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River Reach News 4/21

Dear River Reach Family,

Now Sarai, Abram’s wife had borne him no children, and she had an Egyptian maid whose name was Hagar. 2 So Sarai said to Abram, “Now behold, the LORD has prevented me from bearing children. Please go in to my maid; perhaps I will obtain children through her.” And Abram listened to the voice of Sarai.” Genesis 16:1-2

Did you read those verses?  A beautiful marriage relationship of many years is in danger of being ruined!  How do you get to the point where you make such foolish and sinful choices that lead to massive and long term heartache, pain, and suffering?  Abram and Sarai sin in pursuit of obtaining their hearts desire: a child.  When we read this account, we scratch our heads and say, “Why?”  Let’s not be too hard on Abram and Sarai.  More often than we might like to admit, we are be guilty of the same sin though it appears in various forms.  When we set our hearts on the blessing God promises rather than on the God who promises the blessing we are charting a course for disaster.

Morning Sermon: “A False Step” Genesis 16:1-6

Easter Praise:

I want to praise the Lord for what He accomplished this past Sunday.  He blessed us with a wonderful day of celebration and kingdom advance.  Thank you for your outreach and prayers and service to the Lord.  The Lord blessed our labors and brought in eight first time visitors and several returning visitors to hear the Gospel and observe the power of the Gospel at work in our lives.  Let’s continue to pray for continued opportunities to point these souls to Jesus Christ.

Combined Adult Sunday School this week 4/23

Josh Rowley has been working on a Sunday School lesson entitled, “The Conclusion of a Choice – Fear the Lord” from Proverbs 3:7.  I want to encourage you to join us in Sunday School.  I trust that God will use Josh’s ministry to be a blessing to all of us this Sunday morning at 9:25.

Refresh Conference begins next week 4/30.

It is hard to believe it is here already!  Mike and Amy Herbster and their 4 teenage children will be joining us for a spiritual refreshment conference.  God has given evangelists to be a blessing to the church and encourage us in our spiritual walk with the Lord.  I want to encourage you to make every effort to join us for as many sessions as possible.  You will be thankful that you did!

Refresh Schedule:

Sunday: 9:30am; 10:30am; Lunch; Afternoon service

Monday – Wednesday at 6:30pm

Meals: If you would like to host the Herbsters for a meal, they are available for dinners Monday-Wednesday.  Please let Pastor Dan or myself know if you are interested in hosting a meal.

Outreach: We will have a special outreach for the Refresh Conference on 4/29 @ 10:30am.

Church Business:

  • Praise the Lord we voted unanimously to approve the finances for the new roof.  Plans are moving forward and, Lord willing, work should begin within the next 2-3 weeks.

 Prayer Requests:

  • Visitors to return
  • Refresh conference
  • Marsell and Akiko traveling to Japan

Upcoming Events:

  • Saturday 4/29 – 10:30am – Refresh Outreach
  • Sunday 4/30 – Refresh Conference
    • 9:25am – First Session
    • 10:30am – Second Session
    • Noon – Lunch Fellowship
    • 1:00pm – Third Session
    • Monday-Wednesday @ 6:30pm
  • May 7th Missionaries Ben and Ashley Fairchild to Indonesia

The Lord is good!
Matthew Rowley


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