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    IHN – Inter-Faith Hospitality Network

    by Joan Eichhorn

    We did it! We made it through two continuous weeks of serving our IHN guests. Thank you to all of you who helped to make our IHN program a success. Heartfelt thanks go to: Anne Gaus, Janet & Mark Bentley, the Horner family (Lee, Michelle, Kylee & Kelsey), Sonja Ryan (from Bishop Janes), Vanessa Castillo […]

    Children and Family Ministry Search Committee

    by Karen Johnson

    Now that we have Susan Ward, our talented Interim Director of Ministry to Children and their Families, it is time to organize a Search Committee for the permanent position. We are looking for willing volunteers—workers and dreamers with an interest in helping BRPC find an energetic, creative and faithful leader for the next chapter in […]

    Changes to Children’s Mid-Week Ministry

    by Gary Ingram

    Our Children’s Mid-Week Ministry, for children ages 3 through 5th grade, meets on Tuesdays from 4:15 – 5:30 p.m. in Westminster Hall. The changes include offering a full hour and 15 minute experience for all children in this entire age range, and all children’s choir rehearsals now happening on Tuesdays during this mid-week experience. Each […]

    Thanks to our Interfaith Hospitality Network Volunteers!

    by Gary Ingram

    Thank you to those who helped serve our guest and her beautiful 7 month old daughter. Volunteers included Carol & Richard Skidmore, Pam Meyers, Betty Mills, Maureen Paterson, Dolly & Steve Tharp, Betsy & Chuck Miller, Karen & Ken Skoglund, Julie & Stu Conway, Beth & Bill Adams, Betty Hahn, Tom & Jill Brown, Sally […]

    New Ministry! Guardian Angel Ministry to Support our College-Aged Youth

    by Cathi Reckenbeil

    We are starting a Guardian Angel Ministry to continue relationships with and offer support to our college-aged folks. Each young adult is linked with an individual, family or group from the church who becomes that person’s angel for the school year. If you are interested in becoming a Guardian Angel, or you are a parent […]

    Youth & Young Adult Committee Scholarships Available – Apply by May 31

    by Gary Ingram

    The Youth and Young Adult Committee administrates a number of scholarship funds.  These scholarships are generally available to upperclass or graduate level students in the helping professions such as the pastorate, social work, Christian education, psychology, psychiatry, medicine, nursing, law, and rehabilitation counseling. Applications are due May 31, 2017.  Click here to view/download an application. […]

    Inter-Faith Hospitality Network—Thanks!

    by Joan Eichhorn

    It was a great blessing to host 3 moms and 8 children ranging in ages from 6 months to 10 years. Many volunteers commented that this group was very special in that the children were well mannered, polite and wanting to help. It was also unique because they had a “snow day” where they could […]

    New Stephen Ministers Commissioned

    by Gary Ingram

    On January 22, the following Stephen Ministers were commissioned during the 10:15 am service. They have each completed 50 hours of training: Bonnie Diehl Marilou Howe Kate Prins Pat Haines Jeanne Poehner Cynthia Wynant We are grateful for their commitment to this caring ministry and their willingness to walk alongside those facing challenging times in […]

    Interfaith Hospitality Network Annual Report

    by Gary Ingram

    The Interfaith Hospitality Network is one of the local missions that BRPC supports with lots of hands-on help and energy. If you are curious about their wider mission and how our support fits in, you can review their annual report which they recently sent to us: