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Rio Rancho Presbyterian Church

1004 24th Street SE, Rio Rancho, NM 87124   (505) 892-6664    


Missions Committee Update

We, as a church, have been very busy for the past four months! From the Missions Committee, here is an update of all of our activities and donations that have been held from January through April of this year:
In March, we came together and sang hymns while we ate together in fellowship and voted for our favorite animal for the Heifer Fund. The end results in the voting were as follows: chicks = 5, Pigs = 3, Sheep = 8, Rabbits = 3, Bees = 9, Llama = 6, Water Buffalo = 7, and our winner is Goats = 11 votes!!
Likewise, we came together to show our support for our scholars. After our Scholars Potluck, we collected $2,646.00 total. Of that amount, $1,182 went to our Scholarships of GRACE, $907 went to the Mexican scholars, and $557 went to the Cuban scholars. Thank you again to everyone who donated and brought food!
At the end of March, we collected our first two-cents-a-meal offering for a total of $614.36 that went to Independence High School and their snack pantry.
Finally, on Easter Sunday, we collected a special offering called, “One Great Hour of Sharing”. The total was $1,154.00.
Thank you to everyone who has participated in these missions: the scholars, the local students, the Heifer vote, and One Great Hour of Sharing.
Your Missions Committee is so grateful for your generous giving and perpetual support.

Helping Independence High School students

The two-cents-a-meal collected on March 31 totaled more than $600 and was donated to Independence High school where many of the students are food-insecure. Read about these students and how their counselors developed a backpack program enabling them to have food on the weekends.

Birthday Bags

On February 24, the congregation brought 56 Birthday Bags to donate to Storehouse West. These are gift bags filled with items for a child’s birthday party – cake mix and icing, candles, paper plates, cups, napkins, and forks. There are families who cannot afford to give their children a birthday party. The Birthday Bags make it possible for these children to enjoy what all children like to do – celebrate with their friends on their birthday.


Church Donations

Good News! Lutheran Family Services is receiving over 100 new arrivals this upcoming year and placing refugee families into Albuquerque communities. They are in need of donations due to this new surge of arrivals. In the standard apartment set ups, they currently need new or very gently used pots, pans and baking pans, shower curtains, rings and rods, and electric clocks .   Please contact Donations Coordinator Sandi Bertholomey 505 933 7014 or to schedule delivery times, pick-ups or questions.
Address: Lutheran Family Services
            4105 Silver Ave SE
            Albuquerque, NM 87108


August Safety/Security Report

AED (Automated External Defibrillator) 

Thanks to the efforts of RRPC members Sheila Malmo and Meredith Beaton along with the American Heart Association (AHA) and Lovelace Heart Institute, the church has an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) mounted on the left of the entrance to the Sanctuary. A defibrillator can potentially stop an irregular heart beat (arrhythmia) and allow a normal rhythm to resume following sudden cardiac arrest (SCA), which occurs when the heart suddenly stops beating. According to the AHA, a victim’s chance of surviving drops by seven to 10 percent for every minute a normal heartbeat isn’t restored. We are grateful to have this life-saving device at our church.


Book Club Books for 2018 – 2019

  • Sept.  Any Stephen Havill book of your choice
  • Oct.    “The Storied Life of A J Fikry” Gabrielle Zevin
  • Nov.   “A Piece of the World” Christina Baker Kline
  • Dec.   “Driving Miss Norma” Tim Bauerschmidt & Ramie Liddle
  • Jan.    “The Magpie Murders” Anthony Horowitz
  • Feb.    “The Guernsey Literary Potato Peel Pie Society” Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows
  • Mar.    “The Underground Railroad” Colson Whitehead
  • Apr.     “A Man Called Ove” Frederik Backman
  • May    “Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder” Caroline Fraser

Contact us at for additional details.