Greetings friends, 

I pray that you are having a great week so far. What a great time of worship and communion we had on Palm Sunday! Thanks so much for your participation. One quick note for this week's Current: we are suspending our collection of plastic bags for the time being. We have more than we know what to do with for now. Thanks for your continued help!

Join us Easter Sunday as we continue our series called Vantage Point, which focuses on the Passion and Resurrection of Christ. Easter is a great opportunity to invite someone to church, so think of someone that you can bring to church with you. I hope that you'll be able to join us. Coffee is at 10 and worship starts at 10:25. I'm really looking forward to seeing you there.

In Christ,

Pastor Jimmy

Blue House Ministry – Local Mission Opportunity
Expanding our Snack Pack Ministry we are partnering with Dutch Fork Baptist Church with their existing Gates Community Center; a small blue house used as an emergency shelter for homeless families in Rich/Lex District 5 schools. The house is fully furnished and stocked with items the families need on a regular basis. The families are ministered to during their stay and are told the Good News of Jesus. We will help with supplies and some hands-on help with house repairs & cleaning. We are collecting the following items ongoing to help stock the Blue House including – Paper Towels, Toilet Paper, Clorox Wipes, Clorox Spray Cleaner, Room Air Fresheners (no candles) and Wet Mop Pads (for Swiffer type mops). Please put any items into the collection box marked Blue House Ministry. Contact Terry Adkins or email missions@riversprings.org for more information.

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:        $11176.22

11th Annual Yard Sale – April 27th
Our Student's Ministry is pleased to host this event again for 2019, and they are looking for things to sell. In fact, they'd love to have your donations. Unlike in year's past, though, they are not accepting clothing or old televisions/computer monitors. If you have items that you want to donate, please email students@riversprings.org.

RSC 2019 Women’s Retreat – September 27th-29th, 2019
River Springs Church ladies – you are invited to retreat together this fall starting Friday September 27th and ending Sunday morning September 29th. We will gather and stay at Camp Kinard located in Batesburg/Leesville. Our rooms will be hotel style rooms starting with two people per room. Cost for the weekend is $150 with a $50 deposit and registration due by May 19th. Our theme is “What’s in a Name?” To retreat means leaving our normally occupied positions and going to a place of safety, quiet and seclusion. By attending a retreat, we physically remove ourselves from life’s distractions, the call of chores and the demands of people in order to make space for God. “Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place where he prayed.” Mark 1:35 Jesus retreated. We hope you will take the time and commit to retreating with a group of ladies to grow closer to God. Registration forms are available at the Welcome Center. Deposit payments to be made to River Springs Church – 2019 Women’s Retreat. Contact Angie Lewis or Terry Adkins with questions.

Local Missions – iServe Day – 5/18
RSC has partnered with three local organizations to serve in local missions for iServe Day. It will be a great time for everyone to “Go” into the community and do work that will impact many people in our area. Come serve by yourself, with your spouse or with your family. There are sign-up sheets at the Welcome Center. Contact Terry Adkins at terry@riversprings.org with questions or for more information. We will be working on the following projects:

The Blue House – It’s located on the grounds of Dutch Fork Baptist Church on Hwy 6. We have partnered with the Blue House to help families that are transitionally homeless. This house is used for emergency shelter for families in Rich/Lex School District Five, where families stay for a short term while they find more permanent housing. We will be painting two rooms, moving some furniture around, organizing rooms and doing a deep clean of the kitchen. Kids are welcome at this site for families to serve together. 

Leeza’s Care Connection – It’s located at 201 St Andrews Road in Irmo. This facility is used to help families cope with chronic illness through free tips, strategies and support. This group works passionately with one urgent goal in mind: to create an atmosphere of encouragement and empowerment, allowing caregivers to flourish and thrive as they call on their courage and summon their strength, creating better outcomes for the person being cared for and for the caregiver themselves as they also learn how to maintain their own health and life while caring for someone they love. We will be building shelves in a closet, organizing a large craft room and doing yardwork, including trimming bushes, cleaning out flower beds and planting new flowers. Kids are welcome at this site to serve as a family.

Habitat for Humanity – This construction project is building a house for Lateef who is a single dad with joint custody of two children. It is located off of Monticello Road in Columbia. Lateef suffers from a disease in his back and while he does work jobs when possible, his main income is disability. In September he had another back surgery. Due to his tight income, Habitat was the most affordable option for him to become a homeowner. Lateef has worked many hours towards the building of his home, mostly in the ReStore and recently was able to start the savings loan towards his closing. He is planning on being with us on May 18th and appreciates us coming to help with his home. You can choose the morning or afternoon time slot or both to work at this project. No children under the age of 16 can be on this construction site. Any student 16-18 yrs old must have a waiver signed prior to working – will be provided for those who sign up. Details of what we will be doing that day will come closer to iServe Day as it depends on the progress of the build.

River Springs Readings - 4/17 - 4/23                 
4/17 - 1 Samuel 19-21; Luke 15:11-32  4/18 - 1 Samuel 22-24; Luke 16:1-18  
 - 1 Samuel 25-26; Luke 16:19-31   4/20 - 1 Samuel 27-29; Luke 17:1-19   
4/21 - 1 Samuel 30-31; Luke 17:20-37   4/22 - 2 Samuel 1-3; Luke 18:1-17 
4/23 - 2 Samuel 4-6; Luke 18:18-43

This Week @ RSC                 

Wednesday                 No activities tonight
Sunday - 10:25 am      River Springs Easter Worship

On the Horizon 
APRIL 27TH: Community Yard Sale
MAY 5TH: India Missions Report
MAY 5TH: Churchwide Covered Dish Social
MAY 11TH: Lunch on the Lawn w/ Resurrections Ministries
MAY 18TH: iServe Day
JUNE 17TH-21ST: Student Ministry Retreat
AUGUST 5TH-8TH: Vacation Bible School
AUGUST 31ST: Lunch on the Lawn w/ Resurrections Ministries