Upcoming Virtual Bible Study Opportunities
April 7 @ 4pm
April 14 @ 4pm
April 21 @ 4pm
April 28 @ 4pm
If you didn't received the invite and are interested email email@example.com
Tuesday, April 20
Mt. Meru Coffee
Order your Mt Meru coffee online.
Orders are taken on the second and fourth Sundays of the month.
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April brings with it the hope and promise of Christ’s resurrection during Easter. 40 days of Lent this year at RLC came with inspiring stories of dealing with dark moments in our lives as members of RLC shared their mental health journeys. In every one of those inspiring stories, all indicated how all their lives changed for the better and brought them closer to their spirituality and God.
Please join us on Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter services in-person and live-streamed—details about the services will be communicated soon. We look to expand our current 20-person capacity in the worship area and add an additional 20-person capacity in the fellowship hall to be together to watch the service live-streamed at church. We are cautiously optimistic moving forward about in-person services and will continue to wear masks, social distance, and use hand sanitizer until there is a higher vaccination rate with both doses. We have an air filtration unit that has a medical HEPA filter along with a hand sanitizer station in the worship area. Want to join us in-person? Then please email or call Jess to ensure you can join us as it is first-come, first-serve basis until we reach our capacity.
Our church had a water pipe burst/leak in early February. There was damage done to the church. We have finalized the process with the insurance company and have signed an agreement with a contractor to make the repairs. So, look for those to be happening the second or third week of April. I thank Brad Nelson, our new Buildings and Grounds committee chair, Dick Hintze, Jim Bendtsen, and many others who have helped with the clean-up process and also the process of getting our church repaired. A special thank you to our AA friends that meet at our church noticing the issue and turning off the water preventing even further damage.
We welcome Pastor Steve (City Outreach) and Brad Nelson (Buildings & Grounds) as our newest members to church council. I appreciate your willingness to share your time to continue to live our mission and improve our service to each other. Please provide Pastor Steve and Brad with any ideas or concerns you may have in each of those areas. Our council continues to work on the 2021 goals below and appreciate any and all input from you.
Let’s grow in our mission to worship, nurture, and outreach. We can do that by coming up with new ideas for all to be involved. I believe in all of us following God and Christ’s direction to make it happen.
God’s Peace to you All,
As a member of the Church Council I'll be leading our city outreach for the year.
Four principles will guide our outreach:
We'll center our outreach around prison ministry, youth, and ministry to the homeless.
1. Prison Ministry. Our first action will be letter writing to inmates. You can participate in one of two ways. You can join us after worship on Sunday, April 18th, in the Fellowship Hall, or you can write letters from home. If you'd like to write from home, let me know (firstname.lastname@example.org).
As we move forward, we hope to find new ways of engaging in this ministry.
2. Ministry to the homeless. We will continue our strong partnership with Divine Intervention Ministry to the Homeless, which involves nine different ministries, five of which we have been actively involved in.
Our first opportunity for outreach is S.O.S. (Sharing Our Suppers) -- a bag lunch ministry to the homeless. You can find the details below in the newsletter article DIVINE INTERVENTION PARTNERSHIP.
3. Youth. This will be new for us. We plan to partner with the Arts and Science Literacy Camp (ASLC), housed at Tippecanoe Presbyterian Church in Bayview.
An ecumenical summer youth ministry, ASLC uses science to teach literacy skills with a whole person approach to learning through interpretative arts. Certified teachers are employed along with volunteers. The youth are low and middle income. About 40% are special needs youth.
The ministry involves 3 groups of 10 youth (pods) in both morning and afternoon camps for 10 weeks.
We have a number of entry points: as volunteers, as campers, providing supplies and financially supporting campers ($250/camper). Specific opportunities to engage with this ministry will be coming.
A word about our partnership with Reformation. Once a life-giving partnership with a variety of entry points, it has become largely collecting items for the Sunshine Pantry and Strong Women Strong Baby Fests. This year we're saying 'no' to everything Reformation -- which means no collecting of supplies -- except for our Tanzania Partnership. We hope to gather together for worship in the fall.
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:
30 lunches - June 4
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 email@example.com, or Pr. Steve Wohfeil at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.