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