RUMPLE MEMORIAL PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH

WEEKLY SLATE AND STONE

June 16, 2024

Looking forward to Sunday

Our Parish Associate for Congregational Care, Dave Henry, will be leading worship and preaching this Sunday, the Fourth Sunday after Pentecost and Father's Day. "Are you more like Martha or are you more like Mary?" If you're not sure, read the story of Jesus' visit to the home of Martha and Mary in Bethany. One of these women was busy in the kitchen preparing a meal for Jesus and his disciples. The other sat at the feet of Jesus, listening to every word he spoke. Where would you have been? Is it possible that each of us can live out the best gifts of both Mary and Martha in our lives? Can we immerse ourselves in the study of God's Word AND actively serve to meet the needs of others? We will reflect on these questions this Sunday morning as we focus on Luke 10:38-42. You are invited to join us in the sanctuary or on livestream. Marthas and Marys and everyone else is welcome!


Rumple's Pastor, Kathy Beach, is on a three month sabbatical. She will return to the office on Monday, July 29. If you have a pastoral care concern please contact Dave Henry or Stephanie Hankins or this week's elder on call: Rick Richardson (June 9-15) Kim Rogers (June 16-22).


Please take a look at what Pastor Kathy has been up to: Kathy's sabbatical blog 2024 Lindsey Eaton, Director of Youth, Children, and Family Ministries will be on maternity leave starting Monday, June 17th thru Wednesday, September 18th.

June Session Meeting

Committee reports were given by elders representing five groups. Finance reported another very strong month of giving and noted that we are again well ahead of projected giving versus expenses. The

nominating committee is moving ahead diligently with the process that will lead to nominations for

session and committees. Personnel provided an update on the situation with Jessica’s impending departure. Together with Lindsey’s upcoming parental leave, the church office will be short staffed in

July and early August. Volunteers will be sought to cover basic functions, Stephanie will cover some of Lindsey’s duties with children and youth, and Sarah will cover some of the technical and financial duties. provided a thorough update on the ongoing construction in the education building. The building committee met recently to formulate guidance for the architects and John Calvin and Sarah

Parker then met with the architects to discuss the desired elements for the new building. Preliminary plans should be ready in August and John has asked them for an updated cost estimate. The town of

Blowing Rock has approved the stormwater retention plan for the lower parking lot, but that work won’t begin until after the summer season. Installation of the frescoes has been pushed back to November or December in order to allow completion of the rest of the work in the building. Jeff Stewart updated us on the capitol campaign. The current CC fund account is at $3.7 million dollars, with another $300,000 to be available in accrued interest available by the time construction begins. Only $41,000 remains from outstanding CC pledges, down from $100,000 two months ago. A motion to designate a special offering for Childrens Hope Alliance came from the Missions

Committee. The motion passed unanimously.

Respectfully submitted,

Mike Mayfield, Clerk of Session

Jessica Minerva, our Office Manager, has accepted another position outside Rumple, and her last day at Rumple will be July 3rd, 2024.

While we are truly sad to see her go, we are so grateful that she decided to use her gifts here for over 5 years. We hope that you will join us in expressing gratitude for her work with us in the coming weeks. If you’d like to contribute to a love offering for Jessica, you can do so by check or through Breeze. If you’d like to leave a card or gift for her, there will be a basket on the workroom counter at the Rumple House. 

Please keep in your prayers: Teresa Lentz; Leigh Derby; David Rogers, recovering from shoulder replacement surgery; Janice Carter's family on her death on 6/9; Rene Cuthill; Leslie Novilla; Jim Ruff; Leslie Novilla’s brother, Denny; Sam Reep; Molly Bowden; Suzanne, daughter of Mary and Steve Hendrick; Mary Ann Baggstrom’s sister, Connie; Sarah Settlemyer’s friend, Theresa; Bill Hall; Barbara Leon’s former pastor, Jackie; Jean, Sherry Wilson’s mom; Cullie Tarleton; Walt Baggstrom’s brother, Bob; Charles Coley; Betty Coffey; Marion Stadler; Sylvia Kiker; Lynn Henderson’s mother, Frances; Lucy Aldridge; Linda Jerger.

Click here to view the church calendar.  

Lemonade on the Lawn Join Rumple after 11 am worship service this Sunday, June 16 for lemonade on the lawn. Other lemonade on the lawn dates are July 7, and July 21.

Congregational Care Card Day will be on Tuesday, June 25th at 10:30. We would love to have you join us for fun and stimulating card games, good food, and fellowship. We meet the last Tuesday of each month with Betty Womack as our “card instructor!” A delicious lunch is provided and the cost is $8 per person.  Please RSVP by Sunday June 23rd to Annie Tarbutton at 770-301-4127. We need a good count for

Women Together Summer Outing

Rumple’s Women Together group is having a free yoga class on Sunday, June 30th at 5pm in Boone. Please click here to sign up and for more info. Feel free to bring a friend!

If you’d like to be on our roster for the upcoming year, please send your name and email address to Lydia Skardon. Stay tuned for more activities in the fall!

Going Solo Together … An invitation of fellowship for those who live alone.

 Ashe County Little Theatre presents FIDDLER ON THE ROOF

Sunday, June 23 at 2:00 p.m.

Ashe Civic Center

$24 per ticket/Write check to Rumple and give to Annie Tarbutton.

Bring your own sandwich, drink, and or anything else you would like to eat for lunch before the performance.


Blowing Rock Cares Food Pantry To assist the construction crews getting in and out of the building, we have eliminated the two shopping carts by the back door. We are now using a large tub with a lid for all food donations. The tub is marked Blowing Rock Cares and is located at the top of the ramp near the rear door. If you are leaving a food donation, please make sure the lid is secured to the tub. Also, as we look forward to summer and students being out of school all day, we are trying to add easy to microwave breakfast and lunches for kids at home all day. The following is a list of items that would work for that purpose: Instant Oatmeal, Cereal, Peanut Butter and Jelly, Chef Boyardee, Hormel, or Dinty Moore Microwavable bowls, Microwavable Mac and Cheese, Canned Beanee Weenee, Microwavable Popcorn, Crackers. and Fruit cups.


Vacation Bible School is next week!!! VBS will be held at St. Mary of the Hills Monday through Thursday, June 17-20. It’ll begin at 9 am and end at noon Monday through Wednesday and will be held from 9 am to 1 pm on Thursday.


Fresco Ministry Update and Request

As anticipation builds around the installation of the frescos – likely later this summer or in the fall– we are planning to share the artwork with our local community and with our many visitors to Blowing Rock.


Plans for lighting, a video to highlight the ministry and artwork, and educational offerings are all underway. To enhance the visitor experience, and to help those viewing the paintings to fully appreciate them, we are developing a docent program. Docents are volunteers who will act as a guide within our space to tell about the frescos and help people connect with the artwork and Rumple’s fresco ministry.


Docents will be trained and provided with information to share with

visitors. They will offer commentary and answer questions. In short, they will be Rumple’s ambassadors to those who come to see the frescos.


If you are interested in joining this program, we invite you to fill out this Breeze form or call the church office and a member of the Fresco Ministry Committee will be in touch. Volunteers can offer as as little or as much time as they can share. We expect the experience to be rewarding, and fun too!

JOIN RUMPLE FOR Sunday morning worship June 16th at 8:45 and. 11 a.m. in the sanctuary or live on our webpage or YouTube channel. Bulletins are available on the church website. Know that each Sunday our worship service is livestreamed. If you are feeling under the weather, you are encouraged to stay home and worship online for the health and safety of others. All previous online worship services can be found on YouTube.


Two Summer Worship Services will continue thru Labor Day at 8:45 am and 11am.


Parking is at a premium in Blowing Rock in the summer months! In order to be sure there is plenty of space for visitors and guests, and while construction is going on, please consider attending the 8:45 service this summer and only driving one vehicle per household to Rumple each Sunday.

Old Fashioned Hymn Sing

It’s time to pull out some old hymns, dust them off, and put them in place where they’re most at home: in worship! You’re invited to join us for two hymn-sings about 20 minutes before the 11:00 am worship service on June 23rd and July 28th. Mark your calendars and as the late Tennessee Ernie Ford used to say; come out and “sing it like you mean it!”