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April 2, 2015

The River Community Church
  
Thoughts From The Elders

Pastor Dave ConradsFrom Mark Jessop                        

Holy Thursday: Jesus as a Jew celebrated Passover in the upper room with his disciples, including the one who would betray Him. But this Passover was different for Jesus. He knew what would happen in only a few short hours and shared with His disciples that His body would be broken and His blood would be shed. It is that Passover celebration that we now remember through the participation of communion.

Good Friday: The day Jesus went to the cross. The day He bore all the sins of the world, past, present and future. The pain and suffering He experienced that day for me, for you, for all of us really is incomprehensible, but that is the power of His love for us.

Easter: He is Risen! The grave could not hold Him. Death could not defeat Him. We serve a risen and living Lord. Hallejuah!

I pray that this Easter, each of you are able to remember, reflect on and fully experience the everlasting love of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

God Bless,

Mark

Gather & Grow...River Community Life

Easter Events:
Good Friday-Coffee & Prayer @ Noon
Easter Sunday-9am Brunch, 10:30 am Worship, 11:30 am Egg Hunt 
 

Join us for service Easter Sunday to celebrate Jesus' resurrection and victory over sin and death! Also come before the service to enjoy a continental light brunch together. We could use a couple of extra hands. If you want to help, please talk to Claude or Carol Williams soon. We will also be meeting Good Friday, April 3rd at noon for coffee and prayer remembering Christs' death for us on the cross. Feel free to bring your lunch and join us. And don't forget the Easter Egg Hunt after service on Sunday!

Prime Timers
Friday, April 10th @ 7:00 pm

If you've ever watched the Rose Bowl Parade, you've noticed all the floats. One of the florists from the 1st Ave. Hy-Vee in IC has been involved in putting the floats together for years! Come hear about Laurel Hollopete's experiences with this event and all the different things that go into preparing a float for the parade. Sign up at the Welcome Center. Everyone interested is invited to join in.

Serving Spotlight  
Sunday, April 12

Next week The River will feature a serving spotlight. The Student Ministry will set up a table in the foyer with additional information. Make your way towards their table the next couple of weeks to learn more about serving our children anywhere from birth to senior high!

Family Matters Meeting
Sunday, April 26
After Service

Mark your calendars for our Family Matters meeting at the end of April. We'll meet after the service. Plan on coming, we have lots to discuss!

Women's Spring Birthday Party
Sunday, April 19th at 2:00 pm 

All River women are invited to celebrate those women who have March, April and May birthdays. We'll enjoy birthday treats sprinkled with fun conversation.

Go...Serving in Jesus' Name

April Missions Focus: Converge

Converge Worldwide: Converge is a movement of churches working together to start and strengthen more churches. Our mission is to multiply active and gospel-centered churches..This is done in order to see lives and communities changed by the power of the gospel. Christ, his cross and the gospel are central to all we do.

Converge North Central is the midwest part of Converge that The River works with. As part of Converge, Pine Lake Camp in Eldora provides seminars, retreats, workshops and camps to support that mission.

Several of our missionaries are a part of Converge. Pray for them and for the Converge Conference.

Booklets about Converge and Current mission newsletters are in the Resource Center, please pick up and pray! Camp brochures for Summer 2015 are also available. For more info go to Converge, or Converge North Central

Neighborhood News

Journey of Hope
Midday Connection Luncheon
April 15 @ Noon
I University Club 

Kristin Roberts, Executive Director of the Ronald McDonald House will tell us about th activities and functions of the house and Karen Blankenship will talk about how the way we remember yesterday will determine the way you live.

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