Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Reconciliation in Sudan

Watch Linda Valentine, executive director of the General Assembly Mission Council, tell a story of reconciliation among warring ethnic groups in Sudan here. Debbie Braaksma, Presbyterian World Mission’s area coordinator for Africa, helped facilitate the reconciliation while serving as a mission co-worker in South Sudan. Linda heard the story during a recent visit to a South Sudanese village with Debbie.

Ronceverte Presbyterian Church proudly supports the PCUSA's peacemaking efforts in Sudan, and we ask you to join us in prayer for our Sudanese brothers and sisters.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Morning Worship, 4/17/11

We tend to see today as a festive parade, with palms waving and children smiling and voices raised in all glory, laud, and honor!  But there is a dead seriousness to the journey Jesus took, and the donkey knew it.


Monday, April 11, 2011

Morning Worship, 4/10/11

While we all face pain, there are many ways to respond to it. I can try to avoid it. I can numb it with something else. I can fight it. Or I can submit to it, and let it teach me a thing or two the hard way. That’s precisely what pain does to Jesus in today’s Gospel reading.   


Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Morning Worship, 4/3/11

Here’s the big secret about Christianity--it cannot be practiced alone on an island; it must be practiced with others, for it takes others to study the Bible, to have someone to pray for, and to have someone to bless and be blessed by.  Most importantly, it takes someone else in which to see the face of God.


Monday, April 4, 2011

April year later

One year ago, the mountains and people of West Virginia held their collective breath, as 29 miners from the Upper Big Branch mine fell victim to a terrible tragedy. In addition to a service in Whitesville at 6:00pm on April 5, there will be a service in Beckley sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce at 3:00pm to be held at First Christian Church. Those who cannot attend but wish to lift up the families of those lost in prayer have been asked by the governor to do so at 3:01pm, which is the estimated time of the deadly explosion. We at RPC will toll our bells 29 times on April 5 at 3:01pm in memory of the fallen miners at Upper Big Branch.