September 24, 2023
First up, there will be NO Friday Night Bible Study Sep. 22, and NO Biblical Citizenship Sep. 23!!
Also, talking about cancellations, we’re sad to have to announce that due to circumstances beyond our control there will be NO PumpkinPalooza this year. Yeah, we’re bummed. But just imagine how much fun it’ll be NEXT FALL!! Because it will be! It’s always a highlight looked forward to by many of us, and used as an outreach to invite friends and show them that we Christians aren’t that weird after all. Save that chili recipe, too. PG wants to taste it when we do it again…
Mission Trip Pot-Luck After Service
Hear some of the team’s testimonies and stories about the trip after service Sunday, September 24. Everyone is welcome. Bring some friends who heard about it and are interested, bring a “dish-to-pass,” and we’ll talk about the recent trip, and possibilities of another one. Contact the church office with questions.
Ladies Coffee Connection
Are you new to RVCC? Have you been coming for a while, but have not connected with any other ladies as yet?
If that is you, consider attending the Ladies’ Coffee Connection hosted by Tina K at her home in Vadnais Heights. Space is limited to 14 ladies; sign up at the welcome table in the foyer.
First Wednesday Worship Night
Our next First Wednesday Worship night is coming up October 4 @6:30pm. The kickoff a couple of weeks ago was wonderful, and we’re planning on continuing from where we left off that night entering with worship, as an entire church family/body, into His throne-room. Contact the church office with questions.
Women’s Get Away
Ladies, get away from the daily demands of life for a weekend of fun, fellowship, food, and friends both old and new October 13-15. Space fills up quickly, and the registration/deposit deadline is THIS WEEK so you’ll need to get that in ASAP! Informational fliers with registration details are on all the Info Tables. Contact the church office or Pastor Karen with questions.
RVCC Healing Center
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.
One of our top goals is always to help you keep up on (or get into) a DAILY Bible reading habit. As a church we’re working through a 1-year reading plan: “ESV Study Bible One Year Reading Plan”. Access the plan with the YouVersion Bible App that you can install on your device at bible.com/app, and get notifications for the day’s reading directly from the app. It’s pretty easy and slick. 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.
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.
Forest Lake Area Small Group
Our Forest Lake area small group is getting back together after taking much of the summer off. The group meets 1st & 3rd Monday evenings at 7pm, and will be starting a study on Galatians. Contact the church office if you would like to know more about the group, or to get connected.
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 meeting will be this Monday night, September 25, with updates scheduled on education, the political arena, and collaborations with TPUSA, and Restore MN.
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 some “extra” 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
Regular Wednesday night classes for elementary, youth, and adults, all begin at 6:30.
Starting in October we’re trying something new on Wednesday nights in addition to our already scheduled classes, “Life Topics.” We’ll have a discussion group specifically talking about a different topic on different weeks. Not really a teaching, but hosted by people who have experience and Biblical perspective in the areas of interest. The first one on October 11 will be focused on “Family” with Pastor Jon & Jen Logan who have two “grown” children, a high-schooler, and a middle-school ager. It’ll be casual, and hopefully foster connections for members in the same stages of life, building relationships, and fellowship. Contact the church office if you have questions about the group.
Lifestyle of Intimacy
Carrie Pickett’s, “Lifestyle of Intimacy” class is led by the Eagers and the Edwards.
This video-based class is designed to, “help you discover how much God desires to show what salvation really provided… relationship. Relationship with God… what a concept! You can know the heart, will, and voice of not only The Living, All-Powerful God, but your God, your Savior, your Father! What a beautiful invitation from your Redeemer. In this class learn how to respond daily to His love and walk in greater relationship and everyday victory.”
Financial Peace University
Jason J and Greg K facilitate the sessions. If you have questions about FPU contact the church office.
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. Childcare is being provided for younger children for this first set of classes this fall.
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!
Ministry Training Center
The RVFM Ministry Training Center (MTC) is gearing up for it’s third year starting Thursday, September 28! Applications are available on the Info Table by the front doors. CLICK HERE for more details about MTC, and pray about it for yourself! It’s all about HIS Kingdom!
The whole goal is to train and equip 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.
Friday Night Bible Study
As mentioned at the top, there is no class September 22, but Linda B is teaching our Friday night Bible study on the book of Ephesians 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.
School of Evangelism
Our RVFM Church and Resource Center-St. Paul is holding their weekly “School of Evangelism” outreach! Weather permitting, they meet on Saturdays at 1:00 at the RVFM-St Paul church location (989 Arcade St). Vern N will provide a short training and then lead everyone to the St Paul streets to win souls! It’s about 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 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 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 check at the church office, or use online giving with your bank debit card at www.rvcc.info/donate.
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