The Bible starts with a marriage and ends with a marriage. We are God’s image bearers – male and female – we were designed to become one. Even though the culture has changed, God’s design has not.
Maybe you’d like to turn a good marriage into a great marriage. Or maybe you’re in a struggling marriage and need help, hope and direction. Or perhaps you’re just about to begin the journey of marriage and want to set out in the right direction.
Wherever you are in the journey of marriage, we invite you to join us the weekend of January 27-28, 2017 for our annual marriage conference. Author and speaker Dr. Michael Easley will help us review the biblical basis of God’s specific design for marriage and share how we can re-align our expectations toward His ideas. Michael is husband to Cindy, dad to four, pastor to Fellowship Bible Church in Nashville, and host of the podcast, Michael Easley inContext.
We invite you to join Michael and his wife Cindy on this journey of The Marriage you Have vs. the Marriage you Want! Renew, realign and re-calibrate your relationship into a new set of expectations that are both realistic and biblical. In addition to the conference itself, we would also like to encourage you to take the opportunity to stay overnight at the beautiful Hilton Doubletree at our discounted rate. You can choose to stay in-between the Friday night and Saturday morning conference sessions or for the entire weekend. It’s a great opportunity to disconnect and relax without the travel.
The cost of the Marriage Conference is only $45 per couple. Register here by Christmas Day to receive a $10 discount. Hotel accommodations for one or both nights can be made through this Conference Registration as well. We hope to see you there!
– RBC Marriage Ministry Team
Blessings from the Staff, Elders and Deacons of Reston Bible Church. Here’s a quick look at the busy few weeks ahead.
2016 ANNUAL WOMEN’S RETREAT: February 26-28
REGISTRATION DEADLINE THIS SUNDAY
Registration is now open for this year’s event at the DoubleTree Hotel in Sterling. Our speaker is Christine Hoover and our topic is From Good to Grace: Embracing a Life Lived by Faith. To register, watch a video on the topic from our speaker or for more information click here. After this Sunday, registrations will be accepted on a space-available basis only and a $25 late fee will be added.
THE GUILFORD CORNER: Spring Book Drive
It’s that time again! We are looking to collect 1,500 new and gently used children’s books for the Guilford Spring Book Drive. Please drop your donations by the Guilford sign in the lobby. The deadline to donate is March 9.
THE GUILFORD CORNER: Volunteer Needs — Backpack Buddy Delivery
We are looking for a few people to help transport our weekly backpack buddy food bags to Guilford Elementary School on Friday mornings during the school year. Currently 238 families receive these supplementary groceries to help feed their kids on the weekends when they are not in school and receiving free lunches. If you are interested, please email Barb Ruffner and she will give you more details.
THE GUILFORD CORNER: Volunteer Needs — Homework Helpers
We are also looking for a couple more volunteers to help with our Homework Helpers program on Tuesday afternoons from 2:35-3:15 pm. The homework helpers are adults that are willing to sit with 1-2 students and help keep them on task as they work on their homework. These are the students that are farthest behind grade level and aren’t able to receive help at home. To volunteer at Guilford with these students, contact Barb Ruffner. Background check is required.
THE GUILFORD CORNER: Volunteer Needs — Spring Book Giveaway
We are looking for 8-10 volunteers to help at the Spring Book giveaway on March 11. You can work as long or as short a time period as you are able. We start at 7:30 am and work through 2:00 pm. Basically you would need to refill the book tables, restack the books when the tables get messy, and direct children to the appropriate reading level books for their age/ability. To volunteer, contact Barb Ruffner.
OPPORTUNITY TO SERVE: Food Pantry
We are in need of volunteers to pick up donated food from local stores. The more volunteers we have, the less pick-ups any one person needs to do. You can sign up for a time convenient for you, and by adding your name to the list of those interested in helping, you will receive notifications of new opportunities to pick up and deliver the food back to RBC. Just log into myRBC, click on “Groups” from the left-hand Menu, search for “Food Pantry Pick-Ups” and then click on “Join Group” in the upper right corner.
QUEST 5TH GRADE BOYS & GIRLS SHEPHERD GROUPS REGISTRATION IS OPEN!
Groups are forming and will be starting on March 2. The boys and girls groups meet separately on Wednesday evenings with adult leaders for Bible study and fellowship from March 2 through April 27 (with Spring Break off). For more information and to register for free please click here.
MISSION TRIP TO THE AMAZON
If you have a heart for missions and adventure, have we got the trip for you! RBC, in partnership with Justice and Mercy Amazon, will be sending a team in June 2016 to minister to the people and villages along the Amazon river. Previous trips have included building/construction projects, planning and running kid’s camps, leading worship services and many other activities. Space is limited! If you are interested in going or want more information, please contact Brad Gates or check out www.justiceandmercyamazon.org
LADIES WEEKLY PRAYER MEETING: Date & Time change
Effective immediately, the ladies prayer meeting has moved from Tuesday mornings to Tuesday afternoon at 1:00-2:00 in Room 234 in main building. All Ladies are welcome.
WORKFORCE MINISTRIES: Friday, February 5 (Noon to 1:00 pm at AOL)
On February 5, come hear Frank Wolfe discuss the state of religious freedom around the world, and in the United States. Learn about the threats, as well as the opportunities to influence the future. His words will create a new awareness about this freedom that many have come to take for granted. Click here for more information and to register.
BLOOD DRIVE: Sunday, February 7 (8:30 am – 1:30 pm)
Due to the recent storm, Inova’s blood supplies are at critically low levels. Please consider giving the gift of life at our next blood drive. Click here to find more info or to schedule an appointment time. Walk-ins are welcome.
YOUTH WINTER RETREAT SCHOLARSHIPS NEEDED
If you’d like to contribute to the scholarship fund for students who cannot pay the total cost, you can write “YM Retreat Scholarship” on the memo line of your check, or click here to give online. Select “YM Winter Retreat Scholarship” under “Choose Designation.”
MEN’S MINISTRY BREAKFAST: Saturday, February 13 (7:30 am meal/8:00 event, Clubhouse)
RISE & SHINE is a monthly breakfast opportunity for men to fellowship together in a casual environment around great food and to hear from other brothers in Christ. This month Bruce Campbell will bring a pertinent and practical talk from scripture. You can register to eat for only $5, or attend the event only for free. To register or for more information, click here.
COURAGEOUS MAMAS – Building Healthy Relationships:. Wednesday February 17 (7-9 pm)
Setting boundaries and nurturing relationships can be hard in the best of times, but as the momma of a child with special needs we encounter even more challenges. “How do I effectively discipline yet build a relationship with my child? How do I keep close communication with my husband? How can I nuture my friendships – I’m so busy, and no one understands! How can I help my child build healthy relationships when they struggle socially?” Join us as we discuss these questions and more! We will be meeting at the home of Dana Swenson. To RSVP or for more info, please email Lauren Smith. Feel free to bring a friend!
MOMS CONNECTION FELLOWSHIP: Friday, February 19 (9:30-11:30 am, Youth Bldg)
Join us as Kay Minter shares on “Come Gather Around the Table, The Family Dinner.” Moms of all ages are welcome. Each fellowship includes a speaker and lots of time to connect with other moms. Coffee and snacks are served. Childcare is provided. Register here.
MEN’S SUMMIT: Monday, February 22 (6:30-9:00 pm, Clubhouse & Sanctuary)
Throughout scripture God used men that felt overwhelmed and under qualified to do His work on earth. It’s no different today. Knowing your identity in Christ allows your gifts, skills, and abilities to be used for the advancement of His kingdom. Join us as Jerry Leachman coaches us with some sound fundamentals and encouragement for “Finding Your Identity in Christ.” Register at www.restonbible.org/summit for dinner at 6:30pm or event only.
CHILD DEDICATION SERVICE: Sunday, March 13
We are offering registration for both the 9:00 am and the noon services. To register and learn more, please email Hannah. (Parenting 101 is a prerequisite to participating – see above).
MARRIAGE CONFERENCE 2016: March 11-12 (Sanctuary)
You want your marriage to be the best it can be, but the reality of life can put a damper on your good intentions. Begin by treating your spouse the way God treats us, with grace. Come learn how to ignite your love story at the Grace Filled Marriage…Making Love that Lasts event. Author and speaker, Dr. Tim Kimmel brings hope, help and healing in this radical approach to marriage. Don’t miss this life-changing event. Click here to register or for more information.
RBC YOUTH BIKE TRIP 2016: Scholarship Need
There is a need for scholarships for the friends who are going on the Bike Trip. We would love to remove the cost of the trip as a barrier for friends to go. On the Bike Trip, everyone will be challenged to grow personally and to explore how the gospel applies to their life. The cost of the trip is $550. We see this as a direct investment that can have a great impact on teens in our area. Contact Bob Shull if you have any questions. If you would like to donate to the Bike Trip, you can find that option on the RBC online giving page.
2015 CONTRIBUTION STATEMENTS
Giving statements are now available in your myRBC profile. As we have done the past several years, your statement will not be mailed to you unless you specifically ask us to do so. This saves us hundreds of dollars in labor and postage, money we would rather spend on ministry. If you need help setting up a myRBC profile, contact me. Here are the steps to print your giving statement:
- Click on the “$/Give” button on the left
- Click on “Schedules/History” at the top
- Click on “Giving Statement” (upper right corner)
- Make sure “Type” is set to “Family”
- Set the “Quick Date Range” to “Last Year” (or another year of your choice) and then click “Run Report”
INCLEMENT WEATHER UPDATES
Whenever there is the chance of weather affecting ministry activities or Sunday services, an announcement will be posted on our website (www.restonbible.org) at the top of our home page.
SUNDAY REWIND: Redemption
Even in the most difficult of times, God is doing wondrous works of redemption. Our bad things turn out for good. Our good things can never be lost. And the best things are yet to come. Sunday Rewind.
We hope you’ll consider some of these great opportunities as we seek to know Christ and make Him known together.
We just can’t wait to have Dr. Tim Kimmel at our RBC Marriage Conference next month! Here is a note from Dr. Kimmel that tells you a little more about the time we’ll spend together.
Don’t forget to register before Christmas to save an extra $10!
Hi RBC Couples!
I’m so excited to be with you for the Grace Filled Marriage event at the end of January! I can’t wait to tell you about the secret ingredient that can radically improve your marriage. I’ll teach you how to super-charge your communication, conflict resolution, spiritual connection and sex life with the pivotal quality that so many loving marriages lack…GRACE!
This Christmas, give your spouse and family a gift that will echo long into the future! Investing in your marriage is a gift to your spouse and yourself, but don’t forget that having a lasting, healthy marriage is the ultimate gift to your kids and grandkids. So much of their future success, happiness, relationships and spiritual journey rises or falls on the legacy your marriage leaves for them. A grace-filled marriage will change yourworld and theirs for good!
Hope to see you there!
If you are married or engaged, we have a special event you don’t want to miss!
Maybe you’d like to turn your good marriage into a great marriage. Maybe you’re in a struggling marriage and need help and hope. Maybe you’re about to begin the journey of marriage and desire to set out in the right direction.
If so, come and learn how to make love work, by adding the secret-sauce that many marriages are missing…GRACE! Bestselling author and speaker, Dr. Tim Kimmel, will be here for Reston Bible Church’s annual Marriage Conference on January 22 and 23 to host Grace Filled Marriage…Making Love that Lasts!
Packed full of fun and insight, Dr. Kimmel will encourage us to see our spouses through fresh eyes, ignite our intimacy, fight fair and bring the best out of each other. Don’t miss this opportunity to improve your marriage as we begin the new year!
Bridget and I would like to invite you to join us at this great upcoming marriage event! We’d also like to encourage you to take the opportunity to stay overnight at the beautiful Hilton Hilton DoubleTree at our discounted rate. You can choose to stay in-between the Friday night and Saturday morning conference sessions or for the entire weekend. It’s a great opportunity to disconnect and relax without the travel. We hope to see you there!
The cost of the Marriage Conference is $45 per couple. Register here by Christmas Day to receive a $10 discount. Hotel accommodations for one or both nights can be made through this Conference Registration as well.