September 11, 2011
302 Academy Street, Kalamazoo, MI 49007
Office Hours: 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday
Sunday Service: 10 and 11:30 a.m.
News + Events
The River website is getting a brand new makeover. Check it out this Sunday! www.theriver.info
Search for Deacons and Elder
Do you know someone who might be a great care deacon, connections deacon, or elder for The River?
Drop their name into a Joy Box sometime within the next few weeks. More info to come…
Safety Team Volunteers Needed
Help promote a healthy and safe Sunday morning worship experience for adults and children. Training and
cool earpiece included...contact Jei Thorpe at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Opening this Sunday! Volunteers, come on in to Volunteer Central (the room next to nursery check-in)
to report for duty, grab a snack, relax and pray before your shift, and get to know other River volunteers.
Caitlin Miller has spent the last two months serving at schools and clinics in The River’s sister village of
Oditel, Uganda. Welcome back, Caitlin!
Handy Men Needed
Nate Bull’s ministry house in Benton Harbor is in need of some volunteer plumbers and electricians as
soon as possible. If you or someone you know might be interested, please call 269-718-9519.
New Fall Small Groups
Email for more information.
Project: Community - email@example.com
Young, married, with children - firstname.lastname@example.org
Young, married, without children - email@example.com
Donate Your Car
There is a woman in need of a car in our congregation. If you have a car to donate, please contact Wil
Crooks at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mission of the Month: The Hope Project
The Hope Project is the River’s partnership with Maple Street Magnet school. We provide tutors and
mentors for the students as well as support and encouragement to the staff and teachers. YOU are
needed! To sign up to become a tutor or a mentor, email the Hope Project Leadership Team at
email@example.com. Find out more information by reading the Hope Project flyer at Info Island.
River People, don’t forget your Joy Box!
Please put your gifts and tithes
in the Joy Box, after the service.
Weekly Prayer Focus
We are asking that YOU, the congregation, pray for our church. Each week, we will be offering a certain focus
that we'd like you to use as a basis of your prayers. This week’s focus:
God, revive us so we burn hot for You. Give us singleness of heart and action that we may
always fear You and follow Your precepts. Open our minds to Your Word and set our hearts
ablaze within us. Give us an insatiable hunger and thirst for more of You.
Family & Student
Have any gently used children's clothes, books, toys, or shoes that your kids have outgrown? Simply bring your
gently used items to Katie Easley’s house by September 16th. On September 24th, you will be able to switch
your trade-ins for new stuff for your kiddos. The best part is...IT’S FREE! Questions? Call Katie at 269-615-
1904 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
River Family Groups
Several new small groups are launching this fall! If you desire encouragement and equipping in your marriage
and family, let Dori know. Details will be sent your way. email@example.com
Family Ministry Role
If you have a leading/interest in joining our family ministry team on behalf of elementary kids and families, con-
tact Dori Beltz. This part-time role (6 hr/wk) will begin in October.
Resources for Family Faith...
In preparation for the grand opening of our "Family Lounge" (behind the check-in counter), we're collecting any
unused materials that may equip or encourage a family's faith: devotionals; marriage/parenting resources;
Christian kids' dvds/books; children's Bibles; family games; etc. Drop stuff off anytime! firstname.lastname@example.org
College Crowd - New Night for Bible Study
All college students are invited to The River College Bible Study on Wednesday nights at 8 p.m. For location
info and other questions, please contact Rod Tucker via email at email@example.com.
Men + Women
Hearts Alive and Free
Men of The River...Hearts Alive and Free is coming September 29th through October 2nd at Timber Wolf
Lodge. This is an amazing weekend that journeys into the masculine heart, and is based on the book Wild at
Heart by John Eldredge. If you are interested in receiving a scholarship by serving on the work crew (preparing
food), please contact Chris Lahti at firstname.lastname@example.org. Space and scholarships are limited, so don't
You Are Loved - the big reveal
Ladies, we will be joining together for a bonfire on Monday, September 12th at 7 p.m. and “revealing” what the
fall study for women will be and how you can get involved. Bring your own chair and meet us at Bombadil
(Kristy’s house). email@example.com
Young Married Couple Cook-out
Join Peter and Niecia Anjorin for a Bar-B-Cue cookout at their house on September 18th at 6 p.m. We will be
discussing what’s new at The River for young, married couples with no kids. For more information, please email