Scott Sweeten Memorial Celebration

This Saturday, the 11th of April at 2:00 p.m., Red Door Church will host a memorial celebration for the late Randy Scott Sweeten who passed away on the 11th of March at his home in Tunbridge, VT.  You can read his obituary online here.

The family wishes to have a time of fellowship and refreshments following the memorial service.  If you desire to play a role in that somehow please be in touch with Raelene Lemery at (802) 234-7276.  Thank you.

Red Door Prayer Ministry

For many years Red Door has taken prayer very seriously.  God calls all of His people to pray, but there are some who feel a special calling and burden from God to pray in very specific, intentional, focused and consistent manner.  This group we called our “early morning prayer warriors.”  Every morning at 5:30 we had people at the church praying.

Well for many reasons some of these folks have had to step away from that ministry (age, health, family concerns, etc.).

Last week we had a meeting after church on Sunday for those interested in prayer ministry in order to re-evaluate what we want to do to breath new life into this vital ministry at Red Door.  Here’s what was decided:

We most definitely need a dedicated group of prayer warriors that will be in prayer for the ministry of Red Door church, the South Royalton area and surrounding communities, our nation, etc.

Time of day is not as important as a commitment to focused prayer.  If the morning works then great, if its the lunch hour or afternoon or night time, that’s fine too.  The main thing is a commitment to pray.  It was suggested that folks could come to the lunch hour bible readings (M – F @ 12:30) on the day that worked for them if they so choose, hear the Bible read, and then stay in the sanctuary for a bit to pray afterwards.

Location is not absolutely crucial either.  Some will want to come to the church to pray because that will help them focus and be disciplined in prayer.  Others may want to stay at home where they have a prayer closet or special place to go before God in private.  Again, the key aspect is just the raw commitment to concentrated prayer on an ongoing, regular basis.

A book study would be helpful and useful as we seek to grow in prayer together.  Paul E. Miller’s excellent book “A Praying Life: Connecting with God in a Distracting World” was the book of choice.  We will be slowly going through this book over the next 8 to 10 months and discussing it.  We invite others to join the group as we read the book; the schedule is flexible enough for folks to catch up easily even if they join late.  The church will provide a copy of the book for folks who are interested.

If you are interested in this vital ministry of prayer, please contact Carol Miller at 763-7833 or Pastor Josh at 763-7690.

Healing for the Sick: A Service of Mercy on Friday, February 27th

There seems to be a preponderance of sick persons at Red Door these days, and not just with common colds or seasonal illness.  Multiple folks have had serious surgery in the last couple of months, a couple folks are dealing with nagging injuries, several are dealing with cancer, and there have been two deaths in families just in the last three weeks.  Not to mention the seasonal stuff (colds, depression)  too that has been plaguing many over the course of this brutal winter.

The elders sense that building into our calendar a time of special prayer and supplication on behalf of the sick would be appropriate; a time when folks can come and focus on Jesus with a mind towards asking him to bring about healing in their life (physical and spiritual).  Jesus expressed a serious concern and burden for those that were suffering during his earthly ministry, we feel that this is one way that we can do the same.

We plan to do four services a year (roughly following the seasonal calendar) on what has been traditionally called “Ember Days” in the historic, Catholic faith.  If you are not familiar with Ember Days, please read more about them here on our website.

The first service is coming up soon, on Friday, the 27th of February at 7:00 in the evening following our community supper.  We pray God move; have mercy on the many people in our church and community that are suffering under the weight of illness and darkness of spirit.

Ash Wednesday Service 2015

Ash Wednesday is coming up on the 18th.

Last year I (Pastor Josh) put together a short detail on why we celebrate Ash Wednesday.  You can read it here.

The service will begin at 7:00 p.m.  We hope to see you there!

Winter Clothes for Kids

A local South Royalton family is in need of winter clothes for a newly adopted child (age 6).  The boy is moving to town from California and will have nothing to wear.  The family that will be caring for him is not in a position to pay for anything.

If you are willing to help, please drop any hand-me-down children’s clothes and boots (size 2 or 2.5) you may have off in the Red Door Church foyer.  The door is unlocked.

Pastor Josh can distribute the clothes to the appropriate persons.  Thank you in advance!

Basics of the Faith Lit

We just added a series of 36 booklets to the church library entitled “Basics of the Faith.”  Each answers an important question about the Christian faith, such as “What is Grace?” or “What Happens After Death?” or “Why do We Have Creeds?”

If you have questions about the doctrines of the Christian faith, this is an excellent place to start!

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Pastor Josh on Vacation

The Pastor will be on vacation from January 7th to January 15th, after a very busy Advent/Christmas season.

He will be checking email periodically and available for emergencies.  For non-urgent needs please contact Lynn Irish at the church office 763-7690 or via email at [email protected]fairpoint.net.

Bible Reading Plans for 2015

For those of you who feel led to read your Bible on a consistent basis this coming year, there are many helpful programs out there to guide you.  Some plans are laid out to help you get through the Bible in one year, others, like the Robert Murray M’Cheyne program, will get you through in one or two years depending on the track you choose.

Ligonier Ministries has published online an excellent compilation of many various programs with PDF file downloads, websites, and apps all accessible at the click of a mouse.  Click here to go to their page Bible Reading Plans for 2015.

There are few greater blessings than consistent Bible reading.

Blessed is the one
    who does not walk in step with the wicked
or stand in the way that sinners take
    or sit in the company of mockers,
but whose delight is in the law of the Lord,
    and who meditates on his law day and night.
That person is like a tree planted by streams of water,
    which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither—
    whatever they do prospers. (Psalm 1:1-3)

Merry Christmas From Kenya!

Pastor Julius Nyambuoro in Kenya sends a greeting from Kenya for the people at Red Door Church (I’ve copied his words from an email this week):
 Greetings to you in Jesus name hoping that all is well. Thanks for your mail which I received a couple of days ago.

My dear brother, remember that in the last 2013 years ago, when the world was full of darkness and different types of sufferings, God gave to the world the greatest gift. Because of this gift, we as Christians, we have a wonderful reason to celebrate,rejoice and give all the glory and honor to God for what He did to the world by sending Christ.

This greatest gift from God has made us to be who we are today, to do what we have done, achieve and accomplish all that we have accomplished

My dear brother, may I ,my family and our churches in Kenya wish you, your family and the entire family of the Red door church MERRY CHRISTMAS, A HAPPY AND A PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR OF 2015. MAY OUR GOD BE GLORIFIED FOREVER AND EVER AMEN.

Be blessed as I look forward to hear from you soon.