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Fall In Love With Jesus (Riverside) 2016

Riverside Holds Annual Family Fest 2016


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"I have given them your word and the world has hated them, for they are not of the world any more than I am of the world. My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one. They are not of the world, even as I am not of it." John 17:14-16 (NIV)

While the rest of the world celebrates Halloween and the "evil one", Riverside chooses to promote Christ and our families by providing our families with a safe, Bible-based alternative to the holiday. It has become a tradition for us to gather at the church on October 31st to enjoy an evening of fun and fellowship – and of course food.

This year's Family Fest held extra meaning for our families due to the events that had occurred just a few weeks before. We had several families who were affected by Hurricane Matthew in some way – some felt the direct impacts of the flooding and other weather damage, some felt the impact indirectly through family member's damages, and all were impacted by the loss of utilities, the extended closure of the schools, and the overall stress a storm of this magnitude causes. So this year's Family Fest was meant to provide the families of our church with a time of refuge from the storm.

The theme of Family Fest 2016 was "Fall in Love With Jesus". The event had something for all ages. Most of the adults took the opportunity to talk and reflect on the events of the past weeks. They also participated in a "Guess the Candy Corn" game – the winner receiving the Mason jar full of candy corn they had been guessing about. The game also focused their attention on the colors of the candy and how it reflected the Trinity. For the youth and children, we set up several fall-themed carnival style games in the churchyard. The children were allowed to dress up in non-threatening costumes. After this time of fun, all were treated to a hearty spaghetti supper. The night concluded with a bonfire where we roasted marshmallow and made s'mores. All 69 of us (adults and children) who attended enjoyed this break from the stress as well as the fellowship with fellow believers.

Riverside Celebrates Homecoming 2016


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A church homecoming is supposed to be a time of celebration – to remember, to reflect, and to renew. It is a day set aside to remember the past and those that came before us, to reflect on the present and where we are now, and to renew old friendships and create new ones. Furthermore, it is a day to worship God and to thank Him for our families and friends. Riverside takes this meaning to heart.

Keeping with tradition, Riverside celebrated our Homecoming on the first Sunday in October – October 2, 2016. The day began with a praise and worship service featuring The Glory Bound Quartet. Our adult and youth choirs also participated in the service. As usual, all that attended received a blessing through the ministry of each of these groups.

Following the worship service, everyone gathered in the fellowship hall for lunch. No homecoming is complete without food – and as usual the ladies of Riverside did not disappoint. While eating, everyone enjoyed a time of remembering the past and reflecting on and sharing about the present. Old friendships were rekindled and new ones were formed. In the end, Riversides Homecoming was an excellent time of fun, food, and fellowship for all.

Let's Go Down To The River To Pray 2016 (Riverside)

Riverside Baptism & Student Dedication

"We're going down to the river
Down to the river, down to the river to pray
Let's get washed by the water
Washed by the water and rise up in amazing grace."

Words From "The River" By Jordan Feliz


After His Resurrection, Christ commissioned his disciples in the following way: "And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, 'All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world'." (Matthew 28:18-20 KJV). We, the church, are Jesus's disciples to a modern world. Jesus has, therefore, given us the same commission that he gave His disciples – Go, Teach, and Baptize. On Sunday, August 28, Riverside carried out two parts of this Great Commission.

First, we went down to the Lumber River near the church and 11 people were baptized – including 7 children. Brother Marvin was not able to perform the baptism service due to an out-of-town family matter, so our Conference Superintendent, Rev. Anthony Chavis, stepped in to perform the baptisms. Bros. Orland Locklear and Alonzo Jones assisted him. All who attended received a blessing as we shared in this scared event for these 11 new believers. All who were baptized were presented with their certificates by Bro. Anthony and Bro. Marvin the following Sunday.


Secondly, Riverside is blessed to have several school-aged youth in our congregation. Jesus viewed children as very important people -- "Then were there brought unto him little children, that he should put his hands on them, and pray: and the disciples rebuked them. But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven. And he laid his hands on them, and departed thence." (Matthew 19:13-15 KJV). Following Jesus's example, after the baptism service was complete, the church had a student dedication for all school-aged youth. We wanted to let our young people know that the church supported them and would be praying for them throughout the school year. We may not know what each of our young people face on a daily basis, but God does. We gave our young people to God to protect and to guide them during the upcoming school year.

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