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                                                                            September 11, 2011
                                                                             302 Academy Street, Kalamazoo, MI 49007
                                                                                   www.theriver.info 269.345.1150.
                                                                           Office Hours: 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday
                                                                                  Sunday Service: 10 and 11:30 a.m.

News + Events
 Ta-Da!
 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 safety@theriver.info.

 Volunteer Central
 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.
 serve@theriver.info

 Welcome Home!
 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 - projectcommunity@theriver.info
 Young, married, with children - engbersgroup@theriver.info
 Young, married, without children - youngmarried@theriver.info

 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 wgcrooks@theriver.info.

 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
 hplt@theriver.info. 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.
                                                     Thank you!
Prayer Ministry
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
Switcheroo!
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 katie_easley@yahoo.com.

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. dbeltz@theriver.info

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! dbeltz@theriver.info

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 rtucker@theriver.info.


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 christian.lahti@kellogg.com. Space and scholarships are limited, so don't
wait! men@theriver.info

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). women@theriver.info

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
youngmarried@theriver.info.

				
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