From the Royster Reporter to You

april 2019 Newsletter Excerpts

A Note From The Pastor

For everything there is an appointed time, and an appropriate time for every activity on earth (Ecclesiastes 3:1) 

We will be experimenting with a second service during the summer months. During June, July, and August, we will add an informal service from 9:00-9:40 am each Sunday. We are not changing the 11:00 service. 

I’m certain that this will raise many questions within the congregation. I encourage folks to talk to session members about the new offering. The Church Development, Communications, and Worship ministry teams are actively involved in the planning of this second, informal service, but here is a brief look at why we’re doing what we’re doing…

A New Service Gives Us an Opportunity to Minister to More Christians 

When worship choice is no longer “take it or leave it,” but “when” . . . “what” . . . “how” . . . or “where,” then we increase people’s options. And the more choices we provide for a worship service, the more people will say yes to one of them. 

A New Service Will Reach New Kinds of People 

The worship service is our primary “door of entrance” for people to become involved in our congregational life. Visitors decide to become active based primarily on their experi-ence in and around our worship service. And, like it or not, our service is attractive to some people, but not attractive to others. 

A New Service Will Allow for Change While Retaining Our 11:00 Capacity 

Our 11:00 service is important to us. We have beautiful worship and deep fellowship during that hour. While we recognize that changes are always possible, we believe that Royster is at her best during her 11:00 service. 

A New Service Might Activate Inactive Members 

Studies show that a new service can increase the attendance of our friends who elect to stay home on Sunday morning. It is possible to see a new-style service boost the mem-ber attendance percentages from the 40 percent range to 60+ percent. We miss our friends! 

We are experimenting with this service during the summer months. If we do not experi-ence it as blessed by God, then we will walk away from it in September. However, we hope that God’s blessings are poured out on the 9:00 service just as we experience God’s blessings being showered on our 11:00 service. If the 9:00 service is blessed, we have the option to continue with it further into the year. Please pray for our leadership as they boldly experiment with ways to meet God’s call in 2019! 

Grace and peace, Brian. 

holy week at royster

On Maundy Thursday, April 18th, 6:00 PM, Royster will host a Potluck Dinner and Communion in the Fellowship Hall. 

Additionally, Royster will be hosting a Seven Last Words service on Good Friday, April 19 at 7:00 PM. The words also called the “Sayings of Jesus on The Cross” are seven expressions biblically attributed to Jesus during his crucifixion. Final words said as death approaches are often taken to have particular significance. These seven sayings, being last words, provide an interesting reflection on what was important to Jesus.  The service will include music, hymns and prayers. There will also be a five-minute sermon on each of the seven words. We are thrilled to be able to host preachers from seven Presbyterian churches in PEVA! Folks from First United, Green Acres, Lafayette, Oakdale, New Horizons, and Third will be joining us for this deeply meaningful service. We hope you'll come out and help us host our brothers and sisters in Christ!  A reception will follow in the Annex. 

N.E.S.T. 2019 at Royster

an update from the outreach ministry team

Our numerous volunteers logged in about 800 hours! We’re confident the actual number is higher. We hosted 94 different individuals throughout the week, and had a total of 326 throughout the week, since many stayed several nights. Our leftover food was given to the Food Pantry, and clothing, toiletries, etc., were taken to St. Columba. 

We want to thank the church for its overwhelming support, both in terms of volunteer hours, as well as financial contributions. A special thanks goes out to Bob Lyons and Jeff Spivey for their ongoing, generous, loving, and compassion-ate help, as well as their beautiful smiles. 

Donna & Jan 

Royster Breakfast club april schedule

hosted by james gregg at mom & pop’s family restaurant


Every other Saturday, the Royster Breakfast Club meets at Mom & Pop’s Family Restaurant at 331 E Bayview Blvd here in Norfolk for good food and good conversation, starting at 7:30AM. Host James Gregg welcomes anyone to attend on the upcoming Saturday mornings:

April 27