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December Advent & Christmas Services

morning services at 9:15 am – coffee & goodies every Sunday
3 Dec – 1st Sunday in Advent Praise & Worship
10 Dec – 2nd Sunday in Advent -&- Christmas Communion
17 Dec – 3rd Sunday in Advent -&- CHILDRENS CHRISTMAS PROGRAM followed by Christmas Coffee Fellowship -&- 1:30 pm afternoon caroling with our Praise Team
24 Dec – 4th Sunday in Advent Praise & Worship – with Safley Family Music
PLUS Candlelight Carols Service at 5 pm
31 Dec –
Haiti Mission update with Colin & Carla Wilson
bring family & friends!

Christmas Decorations Party & Lunch Nov 26

10:45 am – Sunday Nov 26 – decorate our facilities for the Christmas season
followed by LUNCH – great fall food & fellowship!

Homebuilders – please bring items for three love-touch baskets

Operation Christmas Child – party Nov 19

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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.

YOU can help with shoebox collection today! – we’ll have a PACKING PARTY at 10:45 am Sunday Nov 19 –
Info here – Operation Christmas Child… and WHAT to put in an OCC shoebox… coloring pages here

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.

rsvp Homebuilders 10:45 Sunday Nov 12

10:45 am – assemble gift boxes for Operation Christmas Child
followed by LUNCH – great fall food & fellowship!
RSVP hosts Drivers & Mangolds – bring a friend!
homemade ice cream!

plz bring items for three love-touch baskets

New series on 2 Peter – Grow in God’s Grace

Having wrapped up our series on the Attributes of God, please join us Sunday 22 October to begin a new sermon series on 2 Peter – letter to God’s elect about GROWING in God’s grace!

2 Peter 1:1-8 “Simeon Peter, a servant and apostle of Jesus Christ, To those who have obtained a faith of equal standing with ours by the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ: May grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord. His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us to His own glory and excellence, by which He has granted to us His precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire. For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love. For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.”  www.esv.org/2+Peter+1/

Missed a message? You can tune in to audio mp3 files of sermons and one-page summaries in our blog column. And you are welcome to request outline handouts listing Scripture references for each message. Our facebook page also features daily devotionals and Bible readings that correspond with each week’s message. THANK YOU for studying God’s life-transforming Word with your local church family at Riverside!

Congregational Mtg -&- Potluck – Oct 22

Congregational Meeting—10:45 am Sunday October 22
with All-Church Potluck Lunch to follow about 11:30 am.
This meeting will take up the tabled motion from the Annual Meeting, regarding the recommendation to sell the house property at 417 Church Street in Linn Grove. Please see an elder with questions. Plan now to attend & bring a friend – we will have plenty of food!

Special Youth Challenge – Sept 29-30-Oct 1

SYC Fall Deer Hunt
6 pm
 Friday Sept 29 – banquet at Sioux Rapids fire station
Fall Hunt – Saturday Sept 30 – Sunday Oct 1
www.SYCiowa.org
pray for the ministry of the gospel through SYC
www.facebook.com/SYCiowa/

Chuck Crain IN CONCERT – Tue Aug 29

posterinsert – bring a friend for an evening of  Gospel inspiration!

All-Church Community Picnic – CANCELED

Okoboji Bible Conference Aug 5-13

http://okobojiconference.org/ August 5-13

Ron & Tawny Dotzler, ABIDE – 7:15 pm Mon & Tues
Women’s Luncheon – 1 pm Weds Aug 9
http://okobojiconference.org/tickets/womens-luncheon/