Children and Youth paint pots and plant flowers to take to the shut-ins  and homeless in our community

April 2016

GROWING GOD'S TABLE

Rocky River Presbyterian is an active, established church with a respect for the past and a passion for the future.  We don't just sit back and wait for people to enter our doors - we reach out to the community through numerous ministries and activities and live our faith everyday.  We welcome you to explore our website and see how we are Growing God's Table at RRPC.

  • Griefshare - february 23 thru may 25th

    GriefShare is a friendly, caring group of people who will walk alongside you through one of life's most difficult experiences.  You don't have to go through the grieving process alone.  You are welcome to begin attending the GriefShare group at any session. Each is “self-contained,” so you do not have to attend in sequence. You will find encouragement and help whenever you begin. You will be able to continue with GriefShare through the next 13-week cycle and view any of the videos you have not seen.  Call us at 704-455-2479 to register for this class.

  • free community meal

    (1st Wednesday of Every Month)


    We welcome our neighbors and friends to join us on the First Wednesday of the month at 6:00pm for a FREE meal and friendship. Come meet the members of our church and feed your body and your soul. We will be serving homemade soups and stews during the winter months, along with fresh breads and desserts!

Trunk or treat

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december events

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SALVATION ARMY - RING THE BELLS!

December 16th and 17th


Rocky River Presbyterian Church will be ringing the bell for The Salvation Army on Friday and Saturday outside of Lowe’s Foods in Harrisburg.

We are looking for a couple people or a family for one hour slots from 10:00 am to 9:00pm.

The sign up sheet will be in the vestibule next week or you can contact Niki Schneider. 


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YOUTH CHRISTMAS PARTY

Saturday, December 17th

6:00pm


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Sunday, December 18th


MEN’S FELLOWSHIP BREAKFAST

9:00 am

Men’s Breakfast will be held in the fellowship hall. We meet the third Sunday of every month and encourage all of the men of the church to attend. Please contact Bill Smart or Jerry Clark if you plan on coming



CHILDREN'S PAGEANT

“The Backwards Christmas Pageant”

11:00 am (during worship service) 

The Children of Rocky River Presbyterian Church are pleased to present “The Backwards Christmas Pageant” by Dennis Hartin for the congregation. This program is filled with humor and excitement as we tell the traditional Christmas story backwards. People say when something new or dramatic happens in their life that “this will change everything,” and that is often true. The birth of a baby two thousand years ago did change everything. As our church family gathers for worship we will be invited to engage once again in the familiar story that affects all of our lives.


CHRISTMAS TEA

4:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall

Join us for a fun afternoon of music, refreshments and fellowship. We encourage you to invite your friends and neighbors to join us!

Music provided by local school choirs!


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WEDNESDAY NIGHT FELLOWSHIP 

Dec. 21st at 6:00pm. 


We will be serving Mac N Cheese. Please rsvp by signing the attendance book or filling out the yellow slip of paper in your pew. We always have delicious food and the fellowship is priceless. The cost is $5 per person and no more than $15 per family.


There is no dinner on Wednesday, December 28th.

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CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICE

December 24th at 5:30 pm


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CHRISTMAS DAY SERVICE

December 25th at 11:00 am

(No Sunday School)


Lessons and Carols.


The Kick Off for Operation Christmas Child was a success! We packed 39 shoeboxes for Samaritan's Purse and are well on our way of beating last years goal of 100 shoeboxes packed! RRPC members and friends donated so many items for the shoeboxes that our original goal of filling 20 boxes doubled to 39! God is good at RRPC!!!


We still have empty shoeboxes in the vestibule.  The deadline for filling a box is Nov. 6th.


october events

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ANNUAL YARD SALE

Saturday, October 1st

8:00 am - 1:00 pm

The Rocky River Presbyterian Women are having a yard  sale on October 1st from 8:00-1:00. This year the proceeds will go to the building fund.


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GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP

Thursdays - October 6th, 13th, 20th, and 27th 6:30pm

Grief Share began another 13 week series of classes on Thursday, August 18 at 6:30pm. The only cost is $15 for the workbook and we meet in Room 216 in the New Fellowship Building. Anyone is welcome to come and experience the fellowship and comfort of a group of people who have lost a loved one and are going through the grief process. The program is Christian focused and uses a weekly video, discussion and workbook for study. It is lead by several facilitators from Rocky River including Julia Alexander, Bill & Connie Smart, Mimi Reynolds, and Pam Sciascia and has support from Hospice of Cabarrus County counselors and pastor Neal Carter. If you or anyone you know needs this service, please call the church office to sign up for this class at 704-455-2479. Thank You!!


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FALL FESTIVAL AND BRUNSWICK STEW

Saturday October 8th at 4:00pm

FREE EVENT for our neighbors and friends.  We have a bouncy house and magic show for the children as well as games and other activities. The men will take on the task of preparing the delicious Brunswick Stew and BBQ.   It’s a secret recipe that has been handed down for generations! Okay—so maybe not so secret—but we HAVE been doing it for long time! A bluegrass band will entertain us at 7:00pm and we look forward to fun evening of food and fellowship.  Please join us!!


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HEALING TOUCH CLINIC:

Sunday—October 9th 3-5 pm

We began the first Healing Touch Clinic @ RRPC In August and have grown from 4 participants  to 12 on the most recent clinic held September 11th

. Evaluations indicate that the experience is  relaxing and helpful in most cases and was generally rated a 10 on the 0-10 scale. 


We will have sign-up sheets available in the vestibule for several weeks prior to each clinic, so  give us a try. There will be HT students coming soon, in addition to the practitioners who are certified and more experienced. There is no charge for the clinic, but donations to the Building  Fund are appreciated. Call Julia Alexander for questions at 704-455-9753


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WEDNESDAY NIGHTS AT RRPC!


Wednesday Night Fellowship Meal at 6pm

Oct. 5th — Soup, Salad and Bread  ***  Oct. 12th — Chicken Salad Croissant  ***  Oct. 19th — Sloppy Joes  ***  Oct. 26th — Crockpot Chicken Chili

To RSVP—Just fill out a yellow card located in any pew in the sanctuary during our next worship  service or send Cyndi a quick note at secretary@rockyriver.org   We are happy to share in fellowship with our church and community. The cost is $5 per meal with a max of $15 per family. 


YOUTH GROUP BIBLE STUDY at 6:45 after dinner


CHOIR - Wednesday night Practice is @ 7-8pm  ---  We are looking for more female voices to help the choir this year as we are beginning to learn  a new Contata One Silent Night …a Christmas Ballad of Love & Joy by Pepper Choplin.  We would love to have more young voices if you can find the time to help us out! 


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Church Work Morning

Saturday, October 15th at 8am

We have a WORK MORNING scheduled to seed, fertilize and aerate our grounds. Billy Carriker will bring his aeration equipment and expertise to get our grounds ready for winter. If you have an hour, or four hours to spare, we can use your help anytime in the morning pushing a spreader. If you have a fertilizer spreader please bring it, and if you don’t we’ll find one for you.


We have a number of fallen limbs in two of our cemeteries. If you would like to help Jim Lyerly clean them up, please phone him at 704-455-5892. He will appreciate the help.


We are investigating the feasibility of moving our main entrance to line up with Lower Rocky River Road. If we can accomplish that, we feel that will improve ingress/ egress, safety and traffic flow. If you have any experience with the process of working with our government agencies to shepherd this along, please talk with Dave or Jim. Thank you, King McCachren and Joey Dulin for cleaning up the lot across the street to prepare it for September Meeting. It looks great.


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MEN’S FELLOWSHIP BREAKFAST

October 16th at 9:00 am

Men’s Breakfast will be held in the fellowship hall. We meet the  third Sunday of every month and encourage all of the men of the church to attend. Please contact Bill Smart or Jerry Clark if you plan on coming


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CROP Hunger Walk

Sunday, October 23rd

The CROP Hunger Walk will take place at Kimball Memorial Lutheran  Church, 101 Vance St. Kannapolis NC. 

Registration: 1:00 p.m. CROP Walk starts at 2:00 p.m.  CROP Hunger Walks are interfaith events that build community while also making a difference locally and globally. Anyone can join us! See Linda Clark for donation forms and let’s get some folks from RRPC to join in the fight to ending hunger. 


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ROCKY RIVER READERS

October 24th at 7pm

Rocky River Readers book club will meet in  church parlor. All are welcome to come discuss books. The book for October will be Kitchen

House by Kathleen Grissom. Set on a thriving plantation in Virginia decades before the Civil  War, this is the story of young, white Lavinia who arrives from Ireland as an indentured servant. She learns to cook, clean and serve food. She is accepted into the world of the big house. She tries to straddle the worlds of the kitchen and the big house, but her skin color will forever set her apart from her teacher Belle and the other slaves. There are seven copies of this book available through the Cabarrus County Public Library.  Rocky River Readers meet the 4th Monday night of each month January through November.  We hope more readers will join us.


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TRUNK OR TREAT!!!

Wednesday, October 26th at 7:00pm.


Come for dinner and stay for Trunk or Treat. We need people to  decorate their cars and hand out candy to the children. See Steve

Jewett if you would like to participate. And invite your neighbors and  friends to bring their children to this fun, safe event!!


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Harrisburg Crisis Assistance Ministry

Personal Care Items Drive

RRPC will be collecting personal care items for the entire month of October to be  donated to the Harrisburg Crisis Assistance Ministry. Food stamps do not pay for personal items, and often times our friends in need cannot afford these items for their family. Please prayerfully consider donating to this worthwhile ministry. 


Laundry Detergent, Dish Washing Liquid, Shampoo, Deodorant, Toothpaste, Toothbrush, Shaving Cream, Bar Soap, Liquid Soap, Tissues, Feminine Hygiene


You can bring your items to the church or office anytime during the month of October and  place them in the designated donation box.

Thank you in advance for your generosity. 


august Events

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FREE Community Meal

August 3rd at 6:00pm.


Casseroles made by members of the congregation will be served!   Please let your friends and neighbors know that we welcome them to come feed their body and soul.  And don’t forget the farmer’s market before the meal!

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HEALING TOUCH Clinic

Will begin August 14, 2016


The Clinic will be open from 3:00pm to 5:00pm in the upstairs Sunday School rooms of the  new Fellowship building. This first clinic will be for members of RRPC to come and experience the comforting touch therapies of Healing Touch, Reiki and Energy Balancing. There is no cost but a donation basket for the Building Fund will be available if anyone wants to contribute. We would like this to be a monthly opportunity for students of Healing Touch to practice what they have learned in their classes. We may adjust the times to suit the needs of the church and community. There will be a sign up sheet in the vestibule after church and we look forward to seeing many of our congregation. 


Julia Alexander, RN, BSN, Certifed Healing Touch Practitioner


For questions or more information contact Julia Alexander at 704-455-9753 or email 2jralex@windstream.net

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GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP

Thursdays, 6:30-8:00pm Aug.18- Nov. 10, 2016


Grief Share will begin another 13 week series of classes on Thursday, August 18 at 6:30pm  (Registration begins at 6:00pm). The only cost is $15 for the workbook and we will meet in Room 216 in the New Fellowship Building. Anyone is welcome to come and experience the fellowship and comfort of a group of people who have lost a loved one and is going through the grief process. The program is Christian focused and uses a weekly video, discussion and workbook for study. It is lead by several facilitators from Rocky River including Julia Alexander, Bill & Connie Smart, Mimi Reynolds, and Pam Sciascia and has support from Hospice of Cabarrus County counselors and pastor Neal Carter. If you or anyone you know needs this service, please call the church office to sign up for this class at 704-455-2479. Thank You!!

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Men's Breakfast

August 21st at 9:00 am


Men’s Breakfast will be held in the fellowship hall. We meet the third  Sunday of every month and encourage all of the men of the church to attend. Please contact Bill Smart or Jerry Clark if you plan on coming. 

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Presbyterian Women Annual Meeting

Sunday August 21st at 4:00pm


The meeting will be held here at RRPC. It has  been a tradition for the Presbyterian Women of Rocky River to honor the women in our congregation who have passed on during the past year with a Memorial Service during our  annual meeting. The families of these women are invited to come and celebrate the life and ccomplishments of their loved ones at this service as we remember them. This year we will be honoring Eleanor Byrum, Frances Cook, Lucy Linker, and Callie Violette. The Women of  Rocky River have long been an active group who support the work and outreach of this church; we welcome and encourage all women to become involved.

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ROCKY RIVER READERS

August 22 at 7 pm


Rocky River Readers will meet in the church parlor to discuss The Truth According to Us by Annie Barrows. This novel is set in 1938 when Layla Beck, daughter of a US Senator, discovers a whole different world from Washington, DC when she goes to West Virginia working for the Federal Writers’ Project. Layla gets to know the Romeyn family and all the facets of their lives so different from her own as she writes the history of their small community.


Please join us for the discussion on this interesting book by the co-author of the best-seller,  The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, RR Readers enjoyed reading a few years ago.

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Church Work Day

Saturday, August 27 at 9 am


We will be doing minor cleanup and repairs ahead of September Meeting, so please join us for work and fellowship.

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Ice Cream Social

Sunday, August 28th at 6:00pm. 


Bring your homemade or favorite store brand ice  cream and JD and the youth will supply the toppings! What a great way to end the summer!




july events

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Adult Bible Study

Thursday Evenings at 6:30 pm


Change in schedule:

There is no  class on July 7th. The next class will be held on July 14th and will study Jeremiah. 

Please join us! Libby Sigmon leads the studies and will provide the materials.


In order to prepare materials for this class, please let Cyndi (in the office) know if you are planning to attend.

You can call 704-455-2479 or email at secretary@rockyriver.org

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FREE Community Meal

July 6th at 6:00pm.


The Seekers Sunday School Class will  be serving fajitas! Please let your friends and neighbors know that we welcome them to come feed their body and soul. And don’t forget the farmer’s market before the meal! 

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Evening Circle

Tuesday, July 12th at 7:00pm


Evening Circle will be held here at the  church upstairs in the new building.  All of the w omen of the church are

invited and encouraged to be a part of the Presbyterian Women Circle and Bible  Studies. We strive to minister to the congregation as a whole and to the women in particular through Bible study, prayer and fellowship.

We hope you will join us!

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MIDDLE SCHOOL AND HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS

Saturday, July 16th


You are invited to attend the True  Daughters Flourish event being held here at RRPC on Saturday, July 16th at 10:00am.  True Daughters exists to provide a genuine and loving community for girls to know the  love of Jesus and find their secure identity in Him. If you have questions or would like  more information on how to register for this event contact Candice Shepard at shepard.candice@gmail.com

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Men's Fellowship Breakfast

July 17th at 9:00am

Men’s Breakfast will be held in the fellowship hall. We meet the third Sunday of every month and encourage all of the men of the church to attend. Please contact Bill Smart or Jerry Clark if you plan on coming.

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Vacation Bible School

June 16 - 18


A FREE Simple Super will be served Thursday, Friday and Saturday for all at 6:00 pm.


To register simply call the church office at 704-455-2479 with the Name, Age and Gender of each child attending and if they will be coming for the Simple Supper.


We look forward to seeing everyone!




Reserving rooms

Please remember to check with the office BEFORE you plan your event to make sure the room/rooms that you need are available.  We are having a lot more activities at the church—(both members and non-members) and everything has to be approved by the church administrator.  We try to post all of our activities on the calendar on  the website, but don’t assume that a room is available just because you don’t see it on the website.  Always check with me before you book an event! 

Church Bus

Reserving the Church Bus—The same policy holds true for reserving the church bus. Please  do not make plans to use the bus until you check with me. I have a sign up sheet in the office that we use to keep track of who is using the bus and when. When we know that a group needs the bus, we can make sure it is running properly and by booking in advance we avoid any confusion or double bookings. 

Locking church doors

If you or a group you are a member of, are using the buildings after  hours, can we ask for your help in making sure that all of the doors are pulled/pushed shut?  Please double check the doors after you walk out to make sure they have locked properly. 

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  • Sounds like a great idea, doesn't it?  We think so too.  Imagine stopping at the church and picking up fresh eggs and vegetables before Wednesday night dinners!  We are in the process of getting the word out to get vendors for our very own farmer's market to offer the community on Wednesday afternoons.  If you or someone you know is interested in selling vegetables, produce or any other farmer's market related items - please have them contact JD at 704-287-6732.  Our start date will be announced as soon as possible!  Looking forward to it! 


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