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River Valley Newsletter March 21st, 2019

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Following Jesus does not equate to being loved by everyone. Jesus himself was not loved by everyone; in fact those who knew him best rejected him. The old saying is true, “Familiarity breeds contempt.” Have you become so familiar with Jesus as you want him to be that you often miss Jesus as he really is?

Have you become discouraged because in your attempts to “be like Jesus” you are sometimes misunderstood and rejected by those closest to you? The good news of the gospel is that while following Jesus may lead to rejection by the world, it also leads to the blessings of the kingdom.
We hope to see you this Sunday. Bring your Bible and a friend and we'll see you there!

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Membership Class

Are you considering becoming a member of River Valley Church? You are invited to join us at one of our membership classes where you will learn all about our theology, philosophy of ministry, vision, and pragmatic aspects of how we function as a church.

Attending the class (must attend part 1 and 2)  does not make you a member, but it provides you with the information you need in order to pray and discern whether or not River Valley is the church that God has called you to join and be on mission with.

If you are new to River Valley, please attend Starting Point before attending our Membership Class.

Upcoming Membership Class Dates:

March 23 (part 1 & 2)
9:00 am-2:00 pm
Lunch and child care will be provided

Easter 2019

April 21 10:00 am at Penn High School Arena | Join us this Easter as we celebrate the hope of new beginnings with a special service at Penn High School! We want to pack Penn's arena full! Start thinking about and praying for who you might invite to this impactful event.

Volunteer For Easter

Since we are hosting Easter off-site this year at Penn High School, we will need volunteers to serve in different areas to pull off this wonderful opportunity to reach our community.

For more information on ways you can serve and to sign-up, please stop by the Easter HQ table in the foyer on Sunday morning.

36-Hour Prayer Vigil

Good Friday (April 19) 8:00 pm - Easter Morning (April 21) 8:00 am | Church's House On Candance Lane, 55970 Candace Lane, Mishawaka | A 36-hour prayer vigil prior to Easter Sunday service in order to be vigilant in asking the Lord to open people’s hearts to believe the gospel. Sign-up for one hour of prayer alone or with a friend. Enter through the back door of the garage.

Child Care Team

River Valley Church is currently seeking awesome individuals interested in joining our child care team, which will handle child care for specific events on an as-needed basis. Pay is $20 an hour.

To apply, contact Calie at

Divorce Care

Meeting Mondays from 6:30-8:30 pm here at the Church. DivorceCare is for those who have experienced the loss that comes with divorce or separation. Child care available.

For more information please contact Christine at

Women's Ministry

Prayer Morning
April 6th 9:30-11:00 am | A morning for the women of River Valley to be reminded of the biblical call to pray and spend significant time praying, both corporately and individually.
No childcare will be provided.

Student Ministry 
Middle School Believe Conference
April 26-27th | This weekend event is specifically designed for middle school students, grade 6-8, produced by Christ in Youth. Students will worship alongside hundreds of other middle schoolers while they learn to find their identity in Christ. Cost is $60 and registration is required and open til March 24th.

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Coming up . . .
  • Mar 23 | Membership Class | 9:00 am-2:00 pm
  • Apr 6 | Women's Prayer Morning | 9:30-11:00 am
  • Apr 8 | Membership Class (Part 1) 6:30-8:30 pm
  • Apr 15 | Membership Class (Part 2) 6:30-8:30 pm
  • Apr 19 | Good Friday Service | 6:30 pm
  • Apr 19-21 | 36-Hour Prayer Vigil
  • Apr 21 | Easter @ Penn High School | 10:00 am
  • Apr 26-27 | Middle School: Believe Conference
  • Apr 24 | Baptism Class | 7:00-8:30 pm
  • Apr 28 | Baptism | 9 & 10:45 am
  • May 5 | Membership Class (Part 1) | 10:30-12:30 pm
  • May 19 | Membership Class (Part 2) | 10:30-12:30 pm

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