All-Church Seminar: Walking Together When Life is Hard
Jan
19
9:00 AM09:00

All-Church Seminar: Walking Together When Life is Hard

One of the River’s initiatives for 2019 is a Congregational Care Team (C.C.T.) -- a caring ministry that comes alongside those who deal with (or who care for others with) physical, emotional, relational or spiritual woundedness. The C.C.T. is meant to supplement, not replace the support that happens through groups at the River (women’s, men’s and life groups) -- offering a team of trained, compassionate care-givers who can help those in difficult circumstances.

As part of this new ministry initiative, the River is holding an all-church seminar from 9am-12pm on January 19th, in the Church of God fellowship hall. The cost for the seminar is $10.00 (group leaders are free); childcare will be provided (please RSVP by noon on January 18 to Kate@TheRiverNRV.org, otherwise sufficient personnel cannot be guaranteed).

The title of this seminar is “Walking Together when Life is Hard”, addressing the fact that when troubles are overwhelming, we tend look to one another in the church for help, longing to find God in our problems and pain. However, it can be challenging to know what to do when someone asks for help, or is struggling to find God in the midst of difficulty. This seminar will help you see the troubles of life through the eyes of faith, to avoid common missteps, to move into care opportunities with wisdom and sensitivity, and to "bear one-another's burdens and so fulfill the law of Christ" (Gal 6:2).  

If you are seeking comfort in the midst of a difficult season and/or quality instruction how to care for others, this is a great opportunity.

Please email Kate@TheRiverNRV.org to RSVP or with any questions about this event.

Michael Gembola is Executive Director of Blue Ridge Christian Counseling. He has served on church staff and as a professional counselor. In addition to his counseling practice, Michael is an instructor at the Blue Ridge Institute for Theological Education and Westminster Seminary, where he graduated with a Masters degrees in Counseling and Biblical Studies. Michael is the author of After an Affair: Pursuing Restoration. He and his wife Kelly live in Roanoke with their two sons. For more on Blue Ridge Christian Counseling, see www.brccva.org


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January Kickoff Sunday Potluck
Jan
27
11:15 AM11:15

January Kickoff Sunday Potluck

Join us after worship for potluck lunch as we welcome back our students and kickoff a new semester and a new year! Find out more about groups, classes, and events that are coming up in 2019 and find out how you can get more involved at The River. Please bring a dish to share.

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Christmas Eve Candlelight and Communion Service
Dec
24
5:00 PM17:00

Christmas Eve Candlelight and Communion Service

Join us this Christmas Eve as we celebrate Jesus’ birth with a quiet service of Scripture readings and music at the Church of God (110 Roanoke St, E, Blacksburg). There will be a brief reception to follow. Please bring cookies to share for the reception! Nursery care will be available for children 0-2. All other children will be in the service for its entirety.

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2018 Annual Meeting and Potluck Lunch
Dec
16
11:15 AM11:15

2018 Annual Meeting and Potluck Lunch

Our annual meeting will take place on December 16 along with a potluck lunch. At this very important meeting we will look back on the past year, look ahead to the next year, and members will vote on a few issues (2019 Budget, new Parish Council members). If you are a member PLEASE MAKE EVERY EFFORT TO BE AT THIS MEETING. All are welcome to attend, but only members can vote on these issues. Please bring a dish to share.

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RESCHEDULED for 2/15/19 - Christmas Coffeehouse Concert
Dec
15
6:00 PM18:00

RESCHEDULED for 2/15/19 - Christmas Coffeehouse Concert

We have had to reschedule the Christmas Coffeehouse Concert for Friday, February 15. It will now be a Valentines Coffeehouse including music, dessert, coffee, tea, and babysitting. Take your significant other on a nice date to hear some great music, and drop the kids off for while! There will be an entry fee, and additional babysitting donations are accepted. All proceeds will be split in support of the NRV Diaper Pantry and the Youth group’s Camp Booyah trip this summer.

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Finals Week Study Days at The River's Edge
Dec
8
8:00 AM08:00

Finals Week Study Days at The River's Edge

Students! Need a relaxing place to study? Or a caffeine kick to keep you (or get you) going? Stop by The River’s Edge (209D College Avenue) from 8am - 6pm on December 6th through 8th (Thursday - Saturday). There will be free coffee available all day, as well as some simple breakfast items in the morning.

We are also looking for hosts to help man the River’s Edge during these hours, so if you’re not a student but love hospitality, contact Chris@TheRiverNRV.org to sign up for a host slot.

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Finals Week Study Days at The River's Edge
Dec
7
8:00 AM08:00

Finals Week Study Days at The River's Edge

Students! Need a relaxing place to study? Or a caffeine kick to keep you (or get you) going? Stop by The River’s Edge (209D College Avenue) from 8am - 6pm on December 6th through 8th (Thursday - Saturday). There will be free coffee available all day, as well as some simple breakfast items in the morning.

We are also looking for hosts to help man the River’s Edge during these hours, so if you’re not a student but love hospitality, contact Chris@TheRiverNRV.org to sign up for a host slot.

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Finals Week Study Days at The River's Edge
Dec
6
8:00 AM08:00

Finals Week Study Days at The River's Edge

Students! Need a relaxing place to study? Or a caffeine kick to keep you (or get you) going? Stop by The River’s Edge (209D College Avenue) from 8am - 6pm on December 6th through 8th (Thursday - Saturday). There will be free coffee available all day, as well as some simple breakfast items in the morning.

We are also looking for hosts to help man the River’s Edge during these hours, so if you’re not a student but love hospitality, contact Chris@TheRiverNRV.org to sign up for a host slot.

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University Student Lunch
Dec
2
11:00 AM11:00

University Student Lunch

Join us for our third and final free University Student lunch as we gather together to share a delicious meal! Warm up from the cold and fuel up for finals with various soups, chili, bread, and salad. All students (undergrads and grad students) are welcome and encouraged to bring friends and family.

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The River Essentials Class
Nov
30
to Dec 1

The River Essentials Class

If you want to know more about the history and beliefs of The River, or you are interested in becoming a member at The River, you should check out the Essentials Class. The Essentials Class is required for membership, but you do not have to become a member if you take the class. It is a two-day course: Friday, 6-9pm and Saturday 9-3. Contact Claire@therivernrv.org if you are interested in attending.

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NRV Diaper Pantry Fundraiser at PK's
Nov
20
5:00 PM17:00

NRV Diaper Pantry Fundraiser at PK's

Support the Diaper Pantry by eating at PK’s in Downtown Blacksburg! From 5-9pm, if you eat at PK’s and let your server know that you are there to support the NRV Diaper Pantry, PK’s will donate 20% of your bill to the diaper pantry! Grab some friends, eat some great food, and support an amazing and important new ministry! IMPORTANT: You MUST let your server know that you are there to support the NRV Diaper Pantry!

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The River Women's Retreat
Nov
9
to Nov 10

The River Women's Retreat

Let’s be real. Life is amazing and also hard. God never intended for us to be lone rangers gutting it out by ourselves. That’s why he places us in communities, but if we’re really honest, even community can be disappointing. So what’s a woman to do? What if we realized that God invites us into communities to be shaped into His likeness? What if we realized God might use us and our story to help form others into the Image of Christ? Is it easy? No. Is it worth it?  Absolutely.   

Join us in learning how to keep first things first and all other second.  We will wrestle together with the Biblical truth that even the hard parts in our journey shape us and can be used by God to form the community as a whole. Finally, we will learn how to really listen to each other, how to be lovingly honest, and how to be transformed in the process. 

Check in: Friday, starting at 4:00pm.  

Retreat Start: Friday, 6:45pm
Retreat End: Saturday, 4:30pm. 
Cost:  $50.00 (includes lodging, Friday evening snack, and Saturday breakfast and lunch) 

Meals: Friday night supper will be on your own.  Options include: Bring your own food for a picnic at your cabin; Eat with friends in Blacksburg; Harvest Restaurant at Mountain Lake Lodge (~$25); Kal-Bee in Pembroke (Korean restaurant; $12-$20) 

Saturday breakfast and lunch provided at cabin and conference center. 

Sleeping Arrangements:  3 Bedroom, 3 Bath Cabins surrounding the Blueberry Ridge Conference Center, which is a newer space on the grounds of Mountain Lake Lodge.  Each cabin sleeps 10.  You will be sharing either a King or Queen bed. 

What should I bring?  Bible, journal, pen, comfy clothes and shoes, games, snack and/or beverage to share.  Each cabin will have coffee, tea and cocoa.   

To register or for questions: Space is limited, so email Claire Andrews: claire@therivernrv.org or sign up at the Welcome Table on Sunday mornings.  Please register by Sunday, October 28.  Limited scholarships available.

Theme:  Living the Larger Story Together

Retreat Speaker:  Diana Jaasma

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Pregnancy Resource Center Annual Banquet
Nov
8
6:30 PM18:30

Pregnancy Resource Center Annual Banquet

If you’re interested in supporting a great local ministry to women and men facing unplanned pregnancy, you should consider attending the PRC Annual Banquet. There are two opportunities to attend on November 8 and 9 from 6:30-8:30. Jaynie Shryer (aj4s@swva.net) is hosting a table on the 8th, so you can contact her to join her table, or you can sign up on their website: www.prcsupport.com/banquet

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Free University Student Lunch
Nov
4
11:15 AM11:15

Free University Student Lunch

All university students, undergrads and grad students, from all schools are welcome to join us for a free lunch following worship on Sunday, November 4th. Take advantage of this opportunity to enter into deeper community with other students at The River while you enjoy free food! Feel free to invite your friends and roommates. Families of students are invited as well!

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Diocese of Christ Our Hope Convocation and Synod 2018
Nov
1
to Nov 3

Diocese of Christ Our Hope Convocation and Synod 2018

  • McLean Presbyterian Church (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The Diocese of Christ our Hope annual Convocation and Synod will be held on Nov. 1-3, 2018, at McLean Presbyterian Church, in McLean, VA.  You are invited to join together with clergy and lay people from around our diocese for a wonderful time of worship and fellowship as we celebrate what God has done and where we see him leading us.

Our current political climate is one of great division. At the center of that division are a multitude of issues, but none more polarizing than immigration. It is an incredibly complex topic, but one that the world, and more importantly the Church, must address. To begin the discussion, we have invited Dr. M. Danny Carroll R., Blanchard Professor of Old Testament at Wheaton College, to answer the question, “How does the Bible orient us toward immigration?”

All are invited to join. If you would like to attend, please register here: https://www.adhope.org/synod-2018

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Youth Halloween Costume Party
Oct
31
6:30 PM18:30

Youth Halloween Costume Party

All youth and their families are invited to a Halloween Costume Party at the Robersons’ house (2108 Chestnut Dr in Blacksburg) from 6:30-8:30 on Halloween! We’ll have a costume party, do some trick-or-treating, and share a meal together! Please wear a costume and bring a soup, side, dessert, or drinks to share. You can sign up for a dish here! Contact Chris@TheRiverNRV.org or Kelsa@theRiverNRV.org with any questions.

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Oct
21
11:30 AM11:30

Quarterly Congregational Gathering and Potluck Lunch

We’ll eat lunch and then meet for our third quarterly gathering. These gatherings are important times to communicate about what is going on in various ministries at The River, to give budget updates, and for you to ask any questions or offer suggestions to our staff and ministry leaders. Please bring a dish to share and any questions that you have.

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International Fall Farm Party
Oct
19
5:00 PM17:00

International Fall Farm Party

You’re invite to Mary and Jack McDonald’s farm (7474 Blacksburg Rd Catawba, Va) for a Fall Farm Party! Come for fellowship, dinner, and s’mores. Bring your international friends and bring a dish to share from your home country! Please RSVP at marymcdonald@sams-usa.org.

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Fall Farm Day 2018
Oct
7
4:00 PM16:00

Fall Farm Day 2018

  • 2351 Lusters Gate Road Blacksburg, VA, 24060 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join us October 7th for our annual Fall Farm Day! There will be games and activities for kids starting at 4, including face painting, hayrides, and pony rides. At 5 we’ll eat chili cooked for our Chili Cook-Off! If you have a great chili recipe, enter it in and try to take home the prize! It’s free to eat, but please bring a side dish to share (in addition to any chili). You can also bring dollar bills, coins, or checks to vote for your favorite chili. All proceeds benefit the NRV Diaper Pantry. Then, at 6pm we’ll have a bonfire with s’mores! Everyone is invited! Bring your friends and neighbors from outside The River, and come enjoy an amazing time of fellowship and fun!

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Guest Preacher: Bishop Andudu Adam Elnail
Oct
7
9:00 AM09:00

Guest Preacher: Bishop Andudu Adam Elnail

The Rt Revd Andudu Adam Elnail is the Bishop of Kadugli and Nuba Mountains diocese of the Province of the Episcopal Church of Sudan. He is currently living in the Unites States as a refugee from the political violence in his homeland. Bishop Anduddu is currently engaged in a study program at Eastern Mennonite University and from his base in Harrisonburg, Virginia, he maintains contact with his diocese in Sudan, advocates for justice for Sudanese Christians and ministers to the diaspora of Sudanese believers throughout the USA.

Bishop Andudu will be worshiping with us and preaching on October 7. He will also lead an adult education discussion about the persecuted church after worship.

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Free University Student Lunch
Sep
30
11:15 AM11:15

Free University Student Lunch

This semester The River will host three totally free lunches for university students on Sundays immediately after worship. The first will be on September 30 at 11:15am. All undergrads and grad students (and their families) are welcome to attend. Invite your classmates, neighbors, and friends, too!

If you are no longer a student, but have a passion for hospitality and/or university students, email Chris@TheRiverNRV.org to find out how you can help out with these lunches.

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Welcome Back Celebration for Bob and Yezmin Ulfers
Sep
29
1:00 PM13:00

Welcome Back Celebration for Bob and Yezmin Ulfers

  • Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Bob and Yezmin Ulfers have been in Cameroon working with Wycliffe Bible Translators on the Karang translation of the New Testament. They are nearing the end of their work and have now moved back into the Blacksburg area as a base from which to remotely complete the work in Cameroon. Help us welcome them back with a celebration at Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church (2010 Shadow Lake Rd, Blacksburg). Hear about their experiences in Cameroon and celebrate the ministry they have done and still are doing in Cameroon! Please bring a light refreshment to share.

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YoPro Lunch
Sep
23
11:30 AM11:30

YoPro Lunch

Young professionals and grad students, you’re invited to a lunch following worship to meet and connect with other YoPros and to hear and talk about our plans for this ministry. Please RSVP to Kate@TheRiverNRV.org if you are interested in joining us for lunch.

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Youth Alpha Begins
Sep
16
5:00 PM17:00

Youth Alpha Begins

Several of our High School youth participated in Alpha at The River last fall. This year they'll be helping us host the Alpha Youth Film Series with all of our youth (6th-12th grade). The goal of Alpha is to spark meaningful conversations between Christians, non-Christians, and people who aren't really sure what they are. We do this with three simple (yet vital) elements: food, a video, and open, honest discussion. The River Youth Alpha is open to anyone inside or outside The River grades 6-12.

If you know a youth who is interested in Alpha, or if you are interested in helping with Youth Alpha, contact Chris@TheRiverNRV.org.

Stay posted with details and updates on our Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/313125579441657/?event_time_id=313125596108322

Check out a teaser for the Alpha Youth Series below.

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Youth Family Cookout
Sep
9
5:00 PM17:00

Youth Family Cookout

  • 301 S. Franklin St Christiansburg, VA 24073 (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

In place of our regular youth group, we're going to have a cookout at the Meckleys' house in Christiansburg. This cookout is for the youth AND their families! All parents and siblings are welcome! This will be a great time to get to know the other kids and families in the youth group! Hot dogs, hamburgers, and drinks will be provided, but please bring a side or dessert to share. Please RSVP with how many from your family will be coming to Chris@TheRiverNRV.org, and feel free to invite youth and families from outside The River as well!

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Adult Education Begins
Sep
9
11:30 AM11:30

Adult Education Begins

This semester our adult education will closely follow our Fall sermon series "Still Good News? The Gospel and Everyday Life." Adult Education will include moderated discussion and Q&A time to dive deeper into the topic of the week and to learn how to practically apply the principles discussed in the sermons of the series. Childcare is provided during adult education.

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Diaper Drive
Sep
7
3:00 PM15:00

Diaper Drive

Over the past year The River has been working with others from the area to begin the New River Valley (NRV) Diaper Pantry. The NRV Diaper Pantry is a recently formed volunteer cooperative that exists to “care for the whole person, one life at a time.” This cooperative is working towards a great cause in providing a basic need for our community; diapers for those whose economic situation makes it difficult.  

We are planning to hold our first fundraising event at Kroger Supermarket (South Main) on September 7th, from 3-7pm.  We will need a wide range of volunteers to support the event. Volunteer duties will include making event posters for our tables, decorating the on-site financial donation boxes, and individuals who are willing to work shifts at the table throughout the day. Working the table will allow us to share with our community information about the NRV Diaper pantry and solicit much needed donations. We will need at least 2 volunteers per shift (2 hour shifts) and a volunteer for set up (½ hour prior) and tear down (about a ½ hour) in order to hold this fundraising event.  If there is an outpouring of volunteers we can have a second time slot earlier in the day.  But for now I am looking for volunteer support from 2:30-7:30pm on September 7th.

The initial goal is to raise $7,000 in order to start the pantry and serve our community. We will be collecting financial donations and the following items:

         - Luv’s Ultra Leak guard Diapers, sizes Newborn-6

         - Huggies Sung and Dry Diapers, size Newborn-6

         - Huggies Pull-ups, sizes 2T-4T

         - Adult diapers, sizes Small/Medium – Large/Extra Large

I ask that we all prayerfully consider helping this cause with your time and talents. Please contact me if you are interested in volunteering.

Thank-you,

Sylvia McPeak

Cell: 540 505-2033 

Email: mcpeakra@yahoo.com 

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International Welcome and American Football
Sep
1
3:00 PM15:00

International Welcome and American Football

  • 7474 Blacksburg Road Catawba, VA, 24070 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Welcome international students! You are invited to visit an historic farm and learn about American football. Take a tour of the farm, feed a cow, and pet a horse. Learn the rules and play some fun American football! Learn about a tailgate party and eat dinner. If you like, bring some food from your country to share!

R.S.V.P.: to Mary McDonald (marymcdonald@sams-usa.org) for rides from Virginia Tech.

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