August 14, 2022


Summertime is getting shorter…but with late-season vacations, trips to the cabin, etc. it can still be a little crazy. We try to keep everything updated on the Church Calendar, but if there is any question about anything it is always best to contact whoever is in charge of your group/class/meeting/event.
Pastor Greg will do his best in the office to answer questions, too, but sometimes the lure of the open road on a bluebird-sky, sunny day will be inescapable! He says he’s sorry…but he’s not. Especially after BOTH kids head off to college soon!! ;P

MNDOT has been resurfacing HWY 36, severely impacting access to our building!
IF everything goes according to the last email we go from the state the highway will be fully reopened Monday, August 15!!

This time of year can be disjointed enough already as far as relationships go, and the construction has only made it harder for some folks to attend! Try to keep in contact with each other while you (and they) are out and about. If you start wondering about someone you haven’t seen or heard from in a while, send them a message or give them a call. Keep in touch with others. It never hurts to hear that someone is thinking about you, even when things are going great. And especially so when they aren’t. If God puts someone on your heart, reach out. As we’ve seen confirmed over the last couple of years, we all need each other!

We encourage you to participate in a local church body if you are away on vacation or wherever, but if you want to keep up with our services here in Lake Elmo, we still livestream each Sunday morning on our YouTube channel at

Our service audio is also usually uploaded and available on our website and as a podcast by Monday afternoons 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:
Apple Podcasts:
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!



Even though it’s summertime and some things are on hold or slowing down we have multiple things still going on during the week, including our two current Daily Bible Reading Programs!

Keep up on (or get into) a DAILY Bible reading habit. Our 2-year program is winding down to the end of the cycle, but until it ends 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, and get notifications directly from there rather than going through a separate social media channel. We don’t recommend trying to catch up, but you can jump in right where we are and get in the 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



RVFM-St. Paul Backpack Giveaway

Justin A, one of our interns, has been helping organize a Backpack Drive for the RVFM-St. Paul church. We have a BUNCH of backpacks, and stuff to fill them. Now we’re working on “advertising” to the community, and preparing for the distribution. If you would like to help and get involved in this effort there is a sign-up sheet at the info desk by the front doors, or contact the church office.

RVFM-St. Paul is also part of an outreach featuring a free laundromat day! That happens TOMORROW, Monday, August 15 from Noon to 5pm! Yes, it came up QUICKLY!
They are looking for 15-20 volunteers to assist the laundromat employees do what ever they need to do, help with traffic flow, cleanup etc. They will also open the church for coffee and prayer during this time, so they’ll need some of people to staff that area. We are also able to minister to the people in the laundromat and parking lot, so this is a BIG opportunity for the church! If you are available to help with any of this talk to Justin A or contact the church office ASAP!!



Cindy Pearson Coming August 21

Cindy Pearson, the director of Charis Bible College – Hong Kong, will be here at RVCC-Lake Elmo speaking at our Sunday morning service August 21 at 9:30am!



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?”.
This week Alfrieda Baldwin is talking about “Why the Proposed Changes to Teacher Licensing Standards in Minnesota Spells Trouble for Our Children.”
Alfrieda is a Chicago area native. A woman of faith, and a retired attorney, she was in-house counsel at Securian Financial for 32 years. After retirement, Baldwin started volunteering in her school district, mentored in the St. Paul Public Library’s Reading Together Program, and volunteered for Junior Achievement of the Upper Midwest.
Being with elementary students caused her to reflect on the education she had received while attending a Lutheran grade school, which led her to realize God was calling her to start a school accessible to families regardless of income. She opened Laurel Community School, a Christian school for grads K-8 accessible to families of all ethnic and financial backgrounds, in the fall of 2021.
She is also involved with TakeCharge MN, an organization dedicated to restoring the Black community’s cultural roots of faith, family, and education.

More information on the CAT can be found if you CLICK HERE, or contact the church office with questions.


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!


Freedom Group

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.



Financial Peace University Starting This Fall

Coming up in September we will be holding Financial Peace University classes!
The course will start September 20 and will run Tuesdays from 6:30-8pm through November 15. CLICK HERE for more details.


Women’s Group/Class

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!



Spirit, Soul & Body

Join us and Brian W, one of our Charis Bible College interns who is teaching this Andrew Wommack study Wednesday nights thru August starting this week 8.3 @6pm.



Unleash the FREAK!

Our Men’s Group “Unleash the FREAK!” is meeting every other Wednesday evening from 6:30-8:30. Our next session is August 24 @6:30pm!
If you have any questions you can contact the church office.



Wednesday Night Classes Coming This Fall

More details on these next week, but if you have questions contact the church office. There is a sign-up sheet on the Info Table by the front doors. If you are planning on attending either class please sign and let us know so we can prepare.



Ministry Training Center

Our RVFM Ministry Training Center last year was a huge success, and we’re preparing for another year.
The 2022-2023 MTC will begin on Thursday, September 29th at 6:30 p.m.
More information regarding MTC was given on Sunday, August 7th and applications are available at the Info Table by the front doors.

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

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.



RVFM School of Evangelism

Our new church plant RVFM Church and Resource Center-St. Paul is starting a weekly outreach opportunity! 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.

Any Riders Looking For A Good Excuse?

It’s the heart of the time of year that Pastor Greg anxiously anticipates; 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 September 3. Find out more at the Info Table by the “Little Mechanic’s Rooms, or contact the office.



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.

Our Cookie Ministry is looking for some help, and can help you get involved in that same way AFTER the service rather than needing to be here before.

And DURING the service, 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



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.




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.


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