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Whitecaps Family Day


Sunday, Aug 21, 2016

  • Game time: 1:00pm (gates open at noon)
  • Come early for: pre-game autographs, play catch on the field (12:15-12:30)
  • Post-game: kids run the bases
  • Price: $14.50 – includes one ticket, a hot dog or pretzel, and a soda
  • Parking: $7.00 per vehicle (not included in the price of the ticket)
Financial assistance is available for your own family, or friends you would like to invite. Just sign up for the number of tickets you need and donate whatever is comfortable for you. Tickets and donation envelopes will be placed in your family folder once sign-up is complete.
Only 120 tickets available!
Begin signing up June 19. Signup deadline is July 17.

Children and the Lord’s Table

This Sunday, the sermon will be on the Lord’s Supper. I will be discussing Jesus’ institution of the Lord’s Supper, what the Supper means for us, and why children should be welcomed at the table – a decision that was unanimously approved by the RRC Consistory earlier this month. Children being invited to the Lord’s Supper is new to some of us. We want to provide resources to help you personally understand (1) why we are making this change at RRC and (2) how you can talk to your children about coming to the Table. 
From now on, when we serve communion we will state that, “All who have put their faith in Jesus as their personal Lord and Savior are welcomed at this Table.” The decision concerning whether an individual child has put their faith in Jesus and understands the meaning of the table will be left up to the parents (or guardians) of the child. A simple conversation with your child will make that clear. If you believe they have put their faith in Jesus, you are welcomed to have them come forward with you. We will be serving communion by intinction (dipping) on Sunday, June 5.
Below is a link to three valuable resources from the RCA. We will have all of these available in printed form in the lobby this Sunday and next. The resources include:
Both the RCA and the CRC denominations have long encouraged Children at the Lord’s Table. Nearly 3 decades ago the Commission on Theology wrote the following in their Report to the 1988 General Synod of the RCA:
What is required of anyone to partake of the Lord’s Supper is faith in and love for the Savior, ability to experience the Savior’s love expressed in the bread and the cup, and the sense of belonging to the covenant community. The believing and discerning of the child can be as fully authentic as that of the adult, but the believing and discerning will be at the level appropriate to the child’s age. Children can show the kind of love, trust, and thankfulness appropriate to their place in the family of God. They can love Jesus and experience Jesus’ love in return. We are reminded of Jesus’ words, “Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them; for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven” (Matt. 19:14). They can be loved by parents, friends, and other members of the body of Christ who have taken responsibility for their nurture as children in the church. They can commit themselves meaningfully to Christ and obey and serve their Lord. Indeed, current research in cognitive development affirms the importance of the church’s sacramental life for nurturing children in the faith.
That’s a profound statement. Perhaps children are as well equipped as adults to grasp the mystery of the Table! 
I’m excited about this sermon series, and even more excited about the powerful experience of God’s grace our children will experience at the Lord’s Table.
In Christ Love,
Pastor Paul

National Day of Prayer


Thursday, May 5, 2016

Though we have no formal programming this year, you are still encouraged to pray wherever you are. The sanctuary will be open 8:00am – 4:30pm for those who would like to come and pray.

Sermon Notes

Below, you can find the sermon notes for dates where recordings are not available. The rest are found on our sermons page alongside their recordings.


Kids Hope Book Drive


Items due May 1, 2016

The Kids Hope students at Valley View have been working on a reading incentive. They are working hard to read enough books to earn a prize at the Kids Hope party in May. This is where you come in. We need new book donations!
You can donate (new, not used) books that would be appropriate for K-2nd grade or 3-5th grade. We can also accept donations towards buying books!
Donations due by May 1, 2016. Please contact Audrey Shantz
with donations or questions!

Beacon – March 2016

Sermon Series: Life Together


Life Together (and Holy Week)

March 6 – Ephesians 4:1-6
Community Glue
March 13 – Ephesians 4:1-6
True Unity
March 20 (Palm Sunday) – Matthew 21:1-14
Holy Week: Behold, the Lamb of God
March 27 (Easter Sunday) – Luke 24:13-35
Holy Week: The Road to Faith
April 3 – Ephesians 4:7-16
Body Building
April 10 – Ephesians 4:17-28
Living In Our New Humanity
April 17 – Ephesians 4:29-30
Life-Giving Words
April 24 – Ephesians 4:31-32
The Freedom of Forgiveness
May 1 – Ephesians 5:1-17
Living in the Light
May 8 (Mother’s Day) – Ephesians 5:18-20
Spirit-Filled Living

MS Mission Trip


July 31 – August 6, 2016

Milwaukee is a wonderful city that unfortunately struggles with poverty. The city’s 29% poverty rate is around double the national average. The Middle School Youth Group will travel to Milwaukee, Wisconsin to try and bring God’s love to this community through prayer and service.
No matter what type of work project we have, we will partner with a local ministry. This allows us to know we are serving organizations that will continue to help the community long after we leave. Each worksite will have Next Step Ministry staff on hand to help students safely learn skills and accomplish projects.
$325. This cost includes meals Sunday night through Saturday morning. Students are responsible for two meals – we will stop once on the way to Milwaukee and once on the way home for food (Subway, Wendy’s, etc). There are plenty of ways students can fundraise towards their trip. Ask Brian Ellis about grow packets to learn more.
How to Sign up:
To reserve a spot, turn in a $50 deposit by April 13. The full balance for the trip will be due May 11th. Spots are limited and students will be signed up on a first come, first serve basis. Please do not hesitate to contact Brian Ellis with any questions.

Bible Studies – Fridays


Fridays • 9:30-11:00am (starts April 15)

Making wise choices in the midst of raw emotions (Lysa TerKeurst)
To sign up: contact Emillie Clayton or Trisha Van Stensel by April 10 so we can order your book!
What do we often do with our raw emotions? We stuff, we explode, or react somewhere in between. Is it really possible to make emotions work for us instead of against us? Her answer is yes, and in her usual inspiring and practical way, Lysa shows you how.
Filled with gut-honest personal examples and Biblical teaching, 
Unglued will equip you to know with confidence how to: 
  • Resolve conflict in your important relationships
  • Find peace in your most difficult relationships as you learn to be honest but kind when offended
  • Identify what type of reactor you are and how to significantly improve your communication
  • Respond with no regrets by managing your tendencies to stuff, explode or react somewhere in between
  • And how to gain a deep sense of calm by responding to situations out of your control without acting out of control
Childcare available. Led by Emillie Clayton and Trisha Van Stensel, Fireside Room.

Fundraiser Pancake Breakfast


Saturday, March 5, 2016

9 or 10am in the gym
Join us at either 9 or 10 for a fundraiser pancake breakfast for Bren and Audrey’s Foster/Adoption! Cash donations accepted. Please RSVP your time and number of people to or place form in Beth Jennings’ mailbox.