August 8, 2022
Worship Service Times:
10:00 AM - Sanctuary & Livestream
Baby & Toddler Nursery is available
7:00 AM Wednesday Communion Service
“After this Paul left Athens and went to Corinth. There he found a Jew named Aquila from Pontus, who had recently come from Italy with his wife Priscilla, because Claudius had ordered all Jews to leave Rome. Paul went to see them, and, because he was of the same trade, he stayed with them, and they worked together—by trade they were tentmakers. Every Sabbath he would argue in the synagogue and would try to convince Jews and Greeks.”
Acts 18: 1-4

Oftentimes the stories of the Bible feel like they happened “long, long ago in a galaxy far, far away.” But then there are these overlapping moments where the biblical story weaves into broader history. Italy, Athens- these are places we have visited, cruised in, and toured. We studied them in high school and learn of the contemporary stories in these lands. Tentmaking, while not a trade we pursue, is an everyday occurrence, stitching fabrics into a livable structure. It is relatable.

Paul the Apostle is no superhero. He is a man with a job, traveling on foot, looking for assistance and help wherever he can find it. Here he finds Aquila and Priscilla. They bond over their common work. They join his cause with Jesus. In other scriptures we learn they become important leaders in the Jesus movement.

The Word of the Bible is not distant from the world where we will live today. This was one of the reminders I received on my sabbatical in these months both from Karl Barth and Eugene Peterson. 

In the early twentieth century, Barth preached, “God does not start with mass movements. He begins with a few individuals; and even among them different stages and degrees of preparedness and alertness for divine service are possible.”

And some sixty years later, Eugene Peterson says, “It is not through nations and armies, not through movements and ideas, not through laboratories and machines and computers that God does his primary work. It is through persons.” 

People. Ordinary people. Paul. Aquila. Priscilla. Stitching tents together. Visiting real geographic places. It’s amazing and frightening because it might mean that you and I, in our ordinary lives, with our ordinary relationships, doing our ordinary tasks, might be swallowed up into the very salvation of the world. 

Be alert this week, therefore, for we do not know when the voice of God will speak and from where it will come.

Prayer:

Come into our lives, O God,
whether we are ready or not.
Make our eyes to see a world 
beyond what is visible.
Open our ears to the sound of salvation
above the distraction and conflict around.
May each thing we touch be seen as holy,
made by you and purposed for your glory.
Amen.

-The Rev. Andrew C. Whaley, Head of Staff
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.
Helpers Needed for Sorting and Bagging WEC Supplies

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!
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: August 8-14
9 Lyndsey Onyett
11 India Atkinson
13 Charlotte Biddle
Joe McCrobie
14 Sue Cook
Patrick McGraw
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), Roger Tims, Ed Whitehead, Jill Wood, and all caregivers.

(Prayers request as of Friday, August 5. Names in bold indicate an addition to the prayer list this week.)
Monday, August 8
10:00 AM - Monday Morning Prayer Group
 
Tuesday, August 9
10:30 AM - Primary Purpose: AA
6:00 PM - Tai Chi
 
Wednesday, August 10
7:00 AM - Communion
10:00 AM - God Alive Garden
Thursday, August 11
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 12
11:45 AM - Al-Anon

Saturday, August 13
10:00 AM - Living the Word

Sunday, August 14
10:00 AM - Worship (Sanctuary)
2:00 PM - Youth Pool Party
1837 Grandin Road SW, Roanoke, Virginia 24015  540.343.5541