From the Pastor

2015-05-20 Mid-Week Message

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It’s here! The Day of Pentecost when the church was born and when we as a faith family get to welcome nine new Confirmands as professing members of the church! Don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to support the young people to whom we made a baptismal promise to support and nurture them into a relationship with God through Jesus! On the Day of Pentecost, men, women and children were excited and energized by the experience that felt to them like fire and wind. Over 3,000 were moved that day by the experience in such a way that they were baptized and became part of the fellowship of believers who did pretty much the same thing that our young people will promise to do this Sunday: come together for worship and study, pray, give of our resources and ourselves, and show God’s love to others. I am praying especially this week for our Confirmands’ new commitments and for the Holy Spirit to breathe on all of us – to deepen our individual and corporate commitment to Christ and Christ’s Way. Will you join me? 

Midweek Provocative Question:
How are you allowing the Holy Spirit to fill your life?

Many thanks to all who helped with the Food Drop on Friday! It was a blessing of fellowship to all of us who worked together, a blessing to our Food Pantry because there was quite a bit of canned food left over, and a blessing to those who came and received both canned food and fresh produce. Thanks be to God for the great gifts of that day!

See you on Sunday!
Blessings on you,

Posted by Vivian McCarthy with

2015-05-13 Mid-Week Message

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Dear Friends,

This coming Sunday we will welcome 7 new members to RUMC.  At 8:30, Sarah Warfield and Jessica Thomas will be joining the church, and at 10:30, Tanya, Greg and Wesley Gaspard, Heather Anske and Robbie Blum will join.  Please spend just a few moments to welcome each of these folks to our faith family!

Midweek Provocative Question:

Will you faithfully participate in the ministries of this congregation by your prayers, your presence, your gifts, your service and your witness?

May 24 – Pentecost and Confirmation Sunday – Don’t miss it!  ONE service at 10 am

There is an awesome celebration planned for Pentecost Sunday, including the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for us as a faith family to welcome 8 of our young people into professing membership of our congregation – one of the major times in our life together when we can truly show our love and support (our baptismal promise) to these young people.  There will be a cake and punch reception in the Narthex at the end of the service, and I urge us all to take a few moments to greet each of the new members and do our best to learn their names.  (Maybe sing the Name Game song???  Hadn’t thought of that before!!  I guess it’s the influence of all those Sweatin’ to the Oldies videos I’ve been using!)

Thank you to all who have been so kind to the man who has been parked on our lot.  He has been very respectful and unintrusive.  He will be moving from our lot in the next day or two but may be back sometime in the future.  Please pray for him to find a room or apartment as he will begin chemotherapy next week.

And thank you to all the women and men who made the Mother-Daughter banquet a huge success.  It was a lot of fun (although I’ll be dreaming about very large, very pink birds for a very long time!), and it took a small army to pull it off.  I give thanks to God for Liz Livermore, the Woman of the Year, whose service through the church has touched many lives, both inside our faith community and outside in the surrounding community.

See you on Sunday!

Blessings on you,

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