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The Portrait of a Biblical Elder – Acts 20:13-24

Dear River Reach Family,

You yourselves know, from the first day that I set foot in Asia, how I was with you the whole time, 19 serving the Lord with all humility and with tears and with trials which came upon me through the plots of the Jews

Acts 20:18-19

Leaders make a significant impact on our lives and well-being. Over the last few months as American citizens we’ve learned from first hand experience how the character and wisdom of public leaders directly affect our lives. To an even greater extent spiritual leaders can either be a great blessing and help to us or be tools of Satan to lead us astray. As Paul is rushing back to Jerusalem to celebrate the church’s birthday, he takes time to stop and give a challenge to the elders of the Ephesian church. The Holy Spirit wisely included Paul’s charge to these elders to teach us the proper philosophy and mindset of a biblical church leader. Whether we are leaders or lay persons in the church we must all develop a godly philosophy of ministry.

Sermon: “The Portrait of a Biblical Elder” – Acts 20:13-24

Wednesday Evening Prayer and Bible Study online only this week

With great joy we announced this past Wednesday evening Shawn’s desire to join our church as a member. Since he is under Covid-19 restrictions to stay on base, we will be meeting online only this Wednesday evening to hear his salvation testimony and vote on him for church membership. Looking forward to a wonderful time this Wednesday evening!

Preparing to observe the Lord’s Supper on June 21st

Having been delayed by the pandemic, we look forward to following our Lord’s instruction to remember His death together as a church. We are still not back to normal yet, but we want to do what we can to honor Lord in the meantime. It is our desire to include those of you who are homebound at this in our observance. Beginning this Sunday we will be making available prepackaged bread and grape juice for you to use in our celebration on June 21st. You are welcome to pick them up from the church if you are in the area. You may have a family member bring them home for you. We will be happy to deliver them to you if you desire to participate. If you have any questions, please contact myself or Pastor Dan.

This Week’s Schedule:

  • Sunday
    • 9:25am – Adult and children’s classes (Adult class and Timothy class online as well through Sunday morning link)
    • 10:30am – Morning Worship (nursery available)
  • Wednesday: 6:30pm online only

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Zelle Online Giving available

If you would like to give an offering through an electronic means, you may now give through Zelle. You will find our church listed under the email address:

If you put in the email address correctly Zelle should recognize the recipient as “River Reach Baptist Church, Inc.” If you have any questions, please contact me.

Prayer Requests:

  • Carolyn and Mark recovering from a flood in their home
  • Peace and justice for all in our nation
  • Our audio/visual/live streaming equipment to work and operate without distraction
  • Our leaders to have wisdom
  • Opportunities to share Christ in these uncertain times
  • Spiritual growth and strength for each one in our church
  • 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
  • Our missionaries as they serve the Lord around the world

Blessed to be your Pastor!
Matthew Rowley


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