August 1, 2022
Worship Service Times:
10:00 AM - Sanctuary & Livestream
Baby & Toddler Nursery is available
7:00 AM Wednesday Communion Service
Every time you cross my mind, I break out in exclamations of thanks to God. Each exclamation is a trigger to prayer. I find myself praying for you with a glad heart. I am so pleased that you have continued on in this with us, believing and proclaiming God’s Message, from the day you heard it right up to the present. There has never been the slightest doubt in my mind that the God who started this great work in you would keep at it and bring it to a flourishing finish on the very day Christ Jesus appears.  Philippians 1:3-6 The Message translation 

Mary Oliver writes in her poem “Six Recognitions of the Lord,” 

Every summer the lilies rise 
And open their white hands until they almost 
Cover the black waters of the pond. And I give 
Thanks but it does not seem like adequate thanks, 
It doesn’t seem 
Festive enough or constant enough, nor does the 
Name of the Lord or the words of thanksgiving come 
Into it often enough. 
My heart sings but the apparatus of singing doesn’t convey 
Half of what it feels and means. In spring there’s hope, 
In fall the exquisite, necessary diminishing, in 
Winter I am as sleepy as any beast in its leafy cave, but in summer there 
 is everywhere the luminous sprawl of gifts – the hospitality of the Lord and my inadequate answers as I row my beautiful, temporary body through this water lily world.”  - Mary Oliver 

Looking back on the last 12 weeks there have been a luminous sprawl of gifts of which I give thanks for you all, for the ways we’ve journeyed together with George and John, to Montreat and back and much more. So let me share some of these luminous gifts with you: 
Three weeks spent with our youth: one at Massanetta, one right here in Roanoke, and one in Montreat.  These youth were excellent travel companions (especially when things went wrong and oh, they did). These youth were open to the Spirit – open the Lord’s hospitality to come and sit, laugh, and grow together and we did just that through spikeball, keynotes, mission projects, and energizers. I’m excited for all that we’ll get into together this fall as new sixth graders enter the mix and I’m in denial that our seniors are leaving for college in these next few weeks (wish Alex, Henry, Sarah Grace, Lauren, Emma Kate and Chase lots of love and keep them in your prayers as they go). 

I got to work for the Church at large as a Workshop Director at Massanetta Springs Middle School Conference. Sharing with 100 youth and adults Praying in Color which if you were in my Seekers Sunday School Class last Fall you know I love! 
The long-awaited construction of our capital campaign began.  I’m grateful for the collective knowledge found within this church when it comes to history, buildings, construction, and finance.  Progress photos will now be shared in the Gathering Area and in the power-point before worship begins.  

I’ve witnessed the disciples of RCPC live out their faith in big and small ways in the ordinariness of the everyday repeatedly. Gathered in the sanctuary with a couple for a vow renewal on their 30th anniversary.  Children and Adults filling the building and reaching to the ends of the earth with VBS. Small groups filled with disciples willing to try something new even when it was uncomfortable. Our Youth, recently confirmed, asking questions about our mission practices inspired by a sermon at Montreat. New elders and deacons stepping into their roles. Welcome baskets created for visiting theologians.  Disciples recognizing when it’s time to let something go and to faithfully reimagine an event into something new.  Solos each Sunday performed by Church members of all ages. Mission Groups recognizing their financial stability and offering their opportunity of generosity to another mission of the church. Congregants visiting people in hospitals, rehab centers, and in their homes and being the first to tell me if someone has moved care facilities.  As Paul writes to the community in Philippi – there has never been the slightest doubt in my mind that the God who started this great work in you would keep at it.  

I have often had inadequate answers (or felt that way or a time or two!) this summer as Mary Oliver puts it but that’s where the hospitality of the Lord has felt the closest. That’s where you all stepped in with your generous knowledge and guidance.  At Montreat, Pastor Clare Parry Lozano spoke of the audacious hope she holds for her church and the way the Spirit is at work there. As we reach the end of these twelve weeks, I am all the more filled with audacious hope that Jesus will continue calling us to follow him in familiar and in unexpected ways and that when we hear this call – we will follow, inadequate answers and all, and delight in the hospitality of the Lord that’s always been waiting for us. 

God of renewal, 
We give thanks for this summer, 
A summer in which we’ve had a chance to dip our toes 
Into your living waters, and be reminded of the abundant life 
You want for all of us. 
As we turn our attention to backpacks, and settling in, 
Keep us present to your living water, 
Keep us present to your luminous gifts, 
Keep us present to each other. 
Amen. 

-The Rev. Isabella Fagiani, Associate Pastor

P.S. Thank you all for all the well wishes leading up to Jonathan and I’s wedding. Especially thank you to the Presbyterian Women and the Youth Group and all who came out to shower us. It is a gift to be loved so much by you all. It’s an honor to get to love you all right back! I promise we’ll share pictures once we have them. Say a prayer for us this Friday afternoon at 4:30! Love, Isabella 
Call for Ushers
We have a number of openings on our monthly ushering teams. It is a great way to serve RCPC and to get to know the wonderful people in our congregation. If interested, please contact Kirk Martin at 540-520-8767 or kmartin@pattersonpope.com.
ALERRT Safety Training
ALERRT Safety Training is being offered at RCPC on Saturday, August 20, from 9:00 AM to Noon. ALERRT is a program designed to provide civilians with knowledge and confidence to respond to an active threat situation within our church or place of business. This program is an awareness tool that helps give an understanding, guidance, and a proven plan in an active situation. If you are an elder, deacon, usher, staff member or Preschool staff you are encouraged to attend this training. Virginia Western Chief of Police Craig Harris will conduct the program and be available for questions afterwards. Refreshments will be provided. Childcare is provided by contacting Leigh at leigh@rcpres.org by August 15.
Theology Small Groups in July with The Rev. John Rogers
In July, the Rev. John Rogers will join us while Andrew is on his sabbatical. John is an ordained pastor in the Presbyterian Church (USA). His first call was at McCallie School in Chattanooga, TN, as chaplain (‘98-’08), and most recently as the campus pastor of Presbyterian Campus Ministry at University Presbyterian Church in Chapel Hill, NC (‘08-’20). In 2020 he stepped away from campus ministry and into the formation of Peterson House, a program and retreat center in North Carolina shaped by the teachings and legacy of Eugene Peterson. John will join us in July to lead in worship and in a small group study of Eugene Peterson's book, "A Long Obedience in the Same Direction."

All groups will meet in the Gathering Area.
Group 1 – Mondays 10:30 AM-12:00 PM:
July 25, August 1
Group 2 – Mondays 7:00 PM-8:30 PM:
July 25, August 1
Group 3 – Tuesdays 4:00 PM-5:30 PM:
August 2

Note: There is no July 26 session for Group 3, they may attend a Monday session that week
July Opportunity for Generosity:
West End Center School Supplies Drive

Over 125 bags of supplies will be filled for a child’s specific school and grade. Some of the most common items needed are: Glue sticks, pocket folders, tissues, dry erase markers, pencils(Dixon and Ticonderoga) multi-subject notebooks and 3 ring binders. A more complete list is available in the Gathering Area. All supplies must be brought to the church by Sunday, July 31. You can purchase items or send in a donation. You can sponsor a child’s supplies for $60. Use our online giving option or mail a check to the church. Be sure to mark in the notes: WEC School Supplies. Thank you for helping a child to be prepared for school this year! 
Helpers Needed for Sorting and Bagging WEC Supplies
Friday, August 5 BIG SORTING DAY. 9:00 AM until Noon 
Please come to the fellowship hall to set up tables, then sort what we have. Folks will be there to give instructions.

Wednesday, August 10 - BAGGING SUPPLIES DAY 9:00 AM until Noon
Meet in the fellowship hall for instructions and help fill 130 bags of supplies!
Come for any amount of time you have to give! 
Thank you!
Family Promise Volunteer Orientation

Orientation is on Sunday, August 7 from 11:15 AM to 12:30 PM in room 201 (adjacent to the Chapel) with light refreshments!
This is for RCPC seasoned volunteers, new ones, and those who want to hear about this ministry! To learn more, visit familypromiseroanoke.org or Facebook.
RSVP to Vickie Haynie by Friday, August 5 at 540-580-2587 or vhaynie@fsrv.org

A Signup Sheet will also be available in the Gathering Area.
RCPC Flower Guild
The RCPC Flower Guild offers to arrange flowers in memory or in honor of a loved one. If you would like to honor a birthday, anniversary or other special occasion on a specific Sunday, please contact Anne Currin at
anne@rcpres.org or call the church at 540 343-5541. The cost is $80, which is for two arrangements placed in the chancel of the sanctuary.
Amazon Smile to Benefit the Rent Assistance Funds Distributed by PCC and RAM
Already shopping on Amazon? Why not have your purchases support RCPC's support of the rent assistance funds distributed by PCC and RAM at the same time! AmazonSmile is a simple way for you to support your favorite charitable organization every time you shop, at no cost to you. AmazonSmile is available at smile.amazon.com on your web browser and can be activated in the Amazon Shopping app for iOS and Android phones. When you shop AmazonSmile, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection, and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added benefit that AmazonSmile will donate 0.5% of your eligible purchases to the charitable organization of your choice.
Birthdays: Augsut 1-7
1 Lisa Boylan
Sloan Sebolt
2 Tweetie Lyon
3 Bessie Williams
4 Robert Frantz
5 Jeff Newman
6 Morgan Currie
Leigh Ramsey
7 Genevieve Gannon
Anne Travers
The Herald
The Herald is a monthly newsletter that comes in your mailbox the first of each month. The deadline for articles is the 15th of each month to appear in the next month's newsletter.
This Week @ RCPC
The This Week @ RCPC is published every Monday morning via email. This publication is for weekly activities at RCPC. If you would like to receive this email please contact Julie Satterwhite at julie@rcpres.org or call the church office at 540-343-5541 x 107. The deadline for the This Week is noon on Wednesday prior to the Monday publication.
Video Board in the Gathering Area
Have an upcoming event? Pictures from a recent event? Want to get information displayed on the video board in the Gathering Area? Please send the information to Carole Banks at pixiebowls@gmail.com 

Pictorial Directory
This is a PDF version of the RCPC pictorial directory and is easily used on smart phones, computers, pads, etc. Link to the Pictorial Directory
Prayer Requests
Dawn Blakeman, Kerry Bossert, Donn Branch, Brendan Brown (Kathy and Les Brown's grandson), The Cook Family, David Dale (Janis Wertz’s brother), Billy Grove, Norma Hall, Dick Kepley, Susan Lindstrom, Tweetie Lyon, Rusty McCown, Joe McCrobie, Nancy Smith (Alan Smith’s mother), Jill Wood, and all caregivers.

Our sincere thoughts and prayers are with Anne Travers and family on the passing of her father, Jim Shirky, on July 24.

(Prayers request as of Friday, July 29. Names in bold indicate an addition to the prayer list this week.)
Monday, August 1
10:00 AM - Monday Morning Prayer Group
10:30 AM - Theology Small Group 1
4:00 PM - Theology Small Group 3
6:30 PM - Cub Scouts
7:00 PM - Boy Scouts 2
7:00 PM - Theology Small Group 2
 
Tuesday, August 2
10:30 AM - Primary Purpose: AA
6:00 PM - Tai Chi
6:45 PM - Eagle Board of Review
 
Wednesday, August 3
7:00 AM - Communion
10:00 AM - God Alive Garden
Thursday, August 4
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

Friday, August 5
11:45 AM - Al-Anon

Saturday, August 6
9:00 AM - McAffee’s Knob Hike – God Alive

Sunday, August 7
10:00 AM - Worship (Sanctuary)
11:00 AM - Family Promise Training
1837 Grandin Road SW, Roanoke, Virginia 24015  540.343.5541