September 19, 2021


Ahoy, me hearties! Bosun Greg wants ye to know that today be International Talk Like a Pirate Day, so he’ll be celebratin’ accordingly…and aye, he says he’s 97 percent chum free and guarantees ye he’s had a twenty percent decrease in his “lice ratio!” All his mateys (and you landlubbers, too) are welcome to be participatin’ along with him, where appropriate. We don’t know if that lass Jamie will lead us in our favorite pirate hymn, “How Great Thou Aaarrrrrrt” but we can imagine the beauty of it if she did!
(Yeah, I’m a nerd…sorry. g-)



Building the Kingdom of God Together

We are also excited to announce our RVFM Ministry Training Center! 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)

It was discussed fairly extensively on Sunday morning, August 8th during service. You can listen to that by clicking here, or find the podcast of the service on the services listed above. The video of that part of service is on the front page of this website, or find it on the RVFM website by clicking here. We’ll continue to talk about and publish more details here in the next few weeks, but if you are interested already we have applications at our info table, or contact the office to get one emailed to you. WE’RE pretty pumped about it Thursday evenings starting on September 30, and we hope you will be too. It’s all bout HIS Kingdom, right?



Women’s Get-Away

Our annual Women’s Get-Away is scheduled for October 1-3! Don’t miss this opportunity to get away from the daily demands of life and spend some time relaxing at Camp JIMs beautiful and peaceful facility near Pillager, MN. Free time will allow for shopping, hiking, playing games, movies, reading, quiet time with the Lord, sleeping, or whatever you do to relax! Capacity is limited to just 20 this year, so get your registration in early. Brochures are available on the Info Tables. Contact the church office or talk to Pastor Karen with questions.




The cooler mornings, kids back to school, and the trees in the parking lot turning red all mean one thing, PumpkinPalooza is coming! This will be the 7th annual get-together extravaganza and is always a highlight of the fall season! We’ll be introducing more details in the coming weeks, but put the evening of October 9th on your calendar so you don’t miss it!




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.
“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:
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!




We’re starting a Monday evening small group in Forest Lake, MN!
We’ll have more details in the next week or so, but right now it looks like they’ll be meeting on the first and third Mondays from 7:30-8pm starting October 4th. Contact the curch office if you’re really antsy 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.




Cathy D’s Healing Hearts and Seeking Hearts classes have settled into their fall schedules.
Healing Hearts meets first and third Tuesdays at 6pm, and 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.
Seeking Hearts meets second Tuesdays at 6pm, and is a caring and confidential group for ladies ages 18-30 seeking to stay pure in a sexualized world.
Both groups meet at Cathy’s home office in River Falls, WI. If you have questions please contact the church office, or Cathy directly!



Wednesday evening classes have kicked back off for the season! Adult classes, C.R.E.W. Youth and Young Adult ministry, and our elementary children’s class all start at 6:30pm!

For our adult classes, Healing University is back, this time on Wednesday nights, along with a Biblical Hebrew class, and an interactive class on The Holy Spirit and His Gifts study, with opportunities for ministry!

Contact the church office if you have questions about any of our Wednesday evening classes.



Worship in the Park

If you’re available Thursday afternoons, you can join some of our family that have been worshipping and praying with people at the pavilion in downtown Stillwater from 3-5pm. Contact the office for more details.



As mentioned above, the RVFM Ministry Training Center will be on Thursday evenings starting September 30!



Our Friday Morning Women’s Bible Study

Our current study just started, and is “Angels, Demons, and You” from Allen Jackson Ministries, coordinated by Renae J. Friday mornings at 9:30am. Childcare is offered. Contact the church office with questions.

Intermediate Biblical Hebrew!

Beth P is continuing with her Hebrew Language classes with an Intermediate study Friday nights at 6pm. You can contact the church office with questions.

Spiritual Weapons And Tactics meets at 6:30 pm on the 2nd Fridays of the month at Dennis & Cathy D’s home. Contact them or the church office for details.



Circuit Riders Motorcycle Ministry

Circuit Riders Motorcycle Ministry meets monthly after service here at RVCC in Room W1.



Opportunities to Serve

A couple of our “hospitality” 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 Cookie Ministry is looking for some help, too. This one is especially good if you want to get involved and serve, but don’t know where to start! It’s easy to do but serves a vital part in our effort to “build relationships” here at RVCC! A family with children can do it together. A couple can take a Sunday, or we have times available for a single person to jump in on the schedule. Barb M is in charge, and if you contact the church office we will connect you so you can find out more.

We talk about it in our “Next Thing” informational class for new attendees, 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 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. Let’s GO!! 😉




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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