As a community church, Rehoboth Congregational is an exciting mix
of young and old, recent arrivals and long-term residents, and those
of various religious backgrounds. This interesting mix of people from
all aspects of the community make up a dynamic and growing church
family. New faces have been joyfully added and are enriching our life
together. If you are looking for a church family or are new in town
-- we welcome you to visit with us. We are located in the village
section of Rehoboth -- just down the road from the library.
We have a very active church school and youth program. On a typical Sunday over 80 children attend church school, with classes for 3 & 4 year-olds, up through senior high. Curriculums are Bible-based, but with a strong emphasis on having fun, as well as learning! Nursery care is available, too.
A MESSAGE FROM OUR PASTOR Grace and Peace, Members and Friends of the Rehoboth Congregational Church!
Are you giving anything up for Lent? As a born and raised Protestant, I have to admit that I was always a little bit jealous of my Catholic friends who "got" to give something up for Lent. It was almost as though because they had stricter rules they had to follow, their religion was more hardcore than mine was. I wanted to be part of something that made me give something up so I could complain about it, too!
I've always had a flair for the dramatic.
As I got older and deeper into my faith, I realized two things:
1. Protestants can give something up for Lent. It's not "just" a Catholic thing.
2. The point of Lent is not to give something up so you can spend 40 days complaining about it to your friends. It is a spiritual practice that draws you closer to God as you remember the sacrifice that Jesus made.
Lent is not just about giving something up for the sake of saying you followed a rule or to alleviate your guilt. It really is an amazing journey that we all take. A journey of confession, a journey of humility and a journey of humanity. It is a chance we are given - year after year - to walk alongside Jesus. It is an opportunity to think about who we are and who God is calling us to be.
I don't know if I am going to give something up for Lent this year, but I am curious to hear your thoughts on the subject! Whatever you decide to do, may your Lenten journeys be blessed!
See you on Sunday,
THIS WEEK'S WORSHIP SERVICE
February 14, 2016
POTATO BAR FUNDRAISER FORPAUL AND KATHY LUMBRA
Sunday, February 14, 2016 | 11:30 am
Come for baked potatoes and all the fixin's! Donations will be taken at the door, there will be a small bake sale with Valentine's goodies and there will be a raffle of a few small spring themed items which were generously donated by members of the church.
All of the money donated will go to Kathy and Paul to offset their medical expenses (as well as the added expenses incurred from being away from home).
In response to this meme that was going around Facebook last week, Rev. Sarah has issued the following challenge: If $2,500 is raised, someone(s) can dump a jug of Gatorade over her head. Good luck!
There is NO Church School this Sunday due to February School Vacation.
Save the Date: March 26th Family Movie Night | Pixar's Inside Out! More information will be coming soon!!!
Donations of Candy needed! The Jr. & Sr. High Youth Groups will be filling over 2,000 Easter Eggs for our Annual Easter Egg Hunt on March 26th. It takes a lot of candy to fill all those eggs! You can leave bags of candy in the office with Kathy or with the Church School teachers.
We are looking for more helpers in the classrooms. Our teachers need a second set of hands to help with the craft and the story each week. Please come down and see the fun things your children are participating in each week.
Learning to Knit and Crochet
Sunday, February 14th and 28th | 11:30 AM
Join Jane Williams after church for some fellowship and learn how to knit or crochet. All levels are welcome. See Jane after Church in Fellowship for more information. There are extra hooks and needles and yarn to get you started.
Cereal Drive, February 14, 2016
Your RCC Missions Committee wants to celebrate Valentine's Day by sponsoring a Heart Healthy Cereal drive on Sunday Feb. 14th. The Rehoboth Food Pantry is always in need of cereal (hot or cold). Let's try to choose Heart Healthy options to provide our neighbors in need with healthy choices.
This is your first opportunity of the year to join us in the Missions of our church. Just bring a box of cereal to church on Valentine's day.
SPAGHETTI DINNER/DESERT AUCTION
March 5, 2016 : 6:00 pm
Adults $8 kids $5 12&under
ALL YOU CAN EAT
Proceeds to benefit The Missions Committee with all their many good deeds that they do.
This event always sells out so make sure you call the office to Reserve your seats today 508-252-4545
Providence Bruins Hockey Night
Save the date: Friday, April 8, 2016
Come cheer on the Providence Bruins as they play the Portland Pirates at the Dunk. $20/per person and kids get free P-Bruins hat, popcorn and drink! Look for more details and order form coming soon.
YOUTH GROUP SUMMER RETREAT
It's not too early to be thinking about summer!!!
DATES: Monday, August 15th-August 19th
COST: $300/per person (4 nights/12 meals)
DEPOSIT: $100 due April 24, 2016
The Youth Group is already planning their summer retreat at the Craigville Retreat Center in beautiful Craigville, MA. The last time the Youth Group went they had an amazing time and weather. Don't miss out on this great trip!
Cost includes lodging and meals for the entire stay but we will be fundraising to help defray the cost. The initial deposit will hold your spot for this exciting week. Stay tuned for further details!
If interested, please contact Mike Barger 508-967-5025 for more information.
WOODWORKERS NEED WOOD
A Message from Ray Medeiros
I am in need of two or three white birch branches to make some ornaments for the bazaar. They need to be between 1 and 2 inches in diameter. I do not need a tree to be cut down, just a few branches! If you have some, give me a call at 508-496-0171 or email me at email@example.com. ~ Thank you.
We meet Wednesdays from 6-7 pm in the 1-2-3rd grade class room (the double room facing the Carpenter Museum). No experience is necessary - just bring a mat, some yoga blocks (both can be found at Wal-Mart or some discount stores for a reasonable price) and a small blanket or pillow to help support you in some poses. Contact Kathy in the office for more details.
Please leave Kathy a note with the date and time if you are planning on using any of the Church's meeting rooms, classrooms, Fellowship Hall or Sanctuary for any church or non-church function. We have set up a planner with all the rooms listed so that there won't be any conflict in use. The calendar is kept under the computer in the office if you need to reference it. Our space is busy as our church grows!
Church Cancellation Policy
It is that time of year when we all keep our ears on the weather. Hopefully we won't have a winter like last year but just in case a few things to remember:
If the Governor calls a state of emergency, church is cancelled.
If a state of emergency has not been called, but there is snow and ice, Ray Medeiros (chair of the Board of Trustees) and Rev. Sarah will have a conversation around 7AM on Sunday morning. They will make a decision then as to whether or not to cancel or have worship.
If we cancel worship, this is how you find out:
Email! An email blast will arrive in your inbox no later than 8AM.
The Rhode Island Broadcasters Association - check these local listings:
TV - WLNE/ABC6 , WJAR/NBC10, WPRI/CBS12, CW28, RI PBS/Channel 36, WNAC-FOX
At the moment we are unable to change the church voicemail remotely, so if you have a question about whether or not worship is cancelled, please call Rev. Sarah (203-417-0710).
Remember, your safety come first! Please always use your best judgment when deciding whether or not to venture out. If we do have worship and you choose to worship at home, we can mail/email you a copy of Rev. Sarah's sermon.
February 14, 2016
Baked Potato Bar|Lumbra Family Fundraiser
Knitting and Crochet Lessons with Jane Williams
February 15, 2016
February 16, 2016
Youth Advisers Meeting
February 17, 2016
February 18, 2016
February 21, 2016
Rehoboth Youth Group Bowling
The choir meets on Thursday evenings at 7:00 pm and Sunday mornings at 9:00 am. All are welcome to come and sing! Talk to Jordan if you would like more information.
TUESDAY MORNING BIBLE STUDY
Rev. Sarah's Tuesday Morning Bible Study meets 10-11:30 AM on Tuesday mornings. We are currently studying the Gospel of Luke. All are welcome to join us.
CARING FOR OUR CHURCH FAMILY
Bella Kai Rutko; Elizabeth Wilson; Gale Pray; Minnie Caron; Ginny Latham; John Krauth, Jr.; Jilly Endres; Ron McKenna; Annik Spencer; Bob Mullen; Kim Keisling; Salvatore Paolucci, cancer patient; Cheryl Demoura; Bella & Sue Hocker; Denise Surkont; Sarah Martin; Wallace Martin; Lexi Wells; Eric Berghman; William Spitznagel; Dave Comfort, heart transplant recipient; Gretchen Comfort; Alice Blackmar and her family; Roger Pratt & Archie; Paul Lumbra who is recovering from a serious infection; Kathy and Cassandra Lumbra; Aybel Martin, a 4 year-old cancer patient; Carlie Jane Gonzalez, a 13 year-old cancer patient; Allyson Reed, severely burned in a house fire; Edith & Ann both struggling with cancer; Bob Hayworth, cancer patient
The Prayer Shawl Ministry is a wonderful comfort to so many people. Feel free to take a shawl for someone in need of comfort and care. All we ask is that you record your name and that of the recipient in the Prayer Shawl folder.
If you, or someone you know, would like a pastoral visit, please call the church office or send an email to Rev. Sarah(firstname.lastname@example.org). She makes calls upon request and would be happy to visit.
If you would like long-term outreach and visitation, please contact the office.
Happy Valentine's Day!!!!!!!!
If you would like a picture included with the announcement, please send it to email@example.com and I will be sure to post it! Next week February birthdays!! ~ Kathy
(Please let Kathy know if you have any celebrations you like to share by replying to this email or leaving her a note on her desk in the office)
RECIPE OF THE WEEK
A special recipe for Valentine's Day!
Rice Cream from Akershus Restaurant (Norway) in Epcot
1 pound short grain white rice (not instant) (Medium grain rice will work too)
1 teaspoon salt
3 cups water
4 cups milk
4 tablespoons sugar2 cups heavy cream
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 cups strawberry preserves
1 cup water
1 tablespoon lemon juice
Cook rice with water and salt for 15 minutes, covered. Add milk and cook for 30 minutes or util rice is tender and the mixture is thick. Chill rice in the refrigerator.
Whip cream and sugar and vanilla. Gently fold whipped cream into chilled rice. Set aside in refrigerator.
Place sauce ingredients in the work bowl of a blend. Mix until combined.
Spoon rice mixture into service cups. Garnish with strawberry sauce.
NOTE: Short grain rice can be hard to find, I substitute in easier to find medium grain white rice and cook according to directions above. Do not skimp cooling the rice. Rice must be cold when adding in the whipped cream or the whipped cream will fall and not hold up. For the sauce, I do not put in the water until I whirl the preserves in the blender a bit and then only add until spreadable. You are just looking for the preserves to be a little loose but not runny. This is not especially sweet. The sweetness comes from the strawberries so you may want to add more depending on how sweet you like your deserts.