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February 20, 2014

Mystery Theatre

By Julia Blank

There’s little wonder why Second RP’s Mystery Theatre is such a hit with families, both inside and outside the congregation.  Weeks before the event, an announcement for the showing of a “mystery” film is made church news, and buzz begins with talk and wonder about the title, the identity of which remains a closely guarded secret up Read More…

January 9, 2014

ESL Graduation

By Beth Magnuson

Anticipation is the word that marked the beginning of this semester’s ESL (English as a Second Language) classes.  The leaves were just beginning to change on the trees when a group of returning teachers and conversation partners gathered to see which faces God was going to bring through the doors.  Fliers had been posted.  Reminder invitations had Read More…

December 19, 2013

Fall Bible School Classes

By Dean Filson

Three classes were offered for our 2013 fall semester (Sept. 22 to Dec 29) during our Bible School hour at 9:30 a.m. The first class dealt with sanctification (personal heart transformation) and the second eschatology (study of future things). A third class, which was offered by Pastor Rich Johnston, was for those desiring to know more about Read More…

December 17, 2013

Scripture Memory

By Patrick & Jerri Concannon

Scripture Memory:  are we capable?  Is it worth spending a few minutes per week trying to memorize some small part of God’s message to us?  When thinking about memorizing verses, we are inspired by, among others, Henry H. Halley, author of Halley’s Bible Handbook, who purportedly without any extraordinary ability, could continuously quote over twenty-five Read More…

December 9, 2013

Life at RPTS

By Sarmishta Venkatesh (Shammi)

Three years ago we knew that God was changing our course. Our home was constantly buzzing with bible studies and theological discussions. Young Christian men were spending days, weeks and sometimes months with us to grow in the new-found graces of the Gospel. Tables were filled with food, fellowship and fiery talks over the weekends  and Read More…

December 5, 2013

Fall Workday

By Joel Hart

Having the opportunity to serve as property manager and plan the workdays this year has been an interesting and valuable experience.  Confirmed to me has been my ineptitude as a handyman but also the overwhelming blessing this church has in a building suited to its needs with people willing to support and care for it.  The years Read More…

December 4, 2013

Leaf Rake

By Ethan Bell

We are thanking God for the wonderful work that was accomplished at the annual leaf rake held this year on November 23. It was a bitter cold day, but that did not stop the faithful from logging 56 hours of work, which completed the job of getting all the leaves up around the property. These 56 hours Read More…

December 3, 2013

Thanksgiving at Second RP

By Chaya Cassell

This year’s annual Thanksgiving luncheon brought together not only the congregation but also guests from all over for fellowship and food. Guests, including international students from our ESL program, enjoyed traditional Thanksgiving dishes alongside church members. As always, there was plenty to eat and everyone was welcome to as much food as they liked in our buffet-style Read More…

November 27, 2013

Mother/Son Brunch

By Diane Gaskins

Psalm 68:6 tells us “God places the solitary in families.” He has given each one of us so many good things and relationships in which to rejoice. This mom of three sons was happy to attend our church’s mother/son brunch in September to celebrate what mothers and sons can mean to one another.

The brunch was held Read More…

November 21, 2013

Highlights of Sanctification: Overcoming Modern Challenges

By Barry York
(Note:  This article was posted on Gentle Reformation on November 18, 2013 and used by permission.)

On Friday and Saturday I spent a wonderful time in Indianapolis with over 300 other believers being fed by Tim Challies and David Murray as they addressed the topic of growing as believers in the midst of the unique challenges of Read More…

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