Lenten Second Service Offering
Mar
31
to Apr 21

Lenten Second Service Offering

During the second half of Lent (3/31-4/21) we will be taking four special offerings to begin to raise funds for the Second Service.

What is the 2nd service?
A weekly evening service designed to reach the unchurched in a dialogue-oriented gathering, while providing believers with an alternative worship experience -- more informal, shorter in length, and with less liturgy than our morning service. There will be a full children’s ministry from newborn through elementary. In addition, the 2nd service will utilize untapped gifts of clergy and laity, broaden our ministry, and relieve space issues (in the sanctuary, parking lot, and fellowship hall).
Find a more detailed description of the 2nd Service Here

What are special offerings paying for?
Start-up costs and operating expenses until the amount of gifts received equals monies spent. This includes a few additional staff workers (increased hours for children’s ministry staff), rent, website, and so forth. A more complete description of the project, and its budget, can be found on the River’s website homepage.

How much are we seeking to raise?
The minimum to start this project is $17,700; however we are seeking an additional $8,000 to give us a larger advertising budget and therefore reach those outside of our direct social circles.

What if I have questions? Please email JT@TheRiverNRV.org

How can you give ?
In the Sunday offerings, by ...

- Check (please put in a lenten offering envelope and write “2nd service” in the check memo)

- Cash (please put in a lenten offering envelope)

- Paypal (Please type “2nd service” in the note section).

- Pledge (you may be receiving money from a tax return or want to put off giving your gift. Pledges would need to be given by Aug 1 through any of the above methods).

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2019 Men's Retreat
Apr
5
to Apr 6

2019 Men's Retreat

This year's Men's Retreat will be at beautiful Camp Powhatan and will feature speaker Joe Racek, as well as great food, fellowship, and recreation options, including a rifle range.  

To reserve your spot, RSVP to CAndrews@TheRiverNRV.org 

The cost of $60 ($40 for students or under 22) includes single bed, light dinner Fri, breakfast & lunch Sat, snacks, and all materials, activities, (and earplugs for a good night sleep!). Ages 16-18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Payment due at Retreat sign-in. If paying in advance, write "Men's Retreat" on your check or in the PayPal note (offerings@therivernrv.org). 

Saturday afternoon recreation options include the Powhatan Rifle Range (instructors, guns and ammo provided), the infamous Touch Football game, and various lawn games. Or, create your own quiet personal retreat with a walk, a nap, or a book.

Cabins are heated (if necessary) and there will be enough rooms for many guys to have a bedroom to themselves.

We will return to Blacksburg Saturday evening for an optional gathering to watch the Final Four. 

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Spring Farm Day
Apr
27
4:00 PM16:00

Spring Farm Day

Join us for a wonderful spring day at the farm! There will be a potluck dinner, great fellowship, and activities for kids and adults! All are welcome, and this is a great event to invite your friends and neighbors to!

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Quarterly Gathering and Youth Taco Bar Fundraiser
Apr
28
11:00 AM11:00

Quarterly Gathering and Youth Taco Bar Fundraiser

Every quarter we gather together as a congregation for food and fellowship, and to hear updates about what is going on with different ministries at The River, and to ask questions that you have. These 1-hour meetings are vital to keeping the lines of communication open, and we encourage everyone to attend. Childcare will be provided during the meeting.

Usually this lunch is a potluck, but this time our youth will be preparing and serving a taco bar! 18 youth and leaders are trying to raise money for their summer trip to Camp Booyah, and your support will go a long way to helping them get there! Lunch is provided for a donation of your choice! If you have any dietary restrictions, but would still like to join us for the lunch, please email Chris@TheRiverNRV.org and we will be sure to cater to your needs!

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Second Service Info Session
Mar
16
11:00 AM11:00

Second Service Info Session

We invite you to join us for an informational meeting about the potential Second Service that we hope to begin at The River. This will be a time to hear about and understand the process as well as to ask questions that you may have. We strongly encourage you to read this document prior to the meeting for background and information about the 2nd service.

Light snacks will be provided. No childcare will be provided.

Please RSVP to Kate@TheRiverNRV.org.

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Diocese of Christ Our Hope Mid-Atlantic Regional Retreat: Immigration and the Gospel
Mar
7
to Mar 9

Diocese of Christ Our Hope Mid-Atlantic Regional Retreat: Immigration and the Gospel

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All are invited to join us for the 2019 Diocese of Christ Our Hope Mid-Atlantic Regional Retreat at Church of the Holy Spirit in Roanoke. This year's Regional Retreat topic is taking the Broader synod theme of Immigration and the Scriptures and applying it at the Regional level. The Mid-Atlantic Regional Retreat will feature speaker Rachel Thompson, an Immigration Attorney at Poarch Law Firm in Roanoke, VA. Find out more, or register here: https://www.adhope.org/2019-midatlantic

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Second Service Info Session
Mar
3
11:15 AM11:15

Second Service Info Session

We invite you to join us for an informational meeting about the potential Second Service that we hope to begin at The River. This will be a time to hear about and understand the process as well as to ask questions that you may have. We strongly encourage you to read this document prior to the meeting for background and information about the 2nd service.

Light snacks and childcare provided.

Please RSVP to Kate@TheRiverNRV.org by 3/1 if you need childcare.

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The River Essentials Class
Mar
1
to Mar 2

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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Support the NRV Diaper Pantry at Sharkey's in Blacksburg!
Feb
28
11:00 AM11:00

Support the NRV Diaper Pantry at Sharkey's in Blacksburg!

You can support the NRV Diaper Pantry and all you have to do is eat! On Thursday, 2/28, Sharkey’s in Blacksburg will donate 10% of all food sales ALL DAY to the NRV Diaper Pantry! Grab some friends and get some great food at a local restaurant while supporting a ministry that is very near and dear to our hearts!

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Overflow Presents: A Coffeehouse Concert
Feb
22
6:30 PM18:30

Overflow Presents: A Coffeehouse Concert

Do you like coffee, dessert, and music? Then you’ll love our Coffehouse Concert!

Overflow (The River youth group) is hosting a concert to raise money for their summer trip to Camp Booyah. Relax with your significant other or a group of friends and listen to three great musical acts perform while you enjoy coffee, tea, and assorted desserts.

There will be a $5 cover charge/person.

Plus, artwork created by the students of The River youth group will be available for purchase.

Childcare (staffed by our youth and adult volunteers) will be provided for an additional donation of any amount.

All proceeds benefit the youth group’s summer trip to Camp Booyah.

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University Student Lunch: True Friendships
Feb
17
11:15 AM11:15

University Student Lunch: True Friendships

All university students (undergrads and grad students) are welcome to join us for our first Free University Student Lunch of the semester. This semester our lunches will also include a speaker and discussion topic. For this lunch, Chris Meckley, our Director of Student Ministries, will talk about True Friendships. What is true friendship? Why is it important that we have true friends? And, maybe even more importantly, why is it important that we be true friends?

Feel free to to invite your friends and classmates, and students with families are welcome to bring them along as well! Childcare will be provided during the talk and discussion portions of the lunch.

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Financial Peace University
Feb
10
5:00 PM17:00

Financial Peace University

Planning for the future is hard when you’re still paying for the past! Listen—there’s a better way! Join the Financial Peace University (FPU) class, and we’ll learn how to beat debt and make a plan for the future . . . together! Interested? Join Alex and Chelsea Davis at the River’s Edge starting February 10 at 5:00 pm.   For details on ordering materials and getting started, Alex and Chelsea will host an information session in the Fellowship Hall at 11:15 on Sunday, January 21 and Sunday, February 2/3. You may contact Alex at davisa8278@marybaldwin.edu or 540-430-9476.  For more information or to order materials, https://www.financialpeace.com/groups/1084410.

 

 

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Missions Pizza, Movie, and Prayer
Feb
9
6:00 PM18:00

Missions Pizza, Movie, and Prayer

Join our missions team and others for pizza, a movie, and prayer! They’ll gather in the Church of God Fellowship Hall with Benny's Pizza and watch an 85-minute movie, " The Heart of Nuba," about a Christian doctor working in the Nuba Mts. of Sudan (which is the home of  Bishop Andudu, our recent guest preacher). We will then have a time of prayer for the church there in addition to praying for all of the River-supported missionaries. Please RSVP to jackmcdonald7474@gmail.com if you would life to attend.

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Dinner and a Marriage
Jan
30
6:30 PM18:30

Dinner and a Marriage

Interested in making your good relationship great?  Willing to invest 5 weeks in equipping your marriage for the long haul?  What if you didn't have to cook supper, either? Join Chris and Claire Andrews for a 5-week series at their house and discuss Biblical, practical and sometimes humorous principles for a marriage built to last.  Wednesday nights, 6:30-8:00, January 30 - February 27. Limited to 5 couples, so get your reservation now - email candrews@therivernrv.org or text 803-422-1929.

 

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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. There will only be a brief time before lunch (about 15 minutes) for our staff to share about a few upcoming opportunities, but no actual meeting of any kind, so no childcare will be provided.

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Youth Bowling
Jan
21
11:00 AM11:00

Youth Bowling

Who: Overflow and friends

 What: Bowling and pizza

 When: Monday, January 21, 2019 from 11:00-1:30

 Where: Cinebowl in Blacksburg (1614 S Main St)

 Please bring: $10 for game, shoes, and pizza

 RSVP to Chris@TheRiverNRV.org 

 

We will not have youth group this Sunday due to bowling.

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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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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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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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