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    December 5th, 2017

    Theologian Henri Nouwen writes, “Jesus’ whole message is to say that you are God’s beloved child…When you can hear in your heart, not in your head, that you are truly God’s beloved daughter, that you are truly God’s beloved son, everything turns around.”

    In this season of Advent, we wait for Christ’s arrival in our lives.  What we wait for today is that this message of love that Nouwen refers to would truly turn our lives around.  Yet, in the busy rush of this season we can often miss this message because we are always moving and always worn out.  To hear Christ in our lives takes discipline and it takes intentionality.  Most of all it takes stillness.  In the coming weeks, I encourage you to protect 10 minutes each day or an hour on one day to be intentional about listening to Jesus’ message of love for you.  For some, this will mean reading the Christmas stories in Matthew and Luke’s gospels.  For others,this will mean praying, journaling, or going for a walk.  However, you are able to find some quiet space I encourage you to give it a shot.  I trust that in these moments we will all continue to grow in faith and depth of understanding of Christ’s great love for us.

    This coming Sunday is our wonderful Children’s Worship Service, where our kids will lead us in music and prayer.  They have been working hard for months to prepare for this Sunday.  I hope you can all join us at our one 10:00 a.m. service followed by an All-Church Open House at 11:00 a.m..  It’s going to a really great morning.

    Blessings to you all in this Advent Season.  

    Pastor Austin

    Worship Today

    Second Sunday of Advent

    10:00 AM Children and Youth Christmas Service

    11:15 Open House and Reception Christian Education Building

     

    There are Gift Giving Trees in back of the sanctuary...Take a tag to buy a gift for a needy child. Unwrapped gifts due back this Sunday, December 10th.

    Your RPC Mission team

    Blood Drive on December 22nd, Noon to 6 pm (closed 2:30 to 3:30 pm) @ Church of the Holy Cross, Fellowship Hall. Give the gift of red that saves lives. For information and to sign up contact: Tina Paul @ (425)485-5620 or Blood@ HolyCrossRedmond.org.

    Waking Up to Advent”:
    Thousands of years ago the Israelites wandered the wilderness after being set free from slavery. They waited for God and longed for arrival in the promised land. Today, we are more like these wandering Israelites than we know. In these weeks following Christmas we enter into a new type of Advent waiting where we continue to navigate our lives faithfully toward God's leading into the "now and not yet" reality of God's kingdom.  We’ll study the book of Exodus and learn together how to faithfully follow God.



    Upcoming Events:

    • December 9th, 8am Men’s Breakfast Club meets @ Emerald Heights
    • December 12th,  Noon Annual RPC and Emerald Heights Christmas luncheon @ Emerald Heights (see attached)
    • December 14th, 7am – 7pm, Food Box Day in the Youth Room
    • December 22nd, Noon to 6 pm, Blood Drive @ Church of the Holy Cross, Fellowship Hall
    • December 24th, Fourth Sunday of Advent – one service @ 10:00AM; Christmas Eve – two Candlelight Services: 5pm Contemporary Family Worship and 7pm Traditional Worship