This Week’s Newsletter



Sunday, Apr. 23:

Sermon: Celina Varela

Lectionary: Acts 2:14a, 22-32; Psalm 16; 1 Peter 1:3-9; John 20:19-31

Texts: 1 Peter 1:3-9; John 20:19-31

Youth Group:Sundays, 5-7 pm, Ministry Center (535 Custer)

Monday Night Potluck & Seminar: 726 Monroe at 6 pm

News from the Church Office

Murder Mystery Fundraiser Dinner: On May 7, 2017 at 6 pm, all are invited to a Valle Nuevo fundraiser in the form of murder mystery. The Holy Land Casino Assassination is an interactive dinner doubling as a political and theological satire. Free market value for dinner and entertainment is $30/person, but we suggest a donation of $20/person. However, we also welcome you to come and pay what you can! Let Joseph Marshak know if you can bring a dish for our Middle Eastern buffet, or if you can help with set up or clean up tasks. Childcare will be provided for an extra $5/child. Come dressed in either Middle Eastern attire, or dressy dinner party attire; or, choose a costume when you arrive from our stash! Proceeds will benefit the  the Shalom Mission Communities delegation going to El Salvador this summer, which includes our own Stephanie Vaughan and Courtney Coates. They would love your support! RSVP if you can – this helps us know how much food to provide.

Women’s Retreat at Menno Haven: Attend the denomination-wide retreat May 5-7 with your Reba friends! Nnote that the date to receive the early bird rate has been extended to Apr. 23. Registration forms should be sent straight to Menno Haven. Let the church office know if you plan to attend. ~Courtney Coates

Jewish and Palestinian Voices for Peace: Join in conversation exploring diverse perspectives on Israel-Palestine and prospects for peace in the current political climate – Monday, May 15, 7:30 pm at the Meetinghouse. Rabbi Brant Rosen, a representative of Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) Champaign-Urbana chapter, will partner with Jonathan Kuttab, a prominent Mennonite Palestinian human rights lawyer, on this leg of a cross-country speaking tour. Audiences will be invited to take part in a shared vision of what Palestinian Arabs and Israeli Jews needs to live free, dignified and whole lives in the land.

 Grow Class News

Grow Classes for all ages take place after the Sunday Service, from 11:15-12 noon

Adult Grow Classes: Session 6 runs for five Sundays: Apr. 23 & 30, and May 14, 21 & 28.

Sermon Reflection: A time to discuss the themes of Sunday morning’s sermon in a safe, small group setting. Meets in Viaduct View corner of Meetinghouse. Led by David Janzen & Tim Doran.

RPC Friends and Family

Plow Creek Strawberries: Plow Creek Fellowship is going through a time of transition, and this year might be the last strawberry harvest for Plow Creek Farm. Would you like to pull weeds for a day, in exchange for free strawberries (that you would pick yourself on a later date)? The plan is to weed the strawberry patch on Saturday, Apr. 29, from 10am-4pm. Training and lunch will be provided. Please note that this is not a day to visit the community or hike around the property. This invitation is specifically for folks to do some focused work with the strawberries, while also enjoying the outdoors and each other’s company. If you plan to extend your stay, or take time to explore the property, please communicate directly with a member of the Plow Creek community. I hope you can join us! RSVP to Natalie if you can come!

Another Free Demo Exercise Class: On Monday, May 1 at the new time of 7:30 pm, Kristin Ross will be instructing Align Strength and Stretch at the Ridgeville Community House (908 Seward St).

Theatre Performance: On Thursday, May 11 at 7 pm at Chicago Community Mennonite Church (425 S. Central Park Blvd), critically acclaimed Canadian faith-based drama troupe, Theatre of the Beat, will be presenting “This Will Lead to Dancing,” a play about wholeness, belonging, and LGBTQ inclusion. Join us for a thought-provoking theatre experience that explores this conversation through creativity, humor, & sincerity. Admission by donation at the door.