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2018_December Happenings @ Riverside

2018_December Happenings @ Riverside

Advent

The word Advent means "coming" or "arrival." The focus of the entire season is the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ and the anticipation of his return. It is celebrating a truth about God, the revelation of God in Christ whereby all of creation might be reconciled to God. Advent begins four Sundays before Christmas.

Each Sunday, as you can also do at home, we light an Advent Candle:

  • Sunday, December 2nd the Hope Candle
  • Sunday, December 9th the Love Candle
  • Sunday, December 16th the Joy Candle
  • Sunday, December 23th the Peace Candle
  • Monday, December 24th the Christ Candle

Christmas Sermon Series: "The King Is Here"

Pastor Otto's sermon series for December is entitled "The King Is here," listed below are the topics:

  • December 2nd: "His Family Tree" (Matthew 1:1-17)
  • December 7-9: Christmas Musical, "The King Is Here"
  • December 16th: "God With Us" (Matthew 1:18-24)
  • December 23rd: "Worthy of Worship" (Matthew 2:1-12)
  • December 24th: "A King Is Born" (Christmas Eve Service)

Lottie Moon

During December, we'll be collecting our Lottie Moon Christmas Offering. The church and its members have a critical role to play in bringing the gospel to the world.  Our gifts transform lives because when you give to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering, IMB missionaries can take the gospel to unreached peoples around the world. Every dollar makes a difference because 100% of the money collected goes to the work of reaching every nation. Riverside's goal is $15,000.

Lottie Moon Post Office

The Lottie Moon Post Office is for sending Christmas cards to fellow church members and contributing your tax-deductible postage money to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering. Please address your card in full (Name, Address, City, State, Zip—this is a must due to people with the same name) and place it in the proper slot in the Post Office Box located in the Foyer. Make sure you check your box for cards sent to you. Deposit the amount of postage used into the offering plate, make your check payable to Riverside Baptist Church and in the memo section write “Lottie Moon Post Office.” The Post Office Box will be available until December 31st.

December Worship Services Schedule

During the holidays we are making adjustments to our worship times. See below for the changes to the schedule.

  • Sunday, December 2nd: 9:30 AM English Connect Groups; 10:30 AM Spanish/Portuguese Worship Service; 11:00 AM English Worship Service, Children's Worship and Extended Session.
  • Sunday, December 9th: 9:30 AM English Connect Groups; 11:00 AM ONE Combined Worship Service, as the choir presents "The King Is Here." NO Children's Worship or Extended Session.
  • Sunday, December 16th: 9:00 AM Spanish/Portuguese Connect Groups; 9:30 AM English Connect Groups; 10:30 AM Spanish/Portuguese Worship Service; 11:00 AM English Worship Service, Children's Worship and Extended Session.
  • Sunday, December 23rd: 9:00 AM Spanish/Portuguese Connect Groups; 9:30 AM English Connect Groups; 10:30 AM Spanish/Portuguese Worship Service; 11:00 AM English Worship Service, Children's Worship and Extended Session with a Birthday Party for Jesus.
  • Monday, December 24th: 6:00 PM Christmas Eve Service with Lord's Supper and Baptisms
  • Sunday, December 30th: No Connect Groups or childcare at 9:30 or 11:00 AM. 11:00 AM Fifth Sunday Family Worship Service but NO POTLUCK.

Married Couples Fellowship

The Couples Ministry invites all Married and Engaged Couples to join us on Saturday, December 15th, 7:00 p.m., for our Christmas Couples Fellowship. Our program is entitled “A Joy-Filled Marriage.” Bring your favorite comfort dish to share and a wrapped gift for a White Elephant Gift Exchange (gift value of $5 or more). One gift per couple. Please register by sending an email to hponce@bellsouth.net or by signing up int he foyer before or after the service. To reserve childcare (for children ages infant through 5th grade), please send an email to lieska@riversideonline.org with your children's names and ages. Childcare and registration must be done by Tuesday, December 11th.

"The King Is Here"

Riverside Baptist Church Music Ministry invites you to join us for "The King Is Here" a Christmas worship musical, Friday, December 7th and Saturday, December 8th at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, December 9th at 11:00 a.m. FREE! Invite your family and friends to join us.

Happy Birthday, Jesus!

Our children's ministry will have a birthday party for Jesus on Sunday, December 23rd from 9:30 until 12:15 AM in the Dock.

Christmas Holiday Office Schedule

The church office is closed for the holidays December 21st, 24th-January 1st.

Join us...

Worship and Connect Group Information:

Join us for worship:

  • Riverside ONE Worship Service, 11:00 AM, Worship Center
  • Spanish/Portuguese Worship Service, 10:30 AM, Warehouse
  • Connect Groups for all ages at 9:30 AM (Babies-Senior Adults).
  • Children's Ministry Extended Session (Babies-Kindergarten) and Children's Worship (1st-5th Graders) meet at 11:00 AM.
  • Spanish/Portuguese Connect Groups @ 9:00 AM @ the Warehouse.

Lord's Supper: Monday, December 24th. All who believe in Jesus are invited to join us at His table.

Baptisms: Monday, December 24th.  If interested in being baptized December 24th you will need to meet with Pastor Otto following one of our worship services on Sunday, December 16th. (The 3rd Sunday is when we generally celebrate Baptisms.)

Family Fifth Sunday Worship Sunday, December 30th, 11:00 AM. Every Fifth Sunday we come together and worship as a family. However, this time we will NOT have a Potluck Lunch following the service due to the holidays. Children's Extended Session and Children's Worship will not meet. Our Spanish/Portuguese Worship Service will be combined with the English Service.

Weekly Events @ Riverside

Stephen Ministers

are available every Sunday from 12:30-12:45 PM in the Health/Prayer Room, if you are in need of prayer.

No Strings Attached Puppet Ministry

meets every Sunday @ 12:45 PM in Room 215. This all-volunteer ministry is for people ages 10 and older. No experience necessary! We will not meet on Sunday, December 23rd and 30th due to the holidays.

Moms in Prayer

meets Mondays (during the school year) @ 9:00 AM in the Brides/Prayer Room. We will not meet on Monday, December 24th and 31st due to the holidays.

Adult Exercise and Fellowship Class

meets Monday, Wednesday & Friday @ 10:00 AM in Room 215. We will not meet on during the week of December 24th due to the holidays.

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. We will not meet on Monday, December 24th and 31st due to the holidays.

Heart and Hands Ministry

meets every Tuesday @ 10:00 AM in Room 204. We will not meet on Tuesday, December 25th due to the holidays.

Detention Center Ministry

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

Men's Prayer Breakfast

meets every Wednesday @ 7:00 AM at Sergio's (SW 107 AVE/Kendall) for breakfast and prayer.

Music Ministry Rehearsal

meets every Wednesday from 7:30-9:00 PM in the Music Suite.

Church Prayer Meeting

meets every Wednesday @ 6:45 PM in the Fellowship Hall. We will not meet on Wednesday, December 26th due to the holidays.

Riverside Young Adults

(High school graduates and those just beginning their career up to age 29) meets every Thursday @ 7:30 PM in the Warehouse (10250 SW 107 AVE). We will not meet on Thursday, December 27th due to the holidays.

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) during the school year. We will not meet on Friday, December 7th, 21st, or 28th due to the holidays.

Riverside Students

(6th-12th Graders) meets every Friday @ 7:00 PM in the Warehouse (10250 SW 107 AVE). We will not meet on Friday, December 7th, 21st, or 28th due to the holidays.

Spanish/Portuguese Prayer Meeting

meets every Saturday @ 7:00 AM at the Warehouse.

Monthly Events @ Riverside

International Seafarers Ministry Outreach, Saturday, December 8th, 9:00 AM @ the Port of Miami (We hold this outreach event the second Saturday of every month.)

Rebound Outreach Ministry meets the second and fourth Monday of each month @ 7:00 PM in Room 201.

Potluck Dinner, Wednesday, December 12th, 6:00-6:45 PM, Fellowship Hall. (Grab some food to share and join us as we fellowship together before our prayer time. (Our Potluck Dinners are held the second Wednesday of the month.)

Important Dates to Remember!

  • December 1st: Music Ministry Christmas Full Rehearsal, 10:00 AM-1:00 PM
  • December 3rd: 91 Days of Prayer Special Prayer Meeting, 7:00 PM, Worship Center
  • December 5th: Music Ministry Christmas Dress Rehearsal, 7:00-9:00 PM, Worship Center
  • December 7th: "The King Is Here," 7:00 PM, Worship Center
  • December 8th: "The King Is Here," 7:00 PM, Worship Center
  • December 9th: "The King Is Here," 11:00 AM, Worship Center
  • December 11th: Board of Trustees and Stewardship Committee Meeting, 7:00 PM, Volunteer Room
  • December 14th: CDC Christmas Program, 6:30 PM, Worship Center and Fellowship Hall
  • December 21st, 24th-28th, December 31st, January 1st: Church Closed, regular schedule canceled
  • December 24th-January 4th: Winter break, public schools and CDC closed
  • Monday, December 31st: Spanish Watch Night Service, 10:00 PM, Warehouse