January 17, 2019
Dear Church Family & Friends,
This coming Sunday we will meet following the service at noon for a family meeting. Please plan to stay following the service for an 45 minute to 1 hour meeting to begin the decision making process regarding the future of RCC. Our focus for the meeting will be on hearing and discussing discernments gained through fasting and prayer. This meeting will be the first of several meetings to make decisions about the next steps at RCC. Child care will be available.
Starting this Sunday, January, 20th we will also be starting a new 8 week series: “Being Church” The focus of this series is on how to BE the church in this day and time. There is a radical shift happening in the church. Overall, church attendance in America is on the decline. Over half of born again believers do not attend church regularly. Megachurches seem to be attracting many while small traditional churches are closing. What is the path that God has for us? This series, I believe will give many important insights for our discernment process.
Our Being church series will focus on what the church looks like according to scripture. We will be using Francis Chan’s new book; “Letters to the Church” as a resource. If you would like a copy for $9 (bookstore price is $12-$16) please reply to this email. Francis Chan was a successful author and mega-church pastor in southern California. Eight years ago, he stepped down after a period of personal fasting and prayer. During this time of reflection he discerned that the church in America (and more specifically his church) was giving more time and energy to pleasing people rather than pleasing God. After resigning, he spent time overseas. “Letters to the Church” came out of seeing what God is doing in the church worldwide that is free of the stranglehold of consumerism. This is a revolutionary book. It contains prophetic insight into the heart of God for the American church. This series will be life changing!
If you would like your own copy be sure to let me know by text or email.
Pastor Jon Quesenberry