March 3, 2024
DAYTIME BIBLE STUDY STARTS THIS TUESDAY!!
We’ve had some inquiry into possibly holding a Bible study during the day, and we’re going for it! It will meet Tuesday mornings at 9:30 starting THIS Tuesday, March 5. Come join us for this first gathering. Contact the church office with questions.
FIRST WEDNESDAY WORSHIP!
We haven’t had one since the Holidays, but it’s back! First Wednesday Worship coming again on March 6 at 6:30pm. Our whole church body coming together to do nothing but worship our King!
THE FIRST STEP
If you are relatively new here, come hang out with RVCC Staff and Elders and hear about the vision of River Valley Christian Church, ask any questions you may have, and meet other new people. The First Step will meet on Sunday, March 17 from 11:15 AM to 12 noon in room W1.
A light lunch will be served, so please sign-up at the information table if you plan to join us.
GAUGING POTENTIAL FOR HOUSING INTERNS
We’re preparing for the summer and potential interns coming to spend time working here in the river valley. If you have space and would be willing to house an intern, or if you aren’t sure what it entails but have questions, let the church office know. It’s not a commitment, we’re just seeing what kind of possibilities exist and trying to stay ahead of the game.
Healing Center has begun here at RVCC. The purpose is to provide a place that you can come and obtain faith to help you connect and receive your healing. You will be ministered to individually by our trained healing ministers. Our heart is to listen to you and help you along on your journey for health and wholeness.
The Healing Center will be open Sundays from 11:30 a.m -12:30 p.m. If you desire ministry please do the following:
1. Sign up for a Healing Ministry time at the information table.
2. Please fill out the Healing Ministry form located at the information table. Bring this form with you to your scheduled ministry time.
If you have any questions, please contact the church office.
ONGOING DIAPER DONATIONS
We are always accepting diaper donations for Options for Women-St. Croix Valley. As a church we support them with a monthly donation, but diapers are one item they always need to help support the mothers relying on Options services. Unopened packages can be dropped off with Pastor Greg. Larger size diapers are a continuing specific need for the organization.
If you would like to connect with one of our Elders for any reason during the week, contact the church office and we’ll get you in touch!
If you are doing something, or going somewhere, and would like to offer an open invitation for RVCC family to join you, send details to the church no later than noon Thursdays, and PG will get it listed here. It won't be "official" church functions, but a fun way to get info out to others at RVCC that there is something fun going to that they could join. So…what are YOU getting ready to do that would be fun to have others there, too? Let us know.
TAKE US WITH YOU
Podcast listeners can listen to audio from our Sunday morning services on several platforms. Find us on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Amazon Music and Audible. Search for, "River Valley Christian Church Lake Elmo MN" on your preferred podcast app, then subscribe and listen anywhere, any time, however you like to listen!
We also have a RVFM Podcast gathering messages from our affiliated churches in one spot. Find it on your favorite podcast app by searching for "Light Up The Valley." If you have trouble with any of these contact Pastor Greg in the church office and he'll try to help you sort it out.
2024 DAILY BIBLE READING PROGRAM!
One of our top goals is always to help you keep up on (or get into) a daily Bible reading habit.
As a church body on January 1, 2024 we started another 1-year reading plan: "The One Year Bible". Each day will have sections from the Old and New Testaments, and Psalms and Proverbs. Connect with us and access the plan in the YouVersion Bible App to get notifications for the day's reading directly from the app. It's pretty easy and slick. Yes, you’ll be behind, but with some effort you can catch up. OR, jump in where we are and let’s go!
Get into the daily habit now, even if it's not this particular program! We want you to get the WORD in YOU! Contact Pastor Greg in the church office if you have questions.
Here is a summary of groups and classes we have going on currently during the week. Most of these are included on the Church Calendar.
CREW YOUNG ADULT GROUP
C.R.E.W young adult nights are on first and third Mondays at the Molnar's at 6:30pm. Contact the church office or talk to Pastor Peter for more information.
COMMUNITY ACTION TEAM
In order to promote active Biblical citizenship RVCC is hosting a Restore Minnesota Community Action Team (CAT) to help answer questions like, “What is going on and what can we do?”. The group meets 2nd and 4th Mondays of the month.
The next CAT meeting will be March 11th with Sara Bertschinger, who will have an update on what’s happening at the State Capitol one month into the legislative session, and how to track the bills you are interested in.
More information on the CAT can be found if you CLICK HERE, or contact the church office with questions.
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.
Healing Hearts meets first and third Tuesdays at 6pm at Cathy D'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. If you have questions about the group please contact the church office, or Cathy directly!
WEDNESDAY MORNING PRAYER
If you've got time during the week you can always join us for prayer! We have a group that prays Wednesday mornings starting at 10am in room W2. It goes for about an hour. We also have a group that meets in W1 before service on Sunday mornings. Everyone is welcome to come in and pray!
WEDNESDAY NIGHT CLASSES
Our Wednesday night classes for elementary, youth, and adults, all begin at 6:30pm!
One of our offerings this session is, "Revelation" taught by Jerry G. Jerry doesn't attend RVCC, but many of us have known him for decades as a friend, good guy, and amazing teacher! This will be an eye-opening study into the last book of the Bible, that many have a difficult time understanding.
ACTIVATING YOUR MINISTRY
After the conclusion of our Revelation class we’ll be starting Activating Your Ministry with Tom S. This 4-week course is designed to activate your ministry as a believer in Jesus Christ. Sessions include: Sharing Your Faith as a Lifestyle, Nurturing New Believers, Receiving Power to Change the World, and Healing the Sick. Each class will include both teaching and a time to practice what you have learned. Whether you are a new believer or a mature saint, these classes will ignite a fire within you to reach others for Jesus Christ.
Our small group, discussion formatted "Life Topics!" is open to anyone. Not so much a teaching class, but the desire is for a multi-generational discussion led by folks with experience and a Biblical perspective of the topic.
Older, "experienced" attendees can give a perspective that younger, less experienced ones can benefit from, and those younger ones can have insight that benefit everyone, too. It will be a conversation more than a lesson. Come add your $.02, and bring home some change in the process!
VESSELS YOUTH GROUP
Vessels Youth Group is for ages 7-12 grades.
We also have an elementary children's class for ages 1-6 grades. And childcare is being provided for younger children. Contact the church office with questions about any of our Wednesday evening classes.
MAHTOMEDI/WHITE BEAR LAKE AREA SMALL GROUP
Our White Bear Lake/Mahtomedi area small group meets on Thursday evenings from 6:30-8pm. Please contact the church office to get connected for more information!
FRIDAY NIGHT BIBLE STUDY
Linda B is teaching a study on the Gospel of John. The group meets here at RVCC-Lake Elmo Fridays at 6pm. If you have questions please contact the church office.
SPIRITUAL WEAPONS AND TACTICS
Mighty Warriors For Such A Time As This! We will begin to unfold our Generational lines, to be that legal representative of our bloodlines to take back what the enemy stole! This group meets at 6:30 pm on the 3rd Fridays of the month at Dennis & Cathy D's home. Contact them or the church office for directions and details.
ENCOURAGING AND EQUIPPING WOMEN-MARCH 23
“Encouraging and Equipping Women” breakfast group will gather together again on Saturday, March 23!
It is an opportunity for the women of RVCC to meet together, enjoy breakfast, and connect with one another in a significant way outside of a Sunday morning. Through enriching discussion, encouragement, and personal testimony, the goal is to walk out Titus 2:3-5 with older women teaching what is good, and training younger women in a variety of roles. Our focus is encouragement for the current challenges we face, and open discussion and sharing.
Young married women, young mothers, seasoned mothers, empty nesters, and older women are all encouraged to come! We need the full spectrum, or we’ll forfeit the Titus 2 purpose. This is a “Mom’s Only” event, but nursing babies are always welcome.
This group will meet at Renae J’s home north of Stillwater. Breakfast will be served promptly at 9:30am. Contact the church office for address/directions, or more information.
OPPORTUNITIES TO SERVE
All sorts of ministries around the church are looking for 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.
DURING service our Children's Ministry is looking for some volunteers, too. What an incredible opportunity to advance the Kingdom by helping bring them up in the "nurture and admonition of the Lord." Talk to Shiloh G or contact the church office about this, too! A background check is required to work with our Children's Ministry.
We talk about it in what we call the "Next Thing", 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 some opportunities to do just that. Most of our other ministries could use some more volunteers, too. That's the price of growing, planting churches, 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.
Speaking of the Next Thing, we have information available on a thumb drive about the history of RVCC and how you fit into all this. 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 ask an usher, elder, any of the staff -or a random congregation member- and we'll fix you up with one of these drives. If you happen to accidently ask another newbie…keep asking and we'll set you BOTH up!
If you would like to donate to RVCC and it's ministries, etc. mail or drop off a check at the church office, or use online giving with your bank debit card at www.rvcc.info/donate.
RVCC guests who are hard of hearing can now amplify our service audio through their personal Assistive Listening Device (ALD), or tune in to 87.9FM.
THE FAST TALK AT THE END OF THE COMMERCIAL:
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.