Greetings friends,

I hope that you are having a fantastic week. As I'm sure you're aware, the summer is quickly coming to a close. Teachers are back at schools, students will start back next week, and colleges will begin soon as well. I want to encourage you this week to be praying for our teachers and students as they prepare for the school year. Join me in praying for safety, wisdom, and for them to have the opportunity to be the Hands and Feet of Jesus as they go back into the schools.

I can't wait to see you this Sunday for worship. We'll look at part 3 of our series, Worthy, together. Join us for coffee at 10, followed by worship at 10:25. I hope to see you there.

In Christ,

Pastor Jimmy

Baptism and Fellowship Meal
On Saturday, August 24th, we're having baptism, followed by fun in the lake, and a fellowship meal together. We'll gather at 3 pm at the home of Roy and Tammy McAdory (279 Bob's Point Lane Jenkinsville, SC 29065) for an afternoon of fun and fellowship.

The hamburgers and hot dogs will be provided, but we'll need you to bring the things to go with them to make it a great meal. In addition, we need to know how many are coming, so please let us know you are coming. You can sign up here, or at the information table at the church.

Bring your swimsuits, floats, sunscreen, and camp chairs, as well as food for the meal and we'll have a great time together.

Are You Ready to be Baptized?
Have you made the decision to follow Jesus Christ, but you have not yet had the opportunity to get baptized? If you are interested in being baptized on August 24th, just let us know, because we'd love to include you. Reply to this email or email jimmy@riversprings.org for more information or to sign up.

Snack Pack Ministry Preparation
The summer is going by quickly, which means preparation for snack packs is underway to be ready for the start of school. We are starting our 9th year of serving through this ministry of feeding kids who don’t get enough to eat on the weekends. We will continue to sponsor students from Spring Hill HS, Dutch Fork HS and Dutch Fork MS. We are collecting the following Snack Pack items starting now to assemble snack pack bags on Tuesday, August 27th at 6 pm. All items can be placed in the collection bins under the Mission table – Fruit cups, applesauce cups, Ramen noodles, Lance crackers, Rice Crispy treats, breakfast bars, oatmeal packets, grits packets, Capri Sun drink pouches, and Mac & Cheese cups. We are also collecting empty copy paper boxes used for delivering weekly snack packs. Contact terry@riversprings.org with questions.

Giving to RSC
Don't forget to give. Even if you can’t make it on Sunday, you can
give online.
Weekly Budgeted Need: $ 3529.58
Received This Week: $ 6519.00
YTD Budgeted Need: $112,646.56
YTD Received: $105,229.88

Student Lock-in
It's time for our annual Back-to-School lock-in. Rising 6th graders and invited to join our Students for our yearly celebration. We'll go from Friday at 8 pm through Saturday at 8 am. Bring a snack to share and come ready to have a blast. We'll also need help cleaning up and getting the building ready for church on Saturday morning, starting at 7 am if you're able to come.

Mission Trip? What if I’m Not Ready?
Missions, and participating in missions, isn’t about whether you have some divine calling, or if you are gifted, or if you are trained or equipped, or spiritually mature enough, or a good-enough Christian. Missions is about an invitation that Jesus has extended to every believer to ‘come and declare the Kingdom of Heaven is here!’

You may be asking yourself these questions – Am I ready? Am I spiritually mature enough? Do I know the Bible well enough? What if I won’t know what to say? Will God really use me? We often doubt that Jesus could ever use a broken sinner like you or me to do his wonderful and incredible work. The good news is, like the disciples, you don’t have to be good enough, or know enough, or be enough. The good news is God is good enough, that He is able and that He can do all the things that we can’t do.
Still not convinced?

Take a look at what is already being done through River Springs Church at the Mission table. While you are there check out the library of books about ordinary people all around the world doing extraordinary missions – because they chose to love others, be faithful, obedient and “GO”. These real-life stories are inspiring as they go to restore and redeem a broken world, they go to heal the broken-hearted and free the oppressed and join Jesus in His Father’s business. The library has books about missions all over the world, near and far. It has books that can be shared with your kids or as a family - about serving everyone, everywhere. Take one, read it, bring it back or share it with another person.

Let’s trust God to do something spectacular – not because we are exceptional people – but because He is an extraordinary King, who can do immeasurably more than we could ever ask or imagine. Contact missions@riversprings.org with your thoughts, your own stories or any questions about missions.

River Springs Readings - 8/14 - 8/20
8/14 - Psalms 96-98; Romans 12 8/15 - Psalms 99-102; Romans 13
8/16 - Psalms 103-104; Romans 14 8/17 - Psalms 105-106; Romans 15:1-20
8/18 - Psalms 107-108; Romans 15:21-33 8/19 - Psalms 109-111; Romans 16
8/20 - Psalms 112-115; 1 Corinthians 1

This Week @ RSC

Wednesday Students, Kidventure, and Life Groups
Fri night - Sat morning Student Lock-in
Sunday - 10:25 am River Springs Worship
Monday Life Group

On the Horizon
AUGUST 24TH: Baptism and Churchwide Meal - 3 pm
AUGUST 27TH: Snack Pack Bagging - 6 pm
AUGUST 31ST: Lunch on the Lawn w/ Resurrections Ministries
SEPTEMBER 27TH-29TH: Women's Retreat
OCTOBER 8TH-15TH: Adult PR Mission Trip
OCTOBER 12TH: Snack Pack Food Drive - Ballentine Wal-mart
OCTOBER 29TH: Trunk or Treat
NOVEMBER 9TH: Holiday Market and Food Truck Fair
DECEMBER 14TH: Wreaths Across America