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River Reach News 9/29

Dear River Reach Family,

“Come now, and let us reason together,” says the LORD, “though your sins are as scarlet, they will be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they will be like wool. 19 “If you consent and obey, you will eat the best of the land.” Isaiah 2:5


In the last three days, two young men in our city on separate occasions drastically damaged their lives through sin.  One 18 year old shot a border patrol agent walking out of Publix in the back and then committed suicide.  Today a 22 years old shot into a vehicle in road rage and critically injured two other young people.  He is now charged with three counts of attempted murder.  The news highlights these types of major life altering events.  Shootings, murder, violence, and other breaking news have become so common that it is easy to scroll right past the latest “shocking” news story without being shocked.  How much more have our senses been dulled to the less visible damage sin brings within our own lives.  Every sin is destructive.  Sins overlooked lead to devastation, heartbreak, spiritual and emotional injuries, and most significantly, an injured relationship with our loving heavenly Father.  This Sunday morning the Holy Spirit through the prophet Isaiah will paint a dreadful picture of sin and its devastation but also point us to the magnificent hope for sinners!

Sunday Sermon: “From Desolation to Delight!” – Isaiah 1:4-19

Save the Date!  Fall Fun Fest – October 28th 11-2pm

Fall has officially arrived, and we would like to invite your family to come and join us on Saturday, October 28th, from 11-2pm for our annual Fall Fun Fest. This is a perfect family outing: there will be games, food, prizes, and it’s absolutely free! Our church family is looking forward to this event and has been working hard to make Fall Fun Fest special and memorable for all who attend.

Lunch Fellowship and Singspiration 10/1

In just over one week on Sunday, October 1st, we will break from our normal schedule to enjoy a time of fellowship and singing.  I hope you will be able to join us!

Kim Hibbard, the Rutledges niece who works with the Wheelers in India will share a 10-15 minute update in the afternoon during our Singspiration.

Afternoon Schedule 10/1:
  • 12:00pm – Lunch Fellowship
  • 1:00pm – Singspiration / Kim Hibbard update
  • No Discipleship Groups at 6:00pm

No Discipleship Groups this Sunday evening

New Book for the men:  Lord willing, next week October 8th we will begin discussing a new book that I think will be very helpful and practical for in empowering us as men to be disciplemakers for the Lord.  I have a few copies of the book on order, but if you would like to order the book or download a kindle version for yourself, please feel free to do so.

The Gaedtkes are moved into their new home!

Prayer Requests:

  • Aaron and Emily Thompson as they seek to schedule more meetings and continue to raise support on deputation
  • Janine as she searches for a job
  • Puerto Rico and Mexico City as they recover from disasters
  • Fall Fun Fest preparations
  • Salvation of friends and family members
  • Gospel opportunities
  • Our nation and leaders; peace

Upcoming Events:

  • Sunday 10/1 – Regular Sunday Services (10:30am) and Sunday School (9:25am Adults, New Members, Children)
    • 12:00pm – Lunch Fellowship
    • 1:00pm – Singspiration
  • Wednesday 10/4 – 6:30pm – Prayer Meeting and Bible Study
  • Saturday 10/7 – 8:30am Men’s Meeting / Workday
  • October 28th – 11-2:00pm – Fall Fun Fest

Blessed to be your Pastor!
Matthew Rowley


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