Times Ink article, May 2017

There are so many places that we could choose to be on Sunday morning – Church of the Inner Spring (sleeping in), Church of the Holy Mountains (Hiking, Skiing, Mountain Biking) St. Futbol’s (soccer) or St. Arbucks (NY Times & Coffee). Actual church gets lower and lower on that priority list as Gen Xers and Millenials no longer have the ingrained tradition and obligation of attending church that previous generations did. Even with all of this, I continue to believe that being a part of a faith community is important and adds to the value of the broader community.
At RCC our new motto is “Love God, Seek Peace, Build Community, Welcome All.” Everyone is welcome here. In a world that is increasingly polarized, it is important to have a place where diverse views are welcome. We don’t all hold the same view point, or vote the same way – and that’s okay.
Each week during worship we share joys and concerns. Our church prays for each other, for our community, and for the world. In this way we recognize how we are connected to each other and to all of God’s creation. Our faith community also rallies around people in times of joy and pain through celebrating births, marriages, and funerals.
In Sunday School we teach our children about God’s extravagant love and welcome. We also instill a sense of responsibility to care for others. Jesus taught us to care for the poor and marginalized, to practice forgiveness, and to seek peace. We try to live out this message with the Thursday Peace Vigil, participating in the COTS Walk, raising money to purchase animals through Heifer International, doing community service projects like the Sunday of Service held on May 21st, and supporting organizations like Our Community Cares Camp and Friday Food Affair.
We are planning a Mission Trip to Costa Rica from February 24-March 5, 2018 to build 2 homes for families in need. The trip is for adults and high school youth (with parent chaperone). We welcome community members to join us on the trip or make a donation to support construction costs. For more information see: http://rccucc.org/costa-rica-mission-trip-2018/
As Christians we look inward to discover our unique identity as a child of God, and we look outward to use the unique gifts and talents we’ve each been given to serve others. I’m proud to serve RCC, and to help our community grow into the people God has made us to be. And I invite you to consider doing something radically countercultural – join us some Sunday morning and come find out what we’re about! You might just be surprised!
Upcoming Church Events:
  • June 4: Pentecost 10:00 AM
  • June 11: Celebration Sunday 10:00 AM – Celebrate the end of the school year as we honor graduates, present Bibles to youth, and thank Sunday School Teachers.