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Our worship this Sunday, April 24 
In-house worship at 8:15 and 10:45am
Live Stream worship at 8:15 am

Recognizing Jesus

When Jesus was at the table with the two of them, he took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. Then their eyes were opened, and they recognized him.

-Luke 24:30-31

I am always grateful for name tags at big events. That way, if I’ve forgotten someone’s name I really should remember, I can sneak a peek at their name tag and remind myself, “Oh, of course, that’s Amy!” This is especially true when it’s someone I know I met somewhere else, and I’m having trouble placing them in a different context. Somehow, my brain simply refuses to make the connection between face and name when someone is in a place I didn’t expect to find them.

The above verses from Luke tell of a similar situation on the afternoon of the first Easter. Two disciples left Jerusalem, probably eager to put some distance between themselves and any lingering zeal from the chief priests or Roman police. They had heard from the women that Jesus was risen from the dead, but who’d be gullible enough to believe that? So the two set out for Emmaus. (You can read the whole thing in Luke 24:13-35.)

As they walk, however, Jesus joins them. Only… they can’t tell it’s Jesus. They do not recognize him. After all, he’s supposed to be dead, not out for a Sunday afternoon stroll. When Jesus engages them in conversation, they still do not recognize him. When Jesus teaches them, they still do not recognize him. Read the rest...

Worship from the Bishop
The Office of the Bishop will provide a pre-recorded worship service for the Sunday after Easter to allow pastors, deacons, ministry staff, and volunteers time to rest. RLC will use Bishop Current's sermon and the other parts of the provided service on April 24. At 8:15 and 10:45, those parts of the service will be played at RLC along with communion. The 8:15 service will be streamed as usual. There will be no 5pm service, since the whole worship service is a recorded service. 

Along with the Office of the Bishop, RLC extends our gratitude to all who put in extra time or effort to make our Holy Week and Easter services meaningful: musicians, readers, ushers, greeters, acolytes, altar guild, communion assistants, breakfast preparers and servers, stream team, and all who worked to make our space look nice. Thank you!

Do you like to use your gifts in meaningful ways? We need your help to make RLC go. Read the ways to help below, and reply to this email if you’re interested in learning more.

Sunday Morning Volunteer Opportunities:
Are you friendly and welcoming? You could be a greeter, saying hello to worshipers as they come in before worship.

Are you good with technology? You could join the stream team and help with the sound board or livestream during worship.

Are you comfortable speaking in front of people? You could be a reader– Pastor Beth will even help you pronounce the unfamiliar names.

Are you good at giving directions? You could be an usher and help visitors find a seat and let worshipers know when to receive communion.

Do you love little children? You could volunteer to supervise the nursery.

Do you like to set up and clean up behind the scenes? You could be part of the Altar Guild, our team that prepares and cleans up communion and changes the altar paraments.

Do you love offering hospitality? You could sign up to prepare and serve coffee and treats for fellowship time.

Do you want to help as a worship leader? You could be a communion assistant, distributing juice and wine to worshipers.

Reply to this email if you'd like to sign up or learn more-- and if you're not sure, we'll help you learn how to usher, serve communion, make coffee, or whatever you'd like to try.

We are looking for volunteers to help in the nursery at 10:45 worship. We need two people and one of them needs to be over 16. Please sign up at if you would like to help. If you have any questions please contact Grace.

It is that time of year to begin finding board members, board chairs, committee members, and council chairs for the 2022-23 year to be voted on at the May biannual meeting. Please complete the following survey by APRIL 30TH to help out this year's vice-president and nominating committee so that we can have a full slate of boards and council members for this next year in order to best serve our church and the surrounding community.
Link to survey:

We are doing a fund-raising campaign to replace the projector in the sanctuary. This project will get the wires off of the floor, and “clean up” the organ side of the space to allow for more flexibility with communion and musical groups.
The project is expected to cost around $2,500, and we are already halfway there. If you would like to help, just put “projector” on the memo line of your check, envelope, or Tithely contribution.

The RLC Book Club will be meeting on Thursday, April 21 at 1:30 P.M., in the Church's Fellowship Hall. Please bring your own drink (and a snack) if you like. The book we are reading for this month is The Honey Bus by Meredith May. Everyone is welcome.

Join us for Pub Theology on Thursday, April 21 we will once again have a gathering of Pub Theologians at Uptown Garage Brewing, 305 SW Walnut. Whether you have joined in the past or want to give it a try this time, please make sure to send your current email address to: so we can make sure you receive the “homework”

The Christian Education board and Youth Board are hosting their annual Bake Sale, May 1. All money raised will be split to support Vacation Bible School and service learning activities and trips for the youth.

Saturday Bible Study. We are meeting at 8:30am on Saturdays. 
LIFT Ladies Group meets at 9 am on Tuesday mornings at Main Street Cafe - Ankeny
ROG Mens Group meets at 9 am on Wednesday mornings at Hy-Vee North - Ankeny

Sunday, 8:15 am April 24
Ushers - Open
Greeter - Shannon Simons
Acolyte - Hailey Allbee
Reader - N/A
Communion Assistant - Open

Sunday, 10:45 am– April 24
Ushers - Kevin Petersburg
Greeter - Marit Patten
Acolyte - Jay Miller
Reader - N/A
Communion Assistant - Sonya Miller
Counters - Ben Muehr & Open

Mowing Schedule
April 11—Ken Carlson
April 18—Bob Frazier
April 25—Jerry Humpfer

Current needs at the Food Pantry include:
meals in a can (stew, chili, soup), tuna and canned meat, peanut butter, low-sugar cereals, 100% fruit juices, canned fruit packed in juice, canned vegetables (low salt), laundry detergent, deodorant, toilet paper, body wash and bar soap, dish soap, cleaning products, shampoo, conditioner, diapers and wipes, toothpaste, brushes and floss, tampons and pads, adult diapers, paper towels and disposable razors.
Please keep in your prayers: Kaitlyn Allbee, Rachel Barton, Carol Bruehahn (mother of Chris Yancy), the family of Michael Challgren (nephew of Diane Simonson), Gerald Fieser, Gary (brother-in-law of Diane Rauser), Greg (brother-in-law of Cyndy Sardeson), Joan Hurd, Steve Hilleson, Jerry Kirstein, Denny Klien (father of Taylor Honadel fiancé), Heather Klien (sister of Angelina Nelton), Nate Larson, Mary Lou (friend of John & Shirley Gilmore), Paul (friend of John & Shirley Gilmore), Dave Potter Sr. (father of Dave Potter), Levi Rundlett (great nephew of Joan Hurd), Jill Schafer (cousin of Shirley Gilmore), Darrell Scott (brother of Linda Baker), George and Clarlee Stevens and Trisha Tangman (mother of Claire Tangman).

   Please share any prayer concerns or updates with Kathy Storch
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