Weekly Update | 5.27.2016

RBC Weekly Update

Blessings from the Staff, Elders and Deacons of Reston Bible Church. Here’s a look at some opportunities coming up in the life of our church in the weeks ahead.

PRAISE ITEM: Mosaic Campus Outreach
Last month Mosiac, Loudoun County’s only pregnancy resource center, held an outreach at NOVA’s Manassas campus. It turned out to be a great success as they were able to impact hundreds of students on campus that day. They handed out bags with brochures and Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI)/pregnancy testing equipment to over 200 students. Close to 50 students were tested for STI, 9 pregnancy tests were requested, and over 100 students attended a Sexual Health presentation. In Mosaic’s words, “Because this was an unbudgeted item for Mosaic, it would not have been possible for us to have made such a positive impact without RBC’s generous support. Thank you seems like such small words to express how grateful we are and how blessed we feel by your help in our life saving and changing ministry.” Click here to view the Ministry Update sent to Mosaic supporters about the outreach event.

SUMMER SERVICE TIME CHANGES: Start June 26
School is almost over and summer is almost here! As we have done in years past, RBC will change over to our two-service summer format with morning services at 9:00 am and 10:30 am. The Spanish language service will continue to meet at 12 pm as usual in the same location through the summer.

NO SOLID GROUND CLASS THIS SUNDAY
Class will resume next Sunday at 9:00 am in Room 250A.

OPPORTUNITY TO SERVE: Summer Quest Volunteers — URGENT
Leaders and assistants needed to kick off Summer Quest. Preschool/grade school leaders and assistants needed @ 10:30 service starting June 5. Help us spread the good news of Jesus with His most precious ones and make a difference in the spiritual life of a child. Curriculum provided. Flexible scheduling. Please email Joan Lastova if interested.

YOUTH SUMMER CAMPAn Investment into your son/daughter’s spiritual health! July 24-30
The annual RBC Youth Summer Camp takes our teens into the Word of God to help them “own their faith” and prepare them to live and take a stand in the world. The theme for this summer is “SEEKING OUT THE HOPE.” Our speaker, Steven Garofalo, is the founder of Reason for Truth and the National Apologetics Training Center. The week is a ton of fun for the teens, but its opportunity to impact their life is what makes it priceless! To register or to get more details about the camp, click here. Please note that registration will be closed when we reach our maximum capacity (as we did last year). If you have questions, e-mail Donna Pedroni or call 703-404-5039. Early registration deadline is June 1. Scholarship deadline is June 24.

FORWORD: Young Adults Memorial Cookout Sunday, May 29 (4:00-9:00 pm)
Join us for our annual cookout to connect with other young adults at RBC for fellowship, games, food, and fun. Bring a side dish, drink, or dessert to share; main course will be provided. RSVP to Renae Smith by Friday May 27. ForWord is a gathering of young adults, age 18–35, who meet weekly (Tuesdays, 7:00-8:30 pm) for worship, fellowship, and biblical teaching.

8TH GRADE RISE UP SUNDAY: June 5
Current 8th graders – the Class of 2020 – will move up to join the Sr. High youth group on June 5. There is a gathering of all 8th grade students and their parents at 10:05 am that morning at the youth building. Meet in the parking lot for coffee and snacks. At 10:30, students are invited to join the regular Sunday AM GAP service while parents will meet with Bob Shull and the Sr High staff for an introduction to the Sr High ministry. Parents are welcome to stay for AM GAP if they wish.

WOMEN’S SUMMER BOOK STUDY: Monday evenings, June 13 – July 25 (7:00-9:00 pm)
We will meet at a home in the Reston area and discuss the book A Praying Life by Paul Miller. This book has been described as “a book on prayer that actually makes you want to pray.” Miller’s honesty, personal stories and insights will both challenge and encourage you to find intimacy with Jesus through prayer. For more information or to register contact Sue Ilari.

ATTENTION PARENTS: Kids Camp is Coming June 27 – July 1
Kids Camp 2016, “The Force: The Spirit of Christ in us,” will be held this year between the hours of 9:30 am and 12:15 pm. Registration for children and volunteers is now open. Please click here for info or to register.

ASL
ASL interpretation is available by request during the 9:00 service. For more information, go to: www.restonbible.org/deaf.

PRAYER MINISTRY
You have an opportunity to receive face-to-face prayer immediately following each Sunday service. Several RBC volunteers will be located in the front corners of the sanctuary. An invitation will be made at the end of the service inviting people who wish to receive support and encouragement through a brief time of prayer to meet with the prayer volunteers.

SAVE THE DATE
Blood Drive: July 17
Financial Peace University: September 18-November 20
Men’s Retreat: September 30-October 2

IGLESIA HISPANA FACEBOOK PAGE
Iglesia Hispana de RBC está en Facebook. Seamos amigos! www.facebook.com/iglesiahispanarbc/

SUNDAY REWIND: James — Living Out Our Faith, Part 16
The motive of the world system is that all people would declare independence from God. Befriend the people of the world, but not the philosophies of the world.  Sunday Rewind.

Sunday Rewind | 5.22.2016

Sunday Rewind

MUSIC & SCRIPTURE

Unstoppable God (Matthew 17:20) – Wake Up the Wonder by Elevation Worship

This I Believe (the Creed) (Romans 1:16) Fielding, Crocker  |  Hillsong Music Publishing

O Praise The Name (Anástasis) (Romans 5:8) Hastings, Ussher, Sampson |  Hillsong Music Publishing

Your Great Name (Philippians 2:10-11) – Love Revolution by Natalie Grant

In Christ Alone (Galatians 2:20) – Let The Future Begin by Kristian Stanfill (Passion)

 

TEACHING: James – Living Out Our Faith, Part 16

The motive of the world system is that all people would declare independence from God. Befriend the people of the world, but not the philosophies of the world.

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 Sunday?
  2. What would you say is your “life message” – the message that you consistently proclaim to those around you?
  3. Read and discuss James 4:1-10. What does this tell us about us? What do these verses tell us about the world? About God?
  4. What is the world system? In what ways is it opposed to the kingdom of God?
  5. “The motive of the world system is that all people would declare independence from God.” How do you see this play out in society and culture? How do you see it play out in your own life?
  6. Why would we have no knowledge of the world system apart from divine revelation?
  7. In what ways does the world system promote pride, self, hoarding, living to die and leading to be served? What other things or values does the world system promote?
  8. In contrast to the previous question, what does the gospel of Jesus promote?
  9. “Befriend the people of the world, but not the philosophies of the world.” How are you doing with this? Spend some time together in prayer about it.

Weekly Update | 5.20.2016

RBC Weekly Update

Blessings from the Staff, Elders and Deacons of Reston Bible Church. Here’s a look at some opportunities coming up in the life of our church in the weeks ahead.

SUMMER SERVICE TIME CHANGES: Start June 26
School is almost over and summer is almost here! As we have done in years past, RBC will change over to our two-service summer format with morning services at 9:00 am and 10:30 am.

PRAISE ITEM: Clothing Exchange
A big thank you to all that donated clothes and to those who served at the Clothing Exchange. By 6:30 Saturday morning there were already about 50 people lined up waiting for the doors to open at 8:00. In the first few minutes about 200 adults had come to receive clothes and by 10:00 we had given away approximately 400 bags of clothing, along with baby equipment. Through our abundance many physical needs were met within the community and the love of Christ was shown.

OPPORTUNITY TO SERVE: Childcare for Arabic Church Sunday Evenings
The Arabic Language service of RBC missionary Pastor Sam Sadek is in need of additional volunteers to join his Children’s Ministry team on Sunday evenings at 7:00 pm. Flexible commitment, orientation provided. Join this experienced team and assist them in sharing the gospel with the children of Arabic speakers. If you are interested or would like more information, please contact Mike Meyers.

OPPORTUNITY TO SERVE: Summer Quest Volunteers
Wondering how to meet and minister to other parents and share your love of Jesus while getting to know your children’s church friends and other RBC attenders? Sign up to serve this summer with QUEST Children’s Ministry! QUEST has many opportunities for all this and more. Flexible leaders, assistants,and floaters needed for BABYQUEST, preschool/grade school QUEST and Courage QUEST. Greeters for visitors are also needed. Please email Joan Lastova if interested.

NEW SOLID GROUND SERIES: Knowing God Sundays (9:00-10:15 am, Room 250A)
Join us as we start a new series on “Knowing God”. It will be a close philosophical and theological look at who God is, from before the beginning through today. We say Christianity is a relationship, not a religion, so whom is this relationship with?

MEN’S MINISTRY BREAKFAST: Saturday, May 21 (7:30 am meal/8:00 am event, Clubhouse)
The mission, vision and passion at RBC is to know Christ and to make Him known. We are welcoming Pastor Salvador Medina on May 21 to speak to us about the growth of his Spanish speaking congregation, the impact that RBC has had in the local community, and his perspectives on loving your neighbor as yourself. You can register to eat for only $5, or to attend the event only (meal registration ends at noon Friday). To register or for more information, click here.

STARTING POINT ORIENTATION: This Sunday (Room 234)
Are you starting a journey with God? Do you have doubts and questions about God? Join us this Sunday immediately after the 9:00 and 10:30 services in Room 234 at a Starting Point Orientation. No commitment is required. To register or to watch an informational video, go to www.restonbible.org/startingpoint.

REGULAR BLOOD DRIVE: Sunday, May 22 (8:30 am – 1:30 pm)
If you are able to give blood, please prayerfully consider donating at our next drive. Currently we only have 1 person signed up after noon. Our other biggest needs are 9:15-9:45 and 10:45-11:30. As always, Inova’s blood supplies are at low levels. Click here to find more info or to schedule an appointment time. Walk-ins are welcome.

MOM’S CONNECTION COFFEE: Friday, May 27 (9:30-11:30 am, Clubhouse)
Join us for our final Mom’s Connection coffee of the year where we’ll hear from a few moms on how the Lord has been working in their lives through our fellowships this year. We’ll do an easy summer craft, share breakfast together and drink plenty of coffee! Registration is required and childcare is available for age 6 months and older while infants are invited to stay with their mother. The last day to register is Sunday, May 22. Register HERE!

FORWORD: Young Adults Memorial Cookout Sunday, May 29 (4:00-9:00 pm)
Join us for our annual cookout to connect with other young adults at RBC for fellowship, games, food, and fun. Bring a side dish, drink, or dessert to share; main course will be provided. RSVP to Renae Smith by Friday May 27. Click here for more information.

DAD & KIDS CAMPOUT: June 3-5 (Pohick Bay Regional Park)
Load up your kids and your camping gear, and join us for a weekend in the woods. Come enjoy bonfires, sleeping under the stars, and just plain fun! The adventures will be great with group games, campfire-songs, hot dogs, and a marshmallow roast. We will close out our time together with Sunday morning worship. It’s a special opportunity to disconnect from daily distractions, create life-long memories with your kids, and get to know other dads at RBC. The cost is $25 per camper. Contact Brad or contact Eric for more information.

8TH GRADE RISE UP SUNDAY: June 5
Current 8th graders – the Class of 2020 – will move up to join the Sr. High youth group on June 5. There is a gathering of all 8th grade students and their parents at 10:05 am that morning at the youth building. Meet in the parking lot for coffee and snacks. At 10:30, students are invited to join the regular Sunday AM GAP service while parents will meet with Bob Shull and the Sr High staff for an introduction to the Sr High ministry. Parents are welcome to stay for AM GAP if they wish.

SENIOR HONORS BANQUET: Friday, June 10 (6:30-9:30 pm) Deadline to notify us is May 21.
If you have a graduating senior, you are invited to join us for a Senior Honors Banquet held here at RBC. The dress is semi-formal and the cost is $10.00 per person ($5.00 for children 12 and under). Your graduate’s meal is free as our honored guest. This is a special evening to honor our graduating seniors as they mark this important milestone in their lives. If you are interested in participating or have questions, please email Donna Pedroni,

WOMEN’S SUMMER BOOK STUDY: Monday evenings, June 20 – July 25 (7:00-9:00 pm)
We will meet at a home in the Reston area and discuss the book A Praying Life by Paul Miller. This book has been described as “a book on prayer that actually makes you want to pray.” Miller’s honesty, personal stories and insights will both challenge and encourage you to find intimacy with Jesus through prayer. For more information or to register contact Sue Ilari.

ATTENTION PARENTS: Kids Camp is Coming June 27 – July 1
Kids Camp 2016, “The Force: The Spirit of Christ in us,” will be held this year between the hours of 9:30 am and 12:15 pm. Registration for children and volunteers is now open. Please click here for info or to register.

FROM THE FIELD: Letters from Haiti
National pastor Francois Romelus runs a church of approximately 250 people in addition to the local elementary school and an orphanage where he cares for around 55 children. Pastor Francois’ son Aldinn, who runs much of the ministry, shared briefly in a recent Sunday service and brought a couple letters that we wanted to share with you. Check them out here on the RBC blog.

ASL
ASL interpretation is available by request during the 9:00 service. For more information, go to: www.restonbible.org/deaf.

PRAYER MINISTRY
You have an opportunity to receive face-to-face prayer immediately following each Sunday service. Several RBC volunteers will be located in the front corners of the sanctuary. An invitation will be made at the end of the service inviting people who wish to receive support and encouragement through a brief time of prayer to meet with the prayer volunteers.

SAVE THE DATE
Youth Summer Camp: July 24-30
Financial Peace University: September 18-November 20
Men’s Retreat: September 30-October 2

IGLESIA HISPANA FACEBOOK PAGE
Iglesia Hispana de RBC está en Facebook. Seamos amigos! www.facebook.com/iglesiahispanarbc/

SUNDAY REWIND: James — Living Out Our Faith, Part 15
The primary root of all our problems is not found in external circumstances or situations. It comes from within. Sunday Rewind.

Sunday Rewind | 5.15.2016

Sunday Rewind

MUSIC & SCRIPTURE

Open Up the Heavens (Psalm 108:4-5) – Worth It All by Meredith Andrews

Alive in Us (Ephesians 2:4-5) – God is Able by Hillsong Worship

Be Lifted High (John 3:30) –Nothing is Wasted by Elevation Worship

Forever (Matthew 28:26) – Majestic by Kari Jobe

Good Good Father (2 Thessalonians 2:16) – Housefires II by Housefires

 

TEACHING: James – Living Out Our Faith, Part 15

The primary root of all our problems is not found in external circumstances or situations. It comes from within.

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 Sunday?
  2. When a newspaper posed the question, ‘What’s Wrong with the World?’ G. K. Chesterton reputedly wrote a brief letter in response: ‘Dear Sirs: I am. Sincerely Yours, G. K. Chesterton.’ What do you think he meant by that?
  3. Read and discuss James 4:1-3. What does this tell us about us? Why do you think the language is so strong here? How would you answer the first question in verse 1?
  4. Read and discuss 1 Kings 21:1-16. How is this an example of good desires turning bad?
  5. What other examples of runaway desires can you think of from Scripture, culture or your own life?
  6. What desires in your life have cost you the most, or caused you the most problems?
  7. How does the gospel heal, reshape, redirect and redeem our unsanctified desires?
  8. What unsanctified desire are you currently dealing with that needs to be submitted to the Lord?
  9. Spend some time in prayer about the last question. Pray that God would give you (heal, reshape, redeem) the desires of your heart and align your heart with His.

Weekly Update | 5.13.2016

RBC Weekly Update

Blessings from the Staff, Elders and Deacons of Reston Bible Church. Here’s a look at some opportunities coming up in the life of our church in the weeks ahead.

PRAISE ITEM: Food Pantry Donations
A big shout-out to all the local stores who donate fresh produce, milk, and meats to the pantry. These are high-quality goods and much of the time are organic; foods our guests cannot generally afford. Thank you to:

  • The Fresh Market at One Loudoun
  • Mom’s Organic in Herndon
  • Target on Rt 28 and Waxpool Roads
  • Panera Bread in Sterling
  • Blue Ridge Area Food Bank
  • Shopper’s Food Warehouse in Sterling
  • ALDI in Sterling
  • Jersey Mike’s in Sterling
  • Auntie Anne’s Pretzels at Dulles Mall

OPPORTUNITY TO SERVE: Childcare for Arabic Church Sunday Evenings
The Arabic Language service of RBC missionary Pastor Sam Sadek is in need of additional volunteers to join his Children’s Ministry team on Sunday evenings at 7:00 pm. Flexible commitment, orientation provided. Join this experienced team and assist them in sharing the gospel with the children of Arabic speakers. If you are interested or would like more information, please contact Mike Meyers.

OPPORTUNITY TO SERVE: Summer Quest Volunteers
Wondering how to meet and minister to other parents and share your love of Jesus while getting to know your children’s church friends and other RBC attenders? Sign up to serve this summer with QUEST Children’s Ministry! QUEST has many opportunities for all this and more. Flexible leaders, assistants,and floaters needed for BABYQUEST, preschool/grade school QUEST and Courage QUEST. Greeters for visitors are also needed. Please email Joan Lastova if interested.

NEW HOMEFRONT SERIES: In The Beginning
Every story has a beginning…and so do marriages. You might say that yours started when you first laid eyes on her, or on your first date, or on that day when you realized he was the one, or when he finally popped the question, or even on the day you walked down the aisle. But truth be told – all of our stories really began before that. Though we weren’t there in person, all of our collective stories started a long time ago and the lessons from way back then are still applicable today. Join us at HomeFront as we discuss the timeless marital truths found In The Beginning!

NEW SOLID GROUND SERIES: Knowing God Sundays (9:00-10:15 am, Room 250A)
Join us as we start a new series on “Knowing God.” It will be a close philosophical and theological look at who God is, from before the beginning through today. We say Christianity is a relationship, not a religion, so whom is this relationship with?

ANNUAL CLOTHING EXCHANGE: Saturday, May 14
Our annual Clothing Exchange is Saturday! As you pack up your winter things and bring out the summer clothes, consider putting aside any gently used items. We will be accepting donations through tomorrow (Friday). We accept clothing of all sizes and seasons, as well as shoes, purses and accessories. We also accept baby equipment. Receipts will be available by request.

MEN’S MINISTRY BREAKFAST: Saturday, May 21 (7:30 am meal/8:00 am event, Clubhouse)
The mission, vision and passion at RBC is to know Christ and to make Him known. We are welcoming Pastor Salvador Medina on May 21 to speak to us about the growth of his Spanish speaking congregation, the impact that RBC has had in the local community, and his perspectives on loving your neighbor as yourself. You can register to eat for only $5, or to attend the event only. To register or for more information, click here.

REGULAR BLOOD DRIVE: Sunday, May 22 (8:30 am – 1:30 pm)
If you are able to give blood, please prayerfully consider donating at our next drive. Currently we only have 7 people signed up for 57 slots! As always, Inova’s blood supplies are at low levels. Click here to find more info or to schedule an appointment time. Walk-ins are welcome.

FORWORD: Young Adults Memorial Cookout Sunday, May 29 (4:00-9:00 pm)
Join us for our annual cookout at the Smith home to connect with other young adults at RBC for fellowship, games, food, and fun. Bring a side dish, drink, or dessert to share; main course will be provided. RSVP to Renae Smith by Friday May 27. Click here for more information.

SENIOR HONORS BANQUET: Friday, June 10 (6:30-9:30 pm) Deadline to notify us is May 14.
If you have a graduating senior, you are invited to join us for a Senior Honors Banquet held here at RBC. The dress is semi-formal and the cost is $10.00 per person ($5.00 for children 12 and under). Your graduate’s meal is free as our honored guest. This is a special evening to honor our graduating seniors as they mark this important milestone in their lives. If you are interested in participating or have questions, please email Donna Pedroni,

ATTENTION PARENTS: Kids Camp is Coming June 27 – July 1
Kids Camp 2016, “The Force: The Spirit of Christ in us,” will be held this year between the hours of 9:30 am and 12:15 pm. Registration for children and volunteers is now open. Please click here for info or to register.

MEN’S SUMMIT VIDEO AVAILABLE
For those of you who may have missed the panel discussion on “Lord of All-Unity in the Body of Christ” at Monday night’s Summit with Pastor Mike and three other local pastors, you can watch it here.

SAVE THE DATE
Dad & Kids Campout: June 3-5
Youth Summer Camp: July 24-30
Men’s Retreat: September 30-October 2

IGLESIA HISPANA FACEBOOK PAGE
Iglesia Hispana de RBC está en Facebook. Seamos amigos! www.facebook.com/iglesiahispanarbc/

SUNDAY REWIND: That We May Be One
“Holy Father, keep them in Your name, which You have given me, that they may be one, even as We are one.” John 17:11. Sunday Rewind.