To the Congregation on the Occasion of Ordaining & Installing New Elders & Deacons

by Ruling Elder Steve Powell (originally delivered to the congregation at the 9:00 a.m. service on March 7, 2021)

My privilege today is to share some words of encouragement to you the congregation regarding this occasion. And I want to do this in the context of our purpose here at Spriggs Road.

Our purpose as a church is to glorify God by extending the kingdom of Jesus Christ over all individual lives through all areas of society and in all nations and cultures. To accomplish this, we (as a body) seek to work out the essential elements needed in Christian discipleship as they are summarized in acts 2:42. We seek to be continually growing in vital worship, in theological depth, in true fellowship, in bold evangelism and in deeds of compassion. 

Now with this purpose as a backdrop you should be very encouraged that the Lord has provided these men to help lead and coordinate all the supporting ministry activities of this congregation in those key areas. But notice I did not say these men will “do” all the supporting ministry activities for this congregation.  

This is important to understand since ministry is not a “spectator sport.” All of us have a role to play in advancing the people of God toward maturity in Christ and all have been gifted in some way for working collectively toward that goal.  So, in the final analysis, Christian ministry is designed to involve every member. And as leaders we need everyone to join with us in implementing and sustaining the vital ministries.

I want to give you some key words that involve action on your part.   I encourage you to listen and reflect on these words as you consider your relationship with us as elders and deacons and what your supporting role is here at Spriggs Road Presbyterian Church.  I have chosen to use the letters from our church name abbreviation SRPC to highlight those key words.   

The first group of action words begin with S:

Sharpen – Proverbs 27:17 As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another. In Old Testament times, one iron blade was used to sharpen another blade until both became more effective tools. This is an important relational concept involving mutual accountability and strengthening. So, help us to build relationships that will sharpen all of us.

Support – Consider all the areas of ministry and the array of tasks involved in those areas and think about all the ways you can support the leadership team as well as each other.  And also take some time ask us about opportunities to serve.  We will be glad to give you feedback about opportunities. 

Serve – Think about how you have been gifted and how you might come alongside us in serving the body here. Then make a commitment. Remember, the Lord uses service as a key part of our sanctification process. 

Next are the action words beginning with R:

Reach out – be proactive and engage us, talk to us, text us, email us or whatever works best for you.

Recommend ideas and solutions in support of the ministry. Give us your perspectives and concerns.

Responsibility – take responsibility for being part of the solution.  The deacons always need help in their key ministry areas so be proactive and volunteer.

Next are the action words beginning with P:

Partner and Participate – join with us and many others in supporting our ministry activities.

Pray – please pray for us and our families.  This is so important to us.  We are not supermen.  We need your prayers and we value them.

And finally, are the action words beginning we C:

Connect – connect and communicate with us, not only to give us feedback, but to ask about us, to encourage us, and to share your requests with us.

Comfort and care – We, along with our families, will often need the caring and comforting support of others.  Recent examples.

Quick Summary Take some time to think and reflect on these words.   They are important.

  1. Sharpen
  2. Support
  3. Serve
  4. Reach out
  5. Recommend
  6. Take responsibility
  7. Partner and Participate
  8. Pray
  9. Connect
  10. Comfort and care

And in conclusion – on behalf of the elders and the deacons let me say that we are deeply thankful for all of you and for how you support us.

Newly Elected Officers

SRPC welcomes two newly elected Elders, Dan Bredbenner and Ryan Heisey, and two newly elected Deacons, Charlie Kim and Erik Woloszczuk, to the Session and Diaconate respectively.  All four were duly elected by the congregation on February 14, 2021.  An ordination and installation service for the officers-elect is tentatively planned for March 7, 2021.  

In addition, Assistant Pastor Matt Bowles was elected by the congregation as Associate Pastor at the same congregational meeting.  He will be installed after the March 20 meeting of Potomac Presbytery to take his seat as a voting member of the Session.

First Service Cancelled 2/14/2020

Because of the weather, we are cancelling the 9:00 service on Sunday, February 14.

We believe that it will be warmer later in the morning and are planning on having the 10:45 in-person service. We will also be livestreaming for any who do not feel comfortable venturing out in the weather.

We will also still have our planned congregational meeting at approximately 12:30 to vote on candidates for the office of Ruling Elder and of Deacon, as well as vote on calling Pastor Matt Bowles as our Associate Pastor.

Stay warm and dry.

Food Pantry Donations

The Deacons are continuing to collect non-perishable food items and general items for those in need in our community. Items can be placed in the blue bin in the hallway. Please contact Dan Bredbenner with any questions.  The items most needed according to the ACTS website (Jan 2021) are:

Canned and Dried Food
Breakfast items cereal, oatmeal, grits, etc.
Peanut butter and jelly
Canned or dry beans
Canned vegetables
Canned fruit
Canned meats (tuna, chicken)
Whole-grain pasta
Canned tomato sauce
Brown Rice
Cooking oil
Canned soup
General Items
Pull-ups and diapers size 5/6
Toilet Paper
Laundry Soap
Dish Soap
Feminine Hygiene Products

Ridge Haven Youth Summer Service Project

The annual SRPC youth service project at Ridge Haven for rising 6th – 12th graders is scheduled for July 26-31, 2021. Monday, Feb. 1 is the last day to get the early registration discount. Please see Pastor Matt for details.

This is a great opportunity for middle and high school students to enjoy a summer camp experience with all the fun activities and inspiring worship times of regular camps while also working as a team on a service project for 3-4 hours each day. This is the perfect way for youth to not only experience the adventure of a camp, but also put their faith into action.

Women’s Ministry Conference: February 18-20 2021

The PCA’s Committee on Discipleship Ministries (CDM) will be conducting its annual Women’s Ministries conference virtually this year on February 18-20, 2021. Any women interested in attending are welcome to register. The conference theme is: The Promise of His Presence: Living and Leading Covenantally ~ A Virtual Interactive Conference Experience designed to equip women and build His Church. The link to register can be found at

Congregational Meeting: February 14, 2021

There will be a congregational meeting on Sunday, February 14, 2021, following the second worship service at approximately 12:30 p.m. There will be an option for members to connect to the meeting via Zoom.

The purpose of the meeting is twofold: 1) to proceed to the election of additional Ruling Elders and Deacons; and 2) to act on the recommendation of the Session for the congregation to call Matteson Bowles, currently Assistant Pastor, as Associate Pastor of Spriggs Road Presbyterian Church.

If you have questions, please see one of the elders or Pastor Mang.