December 4, 2022
New Alarm Codes!
We’ve had to make some changes to our security system, and with that the old alarm code has been deactivated!
If you have a key and access the building outside of regular business hours you need to talk with Pastor Greg ASAP unless you have a very good explanation ready for the law enforcement personnel who WILL show up!
‘Tis the Season!
RVFM St. Paul Outreach
Cheryl K says:
“We have 8 more families that need to have gifts bought by this weekend! If you are willing to do the shopping you will get reimbursed up to $50 per kid, just turn in receipts to the RVCC-Lake Elmo office. Make sure all gifts are wrapped. It’s fine to put a label on but not write on it. Put the names of the recipients on the packages with a sticky note. We want parents to be able to sign who they are from. If you aren’t wrapping them they need to be at the church to be wrapped after the Ladies Tea THIS Saturday!” Cheryl has all the info for the families and children. Get in touch with her ASAP if you can help with this last handful of families, or reply to this email with your contact info and we’ll make sure she gets it. Gift distribution is planned for Saturday, December 10!
We have some fun women’s activities in the next couple of weeks.
Sam’s Christmas Village Light Tour
Tuesday, November 29 we’ll load up the big van and head out at 4pm for Sam’s in Somerset. The cost is $15/person, plus you’ll need money for dinner somewhere after the tour. It was a great evening last year, and seating is limited, but we have some seats still available! Get in touch with the church office if you want to go.
Cookies and Carols
We also have a Christmas Cookie Exchange with caroling planned for Saturday, December 17 from 2-4pm. Each lady brings two-dozen Christmas cookies, we’ll set them out, and everybody picks two-dozen other cookies to take home! Everyone gets cookies, and that’s a GREAT reason to sing some Christmas carols together while you’re here. This will be held in the “West Wing” classroom addition. There’s a sign-up sheet for this at the Info Table. Contact the church office with questions.
Mission Trip Meeting
We’ve been talking about it for some time now, and we’re to the point of starting to actually make some serious plans! If you’re interested in knowing what’s in the works for a Summer 2023 Mission Trip to Hungary and Ukraine we’ll have an informational meeting following service Sunday, December 4 in Room W1. Exciting!
Christmas Eve Service
Make plans to invite friends and family members to join us for our Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at 4:30pm. Since Christmas Day falls on a Sunday, we are not going to have our usual Sunday morning service that day. Spend time with your family, and worship and honor God there!
Week Devoted to God
It’s hard to believe we’re already talking about the Week Devoted! This year we’ll start right on Sunday, January 1 with an evening service starting at 7pm. During the week we’ll have corporate prayer every afternoon at 3pm, and a service at 7pm, wrapping up on Friday evening. Make plans to join us for whatever you can that week. It’s a great way to kick off a new year, devoting it to God, and seeking His face.
As you can see, we almost always have multiple things going on during the week, including a 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 we started a 1-year reading plan on January 1, 2022, and we’re getting pretty near the end of it!
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 of the day’s reading directly from the app. It’s pretty easy and slick. Jump in right where we are to finish the year strong, and get in the daily habit now!
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
Take Us With You
Podcast listeners can listen to audio from our Sunday morning services on several services. Find us on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Amazon Music and Audible. Search for, “River Valley Christian Church Lake Elmo MN” on your preferred service, then subscribe and listen anywhere, any time, however you like to listen! 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.
Community Action Team
In order to promote active Biblical citizenship RVCC is hosting a Restore Minnesota Community Action Team (CAT) Monday nights at 6:30 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 meeting is November 28.
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.
They are also holding Freedom Group meetings Tuesday evenings at ENGAGE CHURCH in Prescott, WI.
Forest Lake Small Group
Our Forest Lake area small group gets together on 1st & 3rd Mondays at 7pm. Contact the church office for more information and to get connected with them.
Mahtomedi/White Bear Lake Area Small Group
Our White Bear Lake/Mahtomedi area small group meets Tuesday evenings from 6:30-8pm. Please contact the church office to get connected 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 Night Classes
Or Wednesday classes are all back in session this week after taking last Wednesday off for Thanksgiving.
Stephanie L leads an Andrew Wommack study, “The Believer’s Authority.”
Jon and Debbie N lead “Better Together” from Duane Sheriff.
The books these classes are based on are available at the usual outlets. Get one ordered and dig in with us!
With C.R.E.W. Youth and Young Adult ministry, and Elementary Children’s classes all starting @6:30 Wednesday evenings we have a full slate of midweek Christian education for the whole family!
We’ll have some new adult classes starting after the first of the year, including “Irresistible” taught by the Shaklees, based on the book by Andy Stanley. There will be a sign-up sheet for this class soon, but you can go ahead and order the book now if you plan on being part of this study.
Ministry Training Center
Our RVFM Ministry Training Center includes exciting new training tracks added this year!
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!
Friday Morning Women’s Bible Study
Our Friday morning Women’s Bible Study meets at 9:30am. They’re studying, “It’s Not Supposed To Be This Way.” To find out more about it CLICK HERE.
Friday Night Bible Study
Linda B is facilitating our Friday night Bible study, “How to Find, Follow, Fulfill God’s Will” from Andrew Wommack. The group meets here at RVCC-Lake Elmo at Fridays 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.
Unleash the FREAK!
Our Men’s Group/Breakfast “Unleash the FREAK!” meets on the third Saturday mornings of the month at 8am. We’re starting to look deeply into “Passion: Finding God’s Purpose for Your Life” specifically using the study, “Blueprint for Life.” We have a limited number of these books in the church office. Let us know if you’d like to purchase one.
CLICK HERE to find out more about what we’re about and where we’re heading. Our next breakfast is Saturday, December 17 at 8am. There is a sign-up sheet on the Info Table by the front doors for this. Add your name if you’re planning on attending so we know how many groceries to pick up, please! Contact the church office with questions.
RVFM School of Evangelism
RVFM Church and Resource Center-St. Paul has a weekly outreach opportunity! Weather permitting, they meet 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.
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 the service, our Video Ministry is looking for 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. Other positions in the Video Ministry could use some more help, too. 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.
And 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!
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 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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