October 13, 2017 - Cupola Express

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Preparing for the Lord's Day

We do not often speak of the session of Christ. We speak of His incarnation, His death, His resurrection, and His ascension. Yet those have all taken place in the past. What is Jesus Christ doing right now? The theological term for what Christ is doing right now is session. Jesus is sitting at the right hand of God ruling this world with all power, bringing all competing authorities under His rule. This week, we will continue our three-week study of union with Christ as found in Colossians 3:1-4. Our focus will be our union with Christ in his present work, namely our union with Christ in his session. To come prepared for the sermon take time this week to read and to meditate upon Colossians 3:1-4, Psalm 110:1, Ephesians 2:4-6 and Westminster Larger Catechism #82, #83. 

As we gather to worship the King of kings, we will join our hearts in song, singing the Hymn of Praise “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross”, the Acclamation of Praise “Crown Him with Many Crowns”, and the Hymn of Response “Hail to the Lord’s Anointed”.  Let us come to worship this Sunday prepared to hear God’s Word, to receive it in faith, to love and treasure it in our hearts, and to practice it in our lives that we may continue to glorify and enjoy Him!

If you’re going to be out of town this Sunday, let me encourage you to listen to the sermon online (usually posted by Monday afternoon) or you can download the REPC podcast, which will be delivered to your mobile device. 



Join us Sunday, October 15th after the 11:00 am worship service for a missionary luncheon in the Fellowship Hall featuring Steve & Joan Tinsley and Paul & RG Sydnor.  The church will provide fried chicken.  Please bring a side dish or dessert that is enough to share with another family.


Our 60 +/- program, which will be held on October 18th at 12:00 pm, will be on Reformation 500!  REPC members and friends commemorated the 500th anniversary of the Reformation by traveling this June to sites made famous by Reformers Martin Luther and John Calvin.  Bruce Bell, who led the Reformation tour, will share some of the highlights of the Reformation, its causes and effects, and what it means to us Reformed believers today.  Margaret Smith will share her photos from the trip.


The menu for our RFN dinner on October 18th is spaghetti.  Make your reservations online at www.rivermont.org, fill out the reservation card and place it in the offering plate, email donna@rivermont.org, or call the church office: 846-3441.  Reservations are mandatory and should be made by noon on Monday, October 16th.



636:  All high school boys are invited for a time of early morning fellowship this Tuesday, October 17th.  The guys will join Shane at Biscuitville on Old Forest Road at 6:36 am.

RFN:  Come out and hear how Elijah and Elisha, biblical prophets and men of God, faced the same pressures and weaknesses we do, this Wednesday, October 18th, at 6:30 pm in the Quinlan Room.

Corn Maze:  All 7th and 8th grade students are invited to join Josh for a trip to the Layman Family Farm corn maze on Saturday, October 21st!  We plan to depart at 9:00 am and return at 3:00 pm. Sign up on the youth welcome table!

Barn Bash:  All 9th through 12th grade students are invited to join Shane for a time of fun and fellowship at the Bradners’ barn from 6:00 - 9:00 pm on Saturday, October 21st!  Dinner will be provided.  Don’t miss this awesome event!



Come join us at Club 56 this Wednesday, October 18th, at 6:30 pm in the Club 56 Room as we learn about “The Five Solas of the Reformation” and five courageous men who stood up for the Gospel they believed in!


Our study of the Reformation will culminate in a party on Saturday, October 28th!  All 5th and 6th grade students are invited and encouraged to dress up as a reformer or other historical figure.  We will have Reformation themed games and snacks and the event will take place from 2:00-5:00 pm in the REPC Fellowship Hall.



We praise God that Mike Palombo and Shane Whelan are approaching ordination and Pastor Weber will soon be installed as our Senior Pastor.  In preparation for a tremendous celebration for our church, look forward to a full day of worship and fellowship on Reformation Sunday, October 29th. Beyond the blessings of morning worship, we’ll enjoy a reception in the afternoon (4:00-5:45 pm), and three of our ministry partners will be ordained and/or installed during worship at 6:00 pm.  Please be in prayer and mark your calendars!


A group of dedicated members and specialists have been testing the integrity of the organ chamber wall.  The consensus of the team is that repairs on the inner chamber wall will be complete by mid-October.  Lord willing, the organ will be ready for service by Reformation Sunday (October 29)!  A final phase of repair will include the architectural rebuild of the outer brick wall and Nursery Commons entrance.  We're praying that we’ll be done in early January.


For those who wish to donate flowers for the Sanctuary, please sign up on the bulletin board beside the Library.  If you have a special date in mind, be sure to place your name by your preferred date while it is available! 


It's almost time for our annual blood drive and we need volunteers! If you would like to help, please contact Alisha Meador at alisha.meador@gmail.com or call 434-426-0787.

The Red Cross is always in need of blood donations, and they can, quite literally, save a life!  Mark your calendars for the afternoon of November 14th. Sign up after the service on October 22nd, or go online at http://www.redcrossblood.org/rcbmobile/drive/chooseDonationTime.jsp