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River Valley Newsletter December 20, 2018

Sunday's Sermon

How can we have a deep sense of joy in the dark circumstances of our lives - especially when our circumstances tell us that God is not capable or willing to help us? On the Sunday of Joy we remembered: there is always hope for us because of who God is! In this weary world, we rejoice in the great power of the gospel!

If you missed Sunday's sermon, be sure to listen or watch it this week by following the link below. We hope to see you this Sunday. Bring your Bible and a friend and we'll see you there!

Christmas Eve Services

We will have 3 identical services on Christmas Eve at 4:00, 5:30, and 7:00pm. Each service will offer childcare for children up to age 4.

Office Closed

The church office will close at noon on Monday, Dec 24 and will reopen on Wednesday, Jan 2. If you have an emergency situation, please call the church office and leave a message. Staff will be checking messages daily.

Year End Giving

To earn tax credit for 2018, all giving must be placed in an offering box by Sunday, December 30 or postmarked by December 31. If you have questions, please contact Amye at

Comfort for Christmas

This holiday season, River Valley is partnering with M.A.C. Food Pantry to help those in need in our community. We are collecting donations until December 30th! You can bring all donations to the donation box in the church foyer.

The list of items needed are:
Winter hats
Socks (of all sizes and styles)
Toothbrushes & Toothpaste
Bars of soap
***The biggest need is toilet paper*** 

MOPS Childcare Opportunity

The MOPs (Moms of Preschoolers) is looking for volunteers for child care. MOPS meets at 9:00-11:00AM on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of every month starting Wednesday, January 9th and continuing on until Wednesday, May 22nd.For more information contact Calie,

Student Ministry 

Below are some exciting opportunities coming up for 6th - 12th graders!
New Years Overnight Bash | Monday, Dec 31 - Tuesday, Jan 1, 8pm-9am
Open to all 6th - 12th graders and their friends! This will be a fun night to gather, enjoy community, play lots of high energy games, and celebrate the coming of the new year! Snacks and drinks will be provided in the evening and breakfast will be served before students are picked up in the morning. Event is FREE but students must register! Click on the button below to get signed up!

Winter Palooza (Ice Skating + Movie) | Thursday, Jan 3, Noon-5:30pm

Another winter break event for all 6th-12th graders and their friends! From noon to 12:45 we will be in the Delta for lunch together. Then we will take the RVC bus to Merrifield Ice Rink in MIshawaka for some ice skating fun! Then we'll be back at the Delta from 3-5pm watching a movie with snacks, popcorn and hot chocolate! The cost is $5, and students must register for the event below. They must also fill out an updated Medical Release Waiver found here.

Coming up . . .

  • Dec 24 | Christmas Eve Service Times: 4:00, 5:30, 7:00pm
  • Dec 31 - Jan 1 | Student New Years Overnight Bash, 8pm-9am
  • Dec 25 - Jan 1 | Church Office Closed
  • Jan 3 | Student Ministry Winter Palooza

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