Upcoming Virtual Bible Study Opportunities
January 13 @ 4p
January 20 @ 4p
January 27 @ 4p
If you didn't received the invite and are interested email email@example.com
Tuesday, Jan. 12
Mt. Meru Coffee
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Orders are taken on the second and fourth Sundays of the month.
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In December’s newsletter, I discussed my mom not doing well with her battle with Covid and subsequently, she lost her battle with Covid on November 29th as most of you know. I did receive a bit of “heaven on earth” when I asked her if she was scared and she peacefully and knowingly said, “No, I am not scared. I am ready to be with my Lord and Savior”. I truly felt at that moment, the peace of God that surpasses all understanding with her. While I am saddened by her loss, I am grateful for all your support that has come in the form of in-person calls, voicemails, texts, emails, cards, and gifts. Your light makes all the difference.
As we reflect on 2020, most, if not all, of us would like to erase this year from our memory and move on to 2021. There is a part of me that feels that way. Yet, that is likely a mistake. If we look at life as a way to grow spiritually this has been a year that has offered tremendous spiritual growth. However, most of us want what we want or want what we think is the best for us (I’m included in this) and we are trapped in our thinking not God’s plan.
2020 was a year of Chaos. Chaos means something dissolves to make room for something new and is here for our spiritual growth, our true purpose in life. As a congregation and personally, we have all experienced a change in our patterns, our norms, and what is possible. We had the opportunity to see all the distractions and addictive patterns in our lives that keep us from one another and God. We had also the opportunity to appreciate those areas of life that mean so much to us and we likely took for granted.
It is time we close up 2020 and see with all the chaos, loss, uncertainty, and inconvenience that it has set us up for a 2021 where we will have greater clarity of what is important, see and appreciate the spiritual connection we have with each other, and realize with God all things are possible.
RLC has seen an evolutionary transformation over the last nine months as we have addressed the pandemic and live our mission of worship, nurture and outreach. Everyone in our church family is to be thanked and be proud of the transition we have made in living our mission. A great example, is the Christmas Eve outdoor service where we had a bonfire, heard the Christmas Story, prayed, and sang “Silent Night”. Because of you, our worship, nurture, and outreach are different yet strong going into 2021. Additionally, our financial condition is strong as you have continued to generously support our mission.
February 7th will be our annual meeting which will be held virtually (more details to come) We will be providing you a complete annual report electronically (with a few printed copies for those who lack the technical access) on January 30th. You will be able to review and submit questions (via email, text, or phone) to your council the entire week prior to our annual meeting. We look forward to continuing to serve you and RLC’s mission.
Happy New Year! God’s love to all of you!
RLC STEPS UP FOR PARTNER AND OUTREACH NEEDS DURING PANDEMIC
This fall during the “harvest season,” Resurrection was unable to hold its annual HarvestFaire event in person due to the pandemic. Instead, our faith community did a joint appeal -- for pledges toward the 2021 General Fund to meet our own congregation’s needs, and for Mission Outreach and Partner Ministries -- which had previously been funded by the net proceeds of HarvestFaire. As of mid-December, our members and friends had committed over $15,000 specifically for the purpose of having an impact in our local community, larger metropolitan area, and even across the globe in Africa – through our partnerships and outreach ministries.
All of us connected to Resurrection can feel gratified to be actively serving as the hands and feet of Christ. The “little church” at the corner of 124th and Coldspring Rd. that we all love is not so little in our impact in the world. In 2020, nearly 15% of our annual operating budget funded support of our Synod, national church, mission partners and neighbors in need. With your incredible generosity during our joint appeal, we can look forward to being financially stable as a congregation in 2021 while still funding Gospel impact locally and globally. Thank you!
Our Church Council in the early weeks of 2021 will be discerning how to best distribute these resources based on need among our outreach partners and ministries. If you noted specific designations for your contributions, those will be of course honored. Council will determine the distribution of any funds that were not designated. Again, thank you for your generosity of spirit, talent, time and treasure!
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.