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Rio Rancho Presbyterian Church

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

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May 30. 2020 Witness

Online Worship

Click link below on our website’s home page each week.

Either click here or go to https://rioranchopresbyterianchurch.org/ anytime to view this week’s Sunday worship. (Entire link, spelled out, is at the end of this email.) Once you land on the page, please scroll below changing photos at the top. There are separate links for both this week’s and previous weeks.

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Celebration of the Lord’s Supper Next Sunday

Session has decided that our next celebration of the Lord’s Supper will be Sunday, June 7 at 11 am via Zoom teleconferencing. Next week we will put the link for this here. Please know that if you do not have Internet, you can call in to the gathering using the phone numbers provided below. We have had people do this for previous meetings, and it has worked well.

If you would like to attend, please contact Pastor Kathy.

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It’s Time to Register for Online Vacation Bible School!

When: Sundays, June 21, 2020 at 3:00 PM MDT through Sunday, July 20, 2020 at 3:00 PM MDT

“Jesus Is Coming” is the theme of this FREE, original VBS done in a new way – online – for families of children pre-K through 5th grade.

Each week for 5 weeks starting June 21 and ending July 20, you will have a video link guiding you through Music, a Bible story, Craft, Science Experience, and a Challenge for the Week. It will be available each Sunday of VBS starting at 3:00pm.

You may go at your own pace at a time convenient to you. And we would love it if you would share photos of your VBS experience.

Anytime throughout the five-week period, parents will also be able to bring peanut butter, jelly, and individually-wrapped bar soap as a VBS Mission Project for Storehouse West. You can do this when you pick up your VBS weekly packets from Rio Rancho Presbyterian Church each Sunday from 3:00-4:00pm or Monday from 9:30-10:30am.

Click here to register.

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Pentecost is Tomorrow!

We celebrate this holiday every year for two reasons: the beginnings of the Christian church and RRPC’s chartering in 1986. In 2020, here’s another reason…

Pentecost Montage of Our Church Family

Click here to view. (Entire link, spelled out, is at the end of this email). Or to get to it manually, the link is on the far right side of the home page you land on, under the search bar

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See and hear our new organ…online!

Chuck Roth’s and Nancy Leffler’s musical slide show is now available. It brings another dimension to the new organ than you have been able to experience through our online services but not in person. A special highlight is how the talented Chuck and Craig Kelley installed new speakers for the organ. Go to our website and click on the video on the Music page to learn more about it! (To find it on our site, hover over the Worship tab, click on the Music drop-down, and scroll below the header photos. Link spelled out at the end of email.)

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#masks

Update on Masks for Navajo Nation at Chinle

We have sent 30 masks, 8 pillowcases, 11 small quilted blankets and 1 tablecloth to Chinle, Arizona. Many thanks to those who made this gift possible! 

Another Masks Donation Opportunity

UNM Hospital is now accepting homemade masks donations to wear while at the hospital and afterwards for visitors and patients. If you know of anyone willing to donate homemade masks please have them email or call (505) 272-0967. For anyone needing mask-making instructions, please click here.

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National Day of Prayer and Remembrance

On May 27, 2020 we passed a tragic milestone in the history of our nation – the loss of 100,000 Americans to the COVID-19 pandemic – the U.S. Conference of Mayors is partnering with a wide range of national religious organizations in a call for a National Day of Prayer and Remembrance/National Day of Mourning and Lament to both grieve and honor those who have fallen victim to the deadly coronavirus. With the rapid spread of the virus, the scope of its impact, and its mitigation through “social distancing,” we have not been given the time or space to mourn, lament, and remember those whose lives have been taken.

Joining with faith leaders and mayors throughout the nation, on Monday, June 1, at 12:00 Noon local we are called to a time to pause, reflect, pray, mourn and honor all those we have lost in cities throughout the nation and, looking forward, to focus on repairing the injustices the pandemic has so painfully revealed. 

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Remembering Our Call as the Body of Christ

As the news this week reminds us of how much work we have to do to combat racism, and as we reflect on what it means to be the Church, born of the Holy Spirit, may we take to heart these words, as we form a prayer for the church from each line. This comes from “A Brief Statement of Faith” from the confessions of our Presbyterian denomination:

In a broken and fearful world
the Spirit gives us courage
to pray without ceasing,
to witness among all peoples to Christ as Lord and Savior,
to unmask idolatries in Church and culture,
to hear the voices of peoples long silenced,
and to work with others for justice, freedom, and peace.
In gratitude to God, empowered by the Spirit,
we strive to serve Christ in our daily tasks
and to live holy and joyful lives,
even as we watch for God’s new heaven and new earth,
praying, “Come, Lord Jesus!” 
With believers in every time and place,
we rejoice that nothing in life or in death
can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. Amen

May 22, 2020 Weekly Witness

A Prayer for Memorial Day 2020

Lord, we did not anticipate remembering those killed in war while grieving so many lost to a pandemic. We did not imagine we would visit the graves of our veterans even when we cannot hold funerals for loved ones who died while we practice social distancing. We did not think we would still be wearing masks, limiting our gatherings and foregoing in-person worship for the sake of everyone’s safety and health.

This last Monday of May, as we give thanks for those who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our country, we do so soberly and with a deep appreciation for all who choose to limit their personal freedom in order to further the common good. We give thanks for those who exercised duty and courage despite the great cost to themselves and their loved ones. We pray that we who enjoy the benefits of their sacrifice will honor their memory by doing our part to work for a country where God’s abundant life for all is self-evident and sacrosanct. Amen. —Jill Duffield, Presbyterian Outlook

Celebration of the Lord’s Supper, June 7th

Session has decided that our next celebration of the Lord’s Supper will be Sunday, June 7 at 11 am via Zoom. Next week we will post a private link. Please know that if you do not have Internet, you can call in to the gathering using the phone numbers provided. We have had a number of people do this, and it has worked well.  If you are not on our mailing list and would like to attend, please contact Pastor Kathy, pastor@rioranchopresbyterianchurch.org, 505.892.6664.

May 15, 2020 Weekly Witness

Family Corona-Needs Update

Because we can’t ‘network’ on Sunday mornings as we usually do, we want to put the word out about needs among us.

Rental home needed

3-bedroom, preferably in the Rio Rancho area.
If you are able to help on the rental, or know one, please let Pastor Kathy know.
We had a successful Lysol Wipes Op! Score! Thank you everyone.

Storehouse West Update

Thanks again for your support of Storehouse West. A line of cars in the parking lot last week went out to Veranda. Prayers for our country’s and Sandoval County’s hungry and food insecure.

Kindness Sightings!

This must have been the week for baking: a cake, banana bread, and a strawberry rhubarb pie. A prayer shawl made and mailed for someone who is grieving; dropping off pizza and grocery shopping for another; helping with gifts to meet a specific need. A ‘hug’ token included in a WalMart delivery. And then there are all the notes, cards, calls, and prayers…we are the body of Christ! Resilient, able to show God’s love even in new and uncertain times! Thanks be to God!

Pentecost is May 31, and…

Pentecost is an important day at RRPC, as we celebrate for two reasons, the beginnings of the Christian church and RRPC’s chartering. Well, this year there are two additional reasons!

Pick-up Pentecost Scholarships Desserts to Go

Pentecost is when we gather as a church family around tables for a potluck after worship. Since we can’t have a Pentecost potluck, our Scholarships of Grace Committee is offering Desserts to Go! Pick-up will be from 2-3:30pm Pentecost Sunday (May 31) in our westside parking lot. This will be touchless, drive-up curb-side service. You will not even have to get out of your car. Prices are $3 and $4. Baklava, cheesecake, lemon and chocolate brownies, and pound cake are the five offerings. Please click here to order.

Pentecost Online Slide Show

As you know, we are creating a slideshow of our church family. Please send Pastor Kathy pictures of you! They can be doing stay-at-home activities, or selfies, or pictures from a recent (before-physical-separation) gathering or event. You can include other family, pets, and people who are special to you – just remember they will be viewed on our website. If possible, please choose or take the photos in landscape (horizontal/’the long way’) rather than portrait (vertical) orientation. The more slides, the better! So many of us enjoyed seeing the “Palm Sunday Procession” and our church family. Deadline for photos is next Saturday, May 23!

Masks, Masks, Masks!

Margaret Crowl is still making basic “surgical type” masks with ties in print fabric. There is no wire over the nose, no pocket, no interface, and no filter. She can provide you a maximum of two, no fabric or colors specs, no special orders, and no child masks.

If interested email her, crowlmargaret@aol.com or call her landline 505-349-3723. When your order is ready, she will send you a message with pick-up instructions at her house in Vista Entrada in NE Rio Rancho. An optional donation of $1 per mask to cover the cost of materials is appreciated. Any excess donations will go to Storehouse West. Margaret will do her best to help you with any mask requests due to extenuating circumstances.

Another Mask-Making Opportunity

UNM Hospital is now accepting homemade masks donations to wear while at the hospital and afterwards for visitors and patients. If you know of anyone willing to donate homemade masks please have them email or call (505) 272-0967. For anyone needing mask-making instructions, please click here.

Navajo Nation Mission

Are you a mask maker? As many know, our Native American neighbors have been hit hard by the COVID-19 virus. RRPC has a connection with the Chinle chapter of the Navajo Nation, as the Mitchells are from there and still have family there. We are requesting masks for them, particularly for the elderly. Contact Pastor Kathy to arrange masks’ pick up.

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God—what is good and acceptable and perfect. —Romans 12: 2

May 9,2020 Weekly Witness

Online Worship

Click link on website home page each week

Click here or go to https://rioranchopresbyterianchurch.org/ anytime to view this week’s Sunday worship. Please scroll below photos at the top of our home page, We have two weeks’ worship posted each week – both the current week’s and a link to last week’s


May 3 Online Communion and Online Viewing Stats

More than 40 households participated in our May 3 ‘ZoomMunion’.  Average weekly online worship viewing for March 22-April 26 was 155 households.


Presbyterian Women’s Annual Thank Offering

“Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me”.– Matthew 25:40b TNIV

On Sunday, May 17, the annual Presbyterian Women Birthday offering was to be celebrated in church. This year during the month of May you can send your offering to the church or directly to PW Treasurer June DeFore. Her address is in the church directory. Either way, please make your check out to ‘RRPC PW’ and note Birthday Offering in the memo line.

There are four PW projects being funded in 2020: Community Presbyterian Child Learning Center in Payson, AZ; Northside Healing Space Expansion in Minneapolis (part of Liberty Community Church); GAP Ministries of Augusta, GA; and the Center for Social Assistance to the Disabled, Family, and Children in Davydovo, Russia.

The annual Birthday Thank Offering is a tangible way to celebrate the blessings in our lives. Thank you again for your support.


Family Corona-Needs

Because we can’t ‘network’ on Sundays mornings as we usually do, we want to put the word out about needs among us.

Disinfecting wipes

A family is in search of Lysol disinfecting wipes. They cannot use Clorox wipes because of an allergy to chlorine. All wipes are a hard-to-find item right now, so we thought the more eyes looking, the better.

Rental home needed

3-bedroom, preferably in the Rio Rancho area.  If you are able to snag any Lysol wipes or know of a 3-BR rental house, please let Pastor Kathy know.


Did You Know…? (RRPC Youth Edition)

Our Youth group has had three Zoom gatherings! They have caught up with each other, played games, and talked about possible projects. A few of them have helped lead online worship during this time as well.

By the time you read this, all of our youth will have received a plate of homemade cookies from members of the church! Many thanks to our bakers: Joanne Claybrook, Marjorie Davison, Elizabeth Gee, Laura Gonzales, Sharon Hovey, Nancy Leffler, and Shirley Underwood. And to Dave Shambach, our delivery man!

Each week our families with children receive an at-home Sunday School lesson. A publisher of curriculum is providing 8 weeks of lessons with activities free. These are especially geared for at home use.


Pentecost is May 31

As many know, Pentecost is an important day in the life of RRPC. We not only celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit and the beginnings of the Christian Church, but the chartering of RRPC as a congregation. This is a time when we truly celebrate how God has blessed us with this church family.

So, we are putting together a slideshow of our church family. We’d like to have you send Pastor Kathy pictures of yourselves. They can be doing stay-at-home activities, selfies, or pictures from a recent (before-physical-separation) gathering or event. You can include other family, pets, and people who are special to you – just remember they will be viewed on our website. Please choose or take the photos in landscape (horizontal/’the long way’) rather than portrait (vertical) orientation if possible.

The more who participate, the better! So many enjoyed seeing the “Palm Sunday Procession” and loved seeing our church family. Deadline for photos is May 23!


A Word From Our Treasurer

Rio Rancho Church Family,

First of all, I hope everyone is keeping well and following the national guidelines of avoiding crowds and washing your hands.

But now I wish to remind everyone that, although the church is closed to Sunday worship and other church-related activities, we are still a functioning organization, ie, we still have bills to pay and salaries to provide. Like any other business we are trying to tighten our collective belts and pinch those proverbial pennies, but attempted thrift goes only so far. The truth is, we need your continued assistance and support.

The church’s primary source of income is still the Sunday morning offering, to which each of us has made a commitment. Even though the physical plates are not being passed around, won’t you still try to find a way to honor the pledge that you made last fall? Many of you are already mailing in your pledges to keep current, and we thank you for your support.

An attempt to hand-deliver your offering in person is NOT recommended right now because the office is not open; also, this would not be in everyone’s best interest, due to restrictions on ‘social distancing’ — a phrase certain to make the next edition of Webster’s Dictionary. You can donate online; or then there’s the US Postal Service — remember those guys? They were very popular prior to the advent of the computer and e-mail. You can also contact your financial institution and ask them to make an automatic payment to the church.

If we all do our part, we will manage to keep our beloved church functioning so that it will be waiting for us when (and, with God’s Grace, I did say “when!”) we return to a more normal way of life.

Continue to stick together; this too shall pass.

In Christ’s name,
Thom Hinks, Treasurer


News From Our Caibarién Sister Church

Pastor Rev. Edelberto Valdes sent this note to us:

¡Greetings from Caibarién Presbyterian Reformed Church! Even the Church is close we are having a WhatsApp group, and one meditation is coming from the pastor daily. We also share news, videos, jokes, etc. After we asked for the official permissions to reopen the water system, we got it and are serving purified water every day!! (Before this situation only 3 times a week). We have teams from the session, deacons and members taking care of the discipline in the waiting line to be sure that we have the distance. We are serving around 83 people each time. Please be sure we will have a great time in our first service!

Please continue to hold our Cuban brothers and sisters in Christ in your prayers.


Join Us Online for VBS This Summer!

Planning is underway to bring VBS to you this year!

Always a vital part of the VBS ministry, a new model will let “Jesus to Come to Visit” this summer. Online VBS will be available weekly between June 22 and July 20. Traditionally it is for preschool through grade 5.

A Bible story, craft, science project, and music will enable children (and their families) to listen, learn, and create each week.  Youth and adult members of RRPC are creating our very own, unique five-segment VBS experience. A VBS mission opportunity will be to collect needed goods for Storehouse West.

As in prior years, there is no cost. Stay tuned for registration and other information for this visit from Jesus!


Masks Available

Margaret Crowl is making basic “surgical type” masks — two rectangular pieces of washable quilting cotton with three horizontal pleats and ties at the corners. There is no wire over the nose, no pocket, no interface, and no filter. Here are her guidelines:

1.) Maximum of two masks per order. 2.) Fabric, color of ties, and type of ties, etc. is “potluck.” No special orders or child masks. Most fabric is prints because solid colors are hard to get now. 3.) If interested PM Margaret on Facebook, send a separate email to crowlmargaret@aol.com, or call 505-349-3723 (this is a landline, not for text messages.) 4.) When your order is ready she will send you a message with pick-up instructions at my house in Vista Entrada in NE Rio Rancho. 5.) A voluntary donation of $1 per mask to cover the cost of materials is appreciated. Any excess donations will go to Storehouse West. 6.) If you have extenuating circumstances to the above that warrant an exception, please explain. Margaret will do her best to help you.


Mission Continues!!

Are you a mask maker? As many know, our Native American neighbors have been hit hard by the COVID-19 virus. RRPC has a connection with the Chinle chapter of the Navajo Nation, as the Mitchells are from there and still have family there. We are requesting masks for them, particularly for the elderly. Contact Pastor Kathy to arrange masks’ pick up.

May 2, 2020 Weekly Witness

 

 

Mission Continues!! Thank You!

Storehouse West has seen an increase in overall clients and first-time clients. Through your generous gifts, RRPC has given over $1,400 to Storehouse West in the last couple of weeks. (Money is still coming in, so the final total isn’t known.) Your financial support will enable them to purchase more items as needed and available.

Relay for Life 2020

For safety, this year’s Relay will most likely be a virtual event (or a series of them).

We will have more information in the coming weeks.


 

How Do I Continue Making My Offering to RRPC During This Time of Online Worship?

There are several ways you can make your gift to the church while when we are not worshiping in person. 1) Mail it to the church. We have a locked mailbox and our office manager is the only one who picks up the mail. 2) Use our website https://rioranchopresbyterianchurch.org/ and click on the donate button on the upper right. You can use PayPal or a credit/debit card. 3) Check with your financial institution to find out various ways of making your offering.

Thanks for remaining faithful in your tithes and pledges.


Card Shower For Our 2020 Graduates!

As many of you know, graduation ceremonies have been cancelled/postponed for most of our graduates. And since the seniors would like to give their sermons in person, our Youth Sunday service has been postponed until we can see how long it is until we are in worship together.

As their church family, we celebrate this important achievement in their lives; and Faith Formation would like to have a card shower for each of our graduates! We only have high school graduates this spring. They are Adam, Anwi, Ariel, and Amber.

April 26th Weekly Witness

April 24, 2020

Community Outreach
Storehouse West Donations

Have you seen images of miles of cars lined up for food pantries in Florida, Texas, Pennsylvania, and Massachusetts? (The picture to the right is Pittsburgh.) Due to sudden unemployment, many Americans have found themselves with a novel and unfortunate experience — food insecurity and hunger.

Storehouse West is continuing to serve a large number of our neighbors by parking lot drive-thru. However, they been experiencing some of the same shortages in the grocery stores that we all have. Canned/non-perishable donations require necessary precautions to inventory. Thus, the best way you can help right now is with monetary donations. You can do this a number of ways: 1) mail a check to Storehouse West, 1030-F Veranda Dr. SE, Rio Rancho 87124; 2) online — go to their website; or 3) write a check to RRPC, mark it for Storehouse West, and mail it to the church, 1004 24th Street, SE, 87124.


Stories of Kindness and Connection

Things folks are sharing: checking in on each other, beyond what our faithful deacons are doing; door step flower deliveries; running errands for folks; sharing the Sunday morning service with someone who doesn’t have Internet access (maintaining proper distancing of course!).

As folks are being in touch more, common connections are being made – one member when her deacon called found a connection between the deacon and a long-time friend of the member. This was a delight to both of them!

A reminder: if someone comes to your mind, see it as a sign that the Holy Spirit wants you to reach out! So make a call or send a note. We are blessed to be a blessing! Keep sharing your kindnesses with Pastor Kathy.

April 18, 2020

For Families with Young Children

We are now sending out a Family Sunday School series to you each week. It ties in with the gospel lesson Pastor Kathy preaches online that Sunday. It will contain a video, a story, activity sheet and coloring pages. Hopefully this will provide some conversation for your family on the gospel story of the week. Pastor Kathy will be sending this out on Fridays. Let her know (email or 513.324.0446) if you did not receive it or would like to.


 

A Random Kindness Story from Bill Cox

One of my neighbors is a volunteer chaplain for the ABQ Police Department. One of the officers made her aware of a family whose parents had lost their jobs and their apartment as a result of the corona virus and had to move in with the grandmother.

The grandmother took the couple and their 3 children into her one bedroom apartment but was unable to feed them all. The chaplain sent an e-mail to our neighborhood and asked for donations of food to help the family.

The response from our neighbors was so great that the chaplain has now provided over 450 meals for that family as well as for two elders who live in the same apartment complex. Neighbors have helped to sort the food in the chaplain’s garage. It has been an amazing outpouring of help.

Share with Pastor Kathy (email her privately) your random acts of kindness stories Tell us one you have done or one you have received. (It’s not bragging because I bet you also benefited from it.)

New Easter Banner

New Easter banner Congreg news

Sharon Hovey, Banner-Maker Extraordinaire, has created yet another beautiful piece that was going to be up in the sanctuary this year. Thanks be to Sharon!

Easter Flowers Order Cancelled

The Worship Committee regrets to inform everyone who bought Easter flowers that ARCA’s La Paloma greenhouse is closed due to COVID-19. We will either refund your money or you may donate it to the God’s House fund. Please email Bobbi at the church office with your decision. Thank you all again for placing flower orders.

Stay safe and be well,
The Worship Committee

Storehouse West Needs Your Help

Storehouse West needs toilet paper and bar soap! Over the next few weeks, we will be collecting toilet paper and individually wrapped bar soap for Storehouse West. You can bring your donations to church and place them in the blue box. Thank you for your support of our neighbors!