Posted on March 18, 2020
To the RCC Family,
Greetings! I want to share with you a quick update concerning RCC’s response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The church leadership met last night to pray and make key decisions regarding church services and programs for the near future. The CDC’s strong recommendation to limit social gatherings to ten and under over the next eight weeks certainly presents challenges to faith communities like RCC. As a church we want to be socially responsible, respecting the informed decisions of government and practicing social distancing as an expression of “love thy neighbor.” At the same time, we also want to be spiritually vital and creative, pursing short-term, alternative expressions of worship, community, and ministry.
With this introduction in mind, here are RCC’s updated plans and strategies for the next two months. Please share this information with other members of the RCC community, especially those who may not be connected to social media.
For the next eight weeks (through May 10th), RCC’s worship services will be completely online. For clarity, this means there will be no in-person Sunday AM gatherings over the next two months (including Sunday school classes). Beginning this Sunday at 10:30 AM, we will offer a worship service through Facebook Live. Within a couple of weeks, we also hope to offer either live streaming of our service or the option to watch a video of the service on our website. As soon as this second online option is in place, we will make this known to the congregation.
Related, we have purchased the necessary licenses to be lawfully able to record and post online our entire worship service. Audio podcasts of full services should be available by early next week. We are also going to make CD copies available to those who cannot access Facebook or the church’s website. Please communicate with us if you would like a CD mailed to you.
All other routine, onsite church programming including 242, adult education programs, children’s ministries, and student ministries are cancelled through March. The leadership will decide at the beginning of April if this programming hiatus will be extended for the full eight weeks. With this in mind, we are considering possible online study and community opportunities. We’ll share more details soon. Additional types of smaller gatherings will be judged on a case by case basis over the next two months. Call the church office if you have any questions.
The church will continue to function according to the normal weekly office hours (8:00 AM – 3:00 PM). Staff will be available if you need anything.
Beginning next week, we plan to send out through email a weekly congregational news update. If your email has changed, please let us know. Also, let us know if you would prefer a print version of the update mailed to you. This weekly RCC news source will include relevant announcements, prayer needs, and a devotional study based on the current sermon series. On that note, we plan to resume our study of Peter’s life this upcoming Sunday.
Finally, we are actively and prayerfully thinking about what ministry needs the church may be able to meet in the weeks to come. With unease over the virus spread and the resulting economic hardships, RCC wants to be ready to be the hands and feet of Christ to our community. One initiative is that we are providing “buddy bags” to students in the community who might be hungry.
A second initiative is a “community cupboard” we have set up to support families in our congregation. Located in the office hallway, various goods are being brought in to share with anyone who has need (Acts 2:44-45). We do not want anyone in the RCC family to do without. If you need something, please visit the “cupboard.” If you would like to donate, please stop by. Rather than panicking or hoarding, let’s share with one another and bear each other’s burdens.
I will close with the beautiful promise of Isaiah 40:31 – “but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”
Posted on December 18, 2019
Posted on April 15, 2019
7:00 AM ~ Sunrise Service
7:30 AM ~ Breakfast
9:00 & 10:30 AM ~ Worship Services
(please note no Sunday School)
Posted on July 19, 2018
The Women of Service have set up a red, white and blue decorated tree to replace the “Teen Giving Tree” usually set up at Christmas. They will collect toys, games and gifts, for all ages of children served through the Parke County Community Food Pantry. The items will be stored until the Food Pantry sets up their Christmas Shop. The red/white/blue tags are gift suggestions for people to take and purchase. The gifts do not need to be wrapped and can be returned any time during the month.
Posted on December 9, 2015
The Women of Service will meet on December 12, at 8:30 AM. Devotions will be Janett Allen. This will be a breakfast and organizational meeting for 2016. Hostesses are the Steering Committee.
Posted on November 4, 2015
Operation Christmas Child is the largest Christmas project of its kind. It uses gift-filled shoeboxes to demonstrate God’s love in a tangible way to children in need around the world. Click here to read about how and what to pack in your shoebox. National Collection Week is November 16-23. Packing Day will be Sunday November 22. Contact Ronna if you are able to help after church.
Posted on December 5, 2014
Throughout the Bible there are verses and events that remind us, “Fear Not!” even when life seems hopeless. God has promised He will never abandon or leave us, and He has sealed that promise through the Gift of His Son, Jesus Christ.
Join our Praise Kids, Worship Band & Praise Chorus on Sunday evening, December 21, at 6:30 PM for a special worship service celebrating God’s love for us. Invite your friends and family to experience the Hope we have in Christ!
Please bring your favorite Christmas treats to share in a time of “Sweets & Treats”, immediately following the service in Fellowship Hall.
Posted on March 25, 2013
The Missions Committee is dedicated to learning more about each of our supported missions, sharing this information with the congregation and using our mission dollars wisely. We are partners with those who are spreading the gospel and the love of Christ to people in Parke County, the state of Indiana, America and around the world. We are currently supporting 15 different mission fields. We help organize two Mission Sundays, one in the spring and one in the fall. We also hlep in putting together short-term mission trips and encourage participation by members of our church family.
Our Supported Missions:
Posted on March 25, 2013
Christian Women’s Fellowship
CWF is a senior women’s ministry. Their ministry is to honor the Lord in service to the church, the community and to world missions. Monthly meetings are the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 1:30 PM. Activities include the support of the local food pantry, a card ministry, F.A.M.E., mission speakers, Appalachian Christian Ministry, and Samaritan’s Purse gift boxes. Ladies of CWF and Women of Service cooperate in preparation of bereavements dinners, assistance with baptisms, maintenance of the kitchen and monetary contributions as needed to the church body.
Women of Service
Our mission is to be of service to the church, to maintain outreach to members of the church, and to provide opportunity for Christian fellowship and personal growth in their faith. Women of Service is Christ-centered and serves through the love of God. Currently, the ladies meet the second Saturday of each month for breakfast (unless another activity is planned). Meetings are held at the church Fellowship Hall at 8:30 AM. Activities of the group are baptismal duties, working with the Christian Women’s Fellowship on Bereavement Committee, sending care packages to college students, women’s day activities such as our Annual Women’s Retreat, assisting the church body wherever needed, the Christmas Giving Tree for children of Parke County and sponsoring a Day Mission Trip or two to F.A.M.E. headquarters in Indianapolis. All women are invited to attend and become involved in this ministry.
Women of Purpose
Women of Purpose is a Bible study group that meets every Monday (during the school year) from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall. Women of Purpose has been in existence for about 16 years. Originally called “Mothering Matters,” the group was founded for young mothers to gather and get into God’s Word and to be a support for each other. As our children grew, so did we. Our group has changed from young mothers to women of all ages and several church backgrounds. Our purpose is still the same – to study God’s Word and to provide support for each other. Our group has definitely diversified and we invite all ladies to join us.
We have done numerous studies over the years from topical to studying specific books of the Bible.
Women’s Bible Study
Women of all ages gather on Monday evenings for a time of fellowship, prayer and study (and food!). This Bible Study meets from 6:00 – 8:00 PM, generally at Janet Fahey’s home but occasionally at McVay Chiropractic offices. Sandy Thurman and Tina Jacks lead the group through topic studies, books of the Bible and books by Christian authors. Bring your Bible and a hunger for applying God’s Word and join us!
Women of Faith Conference
For the last several years, we have organized a group of women to attend the nearest Women of Faith Conference. Registration information will be announced as it is available. Visit the Women of Faith website for more information.