Young Adult Camping Trip
Oct
18
to Oct 20

Young Adult Camping Trip

Mark your calendar for a Young Adult camping trip on October 18-20th. If you are interested in joining, please RSVP ASAP so we can find a site that can accommodate the appropriate number of tents. If you're committed to going or if you are interested but lack the appropriate gear, let Nick know via email.
Contact nick@therivernrv.org

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Oct
20
6:30 PM18:30

Mars Hill Community Volunteer Dinner

Volunteers at Mars Hill Community are invited to a free dinner in the Fellowship Hall on October 20th after the Mars Hill service.

This has a few purposes. First, to thank you for all of your incredible work in helping get Mars Hill off the ground. You all have been amazing!

Second, to open up discussion about Mars Hill. Are we encouraged, discouraged? What needs to be fixed and what's going well?

Third, to pray together.

Please RSVP ASAP so we know how many to expect, and so we can arrange childcare. Please indicate if you have any special dietary needs. We'll plan to eat with the kids then have them watched while we talk and pray. We'll be done by 7:45pm

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Quarterly Gathering and Youth Lunch Fundraiser
Oct
27
11:15 AM11:15

Quarterly Gathering and Youth Lunch Fundraiser

Join us at our October Quarterly Gathering to hear important updates on what is going on at The River and to learn more about what’s coming up!

Plus, our youth will be cooking and serving a soup and salad lunch to raise money for their upcoming summer trip to Camp Booyah! Enjoy a great lunch after worship for a donation of your choice. You can give by cash, check (made out to The River with “Youth Lunch” in the memo), or through Paypal by giving to offerings@therivernrv.org with “Youth Lunch” in the note.

All are welcome to lunch and to the quarterly gathering. Childcare will be provided during the meeting portion of the Quarterly Gathering.

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Nov
1
6:00 PM18:00

River Essentials, pt. 1

The River Essentials class is a two-day intensive class to get to know more about The River (history, beliefs, etc), our denomination (Anglican Church in North America), as well as a refresher on the basics of the Christian faith. This class is required to become a member at The River, but if you take the class you are not required to become a member. If you are interested in participating, please contact Claire@TheRiverNRV.org.

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Nov
2
9:00 AM09:00

River Essentials, pt. 2

The River Essentials class is a two-day intensive class to get to know more about The River (history, beliefs, etc), our denomination (Anglican Church in North America), as well as a refresher on the basics of the Christian faith. This class is required to become a member at The River, but if you take the class you are not required to become a member. If you are interested in participating, please contact Claire@TheRiverNRV.org.

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International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church
Nov
3
9:15 AM09:15

International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church

Sunday, November 3rd is the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church. During worship we will have a special time of prayer devoted to praying for persecuted Christians around the world, and someone from The River who recently attended the New Wineskins Global Mission Conference will briefly share about the persecuted church.

If you’re interested in finding out more about persecution around the world, here are some helpful resources:
https://newwineskins.org/apcn
https://www.persecution.com/
http://lumenlife.org/
https://savethepersecutedchristians.org/persecution-by-the-numbers/
https://www.opendoorsusa.org/

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Overflow Service Project: Claytor Lake Mussel Salvage
Nov
9
9:00 AM09:00

Overflow Service Project: Claytor Lake Mussel Salvage

Our next Overflow Service Project is scheduled! On Saturday, November 9 our youth group, Overflow, will be partnering with the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, the Friends of Claytor Lake, and other organizations to help salvage and relocate endangered freshwater mussels! Although this is a youth project, all are welcome to join us! If you are interested in learning more please contact Chris@TheRiverNRV.org. If you would like to participate, please RSVP to Kelsa@TheRiverNRV.org.

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Nov
10
11:30 AM11:30

Persecuted Church Informational Session

Recently a group of 3 clergy and 5 laypeople from The River attended the New Wineskins Global Mission Conference in Asheville, NC. As a way to share some of what they learned, The River Mission Team will host a time to present issues regarding the persecuted church. Snacks and childcare will be provided, a short video will be shown, New Wineskins attendees will have an opportunity to share, and there will be a time of open prayer for the persecuted Church.

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Nov
10
6:30 PM18:30

Spaghetti with Socrates

Immediately following the Mars Hill gathering, we’ll be hosting a free spaghetti dinner with open Q&A. Our previous Pancakes with Socrates event was a huge success and we discussed some great questions (What does salvation actually mean? Do Christians and other religions just worship the same God in different ways? Why did God create Satan if he knew he was going to sin and lead Adam and Eve into sin?) We invite you to join us for this great time of lively discussion! Children will eat first with their families at 6:30 and then childcare will be provided from 6:45-7:45.

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Feast of Faith
Nov
16
6:30 PM18:30

Feast of Faith

River Women! Imagine a four-course meal, an artfully transformed environment, faith stories of four women from our congregation, and an opportunity to connect with new and old friends - all served with love by some of the men and youth of our church.  Grab a friend and join us as we laugh, learn and celebrate with thanksgiving.  Middle and High school youth are welcome to attend with their mother/guardian.

Saturday, November 16, 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the Church of God Fellowship Hall. 

Cost is $10.00.  You can pay Claire Andrews by cash or check, or on Paypal using this link: http://bit.ly/give-therivernrv (choose “Feast of Faith” from the dropdown menu).

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Dec
15
to Dec 16

Annual Meeting

Join us for this important annual meeting where we look back on 2019 and look ahead to 2020. This meeting is especially important for members at The River to attend so that they can vote on the 2020 proposed budget. This childcare will be provided.

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Belize Mission Trip
Jan
4
to Jan 11

Belize Mission Trip

A team from The River is heading back to Punta Gorda, Belize, to partner with Toledo Christian Academy! We will support their ministry through light construction, Bible studies for children, and whatever other assistance they need. If you want to know more, contact Scott.Vincent.Cramer@gmail.com or Chris@TheRiverNRV.org.

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Camp Booyah 2020
Jun
14
to Jun 19

Camp Booyah 2020

It’s never too early to start planning ahead! The date is set for Camp Booyah, our annual summer camp for youth. All rising 6th graders - graduated seniors are welcome to attend this week of fun, worship, and community service at Watermarks Camp in Scottsville, VA. Contact Chris@TheRiverNRV.org with any questions.

Check out a video of pictures from our 2019 trip below!

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Mentoring Lab
Oct
9
6:30 PM18:30

Mentoring Lab

Mentoring Lab:

Wednesday evenings, starting Oct. 9, in The Edge Workroom.
A 4-week exploration for small group leaders and others who sense God may be leading them to walk alongside someone 1-on-1 as a mentor or spiritual friend, with the goal that they will grow and offer the same for someone else. Join Chris & Claire Andrews as they share their own experiences and lessons in doing just that. Models from the Bible and church history will be discussed, as well as practical guidance in whom to mentor, how to approach them, develop meeting schedules, goals and assignments, and choose resources and questions that best fit the person. Contact Chris Andrews (803-730-7467, candrews@therivernrv.org) to sign up or if you have questions.

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Fall Farm Day
Oct
5
3:00 PM15:00

Fall Farm Day

Join us for our annual Fall Farm Day! This is a great time to kick back and relax on the farm with friends and family. We’ll all bring some food to share, there will be some lawn games, some fun activities for kids (like face-painting and pony rides). Plus, compete for the coveted “Golden Ladle” in the annual Chili Cookoff, or show off your skills in the Pie-Baking Contest, new for 2019.

Bring a dish to share, some chairs or blankets to sit on, and your friends! Bring a chili and/or a pie if you want to compete in the contests. Bring dollar bills/change/checks to vote on your favorite chilis and pies; all donations will benefit the NRV Diaper Pantry.

This is a great, fun event to invite your friends to! All are welcome!

2351 Lusters Gate Rd, Blacksburg

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Sep
29
6:30 PM18:30

Youth Group

Our youth group (6th grade - 12th grade) typically meets on Sunday evenings from 6:30-8:00pm in the Church of God Fellowship Hall. All middle and high schoolers are welcome to join us for a time of fun, fellowship, and worship!

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Lighthouse: Parents' Night Out
Sep
28
6:00 PM18:00

Lighthouse: Parents' Night Out

Parents, enjoy a night out sponsored and run by the Children’s Ministry at The River!

For ages 3 (if toilet trained) through 5th Grade, dinner will be provided at this night of fun and learning! The theme will be God’s Galaxy, focusing on Psalm 19:1 “The Heavens declare the glory of God. The skies proclaim the work of His hands.”

If you’d like to participate in Lighthouse, please email Reagan@TheRiverNRV.org or sign up in the Fellowship Hall on Sundays after worship.

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Belize Trip Info Session #2
Sep
28
10:00 AM10:00

Belize Trip Info Session #2

Are you interested in being part of our team that is heading down to Belize in January? We invite you to join us on this life-changing trip as we go to partner in ministry with our friends at Toledo Christian Academy. Learn more about this amazing opportunity at our info sessions on Saturday, September 28th at 10am - The River’s Edge (209D College Ave)

Contact Scott.Vincent.Cramer@gmail.com or Chris@therivernrv.org for more info.

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Sep
22
6:30 PM18:30

Youth Group

Our youth group (6th grade - 12th grade) typically meets on Sunday evenings from 6:30-8:00pm in the Church of God Fellowship Hall. All middle and high schoolers are welcome to join us for a time of fun, fellowship, and worship!

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Mars Hill Community Launch
Sep
22
4:30 PM16:30

Mars Hill Community Launch

  • 110 Roanoke Street East Blacksburg, VA, 24060 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join us as we launch Mars Hill Community, a new worship gathering! Mars Hill will be a simpler, more casual worship experience, and a community where people are encouraged to raise and explore any questions and doubts that they have about life and faith.

Maybe you’re curious about what Christianity is all about. Maybe you’ve been thinking about trying church for the first time, or coming back to church after a long time away. Or maybe you’ve been a Christian for a long time you’re interested in a new worship experience, or in being part of a church “start-up.” No matter where you’re coming from, we’d love for you to join us at Mars Hill Community!

Mars Hill Community will feature doughnuts and drinks beginning at 4:30, followed by a simple worship gathering from 5:00-6:15. There will be full children’s programming for kids age 0 - 5th grade.

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Huckleberry Trail Cleanup
Sep
21
9:00 AM09:00

Huckleberry Trail Cleanup

Our youth group and our young adult/grad student group are joining together to partner with Blacksburg Parks and Rec to clean up the Huckleberry Trail! We'll mainly be picking up trash and trimming back/cleaning up brush along the trail. We'll meet on the trail across from the Blacksburg Library at 8:30am for donuts and coffee/hot chocolate. Then we'll divide into teams and begin our work on the trail from 9-12. We also need some basic tools to help in our work. Please bring your own work gloves if you desire. Contact Chris@Therivernrv.org if you’d like to help out!

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Youth Group
Sep
15
6:30 PM18:30

Youth Group

Our youth group (6th grade - 12th grade) typically meets on Sunday evenings from 6:30-8:00pm in the Church of God Fellowship Hall. All middle and high schoolers are welcome to join us for a time of fun, fellowship, and worship!

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Mars Hill Community - Preview Service
Sep
15
5:00 PM17:00

Mars Hill Community - Preview Service

  • 110 Roanoke Street East Blacksburg, VA, 24060 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

We are going to run our Mars Hill Community preview service like a normal service would be run, but we want lots of feedback! If you are planning to be a part of Mars Hill Community we strongly encourage you to attend. Even if you are not planning to be a part of Mars Hill Community, we would love for you to attend this practice service and give us your feedback.

We’re also asking you to invite your friends, whether they go to other churches, or even if they don’t go to church at all. We want as much feedback as possible from as many different types of people as possible

Snacks will be available outside the Roanoke St. entrance beginning at 4:30pm. Worship will begin at 5:00pm. Full children’s programming is available for children 0-5th grade.

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Belize Trip Info Session
Sep
15
11:30 AM11:30

Belize Trip Info Session

Are you interested in being part of our team that is heading down to Belize in January? We invite you to join us on this life-changing trip as we go to partner in ministry with our friends at Toledo Christian Academy. Learn more about this amazing opportunity at one of our info sessions:

Sunday, September 15th at 11:30am - Church of God Fellowship Hall

Saturday, September 28th at 10am - The River’s Edge (209D College Ave)

Contact Scott.Vincent.Cramer@gmail.com or Chris@therivernrv.org for more info.

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Youth Group
Sep
8
6:30 PM18:30

Youth Group

This week we’ll be kicking off our new study, Gospel Foundations. Join us for this time of learning about God’s story through video and discussion.

The whole of Scripture, from Genesis 1 to Revelation 22 tells the story of God’s redemption of a good but broken world through Jesus. Join us as we find our place in The Story.

Check out the trailer for the series below!

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Sep
8
4:30 PM16:30

Mars Hill Community Launch Team Gathering

We’re getting close to the launch of Mars Hill Community. This meeting will cover logistics, volunteering, service flow, and more. If you are planning to be involved with Mars Hill Community as an attender, a volunteer, or part of the launch team, please make an effort to be at this meeting. If you would like on-site childcare, please RSVP to Reagan Whelan for childcare by noon on Friday, August 23 (Reagan@TheRiverNRV.org).

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Fall Kickoff Sunday Potluck
Sep
8
11:00 AM11:00

Fall Kickoff Sunday Potluck

Our Fall Kickoff is a great time to welcome new students, welcome back returning students and families from the summer, learn about group life and volunteering at The River, and to eat and fellowship with friends and family! Shortly after worship a few of our staff members will offer (very brief) explanations of some of the ways to get involved, and then we will share a potluck lunch together! Please bring a dish to share!

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Special Offering and Commissioning - Mars Hill Community
Sep
8
10:00 AM10:00

Special Offering and Commissioning - Mars Hill Community

On Sunday, September 8, we will have a special offering in support of Mars Hill Community (launching September 22). This offering will mainly go towards spreading the word about Mars Hill to the community, and towards staffing costs for that endeavor.

We’ll also be inviting the Launch Team up for prayer as they get ready to finally launch this new community!

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Flow Workshop
Sep
4
6:00 PM18:00

Flow Workshop

Are you wondering what your unique gifts might be? God has some role or calling for each person, so what is yours?  Join us for the Flow Workshop to discover how you are uniquely wired.  Combining CliftonStrengths and scripture, we will explore how God gives us spiritual gifts and unique strengths to invite us into serving him every day - and for the long haul!

This is a one evening workshop - Wednesday, September 4 6pm-8:30pm. 

RSVP to claire@TheRiverNRV.org by Sunday, Sept 1. 

Cost:  $20 for CliftonStrengths test for non VT affiliated participants.  Free for VT affiliated participants. Light snacks provided. 

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Up on the Roof
Aug
29
5:30 PM17:30

Up on the Roof

Let’s put the “professional” back in Young Professional (YoPro). The town of Blacksburg hosts monthly “Creative Professional Mixers” on the rooftop of Kent Square. The highlighted non-profit for this month is the NRV Diaper Pantry, an organization that as grown out of The River Church. Come hangout for the evening and support the Diaper Pantry as it continues to gain recognition in the community. Don’t forget to bring a friend! This is a great way to introduce a neighbor or a coworker to the River’s young adult crew.

·         Time: 5:30pm-8pm.

·         Location: Everyone is welcome to meet up at 5:30pm at The River’s Edge, the church’s office space/lounge (203 College Ave. Blacksburg). We can all head over to the event as a group. If you’re running late, feel free to catch up with us on the rooftop of Kent Square Parking Garage on Draper Rd, Blacksburg.

·         Cost: $5 which includes food, 1 drink, and a donation to the Diaper Pantry. ($10 gets you all of the above plus an additional two drinks)

·         Facebook page: https://facebook.com/pg/rooftopbburg/about/

·         Shoot Nick an email (nick@therivernrv.org) if you’re interested in coming, especially if you’d like to meet up at The Edge beforehand.

·         Note: the event is 21+ and is not welcoming to children and pets (sorry, not our rules)

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Mars Hill Community Launch Team Gathering
Aug
25
4:30 PM16:30

Mars Hill Community Launch Team Gathering

We’re getting close to the launch of Mars Hill Community. This meeting will cover logistics, volunteering, service flow, and more. If you are planning to be involved with Mars Hill Community as an attender, a volunteer, or part of the launch team, please make an effort to be at this and the next two meetings. If you would like on-site childcare, please RSVP to Reagan Whelan for childcare by noon on Friday, August 23 (Reagan@TheRiverNRV.org).

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Youth Family Picnic
Aug
25
11:30 AM11:30

Youth Family Picnic

Join us as we kickoff a new year of youth with a family picnic. All youth families (parents, siblings, friends) are invited to join us for burgers and hotdogs on the grill. We’ll have some fun activities and Chris and Kelsa will share a little bit about their our vision for youth this year!

If you plan to come, sign up here https://www.perfectpotluck.com/CZJZ1073 to bring something to share!

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Starters
Aug
23
6:30 PM18:30

Starters

Come meet Nick and Kylie and check our their new apartment for a time of food and fellowship. We are super excited to have Nick on staff with the Yopros. Let’s celebrate the “start” of the Garrety’s upcoming years in Blacksburg as well as celebrating the relaunching of the YoPro group.

Everyone is encouraged to bring their favorite “starter,” which is just another word for an appetizer. (If cooking isn’t your thing, just grab something shareable from the grocery store)

Feel free to bring your favorite drink for yourself or to share (soda, tea, beer, wine, etc).

Time: 6:30pm-whenever

Location: 506 Broce Dr. Apt #16. Blacksburg (Free parking is available on Broce Dr. on the side of the street closest to the apartments. The entrance to the apartment is on the parking lot side of the building).

RSVP on the Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/352540788954819/

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Reception for Bob and Yezmin Ulfers
Aug
18
11:30 AM11:30

Reception for Bob and Yezmin Ulfers

Bob and Yezmin Ulfers are going to update us on the work they have done over the past two decades to translate the Bible for the Karang people of Cameroon. Join us to hear about their work and to hear what God has done in and through them in Cameroon. The reception will take place in the Church of God Fellowship Hall following worship. Snacks and childcare will be provided

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Aug
17
7:00 AM07:00

International Student Furniture Giveaway

Each year BCM and a group of churches and international ministries come together to provide free furniture for new international students. When internationals move to Blacksburg, they usually have NO furniture for their apartments. This initiative helps them get settled in!

All summer, individuals and churches donate furniture, and the BCM staff collects, sorts and stacks it in their large main room in the basement of their building. On Saturday, August 17, 100s of internationals will gather to receive an item or two, and volunteers will help them transport their new finds to their apartments in trucks and trailers.

Later that day, a dinner takes place at BCM so that volunteers and international students can socialize and make connections!

Saturday, August 17; 7:00 a.m. – Furniture Giveaway begins; 5:00 p.m. – Dinner

Giveaway and dinner both take place at Baptist Collegiate Ministry

  • Volunteers are still needed, including:

    • Volunteers to go through the lines first and plan to sit at tables to engage internationals in conversations over the dinner.

    • Volunteers (especially with trucks or vans) to help transport furniture to student apartments.

    • Volunteers to help set up tables in the BCM following the clearing out of the furniture – around 2:00-3:00 p.m.

  • To Volunteer, Contact: 540-552-5473 or furniture@bcmvt.org

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