The River has a fantastic group of people that love each other and work hard to be there as a support. Fellowship on Sunday mornings is a phenomenal thing!
Sunday mornings after the service is also a great time to focus on praise and worship and getting closer to God. There is a true opportunity to seek healing, encourage, deep spiritual restoration and greater intimacy with our Lord and Savior.
While not everyone has the opportunity to remain for Press In after the service, we want to work hard at creating an atmosphere conducive to peace and worship for those who take advantage of that extra time.
Part of that atmosphere is moving conversations out of the sanctuary and downstairs so the buzz does not distract from the atmosphere of spiritual reverence.
This means, as committed attenders, we have to be situationally aware and help guide people who want to talk out of the sanctuary to help create the best environment possible for Press In. Instead of remaining in the sanctuary to talk, ask your conversation partners to move downstairs where you can continue and help polish off the snacks.
It's very easy to think, "It's only one conversation for a couple minutes, it won't make any distraction at all." Which, in general, is very true. But when conversation after conversation is compounded, it creates a distracting buzz.
The goal of this post is not to discourage fellowship, the River is completely pro fellowship and sharing and relationship building! We just want to intentionally create an atmosphere that blesses people who want to go a little deeper in their worship during Press In.
When the band starts to play their instruments, please take the opportunity to help move conversations out of the sanctuary. Nicely explain that you'd love to keep talking to that person(s), but at a place that will not interrupt the Press In crowd.
Sometimes, it's just very hard to concentrate on the spiritual when the physical is buzzing around. There are great places to talk in the youth center or on the patio, and fellowship is a crucial part of the River, so everyone should keeping talking to old friends and new guests on Sunday. However, I believe we can do both Press In and Fellowship with excellence by utilizing different areas of the building.
Thank you, for helping to facilitate Press In and effective Fellowship. You are the core of the River and an AMAZING group of people. I'm excited to keep working for excellence at your side.
Father's Day is tomorrow -- still time left for any last minute shopping that needs to be done! We will have candy bars as a special present for all the Dads. Remember to give your children a "hint" for the type of candy bar you would like.
The upcoming summer weeks are busy, but a very good busy!
The Harvest Network National Assembly is coming up June 25-27th. Several River members and pastors will be in attendance, please pray for them and all the other Harvest Network members.
The next Leadership Gathering is July 14th. This is a great place to get more involved with activities and people at the River. It is for everyone, whether you're in active leadership or not. It's a low pressure environment where you can meet the pastors and learn more about the River vision over the next months. No commitment is required, just hang around and listen; input is encouraged.
Please help us keep food in the Youth Center. We are trying to have inviting snacks on Sunday mornings, but we need to keep food off the carpet. If you see children trying to escape from the Youth Center with snacks in their hands, please direct them back to the Youth Center room. If food is being taken outside, please have an adult handle it until outside the building. This way we can keep the carpet nice and facilitate an inviting atmosphere.
Pre-Gathering Prayer at 9:30 AM tomorrow morning.
Sunday is going to be a great day!
Pastor Al is preaching tomorrow at the River Barn. Pastor Bob and much of the family has already left for New York. Please pray for a safe, fun trip.
Please help to leave the church nicer than you found it when you leave tomorrow. This blesses people who use it through the week and the cleaning crew.
We are going to have a new small group starting on Monday, June 10th for women (18+). This is going to be a support group format to help women develop relationships and foundational structures within the River family.
Sunday morning prayer starts at 9:30 am, please try to be ready to pray at 9:25 am.
Reminder: Announcements are now at 9:50 am, before the service starts.
Our June Leadership Gathering is tomorrow after the service. We are going to be talking about how to use the Breeze database. Breeze is for EVERYONE at the River (even if you have never heard of it before now). Please bring a pad of paper and a pen to take notes.
First, is the Fellowship Meal. Please encourage people to stay for lunch. We want to have a large group. If you see new-ish guests, please make them feel welcome and accepted. It's our community responsibility to welcome people into the fellowship.
There is always a lot of clean up to be done after the meal, please consider taking a few minutes after the Leadership Gathering to help tidy up the church.
As a head's up...there's a NEW ORDER OF SERVICE that starts tomorrow. We are going to be doing the announcements at about 9:50 am BEFORE the gathering starts. There will not be announcements during the Gathering.
Let's start off tomorrow strong with a crowd at 9:30 prayer.
Welcome to the Leadership Comm page. We will use this area to help facilitate the flow of information vertically and laterally. If you have anything to share with the leadership group, please text/email one of the pastors or Kristie.