Stewardship at River Road Church
Sunday, October 24
This year we Celebrate the Return, capturing what is in all of our hearts. We celebrate the return to church community together. We celebrate the return to fellowship activities and missions. We celebrate the return we receive when we give—that is, the blessing of knowing that we are participating in Christ’s work in our world.
You should have received in the mail your Stewardship packet including letters from our Pastor and Stewardship Chair, and your pledge card. We ask that you prayerfully fill out the enclosed pledge card. Pledge cards are also available in the pew racks. If you are worshiping with us in person, you are encouraged to place your pledge card in the model steeple, located in the narthex. If you are worshiping at home, you may return your pledge card via mail or by using the secure online form at rrcb.org/pledge.
Thank you, River Road Church family, for serving God faithfully in so many ways among us. Thank you for your generous and cheerful giving.
Stewardship in Action
The Stewardship Committee began a new educational initiative entitled Stewardship in Action, sharing the meaningful ways your giving to River Road Church makes a difference within and outside these church walls.
The Music Ministry at River Road Church is a robust program in its worship style, choirs, and musical instruments. Music is an integral part of the worship service at River Road Church; regular worship services include music from classical composers such as Bach, Mozart, and Brahms; selected late 19th-and early 20th-century English composers; and the best from more recent church music composers. The ministry budget includes behind-the-scenes costs, including music and directors for the choirs, staff singers and scholars, and instrument maintenance and tuning. Each year, we are also fortunate enough to invite orchestra and brass musicians to play at special services.
The Circulo de Costura, or Sewing Circle, was formed in 2017 after a series of events lined up perfectly: CrossOver Healthcare Ministry renovated their new Connections Center, the Faith Walk Sunday School class toured the center and felt a call to get involved, and the Board of Missions was offering grants for special community projects. A member of the Faith Walk class first offered sewing lessons, and from there, the group blossomed. They started with basic skills and built on those with projects of increasing complexity. Eventually, sewing classes expanded and we started offering quilting and knitting classes, too. These classes offer more than skills, “blessings flow both ways; yes, they learn sewing skills, but we have developed relationships which bless each of us.”
The Rev. Chester Phelps Scholarship was created in 2019, in partnership with Passport to support theological education. The first two scholarships will be given out this fall.
The Member Engagement Committee specializes in outreach to our congregation, visitors, and community. The committee coordinates events throughout the year, helping church members connect, and sometimes, re-connect, with each other and the church. They also write notes to families that visit and attend worship, as well as host membership inquirers and orientations. In addition, the committee plans large-scale community events, allowing friends and families to gather on our beautiful church campus.
CrossOver Healthcare Ministry is mission partner located in Richmond, VA. CrossOver is “called to provide high quality healthcare, promote wellness, and connect community talents and resources with people in need in the name of Jesus Christ.” Our church has a long history with CrossOver and several members volunteer weekly and monthly at the clinic. We continued to support CrossOver during the COVID-19 pandemic, which included ~200 masks donated, a gift to help purchase the Panorex Machine (pictured), school supply collection, and volunteer hours.
The Safety Committee is a subcommittee of the Board of Administration appointed to review and recommend policies concerning the safety of the buildings, grounds, and congregation. The committee balances hospitality and physical safety with the implementation of greeter stations at key entrances, an additional safety officer, and training lay leaders to access and use safety equipment. Additionally, the committee has recommended technology upgrades in the building, including our ability to livestream our worship services.
The Prison Ministry is led by a group of volunteers from RRCB. The team partners with a number of local and statewide organizations to support inmates, their families, and those recently-released. Monthly, the Prison Ministry team visits and volunteers a unit of adolescent boys at Bon Air Juvenile Correction Center (BAJCC), lending their time, listening ears, and hearts in fellowship with these young men.
Micah Initiative is a partnership of faith communities and Richmond Public Elementary Schools that mentors, tutors, and volunteers through its vibrant network of more than 100 faith communities in 23 schools so that every child believes, “I can achieve.” RRCB volunteers at Oak Grove-Bellemeade Elementary School, helping in classrooms, assisting with special events and projects, and fulfilling mission collections for special needs.
The Fellowship Fund is sustained by the contributions of the congregation as well as through special gifts from boards, committees, and special events. The fund is used to assist those in need both in the River Road Church family as well as the community in the Richmond metro area. Gifts are welcome, encouraged, and necessary in all seasons of the year.
Rise Against Hunger is growing a global movement to end hunger by empowering communities, nourishing lives, and responding to emergencies. Annually, our church’s goal is to host two meal-packing events, one in the spring and one in the fall. These events are churchwide and community outreach mission projects.
The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship represents our denominational identity on a national and international scale. CBF provides a network for churches and ministers that work together to spread the hope of Christ. CBF was formed 30 years ago, and our church, under the leadership of Dr. Jim Slatton, was part of its inception. Dr. Cecil Sherman, beloved RRCB member and interim pastor, was the first Executive Director. In addition to our support of CBF’s global reach, we also give annually to local CBF affiliates, CBF of Virginia and LUCHA Ministries in Fredericksburg, VA (CBF Field Personnel).
The Children’s Ministry at River Road Church helps children grow in their faith from infants through fifth grade. Our ministry educates children through Bible study, Sunday school classes, missions, Vacation Bible School, Passport Kids Camp, and recreation. We are able to offer many of our activities for little to no cost due to the generosity of our congregation. In addition, the nurturing of our beautiful church building and campus allow our ministry to flourish.
The Baptist General Association of Virginia represents our denominational identity as Virginia Baptists. It fulfills its mission through numerous ministries including church planting, church leadership development, missions partnerships with other Baptist entities around the world, disaster relief, pastor search aids, Sunday school training, music ministry assistance, programs for children, youth and senior adults, campus ministries, operations of a camp and a conference center.
Feed More is Central Virginia’s core hunger-relief organization. Our annual donation to Feed More is one of the many ways our church is seeking to address hunger in the Richmond area.
Meals on Wheels brings meals to people’s doorsteps who are in need. Volunteers from the Friendship Class and Board of Missions donate their time to fulfill two to three delivery routes per month.