News About Ongoing Church Activities
CHILDREN and Youth Choir News
Calling all Children in Grades 1-6
(Save that 3:45-4:15 p.m. time slot!)
Calling all Youth in Grades 7 and up
These choirs are accepting new members and welcoming back old ones for the 2020-2021 school year. This year will be different for sure, so stay tuned for more information as the school year starts.
For more information, please contact Lisa Rawson, Director of Choirs for Children and Youth, by clicking .
Jason Charneski, Director of Music and Organist, will be pleased to answer questions about your involvement in any aspect of RPC’s music ministry. Please speak with him in person, call him at 967-0842, ext. 16, or send him an e-mail.
High School Youth Group News
All 9th–12th graders are welcome at RPC’s High School Youth Group
We will begin with an in-person gathering out on the Great Lawn on Sunday, September 13, at 6:00 p.m. We will take time to catch up with one another, then discuss how we can support each other and serve our community during the school year. All in-person gatherings, starting with this one, will follow the church’s COVID-19 guidelines until further notice, including the wearing of masks and practicing social distancing. Each month we will hold three gatherings for our high school youth to attend. Alongside monthly in-person community service opportunities, we are introducing two new gatherings:
Faith in an Anxious World: This fall we invite our high school youth to join us for a new four-part series called Faith in an Anxious World. It is our hope to help our youth develop a deeper understanding of Jesus – one in which he becomes a living, breathing example of the wholeness we can experience in our daily walk with God. Each session we'll talk about anxiety, delve into stories throughout the Bible where God enters into an anxious situation and uses it to nurture growth, and discover spiritual practices we can use to look to God as we navigate daily life. We will meet once a month via Zoom during Sunday evenings at 6:00 p.m. If you are interested in joining us, email Rev. JP (
-Sept. 20: Life in an anxious world. See and name the pressure that builds in and around us.
-Oct. 18: Life in a relational world. Build a circle of support for both good times and bad.
-Nov. 15: Life in a hurting world. Know when our feelings become more than we can handle on our own.
-Dec. 13: Life in a hopeful world. Recognize God at work in our anxious world.
Youth Vespers: This fall we're introducing a new in-person gathering called Vespers, where we invite our high school youth to slow down in the midst of all the busyness for a time of intentional connection and prayer. We will begin in silence as we ground ourselves in God’s presence, then take time to express gratitude for the relationships in our lives. We'll then pass the peace, followed by a time of praying for each other. Our time together will end with a moment of connection and food (of course!).
All high school youth are invited to join us for Vespers on every fourth Sunday at 6:00 pm. We will gather in the Assembly Room, the Great Lawn, or the Chapel, depending on the month. Please let Rev. JP ( ) know beforehand if you plan on joining us for Vespers. Also, if you ever have a specific concern you would like us to pray for, please feel free to reach out, even if you are unable to attend!
Youth Leadership Opportunities: There are a variety of ways our youth can share their time and gifts with the church! All youth are invited to read scripture, serve as ushers, or share any musical gifts with us during Sunday worship. Our high school youth are also welcome to help lead virtual Sunday School via Zoom or our new monthly Vespers gatherings. And their voices are always welcome on any of our church’s committees! If you are interested in serving the church through any of these roles, or if you think of another way you wish to serve, please contact Rev. JP.
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Men's Bible Study News
Sundays, September 13 & 27 at 8:00 p.m.
via Zoom - Contact Dan Love for the link.
If you’ve been thinking about joining in on this time of figuring out how the bible speaks to us about life and faith, it’s a great time to join this twice monthly gathering. This month we will be resuming our work through the Gospel according to Luke. If you’d like to get email reminders about this ongoing study, contact Dan Love at . For now, we will continue to meet on Zoom.
Middle School Connection News
Connection, RPC’s Middle School Youth Group, is open to all 6th –8th graders.
Connection kicks off the school year with an in-person gathering out on the Great Lawn on Wednesday, September 16 at 5:30 p.m. We’ll take time to catch up with one another, then play some games and pray together. All in-person gatherings, starting with this one, will follow the church’s COVID-19 guidelines until further notice, including the wearing of masks and practicing social distancing.
After that, we will meet twice a month. One of the gatherings will be via Zoom, during which we will catch up with one another, play games, and pray together. The monthly in-person gatherings will focus on serving our neighbors in a variety of ways.
Let Rev. JP know if you’d like to be on the email list ( )
Also, you can also sign up for updates through Remind: text@rpccon to 81010 or sign up at: https.remind.com/join/rpccon.
Group Me! We are keeping the connections going through our middle school and high school GroupMe group chats! If your youth would like to be a part of these chats, please send Rev. JP either their cell-phone number or email.
Prayer Gathering - Sunday mornings
Please join us in the library each Sunday at 8:40 a.m., as we gather to offer together our prayers of joy, concern and support. If you have any questions, would like to help as a prayer facilitator, or would like to submit a prayer request, please email Tony Savarese.
“For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them…” Matthew 18:19-20.
Sunday School News
Starting Sunday, September 13, we are going virtual for Sunday School! The curriculum is Illustrated Ministry’s The Beatitudes: An Illustrated Curriculum. Through art, reflection, and discussion, we will learn about Jesus’ vision of God’s kingdom for all people, how Jesus turned expectations and traditional beliefs about being blessed upside down, and how to live into the promises of Jesus’ Beatitudes from Matthew 4:23-5:12.
Each week we will focus on a different theme:
Sept 13: To Be Blessed
Sept 20: The Beatitudes
Sept 27: Blessed are the Poor in Spirit
Each Sunday we will meet as a combined 30--minute class for PreK--5th grade via Zoom at 9:00 a.m. During each session, we will catch up with one another and discuss our welcome question, reflect on that morning’s theme, offer a blessing to one another, and end our time together with a few discussion questions and a prayer. If you would like your child(ren) to participate via Zoom, please fill out the registration form - ryepc.com/ministries/children/
We will also be including a Family Page in our weekly Christian Ed newsletter for families to engage Jesus’ Beatitudes together at home! The Family Page consists of a central question, a brief reflection, a coloring page, an activity and a prayer. If you would like to receive these materials and are not already signed up for our newsletter, please contact Rev. JP ( ). We hope you and your families join us as we engage scripture and live into the promises of Jesus’ Beatitudes together!
CHILDREN IN WORSHIP
While we have begun gathering in person for worship again, it will be a while until we can start up Sunday School and Child Care. So to our families with young children:
“Jesus said to them, ‘Allow the children to come to me. Don’t forbid them, because God’s kingdom belongs to people like these children…’ Then he hugged the children and blessed them.” -Mark 10:14-16
Jesus not only welcomed children, he also blessed them. Know that your children’s presence in worship is both welcomed and a blessing to us all! Here are some ideas to help make the most out of worship as a family:
*Please make sure to register to attend worship each week so we know how many from your family will be attending - ryepc.com/worship/worship-at-rpc/
*Bring crayons or colored pencils from home so your children can color the provided coloring pages and illustrated children’s bulletins.
*Explain what is happening during worship and what is coming next. Let children cross things off in the bulletin as they happen. Whispering is okay!
*When it’s time to stand, allow children to kneel on the pews if they would like.
*Allow children to participate in the offering by putting in your envelope or putting in their own gift. A picture drawn for God is appropriate!
Most importantly, relax and be at peace. We know that God made children to be full of energy and excitement. We look forward to seeing you all in worship!
3 Ts - Third Tuesdays at Ten
The 3T's is now five years old. The Third Tuesday at Ten in the morning finds the church library filled with ideas, perspectives, and laughter. There has been two years of sharing thoughts on a variety of subjects. Each month an average of 20 members of RPC and other houses of worship meet to discuss numerous topics including adversity, expectations, memories of our younger days, our spiritual journeys, and other subjects of interest.
There is an atmosphere of confidentiality, non-judgment, and encouragement during our time together. Understanding another's point of view is an important "fringe benefit."
September meeting: Tuesday, September 15, 9:50 a.m., via Zoom.
MONDAY Morning Bible Discussion
Mondays, September 14, 21, & 28,
at 9:30 a.m. via Zoom - Click here for the link.
Beginning on September 14, the Monday Bible Discussion group will resume its weekly work on our overview journey through the bible using videos from The Bible Project (bibleproject.com). We will meet online on Zoom at 9:30 a.m. each Monday, though there will be some adjustments around holidays, etc. This month, we’ll meet on September 14, 21, and 28. To get on the email reminder list, contact Dan Love.
Women's Bible Study News
Stay Tuned for Updates
Please join the Women’s Bible Study twice monthly on Saturday mornings at 10:00 a.m. in the RPC Library. A warm welcome and hot coffee will await!
For information, contact Cynthia De Santis.
Tuesday AFTERNOON Women's Discipleship Group
Tuesdays, beginning September 22,
1:00-2:30 p.m. via Zoom
Please join our discipleship as we continue our study of
Esther: A Woman of Strength & Dignity
by Charles R. Swindoll