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FROM ZACH

Hello, RCC!

I continue to pray for our church family and community at this time.  I want to take some time in this article to talk about moving forward as a family of faith together following this terrible event. I see incredible opportunities ahead, but I also think there are some potential pitfalls that we must consider and avoid at all costs. One of the greatest things about our church family is our unity. It’s amazing how a crisis can draw people together, but also how it can drive them a part. Jesus and the apostles talk in depth about unity around 10 times in our New Testaments. That should tell us how significant and powerful unity is, but also how damaging disunity can be. Many of us have been in churches that weren’t unified. Those churches weren’t edifying believers, and were poor ambassadors to the communities they were planted in. So church, I ask you during this time to seek unity and avoid the following pitfalls of disunity.
 
#1.  Five years down the road, we’ll have people that look back at this storm with differing perspectives. Some will say, “It wasn’t really that big of a deal. Insurance covered the damage. We had power back in a couple days.” Others will look back and remember it as a very difficult and traumatic experience. Two things can be true at the same time. The unifying factor will be to recognize that even though we’ve had a shared experience, the load of the event isn’t shared equally. If this has been “no big deal” for you, recognize that it has been a huge deal for others. This is a time for those that have been comforted to comfort those in need. Make sure you’re treating everyone you encounter in the church body well and with ample amounts of respect and grace.

#2.  I’m meeting with our General Contractor multiple times each day. I’m fielding phone calls, making phone calls. I’m not the only one. Many of you have been contacted by an elder, deacon or fellow C-Group member. Still though, I missed someone, and it hurt them that I missed them. I didn’t intentionally neglect them. I thought they had received the care they needed. They’ve forgiven me, and I’m probably going to need more. Your leadership is trying to be there for everyone. That’s difficult to do in normal circumstances sometimes. It’s especially hard now. Please extend grace to our leadership at this time. We are trying.
 
#3.  I think all of us can understand on some level how something like this would drive a wedge between us and God, and between us and the church family. I’m not really talking about a wedge of resentment or anger. I’m talking about a wedge of misplaced priorities. Let’s keep the main thing the main thing. Let’s lean with each other, let’s lean on prayer, and let’s lean into the Lord. It’s okay to slow down and pray and read. Assembling with your church family is definitely needed, as we all need encouragement and refreshment right now. Keep the main thing the main thing.

#4.  It could become quite easy to let this storm define our lives and the way we live, and settle in and stay there.  As difficult as this has been, we as a church family will have to move forward.  Each of us will do this at our own pace.  This Sunday will be a normal Sunday for our church family.  We’ll have our two adult services at 9:30am and 11am.  During those hours, our Adult Bible Classes will meet as scheduled.  We’ll have all normal teen, children and nursery activities available.  It’s the belief of our leadership that we can move forward in most areas as normal, and still address the difficulties from the storm.  We won’t let the damage determine how we live for very long.  Our God is good.  He is kind.  He has and will provide the way forward.
 
Let’s work hard to avoid these pitfalls and stay unified. In my message last Sunday, I said something that I hope everyone understood.  I said that our community has never been more beautiful.  We have already seen some of the good that God is trying to do through this difficult time.  We’ve seen our community come together in a beautiful fashion.  We’ve seen our church family be a light and beacon of hope in our community. The goodness of God is always there even if you have to look on the other side of the damage to see it.
I love you, church!

In Christ,
Zach

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FROM ALLEN

I wish I could find a better word than, “busy.” Any synonym I look up just doesn’t explain last month better than, “busy.” In this day and age, we’re all busy. Not many of us sit at home with nothing to do. The Williams family has been busy.

We placed my Father-In-Law, Riley, into a memory care facility. The next day, Kameesha was induced and gave birth to our son Judah (he’s super cute). Two weeks later, our oldest son, Corban, married his new wife, Tori. The following day we had our Church on the Lawn event. Whew!

I want to thank all my leaders who helped me set up Church on the Lawn while I was “busy” with wedding rehearsals and the normal family activities that accompany wedding weekends. A big THANK YOU to Tony Streck who organized setting up all 450 chairs under the tent and stacking all the chairs inside! Jaime Casteñada who led the team to set up all the colored tent canopies and serving tables. Tim & Catrina Scroggins led the team to tear down and set up the platform inside the tent, which is a huge undertaking. We have Dante Soriano and his brilliant team of master grillers who grilled hundreds and hundreds of hamburgers and hotdogs. A special thanks goes to my sound and video volunteers, John Kramer, Dwain Mayer, Josh Turner, Brian VanAuken, John Unruh, Fred Jenna, Brad Kyles and Nathan Kyles. They swooped in and spent hours setting up the sound and computers to make sure they were ready. I greatly appreciate these leaders and their teams who blessed us all with an incredible event. But mostly, I want to thank Becky King who was present for most of the set up and knew what needed to happen, how it needed to happen, and where everything needed to be. Her presence during the set up gave me the confidence to truly engage in our very special wedding day. THANK YOU!!!

I am so proud of our church and how her people have embraced their neighbors and rallied together to serve the world around them. We did not receive much damage to our home, and what little damage we did receive was repaired easily. We did have 3 trees break in half on our small property. It was very humbling and incredible to experience men from RCC who worked alongside me and my family to clear our road and our front and back yards. Someone from RCC stopped by unannounced and asked if we could use a generator. What a game-changer that was!

In preparation for Sunday’s services, I read Isaiah 41. That’s a long chapter with lots of themes throughout. I won’t quote it here, but as you read through it, you’ll pick up on God’s might, God’s providence, and God’s power. He fears nothing. The prophet Isaiah calls out all the idols as impotent timewasters who are powerless to follow through on all they promise to do. God is our healer and our creator. In times when we need Him to be, He’s also our hero. Last week, we needed a hero. Last week, RCC, you sang to your hero. May we continue to sing to Him and give Him praise!

The worship ministry is excited to sing the National Anthem at Arvest ballpark on June 21. That is also the day we have over 100 free tickets. Contact the office to reserve yours! Due to the storm, we cancelled our Worship in the Round event. We will announce soon when the next one will be.

Servin’ God and Lovin’ It!
Allen

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Iglesia Cristiana

Keep going.

Once, I observed a beautiful plant that was beginning to grow between a crack in the cement. As I was captivated by the small and delicate plant, I thought it would soon die because it wouldn't have water and the cement would hinder its growth. After several weeks, I returned to the same place where this small plant was growing, and to my amazement, I saw the plant that had grown despite the circumstances; the water dripping from the air conditioner kept it strong and alive. While growing in a difficult place, the plant received the help it needed to spread seeds in another area.

Growing in the Christian life can be, at times, very difficult, but when we persevere in Christ, barriers can be overcome. Our circumstances may not be favorable and discontent can be a major obstacle. Nevertheless, if we continue in a spiritual relationship with our Lord, we can flourish like this plant.

This was the experience of the apostle Paul. Let us remember the many difficulties and challenges he faced (2 Corinthians 11:23-27):
- Are they ministers of Christ? (I speak as a fool) I am more; in labors more abundant; in stripes above measure; in prisons more frequently; in deaths often.
- From the Jews five times I received forty stripes minus one.
- Three times I was beaten with rods; once I was stoned; three times I suffered shipwreck; a night and a day I have been in the deep;
- In journeys often; in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils by my own countrymen, in perils by the Gentiles, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren;
- In weariness and toil, in sleeplessness often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness.

He did not give up and did not surrender to the cruel situation; on the contrary, "I, Paul, press on toward the goal for the prize" (Philippians 3:12-14).
Paul understood that he could do all things through the Lord, who would give him strength (Philippians 4:13), and likewise, we too can keep going because He is the one who gives us the strength to continue.

This is the day our Father made. Thanks, Father, for everything around me and for everything that comes into my life.

Blessings.
God is good.
La Paz de Dios te acompan̈e

Pastor,
Arturo Mejia

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Numa Student Calendar - June-July

EVERY SUNDAY - Jr. High and High School Bible Study at 9:30 am!

June 8-16 - Numa Mission Trip (this trip’s sign up period is over)

June 21 - Natural's Baseball Game (Free Tickets Available) - must sign up

July 4 - Independence Day Party at RCC's Parking Lot - 6 pm

July 7-12 - Middle School Week at Maranatha Bible Camp - must sign up

July 19 - Climb Bentonville Trip - 9 am to 1 pm - $25, must sign up

July 21-26 - Senior High Week at Maranatha Bible Camp - must sign up

July 31 - Basketball/Volleyball Competitions - 10 am to 3 pm - must sign up

August 21 - Tentative Wednesday Night Kick-off! - 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm

For Camp: please go here to register for either of the above dates:
http://maranathabiblecamp.org/summer-camp/2024-camp-dates

TO SIGN UP FOR EVENTS - PLEASE TEXT, CALL OR EMAIL ISAAC, OUR STUDENT PASTOR, OR SIGN UP AT THE HUB IN THE STUDENT CENTER.
479-426-5897 // isaac@rogerscc.org

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What's Happening!

Here’s what’s coming up in our ministry . . .

SUMMER CAMPS! Early bird deadline is June 20!

JULY 13: BEGINNER DAY CAMP
(For kids GOING INTO grades PREK-1) Early Bird Pricing: $40
JULY 15-16: OVERNIGHT CAMP
(For kids GOING INTO grades 1-2) Early Bird Pricing: $95
JULY 17-20: ELEMENTARY CAMP
(For kids GOING INTO grades 3-5) Early Bird Pricing: $200
*CHILDREN GOING INTO 6TH GRADE WILL GO TO MIDDLE SCHOOL CAMP WITH ISAAC KING.*

What We're Teaching!

Recess: A 5-Week Seriesfrom the Old Testament on Judges, Ruth & Samuel.  

SERIES OVERVIEW:
For a lot of us, recess is one of our favorite parts of the school day. We get to play dodgeball, hopscotch, or race our friends around the play area. Recess helps us to stay active so we can grow strong, but it also gives us a chance to grow in our relationships. In this five-week series, kids will discover through the stories in the books of Judges, Ruth, and 1 Samuel, the unexpected ways God can help them grow. As they do, they’ll learn how God helps us grow stronger, helps us belong, answers our prayers, tells us what is true, and can use anything we give.

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Hello, RCC!

What a wild ending to May!  I pray you all are safe and well, and I look forward to seeing each of your sweet little ones back in the nursery.

In June, we will be discussing different ways God cares for us.  Your children will hear words and songs about God’s care for them, feel thankful for how God cares for them, and participate in play activities to learn ways God cares for each us.  Our theme this month comes from 1 Peter 5:7 “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.”

AT HOME:
As you are doing everyday activities, talk about ways God cares for us. Maybe while you're driving in the car, say “it’s such a beautiful summer day.  Isn’t it so great that God cares about us so much that he would give us such beautiful days?”  While playing at the park, “what lovely flowers. God cares about us so much that he gave us flowers to look at.”  Or, while eating dinner, “God cares so much about each one of us, that he gave us such yummy food to eat!  Isn’t God so great?”

SING IT (to the tune of “Skip to my Lou”)
I’m so glad that God loves me, God loves me, God loves me.
I’m so glad that God loves me, He loves me all the time.
I’m so glad that God loves you, God loves you, God loves you.
I’m so glad that God loves you, He loves you all the time.
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VOLUNTEER in The Harbor Nursery!

We have many volunteer opportunities available in the Harbor Nursery Ministry and at Check-in!
•1st and 2nd Service Check-in Volunteers
•1st and 2nd Service Whales Classroom Teachers (highest need!)
•1st and 2nd Service Substitutes

If you're interested in serving in this vital ministry at RCC, please reach out to Andrea VanAuken using the form below.  
Thank you!

Email Andrea, The Nursery Coordinator, with the form below:

INTERNATIONAL MISSIONS

The International Missions Committee just wanted to take a moment to spotlight the baptisms that took place recently at the Udangan church in the Philippines. This is a church that RCC has supported since early last year, enabling them to build a church structure where members can regularly meet. And now they’re actively welcoming new members into the body and baptizing many at a time. Please join us in praying for these followers of Jesus and that the Udangan church continues to grow!

-The International Missions Committee

Community Groups are active! If you aren't involved in a C-Group and would like to be, please contact Allen Williams with the form below!

OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS

Men’s Breakfast
Join us Saturday, June 15th at 8am here in the Worship Center for our last Men’s Breakfast of the summer. Husband and dad, Stephen Brooks, will conclude our Men’s Breakfast theme as he talks to us about living victoriously! Since it’s Father’s Day Weekend, we’ll also be doing some special things to celebrate our dads. Every dad will receive a special gift, we’ll have dad awards, and every dad that comes will have a chance to win a $250 Bass Pro Gift Card! We’ll have the same great food as always, and will be done by 9am!
Ladies Out to Lunch Bunch
All ladies are invited to lunch on June 17th at 11am at the Golden Corral in Rogers. This is a fun time of fellowship with other ladies, and we hope you will join us! Contact Krista Howard, 479-903-5762, for more information.
Arkansas Naturals Baseball Tickets
We have FREE tickets to see the Arkansas Naturals on June 21st! If you would like to reserve tickets, please contact the church office at 479-636-9067 or office@rogerscc.org and let us know how many you would like.
The 8th Street Motel Serving Ministry
Our next service at The 8th Street Motel will be on Thursday, June 27th. We need 4 people to help with meal preparation at 1pm in the Worship Center Kitchen, and 12 people to help with set up and serving. We’ll meet in the Worship Center at 4:15pm to go set up, and should be done by 5:30pm. A sign up sheet is available on the RCC table. Contact the church office, 479-636-9067, for questions.
New Cry Room
Due to all of the new babies in our church family, we have created a new cry room for parents and their children. This room is located near the coffee in the Worship Center. The room has chairs, a changing station, and a live feed of our services. Enjoy! 
El Grupo de Damas estara reuniendose cada ultimo sabado del mes a las 2:00 pm. Estan todas invitadas a las reuniones. Favor de contactar a Gladys Mejia, 832-370-0795,  o Ferlim Alas, 479-715-1793, para mas informacion.
Homebound Communion
We have put together teams of individuals who will deliver communion to our homebound church members. If you are unable to make it on campus for service and would like for someone to come to your home and serve you communion, please contact our Lead Pastor, Zach, at the church office by phone or email (479-636-9067, zach@rogerscc.org).
THE NON-FOOD PANTRY
The Non-Food Pantry is open on the first Tuesday of every month from 5-6pm. If you, or someone you know needs some help, then stop by! Photo ID and proof of residency in Rogers are needed in order to receive items.
Are you crafty?  Or do you just have a heart for those in pain? Join this ministry!

Pray, while making a shawl, for an individual who has a long term illness  (Illness lasting 6+ months)

How you can help:
1. If you can crochet or knit, your help in making shawls would be greatly appreciated
2. Donations to help with the yarn for making shawls. (Just an average cost for the yarn to make a shawl is approximately $15.)
3. Send in names for people to receive a shawl. Text or call 479-426-5687 or send a  Facebook message to Heather Fyffe.

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