Happy New Year!
We pray your new year is off to a wonderful start and you are already seeing God work in your life to grow, bless and sanctify you.
Here at The River Church, we had a blessed holiday season that included blessing our community. We had the joy and privilege of giving each person on staff at our local elementary school a Christmas card and giftcard to a local coffee shop. It was so fun delivering those to the school! A special thank you to our financial partners whose generosity helped to make this event possible. Please be praying for us as we seek new ways to bless our schools and build bridges with the local school district. We really need spiritual breakthrough in this area and we believe, to the core of our being, that prayer is the answer. Please pray specifically that we will experience favor by our school district and they will be open to us in the future.
One of our Missional Communities was able to give a Thanksgiving meal to a family in need and then help them buy Christmas gifts for their children. We love seeing our Missional Communities being missional and sharing the love of Christ through loving acts of generosity. We are so thankful to see the principle of living on mission taking root in people’s hearts here at The River. Please pray that God will lead us and we will faithfully and diligently follow Him in 2015 to even more opportunities for generosity in the name of Christ. We are praying He will make us aware of more people and situations that we can intercede for by being the hands and feet of Christ.
The Christmas season also brought another opportunity to partner with Helping Hands 4 Christ (http://helpinghands4christ.org/) and deliver a Christmas meal to a family here in Moxee. We thank God for HH4C and would encourage you to follow them on Facebook and be encouraged by the wonderful work they are doing in Jesus’ name. I know they would appreciate your prayers as well!
We are happy to announce a new addition to The River Church! A new trailer!!!! Again, thanks to the generosity of our giving partners, we were able to purchase a new trailer to store our Sunday gathering equipment (chairs, sound equipment, bibles and other materials, etc. . .) and transfer it every Sunday morning to our meeting place. A special thank you to Bill Spring for loading and unloading his van with the above mentioned items every Sunday since last March. Bill’s steadfast and faithful service in this area has been exceptional and we thank God for you!
On January 18th, we will be holding a church-wide “Vision 2015” to discuss and prepare for what God would have us do this year. This will be a very important meeting as we seek guidance from the Lord in what He would have us accomplish this year. Our goal is to discern from Him what our calendar of events and opportunities for service will look like so we can prepare for what He has planned. Would you, our praying partners, please be praying for us in the days leading up to this meeting and then take a few minutes to pray for us as we meet at Noon that day? It would bless our hearts to know that we are being uplifted in prayer as we corporately seek God and His will for The River Church in 2015.
Thank you, again, for your faithfulness in prayer! Please continue to pray for the needs mentioned in this letter and in whatever way the Holy Spirit would lead.
Love and blessings in 2015,
Michael and Cheryl
The River Church