Our daughter, Abbie, will be running a half marathon later this month. While I think she may be half crazy for doing it, I am certainly full of admiration for those with such determination and perseverance. The following article from Anna Johnson, this caught my attention:
For 111 days. Charlie Engle, Ray Zahab, and Kevin Lin ran across the Sahara Desert. They touched the waters at Senegal and then made their way through Mauritania, Mali, Niger, Libya, and Egypt to touch the waters of the Red Sea.
Along the way, the trio faced blazing afternoons of 100-plus degrees; jarring, freezing nights; sandstorms; tendinitis; violent sickness; aches, pains, and blisters. But the biggest challenge they faced was finding water. Finding it in its purest, cleanest form gets to be a bit of a chore while in the middle of nowhere.
Running 4,000 miles across the Sahara Desert is an amazing accomplishment. But just as commendable are these marathon finishers:
• Christians who finish their lives still growing, still serving
• husbands and wives who stay faithful to each other “until death
do us part”
• Young people who preserve their virginity until marriage despite
crushing peer pressure
• Pastors who stay passionate about ministry until their last
• Church members who weather conflict and remain joyful, l
loving, and faithful
May we all be inspired to run the Christian marathon with faithfulness and perseverance.
VOLLEYBALL is at 7:00 pm at Stevenson School. For More info, contact Dave Look @ 429-0719.
Y. A. M. (YOUNG ADULT MINISTRY) Meets 6-8 p.m. in the SRBC Sunday School Wing. This is for young adults after High School Graduation through 30 + years old. More info contact Jim Look @ 256-6456 or
Mary Ann Stemley @ 253-3375
AWANA meets every Wednesday evening at 6:05 pm. We have activities for 3 year old through High School, September through May. Come and join in the fun.
WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDY meets in the Seekers class room every Tuesday Morning at 9:30 am to delve into God’s Word and enjoy fellowship with other Christian women.
(Sept – May)
S. R. V. (SOUL REVOLUTION) is for 7th grade through
High School. They meet every Sunday evening at 6:30 pm in the youth room downstairs across
from the kitchen.
S.A.S. (SENIORS AT SERVICE) ~ 1st Friday
Meet at 12:30 p.m. the first Friday of the month. The senior members of the church and friends meet at different restaurants for a dine-out. The next one is on March 1. We will meet
@ Airway Kitchen. For more info, contact
Shirley Fall @ 254-2484.
WOMEN’S BREAKFAST 2nd Saturday Join us as we resume Women’s breakfast after the first of the year for great food, a devotional time and good Christian fellowship with other ladies of the church.
TEAM AND CHURCH COUNCIL MEETINGS
Team meetings and Church Council meetings are held the third Tuesday of the month. Team Meetings will start @ 7 pm and the Church Council Meeting @ 8 pm.
MESSY CHURCH ~ 2nd Tuesday
Join us Tuesday, January 8, at 5:30 pm for Messy Church – a relaxed and
Messy Church is all about welcoming people of all ages to come and have fun together. No one is too young or too old to join in. Expect a chance to be creative, exploring the theme of the day. Then what could be better than to celebrate together! Finally, everyone sits down to share and enjoy a meal. It’s all free and there is something for everyone. Why not come and join us?
*Note: If you are under 16, you will need to bring an adult
with you. For questions, call the church office at (937) 252-5311 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
MEN’S BREAKFAST ~ 1st Saturday
(October – June)
The men of the church meet the first Saturday of each month for a time in God’s word and fellowship with other Christian men of the church. Mini retreat this month until 11::00 am.
6th-12th Graders: Don’t miss CedarMania on March 23! We’ll be challenged to grow spiritually, experience fun breakout sessions, a meaningful message, crazy, games, lunch, not to mention getting to connect with Cedarville students and youth from other churches around the country! We hope you will join in! All 6th-12th graders are welcome! RSVP by Wednesday, March 13. See Mr Tere or Miss Michelle for serious details.
What an amazing year we have
had at AWANA so far this year! Our goal is for all of our clubbers to hide God’s word in their hearts and grow closer to Jesus as a result of all that we do on a weekly basis.
• February 13 the Puggles were spotted passing out Valentines candy to their fellow clubbers showing heir love to others. The Sparks clubbers helped to color pages for the visit to the Manor
across the street by the Outreach team.
• Feb. 20, We had fun with, P& P night where we wore Pink, and munched on snacks, while the Trek & Journey clubs zipped off to the mall for food and fun.
• Feb. 22, the Sparks (grades k – 2) came to experience Sparks late Night out party, a night full of age appropriate fellowship, games and activities geared for them to have lots of fun. Thank- you to all Leaders, and Lit’s, that helped to make this event such a great success!
• The AWANA store will Open for business March 6 for clubbers to
shop till they drop.
• The AWANA Grand Prix will take place on March 20th from 6:05-
7:30pm. If you are able to volunteer on the day of the race to
set-up or take-down, please let Michelle or Tere know.
• Saturday March 23rd some of our 6th –12th grade clubbers will
head over to Cedarville University to participate in Cedarmania,
a full day filled with lessons, music, crazy games, exciting
competitions, making new friends, all while challenging their
faith, and much, much more.
• Friday March 29, the TnT clubbers are scheduled to come and
hang out at our lock-in from 6pm –8 am, watch for information in
flyers, bulletins, and emails for further details.
Thank-you for your continued support through encouragement, and most important prayers for our clubbers and entire leadership team.
Your Prayers are so very important and crucial to this ministry!
Cool with Christ,
Tere Sharp, Co-commander
The Discovery Community Group
The Discovery Community Group is for adults of all ages. Whether you have known Jesus for many years, or only a few months this could be a group for you.
We will be studying the Bible together starting in Genesis going through to Jesus in the Gospels. We will be meeting twice a month on the second and fourth Thursday at 7pm, starting on February 28 at the home of Simon and Nancy Warwick.
We will be using questions to discover as a group what the Bible is saying to us.
We will be asking each other what we are going to do to obey
the passage we have studied over the next two weeks and what changes we need to make based on what we have learned from the Bible. We will also be praying that God will show each of us someone we can share the passage with
before the next meeting.
Wednesday, March 20, 2019
Rev up your engines and get ready for the AWANA GRAND PRIX! Join us as we race wooden derby cars and matchbox cars and compete on an AWANA Grand Prix race track. Race kits can be purchased for $5 at the Wednesday night AWANA registration table. Clubbers and adults are invited to enter a car into this exciting race!
Prizes will be awarded to racers in two categories: speed and design.
Racers come early to weigh and register your car for the race. Everyone is welcome to attend the Grand Prix—even if not participating. Watching the event is part of the fun!
Messy Church – March 12
The second Tuesday of the month 5:30 – 7:00 pm, our Messy friends enjoy crafts, games, a celebration time, dinner together and more. We’ve been ministering to folks of all ages and stages who are enjoying sharing the messiness of their own lives and growing in their faith in a space that works for them during Messy Church.
Messy Church is about inviting ordinary people to come just as they are, recognizing God is at work in the lives of ordinary people who live messy lives and ministering to them in a fun and creative way.
Come and join us for our March Messy Church session 12 March @ 5:30 pm. Try worship in a different way - messy and creative. There will be crafts, some singing and worship, and a good meal. All are welcome. Children under age 16 must be accompanied by an adult!
Your gifts to the America for Christ Offering impact thousands - through ministries with marginalized children, mission trips that transform lives torn asunder by hurricanes, resources that cultivate Christian leaders, chaplains who bring comfort to hospitals and nursing homes, and much more. Let us not become weary in doing good.
Be sure to set your clocks ahead for the start of Daylight Savings time on
Sunday, March 10th.
Community-Wide Prayer and Worship Service
Sunday, March 3, 2019 @ 6:00 pm
Stebbins High School Auditorium
Join us as we gather to worship the Lord together as the united Body of Christ. There will be focused times of prayer for our city and praising the Lord for everything He is doing in Riverside.
VBS 2019 – IN THE WILD
Vacation Bible School (VBS) 2019 is fast approaching! Now is the time to make plans to attend, save the date and put on your calendar. Sunday, July 14- Friday, July 19 6pm-8:30pm.
Kids Age 3 - Completion of 6th Grade will experience a life-changing week filled with high energy games, incredible music, exciting crafts, and yummy snacks as they learn more about God's Word. VBS 2019 takes them on a wild adventure—with elephants and egrets, polar bears and penguins, cockatoos and crocodiles. Registration and Wild Encounters are on the way! Stay tuned for further details… Hope to see you there.
AWANA T&T LOCK-IN – MARCH 29TH-30TH
Don't miss the chance to stay up late at the Church! All Awana T&T clubbers (grades 3rd-6th) are invited to our Lock-In on March 29th-30th. Check with your parents, clear your schedules and gather your gear and come join us for an overnight adventure full of worship, fun, games, fellowship, and maybe some ZZzzz’s. Sign up by Wednesday, March 27th so we know how many to plan for. Permission forms are required, pick them up from Mr. Tere. See ya there!