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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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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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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Sep
1
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 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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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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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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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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Youth Group
Sep
8
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
4:30 PM16:30

Mars Hill Community - Preview Service

  • 110 Roanoke Street East Blacksburg, VA, 24060 United States (map)
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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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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 Launch
Sep
22
4:30 PM16:30

Mars Hill Community Launch

  • 110 Roanoke Street East Blacksburg, VA, 24060 United States (map)
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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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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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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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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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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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Mars Hill Community Launch Gathering - 7 of 8
Aug
11
4:30 PM16:30

Mars Hill Community Launch Gathering - 7 of 8

Mars Hill Community launch gatherings will be on Aug 11 and 25. If you are interested in praying for, and being a part of building this endeavor, please make every effort to come to one or more of these meetings.  If you would like on-site childcare, please RSVP to Reagan Whelan for childcare by noon on Friday, August 9 (Reagan@TheRiverNRV.org).

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Quarterly Gathering
Jul
28
11:00 AM11:00

Quarterly Gathering

Join us at 11am on July 28th for our next quarterly gathering. This gathering will be a very important one for members to attend because we will be voting on some bylaw changes. Members, please make every effort to be there. Childcare will be available during the meeting.

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Jul
14
4:30 PM16:30

Mars Hill Community Prayer Launch Gathering - 5 of 8

Future Mars Hill Community launch gatherings will be on July 14, 28, Aug 11 and 25. If you are interested in praying for, and being a part of building this endeavor, please make every effort to come to one or more of these meetings.  If you would like on-site childcare, please RSVP to Kate Orton for childcare by noon on Friday, July 12 (Kate@TheRiverNRV.org).

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Jun
30
4:30 PM16:30

Mars Hill Community Prayer and Launch Gathering - 4 of 8

Our next Mars Hill Community ("MHC") launch gathering is this coming Sunday evening (June 30) in the Church of God sanctuary at 4:30pm. 

Future MHC launch gatherings will be on July 14, 28, Aug 11 and 25. If you are interested in praying for, and being a part of building this endeavor, please make every effort to come to one or more of these meetings.  There will be childcare in the church of God fellowship hall from 4:15-6:15. Please RSVP to Kate Orton for childcare by Saturday noon (Kate@TheRiverNRV.org).

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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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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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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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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
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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