Parking Lot Socials Are Back!
Join us every Wednesday at 6p
Bring your own chairs and food/beverages.
Tuesday, July 20
Mt. Meru Coffee
Order your Mt Meru coffee online.
Orders are taken on the second and fourth Sundays of the month.
Sign up in the narthex or see Tracy Hahn.
Need a Prayer?
If you'd like the RLC Prayer Chain to keep you or someone you love in their prayers, or you would like to join our Prayer Chain, please contact Jane Fredach HERE
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Is our church, RLC, relevant to our community, our city, our state, our country, and to the world? Do we live in the ways Jesus has taught and that we lovingly embrace? Who are we RLC? What do we stand for?
As we look at RLC now and in the future, there are fundamental shifts happening overall—church attendance is declining and all generations (especially the generations younger than us Baby Boomers) are questioning the relevancy of church. RLC is not immune to these trends. As a council, we will be having a reflective off-site planning session in July to take up these difficult questions and brainstorm/collaborate on ideas to pursue to strengthen our faith-based community.
Part of what we will be discussing at this retreat is what Pastor Mary and I have learned from the listening sessions that we have held this spring. We discussed “what did you lose?” and “what did you learn?” during the Pandemic. Plus, we discussed what was important to you for RLC to address. Following the retreat, we will be summarizing what we have heard and learned from the listening sessions, and our council’s ideas for moving forward, so we can continue to obtain your feedback and guidance. This is a whole church exercise. We need everyone’s contributions. (If you were unable to attend one of the listening sessions, but would like to discuss these questions, please contact me or Pastor Mary directly!)
From studying trends and research, what is clear is that people are looking for a Christian community of faith that stands for those that are lost, forgotten, marginalized, and left behind. People want the church to take stands on social issues that matter to them and to act on those stands. We need to speak with clarity about what matters to us at RLC and start by serving each other, community, and the world as Jesus models in the Gospel.
On the point of being relevant in our community, on July 12th (from 2:30pm to 6:30pm) join us and our Weatherstone/New Berlin community for a blood drive hosted by RLC.
I look forward to seeing you at church for worship or our Wednesday parking lot social gatherings, or out in our community taking in the joys of summer!
Last but not least, on June 4th, Chris and I became first-time grandparents, with our daughter, Kayla and her husband, Brian, having a baby boy named Arthur Orion. Everyone is doing well! And I can’t stop smiling!
God’s Peace to you All,
New Berlin Food Pantry Back-to-School Drive
What is needed:
Backpacks for all grade levels
Pens and pencils
If you are inspired, buy a backpack and fill it up for the kids in our area. Or buy what you can and drop it off in the barrel at church. Any school supplies are greatly appreciated.
The food pantry plans to hand out supplies the first part of August.
Any questions, please contact Mariann Hintze or Karen Van Domelen.
Divine Intervention Partnership
RLC New Berlin has again committed to support the food and outreach efforts of Divine Intervention ministry for the homeless, operated from Tippecanoe Presbyterian in Bayview. This summer, we have committed to provided healthy bag lunches on the following Fridays:
60 lunches - July 23
60 lunches - Aug 20
Please watch for requests in future newsletters and e-blasts for you to sign up to provide foods for lunches for these dates! In the meantime, for any questions, contact Brenda Skelton at firstname.lastname@example.org, or Pr. Steve Wohfeil at email@example.com.
Church Council Meeting Minutes
RLC Website Adds Content
As we continue to build upon our new website, the coronavirus situation has certainly made our online presence more front and center. To help keep the community of RLC going during this time, we have added a few special features...
1. Online Worship Services - Hopefully you have enjoyed Pastor Mary's services available HERE
2. Musical Selections - Linda Jakubowski has begun to suggest music selections available HERE
3. Coronavirus Resources - A wide range of resources is available on this new page HERE
We will continue to update the site on a regular basis, adding new features as they become available.