MAY events

Check the Calendar for a complete list of upcoming events.

  • WOMEN'S CIRCLE

    Tuesday, May 2nd


    The Presbyterian Women’s Morning will meet at 10:00am in the Parlor at the Church. The evening circle will meet at 7:00pm at the home of Mimi Reynolds. (Contact the Church Office for directions).  All women of the church are invited to attend either circle. 

  • free community meAL

    May 3rd

    (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.  This month's dinner will be a grilled chicken breast, green beans, rice and dessert.  


  • WEDNESDAY NIGHTS AT RRPC!

    WEDNESDAY NIGHT FELLOWSHIP MEAL at 6pm


    May 3— Community Meal—Grilled Chicken Breast

    May 10 — Baked Ziti

    May 17 — Savory Pot Roast

    May 24 - Chicken Dumplings

    May 31 - Chicken, Pasta, Salad


    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 churchadmin@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.


    CHIMES REHEARSALS —CHIMES IS ON HOLD UNTIL THE FALL.  


    YOUTH BIBLE STUDY at 6:45 after dinner


    CHOIR - Wednesday night Practice is @ 7-8pm -- We would love to have more young voices if you can find the time to help us out!

  • may meeting

    Sunday, May 7th! Join us for Sunday School at 10:00am,

    Worship at 11:00am and a Pot Luck Dinner in the Grove at 12:00pm.


      May Meeting is a time to enjoy fellowship with other members and to celebrate

    the history of RRPC! Please bring a dish to share, a gallon of tea or lemonade,

    and chairs and blankets to sit on. Spread the word to former members to come

    and reconnect with their RRPC family!


  • GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP

    February 23rd - May 25th

    Thursdays at 6:30 pm


    Grief Share has begun another 13 week series of classes. 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!!

  • healing touch clinic

    Sunday May 14th

    3:00 to 5:00 pm



  • men's breakfast

    Sunday, May 21st


    This month the Men’s Breakfast will be held on the same Sunday that we will worship at Bellefonte, but the breakfast will still be held here at RRPC.


    As always, we welcome ALL men in the congregation to join us—husbands, fathers, sons, grandfathers and brothers. What a great opportunity for fellowship among our men.


  • WORSHIP SERVICE AT BELLEFONTE

    SUNDAY MAY 21ST.


    This has become an annual tradition (see below), and this year marks a milestone for Bellefonte as they prepare to celebrate 150 years of service to Harrisburg and the surrounding communities. Please join us for worship at 11:00am at Bellefonte Presbyterian Church and plan to stay afterward for a luncheon with our Bellefonte family.


    Neal will be preaching, our choir will be singing, and we hope to see our former pastors Rev. James Murray and Rev. Dr. Corey Ingold there as well. The meal is something new this year—and we would really like to see a lot of our members attend. Let’s show our support of Bellefonte by worshipping together and enjoying a delicious meal and fellowship afterward.


  • rocky river readers

    May 22nd at 7:00 pm

    The Nightingale by Kristen Hannah


    Rocky River Readers will be discussing Kristen Hannah's novel The Nightingale at our meeting on May 22nd at 7:00pm in the church parlor.  The Nightingale brings to life conditions in France during the German occupation in World War II.  The men were off at war leaving the women to deal with the occupation, the lack of food, and the horrors of war.  The Resistance Movement and the bravery of the people are also highlighted in this book.  We hope you will join us to discuss this book.


    If you would like a more detailed listing that gives information on the subjects of the books as well as biographical information on the authors, please email Marie Morrison at morrison1960@windstream.net


    If you love to read and discuss books, we hope you will join us for some meetings.

What is “Bellefonte Sunday” and What Is Its’ Background?

The third Sunday each May is “Bellefonte Sunday” when the congregations of Rocky River  and Bellefonte Presbyterian Churches worship together. In even-numbered years, like 2016, the congregation at Bellefonte is invited to worship at Rocky River. In odd-numbered years, like 2017, our congregation is invited to worship at Bellefonte. This annual joint worship service is also an exchange of pastors since the minister of the visiting church preaches and the visiting choir sings.


This year, Bellefonte Sunday will be May 21st at Bellefonte Presbyterian Church when Neal will preach and our choir will sing.


During the ministry of Rev. James Murray, the session invited Dr. Davis to preach at  September Meeting. He replied that this would leave his congregation without a minister that day.  The session responded by inviting the Bellefonte congregation to come to September Meeting.  There were also joint officer training classes with Rocky River, Bellefonte and Harrisburg churches  during Mr. Murray’s pastorate. 

After Rev. Dr. Corey Ingold became our minister, he and Dr. Greg Davis, pastor at  Bellefonte, discussed worshipping together. The Bellefonte session invited us to worship with their congregation. On April 18, 1999, at a called meeting of the Rocky River session a motion was passed to accept the invitation to worship together at Bellefonte Presbyterian Church on May 23, 1999. It was purposefully set as a worship service without any extras—no refreshments, no meal, no communion served. This way each congregation could look forward to the fellowship of worshipping together without the stress of other activities. During Rev. Dr. Kyle Hite’s ministry, these annual services continued. At some point, the two ministers decided to have two joint special services together each year. The two congregations have the Ash Wednesday service at Rocky River and the Maundy Thursday service at Bellefonte.


Bellefonte Presbyterian Church was organized in 1867 by Rev. Dorland of what was referred to as the “Northern Presbyterian Church.” The black members of Rocky River Presbyterian Church were now free and ready to organize their own congregation.


This year marks a milestone for Bellefonte as they prepare to celebrate 150 years of service to Harrisburg and the surrounding communities. Please join us for worship at 11:00am and plan to stay afterward for a luncheon with our Bellefonte family.


Neal will be preaching, our choir will be singing, and we hope to see our former pastors Rev. James Murray and Rev. Dr. Corey Ingold there as well. The meal is something new this year—and we would really like to see a lot of our members attend. Let’s show our support of Bellefonte, our sister church, by worshipping together and enjoying a delicious meal and fellowship afterward. 



Tip: The members of Bellefonte pronounce the name of their church this way---

Bell – like ringing a bell

Font – like the various scripts available when printing

additional news/updates

  • SAVE THE DATE!

    Vacation Bible School will be held

    August 6-9 Sunday through Wednesday.

    Notice the change in days!

    Mark your calendars now!

  • congregational care

    If anyone in the congregation falls ill, is  injured, in the hospital or in need of

    pastoral care—WE WANT TO KNOW!!


    Please call Neal directly on his cell phone  (really—call his cell phone—he wants you to!!) or call Cyndi in the office so Neal can visit and offer assistance. 

    Neal’s cell number is 910-280-9688.

    The office phone is 704-455-2479.

    He can also be reached via email at  nealcarter64@gmail.com

  • CPR Class

    The first CPR class that was taught by Glenn Jones was very well received. We would like to be able to offer this class again to anyone who is interested.  Billy McDonald, Head Usher, is asking if any members of his ministry are interested in taking the class.


    Please contact Billy if you are an usher and would like to be trained.