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And we’re back! River Reach News 12/1

Dear River Reach Family,

“Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, a virgin will be with child and bear a son, and she will call His name Immanuel.” Isaiah 7:14

Christmas is only 24 days away!  Retail stores would love us to believe that Christmas is all about shopping and gifting the latest and greatest to yourself and loved ones.  Christmas is about gift giving.  It is about God’s greatest gift to us.  A little baby boy named “Immanuel” or “God with us”! (Matthew 1:21-23) For the next several weeks I would like to continue in the context of our study in Isaiah to consider the announcement of Christ’s birth 730 years before it happened! (Isaiah 7:14)  The virgin birth of Jesus Christ is not simply a unique theological feature, but a foundation for our faith.  I hope you will join us this Sunday morning as we unpack this passage.

Sunday Sermon: “Virgin Birth: A Foundation for Our Faith” – Isaiah 7:1-17

Thank you and for your prayers!

Jen and I are very grateful for a wonderful visit with our missionaries and family vacation.  Thank you for your prayers for us while we were away.  We are very thankful to be back home!  We can’t wait to see all of you on Sunday.

During our regular Sunday Classes time at 9:30am, I will be giving an update on our visit with our missionaries in the country of Georgia.  I will have plenty of pictures, a few Georgian trinkets, and even a Georgian snack to share with you.  I hope you will be able to join us.   Please bring any questions you might have!

Men’s Meeting / Workday / Christmas Decorating tomorrow morning


The men will have a regular Men’s Meeting at 8:30am flowed by a workday.  We will be pulling a new cable for the Display in the auditorium as well as a few other projects.

At 10:00am the ladies will decorate the building for Christmas!

Discipleship Groups Sunday evening at 6:00pm

Men: Read chapter 7 in The Trellis and the Vine:  

Women: Complete Week 9 in the study guide.


Prayer Requests:

  • Susan physical strength
  • Salvation of friends and family members
  • Gospel opportunities
  • Janine traveling back to Hong Kong on Wednesday
  • Our nation and leaders, peace

Upcoming Events:

  • Sunday 12/3 – 9:30am – Pastor’s update on Micah and Alisha (Adults, New Members, Children)
    • 10:30am – Morning Worship
    • 6:00pm – Discipleship groups
  • Wednesday 12/6 – 6:30pm – Prayer Meeting / Bible Study
  • Sunday 12/17 – 10:00am Christmas program and outreach

Blessed to be your Pastor!
Matthew Rowley


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