Pastor's Pen - June 2019

Pastor's Pen - June 2019

After the abundant rain and blazing sun, plants started to grow in my yard. Lots of plants, but not necessarily the ones I wanted nor the ones I planted. Yes, there are foxtails, milk thistle, dandelions and oxalis where I want flowers to grow.

Before I can begin planting, I spend time taking out the plants I don’t want. If I don’t remove the weeds, they will grow fast and crowd out the sunlight from the plants I am trying to cultivate. The weeds are always easier to get rid of when they are small. However, sometimes some major weed whacking is what you need to do to clear out space.

Where in your life do you need to do some cleaning or weeding?

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Rockville Presbyterian Hosts Community Forum on Veteran Suicide

Rockville Presbyterian Hosts Community Forum on Veteran Suicide

Presbyterian Federal Chaplaincies will host a Community Team Building Event to help congregations and pastors respond to the Veteran Suicide Tragedy in our communities. All are invited to attend this gathering. This will be a spectacular event where much learning will take place on the topic of suicide. Congregations and local churches are invited to attend and learn the newest statistics, information, and research on this important topic.

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Pastor's Pen - May 2019

Pastor's Pen - May 2019

May will be an amazing month. First of all, if you have not met the co-moderator of the General Assembly, please come to church on Sunday, May 19. Cindy Kohlmann will be bringing us the Sermon and we will be sharing in the worship service together. It is not every day that churches get to hear the co-moderator of the General Assembly preach in their congregation.

What a gift it will be to hear what news she brings us from the larger denomination and the vision, mission and hope she will share with us. The newsletter as well as the internet has wonderful articles about her and the denomination and all the wonderful work they are doing. Let’s support her by being present on May 19.

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Pastor's Pen - April 2019

Pastor's Pen - April 2019

Our lives are full of both joy and crises. A loved one dies. A flower blooms. A friend betrays a trust. We watch a child smile. We fail. We soar.

We have all had a crisis of faith where we feel like our doubts make us unworthy of being a part of church or close to God. We have a crisis of vocation when we aren’t sure what we are supposed to do with our lives. We have had a crisis of heartbreak when people we cherished didn’t reciprocate. In these crisis moments, it seems like God is so far away. What happened to the blessings, the joy and the hope we were promised? Are we being punished with suffering? Yet, now when we look back on our faith journey, we have come to recognize that the times we have felt the closest to God have come in the midst of a crisis. There was an inverted blessing in the darkness.

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2019 Zephyr Point Memorial Weekend Family Retreat

2019 Zephyr Point Memorial Weekend Family Retreat

All fourteen rooms as well as three cabins are reserved for our 24th annual retreat. There will be 43 attendees this year! Of that number, 15 are children. Should you be interested, please contact the church office; we will check on remaining availability.

The family retreat is a quiet weekend where we are treated to one of the most beautiful settings God has provided us. We share meals in a dining hall at pre-scheduled times. There is a Sunday morning worship service and a Sunday sunset Communion service both held on the grounds. The focus of the weekend is fellowship--with family and with other attendees. Activities are your own personal choice!

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Pastor's Pen - February 2019

Pastor's Pen - February 2019

Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Wow, we are really speeding up with all that is going on with Rockville in February and March.

  • We are completing a mission study and having congregation groups to discuss “Our Future Story;”

  • We are calling a Pastor Nominating Committee (PNC) together and they will begin meeting in February;

  • We are baptizing a new baby Laila Kathleen Harris on February 3 at 10:00; ü We are celebrating five new members on February 3; …

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Pastor's Pen -- January 2019

Pastor's Pen -- January 2019

A New Year In the Lord Brothers and Sisters in Christ, A blessed New Year to all of you! As we rip off the last page of our 2018 calendar and hang a fresh, crisp 2019 one, we hear many people encourage us to “ring in the New Year.” Others will ask us to make New Year’s resolutions to shed a few more pounds and run a few more miles.

As the people of God we enter the New Year “in the Lord.” After all, this is the truth that is conveyed in the acronym “AD.” It is the abbreviation of the Latin phrase Anno Domini, meaning “in the year of the Lord.” So while the world asks us to make the New Year memorable, relevant, and significant by our actions and resolutions, God asks us to greet the changing year by remaining in him.

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Pastor's Pen -- December 2018

Pastor's Pen -- December 2018

A Christmas Story - “Recognizing Jesus”

One of my favorite Christmas stories is about the old shoe cobbler who dreamed one Christmas Eve that Jesus would come to visit him the next day. The dream was so real that he was convinced it would come true.

So the next morning he got up and went out and cut green boughs and decorated his little cobbler shop and got all ready for Jesus to come and visit. He was so sure that Jesus was going to come that he just sat down and waited for him. The hours passed and Jesus didn’t come. But an old man came. He came inside for a moment to get warm out of the winter cold.

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Update on Paradise Donations from Rockville Presbyterian members

Update on Paradise Donations from Rockville Presbyterian members

Thank you so much for your contributions recently. We made three stops on Thanksgiving morning. The first was at Del Oro Animal Shelter where we donated paper towels, toilet paper, four 9x16 tarps, 48 wash cloths, as well as sheets, blankets and a rug. The next stop was at "tent city" in the Walmart parking lot where we handed out the 20 care bags from the church, flash lights and about $200 in gift cards.

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Join Us to Celebrate Saint Andrew's Day on Sunday, Dec. 2

Join Us to Celebrate Saint Andrew's Day on Sunday, Dec. 2

On Sunday morning, December 2nd, Rockville Presbyterian Fellowship will hold one service at 10:00 am. The service will celebrate the First Sunday of Advent and the life of patron Saint of Scotland, Christ’s disciple, Andrew. We will enjoy the music of our choir, Praise Team, Bell Choir and the pipes of Andrew Murphey. All are encouraged to wear their tartans and other clan wear. This should be a very joyous occasion; don’t miss it.

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Pastor's Pen - November 2018

Pastor's Pen - November 2018

November is a time of thankfulness! Thankfulness for our families; thankfulness for our church; thankfulness to God for all of life’s blessings. November is a special month as we are working through our mission study groups. So much has been explored and talked about in regards to “OUR FUTURE STORY.”

Our small groups are gathering and sharing to give us a better picture of who we are and where we want to go, exploring the following questions:

1. What are the people in our congregation passionate about?

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Missionary Josh Heikkila's Visit

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Josh Heikkila, RPF’s missionary to Central West Africa, visited us during the month of October. He brought pictures, a song in Twi language that we learned to sing and artifacts that were sold to raise money for his ministry. Josh joined us for our church picnic where he also shared photos and stories of his work and the people of the region.

A big thank you to Heather and Kent DeVries who kindly housed him during his visit and to all the folks who took him out for a meal and to the Phil Glashoff art event. He told Dave G. that he was going to have to go on a diet when he got home to Accra, Ghana because we fed him so well.

Read more about Josh’s work as well as other mission projects we support at https://www.rockvillepresbyterian.org/world-mission/. To personally support Josh to enable him to continue his work, visit https://www.prebyterianmission.org/donate/E200353. His account number is E200353 and if you send a check please put this number on the MEMO line on the lower left hand side of your check. The donation phone number is 800-872-3283 for further information.

Pastor's Pen - October 2018


The Rev. Joanne Martindale

October is a very busy and exciting month. This month the NEW MISSION STUDY GROUPS begin. I encourage all of you who have not signed up to do so. Your feedback about the direction of our congregation is very important. Please look for emails about the six groups and the times and location of those groups. Presently, there are groups on the following days and times:

Thursday Evenings October 4, October 18, Nov 1 and Nov 15
Time: 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Kris Hermon/ Peter and Karen Thor
Thor’s Residence

Sunday Evenings October 7, Oct 21, Nov 4 and Nov 18
Time: 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Peggy and Steve Rollins
Rockville Presbyterian Church

Sunday Afternoons: September 30, October 14, October 28 and Nov 4
Time: 12:00-1:30

Claudia Wathen
Rockville Presbyterian Church

Monday Evenings: October 8, October 22, Nov 5 and Nov. 19
Time: 6:30-8:00 p.m.

Layna Kinsman
Layna’s Residence

Friday Evenings: October 12, Oct. 26, Nov 2 and Nov 16
Time: 7:00-8:30
Crystal Hnatko
Crystal’s Residence

Tuesday Evenings: Oct 2, Oct 9, Oct 23 and October 30
Time: 6:30-8:00 p.m.

Pam and Fred Nelson
Paradise Valley Estates (Ridley Room – Main Community Center)


Please call the church office for addresses and contact information of the leaders.

Pastor's Pen - September 2018

The Rev. Joanne Martindale

It is hard to believe that September is already upon us.

This fall begins the exciting process of the Mission Study. The Mission Study begins on Friday night, September 7, with a potluck from 6:00-­‐7:00 p.m. and the meeting following from 7:00-­‐9:00 p.m. I will bring Hawaiian chicken (enough for all) if you please bring appetizers, salads, side dishes, desserts and drinks.

Christie Sharpsteen (with Hope Partnership) will guide us with our understanding of the process for the Mission Study that will take place during the months of September and October. ALL congregation members are invited and encouraged to attend this important step which will ultimately help Rockville Presbyterian Fellowship know what direction to take in the future.

Following that meeting on Saturday, September 8, from 9:00-­‐3:00, Christie Sharpsteen will instruct the eight group leaders and Pastor Joanne about the Mission Study small group process. Christie will go over the structure, content and goals for the small groups.

My preaching throughout September and October will mirror some of the scriptures from the Mission Study which are:

1. Philippians 1:3-­‐11
2. Micah 6:6-­‐8
3. Matthew 28:18-­‐20

The FOUR sessions that will take place in small groups will have the following focus:

Session ONE: Marks of a Vital Congregation
Session TWO: Interpreting the New Beginnings Assessment
Session THREE: What it Means to be Missional
Session FOUR: Discerning our Future

Please do your very best to come to the small group that you commit to. In the next week, all leaders will be confirmed as well as the times and locations for the groups. Again, please select one group and stick with that group, if at all possible. If you are not able to attend one of
YOUR group sessions, please call another group leader to see when you can make up that particular session.

Thanks so much!! Pastor Joanne

Pastor's Pen - August 2018

I hope you are enjoying your summer! I hope you are finding a little time here and there for some rest and relaxation. I hope you are finding a little time here and there for some reflection about your year and planning ahead for the fall.

As you have been hearing, we are getting ready for our Mission Study, which will continue on Friday, September 7 with EVERYONE in the Church (at the church) at 6:00 p.m. for dinner. Then the New Horizons representative will be there and walk us through the Mission Study process that will continue in the fall.

Then on Saturday, September 8 all day, the LEADERS (who are hosting the small groups) will be trained, along with the pastor from 9:00-­‐3:00. After that time the leaders will host 4 consecutive sessions in their homes or at other locations of their choosing, to glean from the members their desires for the next direction of Rockville Presbyterian Fellowship.

Please plan to attend a small group in September and October for four weeks so your voice can be heard about the direction the church will go in its future.

It is an exciting time! Rockville Presbyterian is such an amazing church. It is a gift to be your pastor and I am excited about all we will learn together during this process. Until that time, enjoy your summer, some reflection, and rest.

Many blessings!
Pastor Joanne

Rockville To Host Community Homeless Outreach Meeting July 31st

Community Homeless Outreach Collective Conception Meeting

Open to the Public – Invite your friends and neighbors!

Tuesday July 31st, 2018 @ 7pm
Rockville Presbyterian Fellowship
4177 Rockville Road, Fairfield

Over the past few years there has been a rapid increase in our local homeless population. People are in need and the city, along with other community services, can only provide so much without help. We're looking at pooling our resources with any others in the community that are interested in helping bridge these gaps, with our main focus being on providing food. Together, we can make things happen. If we join forces, form an alliance & stick together, we can promote change. All while showing love and compassion to our fellow human beings.

Interested in learning more? Join us in creating an action plan. Let’s make a difference in our community and in someone's life.

Questions? RSVPs?

Contact: Sabrina Woods at sabrina@yearbooks.com or 707-718-4575

“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” - Helen Keller

Church Library Offers Wide Selection of Books and DVDs

Church Library Offers Wide Selection of Books and DVDs

A small selection of the RPF library book and DVD collection made a debut last month on the patio on Sunday mornings. We had many curious browsers and some borrowers who decided to take an item or two home. Summer is a great time to find a special (cool) spot to read a new book or watch a great movie. There are Bible study/meditation guides, inspirational biographies, a variety of hymnals, DVDs and fiction galore for all ages. No fines, ever! Stop by this month and see what we have to offer.

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Vacation Bible School Fun Had by All

Vacation Bible School Fun Had by All

This June, Vacation Bible School was filled with fun, fellowship and faith journeys as we learned how Jesus rescues every time—when we are lonely, worried, scared, and even when we make mistakes! Kids and adults alike enjoyed being "shipwrecked" on a deserted island, and celebrated Jesus' love with songs, dance, games, Bible lessons, dramatic play and of course awesome island dinners every night!

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