May 15, 2022
Rick McFarland Speaking
We’re excited to have Charis Bible College Dean of Faculty and Instructor Rick McFarland ministering here at RVCC-Lake Elmo Sunday morning, May 22!
It was SO much fun last time, we thought we’d do it again! We’re having a Welcome Fellowship Church Picnic after service Sunday, May 29. It will be a “Pitch-In” lunch with everyone bringing the proverbial Dish-To-Pass. We’ll set up tables and chairs outside and kick off the “summer season” in style. We’ll have some sign-up sheets when we get a bit closer to the day with opportunities to help serve. Summertime can sometimes be “scattered” so let’s get together and build relationships If you have questions please contact the church office.
RVFM School of Evangelism
Our new church plant RVFM Church and Resource Center-St. Paul is starting a weekly outreach opportunity starting this Saturday, May 14! Weather permitting, they will be meeting on Saturdays at 1:00 at the RVFM St Paul church location (979 Arcade St). Vern N will provide a short training and then lead everyone to the St Paul streets to win souls!
The RVFM St Paul church is looking forward to bringing the good news of Jesus to the neighborhood.
Contact the church office with questions.
Unleash the FREAK!
We’re working our way through a Discipleship Evangelism course, and meet every other Saturday from 8-10am. We alternate full breakfasts with donuts and bagels or such, and our next session is May 14 @8am.
If you have any questions you can contact the church office.
Fundraising Activity With Run Stillwater
For a few years as a fundraiser we helped extensively with races organized by Run Stillwater. They haven’t had any runs for the past couple of years, but have a full slate scheduled for this season. We have offered to help again with the first one, the Stillwater Half-Marathon May 28, by staffing intersections along the race course directing runners on which way to go, etc. The organization pays the church a certain amount per volunteer, and as a volunteer you can use your allotment to pay for camps, retreats, direct it to the building fund, or wherever you would like the church to use it. It’s an easy, fun way to pay for activities–and there’s no selling or anything! If you would like to know more, Pastor Peter is the coordinator, and he is more than happy to answer questions.
Community Action Team Starting
In order to promote active Biblical citizenship RVCC will start hosting a Restore Minnesota Community Action Team (CAT) Monday nights at 6:30 starting June 6, 2022 to help answer questions like, “What is going on and what can we do?”. More information can be found if you CLICK HERE, or contact the church office with questions.
MULTIPLE Daily Bible Reading Programs!
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.
We started a 1-year reading plan on January 1, 2022.
The plan we’re using is, “Reading God’s Story: One-Year Chronological Plan” by Dr. George Guthrie. You can access the plan with the YouVersion Bible App that you can install on your device at bible.com/app, and get notifications directly from there rather than going through a separate social media channel.
Contact Pastor Greg in the church office if you have questions.
“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 have 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.
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 evening classes for Adults, C.R.E.W. Youth and Young Adult ministry, and our elementary children all start at 6:30pm!
Ministry Training Center
Our RVFM Ministry Training Center meets Thursday evenings at 6:30pm! Schedules for the second half of the year are available at the Info Table in the foyer. 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 have a Thursday evening small group in Mahtomedi, MN! They meet from 6:30-8pm.
Please contact the church office to get connected for more information!
Friday Night Bible Study
We recently started a new Bible Study Friday evenings and bumped the start time up to 6:00pm. Linda B is facilitating “How to Find, Follow, Fulfill God’s Will” from Andrew Wommack. The group meets here at RVCC-Lake Elmo. 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.
Any Riders Looking For A Good Excuse?
The time of year that Pastor Greg anxiously anticipates is here; Motorcycle Breakfast Ride Season! (MANY others love it, too, he’s just the most vocal whining about it over the winter…)
Breakfast Rides are scheduled for the first Saturdays of the month. We gather around 8am, with kickstands up at 8:30. Our next ride is June 4. Find out more at the Info Table by the “Little Mechanic’s Rooms.”
Speaking of riding, we have a handful of members of the Righteous Riders chapter of Circuit Riders Motorcycle Ministry in our congregation. That group is having a meat raffle fundraiser Friday evening at Big Guys BBQ (1237 HWY 35N, Hudson, WI) from 6:30-9:30pm. They are raising money to replace their ministry’s trailer, which was stolen last year. Feel free to ask any of the group about the ministry or the fundraiser. They might look scary, but they’re not. They love Jesus more than they love ice cream. And they really love ice cream! And please invite your friends to have some dinner and participate in the meat raffle June 10!
Opportunities to Serve
A couple of our 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 Video Ministry is looking for some Camera Operators. This is another one good if you want to get involved and serve, but don’t know where to start! It’s not super difficult or technical, but serves a vital part in our effort to “spread the Kingdom of God” here at RVCC! Basic photo/video experience is nice, but not required. Pastor Peter is in charge, so you can talk to him, or if you contact the church office we will connect you so you can find out more.
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 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.
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 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!
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.
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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.