<![CDATA[Roxboro Presbyterian Church - RPC News]]>Wed, 01 Jul 2020 16:09:04 -0400Weebly<![CDATA[Guidelines for Re-Opening]]>Thu, 25 Jun 2020 19:13:56 GMThttp://roxboropc.org/rpc-news/guidelines-for-re-openingBeloved of Christ,
 
Philippians 2:4-5 reads, “Let each of you look not to your own interests, but to the interest of others. Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus.” Friends, we have this opportunity to live into these words as a family of faith. The Session recognizes that many of us miss our communal worship, the time of fellowship, and sharing together. We also know the Covid-19 is still a very real and present threat. We have already seen numerous accounts of infections traced back to worship services. Roxboro Presbyterian does not seek to be the next report. We do however seek to honor God and each other as plans are enacted to restart worship within the walls of the building. The measures outlined are compiled after much prayer and considerable reading and researching. Most of what is outlined follows the recommendations from the CDC, Person County Health Department, and Denominational recommendations.
 
Roxboro Presbyterian Church has never been closed or cancelled. We have simply had to be physically apart and worship in alternative ways. I have heard so many stories of love and care for each other and was overwhelmed at the response to the Mission Committee to serve our community. Indeed, the Spirit is alive and well within the church and you, the church, are serving God in amazing ways.
 
Before all things – the Session encourages all who for whatever reason wish to continue to worship remotely to do so, particularly those in the high-risk categories. All online offerings will continue so please join via Facebook Live. Also, the Session requires that any who are currently sick or who are being tested for Covid-19 to refrain from worshipping within the sanctuary until he/she tests negative or is cleared by the health department.
 
The details for resuming worship now follow and will detail all the steps being taken to maintain the safest environment possible for us to worship together.. This was approved by the Session at the June 16 meeting and will remain in place until the Session determines conditions have changed. Worship will be vastly different for a little while. The Session acks for your patience and understanding. The goal is always to glorify God and to love each other.
 
PRIOR TO REOPENING
  • All high traffic areas and mass touched items will be cleaned and disinfected.
  • Hand sanitizer will be placed at Entrance and Exit doors.
  • The main sanctuary doors will be Entrance only. The side door next to the lift will be exit only. Exceptions will be made for those needing mobility assistance (i.e. the ramp and the lift)
  • Every other pew will be blocked off and left empty during worship to maintain proper social distancing.
  • Seating will be allowed on the ends of the open pews. Maximum of two family members will be allowed to sit with each other to maintain social distancing across the pew. The middle of the pew will be blocked off.
  • Hymnals and Bibles will be removed from the pews.
  • Restrooms will be restricted to one person at a time. Please wash your hands thoroughly to protect each other and those who come after you.
  • Unused common areas will be blocked off to limit the amount of cleaning that needs to be done after each service.
 
DAY OF WORSHIP
  • Facemasks are required to be worn at all times while inside the building. Please provide your own mask.
  • Six feet will be marked on the sidewalk as you wait to enter the sanctuary.
  • An Outside Usher, properly wearing a facemask and gloves, will meet every person outside before entering. All worshippers must vocally answer the following questions in the negative to enter the sanctuary:
    • Have you had a fever over 100.4 in the last week?
    • Have you been in any large gatherings (over 50 people) in the last week?
    • Have you been in contact with anyone currently being tested or who has tested positive for Covid-19 in the last week?
    • Have you been tested for Covid-19 in the last week?
  • The Outside Usher will then provide a facemask to those without one.
  • The Outside Usher will then allow entrance to the sanctuary. The doors will be propped open.
  • If you arrive after 11:10, the front doors will be shut. Please gently knock on the doors and the Outside Usher will come out to greet you. The Outside Usher will be seated at the door during the worship service.
  • Upon entering, a second usher, the Inside Usher, will greet you inside. Again he/she will be properly wearing a facemask and gloves. The Inside Usher will record the names of every person worshipping that Sunday. This list will be kept in a secure place for two weeks in case someone later test positive for Covid-19 and must retrace his or her movements and interactions. This list will be destroyed after two weeks.
  • The Inside Usher will provide hand sanitizer to every person who enters. ALL must use the hand sanitizer upon entering.
  • The Inside Usher will also remind everyone of the social distancing protocols.
  • The Inside Usher will then lead you to your seat. Seating will be from the front to the back to restrict cross contamination. This does mean we will not be sitting in our normal seats.
 
DURING WORSHIP
  • Worship services will be vastly different for a while. Major modifications to the service include:
    • The passing of the peace will be removed from the service.
    • There will be no choral or congregational singing
    • Offering plates will not be passed through the congregation. Ushers will be trained on the new protocols for the tithes and offerings.
    • A bulletin will be preplaced on available seating.
    • Please refrain from social gatherings inside the building. We all miss each other and miss seeing each other, but we want to respect and keep each other safe.
    • Musicians and pastor will follow the recommendations for safe distancing via CDC guidelines of at least 15 feet. The pastor is allowed to remove the facemask during the sermon provided at least 15 feet of social distance is maintained.
 
AFTER WORSHIP
  • When worship concludes, ushers will direct worshippers to exit via the side front door of the sanctuary and out the door into the garden. Please do not congregate by those doors. Ushers will dismiss by rows from the front to the back of the sanctuary. Again, accommodations will be made for those who require them.
  • Please use the hand sanitizer by the door as you exit.
  • The worshipper list shall be safely secured by the ushers.
  • Session members and ushers will clean and disinfect all high traffic high and mass touched items.
 
The Session thanks you for understanding and following the recommendations to care for our brothers and sisters in Christ.
 
To the glory of God,
Rev. Evan Walker
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<![CDATA[Donation Project Update]]>Thu, 28 May 2020 17:39:06 GMThttp://roxboropc.org/rpc-news/donation-project-update

​The Missions Committee would like to express our immense gratitude for your overwhelming support of the May Donations Project. Your generosity in giving items and cash donations is greatly appreciated by all four groups being helped. It was heartwarming to hear what one project leader said in a simple and touching way-“Please tell your church thank you for caring.”

The last day to drop off items will be as planned, this Sunday, May 31, from 1:00-2:00. Moving forward, once we are meeting in the church building we may make this an ongoing project. More information will be passed on at that time.

Thank you,
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<![CDATA[Letter to the Congregation]]>Tue, 26 May 2020 18:25:45 GMThttp://roxboropc.org/rpc-news/letter-to-the-congregationBeloved of Christ,
 
The Session remains in prayer for all of you in this strange time. We are aware that many of you have questions and concerns. This email will hopefully address many of those. In what will be shared, I (Pastor Evan) know there will be many thoughts and feelings across the board. Please know every decision has been made after considerable prayer, lots of reading and researching, and thoughtful discussion by the Session.
 
Rev. Ted Churn, Executive Presbyter of New Hope, sent a letter to all churches. In the letter, the presbytery recommends for all churches to remain physically closed for the remainder of May and the month of June. The letter also recommended that each session in this time create and implement a plan for safe reopening. I (Pastor Evan) agree with the recommendations and explained to the session that I felt completely uncomfortable to reopen until we examine all of our practices and procedures. Truthfully until there is an medically accepted cure and/or vaccine, any and all public gatherings will be a risk. However, there are steps we can take to mitigate and lessen those risks.
 
The Session of Roxboro Presbyterian met in a stated meeting last night (May 19) and desires to keep the church apprised of what we are doing and decisions being made. The basics of those follow:
 
1) The physical church building will be closed according to Presbytery recommendations (May - June). This decision will be revisited at the June Session meeting on June 16. We are aware that the situation can and does change rapidly. If possible to alter the date earlier, the Session will certainly do so. If the situation changes negatively, the dates may be extended. What is offered is a tentative schedule. Any changes will be communicated to the church. One member of Session made the wise comment, "We will not hurt anyone by moving too slowly. We certainly can hurt people by moving too quickly."
2) All online offerings (daily devotions and worship) will continue. The church has the capability to set up Zoom meetings for Sunday School classes, Presbyterian Women, and any other groups that may desire. Pastor Evan will be available to train anyone who feels uncomfortable.
3) The Session is examining options to keep those without computers as connected as possible. Hard copies of the worship services are being delivered each week by Beth Miller. If you would like one, please email the church. If you know of someone who would like to receive them and cannot email, please email the church on their behalf.
4) The Session established a sub-committee consisting of Property Chair, Sam Wilson, Worship Chair, Kjersti Lockhart, and Pastor Evan Walker to establish a plan for reopening and how to make it as safe as possible for all who come. That plan will be developed over the next couple of weeks and shared with the session by the beginning of June for further input, clarification, and alterations as needed. Once officially approved, the plan will be shared with the congregation.
5) I (Pastor Evan) continually stay in prayer and try to read as much as possible and share those articles with the session members. The session asks that the church pray for its leaders. We are making the best decisions we can with the best information as possible and also ask for your patience and understanding.
 
The Session is aware that many members will not like this plan for it either being too slow or too fast, we ask for your patience. When the plan for reopening is released, many of you will think the guidelines are strict while others will think they are not enough. The church universal and particularly Roxboro Presbyterian has a unique opportunity to model humility, patience, and love. This will not divide us or destroy us. We all seek to glorify God, to love each other, and to share the love of Jesus Christ within our community.
 
Paul urges the church in Ephesus: " I therefore, the prisoner in the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, making every effort to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to the one hope of your calling, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is above all and through all and in all" (Ephesians 4:1-6).
 
May the Spirit of God guide, protect, and nurture each of us.
 
To the glory of God,
 
Rev. Evan Walker
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<![CDATA[Mission Donations Project]]>Tue, 19 May 2020 17:47:14 GMThttp://roxboropc.org/rpc-news/mission-donations-projectPicture
The Mission Committee would like to thank all of you that have contributed so far. If you have not had a chance, we would like to invite you to partner in the donations project.  There are some immediate and ongoing needs in our community and beyond that we may easily be able to help with, as many of us staying home have been doing some long overdue cleaning and organizing.  Listed below are four groups/projects in need of donations, with specific items needed, and a schedule of when and where to drop off any items you would like to donate. 
  • Project Agape: any items that can be used for sewing and needlework-type crafts (these will be used by children and teens in an orphanage in Armenia)
  • Students in need at Person High School: clothing that could be worn by high school students (for any season)
  • Students living across from South Elementary, normally reached by our Interfaith Outreach Mission: colored paper, magic markers, crayons, colored pencils, pens, stickers, quart & gallon-sized ziplock bags, child scissors, jump ropes, bubbles, Frisbees, basketballs, soccer balls, kickballs
  • Christian Help Center: canned goods of any kind, cash or check donations (if you write a check, make it out to Roxboro Presbyterian Church and write “Christian Help Center” in the memo line)
Respecting social distancing, there will be a member of the Mission Committee sitting in their car with the trunk open at the following times.  Please simply leave any items you wish to donate in the trunk of that car.  The Mission Committee members will get the donated items to the proper group.
  • Every Wednesday in May from 5:00-6:00 pm
  • Every Sunday in May from 1:00-2:00 pm
Thank you in advance for sharing God’s love through your donations,
RPC Mission Committee
*If you have any questions, please contact Jane Forton by email, phone or text.

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<![CDATA[Stay tuned!]]>Thu, 07 May 2020 16:55:14 GMThttp://roxboropc.org/rpc-news/stay-tunedThe session has been in discussion and is prayerfully considering how the church will re-open as we enter Phase I. We hope you have been able to enjoy the morning devotions and Sunday worship services that are being streamed live. Stay safe and healthy!]]><![CDATA[When Love Is Not Enough]]>Tue, 17 Mar 2020 16:52:37 GMThttp://roxboropc.org/rpc-news/when-love-is-not-enough6786673The Health Department and Alcohol Law Enforcement (ALE) Agency have cancelled this event. We will let you know if it is rescheduled.]]><![CDATA[WW Meetings held at RPC]]>Tue, 17 Mar 2020 15:44:31 GMThttp://roxboropc.org/rpc-news/ww-meetings-held-at-rpcAll WW Meetings held at Roxboro Presbyterian Church have been cancelled until further notice. ]]><![CDATA[Wednesday Morning Bible Study]]>Tue, 17 Mar 2020 15:18:56 GMThttp://roxboropc.org/rpc-news/wednesday-morning-bible-studyHas been cancelled until further notice. Please stay healthy!]]><![CDATA[2020 Mission Committee Survey]]>Tue, 03 Mar 2020 20:07:16 GMThttp://roxboropc.org/rpc-news/2020-mission-committee-surveyPicture

​There are so many opportunities for you to serve in RPC’s mission projects!  Please check any or all of the following that you feel called to participate in.  Jane Forton, chairman of the Missions committee, will contact you to give you more details and answer any questions you may have.



​Name: ___________________________________________
Best Way to Contact: ________________________________
___ Serve on the Missions Committee (involves meeting twice a year to evaluate current projects and discuss new ones)
___Help with Christian Help Center lunches (involves any or all of the following:  helping serve the meal the first Wed. of 
     every other month beginning in Feb., preparing food, donating cash to help purchase food)
___Coordinate “Fill the Bag” (involves letting people know what’s needed, preparing bags to be filled, and taking items
     collected to the Christian Help Center)
___Coordinate “Pennies for Hunger (involves preparing containers, usually tennis ball cans, passing them out, and getting
     collections to receiving treasurer)
___ Help with the Joy Gift (involves coordinating with the Presbyterian Women to let people know about this project”)
___Help with Trunk-or-Treat (involves any or all of the following: preparing &/or serving dinner, running games, donating
     candy)
___Help with the Interfaith Outreach Ministry activities (involves helping with any or all of the following:  Easter Egg Hunt,
     Vacation Bible School, Outdoor Game Day, Movie Night)

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