Camp Booyah
Jun
16
to Jun 21

Camp Booyah

Our youth group (Overflow) will be headed to Camp Booyah for the 3rd time this summer! Our group has grown every year: 6 in 2017, 11 in 2018, 15 in 2019. Please pray that God would work powerfully in their lives as they worship, serve, play, and grow along with 200+ other youth from Anglican churches in Virginia and North Carolina. Also pray for fun, safety, and energy for them.

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Jun
16
4:30 PM16:30

Second Service Prayer and Vision Gathering - 3 of 8

This week’s gathering will take place in the Church of God sanctuary. Childcare will be available onsite from 4:15-6:15.

Among other things, this session will include vision-casting "what it could look like" to give us a sense of the potentials of a 2nd service. We will also continue to pray to the Lord for His timing, guidance, and provision.
 
In order to begin this fall, we'll need to see a committed core of 20 adults by the middle of August who say, "I'd like to help make this happen." You may not feel called to to attend the service, but you may feel called to help watch kids, be on the safety and security team, play/sing on the worship team, help with hospitality (food and drink, welcoming people), and so forth. 
 
In addition, we will also need a strong group of adults who plan to attend the service as well. Please be praying about your desires here, and communicate to the staff if you fit into this category.We also ask that you attempt to attend at least 1-2 of the upcoming meetings if you are still considering if/how to be involved. 

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River Picnic
Jun
22
4:00 PM16:00

River Picnic

We’re going to gather together as a church for a summer picnic! No agenda except food, fun, and fellowship! This is a great event to invite friends to.

You’ll also have the opportunity to meet Nick and Kylie Garrety, who are moving to Blacksburg to start a CCO campus ministry at Virginia Tech. Nick will be on staff at The River to work with university students and young adults.

This will be a potluck, so please bring a dish to share, as well as lawn chairs or blankets to sit on.

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Pulaski Yankees Game
Jun
29
5:00 PM17:00

Pulaski Yankees Game

Join us for a Pulaski Yankees game at Calfee Park in Pulaski on Saturday, June 29! The game begins at 6:30, but anyone who is interested can meet for dinner at 5pm at Latino’s Taste in Radford. We will purchase tickets as a group so that we can sit together. Tickets will cost about $10/adult (cost is less for children; final cost is dependent on the number of people in our group).

Please RSVP to Chris@TheRiverNRV.org by June 25th with the names of people attending and whether or not you plan to join us for dinner before the game.

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Jun
30
4:30 PM16:30

Second Service Prayer and Vision Gathering - 4 of 8

We are holding eight Prayer and Vision Gatherings over the summer that will occur every two weeks (May 19, June 2, 16, 30, July 14, 28, August 11, 25) at various locations.

These Gatherings are designed for the staff and congregation to come together to pray about the Second Service and to solidify the vision for the service as well as the practical logistics (where will it happen, what the service will look like, when will it begin, who will attend, how we will spread the word to the community, etc).

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Jul
14
4:30 PM16:30

Second Service Prayer and Vision Gathering - 5 of 8

We are holding eight Prayer and Vision Gatherings over the summer that will occur every two weeks (May 19, June 2, 16, 30, July 14, 28, August 11, 25) at various locations.

These Gatherings are designed for the staff and congregation to come together to pray about the Second Service and to solidify the vision for the service as well as the practical logistics (where will it happen, what the service will look like, when will it begin, who will attend, how we will spread the word to the community, etc).

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Jul
28
4:30 PM16:30

Second Service Prayer and Vision Gathering - 6 of 8

We are holding eight Prayer and Vision Gatherings over the summer that will occur every two weeks (May 19, June 2, 16, 30, July 14, 28, August 11, 25) at various locations.

These Gatherings are designed for the staff and congregation to come together to pray about the Second Service and to solidify the vision for the service as well as the practical logistics (where will it happen, what the service will look like, when will it begin, who will attend, how we will spread the word to the community, etc).

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Aug
11
4:30 PM16:30

Second Service Prayer and Vision Gathering - 7 of 8

We are holding eight Prayer and Vision Gatherings over the summer that will occur every two weeks (May 19, June 2, 16, 30, July 14, 28, August 11, 25) at various locations.

These Gatherings are designed for the staff and congregation to come together to pray about the Second Service and to solidify the vision for the service as well as the practical logistics (where will it happen, what the service will look like, when will it begin, who will attend, how we will spread the word to the community, etc).

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Aug
25
4:30 PM16:30

Second Service Prayer and Vision Gathering - 8 of 8

We are holding eight Prayer and Vision Gatherings over the summer that will occur every two weeks (May 19, June 2, 16, 30, July 14, 28, August 11, 25) at various locations.

These Gatherings are designed for the staff and congregation to come together to pray about the Second Service and to solidify the vision for the service as well as the practical logistics (where will it happen, what the service will look like, when will it begin, who will attend, how we will spread the word to the community, etc).

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Jun
2
4:30 PM16:30

Second Service Prayer and Vision Gathering - 2 of 8

We are holding eight Prayer and Vision Gatherings over the summer that will occur every two weeks (May 19, June 2, 16, 30, July 14, 28, August 11, 25) at various locations.

This week’s gathering will be held at Custom Catering (902 Patrick Henry Dr, Blacksburg)

These Gatherings are designed for the staff and congregation to come together to pray about the Second Service and to solidify the vision for the service as well as the practical logistics (where will it happen, what the service will look like, when will it begin, who will attend, how we will spread the word to the community, etc).

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Second Service Prayer and Vision Gathering
May
19
4:30 PM16:30

Second Service Prayer and Vision Gathering

We’re going to gather at 4:30pm on May 19th for a prayer and vision gathering focused on our proposed second service. If you are interested in the second service, we strongly encourage you to join us for this time of prayer. Even if you aren’t sure how or if you will be involved, we would love your support as we pray together to discern where and how God is leading us. We will gather in the Church of God Sanctuary. Childcare will be provided.

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These cards are samples of what communication to the public for the 2nd Service may look like.

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Quarterly Gathering and Youth Taco Bar Fundraiser
May
5
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 LUNCH!!! 15-18 youth and leaders from The River 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! Donations can be made during the lunch by cash or check (made out to The River Church), or at any time by Paypal (offerings@therivernrv.org). If giving by check or Paypal, please write “Camp Booyah” in the memo line.

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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Spring Farm Day
Apr
28
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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International Barn Party
Apr
27
5:00 PM17:00

International Barn Party

You’re invited to a Barn Party at the McDonalds’ farm! Invite and bring your international friends and join us for a great time of food and fellowship!

RSVP to MaryMcDonald@sams-usa.org and bring a can of corn, lima beans, or tomatoes to add to the Brunswick stew!

The Barn Party will be at 7474 Blacksburg Rd, Catawba.

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YoPro Bonfire
Apr
24
7:00 PM19:00

YoPro Bonfire

YoPros (grad students and young professionals in the 21-35ish range) join us for a relaxing time of fellowship around a backyard fire! Plus, take an opportunity to meet Nick and Kylie Garrety. Nick will be joining The River’s staff in August to head up our ministry to young professionals.

Invite your friends from outside The River, and feel free to bring drinks or a snack to share. If you’ve got a lawn chair or blanket, bring that too so we have enough seats for everyone!

We will be at 301 S. Franklin St, Christiansburg. Park in the driveway or on the street across from the house.

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Free University Student Lunch
Apr
24
11:30 AM11:30

Free University Student Lunch

Students (grads and undergrads) you’re all welcome to join us Wednesday, April 24th at The River’s Edge (209D College Ave, above Souvlaki) for free Benny’s pizza! Come meet Nick Garrety, who will be joining The River’s staff this summer to work with students, and his wife Kylie, who will be working with the Bradley Study Center. We’ll be at The River’s Edge from 11:30-1:30, so stop by as you’re able, whether you stay for the whole time or just stop in for a slice between classes!

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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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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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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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