News & Announcements
Regular Sunday Service Schedule
We have returned to our regular schedule of two worship services (9:30am & 11:30am). Children's Sunday School and Nursery is available again during the 9:30am service.
Gospel Foundations Class (Baptism and Membership class)
This class is designed to provide a theological foundation for the Christian life, as well as introduce you to Renewal: our central beliefs, our vision and core values, and what church membership entails. The 3-session class is required for membership at Renewal, as well as for those seeking to get baptized. Please register online at our website by Sunday, February 1. The class dates are:
- Session 1: Saturday, February 7 (10:00am–2:00pm)
- Session 2: Sunday, February 8 (11:15am–1:30pm)
- Session 3: Sunday, February 15 (11:15am–1:30pm)
2015 Easter Egg Hunt Planning Team Meeting: Sunday, February 1
We are excited to begin planning for our annual Easter Egg Hunt for our West Philly neighborhood. There will be a planning meeting next Sunday, February 1, right after the 11:30am service, to begin brainstorming ideas and designating station leaders for this year's event. Please contact Judy Ha (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have any questions.
Renewal Educators Group Gathering: Sunday, February 8
All teachers and educators at Renewal are encouraged to join our winter gathering, where we will talk about integrating our faith and work. We are image bearers of Christ. How does that shift your view of who you are in your classroom? How does that inform your interaction with your students? It'll be held on Sunday, February 8, 2-4pm, at Esther Hwang's house (405 Oriole St. Philadelphia, PA, 19128). Please contact Grace Na (email@example.com) if you have any questions or you'd like to get on the Educators Group e-mail list.
If you would like to have your infant baptized during our spring baptism service on Sunday, March 22, please contact the Renewal office (firstname.lastname@example.org) by Sunday, February 15.
Marriage and Family Enrichment Day: March 14, 2015
Married couples and families, save the date for our upcoming enrichment day on Saturday, March 14, 10am–8pm at church. Childcare will be available. Registration will begin in the coming weeks.
Renewal Men's Basketball Association Intramural League
Sign up for RBA 2015 for an opportunity to fellowship with brothers in
our church! This is also an outreach opportunity to invite friends and coworkers to come and participate. Games will be played on Sundays from March 8 to April 26 (except April 5 and 12) from 1:30-5:30pm at
the Marple Newtown Gauntlett Center. Teams will be split up evenly by skill level. Fees are $45 for post-college and $35 for college students. Please register online. Contact Victor Rong (email@example.com) with any questions or if you want to register a non-Renewal person.
2014 Tax-Deduction Letters
If you have a Renewal e-giving account and would like to receive a tax deduction letter for your 2014 giving, please e-mail our Treasury Committee (firstname.lastname@example.org). Letters will only be provided upon e-mail request. If you would like a record of your giving kept for 2015, we ask that you give online through an e-giving account.
Set up your weekly automatic tithing online through E-Giving.
Renewal Building Fund Drive
We are undergoing Phase 3 of our building renovation plan right now. We ask you to consider supporting our renovation effort by contributing to our building fund. Please email your financial pledge to email@example.com.
Perspectives on the World Christian Movement: 15-Week Missions Course
Renewal is privileged to host the next Perspectives missions course in the greater Philadelphia area. God has a "world-sized" role for every Christian in His global purpose. Whether you go to a distant country or stay at home, get threaded into God's story as you experience His heart for every tribe, tongue, people, and nation and encounter the momentum of the World Christian Movement. The course will be held on Tuesday evenings, 6:00 to 9:00 pm, from January 13 to April 28, 2015. The base price for the class is $295. You can get more information about the course and register at the Perspectives website (www.perspectives.org).
Renewal Missions Community
In 2015, we will be resuming our Missions Community, a periodic gathering for those who are seriously considering long-term missions. We desire this gathering to help one another process and obey God's call on our lives for missions. If you are looking to attend the gatherings, sign up to receive emails for the Missions Community.
Renewal Short-Term Missions 2015: East Asia Partnership Support Trip
We will be sending a team to East Asia in support of the work going on there through our long-term missionary. The trip dates are May 27 through June 29, 2015. If you are interested in applying for this trip, pick up an application in the mailbox in the side entrance lobby.
Child Drop-Off Locations
Children 4 and under can be dropped off before the start of the 9:30am service. The nursery room (for ages 2 and under) is in the 1st floor lobby. 3’s–4’s can be dropped off upstairs on the 2nd floor.
Older Kids to Attend Service
Children kindergarten and up are asked to join their parents for the beginning of the worship service. They will be dismissed to Children’s Church with their teachers during the announcements.
Child Pick-Up Locations
Parents are asked to pick up their children immediately after the service, from the nursery room (ages 2 and under) or the 2nd floor (ages 3 and up).
Counseling & Care:
Getting Diaconate Care
Speak with a Renewal deacon or deaconess if you would like to speak to someone about receiving care. Email firstname.lastname@example.org, or speak with a pastor, elder, deacon, or deaconess after Sunday service.
PRN: Christian Counseling & Psychiatric Services
Looking for extra support and counsel for life's challenges? The Philadelphia Renewal Network (PRN) offers affordable, accessible, professional, gospel-centered counseling and psychiatric services. Visit the PRN website (www.philadelphiarenewalnetwork.org) for more information. Please e-mail email@example.com to inquire about an initial appointment.
Renewal Community Groups
Community groups are the primary means through which Renewal gathers to live out the gospel and mature together in its truth (gospel community) and to spread the gospel incarnationally through word and deed (gospel mission). Consider joining a CG near you:
Community Group Childcare Babysitters
To help Renewal families attend community group regularly, volunteers are needed to help babysit their children on Thursday and Friday evenings. If you are interested in babysitting, please ask your CG leader for more information or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Renewal Parent Community
If you are a veteran parent, a new parent, or an expecting parent, we invite you to join the newly formed Renewal Parent Community Google Group. This online forum is used to distribute information related to community group childcare, children's gear exchange, the Renewal Moms Group, and other means of caring for our Renewal families. To join, visit renewalchurch.org/parents. Contact Samantha Kim at email@example.com if you have any questions.
Renewal Mom's Group
Our Mom's group meets every 2nd Thursday and 4th Saturday from 10:30am to 12:30pm. Childcare is provided. We are also looking for childcare workers, this is a paid opportunity to serve! Contact Megan Lui at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to be added to our email list.
Ongoing Church Events & News:
Weddings Through Renewal
For engaged couples looking to have a Renewal pastor officiate their wedding, there is a formal process that we ask you to go through starting at least four months before your wedding date. This includes attending an all-day Saturday premarital seminar, which is offered only three times a year on set dates. Visit www.renewalchurch.org/weddings for all the information, and please plan ahead!
Renewal Bulletin Board: Social Events, Community Announcements, Etc.
There is now an active bulletin board posted at the main entrance to the sanctuary. On the calendar, you will be able to view Renewal events for the month and post any Renewal social events you'd like to share. In addition, there are areas to post community announcements, things you need, and things you have to sell or give away. This will hopefully help keep everyone informed of the various events going on. If you have any questions, please contact Samantha Kim at email@example.com.
Renewal Calendar of Events
View all upcoming events on the Renewal Google Calendar.