11/14/18

Greetings friends, 

I hope that you are having a great week. I want to thank all that helped with Lunch on the Lawn last weekend. My family and I had a great time serving the Lord and serving those less fortunate with you. We'll get more dates on the calendar soon for you to have an opportunity to get involved.

I hope that I've been clear in my messages and communications with you that my heart for our church is for us to be a church that is focused outward rather than inward. As I said Sunday, Jesus has saved us for much more than just showing up on Sunday mornings. We will continue to do the things we are doing, like Operation Christmas Child, Snack Packs, Lunch on the Lawn, and many other ministries. I want to encourage you to continue to be engaged in the important ministries. I also want you to stay tuned for additional opportunities, such as mission trips and other activities, for us to strive to be the church here, there, and everywhere. 

I look forward to seeing you this Sunday. Come early for coffee and fellowship. Worship starts at 10:25. I'm looking forward to it.


In Christ,

Pastor Jimmy

Operation Christmas Child
It's shoebox time again! Join us as we support Operation Christmas Child. OCC collects shoebox gifts—filled with fun toys, school supplies, and hygiene items—and delivers them to children in need around the world to demonstrate God’s love in a tangible way. For many of these children, the gift-filled shoebox is the first gift they have ever received. 

THIS SUNDAY, November 18th is the deadline. Learn how to pack a shoebox, view gift suggestions, and get your Follow Your Box label at samaritanspurse.org/occ.

Spring Puerto Rico Trip
You've heard us talk about missions in Puerto Rico. Now is the time for you to explore going to Puerto Rico. We're sending a team back in March of 2019 and we would love for you to be a part of the team. If you may be interested, please consider joining us for an information meeting on Thursday, November 29th at 7 pm to discuss the details of the March trip and answer any questions that you may have.

Missions in India
Details are coming together for a potential mission trip to India in the spring. Would you be interested in going to the far side of the world to bring the love of Jesus to those that need Him? If you have any interest in all, we'd love for you to be part of the discussion. Please join us on Sunday morning, December 2nd, right after worship, to express your interest and discuss the details. 

Random Act of Kindness Day – Saturday, Dec 8th 9:30-11:30
Save the Date – Random Acts of Kindness are selfless acts performed by kind people to either help or cheer up a random stranger, for no reason other than to make people happier and share the love of Jesus. “Too often we underestimate the power of touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around,” Leo Buscaglia. Sometimes what you think is too small makes the biggest impact, so River Springs Church is inviting to participate in a Random Act of Kindness Day. Look for details soon!

Family Campout
Make your plans now to join us December 7th and 8th for the Family Campout. We'll camp in the wooded area, near the firepit. Plan to come any time on Friday and claim your spot. We'll have a camp dinner Friday evening, cook S'mores around the campfire, and then eat breakfast together before breaking camp. Make your plans to come set up camp and stay all night with us, or come and share a meal and some fellowship with us. It's always a great time and this promises to be no different. I hope that you'll be able to join us.

Don't forget to Give to River Springs Church
Your tithe is an act of worship. Even if you can’t make it on Sunday, you can give online.  
Weekly Budgeted Need:    $ 3200.58
Received This Week:         $ 2923.00

Missions Survey - 2018
Are you interested in Missions? We want to hear from you. We are asking everyone to take a few minutes and complete this simple survey about missions as we look to increase participation with various mission opportunities. You can go online at this link RSC Missions Survey 2018. If you would rather fill out a paper copy of the survey, please take one from either the Welcome Station in the lobby or the Information Table at the back of the big room. When you have completed a paper copy please give it to Terry Adkins or Pastor Jimmy Parris so we can consolidate the information.
 
Some of you have gone on a mission trip locally, in the US or Internationally. Some of you have never done a mission trip, but want to or plan to someday. Our challenge to you is this: Take the first step. Take a walk in another man’s shoes. Encounter Christ as you serve. Do something that scares you. See what God is doing in other parts of the world. Trust Jesus. Ask the Lord what He wants from you.
 
We are all called to the Great Commission. Jesus said, “Go into all the world and make disciples of all nations," and River Springs Church wants to help you fulfill this calling and take the next step in missions. If you have any questions, contact missions@riversprings.org. Looking forward to serving with you wherever God leads us.

Connect with Us - Text Messaging
Staying connected is very difficult, but it is very important. Would you be interested in receiving periodic text messages about important events in the life of the church? We're trying a new text messaging system and would love for you to be a part of it. If you are interested, text RSC to 84576 to automatically sign up. Or, click here to sign up online.

Join "The Story"
During 2018, we are joining together to read through the Bible. And then on Sundays, I'm bringing messages from the previous week's readings. If you haven't already started, today is a good day to get involved. The Google Calendar is available here

Worship  
Every week, in this space, I will put a link to Sunday's worship setlist for anyone interested. This week's list is available here via Spotify playlist, or here via jimmyparris.com.

"The Story" Readings - 11/14 - 11/20                 
11/14 - Matthew 28; Mark 16   11/15 - Luke 24; John 20-21  11/16 - Acts 1-3
11/17 - Acts 4-6  11/18 - Acts 7-8  11/19 - Acts 9-10  11/20 - Acts 11-12

This Week @ RSC                 

Wednesday Evening     YEP (6:30); Kidventure; Lifegroups
Sunday - 10:25 am        River Springs Worship
Sunday - 5:45 pm          CrossTraining Discipleship

On the Horizon 
NOVEMBER 18TH: Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Deadline
NOVEMBER 29TH: Puerto Rico Information Meeting
DECEMBER 2ND: India Mission Trip Information Meeting
DECEMBER 7TH-8TH: Family Campout 
DECEMBER 8TH: Random Act of Kindness Day
DECEMBER 16TH: Churchwide Christmas Fellowship