Upcoming Virtual Bible Study Opportunities
October 7 @ 4p
October 14 @ 4p
October 21 @ 4p
October 28 @ 4p
If you didn't received the invite and are interested email firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday, Oct. 13
Mt. Meru Coffee
Order your Mt Meru coffee online. Free shipping on orders of $15 or more has been extended.
Orders are taken on the second and fourth Sundays of the month.
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Time for beautiful Autumn colors, cooler temperatures, harvesting of our crops, and this year it is also time for a Presidential election. If you look at the collective challenges of the current pandemic, local and national protests calling for racial equality and police reform, and the divisiveness of that political campaign, you can see this is what Charles Dickens meant by “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.”
But, I see it differently. Recently, Rose, our youngest daughter attending Carthage College, had a marketing class (as a Theater major) where she had to come up with a phrase to describe life at school and in our world She came up with “grow with the flow.” I love that phrase as it implies that we need to accept the moment as it is and the act of accepting the moment as it is can be difficult and requires us to grow. It also requires us to grow with new ways of being even after we accept what is happening. The professor liked it so much, he picked it as his favorite from the class. I enjoy collecting meaningful quotes and this is now in my collection of quotes and sayings.
RLC continues to grow with the flow as we are offering opportunities to participate in the recording of services on Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m. with up to 20 people by letting Pastor Mary know you are planning on attending so we can keep track of the number for social distancing purposes. Also, please let her know if you would like to do the readings, the prayers, or would like to sing. You can experience a “nearly normal" in-person church service or continue to experience RLC services online via YouTube.
October historically has been the month we have held Harvest Sunday and HarvestFaire, focused on raising support and resources for RLC’s outreach and partnership efforts. You will see an article elsewhere in this newsletter and in e-blasts over the next few weeks about how we are growing with the flow and translating these mission events to our current virtual environment.. Our intention is to continue to provide you opportunities to serve those in need and to make a difference locally and in the world. We are also working towards a special November worship experience to use our new live video/recording equipment to celebrate our harvest abundance together.
Thank you to all who donated food for the New Berlin food pantry as well as those who worked the RLC donation drops on Wednesday and Saturday. I understand, as always, our congregation was tremendously generous. Also, with glad hearts many of us (10-15) helped Anita and Mike Marlin with beautifying their yard with our “God’s work, Our hands” project. Thank you, Anita and Mike, for the opportunity to help you and thank you to our loving RLC family for volunteering and making a difference for the Marlin family.
Thank you to Pastor Mary, Linda, Jess, RLC Council, and each of you for growing with the flow in these uncharted waters,
President, Church Council
God's Work. Our Hands.
God's Work Our Hands is all about helping those in need and doing God's work here on earth. Sometimes that involves helping those far away and sometimes that involves helping those right in our backyard. This year we helped one of our own members by assisting in some needed yardwork. Thanks to those of you who helped with this project!
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.