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.
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.
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!
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.
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
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.
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!
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.
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.
Cell: 540 505-2033
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 (email@example.com) for rides from Virginia Tech.
If you have a passion for interacting with University students, Gobblerfest is a great way to get to meet a bunch of them! Each year Gobblerfest showcases organizations from VT and the surrounding community to let students new and old know how they can get involved around Blacksburg. If you are interested in volunteering at Gobblerfest and meeting new students, please contact Chris@TheRiverNRV.org.
Each fall we kick off a new school year with a BIG potluck lunch! This is a great time to hear about what's coming up in the next year, about how you can get involved in group life at The River, and about opportunities to serve. All are welcome! Please bring a dish to share.
We'll be embarking on a new sermon series beginning Kickoff Sunday (August 26th). This series will focus on the core of the Gospel, how it still applies to us today, and how it fits into our everyday lives.
To listen to past sermons, visit www.therivernrv.org/sermons.
We are so excited to begin a new class for preschoolers (2-5) beginning Sunday, Sept 2nd! We will have a parent meeting on Sunday, August 19th at 11:30 to discuss the logistics and curriculum, and to answer any questions or concerns that you have. We will meet in the fellowship hall and babysitting will be provided for your children.
Are you relatively new to The River? Want to know more about who we are as a church? Join Pastor Jonathan and Claire Andrews for a brief (20-30 minute) question and answer session immediately after worship in the fellowship hall. Bring any questions you have and get to know some of our staff better as you get to know The River.