Weekly Updates

Notes and News

April 6th, 2014,

Richmond Presbyterian Church

7111 No.2 Road, Richmond BC V7C 3L7,

604-277-5410

www.richpres.com /richpres@telus.net

 

Holy Week 2014 Dates

Palm Sunday – April 13th, 9:00 am and 11:00 am worship

Maundy Thursday Communion – April 17th, 7:30 pm

Good Friday Service – April 18th, 10:00 am

Drop off for the Easter flower Cross – Saturday April 19th, 10:30 am

Easter Sunday Worship – April 20th, 10:00 am

 

30 hour Famine :  Good Friday after worship until Easter Sunday morning, consider fasting from food, from technology, or choose some other fast.  It is in giving up, and learning sacrifice and self-discipline that we can be open to receive God’s blessings.  In fasting for 30 hours we get hungry, and learn a little of the challenges and what it is like to function without eating.  The money we would have spent on eating we can give to World Vision, or we may want to give some other gift or invite people to sponsor us and support us in this fast.  The time we would spend preparing food, eating and cleaning up, can be spent in prayer for the world, and for those who are suffering.   Release the feast!  Join the challenge!  Support our young people who will be fasting!  Rejoice on Easter Sunday as you break your fast, and celebrate the new life that is ours in Jesus Christ!

On Sunday April 13th (Palm Sunday) we will hold a congregational meeting and vote between services seeking the congregation’s will for going forward with the work on the church.  We will hold information sessions prior to the meeting so that everyone is clear about the scope of the work being proposed and have adequate time to ask questions and discuss the plan.   The information sessions will be held TODAY between services during the coffee and fellowship time, Wednesday April 9th 7-8:30 p.m., Saturday April 12th 10 a.m. to noon.   Do contact your elder if you can’t attend these sessions and have questions.  You can also contact the church office with any questions.   The materials that the architect presented at the ACM are available electronically or in print copy.

The question for discussion and vote will be:  That the transformational plan presented at the ACM be approved and the building committee be authorized to proceed within the budgeted amount.

All members and adherents of the congregation are encouraged to vote.  Vote will be by ballot “yes” or “no”

The Session is looking for a clear mandate from the congregation to proceed with this work (2/3rds majority of those present and voting Book of Forms 162.1).

Church Plant SaleThe Care & Fellowship Team is holding a plant sale on Sat. May 3rd from 9 – 12noon.  Order forms are now available in the church entrance if you wish to use them.  There will also be a broad selection of plants, patio pots and hanging baskets to choose from on the Saturday morning.  Please plan to come and bring your friends and please pass the word on to others.  If you are going to be away on the date, arrangements can be made to hold plants for you.  Mark the date on your calendar and come and choose from a lovely selection of excellent quality plants at reasonable prices with no tax.  Proceeds from the sale will go to RPC Building Fund.  Any queries – call Mary Hanson at 604-274-7621 or email mary.hanson@telus.net

An Easter meal at UGM Lasting change often begins with a meal.  With your support, UGM expects to provide over 2,700 meals to people in need at UGM’s upcoming Easter feast. Each meal could be the critical link that someone desperately needs to turn their life around. Easter is a crucial opportunity to connect with someone in need, and extend a helping hand to our community’s most vulnerable. This meal could be the vital first step that someone needs. To give by telephone call 604.891.5682 or go to their web site and use the online donation form -https://www.ugm.ca/donate/

Curtis Wilson is returning to do an internship at Richmond Presbyterian Church for his program at VST!  Curtis will be here for May and June serving full-time as a student intern.  In previous years, he has served RPC as a summer student, and worked for us as a youth group leader.   We welcome Curtis back, and look forward to his ministry with us.  Curtis is planning to complete his M.Div., at Christmas and graduate from VST.

Thanks be to God!  Our goal has been reached.  Thanks to everyone who pledged or gave towards the renovation of the church building, thanks to everyone who was able to made a second pledge or gift.  We are grateful for the generosity and faithfulness of this congregation!

Stephen Farris has been elected as the new moderator for the 140th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church of Canada! Congratulations to Stephen and many blessings as he assumes his new responsibility as moderator.

Health Reminder – we have a lot of opportunities to share snacks and food at church. Never bring any nuts or snacks that contain nuts to share. Some people can have severe allergic reactions to nuts of any kind.

Vancouver School of Theology Convocation 2014 will take place on Monday, May 5th at Christ Church Cathedral, 690 Burrard St., Vancouver. We hope that you are able to join us! Elaine Wilson will be graduating. Professor David Goa will address the convocation and all are invited for a reception following the ceremony.

We will enjoy hot cross buns after worship on Easter Sunday.  If you would like to donate some buns, please call the church office so we know how much we will have. 604-277-5410

An Easter meal at UGM Lasting change often begins with a meal. With your support, UGM expects to provide over 2,700 meals to people in need at UGM’s upcoming Easter feast. Each meal could be the critical link that someone desperately needs to turn their life around. Easter is a crucial opportunity to connect with someone in need, and extend a helping hand to our community’s most vulnerable. This meal could be the vital first step
that someone needs. To give by telephone call 604.891.5682 or go to their web site and use the online donation form -https://www.ugm.ca/donate/

On Easter morning, bring a single spring flower to add to the Cross to celebrate the glory of our risen Lord. Some additional spring flowers are needed on Saturday April 19th to decorate the flowered Cross.  These need to be at the church by 10:30 am Saturday morning.

Jesus in the Gospels Disciple Bible Study:  The class meets Mondays at 2 p.m. Please contact Pat at patwayne@telus.net if you have any questions.

Tea at two will be Tuesday, April 22nd 2:00-3:00 pm, Come and enjoy tea, coffee and cookies with your church family.  All are welcome so please invite a friend or even two.

Opportunity to Serve – One Day Only!  Saturday May 24th come out and help prepare Camp Douglas for the upcoming summer season.  Join with others from the Presbytery to paint, garden, clean and revitalize Camp Douglas.  Lunch provided.  Contact Ross McClelland, Coordinator at 604-434-3513 for more information.  Many hands make light work!

Jesus in the Gospels Disciple Bible Study:  The class meets Mondays at 2 p.m. Please contact Pat at patwayne@telus.net if you have any questions.

Your Whole Life – 12 weeks ago, a group of us started the 3D program focused on eating right, living well and loving God, (diet, discipline and discipleship) and have all made positive changes in our lives. We are now starting another program using a different book, “Faithfully Fit, a 40 Day Devotional Plan to End the Yo-Yo Lifestyle of Chronic Dieting”. Come and join us if you are looking for a supportive group to help you lose weight. There is no pressure just a friendly, supportive group focused on making healthy choices and growing closer to God. Our group meets on Mondays at 12:30 pm. Another group is interested in starting on Tuesday evenings. For more information, contact Anne Davidson, an5226@telus.net.

Good and Beautiful Life – the book study meets Tuesdays at 1:30 p.m.  Come and join us.

Mini-Retreat for Youth May 23-25!  Join with Haney Presbyterian Youth for a weekend of fun, campfire, devotions, games and a bit of physical exercise when we join with the regular group at the work party.  Check out the awesome poster in the hallway or contact Paddy Eastwood for more information at 604-467-1715

Service at Courtyard Gardens –Sunday, April 6th at 2:00pm, 7051 Moffatt Rd., led by Fred Greaves.

Minoru service:  April 21st at 3:15pm at Minoru Extended Care, 6111 Minoru Blvd. led by Larry Jackson. Help is always appreciated. Please arrive about ½ hour before the service time.

LOGOS will start again on February 3rd.  Further details will follow in next week’s bulletin.Dates to mark on your calendar

Congregational meeting – April 13th, 10:00 am

Maundy Thursday Communion – April 17th, 7:30 pm

Good Friday Service – April 18th, 10:00 am

Flower drop off for the flower cross – Saturday April 19th, 10:30 am

Easter Sunday Worship – April 20th, 10:00 am

Tea at two Tuesday March 22nd

Church Plant SaleSat. May 3rd, 9:00 am – noon

Communion – Sunday May 4th

Church Family Retreat at Camp Douglas:  May 30th – Jun 1st

VBS:   July 14th – 18th

Lectionary readings for next Sunday

Apr 13, 2014 – Palm Sunday

Liturgy of the Palms – Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29; Matthew 21:1-11

Liturgy of the Passion – Isaiah 50:4-9a; Psalm 31:9-16;

Philippians 2:5-11; Matthew 26:14-27:66 or Matthew 27:11-54

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