Weekly Update | 8.28.2015

RBC Weekly Update

PRAISE ITEM: Food Pantry
We served over 150 families yesterday!!  The kids were thrilled to choose their own school supplies and the parents were thrilled to get two additional bags of supplies! We were also blessed with an abundance of produce donated by two local farms.  ALDI, Moms Organic and Fresh Market continue to supply enough fresh meats and salads to last the families for a week. God continues to provide such blessings! We couldn’t do any of this without the ongoing dedication of the weekly volunteers.  See the attached pictures below.

PRAISE ITEM: Congratulations to Our Pastor Paul Goodnight
Last Saturday, Paul and longtime friend Melissa King were married in Florida. Both had lost their spouses three years ago. We pray that God will richly bless them as they begin their new life together.

OPPORTUNITY TO SERVE: Food Pantry (Wednesdays, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm)
We are in need for volunteers to register and sign in pantry guests on the computer. Once the guests arrive, the volunteers log them into our easy-to-use computer system. Please contact Kristine Bartolomei for more information or to sign up.

OPPORTUNITY TO SERVE: Good Samaritan Advocates Legal Clinic at RBC
The legal clinic at RBC is held in the mornings on the third Saturday of every month. We are in need of volunteers to help in many areas. We need hospitality volunteers who greet and escort clients to their appointment rooms and set up refreshments, administrative volunteers, attorneys, interpreters and paralegals. If you would like more information on any of these volunteer opportunities, contact Betsy Madden.

OPPORTUNITY TO SERVE: Quest Volunteers
Volunteers are needed to lead and assist in QUEST, BABYQUEST, and COURAGE QUEST at the 9:00, 10:30, and 12:00 services. The Fall Quest session starts September 13. Please consider how you can volunteer for this very exciting time for Children’s Ministry. You don’t need the gift of teaching, simply a heart for children and a wee bit of patience and humor. Curriculum and crafts are provided. Can’t do every week? Consider being a substitute, floater or a BABYQUEST volunteer. Please contact Joan Lastova for more information.

OPPORTUNITY TO SERVE: International Connection
If you have interest in ministry to internationals in our community and want to make a lasting difference in their lives, please consider teaching English as a second language with International Connection. This is also a ministry where seeds of the gospel are sown. There is a need for just one more teacher on Tuesday nights, starting September 15. Curriculum, training and even encouragement are provided! Contact Susan Morinaga for more details.

OPPORTUNITY TO SERVE: Women’s Ministry Childcare Workers Needed
Women’s Ministry is in great need of childcare workers during Thursday morning Bible studies and/or once a month on Friday mornings for Mom’s Connection. Being able to provide childcare makes it possible for us to minister to all women in our body who desire to know God’s Word and receive encouragement and fellowship. If you have a heart for children, this is a wonderful way to minister to our young moms. Application and background check are required.  Please contact Leigh Ann Kiendl  if you’re interested.

OPPORTUNITY TO SERVE: Awana Volunteers
Do you enjoy working and playing with kids? Come join the RBC Awana team and help us develop spiritually strong children and youth who faithfully follow Jesus Christ. To volunteer, go to: www.restonbible.org/awana.

WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDIES: Starting Soon
Registration for fall Bible studies is now open. We have several offerings on Wednesday and Thursday mornings and evenings, so there’s something for everyone. Childcare is offered during our Thursday morning classes for children 9 months and older. Mothers with infants are invited to join the Thursday morning “Mommy and Me” class. There are limited spots in childcare, so please register early. For more information and to register go to www.restonbible.org/women/biblestudies.

AWANA: Sundays Starting September 13 – May (4:30 – 6:30 pm, Main Building)
Awana is fun with a purpose—to reach and train kids for Jesus Christ. Games, puppets, crafts, awards and other activities transform our campus into a lively weekly experience where fun and learning go hand in hand. Open to 3-year olds for parents who volunteer with the Awana program and all 4-year olds and students K – 6th grade. Registration will begin in August. To volunteer or for more information, click here.

FALL MARRIAGE BOOSTER: “The State of the Unions” Friday, September 18, 2015
In the changing landscape of American culture why is traditional marriage so important?  Does God really have a design for marriage in our world? And if he does, what should your marriage look like to contribute to God’s plan? Join us as Jim Supp, Campus Pastor at McLean Bible Church’s Loudoun Campus, will be assessing “The State of Our Unions” and will provide practical encouragement for greater marital health – for God’s sake.  To register click here.

MEN’S MINISTRY BREAKFAST: Saturday, September 26 (7:30 am, Clubhouse)
RISE & SHINE is a new monthly breakfast opportunity for men to fellowship together in a casual environment around great food and to hear from other brothers in Christ. Our topic will be ‘Being Men of Faith, Not Uncertainty’ and our speaker will be Ryan Koppel. If you are eating please register here.

MEN’S SUMMIT: Monday, October 5
(Dinner – 6:30 pm in the Clubhouse, Event – 7:30-8:30 pm in the Sanctuary)
Randy Newman will share his story about his journey from Judaism to Christianity. Why would anyone become a Christian from another religion? After all, skeptics often claim Christians only believe in Jesus because their family did or because they are from a “Christian” culture. If they grew up in India, they’d be Hindu. Randy is a teacher and writer with Connection Points, and is also the Senior Teaching Fellow for Apologetics and Evangelism at The C. S. Lewis Institute. Click here to register or for more information.

SUNDAY REWIND: The Patriarchs, Part 6
Present decisions determine future consequences. Living for the present will destroy your future. Get discussion questions, the worship set and links to the sermon audio/video in the latest

IGLESIA HISPANA: Conferencia Sobre la Familia
La familia nació en la mente de un Dios que nos ama; como nuestro creador, sabe que es necesario para nuestro desarrollo, seguridad y bienestar integral para nosotros y nuestros generaciones. Hoy mas que nunca esta institución esta siendo atacada, por todos los medios posibles, y como iglesia, estamos comprometidos a preservarla con la ayuda de Dios. Acompáñenos mañana, sábado y domingo para una conferencia sobre la familia en nuestra Iglesia Hispana de Reston Bible Church. www.restonbible.org/familia

As you enjoy the summer months, we hope you’ll consider some of these great opportunities as we seek to know Christ and make Him known together.

Sunday Rewind | 8.23.2015

Sunday Rewind

MUSIC & SCRIPTURE

Your Love Never Fails (Romans 8:28) – Your Love Never Fails by Jesus Culture

Blessed Be Your Name (Job 1:21) – Blessed Be Your Name: The Songs of Matt Redman, Vol. 1 

Lord of All (Psalm 97:5-6) – Attention by Kristian Stanfill

It is Well (Isaiah 66:12) – Public Domain (additional chorus by Hillsong Chapel)

I Stand Amazed (2 Corinthians 8:9) – North Point Live by Candi Shelton (North Point)

 

 

TEACHING: The Patriarchs, Part 6: Jacob’s Personality

Present decisions determine future consequences. Living for the present will destroy your future.

CLICK HERE FOR THE SERMON AUDIO & VIDEO

 

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS FOR SHEPHERD GROUPS

  1. What was one thing you found particularly interesting, insightful, helpful or difficult to understand from this sermon?
  2. How would you describe your personality? Have you ever taken a personality test? Was it accurate? Do you find your personality changed through the years? How so?
  3. Read and discuss Genesis 25:19-34. Who are the main characters in this account? What do you observe about them in this text? What are their main personality traits based on this account?
  4. How did Esau despise his birthright? What modern parallels of this do we see? What personal parallels do you see?
  5. How did Jacob “force the hand of God”? Have you ever done this? What happened?
  6. How do present passions blur the future? What decisions currently lie before you where you need to trust the goodness and sovereignty of God?
  7. How does the gospel enable God’s morality to flow through our personality? How does the gospel direct our morality?
  8. Are you involved in anything right now that you know could destroy your future? Spend some time praying with your small group and discussing an accountability plan for those situations.

Thursday Update | 8.20.2015

RBC Weekly Update

BILL HURLEY MEMORIAL SERVICE
We are deeply grateful for the outpouring of prayers and sympathy from so many who knew and loved our dear friend and co-laborer, Bill Hurley. A memorial service to celebrate his life was held at RBC last Tuesday. For our extended missionary staff, friends and missions agencies around the globe who were not able to attend the service, we’re providing a video of Bill’s memorial here, along with ways you can encourage and support his family.

OPPORTUNITY TO SERVE: Host Team
As we transition into three services (9:00, 10:30, 12:00) and prepare for the fall ministry season, we are in need of many people to serve on Sunday mornings on the Host Team! If you are interested in serving one Sunday service a month as a Greeter, Welcome Desk, Parking, or Coffee Attendant, or quarterly as an Usher or Communion Server, please contact Kemper DeGroot for more information or to sign up.

OPPORTUNITY TO SERVE: International Connection
International Connection, the English as a second language program at RBC, has need of a lead teacher for Tuesday nights starting on September 15. Training and curriculum are provided. Contact Susan Morinaga for more details.

OPPORTUNITY TO SERVE: Worship Leading Need in Youth Ministry
The youth ministry is currently looking for adult volunteers who are gifted (musically/vocally) and have some experience in leading worship. We have a solid team in place, but have a need for additional leadership. If you have an interest in exploring this, please contact Bob Shull. We are starting up the worship team for this fall now.

OPPORTUNITY TO SERVE: Women’s Ministry Childcare Workers Needed
Women’s Ministry is in great need of childcare workers during Thursday morning Bible studies and/or once a month on Friday mornings for Mom’s Connection. Being able to provide childcare makes it possible for us to minister to all women in our body who desire to know God’s Word and receive encouragement and fellowship. If you have a heart for children, this is a wonderful way to minister to our young moms. Application and background check are required. Please contact Leigh Ann Kiendl if you’re interested.

WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDIES: Starting Soon
Registration for fall Bible studies is now open. We have several offerings on Wednesday and Thursday mornings and evenings, so there’s something for everyone. Childcare is offered during our Thursday morning classes for children 9 months and older. Mothers with infants are invited to join the Thursday morning “Mommy and Me” class. There are limited spots in childcare, so please register early. For more information and to register go to www.restonbible.org/women/biblestudies.

AWANA: Sundays Starting September 13 – May (4:30 – 6:30 pm, Main Building)
AWANA is fun with a purpose—to reach and train kids for Jesus Christ. Games, puppets, crafts, awards and other activities transform our campus into a lively weekly experience where fun and learning go hand in hand. Open to 3-year olds for parents who volunteer with the AWANA program and all 4-year olds and students K – 6th grade. Registration will begin in August. To volunteer or for more information, click here.

FALL MARRIAGE BOOSTER: “The State of the Unions” Friday, September 18, 2015
In the changing landscape of American culture why is traditional marriage so important? Does God really have a design for marriage in our world? And if he does, what should your marriage look like to contribute to God’s plan? Join us as Jim Supp, Campus Pastor at McLean Bible Church’s Loudoun Campus, will be assessing “The State of Our Unions” and will provide practical encouragement for greater marital health – for God’s sake. Early registration is open! Click here.

FINANCIAL PEACE UNIVERSITY: Starts Sunday, September 20 (4:30-6:30 pm, Youth Building)
Well over 500 folks here have eliminated over $500,000 in personal debt while saving over $175,000 as the result of this life-changing study. The cost of a lifetime family membership is $85. Scholarships are available (contact me) and childcare (through 6th grade) is provided free of charge. For more information, click here. To register, click here. To watch an inspirational video from an RBC family on how FPU helped them eliminate over $45,000 in debt in one year, click here.

2015 RBC MEN’S RETREAT: Salt & Light October 16-18 (Middleburg)
Come join us to hear speakers and meet guys just like you that attend RBC. They have experienced the same trials, struggles, and challenges that we all do. Learn how God has used them and how He can use you to glorify Him! Coming together as a group at the retreat provides an opportunity for you to relax, reflect, and restore your God-given saltiness. To register or for more information, click here.
DOES YOUR EMPLOYER HAVE A MATCHING GIFT PROGRAM?
Did you know that many area employers, including government offices, will match your gift to RBC? In the last three years, one organization alone has given over $59,000 directly to us to support our ministry! It’s easy to find out if your employer has a matching gift policy, just click here.

SUNDAY REWIND: The Thief & The Answer
The enemy comes to steal, kill and destroy – but Jesus has come that we might have life. Pastor Mike reflects on the character and impact of Bill Hurley and teaches on the reality of the spiritual warfare raging all around us. Sunday Rewind.

Sunday Rewind | 8.16.2015

Sunday Rewind

MUSIC & SCRIPTURE

Only King Forever (1 Timothy 1:17) – Only King Forever by Elevation Worship

Christ is Enough (2 Cor. 12:9) – Glorious Ruins by Hillsong Live

Come Thou Fount (Psalm 16:11) – Original Arrangement

Give Me Faith (Psalm 73:25-26) – Nothing Is Wasted byElevation Worship

God is Able (Eph. 3:20-21) – God is Able by Hillsong Live

 

TEACHING: The Thief & The Answer

The enemy comes to steal, kill and destroy – but Jesus has come that we might have life.

CLICK HERE FOR THE SERMON AUDIO & VIDEO

 

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS FOR SHEPHERD GROUPS

  1. What was one thing you found particularly interesting, insightful, helpful or difficult to understand from this sermon?
  2. How would you describe “character”? Who is someone you know who exemplifies good character?
  3. Read and discuss John 8:39-47, John 10:7-11 and Ephesians 6:10-18. What does this tell us about man? What does it tell us about God?
  4. What do you observe about spiritual warfare and the nature of the world around us from the verses above? What does it tell us about our enemy and his tactics?
  5. How have you personally experienced spiritual warfare?
  6. Have you ever had a “bottom of the 9th” moment or season of life?
  7. Are there lies about yourself, others or God that you know you know are lies, yet still tend to struggle with? How does scripture address those lies? How does the gospel provide clarity, contrast and context to those lies?
  8. Spend some time in prayer for anything that came up during this discussion . Give thanks to God that He is good, even when we can’t see it or are believing lies about Him. Pray that He would work in you to replace lies with His great truths.

Bill Hurley Memorial Service

We are deeply grateful for the outpouring of prayers and sympathy from so many who knew and loved our dear friend and co-laborer, Bill Hurley.  A memorial service to celebrate his life was held at Reston Bible Church on Tuesday, August 18 at 10:30am EDT.

For our extended missionary staff, friends and missions agencies here in the U.S. and around the globe who are not able to attend the service, we provided a live video stream of Bill’s memorial service on this page. We will archive that video here for those who were unable to attend.

In lieu of flowers, condolences to the family may be made in the form of donations to the Reston Bible Church Missions Fund (To give online, click here to go to our secure online giving page – Select “Missions Fund” in the Choose Designation dropdown menu). Letters of sympathy and encouragement to the family may be sent to:

The Hurley Family
c/o Reston Bible Church
45650 Oakbrook Court
Dulles, VA 20166

TRIBUTE TO WILLARD JEREMIAH HURLEY

Impact—yes, that’s the word, though many other words could be chosen to pay tribute to Bill. I think impact is most appropriate. Webster says it means to come into forcible contact with another object. Bill was the force, and those around him were the objects. Impact is usually accompanied by noise and commotion. But with Bill it was different. It was a quiet force with a penetrating edge. It was more surgical and came with carefully-measured truth. Be assured it was direct, and you never had to second-guess what Bill was getting at – after all, he had been a police officer for thirty years.  The truth was often sprinkled with humor, but it was never ambiguous, and as the years unfolded, his words became truth mixed with ever-increasing grace.

I think we call that wisdom—yes, that’s the word, though many others could be chosen. Webster says it is the gathering of knowledge and insight. I think wisdom is the proper application of knowledge, which in turn has impact on the lives of those who receive it. Bill was a great dispenser of wisdom. Many of us inquired of Bill when difficult times would come or when confusion reigned. He was often the go-to guy when we needed clear thinking untainted with bias. Remember, Bill saw life through a black and white lens. He didn’t let political correctness get in his way. He let truth be his navigator, and grey was not his favorite color. You did the right thing even if it was hard.

I think we call that integrity—yes, that’s the word, though many others could be chosen. Webster says it means sound or incorruptible. I have often seen the word as encompassing the whole character of a person. This was Bill every step of the way. He was honest, humble, courageous, humorous and godly. He kept a clear conscience and always admitted when he was wrong. Bill’s integrity has helped landscape the lives of his great family and those he called his friends. You couldn’t be around him long before you realized he was a man of uncompromising character.  He could hardly talk about the difficult times missionaries were going through without getting choked up. He was tough, but tender.

I think we call that compassion—yes that’s the word, though many others could be chosen. Compassion is to feel what others feel. It is the ability to step into their shoes. Bill did that better than anyone I know. He would drive long distances to surprise a young candidate going through their first day of missionary training. Why? Because he had compassion and wanted to encourage them to stay the course. For thirty-five years he lead our missions committee in the distribution of over forty million dollars to places many of us have never even heard of. Talk about leadership.

Leadership—yes that’s the word, though many others could be chosen. Leadership is that quality that encourages others to follow. Those of us that knew Bill wanted to follow him. He had a unique way of looking at life and could see what most of us were blinded to. I loved this man as all of us did. I will miss him dearly because he had such an impact on all of us, yes that’s the word… Impact.

Pastor Mike Minter
on behalf of
the Police Fraternity,
the body of Reston Bible Church,
& our Missionary Families

But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ…
– Philippians 3:20