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Friday September 2, 2011

The River Community Church
From The Pastors

A New Beginning

There seems to be two times each year when there is a renewed sense of arranging the order of our lives and working towards new habits and routines.  One is the obvious one, January 1.  Many of us make resolutions and commitments to live in better, healthier ways...often times physically and sometimes spiritually.  The other time when renewal often happens is right now, when the new school year begins.  

In church life there is often a commitment to make a greater commitment to involvement and faithfulness to this beautiful, yet imperfect, "bride" called "the Church"...also known as "the Body of Christ".  One of the greatest challenges is simply feeling connected.  

Sunday morning gatherings are important to remind us that the Kingdom is bigger than the friends who are like us and also as a place to be reminded of our responsibility and opportunity to reflect our "bridegroom", Jesus Christ, to our neighborhoods and cities.  But deeper community formation rarely happens in "rows", as one pastor stated recently, but more often in "circles"...smaller group settings.  Rows and circles both play vital roles in the life of the Church and should in our lives, too.  You will be hearing more of this in the next week as we are working on building more opportunities for you to find those circles that will help nurture your faith and give you opportunity to encourage others.

I look forward to seeing you this weekend as Gene Leutzinger challenges us to "not worry about it" and Steve Prottsman returns to lead us in worship through song. 

Grace and peace,


Behold, I make all things New!

Pastor Dave just reached the end of a year in which he gave us an overview of THE BOOK.  It ends in the final chapters of Revelation with a bold pronouncement of the new heavens and the new earth.  My pronouncement is much less dramatic.  I still claim Rev. 21:5: "Behold, I make all things new,"  but mine is a smaller scale.

This week will mark the beginning of the preschool every morning in the west wing.  Stepping Stones Preschool will have about 20 students from 9 to 1 on Mon, Wed, and Fri.  They will have younger kids from 9-noon on Tue and Thur.

We are also changing the hours of our food bank.  We will be open from 1-3pm on Tue. and Thur.  and from 6-8pm on Tuesday.  This will allow for more time to separate the preschool from the food bank, and make our hours more convenient for some people.

We have formed a partnership with Good News Bible Church to work together on the food bank.  They will provide some money each month for groceries, and will provide some volunteers.  These changes were necessary to take this service to the next level.  We have an increasing number of clients and it is hard to meet the demand in this difficult economy.

How can you help?  We always need money dedicated for food bank use. 

This month we could use up to 100 cans of Tuna.  Do you suppose you could help with a donation?

October 1 will be scouting for food.  the boy scouts collect donated food all over the area and come to our church as a place to sort and box the food.  We always receive a generous donation from the scouts.

Thanks for your help!

Pastor Gail

 Fall Festival
Sunday, September 11th

September 11th is our Fall Festival, our Kick Off to fall! Afterward we'll celebrate with a brunch in the Fellowship Hall. There will be lots of goodies and info about how to connect from some of our ministry leaders. Then we are invited to  a BBQ at the Big White House at 12:30 pm to celebrate the fall kickoff and Genesis' 5th year as a church body. Be sure to come and start the ministry season off well! Please bring a chair, some friends and something to share.

9/11 Remembrance
6:00 pm  Sunday, September 11th
Good News Bible Church

Ten years after 9/11/2001, we will join Good News Bible Church in a combined communitymemorial service at  845 Pepperwood Lane in Iowa City behind Kmart.  Local fire and police will also be honored.

Prime Timers (50+)
7:00 pm Friday, September 9th

Come on out to The River on Friday the 9th. Maybe you've heard Michelle Butler play the piano, she's awesome. But maybe you didn't know she also went to Italy this past summer to further her musical studies. She will tell us all about her travels, so don't miss it. Dessert will also be served...a win, win!

Building Update

The River is a friendly and welcoming place! Due to heavier people traffic in the evening though, we will be locking the rooms in the east wing after office hours. If you need access during these hours, please contact one of the staff.

Pre-School Starting

If you see little children in the building next time you come in, Stepping Stones Pre-School has begun. They are holding classes in the west wing of The River. Tuesdays and Thursdays they will be here from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm and Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9:00 am - 1:00 pm.

Converge IC (The River & Genesis)

BBQ at the Big White House
12:30 pm on September 11th

After the worship services at both The River and Genesis, let's join together at the Big White House. Bring your friends and family and something to share as we celebrate Fall Kickoff and Genesis' 5th birthday as a church! A great way to spend the afternoon together.

Go and Share...

We receive many updates from those serving in the US and around the world. Here is a brief report from each. Please pick up their entire letters in the Resource Room at The River. Lots to pray for, whew, but God is faithful! An easy but important way to serve Jesus!

AIA Update

Jim Goddrich from Iowa's Athlete's in Action writes that five minute meetings are a vibrant part of their relationship with the Hawkeye sports teams. He hands out surveys looking for spiritual interest level. Then they can assist student leaders in preparing meetings for their team. This year 24 freshmen football players indicated a desire to grow in their faith! The large group meetings weekly are drawing a nice crowd. also. Pray for God to move among the athletes this year at Iowa. Pray that He would grow their faith in him and to share it with their friends!

Lewis Update

Things are going well for the Lewis's. Pray for their children in school. Pray for english classes and for church member's safety and growth.

Miami Cru Update

Chip Martinison updates us that there are 40/55 states/nations in the University of Miami's freshman class, now that's international without leaving the states! Pray for changed lives and for the Martinson's ministry and marriage and parentling as they live life in Miami.  At a school festival on August 23rd they met 5000+ students. They are the only staff at UM. Pray for more workers to reap in the white fields!

Pine Lake

Ben Frank who has been the Director now through two summers is encouraging the men of the conference to bring along a young man (10-17) to the first Men and Boy's Retreat (Sept. 23-25). The retreat stems from seeing the development of college age staff taking on leadership roles at camp and grow in their faith and wanting men to learn how to leave a Godly legacy for their children and to follow Christ. This summer, they had over 560 campers attend camp with 32 staff. There were 48 first time decisions for Christ with 72 believers recommitting their lives. One young many broke away from Buddhism and drugs and turned to Christ as his only hope instead. There are new adctivities at camp like kayaking, mountain biking this summer.

Bridges Update

Scott Kelsey writes that he met a young Muslim man in Colorado this summer who asked...“How could I learn about Jesus the prophet in Arabic?...”…asked Khalid, who was very adamant about Islam. Since that time, God has worked in this young man's heart and opened iit to the claims of Christ through the "Jesus" DVD created by Cru and discussions with other men. He is excited to learn more. Pray for him and other internationals as 2000 Cru "Jesus" DVDs will be played on 22 campuses in several languages this September.


Want to get connected?
Check out the Volunteer Connection Card to the left to see where you might want to serve.

Food Bank-
1:00 - 3:00 pm Tuesdays and Thursdays/ 6:00 - 8:00 pm Tuesdays
If you would like to donate, place your non-perishables in the container in the foyer. If you are donating cash, please mark your envelope "Food Bank."

Entire prayer letters, free resources, and more opportunities are all located in the Resource Center at The River Community Church. If you would like to share a Go & Share Story of God Working, please send it to us, we'd love to share it!

Classified Ads

Looking for Cleaning Jobs

One of our regular food bank families, Carlos and Irma  Botezzo are looking to add to their family income. The mom, Irma is a housekeeper and is looking for additional clients. If you are interested or have a friend who could use this service, call the Botezzo's at 319-530-3526.

Community Events

Extension Classes in CR
Emmaus Bible College

Have you always wanted to know more about the bible but haven't had time or the money to go back to school? Emmaus Bible College is offering classes this fall in Cedar Rapids at New Covenant Bible Church. This fall's subject is Ecclesiastes taught by David Glock. It's Monday evenings from 7:00 - 9:00 pm. the dates are September 12th through October 17th. There are forms on the bulletin board in the east wing of The River or you can call Emmaus at 563-588-8000 ext. 1107 for more info.

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