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River Reach News 11/3

Dear River Reach Family,

Then I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?” Then I said, “Here am I. Send me!” Isaiah 6:8

Several years ago our family headed to the airport to catch a flight out of town.  We packed our bags, grabbed our young children and made it to the airport ahead of time.  After frantically trying to get everyone through the TSA security check, we made our way toward the terminals.  Our children we amazed at the escalators and moving walkways.  We took several rides, snapped a few pictures, looked out the windows to watch the planes.  Suddenly our moment of ease was interrupted when we heard or names being called over the loudspeakers.  It was the final call for boarding for our flight!  Somehow we had the wrong time in our minds!  We quickly grabbed our luggage and our children and raced to the boarding gate.  By God’s grace we made it onto our flight.  For many believers, salvation is a rush that enters us into the blessing of new life in Christ.  Everything is new and exciting, but too often once we are in Christ we lose sight of God’s will for our life and begin to meander through life chasing our own dreams and interests.  Our greatest need as believers is to gain a better view of the majesty of God’s holiness and the incredible mercy we have received in Christ (Isaiah 6:1-7).  When you see the glory of God, you will become attentive to His voice and delight to serve Him.

Sunday Sermon: “Ready to Serve!” – Isaiah 6:6-13

Thank you and for your service at Fall Fun Fest!

Praise the Lord for answering so many prayers and allow our church family to represent the love of our Savior to our community.  I was blessed to see almost everyone in our church serving the Lord together!  Praise the Lord for bringing out close to 400 people from our community.  Let’s continue to pray that God will bring fruit from our labors. 

Afternoon Fellowship this Sunday at noon

Discipleship Groups Sunday afternoon at 1:00pm

Due to our afternoon fellowship format, we will meet for our discipleship groups at 1:00pm this Sunday instead of the regular 6:00pm.

Men: Read chapter 4 in The Trellis and the Vine:  

Women: Complete Week 7 in the study guide.

Pastor and Jen traveling to visit our missionaries Micah and Alisha Tuttle

Jen and I would greatly appreciate your prayers as we head out to visit our missionaries.  We will be leaving on Sunday after church to drive to CT.  We will be flying out of JFK on Wednesday evening late and arriving in Georgia via Madrid, Barcelona, Istanbul on Friday afternoon.  We are so excited for the opportunity to visit some of our missionaries on the field.  Please pray that the Lord will give us a greater understanding and burden for foreign missions.  Please also pray that we will be a blessing to Micah, Alisha, and their four children while we are there.

A big thank you to those who are working to gather up items we can take with us to be a blessing to their family!  Please bring those items to church this Sunday.  If you would like to give a love gift for the Tuttles you may do so through the offering.

Following our visit we will take some time to rest in Barcelona and then back with my family in CT.  We will greatly miss you while we are gone.  We will only be a text message away (free)!  Please feel free to contact us while we are out of town if you have any needs.

Pastor Dan and other men in the church will be filling in while I am gone.  I look forward to hearing of your faithfulness to the Lord and seeing God bless you all while we are gone! We should arrive back November 28th.

Prayer Requests:

  • The Lord to bring fruit from Fall Fun Fest
  • Safety for Jen and I as we travel to visit our missionaries the Tuttles in the country of Georgia
  • Salvation of friends and family members
  • Gospel opportunities
  • Janine job interview on Monday
  • Our nation and leaders, peace

Upcoming Events:

  • Sunday 11/5 – Regular Sunday Services (10:30am) and Sunday School (9:25am Adults, New Members, Children)
    • Noon: Lunch fellowship
    • 1:00pm – Discipleship groups
  • Wednesday 11/8 – 6:30pm – Prayer Meeting / Bible Study
  • Sunday 11/12 – 9:30am – Live video call with Pastor and Micah Tuttle from Georgia
  • Sunday 11/19 – Missionary Joel Hernandez and family to Monterrey, Mexico

Blessed to be your Pastor!
Matthew Rowley

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