TFC Archive

TFC-Adults: Does God Care About Injustice? with Dr. Mark Biddle

September 16 & 23, 2020 (Wednesday Nights)

There is heightened awareness and talk about racial injustice these days. Not that it’s new, it’s just getting a dose of needed attention. To be sure, there are many kinds of injustice, as people are discriminated against or exploited all across the world for varying reasons. What does scripture say about it? Does God care about it? If God does care, why does it persist? Join us as we explore this conversation with Dr. Mark Biddle.

Many of you are familiar with Dr. Biddle, as he has taught among us before. As an Old Testament scholar, seminary professor, journal editor, minister, parent, and musician, he brings much to the dialogue and learning process.

 

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TFC-Churchwide: Teacher Appreciation & Christian Educator of the Year

May 27, 2020 (Wednesday Nights)

We give thanks for those who teach and mentor us in life and most especially in the Christian faith. Every year we have a specific opportunity to share our gratitude for our regular Bible study teachers at a Wednesday Thoughtful Faith Community event. We also choose one individual who has made ongoing, significant contributions to Christian education at RRCB. Our recipient of this recognition for the 2020 year is Dr. Ed Pruden, long-time teacher and friend.

Thank you to all who contributed to the making of the video and who drove in the parade on Sunday. A special word of thanks to those who couldn’t participate in person but who have lifted up prayers and sent personal notes.

We hope you enjoy the different format for this special celebration. Join the Board of Christian Education and Spiritual Formation in thanking those who lead us so faithfully.

 

TFC-Adults: Interview with Rev. Elijah Brown, PhD, Baptist World Alliance General Secretary

May 13 & 20, 2020 (Wednesday Nights)

Resources:

Part 1: Who is Baptist World Alliance? What is our Partnership?

Part 2: Baptists Helping Baptists

TFC-Adults: Interview with Greg & Sue Smith, CBF Field Personnel & LUCHA Ministries

May 6-8, 2020 (Wednesday Nights)

It is a blessing for River Road Church to be able to work alongside of missionaries, Greg and Sue Smith, as an “Encourager Church.” Through the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, they serve the Latino community in Northern Virginia, striving to meet needs of individuals and families in many ways. It was a pleasure to talk with them and learn about their current ministry focus, concerns, and ways we can be good partners for these days. Please take some time over the next few days to listen to each portion of the conversation we shared. The interview has been divided into easily-digestible portions that will keep you connected to the ministry taking place every day, of which we are a part. You will also find a number of links through with you do learn more and offer support.

Resources:

Part 1: Immigration Legal Services

Part 2: Food & Family Ministries

Part 3: CBF Relief, Prayers, & More

TFC-Adults: Interview with Tiffany Hall Terry, CARITAS

April 29-May 1, 2020 (Wednesday Nights)

Thoughtful Faith Community (TFC) this week offers insight into the great work of CARITAS, their upcoming building completion, challenges they are facing during the quarantine, and ways we are and can be involved serving alongside of them. Our interview will be delivered to you over three afternoons from Wednesday through Friday, in easy-to-digest portions.

Special thanks to Tiffany Terry for making herself available to share with us in the midst of her very busy life right now, and we look forward to having her join us in person on a future Wednesday evening.

Part 1: The CARITAS Center Update

 

CARITAS Center February 2020 Update

 

Part 2: CARITAS Apartment Sponsorship

 

Part 3: CARITAS COVID-19 Response

TFC-Churchwide: Care for Creation

April 22, 2020 (Wednesday Nights)

On this 50th anniversary of Earth Day observances, we give thanks for the blessings we receive from God’s beautiful creation, and consider ways we can express our appreciation and love to the Creator by how we care for our home.

Individuals in our church family have offered readings and artwork to lead us in a special presentation tonight. As you enjoy, may you give thanks and praise, while being reminded to live with your eyes open to the gifts all around you every day. “The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof.” Psalm 24:1

Therefore, let us be good stewards of all that is entrusted to us.

TFC-Adults: Self-Care for Our Current Time

April 15, 2020 (Wednesday Nights) | David Breckenridge & Anna Perry Miller

Rev. Dr. David Breckenridge and Rev. Anna Miller join together to offer tools for navigating these days. Sheltering at home has turned our world’s upside down and, whether we register it or not, change produces stress. Some may find themselves depressed while others are bored. Every person is going to navigate the situation differently. What can we pay attention to in order to cope well and remain healthy, or how might we work towards greater health? We hope you will listen and be encouraged.

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Thoughtful Faith Community: Care for Creation – April 22, 2020

Thoughtful Faith Community: Care For Creation
Earth Day: Wednesday, April 22, 2020
Deadline for Submissions: Sunday, April 19, 2020

You’re invited to be in the video!

Earth Day is April 22 and in celebration we are putting together a video and want to feature our church family! There are readings available for children, youth, and adults and art submissions for children and youth. In order to be included, you must sign up through Signup Genius.

Click here to sign up

Readings:

There is a script with a list of readings for children, youth, and adults — please sign up below using the number next to the sentence(s) in the document.

Record yourself using your cell phone landscape/horizontal, and, if possible, have someone else hold the phone while you are reading.

Click here to view the list of readings

Children & Youth Art:

The drawings can either be scanned or take a photo of the drawing. Please submit one drawing of either:

  • Your favorite thing/part of God’s creation
  • Creations you thank God for

How to submit:

Please send your submission by Sunday, April 19. All submissions (photos and videos) can be sent to the church via SmugMug. You can use the link below to upload from your phone, tablet, or computer.

If you have any questions, please contact Cassandra. Please do not send your submissions via email.

Click here to submit your videos or photos

TFC-Adults: The Grace of Les Misérables

March 4-April 1, 2020 (Wednesday Nights) | Roy Terry, Andrew Terry, Jane Terry, Bill Thurston, Anna Miller

“The Grace of ‘Les Mis’” is a study in which we will be challenged during lent in several significant areas of our spiritual walk. Over five Wednesday nights, we will journey through a series written by Matt Rawle and facilitated by Roy and Jane Terry, their son Andrew Terry, and Bill Thurston. Each session will focus on the theme of grace as conveyed by each of the principle characters from Les Misérables. Thinking about both the grace of God and the grace, given and received, between persons (us!) may expand our vision of the grace-filled life that we should experience in following Christ.

Week 1 audio is not available.

 

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Due to copyright, we cannot post the accompanying DVD segment with video session on our website. If you did not receive the email from the church with a link to the full video with the DVD segment, please email info@rrcb.org to receive the link. That video is only available until April 8, 2020.

 

 

TFC-Adults: Understanding Needs: Helping Those Who Hurt Navigate the Holidays with Rev. Dr. David Breckenridge

December 4, 2019 (Wednesday Night) | Rev. Dr. David Breckenridge

In this session, we will explore how people are likely to be feeling loss most keenly during the holidays; ways that such individuals can survive the season; and, most importantly, how we might walk with such individuals during the holidays as instruments of God’s peace and care.

 

TFC-Adults: Wealth and Poverty in the Bible and Today: Borrowing, Lending, and Bribery with Rev. Dr. Samuel L. Adams

November 13, 2019 (Wednesday Night) | Rev. Dr. Samuel L. Adams

Long before the term “income inequality” entered our contemporary vocabulary, the Rev. Dr. Samuel L. Adams delved into the subject as it was in biblical times. For three Wednesdays in November, we will hear from Dr. Adams on the economies in the biblical world and what the Old and New Testaments have to say about financial matters today. He will cover such topics as borrowing and lending, inequality, tithing, and the charging of interest. The schedule is:

  • Nov. 6:  Economics in the Biblical World: An Overview
  • Nov. 13: Borrowing, Lending, and Bribery
  • Nov. 20: Obligations to the Poor in Scripture

Samuel L. Adams is the Mary Jane and John F. McNair Chair of Biblical Studies and Professor of Old Testament at Union Presbyterian Seminary. His interests include the wisdom literature of the Bible and beyond, wealth and poverty in the biblical world, apocalypticism, the Dead Sea Scrolls, Egyptology, biblical theology, and the Bible and film. He published the monograph, ‘Social and Economic Life in Second Temple Judea’ (Westminster John Knox, 2014). His first book, ‘Wisdom in Transition: Act and Consequence in Second Temple Instructions'(Brill, 2008), addresses ancient conceptions of retribution and the possibility of an afterlife. Current book projects include a commentary on the Jewish sage Ben Sira (Anchor Yale Bible) and a comprehensive introduction to wisdom literature. As an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), he has served churches in New Haven, CT, Chicago, IL, and in Richmond, VA.

 

TFC-Adults: Wealth and Poverty in the Bible and Today: Economics in the Biblical World: An Overview with Rev. Dr. Samuel L. Adams

November 6, 2019 (Wednesday Night) | Rev. Dr. Samuel L. Adams

Long before the term “income inequality” entered our contemporary vocabulary, the Rev. Dr. Samuel L. Adams delved into the subject as it was in biblical times. For three Wednesdays in November, we will hear from Dr. Adams on the economies in the biblical world and what the Old and New Testaments have to say about financial matters today. He will cover such topics as borrowing and lending, inequality, tithing, and the charging of interest. The schedule is:

  • Nov. 6:  Economics in the Biblical World: An Overview
  • Nov. 13: Borrowing, Lending, and Bribery
  • Nov. 20: Obligations to the Poor in Scripture

Samuel L. Adams is the Mary Jane and John F. McNair Chair of Biblical Studies and Professor of Old Testament at Union Presbyterian Seminary. His interests include the wisdom literature of the Bible and beyond, wealth and poverty in the biblical world, apocalypticism, the Dead Sea Scrolls, Egyptology, biblical theology, and the Bible and film. He published the monograph, ‘Social and Economic Life in Second Temple Judea’ (Westminster John Knox, 2014). His first book, ‘Wisdom in Transition: Act and Consequence in Second Temple Instructions'(Brill, 2008), addresses ancient conceptions of retribution and the possibility of an afterlife. Current book projects include a commentary on the Jewish sage Ben Sira (Anchor Yale Bible) and a comprehensive introduction to wisdom literature. As an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), he has served churches in New Haven, CT, Chicago, IL, and in Richmond, VA.

 

TFC-Adults: Introduction to “Soul Feast” with Anna Miller

October 2, 2019 (Wednesday Night) | Anna Perry Miller

Maybe you have thought about pursuing a study that might take you deeper in your walk with God. Maybe you have been part of deep Bible study courses or seminars before and you’d like to consider doing this again. On Wednesday night, October 2, there was an overview of the study, Soul Feast, that begins October 6. This will allow you to hear about the themes that will be discussed in greater depth, learn how the class will function, and decide for yourself if you want to pursue this opportunity. The Wednesday night session will be designed to be thoughtful even if you choose that further sessions are not for you.

 

TFC-Adults: “This is Us, RRCB” with the Breckenridge Family

September 25, 2019 (Wednesday Night) | David, Leigh Ann, Seth, and Micah Breckenridge interviewed by Daniel Glaze

“This is Us, RRCB,” an interview with the Breckenridge family. David joined our staff as the Minister of Pastoral Care in April, moving here from Memphis. He is continuing his studies as he ministers among us. Come get better acquainted with them and learn about their family, what brought them here, and what they enjoy.