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Fall 2021 at RBC: Imagine

A voice cries out: ‘In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Every valley shall be lifted up, and every mountain and hill be made low; the uneven ground shall become level, and the rough places a plain. Then the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all people shall see it together, for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.” Isaiah 40:3-5

The prophet Isaiah knew what feeling far away from home was like as he spoke to the people who were Exile. Isaiah will be one of our guides this fall as we might feel far from our ordinary lives. How will God comfort us and show up in our midst? Can we hold the sacred space to imagine again?

Our COVID Advisory Group has been hard at work to maintain the safety, health, and well-being for all people, especially our youngest children who have not yet been able to be vaccinated. Below you will find our plans for the fall. Each week looks a little different and will follow all safety protocols. For all worship gatherings (indoor and outdoor) we masks are required, including fellowships following worship. Small groups meetings outdoors will decide together about masking preferences.

RBC Preschoolers/K, Kids & Youth will meet outdoors on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month at 11am during the worship service. All adults who teach and volunteer with the children are fully vaccinated. All adults and children over age 2 will wear masks outdoors. On 3rd Sundays at 9:30am, Pastor Leah will host a special class with RBC Preschoolers/K and Kids for 30 minutes on zoom. We have some fun activities planned about learning the Lord’s Prayer including stickers and coloring pages. Parents, we will be sending detailed instructions this week.

Childcare: We will not have childcare available for the months of September and October. When we have outdoor Sunday services, they will take place on either a 1st, 3rd, or 5th Sunday to maximize outdoor options for families with young children. We recognize comfort levels are different for everyone and encourage you to make the best decision for your family.

Adult Sunday School

  • Genesis Class: 1st-3rd Sundays at 9:30am on Zoom, 4th Sunday fellowship at church at 10am. Contact Cathy and John Baskin
  • Moore Class: 9am via zoom, Contact Ken Nidiffer for link
  • Philippians Class: 6:45pm for fellowship on zoom, 7pm on zoom for class, contact G.J. Tarazi
  • Friendship Class: beginning Sept. 19 at 10am indoor in-person, Room 134, contact Margaret Diamond

Worship & Sunday School Schedule for September and October

Oct. 3, World Communion Sunday: 11am Outdoor in-person+zoom worship

Oct. 10: 11am Indoor in-person + Livestream worship 

  • 11am RBC Preschool, Kids & Youth Outdoor Sunday School

Oct. 17: 11am Indoor in-person + Livestream worship

  • 9:30am RBC Kids on Zoom with Pastor Leah

Oct. 24: 11am Indoor in-person + Livestream worship

  • 11am RBC Preschool, Kids & Youth Outdoor Sunday School

Oct. 31: 11am Outdoor in-person+Zoom Worship, Happy Halloween! 

THRIVE Book Discussion:

My Grandmother’s Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies, by Resmaa Menakem, MSW, LICSW (use this link to Amazon to purchase the book!)

Beginning Sep. 28, 7pm, via RBC Zoom
From Amazon: In this groundbreaking book, therapist Resmaa Menakem examines the damage caused by racism in America from the perspective of trauma and body-centered psychology…

As we continue the work of becoming anti-racist, we will discuss this book during the fall. All are welcome to join. The attached flyer has a detailed schedule, including chapters to be read and a list of facilitators and the proposed session format. Please contact Cathy Baskin if you plan to participate in some or all of the weekly sessions, or if you need to have a book ordered, so that we can plan for break-out groups during the sessions.

Sept. 28 begins with a discussion of the preface and Ch. 1 of the book. In addition, we will discuss a podcast that will give us all a common understanding of how trauma affects the body. Please listen to the podcast before the session: This Conversation Will Change How You Think About Trauma

For the rest of the schedule, follow this link!

[Note: the podcast references specific kinds of trauma often experienced by children and adults. If trauma is part of your personal history, please be prepared for topics that might trigger difficult memories. If you prefer not to take part in the podcast discussion, let Cathy know and we can make arrangements for you to join the book discussion portion of the session.]

Fall 2021: Ethics Seminar & Special Offering

Food Justice: Ensuring Food Access for All

Mondays, Oct. 18 & 21, 7 – 8:15pm, via RBC Zoom

Join us in our annual Missions Ethics Seminar, as our guest presenters highlight food justice challenges as close as Fairfax County, and as far away (but close to our hearts) as Cuba. Featured presenters are Diane Charles, of the Fairfax Food Council; Betsy Clevenger, layperson and manager of the Heritage Food Distribution Center; and our friend Midiam Lobiana (via video) of the Christian Women’s Network in Cuba. Follow this link for more information and the Zoom information!

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