The Pastor's Pen - January 2018

Happy New Year my Church friends and family!

January is going to be a very busy month:
There will be a leaders’ retreat for all elders and deacons on Friday January 26 from 6:00-9:00 and Saturday January 27 from 9:00-3:00 at Rockville Presbyterian Fellowship. I have been working on preparing for this retreat since I began as your Interim pastor on October 1.

I will also be sharing much of the materials with the entire congregation throughout the year. Please put those dates on your calendar and plan to attend. You will not be disappointed with all the new materials and subjects we will cover.

We have also had several people express that they would like to become members of the church. So the New Members classes will be held on Sunday January 21 and Sunday January 28 from 1:30-3:30 at Rockville Presbyterian Fellowship. We will meet at noon (Prior to those meetings) and together walk to lunch next door from noon-1:30. We look forward to new people joining the church in 2018.

We will begin exploring Christian Vocation as we prepare this year to conduct Rockville Presbyterian Church’s Mission Study:

Christian Vocation? What does that mean?
The Vocational Life is shaped and formed by the rich heritage we have as Presbyterians – as believers shaped in the Reformation. Both Scripture and our Presbyterian heritage guide us that a faithful member of Christ accepts Christ’s call to serve responsibly in the ministry of his Church.

Vocation is related to our career, right? After all, we are familiar with the vocational high school’s where the students learn a trade. So, why are we using this word in the church?
Vocation actually refers to a calling, a word packed with religious significance. Basically, God has given each of us gifts and “call” us to uses them in a way that pleases and glorifies God. Our vocation is the way in which we respond to the many gifts God has given us; how we live our life.

The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Book of Order (W-5.6001 and W-5-6002) says it in this way: God calls a people
- To believe in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior;
- To follow Jesus Christ in obedient discipleship;
- To use the gifts and abilities God has given, honoring and serving God in personal life, in household and families, in daily occupations, in community, nation and the world.
Persons respond to God’s call to honor and serve God in every aspect of human life.
- In their work and in their play.
- In their thought and in their action,
- In their private and in their public relationships.
- As we participate in the community of faith, it may be helpful to think of it this way: in baptism we receive our traveling orders; in the Lord’s Supper we receive our food for the journey. Christian Vocation is about living into our baptismal identity, answering the call to demonstrate the hospital in all that we do and say.

“Vocation is when your deep gladness meets the world’s deep hunger.” Frederick Buechner.
I am so thrilled to be your Interim Pastor, for such a time as this!!

Happy New Year,
Pastor Joanne