Making reproducing disciples of Jesus Christ

A Disciple’s Choice 3/1

Dear River Reach Family,

When they had entered the city, they went up to the upper room where they were staying; that is, Peter and John and James and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James the son of Alphaeus, and Simon the Zealot, and Judas the son of James. 14 These all with one mind were continually devoting themselves to prayer, along with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with His brothers.”

Acts 1:13-14

A federal judge ruled last Friday that the law requiring men — but not women — to register for a U.S. military draft is unconstitutional. Thankfully drafting people into military service hasn’t been necessary since 1973. Our current military is filled with those who serve our nation voluntarily. Similarly, though our Lord calls every one of us to be His witnesses, He does not force any one to serve Him. Every act of service in the kingdom of God is performed 100% voluntarily. Faith in Jesus Christ provides motivation for service. After Jesus left the earth, His 11 disciples returned to Jerusalem to wait for the Holy Spirit as they had been instructed (Acts 1:12). Our passage for this Sunday highlights the two choices one may make toward serving Christ.

Sermon: “A Disciple’s Choice” – Acts 1:12-26

Men’s Meeting / Workday tomorrow morning at 8:30am

Tomorrow, with God’s help, the men will be installing new LED parking lot lights! We praise the Lord for providing the purchase of these lights through the faithful giving of our people. If you are a man, we could use your help! If you are not able to attend, please pray for safety as we rent a lift and work 20′ in the air.

Lunch Fellowship this Sunday afternoon following the morning service

For a little break and opportunity for fellowship, we will have a Taco Sunday lunch fellowship and no evening class. If you are able to bring food to the fellowship, you may sign up here!

NO Shepherding a Child’s Heart Class this Sunday!

Refresh Conference Date Change to March 24-27!

We look forward to a time of annual spiritual refreshment through the ministry of Matt Herbster at the end of March. Initially we had scheduled March 31-April 4th, but we found out this week that Brother Herbster had accidentally scheduled us for March 24-27th. The good news is that our spiritual refreshment will be here one week earlier!

Upcoming Events:

  • Saturday 3/2 – 8:30am Men’s Meeting / Church Workday
  • Sunday 3/3 – 9:25am – Sunday Classes (Adult and Children’s classes)
    • 10:30am – Morning Worship: “Acts: Your Part in God’s Plan”
    • 12:00pm – Taco Sunday lunch fellowship
    • No Evening Parenting Class
  • Wednesday 3/6 – 6:30pm – Prayer and Bible Study
  • Save the Date: March 24-27 – Refresh Conference with Matt Herbster

Prayer Requests:

  • Safety for the church workday
  • Carolyn’s vehicle situation
  • Spiritual growth for those being discipled
  • Our nation to repent and turn to God
  • Someone that the Lord can use you to lead to Christ
  • Someone that the Lord can use you to lead to follow Christ
  • Peace in our nation and around the world
  • Our missionaries as they serve the Lord around the world

Blessed to be your Pastor!
Matthew Rowley


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