HAPPY NEW YEAR RIVERLAKES
CELEBRATING CHRISTMAS AT RIVERLAKES
During the month of December our church body celebrated the glorious gift of our Savior, Jesus, with passion and thankful hearts. The Women’s Christmas Brunch had close to 250 women in attendance and a number of first time decisions were made to receive Christ. Over 35 of our RCC people blessed a multitude of seniors at Rosedale and Brookside with Christmas Caroling. The celebration of Christmas culminated in a very meaningful and worshipful time during our two Christmas Eve Services. Close to 1,500 people joined us for Christmas Eve, where Senior Pastor Matt Vorhees wrapped up our “Vintage Christmas” sermon series by presenting Jesus as our ultimate gift of unimaginable peace. All praise, honor and glory be given to our Lord for His indescribable gift of love and grace.
REJOICING IN THE “CHRISTMAS IN OILDALE” OUTREACH
On December 14, 2019, over 150 volunteers from RCC helped bring a little Christmas joy and the love of Christ to several needy, hurting and struggling families in the Oildale Community. The festivities included a barbeque dinner, a Christmas gift giveaway, Christmas music, a tree lighting ceremony, kid’s games and an outdoor viewing of “Charlie Brown Christmas.” Thank you to all who served and helped support this Christmas outreach to the people in Oildale.
THANKFUL FOR THE “THIS IS US” SEMINAR
We were blessed to have Dr. Trent Hyatt present a seminar entitled, “This Is Us,” on December 2. Dr. Hyatt was sent out as a Missionary from our body in the 1980s and spent the majority of his time serving as the Director of Theological Studies for Campus Crusade for Christ in Eastern Europe and Russia. His special talk focused on the historical and theological transformation of Christianity in the world for the past 500 years. He focused on defining “Evangelical Essentials” and ultimately arriving at a definition of what it truly means to be a Christian in today’s world.
WELCOME NEW PEOPLE TO RCC
On December 1 the Pastoral Staff hosted a Newcomers Lunch. The gathering is designed for those who have recently started attending RCC. The 13 new attendees heard the vision for the future, how we are structured and operate as a church, what we believe, how to get involved and connected at RCC and spent time personally meeting and getting to know some of our Pastoral Staff.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”