We are excited to worship with you, not in our normal location, but online! If you miss us at the 9:00am stream, you'll be able to jump online and watch it on demand afterwards. There are six ways to watch.
We encourage you to gather together as a family, sing along and take notes via our mobile app during the service. Let us continue to be the Church, glorify God and be encouraged as we walk through this season together.
To download our E-Bulletin for the week of April 5, 2020 CLICK HERE
[Posted Wednesday, March 25 12:16pm]
Dear RiverLakes Family,
All of our lives have been turned upside down the past several weeks due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. This includes the life of our Church family. As the situation remains fluid and changing constantly, we will do the best we can to keep you updated with changes that impact our family at RiverLakes. Below is our most current update.
CHURCH SERVICE ON SUNDAY
While we could not physically meet on the church campus last Sunday, we were overwhelmed with joy as so many of you joined us for our worship service virtually through electronic means. For this coming Sunday, March 29, 2020, we invite you to join us once again to view our full worship service through virtual technology. The service will air at 9:00am and can be viewed through a multitude of tech platforms (we will send out all of the different ways to view later in the week).
In addition, we will have a “live” Children’s Sunday School lesson for your kids that you can access through the ZOOM App. Please get the word out to our RiverLakes family and to your other family and friends to join us for “virtual” worship this Sunday at 9:00am.
CHURCH OFFICE IS CLOSED
In compliance with the “stay home” order from our State Government Officials, the church office is closed until further notice. Below are a couple of points of clarification that you need to be aware of while we operate in this temporary closed mode. STAY CONNECTED TO YOUR CHURCH FAMILY
During these uncertain and chaotic times, it is vitally important for all of you to stay connected to our church family. For those of you who are already in some kind of a small group relationship, you are being supported, cared for and prayed for by your fellow small group members. For those of you who are not in a small group, we strongly urge you to consider joining a small group now. These times we are in are difficult and emotional and we need each other for support and care. You can let us know of your desire to join a small group by filling out a “Connect Card” on our website or the RiverLakes Church App. Download the App, fill out the “Connect Card” and check the box that you want info about “Joining a Community Group.” We will take it from there and connect you with a group in our church family as soon as possible.
CARE FOR OUR SENIORS
We want to thank all of you who so graciously responded to our call for volunteers to “Adopt a Senior.” All of our Senior Saints are now connected with a volunteer who will regularly stay in touch with them, help meet their needs and pray for them continually through this crisis period. Praise the Lord for the love of our church body for one another.
We will continue to stay in touch with our church family on a regular basis. Remember to embrace and live out the truths of Matthew 6:33-34 on a daily basis – “Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Therefore, do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”
For His Glory, The Elders of RCC
[Posted Wednesday, March 18 1:13pm]
Dear RiverLakes Family,
We are living in unprecedented times. The situation relating to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) is fluid and constantly evolving. While the world around us seems to be immersed in chaos and overwhelmed with fear, we who follow Jesus can hold on to the truths of Isaiah 41:10, “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
While we are not driven by fear, we must be sensitive to the people who live amongst us in our community and be supportive of the Governmental leaders who are trying to address this crisis by doing everything possible to prevent the spread of this virus. In compliance with the Federal and State recommendations to address this situation over the next two-week period, here are some key decisions that we have made as the leadership of RCC.
SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVICES
Beginning this coming Sunday, March 22, 2020, we will not be physically meeting on our church campus for Sunday Worship Services. To continue being the Church, we will still have a full live worship service that will be available for viewing through our website and other social media vehicles on Sunday mornings.
Sermon notes and an e-bulletin will be available for you to access through our RiverLakes Church App. Small Group Curriculum will also be available to download through our website.
We encourage families and small groups to view these live services and discuss the truths and applications from the messages together. Additional follow-up with recommendations concerning how to make the most of this time together will be communicated in the future.
COMMUNITY GROUPS/SMALL GROUPS
There will be no Small Groups (Community Groups, Women, Men, Youth or Support Groups) physically meeting on our campus for an undetermined amount of time.
However, we strongly urge you all to stay connected through your small group relationships. To help facilitate this virtually, we are encouraging group leaders to host your meetings using ZOOM. ZOOM is a platform that allows you to connect through your laptop or phone with the all the members of your group. If someone in your small group already has a ZOOM subscription, they can schedule and host the meeting for the rest of the group. If your group needs a ZOOM subscription, contact the ministry leader of your area and they will direct you on how to proceed.
If you choose to physically meet in your homes, please comply with the Coronavirus guidelines issued by Federal and State Government officials.
REGULAR MINISTRY MEETINGS/EVENTS
All ministry meetings and events that were scheduled have been suspended at this time. There will be no ministry meetings or events scheduled at the RCC campus until further notice.
The leader of your particular area of ministry will be in contact with you to let you know how we will handle staying connected in the future.
OPPORTUNITIES FOR CARE AND SUPPORT
During this time where our normal rhythms of ministry have been interrupted, there are a number of opportunities for you to provide care and support.
The most vulnerable and impacted group by this virus are our seniors. We are committed to support and care for our seniors at RCC through this crisis. We are mobilizing this effort through our Laborers of Love Ministry. If you are available and interested in helping, please call the church office during business hours, or reply to this email.
In addition, we are exploring opportunities for RCC to provide support for needy people in our community. We will provide details concerning these future opportunities in the near future.
We wanted to communicate the key decisions we have made at this point in a timely manner. As we mentioned earlier, this crisis is fluid and changing constantly. We are committed to communicating with you on a consistent and regular basis.
While the world all around us may seem like it is out of control, we serve a God who is sovereign and still holds everything in the palm of His hands. This season of crisis is a time for the church to stand in the gap and lead. We have a great opportunity to be a city on hill and live out the calling of Matthew 5:16, “Let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” Let all of us at RCC be this light for the glory and praise of our Father in heaven.
For His Glory,
The Elders of RCC
[Posted Monday, March 16, 2020 11:47am]
CLICK HERE to view a special announcement from Pastor Matt regarding Coronavirus. This clip is from our main worship services on March 15, 2020.
[Posted Friday, March 13, 2020]
Dear RiverLakes Family,
In light of recent developments with the Coronavirus (COVID-19), I’d like to share with you the preventative measures we are taking to minimize the spread of disease here at RiverLakes. We will continue to hold Sunday services for the time being, but would ask you to join us in observing the following measures to make our time together as safe as possible:
Let me end by reminding you that we serve a sovereign God and do not need to be afraid (2 Tim. 1:7). He holds our lives in the palm of His hand and He is good. Please be praying for those affected by the virus and that the spread of this disease would be halted quickly. We are eager to resume our normal church rhythms as soon as is prudent.
Much love in Christ,
Pastor Matt Vorhees