Dear RiverGrace Family,
Last Sunday we had another farewell in RiverGrace. One of our refugee friends felt it was now safe enough to return to her home country. While we are happy that she can return to a more normal lifestyle, and also see her children for the first time in over 5 years, it’s still a loss to our RiverGrace family.
On Sunday, I will be finishing up our series on the book of Nehemiah. by looking at chapter 13. The overall theme of this study has been about Nehemiah’s leadership. The sermon title will be “Israel’s Backsliding and Nehemiah’s Reforms. ” The backsliding I’m referring to is about the Israelites quickly falling back into their old ways and sins after Nehemiah went back to his job as cupbearer to the King of Persia. After a few years he returned to Jerusalem and found this undesirable situation.
We’ll also address his response to those problems. In our modern minds those responses may seem extreme, but they were all because of Nehemiah’s desire for the Israelites to live for God the way He intended them to live as his chosen people. His anger was a righteous one.
Rita will be leading the worship team, and we’ll also give out the baptism certificates and Bibles, to those who were baptized this year. We’ll have our regular fellowship lunch after the service.
I will give you a heads up that there will be guests from our mission, Michael Gearhart and his wife, who will be taking video shots during and after the service. So don’t be surprised, just try to act natural! I’m not sure all that he want’s to shoot, but he may ask a few of you to to do a short interview. Please don’t be shy. This video will be used primarily in the US… for those who are OMS supporters of mission work.
The Cleansing Stream groups will be meeting after lunch.
Again, here’s just a reminder of our holiday activities, first our Christmas party which will be held on Christmas Day, December 25 at 11am, on the UCC covered playground, and secondly, our RiverGrace family retreat which will be held on Sunday December 31 after our regular service.
Lineup for this coming Sunday, December 17
⁃ 10:00am - Worship team practice
⁃ 10:45am - Setup
- 11:15 am- Pre-service prayer in room B23
⁃ 12pm - Worship service
- 3pm - Cleansing Stream groups will meet.
Activities next week…
⁃ Wednesday, December 20 - AM and PM Connect Groups / Spanish Fellowship
- Sunday Dec. 24,- P. Cindy ending her series on Ephesisans
- December 25, 11:00am - RiverGrace Christmas party
- December 31, 3:00 - midnight - RG family retreat day.
Come join us for all our activities.
Love and blessings,