Our mission: Connecting upward, inward and outward.
We are a group of people who share faith in Christ and a love for God. We strive to care for others by following the example of Jesus. We are welcomed by God, just as we are, and we pray that we welcome others in the same way. Come visit us!
We are currently meeting at 10:15am on Sundays.
And, we have Bible Study most Wednesday Nights at 6:30pm
Ongoing Activities at RLC
-Adult Bible School, 9:15am
-Hand and Foot Canasta, 1st Thursday of the month
-Quilt Ladies, 2nd Saturday of the month, 9am
-Senior Night Out, 3rd Thursday of the month, 5:30pm
-The Men's Group, 3rd Sunday of each month
-RLC Council, Last Sunday of the month, 12:30pm
-Wed night fellowship and prayer, 6:30pm
-Men's Breakfast: Every even numbered Thursday at 8am, location changes each time.
-Women's Bible Study: Tuesdays at 6:30pm (more info under Bible Studies)
-Oct 1: Czech Fest booth
-Oct 2: Care Team Meeting after service
-Oct 2: Rescheduled Council Meeting, 12:30pm
-Oct 9: Pastor Appreciation & Fellowship after church
-Oct 15: The pumpkins arrive for our Pumpkin Patch, 5:00pm
-Oct 21: Trick or Treat for Jacob's Cupboard, 7pm
-Oct 23: Deadline to return Operation Christmas Child boxes
-Oct 23: Bedlam Food Drive collection
-Oct 28: Men's Group at Coop Ale Works, 7pm
-Oct 30: Deadline for reserving Fall Festival booth
-Oct 30: Reformation Potluck
-Oct 30: Bedlam Food Drive collection
-Oct 30: Trunk or Treat following lunch
-Nov 6: Bedlam Food Drive collection
-Nov 12: Fall Festival Fair at RLC, 8am-4pm
-Nov 13: Last day for Bedlam Food Drive collection
Reserve Your Booth for the Fall Festival Fair
RLC will have its Fall Festival Fair on Sat, Nov 12. If you would like to have a booth to sell handmade items or other merchandise, the cost is $30. The time to reserve is now; the deadline is Oct 30. Please contact Teresa Carter at 405 613-9559 or email her at email@example.com
The Fall Festival Fair will be held November 12, from 8a.m. to 4 p.m.
A Shoe Box of Small Gifts for a Child
We are adding a new outreach program this year, to bring a box of small gifts to 20 children in other countries. The program is called Operation Christmas Child and it is organized by Samaritan's Purse. RLC has agreed to fill 20 boxes this first year.
There are a couple of ways that you can participate:
-Pick up a shoe box from RLC and fill it with small items (there is a suggested list included with the shoe box). There can be no liquids or perishable items. Please return filled shoe boxes to RLC by October 23.
-The cost to ship a box and include a small Bible and some Christian materials is $20. If you fill a box, and would like to, you can include $20 for your box. If you prefer not to do a box, but want to help, you can donate $20.
If paying by check please make it out to RLC and on the memo line indicate that it is for Operation Christmas Child.
Bedlam Food Drive, Oct 23- Nov 13
We will be collecting non-perishable food items for our neighbors in need.
We will be competing with other congregations in our Cluster to see who can collect the most items, as well as see which team at RLC will win. Will it be OU or OSU that will have the bragging rights?
Collection dates will be Oct 23, 30 and Nov 6, 13.
If we all help, we can meet our budget, support the church and open up new ways for God to bless our lives.
Care Packages for College Students and Military
Can you help with care package donations for our college students and members in the Armed Forces?
School has been back to session for a couple of months now, and we have many of our young adults in college or serving in the armed forces. Please help us to remind our young adults that even when they are away they remain in our thoughts and prayers.
We have around 16 packages we will be sending out…We are asking for donations of items to go into the boxes or for money to help buy the items and mail the boxes. Some ideas for donations are, travel size tissues, hand sanitizers, snacks, drink mixes, pencils, pens, highlighters…. Along with hand written notes of encouragement and prayers. There will be a box in the Fellowship Hall for Donations and letters. Thank you for your support.
For more information or if you would like to give a name/address of a college student that you would like to receive a care package please contact Lori B.
Why Do You Give Regularly to RLC?
What is your personal story about why you give to RLC? If you would like to share your story ,please contact Pastor Mark.
Several Giving Options
Don't want to give online? You can also drop your offering off at church Monday-Friday from 9-Noon, mail it in, or set up RLC as a payee on your bank bill payment service.
Thank you for supporting our church, our youth and our community outreach.
Thank you for supporting the revitalization of our church building. We expect to have it completed by mid-October.
Church Building Revitalization Approved
A special Congregational Meeting was held on Sept 18, to present the Council's ideas for refreshing and revitalizing the exterior or our church building.
The Church authorized the Council to spend up to $35,000 for the project. The Council will not be spending any operational funds to do this. Funds are coming from member donations, some one-time funds as well as money in two designated savings accounts: Building Repair and Maintenance and the Audio Visual.
The goal is to have the project completed by mid-October. If you would like to make a donation to help offset costs, please designated your donation as Church Building. Thank you!
Pastor Appreciation, Oct 9
Pastor Appreciation Day is Sunday October. Help us shower Pr Mark with cards and blessings. There will be a special fellowship time after the service in his honor.
Reformation Sunday Celebration Plans
Please join us for a Reformation Celebration on Sun, Oct 30. There will be a potluck dinner followed by trunk or treat. After Trunk or Treat we will show the movie Martin Luther.
If anyone is interested in making the brauts and hot dogs, please contact Lori B. (The church will buy the brauts and hot dogs.)
We always need more people decoration their car trunks and handing out treats.
October Lutheran Fam Tour
Each week the sermon will be based on an aspect of Lutheranism with some talk about how it is relevant in the life of faith. Then, after giving you some time to get some coffee and snacks, you are invited to gather in the small fellowship hall from 11:30-Noon to go deeper into the topic for the week.
Oct 2: “Saved By Grace for the Neighbor/The Freedom of the Christian”
We are completely righteous, forgiven and free because of Jesus. So, what are we to do with that Freedom? Serve ourselves? No, we have been set free for the sake of glorifying God and serving our neighbors.
Oct 9: “Religious Wars, Rules for Peace & European State Churches”
The Reformation was not just a church thing. It spread into the political realm and led to a hundred years of bloody wars. When Europe was sick of fighting, the leaders agreed that the religion of an area would be determined by the religion of the leader. This led to large portions of Germany and basically all of Scandinavia becoming Lutheran. This State Church seemed like a good thing, but actually almost killed the church in these areas.
Oct 16: “Movements within the Lutheran Movement”
The Lutheran movement would happen because of reform and renewal needed in the church. In the 500 years since the beginning of the Lutheran Movement, there have been movements within Lutheranism which have refreshed or redirected the movement or portions of the movement. The Moravians and the Lutheran Pietism are examples.
Oct 23: “Keeping it Local”
Luther had been concerned that much of faith was being directed from far away in Rome, that people were being told what to believe rather than learning for themselves, and that worship was in a foreign language that many of them didn’t know or understand. Luther wanted to change things by having the primary place of learning faith be in the home, that people would be able to read the Bible in their own language and have their own faith, and that people could worship in their own language.
Oct 30: “The Righteousness of (from) God, not of (for) God”
Luther spent much of his life feeling hopeless because he could never achieve the righteousness God demanded of him. Then, when he was able to read the Bible for himself, he realized that the Righteousness of God is not what God demanded him to accomplish on his own, but the righteousness of Jesus given to him as a gift to do for him what he could never do for himself.
RLC Care Team Meeting, Oct 2
Come to the Pastor’s study after church on Sun, Oct 2 to learn about how you can be part of building a community of love and care in our congregation. Whether it is visiting homebound or hospitalized members, writing cards, making calls, baking cookies or praying for other members of RLC, we would love to have you as part of the team.
If you have questions, talk with Dr Paul Francel or Pastor Mark.
Wednesday Night Bible Study, 6:30pm
Join us on Wednesday nights for food, fellowship, prayer and discussion of faith and life. Much of Luther’s influence on others occurred in community around the dinner table or over a glass of beer. We will experience God’s influence on us as we gather around food, fellowship, prayer and God’s Word.
Care Team & Assisting Ministers
As we come out of Covid, we are ready to resume two ministries that pretty much went away during much of the pandemic—Care Team and Assisting Ministers.
Let Pastor Mark know if you would like to be part of the Care ministry of RLC (visiting homebound or hospitalized members, writing notes, making calls, arranging to bring food, reaching out) or to serve as Assisting Minister for Sunday worship. We are getting organized now.
We are also looking for youth and adults to help out with lighting and extinguishing candles and to hold the tray for communion. If you can help and would like to be put on the schedule, please contact Lori B.
Are You Willing to Share a Testimony?
As we focus on the theme of “The God Who Keeps Showing Up,” Pastor Mark is looking for people who are willing to share testimonies of where God has shown up in their lives.
Talk with Pastor Mark if you feel God’s nudge to share your testimony. It could be done live at church or by video.
Collecting Change for ELCA Youth Gathering
Message from our youth: Please help us get to the ELCA Youth Gathering 2023, in Minneapolis MN. There is a gas can in the large fellowship hall. We are asking people to put their change from each week into the gas can to help cover our travel to the Gathering. Thank you!
Do You Have Music to Share?
We would like to involve more people in worship leadership. If you feel God calling you to share music or your testimony as part of an upcoming service, please talk with Pastor Mark. Thanks!
Connecting to Facebook Live
Just click on this link: https://www.facebook.com/rlcofficial/live/
Once there, watch for the "Live" message and click on it. Once on, you can click on the visual and you will also see the Comments section, where you can communicate with others and share prayer requests. You can also go back to view services you missed.
Or even easier, Like RLC on Facebook and get an alert when the service is live and click on the alert!
How to Connect to a Zoom Meeting:
Click on this RLC meeting link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/4637039774?pwd=VTNlSEJpR2svV2IvdXA4d3lyWVpRQT09
This link will take you directly to the RLC meeting.
-You will be asked to enter a password: RLC.
-Then, you can choose to connect via video, if you would like.
-Then, select audio so you can hear and be heard.
For further help, please go to our special section.
RLC is going places. We're building a new church. We invite you to add a little extra to your normal giving and designate it for the new church. And please volunteer to help on a committee as we move forward with our vision for the future! Learn more: http://www.rlcok.org/vision-for-the-future.html
You are Welcome Here!
We are seniors, young parents, teens, children, married, and single. We are from different places and different religious backgrounds. We come together to worship, to help and support one another and to serve our community.
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