Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Equipping Elders Workshop at RPC

The Presbytery of West Virginia held an Equipping Elders event at RPC this past Sunday. Participants came from Greenbrier, Monroe, and Summers Counties, including Elders, Deacons, and Pastors of the Presbyterian Church (USA). Janice Johnson and Stephen Baldwin facilitated the workshop. At issue were committees. We asked, "How can they function efficiently and effectively in small church settings? What practices can we employ to involve people in the life of their church's ministry?" I'd give you our answers, but then I'd have to charge you--they were that good! Special thanks to the Deacons of RPC for hosting so hospitably.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Voting Values: War & Peace

Voting Values, our voter education workshop, continue tonight at 7pm in Fellowship Hall. We'll transition from economics to issues of war and peace (to use theological language), asking questions like: Should we talk to our enemies? Who will end the genocide in Darfur? What's the central front in the war on terror? When will we leave Iraq? What's just war theory? Was Jesus a pacifist? Come, share, decide.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Family Night, Oct 12 @5pm

Some things are just meant to go together--peanut butter and jelly, popcorn and movies, pizza and committees. Wait...pizza and committees??? This Sunday night from 5-7pm, we'll gather for a Family Night in Fellowship Hall. We'll all share a meal of salad and pizza together, before splitting into groups. Our children will watch "Chicken Little" while our youth and adults hear from the various committee chairs about what they do, what they need, and how YOU can help!

In our church tradition, everyone is a minister, blessed with skills and abilities to grow God's kingdom. Come and share yours with us. Besides, who could miss pizza and committees...together in the same room?

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Nominating Committee

Each year, a committee forms to receive nominations from the congregation for the offices of Elder and Deacon. This is one of the most important and sacred duties of the church, and it can truly be an opportunity to deepen your faith in God and your community. The Book of Order requires at least two elders and one deacon to comprise the foundation of the Nominating Committee. Mike Dotson and Kay McCoy (elders), Sue Massey and Connie Stone (deacons) agreed to serve in the search for the class of 2011.

Nominations again will be taken from the congregation via a printed form in the bulletin. But we are also seeking a representative group of folks not currently serving as officers to sit on the committee. The more voices around the table, the better the slate of officers we will be able to present. If you would be willing to meet twice this fall in joining our efforts, please contact Stephen or the officers currently serving. Thanks for your assistance!