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September 1st, 2017 Cupola Express

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Preparing for The Lord's Day

What captivates you? What fascinates you and engrosses your mind? Is it a hobby? A financial, academic or career goal? A political philosophy? A pleasure? A fear? This week we will continue our study of Colossians picking up at Colossians 2:8-10. Here the Apostle Paul warns the Colossian church not to be taken captive by the powers of this world but rather to be captivated by Christ alone. For it is only in Jesus Christ that our desire to be captivated will be completely fulfilled. To come prepared for the sermon take time to read and to meditate upon Colossians 2:6-15, John 1:14-16, Westminster Confession of Faith 8.2,3 and Westminster Shorter Catechism #1.

This week we will celebrate that sacrament of the Lord’s Supper during our worship service. As we receive the elements of bread and wine look in faith to the Lord Jesus Christ. For as we physically receive the signs of the Lord’s body and blood, spiritually we feed upon him and all his benefits. Our hymns for this week include “All People That on Earth Do Dwell,” “How Deep the Father’s Love for Us,” and “Hast Thou Heard Him, Seen Him, Known 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. 


Announcements

SEPTEMBER 3 – SUNDAY SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE

On September 3rd, parents of Pre-K through 4th grade should take their children to their Sunday School classroom to meet their new teachers!  The children will not stay in their classes, so you are welcome to visit anytime during the Sunday School hour.

This year, you can fill out the Information/Dismissal form online under the Community tab/Children/Sunday School.  Go tohttp://rivermont.nextmeta.com/sunday-school. The teachers will also have hard copies of the form.

SEPTEMBER 3 – CHILDREN’S CHURCH

We welcome our 4-year-old children to begin attending Children’s Church on Sunday,

September 3rd.  Our Second Graders will begin worshipping in the sanctuary with their families.

8:30 program: children ages Pre-K through First Grade will meet in the ORANGE room, #115. 

11:00 program: we will be offering two classes:

  • First Graders will meet the ORANGE room, #115. This Children’s Church program mirrors sanctuary worship in an age-appropriate manner.
  • Pre-K/K will meet in the RED room, #114. The lessons will introduce one Catechism question and answer each week. We use the Kid’s Quest Catechism Club literature.

SEPTEMBER 4 – OFFICE CLOSED

SEPTEMBER 5 – CIRCLE 4

Circle 4 will be meeting on the first Tuesday of each month in Country Gardens at 10:30 am. Ladies, please join us on September 5th.

SEPTEMBER 6 – GRIEFSHARE

Griefshare will begin September 6th at 4:15 pm in room 202 of the Discipleship Wing (from the back entrance the hall to the left).  This 13-week support group will provide support and space for people to grieve together the loss of a loved one or a friend. 

SEPTEMBER 7 – OASIS

This Fall, Oasis will be studying From Garden to Glory by Courtney Doctor.  This study guides us through God's great plan of redemption helping us understand His design for His people and all things. Fall semester starts on Thursday, September 7th at 9:30 am.  Childcare will be offered. Registration is open on the church website with additional information on the study.  If you have any questions, contact Eleanor Webb at etwebb@gmail.com.

SEPTEMBER 10 – GETTING TO KNOW RIVERMONT

Beginning September 10th, from 9:45 am to 10:40 am in Room #203 (during the Sunday School hour), Pastor Brett and Pastor Ron will host an eight-week introductory class about the life, mission, and ministry of Rivermont EPC.  This class is designed for the curious, as well as for those desiring to pursue formal membership at Rivermont EPC.  Please call Janet at the church office (846-3441) for more information or to register.  You can also register online at http://www.rivermont.org/gtkr-registration .


Information

CIRCLE 1

Circle 1 will be studying “Women of the New Testament” this year.  Please join us in the Library on Tuesday, September 12th from10:00 am until noon.  We will use Luke 1:5-25, 39-45 and 57-66 as our text as we study the life of Elizabeth.

FOOD DRIIVE

We are having a food drive for the month of September to replenish the food pantry. Please bring non-perishable food items (with expiration date of one year or less) and place them in the bins located in the Church near the Library or downstairs near the Fellowship Hall.  The following items are needed:  peanut butter, jelly, canned vegetables, canned soups, canned fruit, macaroni and cheese, canned tuna or canned chicken, crackers, cereal, pasta sauce, snacks for children such as fruit cups, small bags of chips, etc.  Thank you for supporting this Program.

NURSERY BACK ENTRANCE TEMPORARILY CLOSED

The back entrance of the nursery remains closed due to construction for the organ wall.  Please use the entrance off the side parking lot until further notice.  Thank you for your patience.

NURSERY NEEDS

The Nursery is in need of baby dolls.  New or gently used dolls will be gratefully accepted, cuddled and loved.  Also, the fall nursery schedule is available for pick-up in the hallway leading to the Cheatham Center.

PRAISE AND PREPARATION

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 29. 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!

RIVERMONT FELLOWSHIP NIGHT

Rivermont Fellowship Night is our mid-week gathering where we enjoy fellowship and experience growth in Christ.  It beginsSeptember 13! Cost for the meal is $5 per person (9 and older); $3 for children (8 and under) with a maximum cost to a family of $22.  The menu for September 13th is Spaghetti. Make your reservations online, 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, September 11.

A NEED FOR OUR SENIOR SAINTS

60+/- has an immediate need for 3 volunteers, one hour, once a month or every two months, to help clean the kitchen after theirWednesday luncheon. The first is Sept. 20. Please contact Peggy Hooks, 258-5929 or mshooks@comcast.net or the church office 846-3441.

YOUTH NEWS

SNL:  All 6th-8th grade students are invited to join us in the Youth Center for game night from 6:00-7:30 pm tonightSeptember 3rd.  Come out for a time of fun and fellowship!

636:  All high school boys are invited for a time of early morning fellowship this Tuesday, September 5th.  The guys will join Shane at Biscuitville on Old Forest Road at 6:36 am. High school (9th-12th grade) boys and girls will have alternate weekly meetings at 6:36 am throughout the school year.  See you there!

MODGNIK: Please pray for the 7th and 8th grade students and leaders attending Modgnik from September 8-10! All parents of students attending Modgnik, please see Josh’s reminder email for a "what-to-bring" list and release forms. Have those forms and payment for Modgnik to Josh no later than the day we leave, September 8th

HIGH SCHOOL HIKE:  All 9th-12th grade students are invited to hike Sharp Top with Shane on Saturday, September 16th! We’ll meet at 9:00 am and drive to the mountain together.  All those attending are reminded to pack a lunch and a drink. Get ready for adventure!