Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Monday, December 28, 2009
The sermon began with a poem written by Mary Oliver that goes like this: "Pay attention. Be astonished. Tell about it." In three simple lines, Mary captures the heart of Christmas: Christ is present, because of God's love, and that is the Good News we must tell the whole world.
Finally, we celebrated Communion together (at which point the audio fades significantly...we apologize).
Monday, December 21, 2009
Monday, November 30, 2009
Monday, November 16, 2009
On Sunday evening, Stephen asked the YOUth what they thought of his "rap" sermon. They said, "It was...different." Your thoughts?
Monday, November 9, 2009
It's taboo to talk about money in the church, which is odd considering how often Jesus did. Here in Mark 12, Jesus teaches us that it's not about how much money you give to the church but the spirit with which you give.
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
For the prelude, enjoy Hutton Cobb singing and Leah Trent playing (on harp) "Be Still My Soul".
For the sermon, hear the story of Job as told alongside the five stages of grieving. In the 23rd chapter of Job, he's in the second stage--anger. How does he move forward? When? What can we learn about the grieving process from Job?
For wholeness, later in the service the congregation comes forward to be anointed with oil and find refuge in the grace of God, which is with us no matter what we grieve.
May the Lord's face shine upon you.
Monday, October 5, 2009
Be sure to listen to Leah & Rodger's Scottish prelude!
Thursday, October 1, 2009
Monday, September 28, 2009
Today's service was special in that the congregation joyously confirmed Ashley Morgan and commissioned her to full and active participation in the life of our church.
Monday, September 21, 2009
Rodger and Leah offered several special musical selections--harp, piano, and organ!
The sermon was titled Sincerely Imperfect. Here's the idea: The church is ambivalent. It can help people, and it can hurt people. James urges us to abort ambivalence by being careful with our words. By speaking out in love rather than hate. By being sincerely imperfect.
Monday, September 7, 2009
(A prize awaits the person who correctly identifies the pop culture inspiration for the sermon prior to its unveiling in the sermon.)
Monday, August 31, 2009
Monday, August 24, 2009
After worship, we had a great "talk back" session where everyone shared their perspective on the state of health care in America. Feel free to do the same on this blog or wherever you live!
*9/22/09 UPDATE* Thanks to Gin Blake, who just alerted us of a problem with the media player. It played a random, previous worship service rather than the 8/23 service on health care. We've fixed the problem now. Thanks for your patience!
Monday, August 17, 2009
Monday, August 10, 2009
Thursday, August 6, 2009
The Mission Team at Ronceverte Presbyterian Church is in the process of planning a children’s outreach initiative called, The Happy Kids Project. There are two goals:
· to be a resource for obtaining school-related needs for children and youth of low- income parents, boosting their self-confidence and self-worth in school
· to also be a resource for supporting after-school activities and community involvement, planting resiliency factors in the lives of children and youth where few, or none, exist.
Happy Kids referrals will come directly from: local schools and local children’s agencies.
By forming an alliance among ecumenical and civic groups in Greenbrier County, we hope to build a network of support for The Happy Kids Project. Each community will have sponsor groups, or “home bases,” that will be asked to provide very specific school-related needs -- gym shoes, band/choir fees, field trip fees, graduation apparel, and other items that families could not, otherwise, afford. When a need is encountered for an anonymous child in their community, a home base will be notified. It would be their responsibility to develop a donor list, or “team members” within their church or organization, who could be contacted on a rotational basis to provide one need at a time. If anyone is unable to provide an item when they are called, the next person will be called, and so on. Folks can help when they are in a position to help, but they have the option to pass (no questions asked) whenever they cannot. No names will ever be shared.
This program will make a significant difference in the school life of each child it serves. And by working as multiple teams within each community, we will be able to help many children and youth in Greenbrier County. Ronceverte Presbyterian will serve as one of several home bases for Ronceverte Elementary School. If you are willing to be placed on a list of folks to be called on a rotational basis throughout the school year, please let the church office know. The more folks on the list, the fewer times each will be called. This will be an easy program to say yes to in terms of commitment, yet it will provide a valuable resource for our county schools, teachers, and students. Thanks in advance for considering this. Please call or email us today!
While the world watches . . .
In last month’s newsletter the RPC mission team provided an update on the conflict in Darfur. If you didn’t get a chance to read it, please see the post in our archives; unfortunately, nothing has changed for the better. The janjaweed continues to attack and oppress the people of Darfur as their own government watches and thwarts humanitarian aid efforts. Darfuris are still starving, being forced to live on land that is uninhabitable. They are sick, but there is little to no health care available. Orphaned children, who we would consider to be babies, have taken on adult responsibilities. The daily goal is survival. And the government’s goal--to isolate the remaining Darfuri people until they perish--is slowly succeeding.
“Senators Kerry and Lugar are holding a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on Thursday, July 30, to question Special Envoy General Scott Gration . . . Long-term peace in Darfur hinges on the international community uniting behind a tough and comprehensive plan for changing the Sudanese government's behavior.”
Ask and you shall receive . . .
It is a terribly complicated and politically-charged situation that has left us asking what we might do for our neighbors in Sudan. Recently our President called on world leaders and citizens to “make education the new currency.” That challenge, coupled with a drive to do something for the innocent people of Sudan, led to the answer --working with the Southern Sudan Project.
Aweil is a community in Southern Sudan that has been greatly affected by the tragedies of civil war for two decades. Although it is one of the more densely populated areas, there is only one primary school in Aweil. The mission of the Southern Sudan Project is to build a secondary school, so children will have the opportunity to continue their studies and graduate from high school.
Some day, those children may be the new leaders of Sudan! Although a great wall has been built around Darfur (figuratively speaking), we can effect positive change from the outside. “Help us help them. Together, we can build a school, a town, a nation.”
Who is your neighbor?
“The tragedy of the situation in Darfur has been largely ignored and dismissed by the world community as a whole and the church in specific. Yet the words of Jesus direct us to love our neighbor, using the standard of the Good Samaritan to define our neighbor. This directive should shape the response of the Christian community.”
-- posted by shoppedude, You Tube, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Whnr6Du6YE
How can we help our neighbors in Sudan?
The Ronceverte Presbyterian Mission Team--in partnership with the Southern Sudan Project and with organizational assistance from the SAVEDARFUR Coalition--is planning a community event. The goals are simple: to raise awareness about the conflict in Sudan and to give folks specific opportunities to effect change from right here in Greenbrier County. We will keep you posted as plans progress.
“We will for Aweil!”
Monday, August 3, 2009
Do you believe in grace--that no matter what you put out into the world God loves you and wants something better for you?
Monday, July 27, 2009
David did everything right--held the heart of a king, defeated Goliath, united his people, and protected the Ark of the Covenant. He did everything right...up to this point. This is the story of David's downfall.
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Last August, the Session asked the congregation to try a new worship schedule. In order to capitalize on cool mornings in the sanctuary, we held worship at 9:30am and Sunday School at 11am in Fellowship Hall. (Normally, Sunday School precedes worship.) Because that change worked so well, especially for our young families, they’ve decided to adopt that same worship schedule this year during July and August. Because these two months are our hottest, we’ll worship in the sanctuary at 9:30am and hold Sunday School in the basement at 11am. We’ll return to our normal schedule on September 6.
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Monday, July 13, 2009
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
What does it mean that God's grace is "sufficient" for us?
Monday, June 29, 2009
If you've ever faced a 9-foot tall problem that seemed insurmountable, you'll want to know why, as David has much to teach us about problem-solving.
Monday, June 22, 2009
The sermon is titled, God: The Persuasive Parent, and examines what Father's Day means practically and theologically.
Friday, June 19, 2009
An Update from the Mission Committee, Who Support the Save Darfur Coalition
Imagine a militia descending on Ronceverte -- raping, murdering, and driving the surviving population out -- and then so thoroughly destroying every home, every business, and every structure that literally nothing remained.
More than 2,000 entire villages have been destroyed in Darfur. Their ghostly remains consist of scorched shells of buildings in some places to mere nothingness. More than 300,000 are dead and another 2.5 million are crowded into camps where they face starvation, disease, and further attacks. And the world continues to watch.
On July 16, 2008 the Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court submitted a request for an arrest warrant for Sudan's President, Omar al-Bashir, for genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes. On March 4, 2009 the International Criminal Court charged Bashir with seven counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity stemming from the slaughter of 300,000 people in Darfur, the first such indictment of a sitting head of state by the tribunal. In retaliation Bashir expelled 13 nongovernmental organizations including Médecins Sans Frontières, CARE, Oxfam Great Britain, and Save the Children, accusing them of spying for the court.
Relief groups have reported that more than one million people are without adequate food, clean water, and health care as a meningitis outbreak looms. United Nations workers remain, but Bashir said he wanted all foreign relief organizations out within a year. The Obama administration denounced the expulsions.
On March 18, 2009 the White House announced that President Obama had named Maj. Gen. J. Scott Gration, a Swahili-speaking retired Air Force officer who grew up in Africa as the son of missionaries, to be his special envoy to Sudan. General Gration has his work cut out for him.
In April there were rallies, discussions, and vigils held in more than 450 communities across this country, forming a constituency of conscience to honor the past and to call for action now in Darfur. In his Holocaust Day of Remembrance remarks, President Obama reflected on the atrocities we have all witnessed. He added that he has been inspired by SAVEDARFUR:
"We find cause for hope . . . in a movement to save Darfur that has 1,000 high school and college chapters in 25 countries, and brought 70,000 people to the Washington Mall -- people of every age, faith, background, and race united in common cause with their suffering brothers and sisters half a world away."
If you want to make a difference…
Keep informed and/or contribute at www.savedarfur.org
The Save Darfur Coalition is an alliance of over 180 faith-based, advocacy, and human rights organizations whose mission is to raise public awareness about the ongoing genocide in Darfur and to mobilize a unified response to the atrocities that threaten the lives of more than two million people in the Darfur region.
Pray, daily: Please keep the refugees, the relief workers, and all who are trying to make a difference through advocacy and diplomacy in your daily prayers. Pray for President Omar al-Bashir--that he will end the genocide! Be bold: Please pray for an immediate--and peaceful–-resolution that will end the suffering.
Monday, June 15, 2009
Monday, June 8, 2009
Monday, June 1, 2009
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Sunday, May 17, 2009
The kids kidnapped our Pastor and sent this ransom video. They need financial help to attend Bluestone Camp this summer and are holding him until they receive the necessary funds. If you can help us get our Pastor back by contributing, please do so!
Monday, May 4, 2009
If we want to live, we follow the shepherd.
Monday, April 27, 2009
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Jesus primed the disciples for peace by saying, "Peace be with you," over and over in the midst of a quiet chaos. Can you hear him saying the same today? Can you hear him whispering "peace" as violence rages? Can you hear him calling us to the new life of resurrection?
Monday, April 13, 2009
With Mary, proclaim the Good News, "The Stone Is Gone!"
Monday, April 6, 2009
Enjoy A Dignified Donkey!
Monday, March 30, 2009
Monday, March 23, 2009
Feel free to respond with questions.
Take hope in the Good News: Because Christ died, we can live!
Monday, March 16, 2009
Monday, March 9, 2009
Friday, March 6, 2009
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
Monday, March 2, 2009
Monday, February 23, 2009
Monday, February 16, 2009
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Monday, February 9, 2009
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
Thanks to you and the Mission Committee, we were able to raise over $700 this past weekend (in addition to boxes upon boxes of canned food) for the Ronceverte Food Pantry! We shared a sensational meal together and gave thanks to God for our many blessings. The Souper Bowl meal is supposed to be a simple one so that we are reminded of those who do not have enough to eat. With times as tough as they are, hunger is on the rise. But so is generosity.
Jane Gillespie, John Gillespie, and Kay McCoy (of the Mission Committee) did an outstanding job providing an opportunity to give back, and all of you stepped up to the plate, serving God by serving your neighbors in need. Thanks to everyone who contributed, made soup, served drinks, washed dishes, and participated in the meal! When God's people pool their gifts, great things happen!
Monday, February 2, 2009
Friday, January 30, 2009
Monday, January 26, 2009
The sermon is titled, "Come and See."
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
This Saturday night at 6pm, the Mission Committee is hosting a special YOUth meeting for all children ages 5 (and their parents) and up at the manse. Not only will this give them a chance to see what YOUth will be like when they're old enough to join, but it also provides them and their parents the opportunity to give back to their community. We'll be creating a publicity campaign to raise money and awareness about hunger in Greenbrier County as part of the Souper Bowl Offering on February 1. The YOUth and younger YOUth will make posters and boxes for folks to donate money or canned food, all of which will benefit the Ronceverte Food Pantry.
On February 1, the YOUth and younger YOUth will serve a soup luncheon at the church following worship. All donations received will benefit the Food Pantry.
See you Saturday night at 6pm!
Monday, January 19, 2009
The sermon is titled, "At Risk Behavior." Enjoy!
Sunday, January 18, 2009
Thursday, January 15, 2009
ask and you shall receive...
you asked for an introductory class to Biblical Hebrew, and you're receiving one! this coming Tuesday night (Jan 20), we'll begin our Biblical Hebrew Class at Ronceverte Pres. we'll meet from 6-7pm each week for a period of six weeks. this will be a difficult but highly rewarding study for us all. in order to maximize learning, we'll need to make efficient use of our time. please come on time. there will be no preparation required for the first class, but there will be work required prior to each subsequent class.
please let Stephen know what questions you have. see you in the conference room (beside the sanctuary) on Tuesday!
Monday, January 12, 2009
Just push the play button, and you'll be able to listen to the service on your home computer. (If you have a dial up connection, you'll have to push play and the quickly push pause so that the player can download the service. After a few minutes, you can press play and listen.) Listen when you can't make it to church, when you want to hear a piece of music or the Penny Lane story again, or share the service with a friend.