4/18/18

Dear friends, 

I hope that you are having a great week. Thanks again to all for your work, participation, and support in all the events of last week, in the Puerto Rico mission trip, the Family Campout, and the Fish Fry. It was truly a great week. I want to remind you that were are now live streaming our weekly worship service on Sundays. It's a great way to stay connected if you're not able to join us in person. I'd like to ask you to consider commenting on, liking and sharing the weekly post in order to increase our reach and impact. You'll find it here each week.

I hope to see you Sunday as we continue in The Story. We'll be in the Book of 1 Samuel and look together at another story from the life of David. Come enjoy coffee and fellowship at 10:00 am. Worship begins at 10:25 am. I look forward to seeing you.

In Christ,

Pastor Jimmy

Tiny Treasures – THIS Saturday
“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.” (Psalm 139:13) Each child is a Tiny Treasure from God. Many babies are born prematurely, which is when a pregnancy is less than 37 weeks. These babies are very small, some weighing less than two pounds. Some parents lose a pregnancy through miscarriage or their son or daughter is stillborn, many who are very tiny. There is a need in our Midlands Hospitals for tiny, soft cloth diapers, tiny hats and NICU quilts for each tiny treasure that is fighting to grow or those that sadly don’t survive. River Springs Church has started Tiny Treasures Ministry and partnered with Naomi’s Circle (Midlands Support Group) to provide what is needed. We are pulling together hands & feet to make as many Brie Bags, in memory of a baby girl named Brie, to support other families with tiny babies fighting to survive and babies who lost their fight. Each family in need will receive a soft flannel bag that contains two handmade hats, two handmade diapers from RSC and a small teddy bear & support group materials from Naomi’s Circle. We will also make small quilts for tiny babies in NICU.  There are many parts of the process – something for everyone – sewing, cutting, designing quilt patterns, pinning, tying and assembling bags. We invite you to come help on THIS Saturdayfrom 9:00am-2:00 pm (any amount of time you can help). We will have lunch/snacks. If you can come help with any part of the process, or have a sewing machine and plan to come help, let us know. Ages 4 & up are welcome to help in this ministry. Please contact Mary Allnutt or Terry Adkins for more information.

Give to River Springs Church        
Remember that your tithe is worship. If you can’t make it on Sunday, you can give online.  
Weekly Budgeted Need:    $ 3200.58
Received This Week:         $ 3112.00

Snack Pack Needs
Thank you for all the hands and feet in this ministry serving students in need of a weekend food supplement at Spring Hill HS, Dutch Fork HS, and Dutch Fork MS. We have collected items, prepared bags and delivered almost 1300 snack packs this school year so far. Thank you for our student ministry writing encouraging notes to add to the snack packs. Praises for the provision that helped some families get on their feet and continued prayers for those still in difficult times needing help. We will have 1 more bagging party the beginning of May for this school year - date TBA. These items are most needed at this time to finish this school year – Cereal (single serving), Lance Crackers, Oatmeal (boxes single serving), Maruchan Noodle Cups, Breakfast Bars and Rice Krispie Treats. If anyone is interested in knowing more or writing encouraging notes, connect with us here.

Puerto Rico
Thank you so much for all your prayers and support for the mission team while they were in Aibonito, Puerto Rico. We were able to get lots of great work done in our time there. Click here to see some of the pictures of the progress made. Continue to pray for the people of Puerto Rico as the recovery continues.

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 by clicking here

Landscaping Team
As spring approaches, it is time to plan for our seasonal landscaping and yard care. We will need help all spring and summer long with grass cutting and weed trimming. If you would be interested in joining the team, please reply to this email.

Matthew 25  - Empty Pill Bottle Ministry
Did you know River Springs Church is collecting empty pill bottles for Matthew 25 Ministries (M25M)? The empty pill bottle program fulfills the dual needs of improving medical care in developing countries and caring for our environment. Often times in areas of great poverty, people are given their pills wrapped in paper when they leave a clinic or doctor, which can be an issue of safety, possibility of losing or having the medicine damaged. Our clean pill bottles are sent to M25M headquarters in Ohio where they gather hundreds and send to the impoverished areas to provide better means to carry/store/keep safe their medicines. The pill bottles that cannot be cleaned of stickiness or labels are recycled for cash that goes towards many of the Matthew 25 Ministries. If you can peel the labels off without leaving any sticky residue it is greatly appreciated – more clean bottles means helping more people get well. If the labels won’t come off – no problem donate them anyway. Make sure all bottles are empty. No liquid medicine bottles accepted.  All donations can be put into the collection box in the lobby. We have well-exceeded shipping 7000 empty pill bottles from RSC in the two years of being a part of this mission. When the collection box is full they are sorted according to being clean or unclean, then boxed and shipped. If you would like more information or to get involved, contact Shirley Collins.

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.

"The Story" Readings - 4/18 - 4/24                 
4/18 - Psalms 17; 35; 54; 63  4/19 - 1 Samuel 28-31; Psalm 18  
4/20 - Psalms 121; 123-125; 128-130  4/21 - 2 Samuel 1-4  4/22 - Psalms 6; 8-10; 14
4/23 - 1 Chronicles 1-2  4/24 - Psalms 43-45; 49; 84-85; 87

This Week @ RSC                 
Wednesday evening       Lifegroups, Kidventure, Students
Friday 6pm -1am              Secret Church Simulcast with David Platt, 6pm                                                                                                                                                       Saturday - 9 am - 2 pm   Tiny Treasures Ministry
Sunday - 10:25 am          River Springs Worship
Sunday - 5:45 pm           Students CrossTraining
Monday evening             Lifegroup

On the Horizon 
APRIL 28TH: 10th Annual Chicken Dinner - Student Ministry Fundraiser
MAY 12TH: 10th Annual Community Yard Sale - Student Ministry Fundraiser
JUNE 2ND: Next Steps Class
JUNE 10-15TH: Student Ministry Summer Beach Retreat
JUNE 11-15TH: CentriKids Camp