WHAT’S GOIN’ ON?! Newsletter
Spring has sprung! I’ve been hearing birds singing (sounds like the Hallelujah Chorus to me!) and signs of God’s glory in creation getting ready to sprout all over the place! Bring it on, April! Let’s go!
Now I know this is technically still a March event, but I think this will be cool, so I’m including it! That said, on Sunday, March 29, there will be a Senior Adult Ministry meeting at noon. All senior adults are invited to attend to discuss the formation of a Senior Ministry. There will be a pitch-in before the meeting, so please bring a covered dish to share. I just want it known that as far as Sunday School classes go, the Guiding Lights class can be the rowdiest! Sometimes louder than the kids! I can’t wait to hear what they’ll be getting to do!
Wednesday, April 1, from 10:00-11:30 a.m. will be a MOPS small group meeting, where moms get some grown-up fellowship time while their littles are being watched and loved on. An hour and a half…grown-up time…enjoy, moms! There will be a MOPS playdate two weeks after on Wednesday, April 15, also from 10:00-11:30 a.m.
There will be a Church Work day on Saturday, April 4, from 8:00-noon. Please come and help freshen up God’s house. Remember that some people only come to church two times a year and Easter is one of them. Let’s prepare to receive them!
Sunday, April 5, is Easter Sunday! He is risen! The Annie Armstrong Easter Mission offering will be taken and sent to help missionaries working within the borders of the U.S. and Canada. Extra envelopes are on the table in the foyer if you would like to turn in your offering early. Because of the holiday, there will be no evening activities. Enjoy the time with your friends and families! He is risen, indeed!
On Friday, April 17, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. and Saturday, April 18, from 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Pastor Rick Cobb will be leading a Youth and Adult Sunday School teacher training retreat. This will be a great opportunity to become better equipped to lead your classes and be more effective at discipling your students. Again this retreat is for teachers of high school on up. I may have heard something about pizza? That might be worth the price of admission right there! Just sayin’!
Last up, final chance to fill out a green sheet to let lovely Miss Sue know how you would like to be contacted by the church with updates and other tidbits of information. Any names that can be taken off the phone tree list, and updated by e-mail notification instead, will help cut down the 3+ hours it is taking to get to everyone currently. That’s it for April! Now go out and tell somebody just how good God has been to YOU!
WHAT’S GOIN’ ON?! Newsletter
OK, so February went by pretty fast and, I’ll be honest, I’m glad! Not too much snow, unlike last year; but a little too cold for my taste, like last year! So let us prepare to endure just a few more weeks of winter, because spring will be here before we know it. (I’ll be that person standing with my nose up to the window looking out to spot that first bit of green…C’mon 50 degrees! Sorry, I can be annoying that way! I digress…)
Here are the Coming Attractions for the month of March:
Sunday, March 1, at Noon, is a Special Business Meeting. It’s important you be there!
Wednesday, March 4, from 10am to 11:30 will be MOPS Small Group time. If you have any questions, please call Meredith Lund at 592-4405 as she knows all the biz about MOPS! You go, girl!
Tuesday, March 10, will be the first night for the new Ladies Bible study from 6:30 to 8pm. The study will be on Hebrews Chapter 11 and the study is titled “Sweeter Than Chocolate.” Books for the study are $10 (due 3/10) and you’ll need to sign up by Wednesday, March 4, to have a book ordered for you. Teen girls are encouraged to join too. You can find the sign-up sheet on the table in the foyer. See you there, ladies! Because chocolate! HELLO?! Yep, uh-huh…you know what I’m talkin’ about!
Wednesday, March 18, is another MOPS day! Busy, busy, busy! There will be a play date from 10am to 11:30am. See above for Meredith’s details if you have a question.
On Friday, March 20, the Youth will be going to Winter Jam in Indy. Each person needs to bring $20 for their expenses for the night. They will leave from the church at 4pm and will return around midnight. Each teen will need to have a release form filled out and returned to Derron Connor in order to attend. He will call parents when they leave to come home, to give a better idea of their return time…I’m thinking an early evening nap may be in order here…ugh, midnight….
Continue to pray for more Jr. Church teachers (must be church members) and Extended Session Childcare workers. The specific needs are listed in the church bulletin, so check them out! Contact Pastor Garry, Pastor Rick or Sue if you can help.
Last item…New phone directory information updates. Please turn in your contact info to Sue so she has complete and correct information for the church to reach you for the next year. When email addresses, phone numbers, home address, etc. are changed, it’s easy, in our busy lives, to overlook some who should be notified of the updated information. Let’s all help make this part of Sue’s job a bit easier.
…..see you next month….
WHAT’S GOIN’ ON?! Newsletter
Well 2015 has officially arrived! How has God blessed you so far this year? Are you looking for where He is working in your life? I hope so! He has been active in our church adding the Cobb, Miller, Blystone and Smith families as new members. Also, Lori Jones began a 5-week Bible study equipping many of our ladies on how to study the Bible.
Here’s what you can look forward to in the month of February…The Ladies Bible study will finish up their last two nights on Tuesday, February 3 and 10. The Women’s Retreat, “Transformed,” will take place in Indianapolis on Friday and Saturday, February 6 and 7. Both look to be such blessings for the ladies of our church! Enjoy, ladies!
Sunday, February 8, will be another one of those “pack a lunch and a pillow” days! Let’s break it down! A Council meeting will be held at 8:30 a.m., with a Church business meeting following the morning worship service. The Deacons will be meeting at 4:00 p.m. doing whatever good things they do! 252 activities will begin at 5:00 p.m. with prayer. Lesson time on the subject of “kindness” will end by 7:30 p.m. Teens and adults…we have something for you too! Your lesson time starts at 6:00 p.m., so come on over! We’d love to see you, and you might even like it!
Saturday, February 14, will be a church work day from 8:00 a.m. until noon. I know that is Valentine’s Day, but my only response to that is…Who is your first love? ‘Nuff said! See you there!
A Mothers of Pre-Schoolers (MOPS) group is being formed. If you are interested in helping or joining, see one of the following ladies: Meredith Lund, Lainey McCrory, Patty Pound or Lori Jones.
If you are not currently serving in Extended Session or Jr. Church, we really need you! Check with Claudia Overpeck, Sue or Pastor Garry to find out how you can help in Extended Session. Talk with Pam Melloh or Pastor Garry to help with Jr. Church. Be a blessing to the young families that are attending our church…I’m sure you will be blessed in return!
The Alaskan Mission trip won’t happen until August 3 through 7, but Doug and Regina Overpeck need to purchase the plane tickets soon to get the best possible price. If you have been thinking/praying about going, you need to let them know ASAP!
Finally, FYI…here are the members of the Operation/Planning Team: Matt Miller, Qynn McCrory, Gary Overpeck, Hal Robb, Pastor Garry and Pastor Rick. The team is meeting weekly and will take over many of the decision making issues that our Deacons have handled in the past. This will free up our Deacons to focus their efforts on serving our church family. Please be praying for these men as they seek the direction God has planned for our church.
So August came and went, and finally summer has arrived! Lots of things happened last month like calling Garry Jones to be our pastor (along with Lori, of course…Hi Lori!), the Alaska Mission trip and the fall start-up of youth activities and 252.
I’d like to give a nice big shout-out WELCOME! to Pastor Garry and Lori. His first day in the office was Monday, August 25. For the present, he intends to take Friday as his day off/out of the office. His first Sunday sermon will be August 31…however, y’all are probably reading this September 2, so re-write that to “His first Sunday sermon was August 31 and it was AWESOME! …see what I did there?!
Looking ahead…starting Wednesday, September 3, there will be a new adult class on Membership at 6:30 p.m. This is for everyone, members and non-members alike. Learn what God’s Word says our responsibilities are to our church and each other. Trying to decide if you want to become a member? Think about it! God brought you here for a reason…just sayin’!
Our church is joining with Rockville Christian Church for “Picnic in the Park” on Sunday, September 7, from noon until 4:00 p.m. There will be various activities as well as plenty of food for the purpose of community outreach. This is a small community where everyone knows each other, so I know that you know the people around us really need Christ. For this to happen, we need to show up at 9:00 a.m. Saturday, September 6, at the Christian Church to help hand out bags door-to-door for this event. Then we need to be at Beechwood Park the next day as we “Love Our Neighbors.” This is important, people! Show up and be whatever body part you are and OWN it! (FYI: There will be reg. SS and morning service, but no regular evening activities (252 or Bible study) that Sunday… but the Youth WILL meet from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in order to watch the movie “To Save a Life.”)
Sunday, September 14, at 6:00 p.m. we will be having a Church Bonfire fellowship. Everyone is invited, including 252 kids and their families. I believe that food will be provided, but I doubt you can ever have too many goodies, if you feel so inclined! There will be no lessons or Bible study that night, but come out for some good fellowship and fun. Let’s strengthen those ties that hold us together as a church…well, and maybe eat a few cookies, too!
At 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 24, teens from local schools will meet at our church for a “See You at the Pole” prayer gathering. Many of us prayed in the classroom when we where teenagers and no one thought twice about it. Times have changed; even here in Rockville. Let’s encourage our teens to be bold in their faith. Our country needs strong leaders who aren’t afraid to speak Truth. See you at the pole!