The annual fall church work day will be held on October 23, 2021 (rain date October 30, 2021). Contact Charlie Kim for details.
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 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 meats (tuna, chicken)
Canned tomato sauce
Pull-ups and diapers size 5/6
Feminine Hygiene Products
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.
Due to a rainy forecast our annual church picnic has been postponed to Saturday, Oct 17th from 3-7 pm. Food will be served at 4pm.
Please visit the Sign-Up Genius below to edit your RSVP if needed.
We will be making a few changes to be cautious, so please read carefully. We hope this will be an opportunity for our entire church family to be “together” during this unusual year.
It will be outside and there will be plenty of room to spread out. Please be especially mindful of those with health risks.
– Bring your own chairs/picnic blanket
– Bring your own drinks (no cups or drinks will be provided)
– A mask is recommended for going through the food line and when talking with others.
– Food will be served at 4 pm.
– There will be a set menu provided (no need to bring any food to share) We will be having Fried Chicken, Meatballs, Mac-n-cheese, Baked Beans, Corn, Salad, Applesauce, and Cookies.
– Plates will be filled by servers with masks and gloves.
– Feel free to bring your own picnic meal if you prefer.
– Rain date will be the following Saturday. We will make an announcement by Friday, if needed.
Our denomination’s Mission to North America Disaster Response organization has much of its operations on hold due to COVID-19. This organization deploys volunteers to areas hit by a hurricane, flood, tornado, or some other natural disaster to provide assistance in clean up and recovery. Unfortunately, the current travel restrictions in place due to the pandemic have limited their ability to minister in this way. Once the travel bans are lifted they will need teams of volunteers to help with efforts that have been left incomplete due to COVID-19, as well as response to new need that are likely to result in the coming storm season.
Please visit their website to learn more https://pcamna.org/disaster-response/
In a recent letter they also encourage churches to use this time to consider forming teams to develop their own disaster preparedness programs. MNA Disaster Response offers workshops and seminars to help with these efforts.
We’ll hold our potluck Missions Banquet On Sunday, March 29th following the worship service! This will be in lieu of our April Fellowship Meal. Between now and the banquet, be sure to check out the table beneath the hallway bulletin board featuring the many missionaries we support. It’s a great way to learn interesting facts about them!
On the first Sunday of each month, the SRPC Diaconate collects canned and dry goods for the local food pantry. Please bring an item or two to donate to the local food pantry and place it in the bin in the foyer.
Items most needed:
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
- Pull-ups and diapers size 5/6
- Toilet Paper
- Laundry Soap
- Dish Soap
- Feminine Hygiene Products
Vacation Bible School: If you have any interest in VBS at SRPC this year, please attend an info/interest meeting after the worship service on January 26th! We will discuss VBS options, potential dates in June, and volunteer leadership.
Please note that there are still many slots left to be filled in the Nursery Duty Sign-Up:
We need all able adult church members to participate in order to provide this important ministry to the families attending our services. If you have questions please contact Robin Deane.
Also, please complete the SRPC Child Protection training, if you have not done so already. Our goal is to have 100% of the adults in our congregation complete this training. Please email Jeff Holbrook for the link to the training.
Many of you have had opportunity to meet the DeLong family who have visited SRPC in the past. Matthew is the Reformed University Fellowship – International (RUF-I) campus minister at George Mason University (GMU). RUF-I GMU is a local ministry with global reach. As they welcome students and scholars from around the world to George Mason University by meeting physical needs and building community, they are promoting international friendships, cultural exchange, and, above all, providing a safe environment for them to explore the Christian faith. Please consider supporting this important ministry.
There is currently a matching grant available to RUF-I George Mason University for new giving of up to $10,000. Any new giving submitted by December 31st will be matched up to $10,000. visit https://givetoruf.org/Donate?
Please, also help them get the word out about this matching grant opportunity by liking and sharing this post on social media.
Ministry Opportunity: A widow who recently relocated about 2 miles from SRPC is in need of a ride to and from worship service. She lives near Harris Teeter at the Prince William Parkway/Hoadly Road intersection. She uses a scooter to get around, but it easily folds and can be placed in the trunk. If you are able to periodically provide a ride please let Ralph Bentley know. He hopes to put together a list of 8 to 12 volunteers. This would result in volunteers only providing a ride every 2 to 3 months. It would involve contacting her a day or two before and providing your contact information and confirming she will be attending service.
This is a great opportunity to serve the Lord by helping someone in need. Please consider volunteering.