Chatter April 2011
“Show me your ways, O Lord, teach me your paths; guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope in is you all day long.” (Psalm 25:4-5)
Royal Palm Christian Church Services for… April 17th 8:30 & 10:45 a.m.
Maundy Thursday Service April 21st at 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 23rd, at 10:00 a.m.
with us on Easter April 24th Services at 6:30 a.m. (in the garden) 8:30 & 10:45 a.m. Breakfast at 7:15 a.m.
VIEWS AND REVIEWS “POWER OF THE RESURRECTION” Easter is upon us. I don’t just mean that the day we especially focus our attention on the resurrection of Jesus is near. Rather Easter is upon us, in our hearts and lives, if we trust in Jesus and walk in his way. Being an Easter
people is not so much about rituals and rules as it is about relationship and discipleship. For us Easter can never be just about an odd event that happened in the distant past. Yes, I believe the crucified and dead Christ walked out of the tomb in ancient Jerusalem. But that event is not the end of the matter. It is the beginning. The “power of the resurrection” (Philippians 3:10) which comes from the risen Christ impacts our lives here and now, not just in the uncertain future. This power makes it possible for us to live and love as we otherwise couldn’t. Because of the resurrection “our inner nature is being renewed day by day” (2 Corinthians 4:16). We have been given new life by faith in the dead and risen Christ. We confess that “he died for all, so that those who live might live no longer for themselves, but for him who died and was raised for them” (2 Corinthians 5:15). A life that we no longer live for ourselves becomes a life that can flow with selfless love and gracious sacrifice. The power of the resurrection makes this possible. Easter proclaims that Christ conquered death. He did this, not just for himself but for us as well. Again, this is not just relevant for the afterlife. It makes a difference in present daily life. Baptism, according to scripture, is our introduction to this new resurrection reality. In a wonderful and mysterious way, we share in the death and resurrection of Jesus when we are baptized. “Therefore we have been buried with Christ by baptism into death, so that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life” (Romans 6:4). It starts with faith and baptism and continues… forever. Let’s celebrate Easter Day with all the faith and joy of our hearts and invite our friends to celebrate with us. But let’s live in the power of the resurrection every single day as we love and serve as disciples of Jesus our Lord. Grace and Peace, Craig
PRESCHOOL NEWS FROM MS. SUZANNE On Wednesday, March 23, the Cherokee Farm animals visited our school. All of our students had a chance to feed, brush and pet the animals. There was a llama, a calf, ducks, goats and bunnies. Be sure to stop by the bulletin board at the preschool entrance to enjoy all of the great photos that captured memories of that special day. Summer Camp, Fall Preschool, VPK, and Full-Time Care registration is underway. Spaces are filling, so we encourage you to register early to guarantee your child’s space. Summer camp will run from June 20th through August 12th. The Fantastic, Fabulous, Fun Senses of Summer includes the sense of PEACE, THE SUN, OUR BEACHES AND OCEANS, TAKE ME OUT TO THE BALLGAME, LET’S PACK A PICNIC, SITTING AROUND THE CAMPFIRE, AND CRANK UP THE ICE CREAM. As always, Ms. Margie has planned a fun packed summer. Stop by the preschool office for more information. APRIL PRESCHOOL HAPPENINGS 1st Ms. Rita Dramatic Storyteller th 4 Planning Day – Preschool Closed Full-Time Care Open Preschool Sharing with Pastor Craig 5th 6th Preschool Sharing with Pastor Craig Staff Meeting / CPR First Aid Training Jump Rope for Heart 14th [Benefiting American Heart Association]
15th 18th 19th 20th 22nd 27th
Jump Rope for Heart Preschool Board Meeting Graduation Photos Mr. Blue Puppet Show Good Friday – All closed Science Fair – 3 Year Old Classes
EASTER EGGSTRAVAGANZA Saturday, April 23 10:00 a.m. Volunteers are needed to help with games, crafts and refreshments. Donations of plastic eggs and individually wrapped candies will be appreciated. All donations should be at the church by Sunday, April 17. For more information, please call Coral (954-658-1026).
APRIL BIRTHDAYS 4th 5th 7th 11th 12th 13th 14th 17th 24th 27th 28th 30th
Shelby Suelzner Emma Winston Marissa Kopec Donna Pruner Ashley Ehlebracht Olga Tocuyo Aida Arias-Thurlow Yolene St. Germain Patti Johnson Scott Johnson Robin Wooldridge Emily Herman Steven Bramley Robert Rutkauskas Douglas Lucas Reggie Ghann
APRIL ANNIVERSARIES 7th Mike & Diane Wead 12th John & Donna Linn 13th Romeo & Ruby Espiritu [We apologize if your name is not on the list. Please call the office to update your information!]
E-BAY? CRAIG’S LIST? Periodically we are in need of some help selling items on E-Bay and Craig’s List. Do you have the “know how”? If so, are you willing to share your skills? Please call the church office [954-753-2383].
COFFEE FELLOWSHIP The Membership / Hospitality Committee thanks the Le Fever Family, the Espiritu Family and Lileth Harris for their willingness to provide and serve the treats for Coffee Fellowship for the month of March. This meaningful ministry provides a wonderful opportunity to visit with each other – getting to know each other better – and welcoming visitors and newer members into our family. Thank you for sharing the warm embrace of Christ through your gifts and time. If you would like to participate in this ministry, please contact Ingrid (954-3444562), and she will be very happy to add you to the schedule of people ready to serve.
PANDAMANIA WHERE GOD IS WILD ABOUT YOU! JUNE 12TH – 16TH If you’d like to volunteer for Vacation Bible School, call Mr. Mike (954-972-2299). Watch for registration information!
GATEWAY NEWS Our Seeds of Love vegetable garden project is off to a great start. Several of you have already received plants and are beginning to see the “fruits” of your labor. We are in need of clean plastic buckets in which to grow our vegetables, such as the ones food, construction materials, and cat litter come in (approx. 2-5 gallons). You can drop them off at the church. I am constantly amazed at all the ways God blesses our food pantry. These past few months we have been blessed with several new volunteers who are doing a marvelous job. One Gateway family, currently living in their car, was able to attend our Health Rock event and were pleased to have the chance to spend the afternoon in such an enriching environment for free, lunch included. Continued thanks to all of you who embrace those in need by donating your time and food.
3. Pick up litter from the entire grounds (all the way to the street) 4. Pressure clean and paint walkways by Preschool entrance 5. Straighten and pressure clean benches in garden area. New path? 6. Check all sprinkler heads 7. Clean kitchen area (cabinets, ranges, ovens, etc.) 8. Clean and organize storage room 9. Traffic signs 10. Pressure clean and stain wooden structures in playground 11. Paint doors white in FH 12. Room #6, replace hardware and paint door to playground, check sink 13. Replace baseboard in kitchen, FH, all hallways 14. Window sills in FH 15. Paint Sanctuary (?)
Things are gearing up at the Conference Center. They’re getting ready for this summer’s camp adventures and fun! The dates for the various camps are listed below, and camp registration forms are available on the youth room door and online at www.floridadisciples.org. Some Camp Scholarships are available – the deadline is April 10th, but the office has work to do on them too. Please turn them in to the office by Noon on Friday, April 8. Adults…there are camp counselor positions available also. If you haven’t ever been to camp, find time to speak to Coral, Libby, Ingrid or Cheryl…they have first hand experience! Camp CYF Conference Genesis Camp 3rd Grade Camp Junior Camp Chi Rho Camp
Grades 9th – 12th 5th – 8th 3rd th 4 - 5th 6th - 8th
Dates 6/19 – 25 6/27 – 7/1 7/3 – 7 7/17 – 21 7/24 – 29
Cost $320 $310 $270 $270 $305
RPCC WORK DAY There is a workday scheduled for 9 am – 12 noon on Saturday, April 16. Everyone is welcome to participate. If you are interested in doing any of the work on our wish list at a different time, please call Fernando at 954-3454647. We will do what we can depending on the turnout. The current wish list is: 1. Repair and repaint all picnic tables 2. Distribute ant poison as needed
God is always at work! Do you have a blessing to share with your RPCC family? We would love to include it an upcoming Chatter. Please email your blessing to the church office at firstname.lastname@example.org. − Thank you to Judy, Scott, Debi, Diana, Cindi, and SO many other people for all the work that went into making Health Rock! happen. People have said it was: informative; laidback; fun; a nice way to learn important things; and beneficial. − Of the many blessings that happened at Health Rock! ...Betsy shared that several people from the community indicated they were interested in supporting our pantry with donations of food. − I love how God works…recently we got an email with a request that if anybody needed a project we had received huge bags (50k) of rice, beans and cornmeal from Gateway for the pantry, and it needed to be put into smaller bags...and several of the regular volunteers were going to be out on Thursday. Before I could even forward the request the phone rang – June Derby was calling about the Girl Scout meeting and asking if we had a project for them. Wow ~ praise God for the quick answer! Not only did they bag all of the above, they also distributed 4 large cans of applesauce into individual containers. Thank you for your hard work Troop 10935! − Blessings come in all sizes. The children at ABC Learning Center have also collected canned goods for our food pantry.