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River Road Church, Baptist

October 5, 2010, Vol. 65, No. 39

TWENTIEH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST River Road Church, Baptist 8000 River Road Richmond, VA 23229 (804) 288-1131 (office) (804) 282-9172 (fax)

October 10, 2010 11:00 a.m. Worship Service Sermon by Michael J. Clingenpeel Anthems by the Chancel Choir

Ministers of the Church Every member of River Road Church, Baptist, like every disciple of Christ, is commissioned to participate in Christian ministry. The following persons have been called by this congregation to serve as enablers in such ministry:

Michael J. Clingenpeel Pastor

Robert L. Dibble Adults

Barbara J. Massey Children

Rachel L. Hoffman Students

Dear River Road Friends, The events of last week were truly overwhelming and extraordinary in every way. Each occasion was special and I will remember them with humility and gratitude. I am keenly aware of the many hours of planning and preparation that went into my retirement celebration. Thanks to everyone who in any way made these past days so memorable. I especially thank the church staff and clergy, the History Committee, our fine musicians, the Endowment Board, the Social Committee, the Music Committee and the Chancel Committee for all they did. A very special word of appreciation to the Celebration Committee for their tireless dedication and many hours put into these events. Many travelled some distance to be here and it was good to renew old and cherished friendships. Approximately 30 of these special guests were former Choristers and in our choir and it was thrilling to hear them join with the Chancel Choir at the Celebration Service. The Wednesday dinner was great fun. It is astonishing to me, that after 43 years of attempting to reach some level of dignity and decorum, all could be lost in just a few minutes! Finally, thank you for the send off –– the gracious comments, word of kindness and generous gifts. I am still a member of River Road Church and it will be a new experience for me to worship from a different location and perspective. I wish for this unique congregation great and glorious things in the future and that you will always keep before you the extraordinary vision set forth by our founders. With much appreciation, Carl Freeman

~ R e a c h O u t Missions begins within O u t R e a c h ~ Season of Prayer for Missions

Last 2 Weeks.... Interfaith Services of Henrico (ISH)

Toiletry Drive

supported by Alma Hunt Offering

Leave your contributions on the Missions Tables in the Upper and Lower Commons by November 17th

September 12 –– October 10 Offering envelopes are in pew racks of the Sanctuary. Total to date: $930 Open a Door With Your Offering to support People of the Book Ministry to Muslims in Northern Virginia, sponsored by Virginia Baptist. Read more details in the ““Opening Doors”” brochure found in Lower and Upper Commons. Pray for Muslim Ministry in Virginia

Upcoming Missions Events Oct 10: World Hunger Awareness Day. Bring non-perishable food for local pantries Oct 23 –– 30: CARITAS - River Road Church to host 40 Women Nov 7: CROP Walk Team Leader –– Ty Hays Oct 24 –– Nov 14: Thanksgiving Baskets Campaign for Oregon Hill Baptist Center Oct 31 –– Nov 28: RBA Christmas Stores Campaign

To make a contribution, or have someone shop for you, contact Nancy Brown (501-2204 or Full size items needed are: Shampoo, Combs and Hair Brushes, Conditioner, Shaving Gel, No-Tears Shampoo for Children, Razors, Bath Soap/Shower Gel, Toothbrushes, Toothpaste, Hand Lotion/Body Lotion, Dental Floss, Deodorant

Also... Urgent need for Baby Diapers in Sizes 4, 5 and up

You are invited to a reception to a ““Meet and Greet”” River Road Church’’s sponsored South African Pastor, Hans Zinyoka. Come to make him welcome, show your support and learn of his ministry. Sponsored by WMU and Board of Missions Dessert Reception Sunday, October 24, 7:00 p.m. Courtyard of Lower Commons

WMU WOMEN ON MISSIONS GROUPS On Tuesday, October 12, 2010, the River Road WMU Day Group is hosting a social in the Multipurpose Room of the Health Services Building at Lakewood Manor at 10:30 a.m. All River Road women residing at Lakewood Manor are invited to come as guests. Other River Road women interested in participating in this fellowship event are most cordially invited to attend also. Please call Mary Pankey at 272-4046 for details and to RSVP. Transportation from church to Lakewood Manor will be provided at 10:00 a.m. from the south parking lot. The River Road WMU Evening Group is partnering with the Board of Missions to host a dessert reception for Hans Zinyoka on Sunday, October 24, 2010, at 7:00 p.m. in the Courtyard. Hans is a church planter and is pastor of Harmony Baptist Church in Freestate Province, South Africa. River Road Church, along with other RBA churches, has financially supported his work. All River Road members are invited to attend the reception. Call Wyatt Heisler at 741-9320 for more information. River Road RBA WMU Mission Involvement assignment for the month of October is collecting non-perishable Thanksgiving food for the South Richmond Baptist Center.


COMING SOON! OC TOBE R 17—Thi r d G r ade Bible P r e s e n t a t ion—du r ing 11:0 0 o’clo ck wo r ship s e r vic e.

OC TOBE R 29—T r unk o r T r e a t —6:30-8:0 0—F un c eleb r a t ion f o r t he whole f amily— r ain da t e is S a t u r da y , Oc t obe r 30

Join the River Roadsters River Roadsters are pleased to present three exciting tours for the fall season. They are: Thursday, October 14; "The Pentagon". A tour guided by Col. Michael Gaal. $46.00. Saturday, November 20; "A Christmas Carol" at Ford's Theatre in DC. $142.00. Thursday, December 9; "River City Radio Hour Remembers Christmas" at Fairfax Hall. $84.00. All due dates have been extended. Call the church office for a flyer with details and join us. Children are also invited. They will especially enjoy Ford's Theatre.

IN HOME MINISTRY VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT: Are you interested in sharing some time with a member of our congregation who can no longer attend services at River Road Church? Would you like to brighten someone’’s day and your own? Are you looking for a way to make a difference in our church community? If the answer to any of these questions is ““yes,”” then here’’s an idea for you. The In Home Ministry Team is seeking volunteers willing to be in contact with a church member on a monthly basis. The time commitment is small and the rewards are great. If you are interested in more information, contact Letty Wood at 740-1776 or email her at by October 22. There will be an orientation meeting of all volunteers on Wednesday, October 27, 5:30 p.m., in the Reception Room. Prayerfully consider being a part of this important ministry of the church.

An Invitation from the Book Lovers’’ Group Everyone is invited to attend the October meeting of River Road’’s Book Lovers’’ Group on Thursday evening, October 28, at 7:30 p.m. in the Journey Classroom (Lower Commons). Bev Evans will moderate the group’’s discussion of Same Kind of Different As Me by Ron Hall and Denver Moore. The story is a back and forth narration by homeless and reluctant Denver and wealthy art dealer Ron. Set mostly in Louisiana and Texas, this true story chronicles the growth of a deep, mutually life-changing friendship. ““We are invited into the world of the poor and given a pair of their glasses to view life.”” What a perfect book for us to discuss during the week that River Road Church hosts CARITAS!! For more information, call Kitty Davis, 285-9782

Join the River Road Church Basketball Team The season will begin in November and games are scheduled for Tuesday and Thursday evenings. There are not games every Tuesday and Thursday. Cost is $40 per person. If you are interested please contact Ben Hoffman at

AT HOME: Franklin Fowler, Jeanette Gholston, Dick Morris, Bertie O’’Neal, Linda Schreiner, Bob Seward, Joe Stanley, Joe Teefey, Virginia Woodson IN HEALTHCARE: Sara Baird —— The Laurels, Bob Culpepper —— Lakewood Manor, Helen Davis —— Lakewood Manor, Millie Goode —— Lakewood Manor, Julian and Mary Pentecost ——Lakewood Manor

October 10 Acolyte: Andrew Price Bus Drivers: West Run—— Ron Geisler North Run —— Steve Lessels Flower Distribution: Cathy Carlock, Diane Shoemake Greeters: Tom Ligon, Craig Martin, DeAnne Shelton, Catherine Franck, Martha Taylor, Richard Wood Sound: Ethan Butterworth Tellers: Jean Cauble, Dean Decker, Carol Decker, Tom Starke, Mary Lee Starke, John Bennett, Joan Putney-Bennett, Pat Dickinson Ushers: Skip King, John Williams, John Gray

Minister On Call

REHABILITATION: Rubye Paulette —— Lexington Court CHRISTIAN SYMPATHY is expressed to Robyn Tyer on the death of her sister.

Sermon Series A half century ago German pastor and theologian Helmut Thielicke wrote that ““the Lord’’s Prayer is truly the prayer that spans the world: the world of everyday trifles and universal history, the world with its hours of joy and bottomless anguish, the world of citizens and soldiers, the world of monotonous routine and sudden terrible catastrophe, the world of carefree children and at the same time of problems that can shatter grown men”” (Our Heavenly Father, 1960.) Between October 3 and the beginning of Advent, my sermons will address the six petitions of the prayer Jesus taught his disciples. We pray them each week, and I want us to look at them more closely as we deepen our life of prayer as individuals and as a congregation. October 10——““Our Father in heaven, your name be hallowed”” October 17——““Your Kingdom come”” October 24——““Your will be done”” October 31——““Give us this day our daily bread”” November 7——All Saints Service with Choir and Communion November 14——““Forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors”” November 21——““Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil”” Blessings, Mike

October 8-9 Michael J. Clingenpeel Home 360-3534 Cell 921-2222 Be checking for the launch of the new website. The new website will have the new church logo, along with updated information and easier navigation. If you find any errors please contact Brittany Ruffner at The Communications Committee hopes you enjoy the website!

Formations Sunday School literature continues a four-week unit of study entitled, ““The Stewardship of Time.”” In the book of Ecclesiastes, Qohelet explains that efficiency is worthless. The author explores life’’s big questions about what we should do with our time. This week’’s lesson is entitled Time Marches On and is based on Ecclesiastes 3:1-8. The lesson asks the question, ““What is God teaching me as I face this particular time in my life?”” and is studied by the following classes: Discovery Class will be taught by Sara Hendon and Melanie Gray. Girls Night In will be on October 11, 6:30 p.m. at the home of Emily Sumner. RSVP to Pumpkin carving: Sunday, October 24. Watch for details! The class will be serving CARITAS dinner on Friday, October 29. Fellowship Class will be taught by Gene Damon. Friendship Class will be taught by Martha Lou Green. Lydia Class will be taught by Emily Tuck. Seekers Class will be taught by Sherlyn Dibble. The following classes will do independent study as indicated below: College Class Explorers Class will be taught by Judy Morris. Journey Class will be taught by Margaret Collins. They will begin the study of The Life You’’ve Always Wanted by John Ortberg. The class will by serving CARITAS dinner on Tuesday, October 26. Life Class will be taught by Scott Leake. They will continue a six-week study of Listening to Scripture: Strategies for Interpreting the Bible. This week is Chapter 6 entitled Analyzing the Structure. Phoenix Class Robert Smart Class will be taught by Robert Gray and will focus on stewardship. Shepherd Bible Study Class will continue their study of Luke, and will be taught by Tom Graves.

Friday —— 8th Don Farmer Ryan Parker John Payne Estelle Reeves Justin Toney Jack West

Saturday —— 9th Scott Mills Will Wake Burns Zimmerman

Sunday —— 10th Michael Cipolletti John Farmer Ella Foster Steve Haydon Gloria Pace

Monday —— 11th Tyler Carter Nicole Davis Fred Dixon Tom Graves Gloria Harrison Braden Lesher Liz Woodworth

Tuesday —— 12th Beverly Beamon Sadie Brooks Drew Gilliam Christie Lessels

Wednesday —— 13th Ella Bryant Gregg Cothran Madison Stewart

Thursday —— 14th Berry Fowler

A prayer for those persons in military service around the world.

Friday —— 8th

We commend to your gracious care and keeping all the men and women of our armed forces at home and abroad. Defend them day by day with your heavenly grace; strengthen them in their trials and temptations; give them courage to face the perils which beset them; and grant them a sense of your abiding presence wherever they may be; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Saturday —— 9th

We remember especially: Maj. Gary Alexander, USAF, son of Harper and Kathy Alexander. Lt. Scott Alexander, USAF, son of Harper and Kathy Alexander. SFC David E. Allen, USA, nephew of Fred & Maxine Redford. AWO2 David Bayford, USN, husband of Anya Bayford. Capt. Bryce Dibble, USAF, son of Robert and Clarice Dibble. PFC. Michael Dumitru, USA, friend of Nancy Brown. Col. Michael Gaal, USAF, son-in-law of Robert and Clarice Dibble. SSG Peter A. Holderness, USA, fiancé of Katie Barr. Capt. John Scott Leake II, USA, son of Scott and Jane Leake. TSgt. Marshall Mosher, USAF, nephew of Harper and Kathy Alexander. SrA Colin P. Moss, USAF, grandson of Ann and Jack Moss and nephew of Cindy Mistretta. Ensign Matthew Stroup, USN, great nephew-in-law of Byron and Eunice Wolford. LTC Stephanie R. Willenbrock, USA, niece of Marge and Bill Rusher. BM3 Chris Williams, USCG, son of Stuart and Jane Williams. Spc. Benjamin M. Willis, USA, nephew of Mike and Susan Rucker. PFC. Brycen Wright, USMC, great-nephew of Byron and Eunice Wolford.

Frank & Linda Wentzel —— 24 years Wesley & Kristi Woodard —— 12 years

John & Tricia Harrell —— 14 years Rich & Becky Jante —— 34 years Shawn & Greta Van Tiem —— 11 years

Sunday —— 10th

Monday —— 11th Mike & Cindy Mistretta —— 13 years Bill & Carolyn Paulette —— 41 years

Tuesday —— 12th Pat & Betsy Lacy —— 8 years

Wednesday —— 13th Greg & Wendy Smith —— 9 years

Thursday —— 14th Chris & Gretchen Roberts —— 4 years



A Stewardship Message from Ty Hays My thoughts on stewardship tend to run back to the song you learn as a little kid, ““……the church is the people.”” Some of that statement means attending, but a lot of that means supporting what you believe in with your time and talents, as well as monetary support. If you want the church to support certain missions, the church needs money and volunteers to do that. If you believe that the church should have an active role in bringing in new families with children and youth, then you need to have volunteers to help run children and youth programs. If you appreciate the excellent music program and the high level of Christian education the church provides, then it is important to support these programs and volunteer where your skills can be best utilized. The church is only as a great as its members allow it to be and it can only operate if people accept the responsibility to be actively involved. I support River Road Church because I believe the church is doing God’’s work. I support it because I appreciate how the church has helped me to grow in faith throughout my life and I want to be able to help others experience this as well. I support the music program because praising God through music is very meaningful to me. I participate in mission projects organized by the church because I believe the church is following God’’s command to help those in need. I support River Road Church because I need the fellowship community that this church provides in my life.

From Our Faith Community Nurse ““Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God." In October, many Christians recognize the Feast of St. Francis (October 4). Francis is fondly remembered for many virtues including peacemaking, openness to all, simplicity in living, radically living a call to service, and respect for all creation. This month let us look at peacemaking. The Bible provides many support verses for a call to peacemaking and Biblical reconciliation. In the Old Testament, God blessed His people with peace and wholeness, promises joy for those who promote peace, and Jesus was prophesied to be the Prince of Peace (Num. 6:26; Prov. 12:20; Is. 9:6). In the New Testament, Jesus is seen as our peace, and we are called and empowered to be peacemakers. (Jn. 14:27; Mt. 5:9) What are the Challenges to Peace? Most of our days are punctuated with some measure of conflict and discord, either within ourselves, with others, or in our spiritual life. Certainly some of the factors that contribute to conflict include our busy and hectic lives, less opportunity for real communication that explores feelings, perceptions, and the increasing tolerance for violence as a form of problem solving. Sometimes, real strength involves looking for another solution. What can we do to Cultivate a Life of Peace? The Bible offers us some great wisdom on living lives as peacemakers, and a perspective is captured in the following acrostic: Pursue God, His Word, and His way of responding to conflict ( Mt. 6:33) Each person you meet, look at them as Christ sees them and avoid focusing on minor faults (1 Jn. 4:7) Accept personal responsibility for your contribution to conflict, try to see the situation from the other person's viewpoint (Gal. 6:4) Connect with the other person and ask for forgiveness (Mt. 5:23-24) Evaluate this situation and all others in the future for peaceable rather than punitive solutions. You can ask yourself, am I really committed to a peaceful solution, even if it takes more time and energy...or do I feel I am in the right and I want the other person to "feel my anger"? (Ps. 34:14) May we be blessed as we pursue lives of peace and wholeness. (Mt. 5:9) Taken from Health Ministries I.C.A.R.E., Inc. As always, please contact me if I can be of help to you or your loved ones. Your health care partner and Faith Community Nurse, Bonnie Livick Telephone: 338-0413 Email:

Middle School Retreat November 5 - 7, 2010 Camp Crossroads Cost: $110 Retreat activities will include: worship, group games, climbing wall, basketball, challenge course and hiking. Full and partial scholarships are available upon request. Students are welcome to bring friends.

Ca l enda r Oc t ober 6 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. Small Group 7:00 - 7:30 p.m. Group Building Games Oc t ober 10 10:30 a.m. Youth choir meets to robe and prepare for worship service No evening youth choir rehearsal 6:00 - 6:30 p.m. Snack Supper (Cost $3) 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. Current Youth Worship Oc t ober 13 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. Small Group 7:00 - 7:30 p.m. Group Building Games Oc t ober 15 - 17 High school retreat Oc t ober 17 No evening youth activities Oc t ober 20 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. Small Group 7:00 - 7:30 p.m. Group Building Games

Snack supper

on October 10 will be provided by Michael & Theresa Price

Youth Choir Jam November 19-20 Youth Choir JAM is a weekend (Friday & Saturday) of music workshops and fellowship with students from youth choirs around Virginia, including: Richmond, Hampton, Blacksburg & Roanoke. This year the JAM will be hosted at River Road Church. The event ends with a concert on Saturday afternoon, which is open to the public. In order to sign up as a participant or a parent volunteer, please contact David Gulick:

You t h g r ee t e r s October 10 October 17 October 24

Emily Sheppard Robbie Newcomb & Jordan Nurney Benjamin Roper

*On your Sunday to greet, please meet in the Narthex at 10:30 a.m. and ask an adult greeter for instructions.

For more information about youth programs please contact Rachel Hoffman, Minister to Youth:

October Calendar of Events Sunday, October 10

Monday, October 11 Tuesday, October 12 Wednesday, October 13 Thursday, October 14

Friday, October 15

Nominating Committee, 4:00 p.m., Church Parlor Youth Choir, 5:15 - 6:00 p.m. Youth Snack Supper, 6:00 - 6:30 p.m. Way of the Child, 6:00 p.m., Room 152 (Chapel Undercroft) Adult Bible Study, 6:00 p.m., Chapel Hall Current Youth Worship, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. Board of Christian Education, 7:30 p.m., Church Parlor and Archives Joyful Hearts, 9:00 - 10:45 a.m., Journey Room, Life Room, 141 WMU, 10:00 a.m., Off-site Volleyball, 7:00 - 9:30 p.m., Fellowship Hall Music Minister Search Committee, 7:30 p.m., Church Parlor River Roadsters to the Pentagon, 8:30 a.m. Yoga, 7:00 p.m., Chapel Hall Ballroom Dancing, 7:00 p.m. & 8:00 p.m., Fellowship Hall Chancel Choir Rehearsal, 7:30 p.m., Music Suite High School Retreat 10 Great Dates, 6:30 p.m., Assembly Room

For the Month of October 2010: Pray for Public, Non-profit, and Religious Social Service Work and Ministries in Metropolitan Richmond. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me. —— Matthew 25:35-36 ESV For the week of October 10, 2010: We pray for public, non-profit, and religious social service work and ministries in Metropolitan Richmond: for all in need of mental health services, all mental health workers, counselors and treatment facilities. The Spire is published weekly, except December 25, by River Road Church, Baptist, 8000 River Road, Richmond, VA 23229-8415, (804) 288-1131. Information for any newsletter may be brought to the church office or faxed to us at (804) 282-9172. Copy deadline is Monday, noon. Editor: Brittany Ruffner

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River Road Church is a Christian community committed to the free and thoughtful pursuit of personal faith, expressed reverently through beau...

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River Road Church is a Christian community committed to the free and thoughtful pursuit of personal faith, expressed reverently through beau...