April 15, 2024

Worship Service Times

9:00 AM - Chapel

10:00 AM - Sunday School

11:00 AM - Sanctuary & Livestream

Baby & Toddler Nursery is available

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Weekly Devotional

Your word, O Lord, is eternal; it stands firm in the heavens.  Your faithfulness continues through all generations; you established the earth, and it endures.  Your laws endure to this day, for all things serve you.

Psalm 119: 89-91

I’ve always been very independent minded.  I am 7 years older than my sister, so we sort of grew up independent of each other due to our age difference.  I didn’t have any kids my age to play with in the neighborhood, so I found my own ways to entertain myself throughout the summer when we weren’t in school; exploring in the woods behind our house or throwing tennis balls against the wall or throwing the football up on the roof and running down the sidewalk, catching it as it slid down the slope.  My sister and I were both sort of like 2 only children living in the same house since she was so younger than me.

I’ve always believed that I could accomplish anything I set my mind to do.  I know I inherited that determination from my dad.  He dropped out of school to go to work for his father’s business, a garage and 24 hour wrecker service.  He learned all there was about engines, transmissions, body work, and pulling cars and coal trucks out of ditches when they slid off the road in snowy WV.  He could fix or repair just about anything that didn’t work right.  In his later years, he started repairing mantel clocks and grandfather clocks.  Who doesn’t have an old mantel clock that won’t work? He even fabricated a little lathe to make the tiny shafts and clock parts if he couldn’t find what he needed in his vast collection of used parts. He didn’t have any training; he just figured all this stuff out by trial and error along with determination and some innate talent for fixing things and hard work.  

Right after I got my driver’s license as a teenager, the first job I had was the summer of 83.  Our neighbor Bill worked for a furniture and carpet company in Bluefield.  He needed a crew to work that summer to lay carpet in a new large commercial building in Richlands, VA, about 50 minutes west of town.  With my parents’ permission, I went to work with Bill.  Every day that summer, every day for 8 straight weeks with no days off, I loaded up in Bill’s van with 3 other boys, local college students who were a little older than me, and we took off to Richlands, working 70 +hours a week that summer laying carpet.  Even making $3.35 per hour, earned enough money to buy my first car, with a little help from dad. Usually by Wednesday, we had already worked 40 hours, so I was making over $5 per hour for the rest of the week… Big Bucks!  Hard work pays off!  I can do it myself.  

I was also a pretty good student too, working part-time throughout high school so I could keep driving my car.  My parents made me pay for my car insurance and gas. I appreciate that now.  But it gave me more independence and fostered even further this sense of ‘with hard work and determination, I can do anything I want’.  Me, I don’t need any help from anybody.  I’ll figure out a way all by myself.

After staying home and taking classes at Bluefield College for the first 2 years after high school, I learned that Consolidated Coal Company offered a summer paid internship for students that expressed an interest in Mining Engineering.  I needed money because I really wanted to get out of my parents house by then.  Many of my high school friends had gone off to college and I felt stuck in Bluefield.  I didn’t want to continue living under my parent’s thumb another year.  I was determined to get out of the house.  This could be my chance!  I can do this!

I got the internship along with a couple of other boys at Bluefield College.  We would carpool from Bluefield / Tazewell to Grundy, VA for the summer and we all worked our tails off in the Buchannon #1 mine that summer.  We made really good money, but I knew after that experience that I did NOT want to be a Mining Engineer.  Hard work is one thing but working down in a hole 1000 feet plus below ground wasn’t for me.  However, my goal was accomplished!  After that summer, I had enough money to get an apartment in Blacksburg and started at VT that fall.  I did it!  I made it all by myself!

I tell these stories because I have a very hard time remembering that I can and need to rely on God for help in everything I do, if I would only ask Him for help.  I don’t want to admit that I need help.  I still want to do it myself.  I don’t need any help.  Then I remember my dad telling me why he didn’t worry so much about life because he knew the Lord would provide all he needs.  And He did.  We always got by, even when times were hard, even when he was laid off, or when he went on disability due to a back injury, he never worried.  He just prayed.  

Well, these days I days, I finally must admit that I can’t do it all myself. We all need God’s help dealing with the pressures in life.  From demanding and stressful jobs, to worrying about kids, financial worries, caring for aging or sick family members and parents.  We must forget the nonsense that “we can manage it all ourselves” and put our trust in the Lord, turn to Him in prayer and Thanksgiving and trust that He will provide.

Everything we experience in life, the joys and sorrows, throughout all generations, have been given to us through God’s Grace and Holy Spirit.  His faithfulness continues.  His word stands firm.  All things serve Him.


Dear Heavenly Father, Thank you for this day, Lord.  Thank you for your son, who bore all of our sins so that we can come to you in Glory in Heaven.  Lord, please forgive us for our pride and determination to do it all ourselves.  Help us to remember that all of life’s happenings come from you.  We do nothing ourselves.  Rather than living in anxiety, worrying about all the things we must do, help us to remember to turn to you in prayer and make us open to receive your blessing and spirit in our lives and do all things through Christ who strengthens us.


-Matt Arnold, Elder

Fellowship & Community Happenings

Centennial Celebrations

May 17—19, 2024

Did you know the Rev. James (Jim) A. Allison, RCPC’s second pastor, began his ministry here in December 1959. It was our 36th year. Jim came to us from his ministry at Old Stone Presbyterian Church in Fort Defiance, Virginia. Founded in 1740, Old Stone is recognized as the oldest Presbyterian Church still in use in Virginia. The Church has a rich history and if you find yourself in the Shenandoah Valley, stop in for a visit.


The response for the Celebraion Dinner has been tremendous and overwhelming at the same time. We need your help for this special evening:

  • Dinner begins: 6:00 PM
  • Help serve the plated dinner to guests: Arrive 5:00 PM**
  • Help with clean-up, take down tables/chairs. Clean-up should be quick as all table materials are disposable: After worship service
  • To volunteer, contact Molly Koon at 540-330-6287 or mgkoon48@gmail.com

++ If you have a reservation for dinner, you will be able to eat with your family once service is finished


Your Celebration Committee would still like to see your photos. Photos of your wedding, wedding albums, a baptism, camps, retreats, choirs, or worship services in chapel or sanctuary. Were you a member of a dinner group in the 90’s? Mission trips – Haiti, Guatemala or hurricane Katrina clean-up. It’s a long list! We are working on a large collage of photos in the Fellowship Hall on Saturday. Write you name on the back of the photos so they can be returned to you and place them in an envelope in Julie Satterwhite’s mailbox or contact Molly Koon at the number or email address above.

Celebration Stories

We look forward to hearing about a special mission trip, interaction with a pastor, Sunday school lesson, music memory or any time you knew your life was inspired by God and being at RCPC. Below is a guide to help you record a short video sharing your fondest stories of how God and RCPC made a difference in your life. We plan on sharing videos throughout the weekend of May 17-19. If you have any questions, you are encouraged to contact Bill Johnson at wljohnson1@aep.com or call 540-494-7312.


Try not to read any prepared statements but rather have a few bullet points if needed, to guide you through your individual story. Video length should be no longer than 5 minutes. Video needs be recorded in a quiet indoor setting with good lighting


To standardize formats for ease of presentation we are asking all videos to be recorded horizontally and on an Apple iPhone 6 or better and emailed to Bill Johnson at wljohnson1@aep.com. If you do not have an Apple iPhone please find a neighbor or friend to help or contact Bill Johnson for assistance.

Do a practice video or two to make sure video length, lighting and sound compliment your story. If you can clearly understand and see your face others will appreciate your story so much more. If you need assistance in recording your story Bill Johnson has reserved the Library and will be on hand to assist you.

Sunday, April 28 from 9:00 AM - 10:45 AM and 12:15 PM -1:30 PM 

Centennial Carnival

Join the Fun! Volunteer at the Centennial Carnival!

Are you ready to be part of the excitement? Whether you're a master at setting up games, love engaging with people or enjoy the thrill of breaking down after a day of festivities, we want you on our team!

Date: Saturday, May 18

Time: 2-hour shifts (or any time you can spare, we’ll take)

Set-Up Wizards: 10:00 AM-Noon -- Help us transform the space into a carnival wonderland!

Game Masters: Noon - 2:00 PM; 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM -- Your enthusiasm will make the games and activities a hit!

Breakdown Champions: 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM -- We need some muscle and teamwork to get everything cleaned up and packed away!

Sign up now by contacting Vicke Haynie @ 540.580.2587 or vhaynie@fsrv.org.

Capital Campaign & Renovation Project Update

The renovation project highlight video outlines the renovations to our building that have taken place since 2022 . Below is a link to a document about the overall building project and financial picture for the church. Please review all of the materials and consider how God is calling you to respond.

Overall Building Project: http://tinyurl.com/RCPCRenovationSummary

Our Response:


Our Response

Virginia Breast Cancer Foundation's "Sole Star"

RCPC member Liz Heddeston has accepted the challenge to participate in the Virginia Breast Cancer Foundation's "Sole Star" campaign during the month of April to raise awareness and funds to help those impacted by breast cancer. All funds raised by this campaign stay in Southwest Virginia to help pay for breast health services like diagnostic mammograms, MRIs, ultrasounds, and biopsies for uninsured and underinsured patients.  As part of the campaign, Liz will be wearing pink shoes throughout the month and is excited to share more about the mission of VBCFOne in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their life, and it is predicted that 7,800 Virginians will be diagnosed this year. The Virginia Breast Cancer Foundation empowers Virginians impacted by breast cancer through access, advocacy, education, and community action. If you are interested in learning more or making a donation, visit this link or reach out to Liz at lizcbarry@gmail.com.

Confirmation Stoles

It is time to make stoles for our 11 confirmands! We will gather on Friday, April 19 at 10:00 AM at Emily Jarrett’s home. If you are interested in helping, we need all skill levels, please email Emily to RSVP at dodsonjarrett@yahoo.com

Graduate Sunday

We’ll celebrate all the graduates within our church family during worship on May 5. Please submit a picture of your graduate with their name and where they are graduating from to julie@rcpres.org by April 21 in order that we can celebrate them. 

Job Opportunities - RCPC Preschool

Raleigh Court Presbyterian Preschool is in search of enthusiastic, patient, and kind people to join our team of teachers and assistants for the 2024-25 school year.  Hours are from 8:45 AM -12:15 PM and tuition discounts are available. (2, 3 and 5-day options are available) If you love children and are looking for part-time work, call Betsy Prillaman at (540) 343-5541- ext 109 or email at betsy@rcpres.org.

Fellowship Dinners

Join us each Wednesday at 6:15 PM for the weekly Fellowship Dinner. Recommended donation is $8 per person or a max of $25 per family. Sign-up by Tuesday at Noon either online at rcpres.org/dinner or on the paper form in the Gathering Area.

Menu for Wednesday, April 17: Jambalaya, Corn on the Cob, Roasted Broccoli, Alt Stuffed Squash, Dessert Brownies

Takeout Meals: In our efforts to become an Earth Care Church, the Fellowship Committee asks you to please bring your own container if you would like a takeout meal on Wednesday nights. We thank you for your help with this.

Volunteers are always needed to help with various tasks including set-up, clean-up, serving, check-in,

and transporting leftovers to RAM House. Details and dates at the link below.

Fellowship Dinner Registration
Fellowship Dinner Volunteer

Christian Education & Worship

Children's Ministry Sunday

Come worship with us on Children’s Ministry Sunday, April 28 in both the 9:00 AM and 11:00 AM services. Our preschool, God Alive kids, and even some youth and adults will lead us as we praise our Lord Jesus for all the ways his light guides us from generation to generation! With the expansion of the area in front of the Chancel, we are able to include expand the number of children participating in this year’s worship. You are invited to join us after the 11:00 AM service for cookies and lemonade on the front lawn.

Adult Small Groups

The Small Group lessons are based on the Sunday sermons and scripture. Being part of a Small Group is an experience rich in personal connection and spiritual growth. Small Groups discuss what is shared in worship, therefore the experience of worship is more deeply ingrained in our minds and hearts. As we contemplate it all together the concepts take root and our faith grows!


Monday 10:30 AM-12:00 PM - Andrew Whaley, Room 102

Tuesday 4:00 PM-5:30 PM - David Dixon, Room 201

Tuesday 8:00 PM-9:30 PM - Emilie Biddle, The Parlor

Wednesday 7:00 PM-8:30 PM - Leigh Sackett, Room 102

Thursday 10:30 AM-12:00 PM - Elise Hansard, Room 101

Blessing of the Animals

Join us on the front lawn of RCPC on Sunday, April 21 at 2:00 PM for a blessing of the pets. Pets who are good in a crowd are welcome to join in person and for those pets who are a bit trickier to bring in person, we invite you to bring a picture of them! We'll give thanks for the way our furry friends help us to know and experience God's love and we'll bless each pet present in person or picture form

The Bible in Black & White

For several years, Second Presbyterian Church has sponsored conversations and Bible studies called "The Bible in Black and White," gathering people of diverse racial backgrounds for discussion of the scripture, to create opportunities for listening across differences and together encountering the Holy Spirit. This year, these studies are expanding to include members of Raleigh Court Presbyterian Church, 5th Avenue Presbyterian Church, and Hill Street Baptist Church. Joining members of Second Presbyterian Church and Loudon Avenue Christian Church, this study offers opportunity for people from three historically black congregations to join with two predominantly white congregations to grow in our knowledge of one another and help bridge differences in race and story in our city. The pastors of all of the congregations will participate in leadership throughout the weeks of the study. Please plan to join us for this rich opportunity!


Wednesdays in April at Noon at Second Presbyterian Church


Book: Delivered into Covenant by Walter Brueggemann

Adult Sunday School: April 7 - May 12, 2024

The Seekers: Book Study

Falling Upward by Richard Rohr

In Falling Upward, Richard Rohr seeks to help readers understand the tasks of the two halves of life and to show them that those who have fallen, failed, or "gone down" are the only ones who understand "up." Most of us tend to think of the second half of life as largely about getting old, dealing with health issues, and letting go of life, but the whole thesis of this book is exactly the opposite. What looks like falling down can largely be experienced as "falling upward." In fact, it is not a loss but somehow actually a gain, as we have all seen with elders who have come to their fullness. The Seekers will study this book together as they contemplate how growth and transformation is for all of God’s people, no matter where they are in life. Led by Nancy Ayling & David Dixon | Room 201

Discover RCPC

Discover RCPC is a way to learn more about our life together as followers of Jesus. In these gatherings, we will get to know one another better. We will learn about how and why we worship and what is distinctive about being a Reformed Church. We will learn about how Presbyterians practice their life in covenant with each other, and we will learn the story specifically of the Raleigh Court Presbyterian Church: The Church of the Open Door.

Teacher: Andrew Whaley / Room: 202. April 14 - May 5

Parent is a Verb

The Parent is a Verb class will continue throughout the spring! Led by Leigh Sackett, Wade Whitehead, & others | Room 102

Opportunity for Generosity & Mission Updates

Habitat for Humanity Volunteer Work Days

This spring RCPC will once again partner with Habitat for Humanity by sponsoring two volunteer work days. Habitat for Humanity provides affordable mortgages, financial education, and training for families who are unable to obtain a home through conventional means. To qualify for a no-interest 30-year loan from Habitat, candidates are required to complete over a year of homeownership classes and sweat equity hours on other properties as well as their own. Mortgage payments are used to build future Habitat houses.


Our sponsored work days will be Wednesday, April 24 at 548 McDowell Ave. NW Roanoke 24016 and Saturday, April 27 at 506 Chestnut Ave. Roanoke 24016. Sign-up to volunteer online at tinyurl.com/RCPCHabitatVolunteer2024 or at the link in the This Week @ RCPC.


All work days will be 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM and daily groups must be 12 volunteers or less. No experience is necessary but all volunteers must be at least 16 years old. Habitat will provide all required tools and safety equipment, water, coffee and snacks. Volunteers will need to provide their own lunch and a refillable water bottle, work gloves are strongly advised. Dress for the weather and wear sturdy closed-toed shoes like hiking boots. 

Habitat for Humanity Volunteer Sign-Up

Mission Partner Support 

Each month, we are designating all cash and coin to one of our local mission partners. For the month of April, we are supporting the work of Habitat for Humanity. In 2023, Habitat for Humanity received $3,000 in support from our church. Your generosity will encourage us to meet that amount in 2024. You can place your money in the offering plate or make an online gift at rcpres.org, noting that it is for Mission and making a note for Habitat for Humanity in the text box. As of April 7, we have collected $434.08 for Habitat for Humanity.

CarePortal is LIVE at RCPC!

RCPC has joined 32 other churches locally to serve at-risk children through CarePortal. We established CarePortal with a core team late last year and are responding to needs to support children in our community. 

Here are some highlights of what we have provided so far:

  • Diapers and wipes to support a young mother care for her newborn
  • A new infant car seat to relieve the stress of an expectant mother
  • A toddler bed and mattress to allow a grandmother to take guardianship of her grandchild which will also reunite him with his siblings
  • A pack-n-play to a young mother living in temporary housing to keep her child safe

These are very small acts of kindness, but they make a huge difference in the lives of our neighbors who are struggling with day-to-day survival. If you have ever wanted to help, but thought “how do I know I am helping the right people?”, be assured that all of these needs are first vetted by a sponsoring organization, such as DSS. Then we choose the needs we feel led to support with our tithe, talent, and/or time.

Please prayerfully consider signing up to our RCPC CarePortal Response Team using the link below:


There is no obligation by signing up. You’ll simply get access to CarePortal and be on our email list to be aware of opportunities to serve when you are able. If you want to learn more or have any questions, please contact Chris DeFalco at chris.a.defalco@gmail.com.

Pledge Cards

Please turn in your pledge cards either in the basket in the Gathering Area or mailing it to RCPC if you have not done so already. You can also pledge online at rcpres.org/pledge.

Financial Commitment for 2024

Together in Prayer

Prayer Requests

Tom Alcoke, Dawn Blakeman, Jackie Blakeman, Brendan Brown (Kathy and Les Brown’s grandson), Beverly Day and family (friend of Camilla and Johnsey Cabaniss), the Lester & Lewis families (friends/neighbors of Frankie Doyle and Marilyn Martin)Susan Lindstrom, Megan Mallare (friend of Kathy Grove), Melissa Martin (friend of Lisa Boylan), Dave Owen-O’Quill, Garland Parry, Hugh Wellons, and all caregivers.

Our sincere thoughts and prayers are with Margaret and Greg Shaff after the passing of Margaret’s father, Herbert Clark Milton, on Sunday, April 7.


(Prayers request as of Friday, April 12. Names in bold indicate an addition to the prayer list this week.)

This Week @ RCPC

Birthdays: April 15-21

4/15 Robyn Decker, Joshua Jager

4/16 Katherine Davis, Grace Hamlin, Vickie Haynie, Sara Skinner

4/17 Eli Boylan, Les Brown, Dinah Morris, Bobby Pickel, Deanne Vance

4/18 Emilie Biddle, James Davis

4/19 Paula Mitchell, Ryan Mutcheson, Christopher Pugh

4/20 Leslie Baldwin, Matt Cook, Forrest Naff, Amari Saint, Susan Waddell

4/21 Caitlin Brash, Catherine Burtis

Monday, April 15

9:00 AM - Preschool

10:00 AM - Centering Prayer at St. Elizabeth’s Episcopal Church

10:00 AM - Monday Morning Prayer Group

10:30 AM - Small Group: Whaley

5:30 PM - Stewardship & Finance 6:30 PM - Cub Scouts

7:00 PM - BSA Troop 2

7:00 PM - Personnel & Administration

Tuesday, April 16

9:00 AM - Staff Meeting

9:00 AM - Preschool

10:30 AM - Primary Purpose: AA

4:00 PM - Small Group: Dixon

5:30 PM - Endowment Board

5:30 PM - Tai Chi

7:15 PM - Raleigh Court Ringers

8:00 PM - Small Group: Biddle

Wednesday, April 17

9:00 AM - Preschool

4:00 PM - God Alive - Children's Ministry Sunday Rehearsal

6:15 PM - Fellowship Dinner

7:00 PM - Small Group: Sackett

7:00 PM - Confirmation Class

7:00 PM - Preschool Committee

7:15 PM - Sanctuary Choir Rehearsal

Thursday, April 18

9:00 AM - Preschool

10:30 AM - Small Group: Hansard

10:30 AM - Primary Purpose: AA

5:30 PM - Tai Chi

6:30 PM - Young Adult Trivia Night at Olde Salem

6:30 PM - Hip Sober Chicks


Friday, April 19

9:00 AM - Preschool

11:45 AM - Al-Anon

Saturday, April 20

1:00 PM - Living the Word

Sunday, April 21

9:00 AM - Worship – Chapel

10:00 AM - Sunday School & Discover RCPC

11:00 AM - Worship – Sanctuary

12:15 PM - Congregational Care Meeting

12:15 PM - Officer Training

2:00 PM - Blessing of the Animals

5:15 PM - Youth Music

6:00 PM - Youth Group

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