Hi friends! We kicked off the program year at RCC this weekend with a fun Rally "Weekend" - we had a Rally Night on Friday night with a cookout, games, s'mores, movie and fellowship for all ages! Apparently this was an old tradition at RCC that hasn't happened in a few years (this was my 9th Rally Weekend at RCC and I've never experienced it, so it's been that long, at least!), so we thought we'd do it again this year and had a great time! The Youth Group stuck around for a lock-in that night and it just kind of put us in the spirit for Rally Day on Sunday.
We did a blessing of the backpacks on Sunday during worship - we invite the kids to bring in their backpacks from home and we put tags on them and then say a blessing over them. It was great to have such a wonderful turnout with our families (42 kids total!).
We kicked off a 12-week sermon series on the Sermon on the Mount this weekend by looking at The Beatitudes. I started by talking about why I chose a scripture-based sermon series (as opposed to a thematic one) for this fall and then talked broadly about the Sermon on the Mount before focusing on the Beatitudes.