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Sometimes the life of a church is peachy and wonderful. Sometimes the life of a church is harder to handle, with ups and downs and twists and turns and unexpected experiences.

We’re having one of those twisty turny unexpected times right now, so here is the latest news, a little reflection, and a space to share what’s going on in the church from your perspective.

The death of Jim H this past weekend is a shock to most of us. It is so unexpected, and a little confusing. We’re being church in really important ways–praying, bringing meals, remembering, looking for ways to support Gretchen and each other. If you’d like to help, please call your deacon, who can direct you to the person coordinating meals or cards or visits.

Jim’s memorial service will be in the sanctuary at RCLPC on Friday at 11am. We hope to see many of you, Jim’s faithful friends and colleagues in ministry and mission and fellowship. The reception afterward will be at Biaggi (not in the fellowship hall).
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Our phone and email systems are in the process of being changed…and in the meantime, there may be some difficulty. Please don’t leave voicemail messages, as we can’t check our voicemail. And please be patient with email blasts, as we’re working around a new system.

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It’s about to be stewardship season–though of course we know that the whole year is stewardship season, in the sense that we never stop contemplating what it means to be good stewards of the resources (time, talent, energy, money) that God has given us. Autumn is when we consider more directly our financial investment in the ministry and mission of RCLPC. As we seek to grow as a community, to grow in faith, and to grow in our ability to respond to God’s call to us, we hope you’ll all be thinking about why you are a part of RCLPC, what RCLPC means to you…and we hope you’ll be in worship to hear the stories of others answering these questions! We’re growing a community of believers here at RCLPC, and that growth requires resources. We know that God never calls without equipping, so we believe the resources are here!

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This coming Sunday (the 16th), we will have a guest preacher from Colombia at the 9:30 and 11:00 services. The Rev. Angelica Munos will be visiting. She is studying at McCormick this year. She’s from Baranquilla, Colombia. She’ll be preaching on Jeremiah 17 and 2 Corinthians 4, and her sermon is titled “In Whom Do We Place Our Trust?” It should be a great morning, with wonderful music, a wonderful guest, and inspiring worship. See you there.

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What do you see going on at RCLPC? Where is the Spirit moving? Where have you seen God lately? What do you hope for in your church community?

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  1. I was so appreciative of Nancy D’s devotional at Monday’s team meeting where everyone had an opportunity to share something about Jim H.; what he had done for us individually or as a church, what he meant to us as a model of Christian behavior and attitude. You could just feel a warm spirit, like a family sharing good memories in the middle of their grief. I was truly touched by the many wonderful expressions of love for Jim, Gretchen, and family.

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