November 21, 2022

Worship Service Times

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

10:00 AM - Sunday school

Baby & Toddler Nursery is available

Generosity Campaign Pledge Form

Weekly Devotional

“You crown the year with your bounty;

    your wagon tracks overflow with richness.

The pastures of the wilderness overflow,

    the hills gird themselves with joy,

the meadows clothe themselves with flocks,

    the valleys deck themselves with grain,

    they shout and sing together for joy.”

-Psalm 65: 11-13

The “crown” is the final piece of the outfit. After the formal wear, the shoes, the jewelry, the hair, last the crown is laid on the head. It “completes” the look. It shows the fullness of the person being presented. Whether a monarch or a pageant winner, the crown is the final touch.

365.25 days make up each year. That’s one earth revolution around the sun. Over the course of those days there are thunderstorms, and days of sunny heat. There is fog and drizzle and clouds. Snow showers come and ice tinkles on the roof. Some days we worry about a flood or if the grass will be scorched. All of these elements make up the “attire” of the year.

But the “crown” of the year, the psalmist tells us, is the bounty of the harvest. I love these images. A wagon full of produce spilling out into the ruts the heavy wheels make in the dirt. Pastures full of wheat or corn to be harvested. Meadows and valleys dressed in color. And in this image all of them are singing.  The earth sings for joy.

If we take the psalmist seriously, Thanksgiving is the “crown of the year.” It is the day set aside to marvel at the abundance that comes from the earth, an abundance we can enable or hinder but an abundance that we do not ultimately control. We are dependent on the earth. We set Thursday aside this week to marvel at that reality. There is power beyond us we do not control, we only receive.

Wherever you gather and with whomever you gather, I hope you might take a moment this week to celebrate Thanksgiving as the “crown” of the year. Whether it is overhearing the laughter from the yard while you scrub dishes. Or as you wipe sweat from your brow as you pull each casserole dish from the oven. As you set out the china or count the chairs or watch from the windows for the guests to arrive. Even if this Thanksgiving comes with grief and sorrow, might we remember. This is the crowning of the year. This is the reminder, physical and spiritual, that God reigns. And if God reigns, then we can trust that all will, ultimately, be well.

May each of you, our dear church, have the happiest of Thanksgivings!


Now thank we all our God

with heart and hands and voices,

who wondrous things has done,

in whom his world rejoices;

who from our mothers' arms

has blessed us on our way

with countless gifts of love,

and still is ours today.

2 O may this bounteous God

through all our life be near us,

with ever joyful hearts

and blessed peace to cheer us,

to keep us in his grace,

and guide us when perplexed,

and free us from all ills

of this world in the next.

-The Rev. Andrew C. Whaley, Head of Staff

Fellowship & Community Happenings

Heaven’s Whisper: A Meditative Service in Advent

December can be “the most wonderful time of the year.” The temptation to rush and buy and over-schedule, however, can also distract us from the mystery and marvel of the incarnation of our God in Jesus Christ. And the emphasis on family gatherings can bring pain to folks who have suffered a loss or an estrangement from another. “Where do I fit into the holidays?” some might be asking. To help us find our center and to remember who we truly are, we invite you to our Advent Evening Prayer worship service on Thursday, December 1 at 7:00 PM in the chapel. This will be a time for stillness, the hearing of scripture, a word of hope, special music, and anointing with oil. As we enter the Advent season, let us join our voices together in longing to call out for Emmanuel, God-with-us. We welcome guest musician Bill Parish on oboe.

Fellowship Dinners - Wednesdays at 6:15 PM

Fellowship Dinners continue this fall 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

Menu for November 20 (SUNDAY) - Turkey, Mashed Potatoes, Gravy, Stuffing, Green Been Casserole, Homemade Bread, Stuffed Acorn squash, Sweet Potato Pie

Menu for November 30 - Salisbury Steak, Rice, Country Green Beans, Homemade Bread, Orange Ginger Tofu, Red Velvet Cake

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

Poinsettias for Advent

If you would like to dedicate a poinsettia in honor or memory of someone special, please complete the form linked below with name(s) for dedication or complete the envelope in the pews and place the envelope in the offering plate. Please note on the memo line of the check "Poinsettia” or the notes field if paying online. The deadline to order is December 11. A list will be included in the bulletin on December 18. The cost per dedication is $12.

Order Form

Hanging of the Greens:

A RCPC Tradition

Come join in the fun on Saturday, December 3 from 9:00 AM-12:00 PM to help RCPC’s Chancel Guild transform the Sanctuary, Chapel, and Gathering Area for Advent and Christmas. Congregants of all ages are encouraged to participate!

Childcare will be provided for toddlers and children so you can make this a family event. If you need infant care, please contact Leigh Sackett. There will be light refreshments in the Fellowship Hall and opportunities to visit with old friends and make new ones as many hands will make light work for all. And who knows, there just might be a visit from a jolly old elf from up north!!

The Chancel Guild is also still in search of gently used artificial Christmas trees of all shapes and sizes. If you have any questions, please contact Debbie Nash at 540-761-2123 or email 

Christmas in the Caribbean

The Presbyterian Women invite you to enjoy Christmas music and desserts featuring the Bahama Mamas Steel Drum Band on Thursday, December 8 at 7:00 PM in the Fellowship Hall. Please RSVP to Vickie Haynie by Sunday, December 4 or on the Sign-Up sheet in the Gathering Area.

Christian Education

Adult Sunday School: November 27 - December 18

The Seekers: Prepare the Way for the Lord

by Adam Hamilton

For two thousand years, Christians have turned to the story and message of John the Baptist in the weeks leading up to Christmas. In Prepare the Way for the Lord: Advent and the Message of John the Baptist, best-selling author and pastor Adam Hamilton explores the Advent themes of John’s life and ministry, and how John calls all followers of Jesus to prepare our hearts for his coming. (DVD Study)


The God of Love: The writer of the Gospel of John is also considered to have written three letters that are among the lesser-read letters in the New Testament. As Christians, and Reformed Protestants in particular, we tend to focus more on the letters of Paul. But John, in his First Letter, lays out an insistent message of love as the basis for life with God and each other and uses a Trinitarian framework that contrasts with and enriches the Pauline framework. We will address textual issues, how the letter has traditionally been received theologically by different groups of Christians, and how its message of love and human involvement in God’s intra-Trinitarian life impact how we might see our Christian lives and proclamation today.

Advent Creations:

An Intergenerational Adventure

Parents, children, and youth come join us for a hands-on exploration of creating some memorable Advent traditions that you can continue year to year. Create an advent wreath and an Advent CandyLand-style calendar. Stuff a stocking for Family Promise and create a Nativity set for a church member who has lost someone they love in the past year. This Sunday School class will be in the Fellowship Hall led by Leigh Sackett.

Congregational Retreat:

March 24-26, 2023

Springs of Living Water – Early Bird Registration

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! 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. Book your room at Massanetta Springs for the 2023 Congregational Retreat today to lock in the early bird pricing! Form and payment are due by November 30 to Leigh Sackett or Anne Currin. Register online at or fill out a paper form from the Gathering Area.

Congregational Retreat Early Bird Registration

Opportunity for Generosity & Mission Updates

Sudanese Mission Needs

Parisculla’s car has bit the dust. If you have one to donate through the church or one to sell, please contact Sandra (540-330-3451). 

Achol and Kingston are moving to a wonderful apartment on the second floor of a renovated historic house. While the refinished original wood floors are beautiful, they are going to need rugs to cover them to keep down the noise from a very active 7-year-old. There are 3 large rooms and a wide hallway. Please contact Sandra (540-330-3451; if you have any to donate. Thank you from Achol and the downstairs neighbors!

Together in Prayer

Prayer Requests

Easton Beckett, Dawn Blakeman, Donn Branch, Brendan Brown (Kathy and Les Brown's grandson), Jennifer Bryant, Eugene Cooley, Courtney and Ken Cronin, Billy Grove, Norma Hall, Skip Hastings, Susan Lindstrom, Joe McCrobie, Betsy Neathawk, Ramona Simmons, Nancy Smith (Alan Smith’s mother), Roger Tims, Jill Wood, and all caregivers.

Our sincere thoughts are prayers are extended to the family of Debbie Graves on her passing on November 12.

(Prayers request as of Friday, November 18. Names in bold indicate an addition to the prayer list this week.)

This Week @ RCPC

Birthdays: November 21-27

11/21 Aiden Davis

11/22 Christy Rippel

11/23 Diana Dietz, Linda Mayes

11/24 Chris Hodges

11/25 Kathleen Boone, Phil Brundrett

11/27 Eric Kessler

Monday, November 21

9:00 AM - Preschool

10:00 AM - Monday Morning Prayer Group

5:30 PM - Stewardship & Finance

6:30 PM - Cub Scouts

7:00 PM - BSA Troop 2

7:00 PM - Personnel & Administration

Tuesday, November 22

9:00 AM - Preschool

9:00 AM - Hunger Mission Packing

10:30 AM - Primary Purpose: AA

5:00 PM - Family Promise Dinner Guests

6:00 PM - Tai Chi


Wednesday, November 23

5:00 PM - Family Promise Dinner Guests

Thursday, November 24


10:30 AM - Primary Purpose: AA

4:30 PM - Tai Chi

5:00 PM - Family Promise Dinner Guests

6:30 PM - Hip Sober Chicks


Friday, November 25

Church Office Closed

11:45 AM - Al-Anon

5:00 PM - Family Promise Dinner Guests


Saturday, November 26

5:00 PM - Family Promise Dinner Guests

Sunday, November 27 - Advent & Alternative Giving

9:00 AM - Worship – Chapel

10:00 AM - Sunday School

11:00 AM - Worship – Sanctuary


The Herald - Deadline for Articles: 10th of each month

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

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

Video Board in the Gathering Area - Send Information to Carole Banks

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