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A Message from Rev. Jeff Meyers, RPC's Senior Pastor - Generosity 2018 - Who's All In?

Rev. Jeff Meyers, Senior Pastor

Rev. Jeff Meyers, Senior Pastor

Dear RPC Family,

This past Sunday, we kicked off our Generosity 2018 season by asking: Who's All In?

This is a vital question that Jesus asks all of us. God's desire is for all people to participate in the great future that God has planned for us. For that reason, we want every single person at RPC to be ALL IN!

As the Session has prayed and reflected on the new ministry that God is calling us to over the next five years, we could not help ourselves in celebrating how much we have already been blessed. In order to build on that blessing, we believe God is calling us to extend our ministry in three key strategic areas:

  • Engage more people in worship
  • Enhance missional engagement
  • Retain, increase, and broaden our membership

We hope to accomplish these goals by continuing our strong existing ministry and by launching community groups, offering a contemporary worship service, and drawing more people into our Neighborhood Action Ministries. In order to make this ministry possible, we need our entire RPC family to be ALL IN.

Over the next few weeks, would you join me in prayerfully considering what God might be calling you to commit to give financially in 2018? If you've never made a financial commitment before, would you consider making this the first year? If you have given in the past, would you consider increasing your commitment? No matter what you give, the important thing is that we have our entire RPC family contributing to our ministry.

Thank you for your prayers, service, and faithful commitment to God through the vital ministry of Roswell Presbyterian Church!

ALL IN with you,
Rev. Jeff Meyers
Senior Pastor


Make your commitment online now!
Fill out the online form on the Generosity page of this website and submit your commitment.

You can also fill out the form in your Generosity 2018 mailer and return it to the Church Office or pick-up a pew card on Sundays, fill it out, and place it in the offering plate.

For more information, visit www.roswellpres.org/generosity.

A Letter to the Congregation from Rev. Jeff Meyers - RPC Staff Update

Rev. Jeff Meyers

Rev. Jeff Meyers

Dear RPC Family,

I just glanced at my calendar and realized that I have already been at Roswell Presbyterian Church for over five months. Wow, time flies when you're having fun! Thank you so much for welcoming me with warmth, enthusiasm, and the love of Christ.

I am excited to let you know that over the past few months we have celebrated the arrival of several new people on our staff as well as the promotion and expansion of other people's roles. We are blessed to have such a talented and dedicated staff!

Please read below to learn about our staff transitions and then join me in celebrating how God is working through their respective ministries.

Grace and peace,
Rev. Jeff J. Meyers
Senior Pastor

** Please note, there will be an Open House in Alderman Hall on Sunday, August 6 after the 11:15 a.m. worship service to meet all of the new ryeX Youth Staff - Robby Cella, Jaymi Hendrix, and Kemo Jones.


Laura Borel

Laura Borel

Laura Borel will now serve as the Director of Food Services. Laura and her husband, David, have been members of Roswell Presbyterian Church since 2008. They have four children - Sam, Sarah, Lauren, and Rebecca.

Laura graduated from Auburn University and Johnson and Wales University and has been a kitchen volunteer here at RPC since she joined the church.


Betsy Homer

Betsy Homer

Betsy Homer will serve as the full-time Director of Worship and Arts. She has been on staff at Roswell Presbyterian Church for nine years serving as the Children's Choir Director and most recently as the Associate Director of Music. Betsy is married to Stan and they have three children - Jackson, Sarah Grace, and Sam.

As a lifelong Presbyterian and preacher's kid, worship is central to Betsy's love of the church. She hopes to use her gifts to add life, energy, and vibrancy to RPC's weekly worship services, while continuing her roles in leading the music for newborns through 12th graders.


Jaymi Hendrix

Jaymi Hendrix

Jaymi Hendrix is the new Director of Youth Smaill Groups for ryeX, RPC's Youth Ministry. She joined RPC's staff in March of 2017. Jaymi grew up in a military family that lived in various locations throughout the world, and she attended Daytona State College in Florida. She is married to Paul and they have one son, Caleb.

Most recently, she served as a JHi Bricks Resident at Perimeter Church. The JHi program hosts around 250 students each week and Jaymi was an integral part in overseeing that program.


Robby Cella

Robby Cella

Robby Cella is the new Director of Youth Programs for ryeX, RPC's Youth Ministry. He recently completed a Masters of Divinity as well as a Masters of Arts in Christian Education at Princeton Theological Seminary.

Before seminary, Robby attended University of Colorado and then served in several churches, including First Presbyterian Church of Aurora as the Director of Youth Ministry.

He is married to Emi and they have three children - twins, Evelynn and Emmett, and their newborn daughter, Maren.


Kemo Jones

Kemo Jones

Kemo Jones is the new Director of Youth Outreach for ryeX, RPC's Youth Ministry. He is currently finishing a degree in Film and Video at Georgia State University.

Previously, Kemo was an intern in Koinonia, a ministry for GSU students through North Avenue Presbyterian Church. He also served for two years as the youth director at his home church, Elevation Point Church.

Kemo is engaged to his high school sweetheart, Meesa Evans.


Dr. Randy Jackson

Dr. Randy Jackson

Dr. Randy Jackson will continue to serve RPC as an Assistant Pastor for Congregational Care. He joined RPC's staff in October of 2016 after nearly 40 years and a wide range of pastoral experience.

Randy received his Doctor of Ministry from Union Theological Seminary (now Union Presbyterian Seminary) in Richmond, VA, and his undergraduate degree in Counseling Psychology from Presbyterian College in South Carolina. He most recently served as Senior Pastor/Head of Staff at the First Presbyterian Church of Pensacola and was granted Honorable Retirement from the Florida Presbytery.

Randy is married to Cathy and they have three children and five grandchildren who are all active in RPC.


Justin Maxey

Justin Maxey

Justin Maxey serves as RPC's organist since joining the staff in January of 2017. He has over 14 years of experience serving churches as an organist, pianist, director of music, choir director, artist-in-residence, and vocal soloist.

In April, Justin completed his Masters in Organ Performance and Literature as The Eastman School of Music and will complete an Artists' Diploma in Organ Performance as Mercer University in the spring of 2018. He also holds a Bachelors of Music in Organ Performance with minors in voice and piano from Shorter College.


Jen Jackson

Jen Jackson

Jen Jackson will serve as the part-time, interim Director of Children and Family Ministries while Carrie Weatherford is on maternity leave. Jen and her husband, Jimmy, live in Roswell with their two children, Whit and Emily.

Jen grew up in Alabama and earned her BA in Journalism from the University of Alabama and her Masters of Education from Walden University. She taught high school literature and journalism for over ten years and was the Vice President of the Bascomb Elementary PTA for three years.

Jen has served in a variety of leadership roles in Children and Family Ministries at RPC including VBS Director and Co-Director, Elementary Sunday School teacher, and onCore elective leader.

A Name to Match the Message - Easter Sunday, April 16 - Lenten Devotional 2017

A Name to Match the Message
Easter Sunday - April 16
Sinners to Saints: Becoming Who God Sees - Lent Sermon Series

Acts 13:2-12 (NRSV)
While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, "Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them." Then after fasting and praying they laid their hands on them and sent them off.

The Apostles Preach in Cyprus
So, being sent out by the Holy Spirit, they went down to Seleucia; and from there they sailed to Cyprus. When they arrived at Salamis, they proclaimed the word of God in the synagogues of the Jews. And they had John also to assist them. When they had gone through the whole island as far as Paphos, they met a certain magician, a Jewish false prophet, named Bar-Jesus. He was with the proconsul, Sergius Paulus, an intelligent man, who summoned Barnabas and Saul and wanted to hear the word of God. But the magician Elymas (for this is the translation of his name) opposed them and tried to turn the proconsul away from the faith. But Saul, also known as Paul, filled with the Holy Spirit, looked intently at him and said, "You son of the devil, you enemy of all righteousness, full of all deceit and villainy, will you not stop making crooked the straight paths of the Lord? And now listen - the hand of the Lord is against you, and you will be blind for a while, unable to see the sun." Immediately mist and darkness came over him, and he went about groping for someone to lead him by the hand. When the proconsul saw what had happened, he believed, for he was astonished at the teaching about the Lord.

On Easter Sunday we celebrate the fact that over 2000 years ago God intervened in human history to let us know that evil and death do not have the last word on any of our lives. In Jesus Christ, we hear the good news that he has been resurrected from the dead and has made God's grace available to each of us.

This news was just as surprising to the first-hand witnesses as it is to us. Our sermon today will focus on one of the key figures of the early Christian movement, the apostle Paul. We will see that Paul found the news to be so good that he would stop at almost nothing to share it with everyone he met. This Easter news can transform our lives just as it transformed Paul's!


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Shaped by God - Saturday, April 15 - Lenten Devotional 2017

Shaped by God
Saturday, April 15
Lectionary

Hebrews 4:12-16 (NRSV)
Indeed, the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing until it divides soul from spirit, joints from marrow; it is able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. And before him no creature is hidden, but all are naked and laid bare to the eyes of the one to whom we must render an account.

Jesus the Great High Priest
Since, then, we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast to our confession. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who in every respect has been tested as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore approach the throne of grace with boldness, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

REFLECTION:

  • What does it mean for the word of God to be living? Active? Sharp? Judge?
  • Why can Jesus sympathize with our weaknesses?
  • What does it mean to approach the throne of grace with boldness?
  • What do we receive when we do this?
  • Spend time before this throne today and receive the mercy and grace of God.

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Shaped by God - Good Friday, April 14 - Lenten Devotional 2017

The Slocum's - Rev. Lyndsay Lee, Scott, Brandon, and Drew

The Slocum's - Rev. Lyndsay Lee, Scott, Brandon, and Drew

Shaped by God
April 14 - Good Friday
Rev. Lyndsay Lee Slocum, Senior Associate Pastor, Roswell Presbyterian Church

I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. - Isaiah 43:19 (NRSV)

I can still remember the first time I opened the door and Scott Slocum was standing on the other side. He was the best looking man I had ever seen! It was our first date - although I did not know we were going on a date! I was under the impression that a friend of a friend had some theology questions and wanted to talk to a seminary student. Scott (the friend of the friend) had called me (the seminary student) and now we were headed to dinner so we would talk theology. If I had known it was a date I am not sure I would have gone. I had just gotten out of a very difficult relationship and my heart was still tender from the hurt it had endured. I needed some time to heal and think through my own identity before jumping back into the dating scene.

But Scott turned out to be unlike anyone I had ever met. I fell in love with him almost immediately. Being with Scott was something new like I had never experienced before. The whole way he wanted to approach our relationship was slow, deliberate, and faithful. He wanted us to know each other in every season of the year before we could talk about being married. He wanted us to worship and pray together. He wanted to make sure we had a solid foundation and that we were faithful to God, each other and ourselves. One year after our first date, Scott proposed and four months later we were married in my home church.

Meeting Scott and our budding relationship was a time in my life when God did a new thing. Scott and I had each been in terrible relationships, and when God brought us together, I began to experience what it meant to love another person and be loved in a healthy way. What a gift Scott is to me!

I am so grateful that we have a God who continues to do a new thing! When you look back over your life, how can you see the ways that God brings about something new for you? What blessings are unexpected and yet so significant? Give thanks to God for the mighty ways God works and the goodness that comes even when we least expect it.

PRAYER:
Holy God, although you are always doing new things in and around us, we often do not see it. Help us to see where you are at work today and give us the boldness to join you. Amen.


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Shaped by God - Maundy Thursday, April 13 - Lenten Devotional 2017

Shaped by God
April 13 - Maundy Thursday
Lectionary

Psalm 27 (NRSV)
Triumphant Song of Confidence
Of David.
1 The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?

2 When evildoers assail me to devour my flesh - my adversaries and foes - they shall stumble and fall.

3 Though an army encamp against me, my heart shall not fear; though war rise up against me, yet I will be confident.

4 One thing I asked of the LORD, that will I seek after; to live in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to inquire in his temple.

5 For he will hide me in his shelter in the day of trouble; he will conceal me under the cover of his tent; he will set me high on a rock.

6 Now my head is lifted up above my enemies all around me, and I will offer in his tent sacrifices with shouts of joy; I will sing and make melody to the LORD.

7 Hear, O LORD, when I cry aloud, be gracious to me and answer me! 8 "Come," my heart says, "seek his face!" Your face, LORD, do I seek. 9 Do not hide your face from me.

Do not turn your servant away in anger, you who have been my help. Do not cast me off, do not forsake me, O God of my salvation! 10 If my father and mother forsake me, the LORD will take me up.

11 Teach me your way, O LORD, and lead me on a level path because of my enemies. 12 Do not give me up to the will of my adversaries, for false witnesses have risen against me, and they are breathing out violence.

13 I believe that I shall see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living. 14 Wait for the LORD; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the LORD!

REFLECTION:

  • What are the three things that the Psalmist asks of the Lord in Verse 4?
  • What do these three things mean to you?
  • Verse 14 tells us to "wait for the Lord". What do you need to wait on the Lord for today?
  • Close in prayer asking for patience, strength, and courage to wait for the Lord.

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Shaped by God - Wednesday, April 12 - Lenten Devotional 2017

Betsy Homer, Associate Director of Music

Betsy Homer, Associate Director of Music

Shaped by God
Wednesday, April 12
Betsy Homer, Associate Director of Music, Roswell Presbyterian Church

The human mind plans the way, but the LORD directs the steps. - Proverbs 16:9 (NRSV)

I tend to always say that my life has been full of, "I should have knowns." Meaning, looking back to how God has been at work in my life, "I should have known this or I should have known that." In fact, I often beat myself up about having chosen paths in life that could have been chosen differently.

Growing up as a preacher's kid shaped so much of my faith. Having been raised weekly going to church, participating in youth group, spending all my time with my church friends, really has made me the woman I am today. There have been times in my life when I have heard God speaking to me and telling me where he wants me to go, but as a strong and determined woman, I like to choose my path.

"I should have known" that even though I chose a different career path in the beginning, God would bring me right where he wants me to be. Should I have known, or should I have just let God shape me into who he wanted? It is not always easy to let yourself be shaped, but God knows our every need, for he created us.

Proverbs 16:9 says, "The human mind plans the way, but the Lord directs the steps." May we lean on God and his directing of our steps, while we listen for the ways in which he is leading and shaping us as his followers!

PRAYER:
Gracious Lord, as much as we want to choose our own paths today, may we resist and allow you to lead us. Amen.


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