October 12, 2020
Fall 2020 Service Times:
9:00 AM - Sanctuary | 11:00 AM - Sanctuary & Livestream
Children’s Worship at 11:00 AM Service
No nursery available at either service.
“But the Holy Spirit will come and help you, because the Father will send the Spirit to take my place. The Spirit will teach you everything and will remind you of what I said while I was with you.” -John 14:26

As part of our officer training, new deacons and elders read about the concept of discernment, the process of determining what God would want us to do in a situation. Trying to figure out God’s will is scary! What if what I think is God’s will is really me trying to find an excuse to do what I want or what I think is right? Modern situations don’t always have a direct biblical example, and I sometimes find it challenging to decide what is God’s will in 2020. After all, so much pain has been caused by people claiming to be doing God’s will. In this season, when we are making decisions about our future leaders and our steps forward as a community and a nation, I find myself thinking more and more about God’s will. 

While I find discernment to be scary, I am also excited and energized by the truth that God is still revealing Himself. After all these years. After all these generations of Christians, and millions of words written, and hours spent by much wiser men and women discerning the will of God, God still has new things to teach me. How awesome!

The Holy Spirit is always with us, leading us as we seek God’s will today. Andrew’s sermon series about Finding Our Way could not have come at a better time. I know I needed a reminder that God’s Holy Spirit can show us the way forward, through this challenging year, through any obstacle in our path. We are not alone and there are still so many things to learn from our God. 

Prayer: “With the rising of the sun
Life rises again within me, O God,
In the dawning of the morning light
You lead me from the mists of the night
Into the clarity of the day.
In the new light of this day
Bring me to a clearer knowing
Of the mystery that first bore me from the dark.
Bring me to a clearer knowing
Of the love from which all life is born.”
-Newell, J. Phillip. Celtic Benediction. Eerdmans, 2000.

-Katelyn Burton, Deacon
Get to know the Deacons of Raleigh Court Presbyterian Church.
This week we hear from Katelyn Burton!
Q: If you had an extra hour in each day, what would you do with it?
A: I'd probably spend it baking. I love experimenting with new recipes and techniques. I like to drop off my test batches of baked goods to the people I love. Email me at katelyntucker09@gmail.com to get on the list! :-)

Q: Why did you decide to do the work you are doing now?
A: I've always been a very curious person- I was that child who asked a million questions! As a college research librarian, I get to learn new things constantly and help others answer all of their questions. It's a natural fit.

Q: How do you relax after a hard day of work?
A: By reading, of course! I always have a stack or a Kindle full of library books and I rotate between fiction and non-fiction. I'm usually reading at least 3 books at a time, so I'm full of suggestions if anyone ever needs a recommendation.

Q: Are you usually early or late?
A: I'm such an early bird. I wake up early and am usually at least 5 minutes early for everything!

Q: How old were you when you got your first computer?
A: I was 10 when we got a computer at our house, but I've been using computers since kindergarten. I'm lucky to have learned to type at the same time I was learning to write!

Q: What takes up too much of your time?
A: Reading emails! I supervise a large group of people at work, so I get tons of emails every day.

Q: Where do you usually go when you have time off?
A: To the beach!

Q: What's special about the place where you grew up?
A: I grew up in a very rural area on a lot of land. I spent most of my days outside, which was such a gift.

Q: Where is your "Happy Place?"
A: I love the ocean. I find the beach very relaxing.

Q: What is your favorite fall food?
A: I love pumpkin-spiced baked goods. I'm always trying to find a new recipe to try.

Q: What is your favorite dessert?
A: Chocolate pie. I used to request it in place of birthday cake!

Q: What is your favorite restaurant?
A: Leonore, because I love their varied menu

Q: What is your favorite family tradition?
A: Christmas breakfast- we have several family recipes we only cook for this one meal

Q: What did you do during your childhood summers?
A: My Mom was a teacher who was home with us during the summers. We spent a lot of time outside or in the water at the pool, lake, and beach.

Q: How many brothers and sisters do you have?
A: I have 2 younger sisters

Q: Would you rather read a book or watch television?
A: Read a book, always! I didn't have a television for a very long time.

Q: What is your favorite book? Author?
A: My favorite book is The Once and Future King by T.H. White, and my favorite author is Jane Austen

Q: What song do you sing in the shower?
A: Spice Girls or Destiny's Child songs are all contenders
Opportunity to Serve as a Digital Usher

What is a digital usher?
In a face-to-face worship service, ushers play an important role in making everyone feel welcome. They greet visitors, make sure everyone has the bulletin, answer questions, and show their friendly faces to the RCPC family! A digital usher does the same thing for our livestreaming online worship services.

What will I do as a digital usher?
Each week, a digital usher will be assigned to monitor the chat/comment boxes in Facebook and Youtube. You’ll type a greeting to welcome everyone to worship and offer to answer questions if any arise for viewers. You’ll be available to help viewers learn more about mission opportunities and fellowship events. You’ll paste real-time updates and links into the comment boxes for things like our online offering payment system, the sign-up for the weekly This Week @ RCPC email newsletter, event pages for fellowship dinners, etc. so viewers can participate more fully in worship. 

After the worship service concludes on the last Sunday of each month (October 25, November 29, December 27), the digital usher will facilitate a Zoom drop-in meeting. This is a chance for visitors to get more information about the church and for everyone to fellowship! As the usher, you’ll need to serve as the Zoom host, set up the meeting, share the link in the comment/chat boxes in Facebook & Youtube, and use your webcam and microphone to interact with anyone who drops in.

What are the requirements to serve as a digital usher?
Ideally, digital ushers will select a month to serve and will be responsible for each Sunday in that month. If you cannot commit to a full month and would like to serve as an alternate, there will be an option to sign up for that role too. 

Digital ushers should have a computer or tablet, high speed internet access, and some comfort with social media. You’ll need a Facebook and Youtube account to be able to post in the comments/chat boxes on those sites. Prior experience with the Facebook, Youtube, and Zoom platforms is recommended, but not required. Training will be provided if needed!

You’ll need a free Zoom account to set up and facilitate the post-worship meet-and-greet. For more information about using Zoom to host a meeting, see the quick start guide at https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/360034967471-Quick-start-guide-for-new-users

What tools and resources can help?
The RCPC website https://www.rcpres.org/ is a great place to look for answers to questions, view the calendar, and find contact information for staff members and church officers. If you can’t answer a question that arises, you can refer it to someone who might know more to follow up. 

The RCPC Facebook page includes reminders about upcoming events and opportunities for fellowship: https://www.facebook.com/rcpres/ 

How do I learn more or sign up?
Want more information or have questions? Email Katelyn Burton at katelyntucker09@gmail.com
Parking Lot Picnics & Lunch Under the Oaks
This fall, we have two different Wednesday fellowship opportunities. *In case of rain, event will change to drive-through. Food will be prepared for you to pick up if you registered for the event.
Parking Lot Picnics- October 14 at 6:00 PM
Lunch Under the Oaks- October 21 & 28 at 12:30 PM
Registration is required by Noon on Tuesday the week of the event either using the online link in the This Week @ RCPC or by calling the church office, 540-343-5541 x 111 and leave Anne Currin a message. There will NOT be a paper sign up sheet in the Gathering Area. 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 is a max of $20 for a family.  Please bring the following:
  • chair, blankets, or whatever you and your group wish to sit on
  • wear a mask
  • drinks for you and your group
  • donation in a sealed ENVELOPE with your name and # attending (*Note: there will be no change provided due to Covid precautions)
  • Groups/families must sit at least 6-feet apart
The Fellowship Committee will be wearing masks, gloves, and socially distancing to get the food into individual or family boxes. Plastic utensils and napkins will be provided. We ask that you place all trash in the provided garbage cans.

In the event of inclement weather the meals will be provided as curbside pickup.

We always welcome new volunteer!. Please contact Maureen Guelzow at nanaguelzow@gmail.com or 540-529-5347 if you are interested.

October 14 Parking Lot Picnic Menu:
  • Baked Spaghetti, Green beans, Garlic Bread, Puddings
  • Vegan Option: Veggie Spaghetti
October 21 Lunch Under the Oaks Menu:
  • Pork Loin, Potatoes, Green veggies, Bread, Cupcakes
  • Vegan Option: Veggie Roast
October 28 Lunch Under the Oaks Menu:
  • Chicken Divan, Broccoli, Rice Pilaf, Cake
  • Vegan Option: Stuffed Squash
RCPC October Hike and (optional) Camping Trip
On Saturday, October 24, Liz and Chad Heddleston will lead a group hike at Roaring Run Falls, a 2-mile waterfall hike in Botetourt County. This is a great hike for kids and hikers of all levels. We have a group campsite reserved at nearby Craig Creek Recreation Area for those wishing to stay out and camp after the hike. Join us for an evening of hot dogs, s'mores and campfire fellowship. We will meet in the church parking lot at noon. To RSVP or if you have questions, email Liz at lizcbarry@gmail.com.

Click the picture to check out a great highlights video created by Chad of the September hike!

Book Club
Book Club is back this fall with a new time and location! Join the Book Club on Wednesday, October 14 at 9:30 AM in the Commons (take the elevator to BR) as they discuss A Spark of Light by Jodi Picoult.
Free CPR and AED Training
Compress & Shock Foundation is a nonprofit that recently received funding from RCPC Endowment and will be using RCPC as one of many host locations on Saturday, October 17th in order to provide FREE CPR and AED training across the Roanoke Valley. The mission of Compress & Shock is to teach the life skills of quality chest compressions and early AED (defibrillator) use to everyone because early action saves lives. Sudden cardiac arrest happens to anyone, anywhere, at any time during life, affecting 350,000 people outside the hospital setting every year. The current survival rate is less than 10% and preparation can make the difference between life and death. RCPC currently has an AED mounted on the wall and now is your chance to learn how to use it. There will be classes offered at 1 and 3 pm at RCPC on October 17. Find our more and register to attend by going to Compress and Shock on Facebook or CompressAndShock.Org and click on registration. Then look for the sign up under RCPC. Covid-19 protocols will be followed. This event is Free.

Staying Connected to God
In many ways, we have become more connected to our church family during the COVID-19 pandemic. We both were called to new roles at RCPC in 2020. Jason served on the Associate Pastor Nominating Committee, holding meetings and interviews using Zoom. Working with others and discerning God’s will for our new pastor kept Jason connected to God and our church when we were apart. Katelyn was ordained as a deacon this year, and learned so much through the scripture readings and study of the Book of Order and Book of Confessions in new officer training. Preparing for ordination was a season of collaboration, deep reflection, and prayer, bringing Katelyn closer to God even in the midst of isolation. 
We found ourselves longing for opportunities to worship. Having regular live-streamed worship services on Sundays, prayer services, and particularly the special music, filled our conscious and sometimes unconscious need to be closer to God and our church family. A midweek opportunity to gather in collective worship and prayer was such a blessing during some of the long, difficult weeks we faced.
-Jason & Katelyn Burton
Staying Connect to our Neighbors: House of Bread Adapts
After three years in operation, 2020 was to be the year that House of Bread hired a second part-time employee and added an extra baking session to meet the increasing demand for its services to formerly incarcerated women. Like many other businesses and ministries, however, plans went by the wayside when COVID-19 arrived in Virginia. In April the decision was made to cancel the spring baking session and the ministry shifted away from serving new students and toward supporting the program graduates still residing in the community. More than just an inconvenience, for most House of Bread students, the pandemic has created financial and mental health crises. The women find themselves living alone, unemployed, wondering how to get groceries, and missing the groups and services they rely on for support and recovery. These are the words that were shared with RCPC in the early weeks of virtual worship and the congregation responded with generous financial donations as well as donations of books, puzzles, encouraging notes, and delivery of meals from local restaurants. As the pandemic has dragged on, House of Bread has restructured its program and begun operating in a modified capacity with the help of about a dozen volunteers, many of whom are RCPC members. From the first tug of the Holy Spirit four years ago to the eighth group of students who started the program last week, RCPC has consistently provided loving encouragement, financial support, office space, and many hard-working hands to help bring this ministry to fruition and now see it through a global pandemic as we all seek to live out the gospel in the City of Roanoke.
-Lisa Goad
Fall Blood Drive
RCPC’s Fall Blood Drive will be held Tuesday, October 20th from 1:30 PM until 6 PM. As was the practice for our two previous blood drives, the following precautions will be implemented:
- Face masks are required
- Only donors will be admitted
- Social distancing protocols will be observed
Also, The American Red Cross is testing all blood, platelet and plasma donations for COVID-19 antibodies, providing donors insight into whether they have been exposed to this coronavirus. The Red Cross is not testing donors to diagnose illness, referred to as a diagnostic test. If you have any questions or want to schedule an appointment please call Lillian Alexander at 540-343-0705 or email at alexanderlj@yahoo.com. You may also schedule an appointment online at REDCROSSBLOOD.ORG or by calling 1-800-RED-CROS (1-800-733-2767).
PCC Fundraiser a Huge Success!
Thank You to all for supporting the PCC Fundraiser in September for the Opportunity for Generosity. RCPC raised raised $7,600 to support the program sat the Presbyterian Community Center!
Adult Small Groups for 2020-2021
Our Adult Small Groups will resume the week of September 20. There are available spaces in our small groups for new participants. If you have not been a part of small groups in the past now is a great time to join! Sign-ups for small group will be made available online, or you can contact Leigh Sackett if you would like more information about our small groups.
Our small groups will be reflecting on the previous Sunday worship service sermon and the Sunday scripture. A weekly small group lesson is provided, participants discuss and share how the word read and proclaimed connects to our world today and to our personal lives and experiences.
In a time where social connections have been a challenge for many, small groups have become a vital place for the sharing of our faith and the uplifting and encouragement of one another. We hope to see many new faces in our small groups this fall! Below is a list of our small group offerings and facilitators.
  • Andrew Whaley – Mondays, 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm – Room 201 above the chapel and via Zoom at this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88276970611
  • David Dixon – Tuesdays, 5:00 pm – Church Parking Lot
  • Jennifer Bryant (30-something women’s group) – Tuesdays, 8:00 pm - rotated through backyards
  • Leigh Sackett - Wednesdays, 7:00 pm – Church Parking Lot
  • Elise Hansard - Fridays, 10:00 am – In-person and Zoom options available.
Living the Word - Bible Activity Stations for 3 and 4 year olds
In fall of 2020 we will not be able to have Sunday School between worship services as we have in the past. It is not safe to have all our age groups within the building at the same time participating in ministry between our 9:00 and 11:00 services. We feel the loss of this ministry opportunity. We have worked to find other ways to safely engage our children in Christian education opportunities. 
For our 3 and 4 year olds we are offering outdoor classroom experiences! On Saturday, Oct. 17 from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm come join us in Mrs. Leigh’s backyard for “Living the Word.” The children will rotate through five Bible story stations. At each station they will hear the Bible story come to life with puppets and characters. The children will then participate in an activity that reinforces the concepts of that story. We will wear masks and social distance during our time together. Please Contact Leigh Sackett – leigh@rcpres.org if you would like your 3 or 4 year old to participate! 
October 12 - 18
12 Donna Britt and Albert Sganga
13 Elizabeth Dixon and Ann-Muir Moomaw
15 Jacob Caldwell and Dawn Long
16 Andy Harvey III, Caitlin Smith, and Sandra Whitt
17 Donn Branch
18 Elise Fox
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
The Herald is a monthly newsletter that comes in your mailbox the first of each month. The deadline for articles is the 10th of each month to appear in the next month's newsletter.
The This Week 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 for the This Week is noon on Wednesday prior to the Monday publication.
Helen Barranger, Dawn Blakeman Jason Burton, Mary Frances Donnelly, Chuck Foley, Bill Gordge, Liz Holsinger, Dick Kepley, Susan Lindstrom, Bruce Long, Helen Lovelace, Ann Moomaw, Susan Moore, Jennifer Owen-O'Quill, Daryl Polythress, Marion Raney, Bucky Thomas, Bryan Tims, Marcia Via, Betty Walker, and all caregivers.

(Prayers request as of Friday, October 9
Names in bold indicate an addition to the prayer list this week.
Monday, October 12
9:00 AM - RCPC Preschool
1:00 PM - Small Group - Whaley
7:00 PM - Mill Mountain Ringers
7:00 PM - Deacons

Tuesday, October 13
9:00 AM - RCPC Preschool
12:15 PM - Preschool Board Meeting
12:30 PM - Open Door Prayers
5:00 PM - Small Group - Dixon
6:30 PM - BSA Lions & Tigers
6:30 PM - C.A.R.E. Meeting
8:00 PM - Small Group - Bryant

Wednesday, October 14
7:00 AM - Worship with Communion
9:00 AM - RCPC Preschool
9:30 AM - Book Club
3:45 PM - God Alive Hiking - Roanoke River Greenway
5:00 PM - Youth Check in with Isabella
6:00 PM - Parking Lot Picnic
6:30 PM - BSA Webelo 2
7:00 PM - Small Group - Sackett
7:15 PM - Bell Choir
Thursday, October 15
9:00 AM - RCPC Preschool
6:30 PM - AA Hip Sober Chicks
6:30 PM - BSA Webelo 1
8:00 PM - Virtual Evening Prayer Service

Friday, October 16
9:00 AM - RCPC Preschool

Saturday, October 17
1:00 PM - Living the Word 3-4 year olds at Mrs. Leighs
1:00 PM - CPR & AE Training
3:00 PM - CPR & AE Training

Sunday, October 18
9:00 AM - Worship in Sanctuary
11:00 AM - Worship in Sanctuary
4:30 PM - Youth Bells
5:30 PM - Youth Group
1837 Grandin Road SW, Roanoke, Virginia 24015  540.343.5541