THERE WILL BE A FELLOWSHIP MEAL FOLLOWING THE SUNDAY MORNING WORSHIP ON JUNE 6. Tentatively, the plan is to have a section of tables available for those who wish to bring their own lunch and remain adequately distanced from others. There will also be the typical potluck dinner featuring amazing home-cooked cuisine, hopefully with plenty of Biblically-sanctioned meatballs!
The Session is making plans to return to our original worship schedule starting on the first Sunday in June (June 6). Worship will begin at 10:45 a.m. For those who wish or need to maintain distance and caution, there will be a dedicated section behind the piano where worshippers can remain distanced from one another and where wear face coverings will be worn. Entering and exiting will be through the back entrance of the sanctuary. Previously, we announced that we would not be having a Fellowship Dinner after worship on Sunday, June 6. THIS HAS CHANGED. THERE WILL BE A FELLOWSHIP MEAL FOLLOWING THE SUNDAY MORNING WORSHIP ON JUNE 6. Tentatively, the plan is to have a section of tables available for those who wish to bring their own lunch and remain adequately distanced from others. There will also be the typical potluck dinner featuring amazing home-cooked cuisine, hopefully with plenty of Biblically-sanctioned meatballs! As for the Sunday School schedule, our intention is also to begin offering the normal schedule on June 6, but this will ultimately depend upon staffing of the various grade levels and determining certain procedures to be observed. We appeal to the members of the congregation to consider helping out as teachers, assistants, or backups in one of the following areas for the coming year, especially if you have not done so before: Nursery; Pre-K to 2nd grade; Upper Elementary Grades 3-5; Middle Grades 6-8; and High School. Our hope is to begin offering Sunday School as soon as these necessary matters are settled and in place. If enough help out in these important ministries the load can be shared more broadly. A committee of Elders has been tasked by the Session to coordinate the necessary staffing needs and the logistics of conducting the classes and to bring recommendations to the Session at the next stated meeting of the Session on May 10. We welcome input and feedback, so if you wish to offer an opinion or a concern, please let the members of this committee know as soon as possible. The members of this committee are: Pastor Matt, RE Joe Deane, and RE Dan Bredbenner. Further announcements about more of the specifics involved in the Sunday School ministry will be forthcoming. We ask the body to be patient and understanding with one another during this transition. We are trying to anticipate as many scenarios, perspectives, and angles as we can, but likely there may be something overlooked. Please keep this next phase of congregational life in your prayers as we work toward regaining and restoring the fuller mission of the Church to gather and perfect the saints of God.
The SRPC Family Campout will be held May 20-22nd at the Deane property. Please add to your calendar and plan to join us for any and/or all activities. More information to follow. If you have any questions, please see Joe Deane or Dave Dise.
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.
- Reach out
- Take responsibility
- Partner and Participate
- 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.
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.
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.
Due to the wintry weather conditions, there will be no in-person worship Sunday, February 7, 2021. Please join us at 10:45 a.m. for online service.