Dear RCC Family & Friends,
This coming Saturday (Oct. 26th) we will be meeting at the church building at 5:00pm for our monthly large group worship service. Following the service we will have a fellowship meal together. We will worship Jesus, celebrate the Lord’s Supper and continue with our sermon series: “Blueprint for Christian Community” based on the 29 one-to-another commandments found in the New Testament.
I am really looking forward to seeing everyone! Meeting in our small groups and gathering only once per month really limits our ability to connect and stay in touch with EVERYONE in the larger group. The key to “being the church” now that we don’t meet as large group every week is to press in, to love and minister in relationship to those in your small group. Wherever two or more are gathered to worship, pray and or meditate on the Word of God the church of Jesus is in session!
It has been a very busy ministry season. During the first week of October, I was at the Crisis Response International base near Roanoke Virginia for four days. I taught a four day seminar on Worship and Spiritual Warfare. During the second week of October, I was in Sarasota for our yearly RNI pastors/apostolic counsel meeting. Last week, C-HOP hosted 16 ARC school students for an outreach experience. During the same week, I was also the primary coordinator for Tent Charlottesville – 50 hours of continuous worship and prayer. Yes, that’s right, we met in a tent (outside) for 50 continuous hours of (all night & all day) worship and prayer! We estimate that over 300 people attended. Twenty five different worship leaders and 25 different prayer leaders from all over Central Virginia led at this gathering! It was an amazing, busy and transforming event for the Charlottesville Christian community!
Prayer changes history! We gather to pray because God moves to transform people and heal our land when we pray. “If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” I Chron. 7:14. All major revivals in history started in a prayer meeting – including the first one commissioned by Jesus and described in Acts 1:14: “They all joined together constantly in prayer, along with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brothers.” The results of gathering to pray and worship God was amazing: “When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place….All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.” (Acts 2:1,4) After this event 2000 people became followers of Jesus. The church was born at a prayer meeting: a gathering of seekers hungry for encounter with God! This is what we will do on Saturday as well!!
This Saturday Russ and Cathe Myers are using the “sanctuary” and fellowship hall for a family event. Because of this, we have not moved the furniture and the contents of the building so it can be used for this event. Following this weekend, however, the furniture and fixtures in the church building will be sold to RNI or other area ministries. I am telling you about this because after this Saturday, we probably will no longer be able to meet in the church building at 470 Twinkling Springs Road. Instead, we will need to talk about where to meet in November at this Saturday evening meeting!
Be thinking and praying about where we should meet in November!
See you on Saturday!