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Operation Christmas Child – Sun Nov 24

OCC.2014MISSION OF THE MONTH – NOVEMBER

Offering – we need $9 per box!
PACKING PARTY – Sunday 24 November – plan now!

Info here – Operation Christmas Child… and WHAT to put in an OCC shoebox… coloring pages here

A simple gift-filled shoebox delivered to a child in need can give hope, change lives, and transform communities

Something so ordinary as a shoebox can accomplish the eternal when it is packed with toys, school supplies, hygiene items, and God’s love. Powered by prayers, it can help lead children and families to faith in Christ, inspire pastors, plant and grow churches, and encourage disciples in some of the most unreached places in the world.

It all starts when people decide to bless a child overseas through Operation Christmas Child, a Samaritan’s Purse project designed to deliver good news and great joy to boys and girls around the world.

GET INVOLVED: Learn more about Operation Christmas Child, and how to get involved in this exciting program.

Individuals and families decide whether they will pack a shoebox for a boy or a girl and then look for gifts appropriate for a specific age range. Prayerful shoppers search for items to delight a child: a toy car or a jump rope, a slinky or a doll. They look for practical things like pencils and paper, and necessary items such as a toothbrush and toothpaste.

Whether toys, school supplies, or hygiene items, the giver seeks to pack their shoebox with as much fun and blessing as it will hold.

Before closing the lid, the giver can include a note for the recipient, often complete with a photograph. The person who packed the gift then pauses to ask God to deliver the shoebox to just the right child—the child for whom the things inside would be especially meaningful or even be an answer to prayer. After being taken to local drop-off sites during National Collection Week in November, the shoeboxes are then delivered to regional processing centers where volunteers prepare them for their trip overseas.

Hundreds or thousands of miles later, the boxes clear customs, entering the care of Samaritan’s Purse ministry partners who plan distribution events at churches and other locations. These distributions often begin with music or puppets and include a presentation of the Gospel that a child can understand. Then the big moment comes. Each child receives a shoebox and after a countdown, they all open their gifts at the same time. Squeals of delight and shouts of joy fill the meeting area.

What goes into a box is fun, but what comes out is eternal.
A gift of love in the form of a shoebox softens hearts and prepares them for the Good News of Jesus Christ.

Children trust Christ for the first time, inviting Him to be their Savior. This changes families, neighborhoods and entire communities.

One shoebox can also restore hope that there is a God who loves, cares, and is concerned about the details of a child’s life. And when you bless a child, you minister to parents as well. Through shoeboxes, churches grow, disciples multiply, and doors open for the Gospel—sometimes even in countries where it is illegal to be a Christian.

What begins in the heart of someone who cares can change eternity for a child and a family. The process happens millions of times over. Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child has delivered more than 113 million shoeboxes in over 150 countries. Many who receive boxes are also invited to attend a 12-week follow-up discipleship program, The Greatest Journey. Here they learn more about what it means to follow Jesus and walk with Him for a lifetime, and how to share their faith. Receiving a New Testament at graduation, they are equipped to grow and bear fruit for Christ’s Kingdom.

You can be a part of this amazing program by packing a shoebox full of fun items for a child. Above all, pray for the eternal impact of your gifts.

All-Church Decorating Potluck – Sun Nov 17

— All-Church Decorating Potluck—10:45 am Sun Nov 17 – Everyone invited – decorate for the holidays with Homebuilders

Resolving Everyday Conflict – Sundays

Resolving Everyday Conflict
Sundays at 10:45 am
beginning August 25

With God’s help, you will learn to dramatically change the way you respond to conflict – no matter what the other person does! – at home, at work, and anywhere inbetween!

You’ll find powerful and practical answers in this Bible study, as it unpacks the amazing things the Bible has to say about conflict and relationships, in an open and nonthreatening way. Includes discussion questions, personal application, and devotionals. Topics include defining the conflict, determining legitimate interests, dealing with harmful responses, moving toward forgiveness, finding beneficial solutions to confounding situations.

Peacemaker Ministries is a nonprofit, nondenominational ministry whose mission is to equip and assist Christians and their churches to respond to conflict Biblically. Peacemaker Ministries is fervently working to train and equip all Christians (2.2 billion) in the world to respond Biblically to conflict in their churches, marriages, workplaces, and communities. More info https://grow.peacemaker.training/legacy-resources

Riverside Work Day – Sat Oct 19

(rescheduled from Oct 5 & Oct 12)
— Riverside Work Day – 10 am – Saturday October 19 – scraping & painting window trim,
reseeding lawn, landscaping, remodeling clean-up (paint stains, water marks, painting trim, etc). Mark your calendars and plan now to make the time to help the Elders! Thank you!

Okoboji Bible Conference Aug 3-11


GROWTH! 
 That’s the purpose of this annual Christian gathering in Northwest Iowa’s beautiful lakes region. The Okoboji Lakes offer a family fun oasis in the middle of America’s agricultural heartland. Okoboji is a place to grow! You’ll grow in God’s grace, knowledge of Bible truth, and global mission awareness all while enjoying friendships new and old.  

Every year since 1935 this late-summer gathering has served countless participants. It all started as a tent meeting and that tent meeting feel just won’t go away. Nobody wants it to. There is deep refreshing in ancient truth from contemporary Christian leaders joined by world-class Christian musicians and worship leaders. The takeaways are life-changing.

There is no registration fee. The Conference and related ministries continue by faith, depending on God’s provision through those who benefit. Donations are received to meet event expenses, maintain the campus, and support local, year-round ministries. To attend you need only care for your own transportation, housing, and meals (get additional info here). https://okobojiconference.org/

If you missed Conference 2018 be sure to watch THIS video for a peek at who was here and make plans now to join us for the 2019 Conference, August 3rd through the 11th.
*DVDs are available for most sessions. Inquire by calling the OBC Office. 712.332.2883

WOMEN’S LUNCHEON – 1 pm Wednesday August 7
https://okobojiconference.org/tickets/womens-luncheon/

Sharing the Water of Life – Parade

10:30 am Sunday July 21 – label water bottles for the parade!

PARADE 10 am Saturday July 27 @ TALL CORN DAYS – come help us give away free water bottles! – inviting people to receive the LIVING WATER of the Lord Jesus Christ www.siouxrapids.com/tall-corn-days -&-www.RiversideChurchIowa.com

Jesus said, “whoever drinks the water that I give will never thirst again” – John 4

National Call-2-Fall Prayer June 30

NATIONAL PRAYER MOVEMENT
SUNDAY, JUNE 30, 2019

America needs change. Yet the change we need does not come from
Washington or Wall Street. It comes from God. It begins with God’s people
praying to Him for the change we need:
If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and
seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven
and will forgive their sin and will heal their land. (2 Chronicles 7:14)

God promises real change – spiritual healing for our souls and our land – if we
will simply humble ourselves in repentant prayer before Him.
We have an amazing opportunity to join churches nationwide for the “Call
to Fall” on our knees. This call is nothing new. It follows many biblical and
historical examples that led to a national spiritual revival.

We have sinned and done wrong. We have been wicked and have rebelled; we
have turned away from your commands and laws. (Daniel 9:5)
God prescribes a very specific type of prayer that is a necessary prerequisite
to healing and renewal. He calls on us to fall to our knees before Him and
take responsibility for the state of our nation by confessing our corporate and
individual sins
For more details visit call2fall.com

Vacation Bible School – June 3-7

“TO MARS & BEYOND” – June 3-7 Vacation Bible School

3-2-1 is the countdown for the lift-off of the Rembrandt-Linn Grove area Vacation Bible School, “To Mars & Beyond.” Mission dates are Monday-Friday June 3-7. The VBS serves area children ages 4 through those completing sixth grade.

Our Mission Commander, his robot friend EP3-20, and all the Voyagers will “explore where God’s power can take us”. Along the way, we’ll experience cool music, exciting science, creative crafts, fun recreation, super snacks, and memorable Bible stories. Our mission will help us “go beyond” with faith, boldness, kindness, thankfulness, and hope.

Sponsoring churches are the CHRISM parish, Our Savior’s Lutheran, Rembrandt, Trinity Lutheran, Linn Grove, Immanuel Lutheran, rural Alta, and Riverside Evangelical Free, Linn Grove. All activities will be at the Rembrandt location, with classes running 8:30 am to noon each weekday. We will cap the week with an out-of-this-world community celebration service and lunch on Sunday June 9.

Questions – see Merri Drzycimski or
Pastor Grant or Pastor Rhonda, or contact Eloise 286-5579

Cremation or Burial ? Sunday May 19

9:30 am
Cremation or Burial ?

Review of Biblical, ethical, practical considerations

parts 1&2 together cremation_burn.or.bury_2019.05.19
BURY? burn.or.bury_2019.05.30 – John 11 AUDIO
BURN? considering.cremation_2019.05.23 John 11

National Day of Prayer 7 pm Weds May 1

7 p m Community prayer service – hosted by Riverside Church
www.NationalDayOfPrayer.org

First of all, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life,
godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth – 1 Timothy 2:1–4