November 9, 2018
Dear Church Family and Friends,
This Sunday we will celebrate the Lord’s Supper. The Bible says that “The cup of blessing that we bless, is it not a participation in the blood of Christ? The bread that we break, is it not a participation in the body of Christ? 17 Because there is one bread, we who are many are one body, for we all partake of the one bread.” (1 Cor 10:16-17) Receiving the Lord’s supper is “participation” in the blood and body of Christ. Communion is a unifying event. It means that -together as one body of believers- we identify with -and agree to participate in the sacrifice of Jesus. It means that like Him, we die to self and take on the life imparted by the cross. Paul states it this way: “If we have died with him, we will also live with him; 12 if we endure, we will also reign with him…” (2 Tim 2:11-12a) Please prepare to participate in communion this Sunday.
Jim Printz will be bringing the message this Sunday! Jim is sharing on “Trusting Jesus” from the story of the disciples in the storm found in Mark 4:35-41. I am looking forward to hearing Jim share! It is such a privilege to see God raising Jim up as a preacher/teacher in the Body of Christ!
Church Directories are available! Each family is welcome to take a church directory. The directory is a wonderful way to stay united and connected as a body of believers! I want to personally thank Jean Marie, Jean Schillinger and Joanne Histand for their work on compiling and publishing the directory. What a blessing this is for our church family!
Please pray for Matt Anderson as he is in Cuba! Matt left for Cuba this past Thursday and will be gone all next week serving in ministry there. Please pray for health and safety and the anointing of the Lord as Matt ministers along with Ted Harlow and other U.S. believers as they serve the evangelism and discipleship efforts in Cuba.
Tithing and attendance since October 1st indicates that there may not be enough support for RCC to continue after January 1, 2019. As your pastor, it is essential that I clearly communicate the critical nature of our ongoing financial crisis. Please read the following information so that you can understand the crisis and so that you can pray, discern your participation and be present for our coporate meetings to pray, discern and discuss what is going on at the close of the service next Sunday.
In order to maintain use of the building, support a half-time pastor and grow as a congregation an average total of $1,900 in tithes must be received each week. There is good news, the weekly tithes and offerings received since October 1st has increased from below $800/week to $1,455/week. Unfortunately, this increase does not reach the $1900 goal needed to maintain and grow as a congregation. What does this mean for the future of RCC? Not reaching the weekly goal of $1900 means that we will need to discern on January 1st whether we need to close the doors of the church or operate in another space or without the support of a half-time pastor. Please be in prayer about all these things and what your part in participation is. I have confidence that this refining (death producing) situation we are in is an opportunity to truly become a presence-based community (a community that gathers to encounter and lives in radical obedience to the presence of God.) In order for us to experience victory in this refining process, each one of us will have to passionately seek God in prayer and passionately choose to serve one another. The important questions to ask are: “What is God saying to me about dying to self, picking up my cross and following Jesus?” and “How is God calling me to love, serve and minister to my fellow members in the body of Christ at RCC?” Radical and personal obedience to Jesus will allow our church family to operate in unity and enable God to move in powerful ways in our church family and community.
We will meet, pray, discern and discuss the future of our church family NEXT SUNDAY – Nov. 18th! Please plan to be in attendance. We will plan to give ample time for information sharing, discernment and discussion on this important issue for the last 30-40 minutes of the service.
See you on Sunday!
Pastor Jon Quesenberry