Thoughtful Faith Community

Thoughtful Faith Community (TFC) is a time for our congregation to come together for fellowship and education. The schedule has been aligned the schedule to allow children, youth, and adults to participate more fully. Additionally, intergenerational and mission activities have been included, as well as youth opportunities and new children’s programming.

Schedule

4:30-5:15 p.m.: River Road Camerata

5:15-6:15 p.m.: Dinner

6:00-6:45 p.m.: Children’s Choirs Rehearsal

6:00-7:15 p.m.: TFC-Youth

6:15-7:15 p.m.: TFC-Adults

6:30-7:30 p.m.: Chancel Bell Choir Rehearsal

6:45-7:15 p.m.: TFC-Kids (kindergarten-2nd grades and 3rd-5th grades)

Childcare is provided for newborns through pre-k from 5:15-7:30 p.m.

TFC News

TFC: The Opioid Crisis Response with Dan Bagby

Wednesday, February 28, 2018 5:15-7:15 p.m. Dinner, 5:15 p.m., Lower Commons Menu: Baked Ham OR Vegetable Lasagna,  Macaroni and Cheese, Corn and Lima Beans, Dinner Rolls, Cherry Cobbler Kids Entrée: Chicken Nuggets If you have not already, please make your...

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TFC: Jewish Festival of Purim with Rabbi Hal Schevitz

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 5:15-7:15 p.m. Dinner, 5:15 p.m., Lower Commons Menu: Meatloaf OR Spaghetti Marinara, Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans, Dinner Rolls, Chocolate Cream Pie Kids Entrée: Chicken Nuggets If you have not already, please make your reservation by...

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TFC: Ash Wednesday Service 2018

Wednesday, February 14, 2018 5:15-7:15 p.m. Dinner, 5:15 p.m., Fellowship Hall Menu: Chicken and Rice Casserole OR Broccoli Alfredo, Green Beans, Dinner Rolls, Pudding Kids Entrée: Hot Dogs If you have not already, please make your reservation by February 12. You may...

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Dinner

5:15-6:15 p.m., Fellowship Hall

As a church family, a meal is served around tables in the Fellowship Hall from 5:15-6:15 p.m. During this time of fellowship, announcements, birthdays and anniversaries, and prayer concerns are shared. The dinner menu includes meat, vegetarian, and children’s entrées, along with a variety of sides including a salad bar, vegetables, and dessert.

Reservations are required by 11AM on Mondays before the dinner. You may make your reservation by contacting the church office. When you make your reservation, please indicate how many vegetarian and children’s entrées you’d like for your family.

Weekly Costs
Adults & Youth – $7/each; Children – $3/each; Family Max – $20

Standing Reservations
Standing Reservations are offered before the start of a new semester of programs. The pre-paid reservation provides a 10% discount from the normal price, so you can miss a Wednesday or two and maintain the convenience of having a standing reservation.

The deadline to sign-up and pre-pay is anytime before the first dinner in September and January. To make your standing reservation, please call the Church Office (804-288-1131) and mail your payment, or make your reservation and pay online through Access ACS.

TFC-Kids includes study of the Bible, Recreation, Intergenerational gatherings with other age groups, and Missions study and projects. This Wednesday evening activity set has been created to help serve our children and their families on Wednesday nights from 6:45-7:15.

The children will be following a rotation model: with a Bible story time, recreation, intergenerational evenings, and missions education time. Bible story nights are two weeks at a time to allow the children to learn a story, and then present the story to other children the following week. Missions education will be learning from missionaries that visit our church, learning about other missionaries around the world, or other missions we do here at River Road such as CARITAS. Intergenerational nights will bring adults, youth, and children together.

Children’s Choirs, 6:00-6:45 p.m.
• Cherub Choir – Pre-K & Kindergarten, Youth Choir Room
• Carol Choir – 1st & 2nd Grades, Youth Choir Room
• Crusader Choir – 3rd-5th Grades, Choir Room

TFC-Kids, 6:45-7:15 p.m.
• Pre-K – 2nd Grades, CH #141
• 3rd-5th Grades, Chapel Hall

TFC-Kids Spring 2018 Program Schedule

January 3: Epiphany Party in Chapel Hall
January 10: Recreation
January 17: Missions Education
January 24: Bible Story Lesson Week 1
January 31: Bible Story Lesson Week 2
February 7: Recreation
February 14: Ash Wednesday Experience
February 21: Missions Education (CARITAS Week)
February 28: Bible Story Lesson Week 1
March 7: Bible Story Lesson Week 2
March 14: Recreation or Lenten Program
March 21: Recreation or Lenten Program
March 28: Pizza Dinner & Children’s Musical Rehearsal
April 4: No Wednesday Night Dinner or TFC – Spring Break!
April 11: Missions Education
April 18: Bible Story Lesson Week 1
April 25: Bible Story Lesson Week 2
May 2: Recreation
May 9: Children’s Musical Rehearsal
May 16: Children’s Musical
May 23: Christian Educator of the Year Award

Youth Study Hall, 6:00 p.m., Youth Area

Following dinner on Wednesdays, from 6:00 – 7:15 p.m. the youth have a study hall and fellowship opportunity in the youth area. This is time for students to do homework, get help with schoolwork, and interact with their peers. Additionally, youth are invited to attend and assist with TFC-Kids recreation, and youth are always welcome to take part in TFC-Adults as they so desire.

Program, 6:15-7:15 p.m. Assembly Room or Fellowship Hall

Adult programs continue to be interesting and fun educational programs led by our congregation, ministerial staff, and outside speakers. Also look for special Wednesday evenings where all ages will come together for multi-generational and inter-generational learning and service opportunities.

TFC-Adults Spring 2018 Program Schedule

January 3: Epiphany Program
January 10: Acts of Faith
January 17: Winter Bible Study: “What’s Unresolved? Numbers 11” with Dr. Denise Janssen, Associate Professor of Christian Education and Executive Director of the Resource Center, Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology, Virginia Union University
January 24: Winter Bible Study: “Are You Balaam or the Ass? Numbers 22” with Dr. Lakisha Lockhart, Assistant Professor of Practical Theology and Director of the STREAM Youth Theology Institute, Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology, Virginia Union University
January 31: Winter Bible Study: “So what? Luke 18” with Dr. Lynne Caldwell, Instructor in United Methodist Studies and Director of the Edosomwan Institute, Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology, Virginia Union University
February 7: TBA
February 14: Ash Wednesday Service
February 21: Rabbi Hal Schevitz, Or Atid – Jewish Festival of Purim
February 28: The Opioid Crisis Response with Dan Bagby
March 7: Lenten Series: Tony Cosby, well-known local actor and portrayer of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
March 14: Lenten Series: Dr. Theodore T. Brown, pastor-elect of Quioccasin Baptist Church
March 21: Lenten Series: Dr. Levi Armwood, recently retired pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church in Richmond
March 28: No Wednesday Night Dinner or TFC-Adults (Maundy Thursday is March 29)
April 4: No Wednesday Night Dinner or TFC – Spring Break!
April 11: Board of Missions
April 18: Tom Graves, “Thoughtful faith confronts questions, doubts, and despair.”
April 25: Nathan Taylor, Executive Director, Virginia Baptist Historical Society
May 2: Abigail Schreiner, HopeTree Family Services
May 9: Hymn Sing
May 16: Children’s Musical
May 23: Christian Educator of the Year Award