Waiting on God – Plans for the New Year!

Dear RCC Friends and Family,

Our Christmas Gathering last Tuesday was wonderful! The kids did such a wonderful job with their presentation! I really appreciated the message of the Christmas program! We also had a very special time of carol singing and then a short candlelight service before enjoying holiday food in the fellowship hall. People also seemed to have a good time with our Christmas “trivia” game. I think that some of us (including me) learned some new facts about Christmas. Thanks to everyone who contributed and participated in our Christmas Celebration!

I want to take an opportunity to thank Carol Quesenberry, for all of her hard work! No one will ever know what Carol does because she does serves so selflessly! I truly don’t know of anyone like her. She does so many important things in service for so many people! She is a true partner in ministry. In fact, I believer that she does as much as I do in serving our church family!

Gloria Ward passed away on Tuesday of this week. Gloria suffered with pancreatic cancer and peacefully passed away  after being hospitalized last week in Hospice care early on Christmas morning. Gloria’s memorial service will be held at RCC on Tuesday, January 8th at 10:30am. If you have any correspondence etc. for the family you can give it to Arlin or Janet Martin.

This Sunday we will gather to worship God and seek His face. The topic of the sermon is: “Waiting on God.” I apologize because I was planning on sharing on this topic last week, but I ended up sharing a sermon on “The Priesthood” instead. This week, I am fairly certain, however, that I will be sharing on what it means to “wait on God.” Waiting on God is of primary importance according to the Bible. According to Hebrews 11:6, We cannot please God without faithfully drawing near to God. “But without faith it is impossible to please God. For it is right that the one drawing near to God should believe that He is, and that He becomes a rewarder to the ones seeking Him out..” (Heb 11:6 LITV) This Sunday, we will discuss what it means and practical ways of  waiting on God.

We are setting aside January, 7- 9 for our final 3 day fast. On Thursday, January 10th at 6:30 we will meet for Prayer, the Lord’s Supper and Footwashing. Please note these dates on your calendar. This will be an important event in the life of our church family.  The goal of the fast is to seek the Lord with humility and open hearts. It is the the process described in Joel 2:13-14: “Rend your heart and not your garments. Return to the LORD your God, for he is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love, and he relents from sending calamity. Who knows? He may turn and relent and leave behind a blessing…” Our Goal in fasting is to wait on God for His intervention and His insight and discernment in the life of our church. Please write down the discernments that you receive from the Lord as you seek His face about the future of RCC.

After this January 3 day fast and prayer meeting we will gather for a family meeting for RCC family meeting on Sunday, January 13th at 10am  to share and discern together the next steps for our congregation.  

Starting on Sunday, January, 20thth we will be starting a new 8 week series: “Being Church” 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. He stepped down and spent time overseas with various functional churches in India, Singapore and Tibet. “Letters to the Church” is a wonderful book. It contains prophetic insight into the heart of God for the American church. This series will be life changing!

See you on Sunday,

Pastor Jon Quesenberry