Making reproducing disciples of Jesus Christ

Merge! 10/19

Dear River Reach Family,

Brethren, pray for us. 26   Greet all the brethren with a holy kiss. 27 I adjure you by the Lord to have this letter read to all the brethren.” 1 Thessalonians 5:25-27

The long awaited day arrived.  I was 16 1/2 years old.  I had taken a driver’s education class, practiced driving with my parents, and just passed my driving test.  With my license hot off the press and tucked into my wallet, I climbed into the driver’s seat for the first time as a fully licensed driver in the state of Connecticut.  As I pulled out of the DMV nervous tension began to build in my heart.   Interstate travel was required to get home.  My learner’s permits forbade highway travel.  For the first time I would have to accelerate and merge into the roaring herd of cars racing CT commuters.  Filled with anticipation, I turned onto the entrance ramp and hit the gas.  The end of the ramp assured one of two possible outcomes, a non-eventful successful merge, or an embarrassing disaster sure to scar me for life.  A tight jaw quickly turned to a confident smile as I merged successfully merged into the masses of unconcerned drivers.  As the writers conclude their letter to the Thessalonians, they urge the maturing disciples to successfully merge into God’s design for spiritual profitability in the body of Christ.

Sunday Sermon: “Merge! – 1 Thessalonians 5:25-27

A Successful Fall Fun Fest

Praise the Lord giving us beautiful weather, willing servants, and around 350-400 people to participate in our Fall Fun Fest last week.  The Lord graciously enabled us to reflect His love into our community.  Thank you to all those who worked so hard to make this outreach a success!  Let’s continue to pray that the Lord will bring fruit that glorifies His name through our efforts.

“Walk Class” this Sunday evening @ 6:00pm

Assignment: Complete Chapter 2: Biblical Change in “The Walk” book.  Be prepared to discuss what you learned!  We will continue our discussion in Chapter 2.

Prayer Requests:

  • Fruit for the Lord’s glory from Fall Fun Fest
  • Those who are facing health challenges
  • Two men in our church back out at sea serving our nation and their families
  • Someone that the Lord can use you to lead to Christ
  • Someone that the Lord can use you to lead to follow Christ
  • Susan’s health
  • Peace in our nation and around the world
  • Our missionaries as they serve the Lord around the world

Upcoming Events:

  • Friday 10/19 – 6:00pm – Ladies Night Out
  • Sunday 10/21 – 9:25am – Sunday Classes (Adult and Children’s classes)
    • 10:30am – Morning Worship (1 Thessalonians – One Life to a Life for Life)
    • 6:00pm – The Walk Class
  • Wednesday 10/24 – 6:30pm – Prayer / Bible Study

Blessed to be your Pastor!
Matthew Rowley


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