January 24, 2022
Worship Service Times:
9:00 AM - Chapel (No Children's Worship)
NO Sunday School Until February 6
11:00 AM - Sanctuary & Livestream
Baby & Toddler Nursery available
Wednesday Communion Service - 7:00 AM
Join us on Sunday, January 30 for Youth Sunday. The RCPC Youth will lead worship at 9:00 AM and 11:00 AM, both in the Sanctuary.
Do not fret because of the wicked;
    do not be envious of wrongdoers,
for they will soon fade like the grass,
    and wither like the green herb.
 Trust in the Lord, and do good;
    so you will live in the land, and enjoy security.
Take delight in the Lord,
    and he will give you the desires of your heart.
 Commit your way to the Lord;
    trust in him, and he will act.
 He will make your vindication shine like the light,
    and the justice of your cause like the noonday.
 Be still before the Lord, and wait patiently for him;
    do not fret over those who prosper in their way,
    over those who carry out evil devices.
 Refrain from anger, and forsake wrath.
    Do not fret—it leads only to evil.
 For the wicked shall be cut off,
    but those who wait for the Lord shall inherit the land. -Psalm 37:1-9

Do not fret, trust in the Lord, take delight in the Lord, be still before the Lord, refrain from anger.

Yet the headlines tell us about this pandemic surge, erratic weather, political divided, warring nations, underwater volcanoes erupting, violence in places of worship. These are the things that we fret about “out there,” I have not even mentioned the fretting “in here,” within our own hearts and homes!!!

But don’t fret. And don’t be angry! Even though the headlines point to an angry world!
I do not believe God brings on calamity, killing the innocent and the not so innocent to teach lessons and make a point. That just does not line up with what I know of Jesus. But I do believe we live together in a world of laws, both scientific and laws of love, that are created by God. Whether we like it or not, we live together as ONE community, bound to one another and to these natural laws. In such a world, the guilty and the innocent suffer consequences when we take more from the planet and from one another than we were ever meant to take. I once expressed to a friend that I love wild animals because they do what they are supposed to do. The lion doesn’t eat all the gazelles, the lion eats just one gazelle. We are the descendants of Adam and Eve who decided to take more than what God instructed.

Through Jesus we know the law of love, compassion, cooperation, and sacrifice. Jesus even shows us that pain born of compassion is natural and of God. Jesus wept, and we weep too. But we also create another kind of pain for ourselves, an unnatural, unwarranted pain born out of our sin, that thing that whispers in our ears and tells us to take more and to be suspicious and jealous of our brother and sister. From this pain, fret and mistrust are born. Out of this pain, we become preoccupied with worry, and we forget to delight in the Lord. From this pain, we are not still before the Lord, but jittery and anxious before the Lord, and we are all too quick to anger. 

St. Francis of Assisi said, “It was easy to love God in all that was beautiful. The lessons of deeper knowledge though, instructed me to embrace God in all things.”
God is at work in these headlines and in our brokenness, God is at work pointing us in a different direction. When that fretful sin and doubt whispers in our ear, there is God whispering to us as well. Even when we try our hardest not to hear God, our Lord is at the ready, the one who rescued us for all time, and relentlessly works to do so again and again each day. 

Like the scripture says, we have inherited it all! Not conquered or acquired or mastered it all, but been given it all. This life, this land, one another, and our Lord Jesus. The lion follows the law of nature through his instinct, he doesn’t consider any other way. So let us be like this, following our Jesus instinct and living within the law of love. Amen.

-Leigh Sackett, Director of Christian Education
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.
RCPC Variety Show
Guess what time it is? It’s showtime! RCPC Variety Show time, to be exact! This fun-fi lled event will be held Friday, February 11 at 7:00 PM in the Fellowship Hall. All ages and skill levels are welcome to participate. Grab your friends and family, get your act together, and sign up through the link below or on the sign-up sheet in the Gathering Area. It’s going to be a blast! If you have any questions, please contact Jeff Bossert at jbossert71@outlook.com or Frankie Doyle at fcdartist@ gmail.com).
God Alive Hikes
Get your gear back on God Alive kids and pull out the hand warmers, we are exploring the hills (once again) as we explore the adventures found in the book of Acts. For the month of January, God Alive will be hiking on Wednesdays from 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM. We will explore Fern Park Trail, Monument Trail on Mill Mountain, and we will climb to the first overlook of Roanoke Mountain. You can find more details on these adventures in your weekly God Alive email.
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 - DATE CHANGE
Join us on Thursday, January 27 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 24-31
29 Crystal Dudley
30 Austin Frantz
Maggie Jarrett
Kristin Pickel
Joanna Whaley
31 Liz Heddleston
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, Lynne Fields, Marcie Goode, David Hollingsworth, Barbara Lashley, Susan Lindstrom, Johnnie Maxie, Hazel Newman, Marion Raney, and all caregivers.

(Prayers request as of Friday, January 21. Names in bold indicate an addition to the prayer list this week.)
Monday, January 24
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 - Boy Scouts 2
7:00 PM - Mill Mountain Ringers
7:00 PM - Session

Tuesday, January 25
9:00 AM - Preschool
10:30 AM - Primary Purpose: AA
12:30 PM - Open Door Prayers
4:30 PM - Small Group: Dixon
5:30 PM - Tai Chi
8:00 PM - Small Group: Bryant
NO Raleigh Court Ringers

Wednesday, January 26
7:00 AM - Communion (Gathering Area)
9:00 AM - Preschool
4:00 PM - God Alive Hike
6:30 PM - Small Group: Sackett
7:15 PM - Sanctuary Choir
Thursday, January 27
9:00 AM - Preschool
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 - Adult Ed Presentation: A Christian’s Concern for Climate Change
 
Friday, January 28
9:00 AM - Preschool
10:00 AM - Small Group: Hansard
11:45 AM - Al-Anon

Saturday, January 29
10:00 AM - Youth Sunday Rehearsal
3:00 PM - Girl Scouts

Sunday, January 30
Youth Sunday
NO Sunday School
9:00 AM - Worship (Sanctuary)
11:00 AM - Worship (Sanctuary)
NO Youth Choir/Bell Choir
NO Youth Group
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