HAPPY NEW YEAR RIVERLAKES!
CELEBRATING CHRISTMAS AT RIVERLAKES
During the month of December our church body celebrated the glorious gift of our Savior, Jesus, with passion and zeal. The Women’s Christmas Brunch had over 200 women attend, and they were blessed with an inspiring and challenging message from Teri Thompson entitled “This Abundant Life.” Over 50 of our RCC people blessed a multitude of seniors at Rosewood and Brookside with Christmas Caroling on December 1. The celebration of Christmas culminated in a very meaningful and worshipful time during our two Christmas Eve services held on Monday, December 24. Close to 1,500 people joined us for Christmas Eve, where Senior Pastor Matt Vorhees described the glorious picture of the throne room of God in Revelation 5 and explained why Jesus is worthy of all our praise, honor, and worship. Praise the Lord for His unspeakable gift of love and grace.
REJOICING IN THE “CHRISTMAS IN LAKE ISABELLA” OUTREACH
During the week of December 12-15, over 100 volunteers from RCC blessed the community in Lake Isabella who are still suffering from the ravages of the Erskine fire from a couple of years ago. During the week, volunteers provided relief and construction work, prayer support and brought some Christmas joy to these hurting and needy families with a Christmas Celebration on December 15. A sincere thanks goes out to the RCC family for all of the volunteer support and for providing over $5,000 in gifts and gift cards to bless these struggling families in Lake Isabella at Christmas time.
THANKFUL FOR THE “HOPE FOR THE AGES” CHRISTMAS PROGRAM
On December 16, the RCC body was blessed with a multi-generational Christmas Program entitled, “Hope for the Ages.” A children’s choir joined with adult worshipers to lead our congregation in a night of celebrating the birth of our Savior. Over 700 people attended this special event that helped to set the tone for celebrating the real reason for Christmas, the birth of our Savior and Lord, Jesus Christ.
“Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.”