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A Letter to the Congregation from Rev. Jeff Meyers - RPC Staff Update - Transition News - Jan Boyea, Anita Wyatt, and Jennifer Leak

Dear RPC Family,

Over the next month we will celebrate the ministries of three key staff members, who have been a part of the RPC family for a combined 56 years!

As the Front Desk Receptionist for over 18 years, Jan Boyea has served as the face of RPC for anyone who walks through our doors. Anita Wyatt, an RPC member for almost 32 years and our Ministry Assistant for Congregational Care and Membership for the last two years, has handled all of the administrative needs of our pastoral care and membership ministries. And our Director of Communications, Jennifer Leak, has expertly led our Communications Ministry by sending congregational emails (including this one!), administered the website and social networking platforms, and managed all of RPC's communication needs for the past five years. Even though Jan, Anita, and Jennifer will be leaving our staff team, the effects of their respective ministries will be felt for years to come.

While Anita's last day is today (Thursday, April 26, 2018), you will still see her and her husband, Alex, in their usual pew on Sunday mornings. Jan and Jennifer will be here until Thursday, May 24. If you see them around the RPC campus, please join me in thanking them for their faithful service to our church family. I am personally so thankful to have served with each of them and pray that God will continue to bless their lives and ministries.

If you know of someone, who would be a good candidate for Director of Communications, Front Desk Receptionist, or a Ministry Assistant position, please let them know about our current openings. You can find more information about these open positions at www.roswellpres.org/employment.

Thank you for supporting our staff and making Roswell Presbyterian Church such a wonderful place to work!

Grace and peace,
Rev. Jeff Meyers
Senior Pastor

  Jan Boyea

Jan Boyea

  Anita Wyatt

Anita Wyatt

  Jennifer Leak

Jennifer Leak

Focus on the life-giving victory we have through Jesus Christ - Lenten Devotional 2018 - Easter Sunday, April 1

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Focus on the life-giving victory we have through Jesus Christ
Holy Week - Easter Sunday, April 1
1 Corinthians 15:1-11 (NRSV)

The Resurrection of Christ
Now I would remind you, brothers and sisters, of the good news that I proclaimed to you, which you in turn received, in which also you stand, through which also you are being saved, if you hold firmly to the message that I proclaimed to you - unless you have come to believe in vain.

For I handed on to you as of first importance what I in turn had received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the scriptures, and that he was buried, and that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers and sisters at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have died. Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles. Last of all, as to one untimely born, he appeared also to me. For I am the least of the apostles, unfit to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me has not been in vain. On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them - though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me. Whether then it was I or they, so we proclaim and so you have come to believe.

This week, focus on the life-giving victory we have through Jesus Christ.

Listed below are some suggestions of practices to help you focus.
Focus through...

Photography - Take a picture of something that is life-giving. Use it to bless others by sharing it on social media using the hashtag, #rpclent
Music - Listen to or sing a song that is life-giving.
Writing - Write a letter as a prayer to God. Thank God for the life-giving victory we have through Jesus Christ.

Focus on God's Faithfulness - Lenten Devotional 2018 - Holy Week - Saturday, March 31 - Blair Zavodny

Focus on God's Faithfulness
Holy Week - Saturday, March 31
Blair Zavodny, RPC member since October 2003

The goal I pursue is the prize of God's upward call in Christ Jesus. - Philippians 3:14

There is always a challenge in our everyday lives to balance the constant state of distractions while maintaining a focus on faith. For many of us, family life is often at the center of our focus. While family life should be an important priority, it can also steer us away from our attention to faith. Raising a family by today's standards can be very overwhelming. There are so many things that can pull our attention away, such as social media, academics, activities, relationships, and sports.

For my family, the time management of sports has been a major obstacle in our attention to faith. We all have a shared passion for sports. Our children have grown up playing a multitude of sports, such as softball, baseball, swim, tennis, soccer, and gymnastics. For a mother of four children, the reality of commitment is intense and stressful on everyone. The last two years have been the most difficult with all four kids in some form of a travel sport. With every weekend seemingly monopolized by activity, I found myself in a constant rotation of practices, games, and tournaments that left little time to focus on faith.

I came across an article in Time magazine this past fall that caught my attention and surmised a bit of my dilemma. The cover story showcases travel baseball and a ten-year-old boy, highlighting the pressures of our children in today's sports. The controversy of young children being consumed with a single sport so intently was thought provoking on so many levels, but it struck me with the effect it had on my own family as a distraction from our commitment to faith.

As a parent, I want to instill a sense of balance in the life of my children so priorities must be made. Making the time to focus on our faith is a priority that only we can establish. This Lenten season, I am reminded of the importance of making time to embrace my focus on faith above all else. In light of the obstacles that can be distracting for us all, whether it is sports or otherwise, I recall Philippians 3:12-4:1, especially verse 3:14: "The goal I pursue is the prize of God's upward call in Christ Jesus."

Prayer:
Dear God, help us to quiet the noise of the world and all its distractions and focus on You and be mindful of Your presence at all times. Guide us to know and trust You more. Amen.


You can sign-up now to receive information and updates about Easter at RPC, including these daily devotionals. To receive messages via text, text @rpclent to 81010 or sign-up online at www.remind.com/join/rpclent to receive text and/or email notifications. We will also be posting these daily devotionals to the RPC Facebook page. Hard copies are available at RPC.

Focus on God's Faithfulness - Lenten Devotional 2018 - Holy Week - Good Friday, March 30 - The Wintermeyer Family

Focus on God's Faithfulness
Holy Week - Good Friday, March 30
Wintermeyer family - Dan, Melanie, Colin, Charles, and Jack - members of RPC since January 2014

For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return there until they have watered the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and succeed in the thing for which I sent it. - Isaiah 55:9-11 (NRSV)

For surely I know that plans I have for you, says the LORD, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope. - Jeremiah 29:11 (NRSV)

It was February of 2013, and we were living our dream. We had been married for six years and recently completed a tear-down/re-build of our "dream home." We were in the City of Atlanta with a wonderful commute. We had our first son, after trying to conceive for three years, and our two dogs. The grass could not be greener. This was the life we planned, and it was all coming together.

What we didn't realize was that God had a different plan for us. After losing our close friends and neighbors to Dunwoody, we started to question why we were so set on being in the City. All that we loved was out of reach. We were down to one neighbor on our street with a child in school. We thought, we need to pray on this and see where we need to be. Something called to us that Roswell was that place.

Our house was not yet on the market at the time, and we signed Colin up for preschool at Roswell Presbyterian. We asked, what if we cannot sell? What if we cannot find a house? We looked at each other and just said, God will show us the way. Trust in him, and he executed it perfectly. We were under contract for our sell in less than a week in a horrible market and at the wrong time of year to sell. In return, we bought a very much "needs love and remodeling kind of house" in Roswell. It was not the dream house we just built nor the picture and plans we had focused on and painted in our heads. What God's plans were for us were even better.

This "needs love kind of house," has welcomed two more children into our family. It has surrounded us with wonderful neighbors who have become close friends. It took us a year to connect with a church in Atlanta. We tried numerous ones and finally decided on First Presbyterian Church. We had found our place. When we moved to Roswell we thought, what are we going to do? How could we ever find another church that we love? One trip to Roswell Pres, listening to Lane preach, and we knew we were home. Wow, how God was shining on us!

This move provided us a community that we want to raise our children in. It has given us a church that has supported us through our twin pregnancy and extensive hospital stays for both mom and babies. It has reminded us every day to trust in the Lord, because his plans for you far outweigh the ones you think you have for yourself. Please don't think we weren't happy in Atlanta or didn't like it there, because, trust me, we loved it. We had no plans of ever leaving. What we didn't realize is that God knew where and when we needed to be to raise this family, and executed it perfectly. We are beyond grateful that we listened.

Prayer:
Heavenly Father, we thank you that you know that plans you have for us and that they are good. Help us to trust you, knowing that your ways are so much better than what we could plan ourselves. Amen.


The purpose of the season of Lent is to intentionally take time to reflect on Jesus' life and journey to the cross. The Lenten devotional is a tool to help people reflect on this journey.

The theme for this year's devotional is FOCUS. So much of lives we end up focusing on the wrong things. We focus on our jobs, families, bodies, friends, self, and tons of other things. How might our perspective on all things in our lives change if we focused more on our faith?

This year we want to make the devotional more accessible for families with children. In order to do that we have included some devotions that are written by families. We encourage all of you to engage with your children using this devotional as a tool.

You can sign-up now to receive information and updates about Lent 2018 at RPC, including these daily devotionals. To receive messages via text, text @rpclent to 81010 or sign-up online at www.remind.com/join/rpclent to receive text and/or email notifications. We will also be posting these daily devotionals to the RPC Facebook page. Hard copies are available at RPC.

Focus on God's Faithfulness - Lenten Devotional 2018 - Holy Week - Maundy Thursday, March 29

Focus on God's Faithfulness
Holy Week - Maundy Thursday, March 29
Lectionary

1 Corinthians 11:23-26 (NRSV)
The Institution of the Lord's Supper
For I received from the Lord what I also handed on to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took a loaf of bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, "This is my body that is for you. Do this in remembrance of me." In the same way he took the cup also, after supper, saying, "This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me." For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord's death until he comes.

Reflection:

  • What word or phrase sticks out to you from this passage we use for our Lord's Supper?
  • Reflect on the meaning of this holy word.

Prayer:
Holy God, help me to truly remember the sacrifice You made for me and the world. Help my life to reflect my gratitude and service to Your holiness. Amen.


The purpose of the season of Lent is to intentionally take time to reflect on Jesus' life and journey to the cross. The Lenten devotional is a tool to help people reflect on this journey.

The theme for this year's devotional is FOCUS. So much of our lives we end up focusing on the wrong things. We focus on our jobs, families, bodies, friends, self, and tons of other things. How might our perspective on all things in our lives change if we focused more on our faith?

You will find some days where you are encouraged to read Scripture and reflect. This comes from our Lectionary which divides the Bible into reading segments over a course of three years.

You can sign-up now to receive information and updates about Lent 2018 at RPC, including these daily devotionals. To receive messages via text, text @rpclent to 81010 or sign-up online at www.remind.com/join/rpclent to receive text and/or email notifications. We will also be posting these daily devotionals to the RPC Facebook page. Hard copies are available at RPC.

Focus on God's Faithfulness - Lenten Devotional 2018 - Holy Week - Wednesday, March 28 - The Sears Family

 Sears family - Craig, Renata, Lillian, and Oliver (in 2015)

Sears family - Craig, Renata, Lillian, and Oliver (in 2015)

Focus on God's Faithfulness
Holy Week - Wednesday, March 28
Sears family - Craig, Renata, Lillian, and Oliver - Craig has been part of RPC since 1978 and Renata became a member of RPC in June 2007

I will give them a heart to know Me, for I am the LORD; and they will be My people, and I will be their God, for they will return to Me with their whole heart. - Jeremiah 24:7 (NASB)

In this busy world, there are many distractions that vie for our attention: work, family, friends, sports, extracurricular activities, news, social media, politics, celebrity drama, you name it. We often fill our schedules and our minds with all of these distractions, but don't reserve time to spend with God.

One amazing truth is that even when our focus is not on God, His focus remains on us. He continues to love us, protect us, and work to bring us closer to Him. In the David Crowder song "I Am," the refrain goes:

I am
Holding on to you
In the middle of the storm
I am holding on
I am!

Our response to God's unwavering attention should be to draw ourselves closer to Him and keep our focus on him. But our discipline is weak. We are easily distracted. The pace of modern life and technology pushes information at us so quickly, we become overwhelmed and numbed to any sense of God's presence. This pace is not what God intended. He wants us steadfastly focused on him, keeping Him in the forefront of our minds.

Psalm 46:10 says, "Be still, and know that I am God!"

It is extremely difficult to regain focus without first sitting still and feeling God's presence. After time spent in quiet reflection with God, we feel more drawn to God and ready to return to him with our whole hearts, as Jeremiah said.

Questions for Kids

  • When we are distracted, what can we do to bring our focus to God?
  • Listen to the David Crowder song "I Am" with your family. What does it tell you about God?

Prayer:
Heavenly Father, even when we are distracted with the busyness of life, please help us turn our focus to You. Thank You for Your guidance and for staying focused on us, even when we are not focused on You. Help us return to you with our whole heart. Amen.


The purpose of the season of Lent is to intentionally take time to reflect on Jesus' life and journey to the cross. The Lenten devotional is a tool to help people reflect on this journey.

The theme for this year's devotional is FOCUS. So much of lives we end up focusing on the wrong things. We focus on our jobs, families, bodies, friends, self, and tons of other things. How might our perspective on all things in our lives change if we focused more on our faith?

This year we want to make the devotional more accessible for families with children. In order to do that we have included some devotions that are written by families. We encourage all of you to engage with your children using this devotional as a tool.

You can sign-up now to receive information and updates about Lent 2018 at RPC, including these daily devotionals. To receive messages via text, text @rpclent to 81010 or sign-up online at www.remind.com/join/rpclent to receive text and/or email notifications. We will also be posting these daily devotionals to the RPC Facebook page. Hard copies are available at RPC.

Focus on God's Faithfulness - Lenten Devotional 2018 - Holy Week - Tuesday, March 27

Focus on God's Faithfulness
Holy Week - Tuesday, March 27
Lectionary

1 Corinthians 1:18-25 (NRSV)
Christ the Power and Wisdom of God
For the message about the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written,

"I will destroy the wisdom of the wise,
and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart."

Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, God decided, through the foolishness of our proclamation, to save those who believe. For Jews demand signs and Greeks desire wisdom, but we proclaim Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those who are the called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. For God's foolishness is wiser than human wisdom, and God's weakness is stronger than human strength.

Reflection:

  • How would you describe the message of the cross in five words?
  • Ponder who you might share this message with today.

Prayer:
God of fools, help me to see Your great wisdom in the midst of the world that sees our faith as foolish. Give me confidence to share this foolishness with someone today. Amen.


The purpose of the season of Lent is to intentionally take time to reflect on Jesus' life and journey to the cross. The Lenten devotional is a tool to help people reflect on this journey.

The theme for this year's devotional is FOCUS. So much of our lives we end up focusing on the wrong things. We focus on our jobs, families, bodies, friends, self, and tons of other things. How might our perspective on all things in our lives change if we focused more on our faith?

You will find some days where you are encouraged to read Scripture and reflect. This comes from our Lectionary which divides the Bible into reading segments over a course of three years.

You can sign-up now to receive information and updates about Lent 2018 at RPC, including these daily devotionals. To receive messages via text, text @rpclent to 81010 or sign-up online at www.remind.com/join/rpclent to receive text and/or email notifications. We will also be posting these daily devotionals to the RPC Facebook page. Hard copies are available at RPC.