January 10, 2022
Worship Service Times:
9:00 AM - Chapel
10:00 AM - Sunday School
11:00 AM - Sanctuary & Livestream
Baby & Toddler Nursery available
Wednesday Communion Service - 7:00 AM
Join us on Thursday, January 20 for our Third Thursday Evening Prayer Service in the chapel at 7:00 PM.
Squaring science on Earth as we know it with Moses parting the Red Sea is pretty silly.

Recent research posits the real miracle happened because a stiff east wind blew into a shallow brackish lagoon. Coastal waters of papyrus reeds – a “sea of reeds“ – were briefly pushed aside to allow Moses and his tribe to slog through to the Promised Land.

This event took place north of the modern day Red Sea in the Eastern Nile Delta region, just south of the Mediterranean Sea. Maybe, though, scripture as we know it is simply the poor work of a lazy headline writer for The Jerusalem Post in 1250 B.C. who couldn’t figure out how to fit “Sea of Reeds” into a tight layout. Worse, he misspelled and shortened it to “Red Sea.” Or maybe Moses embellished the event to the rookie scribe who covered the event in the first place.

Doesn't matter. Belief isn't knowing. 

Ever since Moses wandered the desert, science and religion have pushed and pushed back at each other. What some think is a miraculous revelation can just as reasonably called a dazzling product of the human imagination.

There are references to biblical state of grace that suggest protection by some unseen force. Do you ever get that tingly feeling? Biblical scholars say the God who made stars and planets in an indescribably unending cosmos also made us. Who wouldn’t think he wants to protect us?

As I grow older, there are certain changes about the way I think, react, behave. Maybe Darwin wasn't entirely correct. Did one big explosion really create the moons, stars, our Earth? How does everything -- and I mean everything from the sky above to the dirt below – connect so seamlessly in nature on our planet? Maybe it really took the God we worship to do the heavy lifting and then let us figure out the details we see in science.

As believers, the trick for us is to act as sensible rulers over God's works. It's an enormous ask even for a human savior.

Never mind he was born to a virgin.

-Jim Ellison, Elder
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.
Small Groups
Being a part of a small group is an experience rich in personal connection and spiritual growth. In small groups we discuss what is shared in worship, therefore the experience of worship is more deeply ingrained into our minds and hearts. As we contemplate it all together the concepts take root and our faith grows! Weekly small group schedules:
Sunday: 10:00 AM-10:45 AM Sneak Peek (room 101)
Monday: 10:30 AM-12:00 PM Andrew Whaley (room 102)
Tuesday: 4:30 PM-6:00 PM David Dixon (church parking lot)
              8:00 PM Jennifer Bryant (The Loft)
Wednesday: 6:30 PM-7:30 PM Leigh Sackett (library)
Friday: 10:00 AM Elise Hansard (parlor)
A Christian's Concern for Climate Change
Join us on Thursday, January 13 at 7:00 PM in the Sanctuary or on Facebook Live and YouTube as we welcome Dr. Laura Hartman from Roanoke College. Dr. Hartman will lead us in exploring the biblical and theological foundation that shapes our stewardship of the earth and its resources. How are we called as disciples of Jesus to tend to the earth? What options do we have to participate in redeeming the creation? Join us to ponder these questions of our faith.
 
Dr. Laura Hartman is an associate professor of environmental studies at Roanoke College. Her PhD from UVA is in religious studies with a focus on environmental ethics. She’s the author of The Christian Consumer: Living Faithfully in a Fragile World (Oxford, 2011) and editor of That All May Flourish: Comparative Religious Environmental Ethics (Oxford, 2018). Her current obsession is environmental justice as it relates to church parking lots; also, buses. She lives in Roanoke with her wife, 12-year-old son, and golden retriever. Her hobbies include riding the bus, singing, and knitting (not usually all at once).
OPPORTUNITY FOR GENEROSITY: CONGREGATIONAL CARE
 
If after yesterday's Minute for Mission, you'd like to join It's a Calling, please contact Frankie Doyle at fcdartist@gmail.com or 540.309.5535. If you're interested in learning more about and getting involved with our visitation team, come to room 101 after worship next Sunday. We look forward to the gifts new folks will bring to these important ministries in the life of RCPC. If you can't make this meeting but are interested in knowing more you can contact Isabella Fagiani at isabella@rcpres.org 

The Apostle Paul wrote to the Christian community in Thessalonica, “therefore encourage one another and build each other up, as in fact you are doing.” Just as we are called to serve others out of gratitude for God’s grace, we are also called specifically to serve one another as believers in Christ. The Congregational Care Committee seeks to do just that by caring for members of our congregation throughout life’s milestones. As we enter into a new year, we look to the congregation for help in not only serving others, but also identifying those in need. Currently, Congregational Care encompasses the following ministries:
 
Visitation
Once a month, church members who live in care facilities or are homebound are visited by a congregant. Visits occur on your own time according to the needs of those being visited and the requirements set forth by the care facilities. If interested, please plan to stay after the 11:00 AM service on January 16 to discuss assignments, or reach out to Isabella at isabella@rcpres.org.
 
It’s A Calling
“It’s A Calling” places phone calls or sends cards monthly to those on the prayer list. This ministry takes place on your own time and can be completed from anywhere there’s a phone! Each member is assigned one to two months each year. Contact Frankie Doyle at fcdartist@gmail.com or 540-309-5535 if you are interested.
 
Wrapped In Love
“Wrapped in Love” is the knitting/crocheting ministry of RCPC. “Wrapped in Love” creates prayer shawls that go to congregants in moments of needing to be wrapped in love and prayers, as well as baptism blankets to welcome new disciples into our church family. If you knit or crochet and are interested in joining this ministry, contact Anna Sganga at annasganga@gmail.com or 757-575-2388. Often this group creates blankets and shawls on their own time, but beginning this year, we have plans to meet quarterly to create together. If interested in spending time with the group, pack a lunch on Sunday, February 6 and plan to stay after the 11:00 AM worship service for a time of fellowship and crafting.
 
College Students
This ministry provides encouragement to college students by providing care packages, gift cards, and cards of encouragement before exam. This ministry works alongside Youth Group and takes place once in the Fall and once in the Spring. Please contact Sarah Grace Stanley at sarahgracestanley@gmail.com if you are interested in participating in this ministry.
 
Meal Trains
Meals are organized for those who have had recent surgeries, unexpected life events, or the birth of new babies. This ministry occurs as needed and meal delivery can be scheduled at your convenience. Please contact Rebecca Whaley at rebecca.whaley@gmail.com to have your name added to the email list.
 
Funeral Receptions
Food is provided as needed for receptions following funerals at the church. Please contact Marilyn Martin to be added to the email list.
 
If you are interested in serving, please contact the person identified above. We are always seeking meaningful ways to encourage our members. If you have any ideas or examples of how we might encourage one another, please contact Emilie Biddle at emiliebiddle@gmail.com.
Pump-A-Pint Winter Blood Drive
RCPC’s Winter Blood Drive will be held Tuesday, January 25 from 1:30 PM until 6:00 PM. Many thanks to those who have already scheduled an appointment for this upcoming drive. If you have any questions or want to schedule an appointment please call Lillian Alexander at 540-632-8921 or email at alexanderlj@yahoo.com. You may also schedule an appointment online at REDCROSSBLOOD.ORG or by calling 1-800-RED-CROS (733-2767). Covid restrictions are in place - all donors are required to wear face coverings. 
Your continued support of this vital mission is appreciated!
Gratefully, The RCPC Pump-a-Pint Mission Group
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: January 10-16
12 Sibyl Newton
13 Marian Stanley
Hannah Wellons
14 Sue Garrett
CaCa Highfill
15 Bill Gordge
Bill Johnson
Christopher Ptomey
16 Don Coombs
Bobby Cooper
Randy Sperger
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 
Prayer Requests
Dawn Blakeman, Brendan Brown (Kathy and Les Brown's grandson), Marie Brown, David Dale, Pat Davis, Chris Eberhard, Marcie Goode, David Hollingsworth, Barbara Lashley, Susan Lindstrom, Johnnie Maxie, Hazel Newman, Marion Raney, and all caregivers.

(Prayers request as of Friday, January 7. Names in bold indicate an addition to the prayer list this week.)
Monday, January 10
9:00 AM - Preschool
10:00 AM - Monday Morning Prayer Group
10:30 AM - Small Group: Whaley
6:30 PM - Cub Scouts
7:00 PM - BSA Troop 2
7:00 PM - Deacons

Tuesday, January 11
9:00 AM - Preschool
10:30 AM - Primary Purpose: AA
12:30 PM - Open Door Prayers
4:30 PM - Small Group: Dixon
6:00 PM - Eagle Board of Review
7:15 PM - Raleigh Court Ringers
8:00 PM - Small Group: Bryant

Wednesday, January 12
7:00 AM - Communion (Gathering Area)
9:00 AM - Preschool
10:30 AM - Book Club
4:00 PM - God Alive
6:00 PM - Safety Training for Ushers
6:30 PM - Small Group: Sackett
7:15 PM - Sanctuary Choir
Thursday, January 13
9:00 AM - Preschool
10:00 AM - Centering Prayer (St. Elizabeth’s Episcopal Church)
10:30 AM - Primary Purpose: AA
6:30 PM - Hip Sober Chicks
7:00 PM - Adult Ed Presentation
 
Friday, January 14
9:00 AM - Preschool
10:00 AM - Small Group: Hansard
11:45 AM - Al-Anon

Saturday, January 15
3:00 PM - Girl Scouts

Sunday, January 16
9:00 AM - Worship (Chapel)
10:00 AM - Sunday School
11:00 AM - Worship (Sanctuary)
12:15 PM - Visitation Meeting
5:00 PM - Youth Choir/Bell Choir
6:00 PM - Youth Group
1837 Grandin Road SW, Roanoke, Virginia 24015  540.343.5541