October 6, 2021

October 6, 2021

Dear Friends,
 
Something very significant is about to happen this month in our church.  Our kids, ages 5-11 are about to begin meeting together on Thursday nights this month to learn the books of the Bible. 
 
That may not sound like much to you.  But it may be one of the most important things we’re doing this fall.  We are pouring a little bit of a foundation in some young lives and hearts.  Our prayers is that as we continue to pour a firm foundation in the lives of these children, eventually a house of faith will rest on top of that base. 
 
 Or to switch metaphors, we are planting seeds.  Our desire is for our children to find delight in God’s word and to begin what we pray will be a lifelong practice of mediating on it day and night.  When that happens, the Psalmist tells us, our children will grow up to be like trees planted by streams of water.  They will yield fruit in season.  They will not wither.  Whatever they do, they will prosper.
 
In a post-Christian environment (which is where we are in America today) we must not be casual about evangelizing and discipling the next generation. The need is urgent.  I assure you the enemy is not casual in his intent to wound and destroy our children. As parents and as a local church, we need to refocus and reprioritize how we love and lead the precious children in our midst to a rich, vibrant faith in Jesus.
 
So the extra effort we’re taking this month to bring the kids out on Thursday nights, have snacks, sing songs, have some games and crafts and teach them all 66 Bible book names may not seem like much.  But it’s a handful of seeds that we pray will one day grow into oaks of righteousness – the planting of the Lord (Isaiah 61:3).
 
Here are the details about the October RCCKids CONNECT:
 

We had a great First Tuesday meeting last night with Dr. James Anderson helping us think biblically about gender and sexuality.  Next month, on November 2, we’ll hear from Dr. Thaddeus Williams, the author of the book Confronting Injustice Without Compromising Truth.  Guys, click here for the syllabus that includes online articles, podcasts and other resources you can preview to help you get ready for our time together in November.    

fall women’s retreat

The Fall Women’s Retreat is next weekend.  A great time to getaway, relax, enjoy time with friends and come home refreshed and recharged. 
 
The cost is $100, and that includes two nights lodging and all the food for the weekend.  Scholarships are available for those who might need one. 
 
This is your last chance to register.  Click here and you’re all set!  
 

grandparenting summit | oct 21 & 22

The Grandparenting Summit is the week after next – October 21 and 22.  And we have some good news!  Thanks to a generous donor, we have a limited number of discounted registrations available.  If you sign up now and enter the discount code redeemerlgs21, your registration fee will drop from $59 per person to $35 per person.  If you’ve been waiting to sign up, or if you have someone you’ve been inviting to join you, this is the best time to register.  Log on and sign up now.

And keep in mind, if you are raising your grandchildren, registration for the event is free for you. 

TRUNK or treat

It’s time to make a candy run!  We did this week.  And we’ll be dropping off our bag of candy at church this Sunday so we can start getting ready for this:
 
Finally, pray for our students (and our volunteers!) as they head out Friday for their fall retreat this weekend.

JOHN 13 THIS SUNDAY

The word glory is one of those Bible words we use a lot without thinking much about.  It’s a word Jesus uses a lot as He prepares His disciples for the events that are about to unfold.  We’ll see why He has glory on His mind as we return to John 13 this Sunday.

See you in church.

Soli Deo Gloria!
Pastor Bob

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