the water of baptism and who fills you to flow with that same love into the world.

Registration closes Tuesday, January 31, sign up online at tinyurl.com/RCPC2023Retreat. All forms and payments are due to Leigh Sackett or Lori Tosoni by Tuesday, January 31.

Congregational Retreat Registration

“This is My Story” - Sermon Series, January 15 - February 12

“Every time a story is well-told, the Gospel has been served” - Eugene Peterson. In January and February, we are embarking on an exciting adventure. Members of the This is My Story class will be sharing parts of their writings with each week’s sermon. This is an opportunity to hear how the Gospel has played out in the lives of our fellow travelers in the faith and is an invitation for you to look at your own story and God’s presence in it as well.

All RCPC Presbyterian Women

You are invited to an evening of potluck hors d’oeuvres, fellowship, and entertainment on Friday, February 24 at 6:00 PM in the Fellowship Hall. Bring a heavy hors d'oeuvre and enjoy intergenerational fellowship. Following food and fellowship, we invite you to join in or watch an introductory line dancing lesson! Please RSVP to Vickie Haynie at [email protected] by Monday, February 20, or on the sign-up sheet in the Gathering Area. Snow date is Friday, March 3. Blessings and Peace from the PW Event Team.

Opportunity for Generosity & Mission Updates

January Opportunity for Generosity

This January, you’re invited to support the daily operations of Roanoke Area Ministries, RAM House. RAM House provides a safe day shelter and a source of lunch for over 160 neighbors. $4 supports one RAM client per day including their stay in the day shelter and lunch. To give a gift, you can donate by cash labeled in an envelope or by check denoting RAM House in the memo line. 

Sudanese Mission Updates

We appreciate all those helping us out at this moment, you've made it easy for us to adjust to life in Roanoke. -Jane, Stephen, Stella, Vivian, James, Goodwill, Angel, Trust and Immaculate

Stephen is in training for a job. James, Goodwill, Angel, Trust, and Immaculate will hopefully begin school soon. Donations are still welcome.

Mayuen (whom we knew as Wilson—one of the original group of Sudanese Lost Boys) is still recovering from a tragic automobile accident that happened a year ago. Hopefully, he has had his last surgery and can resume physical therapy and neurological rehabilitation.

Nyalang broke her ankle in 2018 and it has not healed well after the surgery. She has been unable to work. She should get the results of the latest CT scan soon which hopefully will result in new treatment options.

Samson, who attended RCPC, was recently ordained as an Episcopal priest!

Donations are still welcome. If you would like to give a monetary donation through the church so needed things can be purchased, make the check out to RCPC designated for the Sudanese Mission.

Contact Sandra if you can help 540-330-3451; [email protected]

Thank you!!

Together in Prayer

Prayer Requests

Dawn Blakeman, Donn Branch, Brendan Brown (Kathy and Les Brown's grandson), Bill Gordge, Billy Grove, Susan Lindstrom, Joe McCrobie, Betsy Neathawk, McNair Ozmer, Nancy Smith (Alan Smith’s mother), Roger Tims, and all caregivers.

(Prayers request as of Friday, January 20. Names in bold indicate an addition to the prayer list this week.)

This Week @ RCPC

Birthdays: January 23-29

1/23 Caroline Bullington, Rebecca Whaley

1/29 Crystal Dudley

Monday, January 23

9:00 AM - Preschool

10:00 AM - Monday Morning Prayer Group

10:30 AM - Small Group: "The Pastor's Porch" - Whaley

6:30 PM - Cub Scouts

7:00 PM - BSA Troop 2

Tuesday, January 24

9:00 AM - Preschool

10:30 AM - Primary Purpose: AA

1:30 PM - Pump-A-Pint Blood Drive

4:00 PM - Small Group: “The Parking Lot Fools” – Dixon

6:00 PM - Tai Chi

7:15 PM - Raleigh Court Ringers

8:00 PM - Small Group: “Soul Sisters” - Biddle


Wednesday, January 25

9:00 AM - Preschool

4:00 PM - God Alive - 5th Graders Chili Making

6:15 PM - Fellowship Dinner

7:00 PM - Small Group: “The After Dinner Crowd” – Sackett

7:15 PM - Sanctuary Choir Rehearsal

Thursday, January 26

9:00 AM - Preschool

9:00 AM - Hunger Mission Packing

10:00 AM - Centering Prayer (St. Elizabeth’s Episcopal Church)

10:30 AM - Primary Purpose: AA

4:30 PM - Tai Chi

6:30 PM - Hip Sober Chicks

7:00 PM - Raleigh Court Neighborhood Association

7:00 PM - Young Adult Bowling


Friday, January 27

9:00 AM - Preschool

11:45 AM - Al-Anon


Saturday, January 28

10:00 AM - Youth Sunday Rehearsal

Sunday, January 29

Youth Sunday

9:00 AM - Worship – Sanctuary

10:00 AM - Sunday School

11:00 AM - Worship – Sanctuary

12:15 PM - Adult Education Committee


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This Week @ RCPC - Deadline for Articles: Wednesday of each week

Send submissions for The Herald and This Week @ RCPC to Julie Satterwhite 

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