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December 23 , 2014

The River Community Church
  

Thoughts From the Elders

Christmas Traditions

Hello Church Family!

This is Christmas week, the busiest time of year.

This is the time when we avoid shopping malls (unless you procrastinated), travel for all sorts of holiday events, and go back home to visit family.

My only words of wisdom this week are, clique as it sounds, remember the reason for the season.

At the Tilley household we have a tradition of having a birthday cake on Christmas night. No matter where we go, we come bearing a gift of jello cake (Ask my wife for the recipe, it is excellent).

Why a birthday cake? Because it is Jesus birthday.

Why jello cake? Because it's my favorite (Jesus doesn't seem to mind).

What are your Christmas traditions?

Do you open a present the night before?

Do you have a special dinner?

The next question should be, what do you do to remember Jesus on Christmas day?

Do you read the Christmas story as a family?

Do you sing carols?

Do you pray as a family?

This is the one time of year when Christians can get away with dropping Jesus name, praying out loud, and singing Christian songs without getting grumpy looks.

Embrace this time of year, enjoy the snow (hopefully), and glorify Jesus!

See you Sunday,

Joshua


Gather & Grow...River Community News


Wednesday, December 24

Christmas Eve Service
5:00 pm

Join us on Christmas Eve as we prepare to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, God in flesh. This will be a family event for everyone so please join us for this special worship service. there will be some invites in your program this Sunday. Just cut them apart and give to a few who you would like to invite to join us to celebrate! Have a blessed Christmas.

And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:14

Family Matters Potluck and Meeting
January 11
11:30 am 

Let's get together and try to warm up the winter by having a potluck! We'll provide the meat and the vegetables, you bring a salad or a dessert to go with it. We'll enjoy some fellowship together and have a short update and discussion about what's new at church. It's a great way to stay updated, keeping informed and give some input about your church and family. 

Women's Winter Birthday Party
Sunday, January 18
2:00 pm 

Let's get together to celebrate!  ALL women of the River are invited to join us as we celebrate those whose birthdays are in December, January, and February.  Please contact Shanna Tilley if you have a winter birthday so that we can prepare a special recognition for you at the party.



Go...Serving in the Name of Jesus

December Missions Focus: Pine Lake Camp

It looks like snow! And that means Winter Retreats at Pine Lake Camps are almost here!! We are excited to announce that online registrations is NOW OPEN!! Here are the dates to mark on your calendar. You can register at www.pinelakecamps.org.

  Sr. High Retreat (grades 9-12): January 16-18

  Juniors Retreat (grades 2-5):  January 23-25

  Young Teens Retreat (grades 6-8):  February 6-8

Pine Lake officially opened in 1957 and since then thousands of people have experienced this "meeting place with God." The camp sits on 49 acres adjacent to Pine Lake State Park, and offers incredi- ble experiences, from summer camp fun to weekend retreats for youth and adults. The camp’s mission is:

To engage children, youth and adults with the life-changing message of Jesus Christ by creating unique camp communities and learning experiences in which our words, our service and our personal rela- tionships capture and communicate the essence of the gospel.

We encourage you to contact others serving elsewhere to say hello and let them know you are praying for them, they appreciate it. Prayer letters may also be picked up from the Resource Room at The River along with current info including River family prayer requests in "Prayer Matters". If you would like to be included on our Prayer Team, send us an email. We will send out requests, usually once a week for you to pray for. If you have a story of someone serving in Jesus' name, send it our way and we will pass it on!

Around the Neighborhood

Holiday Events in Iowa City

Looking for things to do over Christmas Break? Here's one link with several family friendly events to give you some options.

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