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2017_January Happenings @ Riverside

2017_January Happenings @ Riverside

Happy New Year!

Can you believe another year has come and gone? Where does the time go? Many of us will make New Year Resolutions only to break them. According to statisticbrain.com, the top 10 resolutions are:

  1. Lose Weight
  2. Getting Organized
  3. Spend Less, Save More
  4. Enjoy Life to the Fullest
  5. Staying Fit and Healthy
  6. Learn Something Exciting
  7. Quit Smoking
  8. Help Others in Their Dreams
  9. Fall in Love
  10. Spend More Time with Family

Although these are good resolutions, where's God and your relationship with him on this list? So I searched the web and found on BuzzVine "10 New Year's Resolutions Every Christian Should Make."

  1. Resolve to stay faithful to Jesus Christ. He is the one Truth, Way, and Life. There's no reason to look elsewhere.
  2. Resolve to not let anything – a career, a significant other, social media, a house – become an object of worship.
  3. Decide to watch your language and not speak any negative talk, especially involving the name of God.
  4. Resolve to prevent burnout by putting aside work one day a week. Trust God to provide for your needs that day and just enjoy the time He's given you.
  5. Resolve to talk to your parents on a regular basis, and show them love and respect.
  6. Resolve to be angry less. Channel any feelings of rage, which Jesus said are as severe as murder, into worshiping God and serving others.
  7. Resolve to honor your commitment to your spouse. Whether in thought or deed, stay pure and loyal in the union God made.
  8. Resolve not to take anything that's not yours, including stuff you can hold and put in your pocket, and plenty that you can't, like music downloads, streaming movies and hours on your timecard.
  9. Resolve to speak about others only with truth and love, not gossip.
  10. Resolve to be content with what you have, and not worry about that others are amassing.

I like those better and hope to be able to put them into practice. How about you?

January Sermon Series

Pastor Otto will kick off 2017 with his series entitled "New Beginnings" on Sunday, January 8th. The schedule is as follows:

  • January 1st: Guest Speaker: Rev. Al Fernandez
  • January 8th: A New You
  • January 15th: A New Identity
  • January 22nd: A New Walk
  • January 29th: A New Direction

Please join us and invite your families and friends.

MasterLife Discipleship Class

MasterLife is a discipleship study of four books (6 sessions each) that helps believers in Jesus to move toward spiritual maturity. It is appropriate for both new Christians and seasoned believers in Jesus Christ. In addition to gaining victory over areas of weakness, participants will be encouraged to master living in the Word, prayer, personal purity, witnessing, and other key disciplines of faith. The first book of this series will be the focus of our attention beginning on Sunday, January 22nd through Sunday, February 26th at 6:00 p.m. in Room 205. The cost for the books is $10.00 each; due at the first class. So we can adequately prepare, please sign up at the table in the Foyer by Sunday, January 15th. Please join us in studying MasterLife 1: The Disciple’s Cross. Childcare will be available with advanced reservations only! Otto Fernandez will lead the class.

Experiencing God: Knowing and Doing the Will of God

Experiencing God: Knowing and Doing the Will of God is a 13-week study written by Henry Blackaby, Richard Blackaby, and Claude King and based on the Experiencing God book. Through an examination of biblical and contemporary illustrations, participants will understand and apply seven realities of experiencing God. This study will also help participants understand how to experience God as a church. The class will begin on Sunday, February 26th at 6:00 PM in Room 214. The cost of the book is $16.00 and paid at the first class. Bob and Allyson Owers will lead the class.  Sign up is available in the Foyer.

Worship and Connect Group Information:

Join us for worship:

  • Traditional Worship, 9:30 AM, Worship Center
  • Contemporary Worship Service, 11:00 AM, Worship Center
  • Spanish/Portuguese Worship Service, 11:00 AM, Fellowship Hall

Connect Groups for all ages at 9:30 and 11:00 AM except on Sunday, January 1st.

Lord's Supper: Sunday, January 8th. We usually celebrate the Lord's Supper the first Sunday of every month. All who believe in Jesus are invited to join us at His table. However, due to the holiday, we will celebrate the Lord's Supper on the Second Sunday.

Sunday, January 1st: We will have ONE Combined Traditional and Contemporary Worship Service at 11:00 AM.  No, Connect Groups or Worship Service at 9:30 AM. No Connect Groups or childcare at 11:00 AM. The Spanish and Portuguese Service will be at 11:00 AM. Please make a note of this!

Baptisms: Sunday, January 15th.  If interested in being baptized January 15th you will need to meet with Pastor Otto following one of our worship services on Sunday, January 8th. (The 3rd Sunday of each month we celebrate Baptisms.)

Weekly Events @ Riverside

Moms in Prayer

meets Mondays (during the school year) @ 9:00 AM in the Brides/Prayer Room. Moms in Prayer will not meet on Monday, January 2nd.

Men of Impact Men's Ministry

meets Mondays @ 7:00 PM at the Warehouse (our free standing building). It is a time of prayer, Bible Study, fellowship, support, and encouragement. This ministry is for men 18 and older and meets on a weekly basis. Our current study is based on the movie "Courageous."

Heart and Hands Ministry

meets every Tuesday @ 10:00 AM in Room 204. We will not meet on Tuesday, January 3rd.

Detention Center Ministry

meets every Wednesday @ 7:00 PM at the Detention Center

Young Adult Contemporary and Traditional Choir Rehearsals

meets every Wednesday from 7:00-9:00 PM in the Worship Center and Music Suite.

Church Prayer Meeting

meets every Wednesday @ 6:45 PM in the Fellowship Hall.

No Strings Attached Puppet/Drama Ministry

meets every Wednesday @ 7:00 PM in Room 215. The Drama Ministry will be on hiatus until February.

Riverside Young Adults

(High school graduates and those just beginning their career up to age 29) meets every Thursday @ 7:00 PM in the Warehouse (10250 SW 107 AVE).

Women’s Outreach Bible Study

meets every Friday @ 10:00 AM off campus  

Riverside Park-Children in Action

(Children ages 3-5th grade) meets every Friday @ 7:00 PM in Room 215 (The Dock).

Riverside Students

(6th-12th Graders) meets every Friday @ 7:00 PM in the Warehouse (10250 SW 107 AVE).

Spanish/Portuguese Prayer Meeting

meets every Saturday @ 7:00 AM in the Fellowship Hall

Monthly Events @ Riverside

Church Prayer Ministry Potluck Dinner, Wednesday, January 4th, 6:00-6:45 PM, Fellowship Hall. (This ministry invites all who would like to join them each week for prayer. The first Wednesday of each month we start our prayer time with a potluck dinner. Grab some food to share and join us as we fellowship before our prayer time.)

Lord's Supper, Saturday, January 8th.  (We usually celebrate the Lord's Supper the first Sunday of every month.)

International Seafarers Ministry Outreach, Saturday, January 10th, 9:00 AM @ the Port of Miami (We hold this outreach event the second Saturday of every month.)

Married Couples Ministry Fellowship, canceled this month. (This fellowship, for all Married and Engaged Couples, is usually held the second Saturday of every month. )

Rebound Outreach Ministry meets the second and fourth Monday of each month @ 7:00 PM in Room 204. This month we will meet on January 9th and 23rd.

Stephen Ministry Supervision Meeting, Tuesday, January 17th  in the Volunteer Room. (This meeting, for our Stephen Ministry Leaders, is held the third Tuesday of each month.)

Spanish/Portuguese Volunteer Meeting, Saturday, January 21st, 7:00 PM in the Fellowship Hall. (We hold this meeting the third Saturday of every month.)

Discover Riverside Class, Sunday, January 29th, 1:00-2:00 PM in the Volunteer Room. (We usually hold this class, which is for full church membership, the last Sunday of the month.)

Important Dates to Remember!

  • January 1st: ONE Combined Traditional and Contemporary Worship Service at 11:00 AM. No, Connect Groups or Worship Service at 9:30 AM. No Connect Groups or childcare at 11:00 AM. Spanish and Portuguese will meet at 11:00 AM. Our guest speaker will be Al Fernandez.
  • January 2nd: Church, public schools, and CDC closed.
  • January 3rd-6th: Public schools and CDC closed, church open
  • January 9th: Quarterly Deacons' Meeting, 7:00 PM
  • January 10th: CDC Committee Quarterly Meeting, 7:00 PM, Room 204
  • January 10th: Missions Committee Meeting, 7:00 PM, Volunteer Room
  • January 13th: Women of Promise Leadership Meeting, 7:00 PM, Volunteer Room
  • January 16th: Martin Lurher King Jr. Holiday, no public schools or CDC, church is open
  • January 23rd: Board of Trustees Quarterly Meeting, 7:00 PM, Volunteer Room
  • January 23rd: Teacher Planning Day, no public schools, CDC open
  • January 24th: Stewardship Quarterly Committee Meeting, 7:00 PM, Volunteer Room
  • January 25th: Quarterly Business Meeting, 7:30 PM, Worship Center
  • January 26th: CDC Open House
  • January 29th: Riverside Students Annual Chili Cook-Off & Tasting, 12:30 PM, Warehouse, Cost: $5 Adults; $2.50 Children 12 and younger

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