Weekly Update | 10.24.2014

Greetings & blessings from the Staff and Elders of Reston Bible Church!  Here’s a look at what’s coming up over the next few busy weeks.

MARCA FRITZEMEIER MEMORIAL SERVICE:  Saturday, October 25 (10:00 am)
Marca went home to be with her Lord on Tuesday morning after a courageous battle with ovarian cancer.  Marca faithfully served our body, especially our ESL program, for many years.  Her family invites you to a memorial service Saturday morning with a reception immediately following.  They also invite you to visit her memorial website where you can read her story and share memories.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the RBC Missions Fund.

PRAISE ITEM:  A Big Thank You From Guilford Elementary School
A huge thank you to all that donated books and volunteered for our fall book give away.  The children were beyond excited to come and choose books that they could keep forever.  Once the children select their books they sit on the gym floor while they wait for the rest of their classmates to finish.  The kids immediately started reading their new books, and didn’t want to go back to class when it was time to leave.  Several teachers commented on the difference that these books have made in turning these students into avid readers.  It was such a joy to serve both the children and the staff of this school.  This event really impacted the many new teachers who are still trying to understand the relationship that RBC has with this public school.

OPPORTUNITY TO SERVE:  Guilford Homework Workers
We are ready to get started with Homework Helpers at Guilford.  If you would like to make an impact on a couple of third graders by helping them with their homework once a week on Tuesdays from 2:30 – 3:25 pm, you can register here.  Background check required.

OPPORTUNITY TO SERVE:  First Fruits Saturday, November 22
Would you like to do something where you can see hard work bring a blessing to someone in need? Then join us for our annual First Fruits service day. Teams will do jobs such as raking leaves, spreading mulch, cleaning houses, washing cars, etc. to raise money to buy food that day for families in need who live in our area and to fund scholarships and gifts beyond that day.  There are three primary ways to get involved: provide a JOB, VOLUNTEER, or refer someone in NEED. Please click here to sign up or to donate.

VIDEO: First Fruits
In this short video, learn about what First Fruits is, how you can get involved, and hear from three people whose lives have been impacted by this service project.

It’s difficult to learn on an empty stomach.  This year we have been asked to provide snacks twice a month. We need additional volunteers to help provide this increase in snacks.   Click here to sign up.

STARTING POINT ORIENTATION:  Sunday, October 26 (10:30 am, Room 234)
Are you starting a journey with God? Do you have doubts and questions about God?  Are you returning to God after being away? Come this Sunday to find out more about joining a Starting Point group. Registration is required to attend a group.

PARENTING 301:  Sundays, October 26 to November 16 (12:30 to 2:30 pm)
Continue your parenting education with Parenting 301 — a four-week course specifically for parents with children ages 7 to 12 years.  This class isn’t scheduled often so sign up for this course early to be included!

MEN’S SUMMIT:  Grill the Christians  October 27
The evening will be an opportunity to explore apologetics in a Q&A format with three leading apologists; David Wood, Steve Schrader, and Joshua Moody.  Audience questions will be welcomed.  No question is off limits.  Register for dinner at 6:30 pm or Summit only at 7:30 pm at www.restonbible.org/summit

This benefit raises a large percentage of the ministry’s operating funds for the coming year.  It’s free to attend and a great breakfast buffet is included.  It will be held at Falls Church Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall. To register, please click here.  This year’s keynote speaker is David Nammo, CEO of Christian Legal Society, who is going to give a talk on God’s Love for the Poor.

Starts Wednesday, November 5
Here is the schedule of events:

  • Wednesday:  Opening Event (7:00-8:30 pm in the Sanctuary).
  • Thursday:  Women’s Bible Study  (9:30-11:30 am).
  • Friday:  Hold the Ropes (9:30 am – noon).  Sharing and Prayer with our missionaries.
  • Friday: Banquet (6:45 – 9:00 PM).  $15.00 per person, registration and prepayment is required (click here).
  • SundaySunday Services  Missionaries will be sharing in both services, Quest, Jr and Sr High, Bereans,  AWANA and Iglesia Hispana.

Click here for more information or to register for any event.

HOMEFRONT DATE NIGHT:  Thanksgiving Warm-Up Friday, November 14 (6:30-9:30 pm, Clubhouse)
Tickle your tastebuds and grab the score card for this tasty night out with your spouse and the HomeFront community. Please bring one side to share and games are welcome for this couples’ potluck and game night.  Register here for this free event.

WOMEN’S MINISTRY: Girls Night Out Monday, November 17 at 7:00 pm
The evening will include speaker Cheryl Ryan, table discussion, light hors d’oeuvres and yummy desserts.   Our theme for the evening is Ready to Reset.   For some of us the resetting of our lives and homes through the holiday season comes easy, for others it is daunting.  But what about  deeper lasting resets, the ones that need to take place inside you?  We’ll examine the lives of several people from scripture and their surprising and somewhat shocking resets, as well as the story of Cheryl’s own unexpected and startling reset.  The cost for the event is $5.00 and you can register by clicking here.  For more information visit here.

TEACHING & RESOURCES: Men’s Retreat 2014
If you missed this year’s Men’s Retreat or want a refresher on Dr. Blackaby’s teachings, audio and video of “Living on God’s Agenda” is now available online.

HOPE MINISTRY: Haiti Trip Update
The needs of the orphans in Haiti are great. But the God who calls Himself “the Father of the Fatherless” is even greater. If you missed the update from last weekend, check it out on the RBC Blog.

We hope you’ll consider some of these great opportunities as we seek to know Christ and make Him known. As always, keep an eye on the Upcoming Events section of the RBC website.  It is a blessing to serve and grow in our mighty Lord with you.

Dale Peak

Take 5: Entering the World of the Unknown, Part 4

Help your people observe first-hand the futility of the world system through the lens of scripture. Pastor Mike shares the illustration of The Ultimate Contradiction and others to help drive home our need to be anchored in the Word of God.

Take 5 is a series of videos for pastors & teachers of God’s Word. Mike Minter, teaching pastor and founder of Reston Bible Church, shares practical wisdom from over 40 years of ministry experience.

For more Take 5 videos, visit vimeo.com/channels/minter or subscribe via RSS here: blog.restonbible.org/category/resources/take-5/feed/

To suggest a topic for Pastor Mike to cover, send an email to questions@restonbible.org.

From the Field: Ireland

From the Field

RBC-supported missionaries Steve & Julia left for full-time work in Ireland only a few weeks ago. Here is an update from them:

We have been in Ireland now for 5 weeks and God has been very gracious to us as we get settled in. We arrived during a difficult rental housing marked with little property available and it disappearing fast.  In spite of that, within the first week God provided us with a beautiful modern 2 bedroom furnished apartment with lots of windows and light in an excellent neighborhood. God has also helped us get our utilities and broadband set up, find a reliable used car, obtain car insurance, open a bank account, get our Irish version of social security numbers, and begin the process of getting permission to remain in the country.  We are living in the suburbs of Cork in southeastern Ireland.

We are currently working with Douglas Baptist Church outside of Cork. Douglas Baptist is one of 14 churches in Cork and Kerry counties that have joined together in coordinating activities and in working together to plant new churches in areas with no evangelic church.  There are two new church plants in the works. These churches have one joint service each year; we attended that service at the end of September. It is exciting to see how God has grown His church in southern Ireland as the 500+ people came together for worship and teaching.

We have been able to get heavily involved in ministry here also. There are several Bible studies each week that we participate in along with special ladies’ and men’s meetings we have attended. These activities have been very important in helping us meet people, build relationships, and gain trust for future ministry. Steve was asked to teach a lot sooner than expected and just finished teaching 3 Bible studies and preaching the Sunday sermon in the last week.

We would appreciate your prayers for:

  • Gaining permission from immigration to remain in the country.
  • Julia, a North American, serving as a coordinator for a wedding on Oct 19 between a Filipino man and a Brazilian woman in an Irish
  • church – lots of cultural issues come up.
  • Learning the culture – new vocabulary, word pronunciation, and behaviors.
  • Steve’s short-term mission trip (Oct 15-22) to Croatia with some men from Reston Bible Church to work on a church building
  • Our trip back to the States (Oct 30-Nov 11) to visit family and have our belongings shipped to Ireland

Please be in prayer for Steve & Julia as they begin their new life & ministry in Ireland. Pray for grace and opportunity as they seek to know Christ and make Him known in Ireland.

Take 5: Entering the World of the Unknown, Part 3

The Bible opens and closes with peace. Everything in between is war. Our people must understand that to live in this present world system to live in a world that is hostile toward believers.

Take 5 is a series of videos for pastors & teachers of God’s Word. Mike Minter, teaching pastor and founder of Reston Bible Church, shares practical wisdom from over 40 years of ministry experience.

For more Take 5 videos, visit vimeo.com/channels/minter or subscribe via RSS here: blog.restonbible.org/category/resources/take-5/feed/

To suggest a topic for Pastor Mike to cover, send an email to questions@restonbible.org.

TRAIL GUIDE: The Goal of the Soul

QUEST Trail Guide DevoThe “Trail Guide” devotional is used by our adult leaders of grade school groups in Quest as a way to prepare their hearts and minds for the topics we will be covering with the children on the weekend.  We have made them available here to help our parents of grade-schoolers engage with their children around the topics we are discussing and also for anyone else that might be blessed by following along.

EXTREME MAKEOVER, Section 2, Lesson 3: The Goal of the Soul

What is the goal of the soul? Our souls were built for relationship with God. That relationship, once founded in Christ, can either be cultivated or neglected. Remember back to your childhood for a moment. When you learned to turn cartwheels or dive headfirst into the pool, did you shout, “Daddy! Look at me”? How about when you got good grades, your first job, or got engaged? In a healthy father-child  relationship it is natural to want to please Dad.

How much more so our perfect heavenly Father? Cultivating our relationship with God means aiming to please Him out of love, not obligation. When we love God with our soul, we are pleased to please Him. Take a nice slow read of the following two passages and then prayerfully reflect on how we can help the kids cultivate their soul relationship with the Father.

“And he who sent me is with me. He has not left me alone, for I always do the things that are pleasing to him.” – Jesus (John 8:29)

“I delight to do your will, O my God; your law is within my heart.” – David (Psalm 40:8)

“Truly my soul finds rest in God; my salvation comes from Him. Truly He is my rock and my salvation, He is my fortress – I will never be shaken.”    -Psalm 62:1-2


John 8:29| Ps. 40:8 | 1 Peter 2:25 | Ps. 35:9-10