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"A Veteran of Service" – Riverside Welcomes Our New Pastor


On Sunday, November 20th , Riverside "officially" welcomed Reverend Marvin Locklear as our new pastor. I say "officially" because Brother Marvin has actually been with us for a year serving as interim pastor in the absence of our former pastor Reverend Tom Morgan -- who has been unable to serve due to an extended illness. (Riverside would like to take the time to thank Brother Tom for his years of service to Riverside, and to remind him that he is in our thoughts and prayers as he continues to endure his illness).

Brother Marvin comes to Riverside as "a veteran of service" – both for our country as well as for the Gospel.

To begin with, Brother Marvin's service to our country spanned 21 years – from 1964 to 1985. During this time, he served in the U.S Army in five States (South Carolina, Georgia, Oklahoma, Kentucky, and North Carolina) and in three foreign countries (Germany, Korea, and Vietnam). He is a highly decorated Vietnam War veteran – his highest award received being for extraordinary heroism. Most of his service was with the 82nd Airborne in the artillery and paratrooper divisions – where he became a leader among men achieving the rank of Sergeant First Class.

Furthermore, Brother Marvin's service for the Lord has been as adventurous as his military service. He has been in the ministry for 34 years – starting as an exhorter in 1982. Since then, he has served as an exhorter, local preacher, assistant pastor, and now as pastor. He received his Deacon's Credentials in 1998 and Elder's Credentials in 2005. During his years of service, he has been appointed by the bishop or elected to serve in several churches within our conference including Shoehill, Macedonia, and now Riverside.

Brother Marvin freely shares his testimony with all who will listen. The following is his testimony in his own words:

"I came to know the Lord through and by my grandmother's teaching, prayers, and testimony – both at Macedonia Church, and in her home, the fields, the woods and wherever or whenever I would find myself with her. Then after I was deployed to Vietnam my older sister, Betty Hammonds, would write to me to tell me how badly I needed Jesus in my life, because of the dangers of war. It got me to thinking and worrying a lot about dying and going to Hell. It took some more time for Christ to get me in the right time and place to get my heart ready to fully accept him into my heart and life. When He called I was ready – December 17, 1975 – My Second Birthday. Thank God! He waited on me!"

Brother Marvin life truly represents that of "a veteran of service" – both for our country and for the Lord. Therefore, on behalf of the congregation of Riverside Holiness Methodist Church, I would like to formally welcome our new pastor – Rev. Marvin Locklear -- and his lovely wife, Cameliana, to our church. We look forward to serving with you both for many years to come.

"And I will give you pastors according to mine heart, which shall feed you with knowledge and understanding." (Jeremiah 3:15 KJV)

"Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine."(2 Timothy 4:2 KJV)

"Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth." (2 Timothy 2:15 KJV)

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What Shall I Do With This Jesus: The Nativity 2016 (Riverside)

A Riverside Christmas Celebration

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On Sunday evening, December 18th, at 6 pm Riverside celebrated the birthday of our Savior. With the assistance of the adult choir, Riverside's youth and children's ministries presented our annual Christmas play. This year's play was entitled "What Shall I Do With This Jesus?: The Nativity".

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The play showed the lives of each of the people that were involved in the birth of Jesus and how they had to make a choice as to how they would respond to Jesus – would they reject Him or accept Him? The guest narrator – the Apostle Paul – challenged the congregation to decide for themselves how they would answer the question -- "What Shall I Do With This Jesus? The Christmas play was actually Part One of a two-part play – the second part being the Passion of Christ, which will be performed on Easter Sunday. This year's play was unique in that it represented the first time that a live nativity scene was created as a part of the play – no real animals, but there was real hay

After the play, the church held its annual Christmas party in the fellowship hall. All in attendance enjoyed a time of good food and fellowship. The youth and children received presents from the church. Overall, the night was an excellent time of celebration for Jesus's birthday.

Sharing The Reason For The Season 2016 (Riverside)

Riverside Youth Hayride and Christmas Caroling


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"And the lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled." Luke 14:23

On Saturday, December 2, members of our youth and adult choirs joined together with others members of the church to share the message of Christmas through song with our community. Our mode of transportation was an old fashion hayride -- or as old fashioned as we could get! We rode through the community singing Christmas carols. At houses where people would come out to listen to us, we gave out candy canes and invitations to our annual Christmas play. We had 19 young people and adults go on the hayride. After finishing the hayride, we got in pickup trucks, and went to several of our church shut-ins to share with them a little Christmas cheer.
When we returned to the church, we roasted hot dogs and marshmallows over a bonfire -- a perfect end to a perfect day of fun, food, and fellowship.

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