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

Nancy Turner, Senior Director of Administration

Nancy Turner, Senior Director of Administration

Dear RPC Family,

Yesterday, in our worship services, we gathered together to celebrate the great heritage we share at Roswell Presbyterian Church. Since 1839, God has been faithful in sustaining and guiding us in the ministry of Jesus Christ. One of the key people in making that ministry possible has been Nancy Turner, RPC's second-longest serving employee. After 33 years of service, Nancy has announced that she will retire from her position as Senior Director of Administration at the end of this year.

Over the past year, I have personally benefited from Nancy's expertise in church administration, as she has helped me get up to speed with the immense number of things that go on behind the scenes at RPC. I have been privileged to watch her accomplish her many responsibilities. She administers the church budget, manages the church's facilities and operations, has helped organize several capital campaign and building projects, and has led and participated in mission trips to Kenya, Guatemala, and the Yucatán.

Nancy's ministry extends far beyond her job responsibilities, as she has supported staff and church members going through illness and sadness, hosted the families of children awaiting emergency surgery and traveled many times to El Salvador through Childspring International, and has been a source of strength and stability during times of change. Through her steadfast work ethic and deep commitment to Christ, Nancy has helped RPC be known for its hospitality, service to the local and global community, and witness for Jesus Christ.

Just as RPC was Nancy's church home before she came on staff, so too, RPC will continue to be her church home after her retirement. She, and her husband, Edward, when not traveling, will continue to be active and vital members of the Roswell Presbyterian Church family. As you see her around, please join me in thanking her for her faithful service!

On Sunday, January 28, 2018, after the 11:15 a.m. worship service, we will gather in Alderman Hall to celebrate Nancy's ministry. Please be on the lookout for more details regarding this celebration in the coming days.

With appreciation,
Rev. Jeff Meyers
Senior Pastor

We are ALL IN! - An RPC Generosity Story - The Spain Family

The Spain Family: Josie, Joey, Henry, Caroline, Smith, Tucker

The Spain Family: Josie, Joey,
Henry, Caroline, Smith, Tucker

At RPC, the friends we have made over the years are more like extended family than just acquaintances we see in the pews a couple of times a month. Life has thrown many unexpected surprises and obstacles at us, yet RPC has always been the steady anchor holding us close to God and helping us weather all storms. Friends offering to help with the kids, people we don't even know bringing us meals, the clergy and staff checking in on us, people praying for us, etc. We think about the many blessings we have received over the years from so many people at RPC, and it's hard not to want to pay it forward!

Joey and Josie Spain have been members of RPC since 2008. They have four children: Caroline (9), Smith (6), Tucker (4), and Henry (4). Joey currently serves on Session and is the chair of the Children’s Ministry, part of the Discipleship Council. Josie serves on the leadership teams for both VBS and onCore. Together, they teach fourth grade Sunday School.

With four small children at home, we admittedly became regularly involved at RPC because of the consistent childcare. We used to joke that teaching Sunday School and then attending worship every Sunday was almost like a date night for us! However, over the years it has evolved into something much more than that. Serving at RPC deepens our relationship with God and each other. It is often said that "it's better to give than to receive," and we believe that to be the case at RPC. When we look back at the times we've felt closest to God, it has been during times of service: hearing the faith statements of confirmands, watching 400 children sing worship songs at VBS, listening to the third graders recite the Twenty-third Psalm, serving Communion, even just seeing one child "get it" in Sunday School.

Caroline's favorite place to serve is helping with new member photos because she loves to eat the delicious breakfast, but for us, that place is the Children's Ministry. Joey and I both volunteer on Wednesday nights for onCore, and we love seeing the fellowship among so many children, neighbors, parents, and even grandparents. On Sunday mornings you will find us teaching the fourth graders in Sunday School, and we both volunteer for VBS every summer. Kids absolutely amaze us with how much they grow (faith-wise and maturity-wise) over the years. We are constantly in awe of how much our kids are learning each week even (or especially) when we don't think they are paying attention!

Teaching Caroline's Sunday School class has connected us directly to her faith journey. We know exactly what they are studying and we are sometimes learning right along with the children - no matter how well you think you know the Bible, there's always something new to learn and explore! Have you ever heard the saying that the best way to learn something is to teach it to someone else? That has been the case for us. Teaching the children also feeds us spiritually. The Sunday School lessons oftentimes become the subject of our dinner time and car-ride conversations.

Seeing God at work through children, youth, and the other volunteers has helped us grow our faith. From Sunday School teachers, to the clergy, to choir directors, to Table Parents at onCore, to VBS leaders, to Henry's shadows in the Exceptional Children's Ministry, we have witnessed other volunteers loving our children as their own, and helping them to grow in their own faith. It is often said that "it takes a village," and seeing the time and energy that other people are putting into our children's faith journey has been amazing.

We can't even imagine our lives without Roswell Presbyterian Church. While we have primarily served in the Children's Ministry, we are excited to branch out and continue to serve in other areas of the church. We are ALL IN!


All Hands In
You can make your financial commitment to the Generosity 2018-All In campaign online at www.roswellpres.org/generosity. Just fill out the online form and submit your commitment.

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

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ALL IN for One Another - An RPC Generosity Story - The Hoops Family

Harrison, Stephanie, Hayden, and Drake Hoops

Harrison, Stephanie, Hayden, and Drake Hoops

As I drove away from RPC last Sunday, I reflected on the "ALL IN" Generosity 2018 campaign. I thought about just what this meant and what a unique slogan it was. I thought about what the phrase "ALL IN" means to teenagers - to be invited with friends; included; to be a part of something. And I remembered our church, its people, and how they were there when our family needed them the most.

My husband Drake went through the challenge of his life fighting cancer for 8 years. Drake's cancer returned around the time we transferred our church membership to RPC. Drake's illness was hard on everyone in our family, so we were very fortunate to already have many close family friends at RPC. RPC members faithfully provided meals, sent text messages and flowers, visited regularly, took Drake to doctors visits, and more importantly prayed for us.

I remember the Wolverton family bringing a prayer quilt that the church had prayed over during Sunday School. Elizabeth Coffee and the ladies from the Flower Guild brought flowers almost every week. Our Topics Sunday School class delivered meals and arranged outings for our children, who were 10 and 14 years old when "Round 2" of Drake's cancer battle began.

Dr. Lane Alderman and Drake had a very special friendship. Lane was experiencing his own health challenges, but was still there for Drake. They laughed and even cried at lunches together. Lane even came to our home on Ash Wednesday to provide Communion when Drake was unable to attend the service. One afternoon Emily Wright met me for tea and presented a crochet prayer shawl someone from the church had made.

Sweet Drake never stopped teaching Sunday School, coming to church, being a mentor for a confirmand, or being a faithful Christian until God called him to heaven. It was a blessing that afternoon at Piedmont Hospital in May 2014 that Bill Nisbet was there when we all held hands and said goodbye to Drake. We miss Drake every day.

In John 13:34-35, God says"Love one another, as I have loved you." We will be forever grateful to the members of Roswell Presbyterian Church for walking through this journey with us. Our family at RPC showed just what it truly means to be "ALL IN" for those who need it the most.

Through it all, the one thing I remember on the hardest days was feeling the prayers from our church and many other friends and family that gave us the strength to face each day. This was a great example for our children, Harrison and Hayden, to see how we were loved by so many so that they might provide this love to someone else one day.
— Stephanie Hoops, RPC Member since 2010

Is Your Heart In It?
You can make your financial commitment to the Generosity 2018-All In campaign online at www.roswellpres.org/generosity. Just fill out the online form and submit your commitment.

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

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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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