October 17, 2021
Hey, we know if you’re new it’s sometimes tough to get to know anyone or anything about a place other than what you accidentally pick up from being around. But we want to make it better. OR easier. Or at least not QUITE as awkward if we can. To help with that, we’re having a “Welcome Fellowship” after service on TODAY!
We’ll have “a little light lunch” to give everyone something to do while we hang out and get to know each other a little bit. Pastor Jon will be there to answer any questions you may have, and other staff members are usually around, too. There’s no pressure, we just want to get to know YOU, and for you to get to know us in a casual, relaxed atmosphere.
We do have information available on a thumb drive about the history of RVCC and how you fit into all this. We call it The Next Thing.
It’s a couple of classes we used to do in person, but getting everyone into a room together at the same time was always a scheduling issue, so we compiled it all into a simple little take-home USB drive. It contains videos of Pastor Jon presenting the information, audio files of the classes if you prefer to just listen, and a .pdf of the booklet that contains some of that same info.
If you are fairly new and would like to know more about how RVCC got started, where we are going as a church and as River Valley Fellowship of Ministries, and how you fit into that vision just ask an usher, elder, any of the staff, or a random congregation member and we’ll fix you up with one. If you happen to accidently ask another newbie…keep asking and we’ll set you BOTH up! The drives will be available at the Welcome Fellowship, as well.
Charis Bible College-Minneapolis is hosting Arthur Meintjes from Kingdom Life Ministries here at RVCC-Lake Elmo for their fall conference October 22 & 23 at 6:30pm! The meetings are open to the general public, and you do not have to be a Charis student to attend.
Arthur Meintjes is a CBC “Adjunct Faculty Special Speaker” and has a lively, heartfelt teaching style that infuses students with God’s desire to build up and bring restoration to people. He teaches the grace of God in a practical way that highlights the dignity and value of the individual. Originally from South Africa, Arthur, and his wife Cathy, travel the world preaching the Gospel. Arthur trained at Christ for the Nations in Dallas, Texas. He and Cathy now reside in Colorado.
He will also be ministering Sunday morning October 24 at our 9:30am service. Invite someone and bring them to hear what God has to say to us that morning.
The last one was so good, we think we’ll have another! Join us for another evening of praise and worship to our King Saturday, October 30 starting at 6pm here at Lake Elmo. Things happen in the spirit when we all come together, “in one accord!”
For many years we have sent Christmas boxes to the children of Abundant Life Church in Minsk, Belarus. This is the church that Pastor Karen served at while she was living as a missionary there. We know it’s early…but with international shipping, and the post office there being “iffy,” it’s time to start preparing! There is a list of names and ages of the children on the Info Table by the front entrance, and sheets with ideas of what to put (and what NOT to put) in the boxes. The boxes will be due on Sunday, October 31!
Daily Bible Reading Program
Keep up on (or get into) a daily Bible reading habit. Jump into our 2-year program! Each day’s reading is linked on our Facebook and Twitter pages every morning at 6am weekdays, and 6:30am on weekends. There are also printed copies of the whole program available in the foyer on the Info Table by the restrooms.
“For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands, 7 for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.” —2 Timothy 1:6-7
Subscribe To Our Sermon Audio Podcast!
We’re excited to now have our service audio available as a podcast on Spotify, Google Podcasts, and Apple Podcasts! Search for “River Valley Christian Church – Lake Elmo, MN” in your preferred app, or find us at:
Google Podcasts: https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly93d3cucnZjYy5pbmZvL3BvZGNhc3RfcnNzX2ZlZWQueG1s
Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/river-valley-christian-church-lake-elmo-minnesota/id1579373007
Share us with a friend that needs some encouraging and teaching, or may be wondering what we’re like.
If you have questions, or suggestions for another podcast app you’d like to see us on, talk to Pastor Greg in the church office!
Forest Lake Small Group
We’ve started a Monday evening small group in Forest Lake, MN!
We meet on the first and third Mondays from 7-8:30pm. Contact the church office to get connected, and for more information!
Our Freedom Group meets on Monday evenings at 7pm. It is a Bible-based chemical dependency group coordinated by Wayne & Patrice B. Click Here, or contact the church office for more information.
They are also holding Freedom Group meetings Tuesday evenings at ENGAGE CHURCH in Prescott, WI.
Women’s Group/Classes Led by Cathy D
Healing Hearts meets first and third Tuesdays at 6pm at Cathy’s home office in River Falls, WI. It is a confidential group for ladies 18+ who have been betrayed in a relationship. You are welcome at any time to jump in and join. Know it’s the enemy who would want to keep you isolated. This group is here to listen, love, pray, and stand with you.
Seeking Hearts has changed locations and now meets second Tuesdays at 6pm here at RVCC-Lake Elmo, MN. It is a caring and confidential group for ladies ages 18-30 seeking to stay pure in a sexualized world.
If you have questions about either group please contact the church office, or Cathy directly!
Wednesday evening classes for Adults, C.R.E.W. Youth and Young Adult ministry, and our elementary children all start at 6:30pm!
For our adult classes, Healing University is back, this time on Wednesday nights, along with a Biblical Hebrew class, and an interactive class on The Holy Spirit and His Gifts study, with opportunities for ministry!
Contact the church office if you have questions about any of our Wednesday evening classes.
Worship in the Park
If you’re available Thursday afternoons, you can join some of our family that have been worshipping and praying with people at the pavilion in downtown Stillwater from 3-5pm. Contact the office for more details.
Ministry Training Center
We are excited to have started our RVFM Ministry Training Center Thursday evenings at 6:30pm! It’s all about training and equipping men, women, and children with the Word of God in the power of the Holy Spirit and with a lifestyle of worship, to reach their local communities and the nations with the Gospel of Jesus Christ, “equip[ping] the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ…” (Eh 4:12)
Contact the office for more information. It’s all bout HIS Kingdom!
Mahtomedi/White Bear Lake Area Small Group
We now also have a Thursday evening small group in Mahtomedi, MN! They meet from 6:30-8pm.
Please don’t hesitate to contact the church office to get connected for more information!
Friday Morning Women’s Bible Study
Our current Friday Morning Women’s Bible Study is “Angels, Demons, and You” from Allen Jackson Ministries, coordinated by Renae J. Friday mornings at 9:30am. Childcare is offered. Contact the church office with questions.
Intermediate Biblical Hebrew!
Beth P is continuing with her Hebrew language classes with an Intermediate study Friday nights at 6pm. You can contact the church office with questions.
Spiritual Weapons And Tactics meets at 6:30 pm on the 2nd Fridays of the month at Dennis & Cathy D’s home. Contact them or the church office for details.
Circuit Riders Motorcycle Ministry meets monthly after service here at RVCC in Room W1.
A couple of our “hospitality” ministries are looking for some volunteers. Go Joe Specialty Coffees is in need of some baristas before service. You’ll get all the training you need, and can be involved and get to know people at the same time.
And our Cookie Ministry is looking for some help, too. This one is especially good if you want to get involved and serve, but don’t know where to start! It’s easy to do but serves a vital part in our effort to “build relationships” here at RVCC! A family with children can do it together. A couple can take a Sunday, or we have times available for a single person to jump in on the schedule. Barb M is in charge, and if you contact the church office we will connect you so you can find out more.
We talk about it in our “Next Thing” informational class for new attendees (available on the USB drives mentioned above), but we don’t really have official “membership” here at RVCC. Our view is if you’re family jump in and help out around the “house!” Here’s a couple of good opportunities to do just that. Most of our other ministries could use some more volunteers, too. That’s the price of growing, and wanting to do things well to represent Him with excellence. If you’re interested in a particular area please contact the office and we’ll get you connected with whoever is over that ministry.
If you would like to donate to RVCC and it’s ministries, etc. mail or drop off a germ-free check at the church office, or use online giving with your bank debit card at www.rvcc.info/donate.
OBLIGATORY LEGAL NOTICE OF RELEASE OF RVCC, ITS SUCCESSORS, ASSIGNS AND LICENSEES FROM ANY LIABILITY WHATSOEVER OF ANY NATURE!
We live-stream and record our service, so your presence here constitutes your consent to be photographed, filmed, and/or otherwise recorded, and for RVCC to use the recording without compensation in any and all media for as long as it exists.
No, we’re not anticipating making a boatload of money off of an image of the back of your head, or you worshipping with your hands in the air…but we figured it would be a good idea to let you know you could end up on our livestream, social media, etc.