Oak Leaves Blog

  • 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 […]

    Lenten Reflection: Invitation to Lent

    by Maureen Paterson

    Dust made real with divine breath. Creation awakened alive in You. Newborn cries announcing hope. Toddler squeals proclaiming joy. Teenage sighs wrestling purpose. Dust made real with divine breath. Groans of lament dashed hopes and dreams. Gasps of delight hearts joined fulfilled. Silent tears loss too great for words. Dust made real with divine breath. […]

    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 […]

    Souper Sunday — Souper Success!

    by Cathi Reckenbeil

    THANK YOU! Our Souper Sunday fundraiser raised over $2,300, which will directly support our Sr. High Maine Workcamp this summer, July 14 – 22. Serving others in need is a wonderful way for our youth to be engaged in their faith and your donations help make this life-changing trip possible. I want to thank so […]

    “Invitations From God” – Lenten Sermon & Small Group Series

    by Gary Ingram

    This Lent at BRPC our theme will be “Invitations From God.” Our sermon series, and a number of Lenten small groups, will be inspired by Adele Ahlberg Calhoun’s book, Invitations from God: Accepting God’s Offer to Rest, Weep, Forgive, Wait, and Remember. The book is readily available at Amazon [see note below] in both paperback and […]

    Farewell to Ms. Jackie

    by Gary Ingram

    On Sunday, January 21, we reluctantly said farewell to Jackie Obregon as she concluded her ministry here as the Director of Ministries to Children and their Families. With gifts of flowers and a picture featuring the fingerprints of many of the children whose lives Jackie has touched during the years of her ministry here, we […]

    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 […]

    Thank You for Your Generosity to Our Local Mission Partners!

    by Maureen Paterson

    The generosity of so many at BRPC continues to be amazing! Thank you to everyone who helped make our special Christmas mission giving opportunities so successful. Due to the overwhelming support of so many we received an additional $1,880.00 to support many of our existing mission partners through our Alternative Giving program. Thank you to […]

    Oak Tree Update — December 2017

    by Bill Emmitt

    In response to many inquiries as to the current state of the wood harvested from our Oak Tree, we thought it appropriate to provide you with this update. The primary activity over the past several months has taken place at the Pollaro Furniture facility in Hillside. As noted in previous updates, Frank Pollaro has played […]

    BRPC Snow Day / Weather Policy

    by Gary Ingram

    As winter weather and the possibility of closings and cancelations becomes a reality again this year, here’s a reminder of the church’s snow day policy.