September 2009 “Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from him. He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will not be shaken.” (Psalm 62:5-6)
VIEWS AND REVIEWS “TOUCHING LIVES” Whether we know it or not, we touch people’s lives. We do it every day. A glowing compliment, on the one hand, or a growling insult, on the other, can make or break a day for some people. With a smile and a warm word we can lift hearts. With a grimace and a cold shoulder we can wound hearts. Often the effect is short term. Sometimes it is longer lasting. We have been called by God to touch people’s lives. We are to touch lives as we live compassionate, peaceful, generous, truthful and joyful lives. We have been given a “ministry of reconciliation” because we are “ambassadors for Christ” (2 Corinthians 5:18-20). For us spiritual life is not only something cultivated within; it is also a force that leads us to reach out to others. An important part of reaching out to touch people’s lives is what we call evangelism. In words and action we express the love of God, inviting others to “taste and see that the Lord is good” (Psalm 34:8). Real evangelism is not coercive or self-righteous or tinged with condemnation. It is invitational and welcoming, if it is genuine. It is natural to share important pieces of our lives with others. We talk about our kids, our pets, our work, our struggles with dieting. Strangers usually aren’t interested in hearing from us about these things. Don’t be surprised that they don’t want to hear from us about spiritual matters. Relationship comes first. The people who know we care about them – and who in turn care about us – are likely to be open to an invitation to church. These people, family and friends, are the ones who willingly listen to us talk about a lot of different things. They are most likely to be willing to hear us talk about God, prayer, Jesus and the church. Touching people’s lives is what we are to be about as Christians. Feeding the hungry, helping the hurting and, yes, speaking about the things of God, are all part of it. Many people will
welcome being touched spiritually in a caring, invitational way. Reach out. Grace and Peace, Craig
COMMUNITY YARD SALE / FLEA MARKET On Saturday, September 12th, the Christian Women’s Fellowship will host a Community Yard Sale in the church parking lot. Some spaces are available at $10 for church and preschool families. If you have friends or neighbors who want to participate, the fee is $20. Set up time is from 6:00 – 8:00 am, and sale time is 8:00 am – noon. (OK, we know sale time really begins with the “early birds”) Call Karyn (954-303-6320) to reserve a space.
OUR GENEROUS UNDERTAKING “Now as you excel in everything – in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in utmost eagerness, and in our love for you – so we want you to excel also in this generous undertaking” (2 Corinthians 8:7). God is doing wonderful things among us. Lives are being touched and blessed. Wonderful acts of service are being done. Joyful worship is being experienced. Yet our necessary expenditures are still greater than our financial contributions. Your help is needed so we can continue doing the good God has called us to do. Please help us to “excel also in this generous undertaking.” Your gifts are essential and greatly appreciated as we serve God together. In His Service, Fernando
FRIENDS & NEIGHBORS OPEN HOUSE Sunday, September 13th, 10:45 Worship Service Lunch provided by CMF & CWF
PRESCHOOL NEWS FROM SUZANNE “WELCOME” We welcomed 142 students to preschool this week. Most were happy to be here, renewing old friendships and making new ones. It’s great to hear the excitement and laughter as we begin a new school year. Our teachers and staff have outdone themselves creating a child-friendly environment where everyone can experience the joys of childhood learning. Each child will have the opportunity to learn through play, music, movement, sharing, and hands-on activities. I tried to teach a child with books; He gave me only puzzled looks. I tried to teach a child with words; They passed by him, often unheard. Despairingly I turned aside. “How shall I teach this child,” I cried. Into my hand he put the key, “Come,” he said, “And play with me.” ~ Author Unknown
PRESCHOOL HAPPENINGS 8/31 Music Class Begins 9/7 Labor Day Holiday – All Closed 9/15 & 16 Sharing with Pastor Craig 9/28 Preschool Closed Full Time Care Open 10/10 Fall Fiesta! (Mark your calendars!)
SEPTEMBER BIRTHDAYS 9/4 Trysch Koester 9/5 Betsy Medina Karyn O’Shea 9/7 Cindi Watts 9/10 Chelsea Ehlebracht Jacqueline Simon 9/11 Michele LaPlace 9/13 Teri Pinto 9/14 Susan Bushnell 9/20 David Bramley 9/21 Stan Anderson Juan Chung 9/25 Melodie Muriello 9/26 Sharon Williams
SEPTEMBER ANNIVERSARIES 9/26 Ken & Tara Herman [We apologize if your name is not on the list. Please call the office to update your information!]
MICHELE LaPLACE joined the church this month because "it is a warm place where I feel at home." Michele says that the "people at RPCC are warm and friendly," and she "feels the presence of God here." Michele was born in Jamaica, raised in New Jersey and works in the registration department at Broward College. She lives with her two children: Cory (19) who attends Broward College; and Hazel (17) who is graduating from Nova High School. We are happy to have Michele with us and extend a warm welcome to her and her family.
GOOD NEWS OF BLESSINGS Thanks to everyone who contributed to CWF’s Shoes for Orphan Souls Drive (materially and prayerfully). We shipped 48 pairs of shoes and $150.00 in contributions to Buckner International Ministry! The shoes will be distributed to orphans in 60 countries. Because of your generous donations, we were able to give more than 50 children the supplies they need to begin the school year. We were even able to help out with some school uniforms. If you know anyone who still needs help, please call Betsy Medina or the church office. The economic "pinch" has impacted contributions for this shoe ministry. Therefore, CWF will be conducting a "mini" shoe drive the weekend of September 12 and 13. This coincides with the Community Yard Sale on September 12th and the Friends and Neighbors luncheon on the 13th. Bring any items for the yard sale (to benefit Shoes) by 7:00 a.m. on September 12th or contact Donna (954-3443671) or Favor (firstname.lastname@example.org). Shoes can be left in the narthex. Thank you for your involvement in this ministry! PS: We are also accepting new socks and underwear.
“THE HEART OF JESUS’ TEACHING” Want to know more about what Jesus taught? Attend the new mid-week Bible study on the Sermon on the Mount. The single longest and most concentrated portion of scripture where Jesus teaches is found in the chapters of the Gospel of Matthew that contain the Sermon on the Mount. Jesus addresses a wide range of crucial topics in this important section of scripture. If you want to venture more deeply into the teachings of Jesus, plan to be part of this study. It begins Wednesday, September 9th, at 7:00 p.m. in the Conference Room.
NEW MUSIC SEASON Have you thought about serving the Lord through our music ministry? You don’t have to read music! You just have to have a heart to “make a joyful noise unto the Lord.” Also, High School students can earn service hours with consistent attendance at rehearsals and performances. Bell Choir – ages 8 & up. No reading skills necessary. Rehearsals: Tuesday 5:45-6:45 p.m. Choir – high school & up. No reading skills necessary. Rehearsals: Tuesday 7:00-9:00 p.m. Joyful Noyz – middle & high school music students. Arrangements highlight each student’s skills and abilities. All instruments welcome. Students must have had at least one semester of band/orchestra or private lessons. Auditions are quick and painless before or after church or on Tuesdays. Rehearsals: after church on the 3rd and 5th Sundays of the month. If you have questions or want more info, email Trysch at GodzPurpleFluter@hotmail.com.
WOMEN OF FAITH ~ A GRAND NEW DAY This exciting event is a mixture of laughter, music and stories that will touch your heart, and it is taking place at the Bank Atlantic Center on November 20th & 21st. The cut off date we have for purchasing your ticket with our CWF group is September 6th. Bring any woman you know who needs a new perspective . . . a new enthusiasm . . . A Grand New Day. “The Lord's love never ends; his mercies never stop. They are new every morning.” Lamentations 3:22-23b New Century Version
During the course of the Friday evening and Saturday event you'll hear fabulous music, watch stirring dramas, listen to hilarious and heart-tugging stories, and join thousands of women in worship. Tickets cost $75 plus an additional $8 for a healthy box lunch. Come and join us. Contact Karyn (954-303-6320) for your ticket.
WISH LIST INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE RPCC will host “Praying for Peace” Sunday, September 20th 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. All are welcome!
Item Video System for Sanctuary Vinyl Signs for Wooden Sign Pew Bibles (NRSV) (3 cases) Bibles for Food Pantry clients Care for artificial plants Walk property for trash Walk property for ants Help distribute fliers
Approx. Cost $8,000.00 $ 360.00 pair $ 180.00 case $ 150.00 - time – - time – - time – - time -
THINKING ABOUT CHRISTMAS? Would you like to participate in a class to help you make some of your Christmas gifts this year? With enough interest, the following classes will be offered: 1. Basic Beading - great for kids and adults. You’ll make a simple bracelet from beads YOU pick, and if time permits, a matching pair of earrings will also be created. Cost is $20 and includes all the supplies. Kits will be provided in various colors and styles. 2. Christmas Card design - let’s get together and make CARDS! Sample cards will be available, or you can design whatever you’d like. Cost varies depending on the supplies you chose and the number of cards you want to make. Again, all supplies would be included. These classes could be scheduled either during a Women’s Fellowship meeting or the Friday after Thanksgiving. The plans are still tentative and are dependent on interest level. A minimum number of people are needed for each activity. If you’re interested, email Trysch at GodzPurpleFluter@hotmail.com.
Saturday, October 10th 4 pm ~ 8 pm Bounce House, Crafts, Food & Fun 50/50 Raffle Drawing [$10 per ticket – need not be present to win]