Chatter June 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)
VIEWS AND REVIEWS “SHARING MY EXPERIENCE” Last month I had the opportunity to attend the World Council of Churches International Ecumenical Peace Convocation. From May 17 – 25 about 1,000 participants from over 100 nations came together at the University of West Indies near Kingston, Jamaica. We heard presentations, participated in workshops and engaged in Bible studies and worship. As stated in the final summary message which was affirmed by a vote, “We understand peace and peacemaking as an indispensable part of our common faith. Peace is inextricably related to the love, justice and freedom that God has granted to all human beings through Christ and His work of the Holy Spirit as a gift and vocation.” Concerns, hurts and hopes of Christians and churches from around the world were shared in wide-ranging deliberations. The participants agreed that “we are unified in our aspiration that war should be illegal.” However, the Convocation did not focus solely on war. Rather the presentations and activities that took place during this gathering concentrated on four areas: 1) Peace in the Community; 2) Peace with the Earth; 3) Peace in the Marketplace; and 4) Peace among the Peoples. A church leader from the Pacific island nation of Tuvalu spoke of the danger to his people from rising sea levels. A Palestinian Christian and a Jewish peace activist, both living in Jerusalem, spoke of the injustice of the current situation and their work for a more harmonious future, over against extremists on both sides of the conflict. The plague of human trafficking was also addressed by a speaker. Martin Luther King III, the son of Dr. King, gave one of the presentations. He had a broader focus than some of the other speakers. His talk was inspiring, and I walked away with some ideas for future sermons. The worship services were unique and uplifting. The Sunday morning service was lead entirely by Jamaicans. A steel drum orchestra
was particularly wonderful. Another worship service a couple days earlier was led by members of the Oriental Orthodox Church. I found it very intriguing. I was unfamiliar with the symbolism, though I found it lovely and engaging. Meal time was also an enlightening experience. Rarely was I seated with another American. Rather I was around tables with Christians from India, Taiwan, Bolivia, Germany, Belgium, Trinidad, Italy, Madagascar, Zaire and many other places. Sometimes the conversations were heartbreaking, at other times they were inspiring. I remember hearing a joyful man from Tanzania declare, “Don’t tell me I need a nation to give me freedom to exercise my religion. I’m free! I do what God wants me to do. And if they send me to prison, I’ll be free there, as well. And I will worship and teach and serve in prison!” We have a lot to learn from Christians around the world, particularly those dedicated to working in the peaceable ways of Jesus. We need to open our lives to them and remember that we are one in Christ. Grace and Peace, Craig
ARE YOU READY FOR A WILD ADVENTURE? Sunday, June 12th, thru Thursday, June 16th 6:30 – 8:45 pm Dinner available 5:30 – 6:15 pm
PRESCHOOL NEWS FROM MS. SUZANNE Many thanks for all of your kindness in celebration of Teacher Appreciation Week. We enjoyed a special church service, breakfasts, lunches, snack treats, flowers, cards and many, many kind words. You are the best and we are blessed to have you as part of our Royal Palm family. There are still some spaces available for summer camp and the new school year. Stop by the preschool office for information. It’s hard to believe that we are at the end of another school year. Oh what great days we have shared with all of your wonderful children. Thanks so much for all of your support and help this year. Have a great summer! JUNE PRESCHOOL HAPPENINGS 7th VPK Graduation [7:00 p.m.] 8th & 9th End of Year Celebrations 9th Last Day for Preschool Students Staff Celebration [7:00 p.m.] 10th Staff Planning Day 20th First Day of Summer Camp 7/4 Holiday ~ all closed
JUNE BIRTHDAYS 1st 2nd 5th
16th 18th 19th 21st 25th 26th 27th
Lynn Kroop Amanda Sikora Michael Cannon Trinidad Ortiz Sharon Singh Kacie Cahill Kimberly Williams Cheryl Zahn Ken Herman Rosanne Muriello Loni Skipper Jamie Chung Jorge Tocuyo Roseanne Farino Carla Casas Sheila Surgeoner
JUNE ANNIVERSARIES 9th 22nd
Scott & Patti Johnson Frank & Sheila Surgeoner Richard & June Derby
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GOOD INFORMATION TO HAVE We are looking for someone to be a Volunteer Liaison for the church. If you are interested, please call the office [954-753-2383]. Also, you can now give your offerings using our PayPal account – Royal Palm Christian Church Coral Springs. You can use our g-mail address or email@example.com
COFFEE FELLOWSHIP Thanks to the Preschool Board, the Christian Men’s Fellowship, the Tocuyo Family and the Sikora Family for providing and serving the treats for Coffee Fellowship during the month of May. 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. To participate in this ministry, please contact Ingrid (954-344-4562), and she will be happy to add you to the schedule.
Our church continues to struggle financially, even as God continually blesses us with opportunities to serve. Both the willingness to serve and the willingness to give are essential. Minimal, un-sacrificial giving neither enables us to minister as the Lord calls us to do, nor does it glorify God who gave “his only begotten Son” for us. God calls us to be generous, to “sow bountifully,” not to “sow sparingly” (2 Corinthians 8:6-7). We have a divine promise that “You will be enriched in every way for your great generosity” (2 Corinthians 8:11). Generous giving is an act of faith. It shows our willingness to trust in God to supply our needs. It also shows our seriousness about supporting the cause of Christ. Are you a generous giver? Step out in faith so we can step forward in service.
[MIDDLE SCHOOL & HIGH SCHOOL YOUTH GROUP] WEDNESDAY EVENINGS AT 7:00
BLESSINGS 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. − On Sunday, May 8th, Dwayne Singh and Condace Brown brought their son, D’Angelo Dwayne Singh, forward for Christian Dedication. [D’Angelo is Sharon Singh’s grandson.] − And then on Sunday, May 15th, Wilbur Nembhard took a special step and was baptized during worship. What a joy! − Nichole Mendheim recently called to share her praises – the infectious disease center has released her, and the latest MRI shows no signs of the three abscesses that were on the frontal lobe of her brain. She is walking and talking again…and praising God!
COINS FOR CHRIST Many of us have what we may call a “pocket change jar” at home. The idea is usually to rid ourselves of the loose “change” rattling around in our pockets and purses. Wouldn’t it be nice if we could rid ourselves of pocket change and do something constructive with it at the same time? Well, your Finance / Stewardship Committee has come up with a way to do exactly that! By now I believe all of you have noticed the small brown and white church located in the narthex. Beginning Sunday, June 26, that small church will become a receptacle for “Coins for Christ” and we are asking everyone – even our little ones – to drop our pocket change into it. Hopefully this will help alleviate the financial situation our church is facing. Although it may seem like a small amount, every little bit helps! So, please give us your “Coins for Christ.” We think you’ll like the change!
DIGGING AROUND IN YOUR LIFE Do you need a quiet place where you can go and talk to God…a place to “weed out” the frustrations in your life? Why not come to the church? Choose an area in the garden – or anywhere on the church grounds – and spend some time “digging” into the things that are bothering you. It’s amazing how productive that can be. You’ll feel better for the process and the church will benefit as well.
FIGHTING GLOBAL POVERTY ONE CHILD AT A TIME For the past three years, Josh Loomis has been very active with Christian ministry – specifically Compassion International, an organization helping to release the poorest kids in the world from a lifetime of poverty by providing them with medicine, food, education, social skills and the Gospel. Rather than just meeting their immediate basic needs, Compassion addresses the poverty issue holistically and focuses on all of the factors that contribute to poverty. Compassion International starts by going into an impoverished community and partnering with the local church there. After developing a relationship with that church, Compassion will build a Child Development Center within the church building itself and recruit committed local church members to run the center. Children in the community who are in the greatest need are then identified and allowed to sign up. These childre will then go to the Children Development Center several times a week and receive the benefits described above. The cornerstone of Compassion’s ministry is the child sponsorship program. Each child enrolled is paired with a single sponsor from a developed country such as the United States. The child and sponsor write letters back and forth and the sponsor gets to watch the child grow into a healthy, educated, and fulfilled Christian adult. Josh has personally experienced the wonderful blessings that Compassion International brings for both sponsors and children, currently sponsors children in Asia, Africa and South America. Furthermore, he has seen congregations transformed when introduced to ministries such as Compassion International. In his role as a child advocate, he tries to educate others about Compassion’s mission and its impact on global poverty. Recently the Elders met with Josh and agreed to let him present Compassion’s ministry to our church. As a result, during the week of VBS, our children will learn about different aspects of poverty a little each night and about how it affects the lives of children in the third world. On the Sunday following the completion of VBS, Josh will be staffing a table in the Narthex before and after both services to give the congregation a chance to learn more about global poverty and Compassion’s ministry. He will also have child packets available so that if you feel called to do so, you will have an opportunity to sponsor a child yourself. If you are interested in learning more about global poverty or Compassion’s ministry, please contact Josh at email@example.com or 954449-3150. Thanks and God bless!
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