Campus-wide Celebration!
Aug
20
9:00am 9:00am

Campus-wide Celebration!

You.Me.Us — Different On Purpose

AUG 20

Don’t miss our annual campus-wide fall kickoff celebration following services. We have three special musical guests*, games, loads of yummy food and more. This is an excellent time to explore who Riverbend is, meet the pastors and staff and others that call Riverbend home. 

Food:

Student Center
Outdoor Area:

Sausage Wraps, Krispy Kreme Donuts

Plaza/Deck Area:
BBQ, Ice Pops, Tailgate, Watermelon, Candy

Fellowship Hall Area:
Shrimp Tacos, Desserts

Music:

Fellowship Hall:
Abraham Weaver Band

Plaza:
Warren Hood Trio

Student Center:
Sara and the Spark

Activities:

Student Center
Outdoor Area:

Cornhole

Plaza/Deck Area:
Squirt Guns, Games

Fellowship Hall Area:
Photobooth

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Senior Adults: 2017 Summer Events
Aug
20
2:00pm 2:00pm

Senior Adults: 2017 Summer Events

Upcoming Events

Mark your calendars and invite your friends!  For more information and reservations contact: Dean Busboom >
(512)659-0705


SENIOR MOBILE LOAVES & FISHES SERVING OPPORTUNITY

This is a great time for fellowship and an opportunity to serve the homeless in Austin.
Day: Every Third Tuesday of Each Month
Time: 2:00PM Kitchen Prep and 5:00PM Truck Run

Sign up > 
**Make sure you tag the Senior Adults run!


AUGUST

"ALWAYS", PATSY CLINE

AUG 20 @ 2:00PM  |  Palace Theater, Georgetown

Yesenia McNett returns to the Palace stage for Always, Patsy Cline;  A musical tribute  to the legendary country singer, who died tragically at age 30 in a plane crash in 1963, complete with down-home country humor and true emotion. The show includes many of Patsy's unforgettable hits such as Crazy, I Fall to Pieces, Sweet Dreams, and Walking After Midnight.

Meet: at the Theater at 1:30-1:45PM
Cost: $26 for the play.  We will eat out after the play at a place to be determined.  You’re on your own for the cost of the meal.

Deadline to sign-up: JUL 26


SEPTEMBER

SAN ANTONIO MISSION TRIPS

SEP 21 @ 9:00AM 

The Old Spanish Missions of San Antonio are a chain of five colonial era compounds located in a southern line from the center of downtown San Antonio to the southern edgeof the city. They were established in the 18th Century as an outreach of the Spanish Government and the Catholic Church. The Franciscan Fathers founded each mission to evangelize the regional natives, teach them skills to help them adopt to Spanish ways, and minister to their needs. Additionally, the effort was to make them active citizens of the Spanish province of Tejas. Military forces were often located in the vicinity of each mission to offer protection.

Four of the five original missions still function as active Catholic parish Churches. They serve both a stable population of parish members as well as many visitors who attend worship services. These are Concepcion, San Jose, San Juan and Espada. They are operated by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of San Antonio as the Old Spanish Missions, Inc., an umbrella non-profit organization to provide for their care. The Archbishop of San Antonio appoints the Director of the Old Spanish Missions, who is responsible for the maintenance and restoration of the mission churches.

San Antonio de Valero, known as the Alamo, is owned by the State of Texas and operated by the Daughters of the Republic of Texas. It does not function as an active parish church and is not part of the Old Spanish Missions, Inc. and, therefore, we will not be visiting this site.

Meet: We will leave from Austin at 9:00AM and return at 4:00PM
Cost: $80 – includes the cost of the bus and lunch.
Deadline to sign-up: SEP 10 (need at least 15 people for the trip to make this price)

 


OCTOBER

Bus Tour: Community First!, South/East Austin NCDs

OCT 4 @ 10:00AM 

Community First is a homeless village in East Austin. It consists of tiny homes (150-200 square feet) with community kitchens and baths.  It was started by Alan Graham of Mobil Loaves and Fishes.  Riverbend has built 4 houses and a kitchen.  While there we will see some of the homes, the garden, life-size chess set, chickens and goats, a community building will almost be finished when we go visit.  We will also meet our Riverbend Chaplain, Mike Sculley and his wife, and sit on their deck to talk about the Village and eat a hamburger. We will then travel to East Austin to a new Mission site just started by Riverbend under the leadership of Pradeep Thorat.  Then we move on to our Mission site in South Austin, Travis Heights Christian Outreach. This is being led by Brian and Carol Rawson. We hope to take around 45 people.  You will be astounded at what you see and hear.  

Meet: We will leave in front of the Quads at 10:00AM and return by 3:00PM
Cost: $25 – includes the cost of the bus and lunch.
Deadline to sign-up: SEP 26

 

"Annie" – Palace Theater, Georgetown, TX

OCT 22 @ 1:30PM 

Leapin’ Lizards! Don't miss the family favorite, ANNIE, which includes such unforgettable songs as “It’s the Hard Knock Life,” “Easy Street,” “I Don’t Need Anything But You,” plus the eternal anthem of optimism, “Tomorrow.” Leapin’ Lizards! Don't miss the family favorite, ANNIE, which includes such unforgettable songs as “It’s the Hard Knock Life,” “Easy Street,” “I Don’t Need Anything But You,” plus the eternal anthem of optimism, “Tomorrow.”   

Meet: We will meet at the Theater in Georgetown between 1:30-1:45PM
Cost: $30/senior adults. We will go eat after the Play at a place to be determined.
Deadline to sign-up: OCT 10


November

Gruene Gospel Brunch

NOV 12 @ 8:30AM 

The Gospel Brunch with a Texas Twist is led by Bret Graham, one of Gruene Hall’s favorite country musicians.  Bret sings his cowboy style tunes and accompanies The Warrior Gospel Band, a Gospel group who’s special vocal style has pleased lovers of fold and Gospel music in and around Austin.  The New Orleans-style gospel brunch also features a buffet catered by Gristmill River Restaurant and Bar.  We will have an hour for shopping before leaving. Gruene Hall is the oldest dance hall in Texas.  You will have a great time and the food is outstanding.  If you’ve never been it’s time to go.   

Meet: We will leave at 8:30AM SHARP from the front of the Quads (return around 2:30PM)
Cost: $65 - includes brunch and bus
Deadline to sign-up: OCT 29


December

Gonzales Historic Homes Tour

DEC 2 @ 11:30AM 

Historic Homes Tour; just as rich in notable information from days of Texas beginnings as it is with memorable small town charm. Historic Homes are specially curated and decorated for the holiday season by their current owners with great pride.   

Meet: We will leave from in front of the Quads at 11:30AM, eat lunch on the way, and be back by 6:30PM
Cost: $100 - includes the bus, the Tour and a meal, plus snacks and water
Deadline to sign-up: NOV 14

 

"A Christmas Carol" — Zach Theater

DEC 10 @ 12:30PM 

Austin’s most rockin’ holiday tradition returns to make merry with a new music to get the party started! ZACH’s inspired adaptation of the Dickens’ classic is a musical sleigh ride through rhythm and time, infusing the traditional Victorian story with a musical score that spans all genres and eras. Motown meets the HoHoHolidays in this family celebration, creating an infectious spirit that has everyone dancing in the aisles. Join the loving Cratchit family and three soulful ghosts as they take Ebenezer Scrooge on a joyride to miraculous transformation, as he rediscovers his heart and love for human kindness.   

Meet: We will meet for lunch at Schlotzky’s at 12:30PM.  The play begins at 2:30PM
Cost: $40
Deadline to sign-up: NOV 21

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Inside Riverbend
Aug
24
6:00pm 6:00pm

Inside Riverbend

The New Member Dinner - Inside Riverbend is an opportunity for those desiring to become members of the church to learn more about its mission, values and beliefs in a casual, welcoming, and intimate gathering. It's a special time where you can learn about the history of Riverbend, ask questions, meet Dr. Haney and hear directly from him about what it means to be a member of Riverbend Church! You can also visit with other Pastors & Ministry Team Members to learn more about our ministries. Childcare is available with advance notice.

 

Inside Riverbend

Next Meeting: Thursday, AUG 24

6:00PM to sign in and meet in the Fellowship Hall Foyer 

6:30PM Dinner/Meeting begins in the Fellowship Hall

8:00PM Finished

We'd love to have you join us for Dinner!

 

 

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Inside God's Design Classes
Aug
27
to Sep 10

Inside God's Design Classes

Riverbend offers a series of three classes, designed to give you a Biblical understanding of how God has designed us to be in relationship with Him, and how He desires us to live our lives. We encourage you to consider attending the following classes. 

DEVELOPING MY SPIRITUAL GIFTS

AUG 27 @ 12:30PM
Plaza View Room

This class will help you begin to understand the unique gifts that God gives to each Christian, and how you are to use them to help Him build His church and how to serve here at Riverbend.

SIGN UP FOR THIS CLASS

OUR FAITH

AUG 31 @ 6:30PM
Plaza View Room

In this class we will explore the basis of our faith—who was Jesus, and what does it really mean to have a relationship with Him?  What does that mean for how we live our lives differently than perhaps we do today?

SIGN UP FOR THIS CLASS

DEVELOPING MY GENEROSITY

SEP 10 @ 12:30PM
Building 5B

In this class we will give you a Biblical overview of how God challenges us to give back to him a portion of what He has given to us. How to live our lives for Him as a form of worship.

SIGN UP FOR THIS CLASS

 

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Financial Peace University
Aug
28
7:00pm 7:00pm

Financial Peace University

Beginning AUG 28 for 9-Week Series (skip Labor Day)
Monday Evenings | 7:00 – 8:30PM |  Plaza View Room

We all need a plan for our money. Financial Peace University (FPU) is that plan! It teaches God's ways of handling money. Through video teaching, class discussions and interactive small group activities, FPU presents biblical, practical steps to get from where you are to where you've dreamed you could be. This plan will show you how to get rid of debt, manage your money, spend and save wisely, and much more!  

Cost: $93/family

There will be a table outside on the Plaza for more info this Sunday

Questions »

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Immerse: Thursday Worship Nights
Sep
7
7:00pm 7:00pm

Immerse: Thursday Worship Nights

  • Riverbend Church | Student Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

1st Thursday of the month  |  7:00-8:30PM
Student Center (High School Room)

Join us with your family and friends as we immerse into a deeper worship experience together!

- A regular community-group-hosted worship night led by Casey McPherson
- All ages are welcome
  *childcare offered for children birth-2nd grade

 

 

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Community Brunch
Sep
10
10:45am10:45am

Community Brunch

SEP 10 @ 10:45AM and 12:30PM | Fellowship Hall

For those not already in a community group... 

While Jesus often addressed the masses, He recognized that the relationship He desired with His disciples would have greater intimacy.  At Riverbend we have numerous avenues for you to connect more deeply and experience a greater sense of belonging.  Come to our community brunch designed to help you connect more easily with others who want to live out their faith with friends.

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Unplugged at the Chapel
Sep
14
8:00pm 8:00pm

Unplugged at the Chapel

SEP 14  |  8PM  |  SMITH FAMILY CHAPEL

Unplugged Thursdays in the Chapel @ Riverbend Centre for the Arts is an acoustic concert series using the most talented local artists in Austin. The artists will be playing in our stunning 300 seat chapel in an intimate setting.

Tickets: VIP $25, GA $15 online or at the door
Ticket Purchase: 
Eventbrite »

7:00pm - Doors VIP Only
7:15 - 7:45pm - VIP Early Seating and Q&A w/ Artist
7:45pm - Doors for GA

Kelley »

A little about John:

John Pointer a.k.a. “Squinty Phil”, grew up in Ann Arbor, Michigan, got a degree in Cello Performance and Composition from UT Austin and has been a full time musician based there ever since.

He created and led the pioneering a cappella & body percussion ensemble Schrödinger’s Cat, and was the beatboxer in the Chili’s Baby Back Ribs commercials. He’s a pretty ridiculous guitarist. He played Judas in Jesus Christ Superstar and Roger in RENT, has commercially released 9 albums with several different groups, and the Mayor and City Council of Austin declared January 27th 2005 “John Pointer Day”. What?! Yes… evidently they do that down there.

John is an 11-time Austin Music Award Winner, world-touring indie artist, and founder of both Patronism.com and the Live Music Capital Foundation. The first is a pay-what-you-feel subscription platform to connect artists and patrons directly, for the benefit of both. The second is a nonprofit which connects major patronage directly to the venues we all know and love, so they can pay artists better and focus on selling quality, not just alcohol. It’s an easy way to put capital directly into Live Music in the Live Music Capital.

 

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RA — Bible Doings
Aug
16
5:00pm 5:00pm

RA — Bible Doings

RA (/rɑː/) pronounce like raw

RA (/rɑː/) pronounce like raw

RISK

unfold yourself to be known as you actively live out His word

DO

authentic // transparent // vulnerable

Bible Doings: Actively doing what Christ did as He walked this earth.
[whether snow, sand, trails, backyards, pedals, boards, streets] our footprints have been given to us with the deepest, rooted foundation. Connection is waiting.

Introduce what God lays on one heart and be a vessel to share it with someone else.

 

 

GO

AUG 16  |  5:00PM  |  Kirby Lane

Fnishing up: Identity Theft Series

 

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NOV El Salvador Trip: Informational Meeting
Aug
13
12:30pm12:30pm

NOV El Salvador Trip: Informational Meeting

Info Meeting: AUG 13 @ 12:30PM  |   Plaza View Room

We will be helping serve the community near our sister church in El Salvador called Siloe. Riverbend has a rich heritage in this area of the world. It has been our joy to partner with the school and the church in El Salvador. 

November Trip
Cost of trip: $1500

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Global Leadership Summit
Aug
10
to Aug 11

Global Leadership Summit

ABOUT THE GLS

No matter where you lead, The Global Leadership Summit is a world-class experience designed to help you get better and embrace your grander vision—the reason God called you to lead. Broadcast LIVE in HD from Willow's campus near Chicago to over 375 Premier Host Sites in North America and later around the world, you are invited to join an expected 260,000 leaders in 2017. Riverbend is pleased to be the host church for Austin.

REASONS TO ATTEND

You are presented with a lot of opportunities to sharpen your skills and develop the people you lead. The Summit is a proven tool to leverage that produces these compelling outcomes for leaders who attend.

Independent research conducted by Excellence in Giving. 

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Toastmasters @ Riverbend
Jul
26
6:30pm 6:30pm

Toastmasters @ Riverbend

Toastmasters Summer Speaker Series

Month of July  |  All sessions will be in Quad 3 @ 6:30PM

These speakers will offer their take on how to improve your speaking skills with some spicy tips and tricks. There is no charge for this series, but an RSVP would be appreciated. Snacks will be served.


JUL 12
Lark Doley

First Vice President of Toastmasters International presents “The Power of Personal Stories”

The body of the speech is where you deliver your message. Make a point, tell a story, but there is a powerful word missing from this formula – tell a “personal story”.

JUL 19
Mike Robertson

Nationally acclaimed speaking professional presents “Cutting the Cord: Finding Your Own Style as a Speaker”

Ditch the podium, the notes, the carefully-memorized routine, and nd how to be your unique self on the stage.

JUL 26
David Brooks

1990 Toastmasters World Champion of Public Speaking presents “Stand Up, Speak Up, But Not Until You Learn This”

It’s not a performance; it’s a conversation. Every effective speaker uses this one simple tool. You can reach any audience once you know six universal emotions.

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All Students Summer Camp
Jul
24
9:00am 9:00am

All Students Summer Camp

JUL 24-28 

**We have reached capacity, but please pray for our trip!**

We had so much fun at the beach last year, we thought, hey let’s do that again! This summer we are headed back to Port Aransas for a week of fun in the sun! We are renting houses near the beach and will spend our time soaking up the sun, cooking dinner together, enjoying small groups by the pool, and worshipping on the beach around a bonfire! 

 

 

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Smart Start – School Supply Drive
Jul
23
to Aug 6

Smart Start – School Supply Drive

Smart Start School Supply Drive is a way we can serve hundreds of kids that need a little extra help. All of our donations go directly to the children and community organizers so they can best access and address the needs.  

Supply Drive drop-off dates: July 23, 30, and August 6.
Donations can be dropped off before Sunday services at the main entrances of the Home For Hope- Just look for the bins. 

Backpacks: 

• We have 250 backpacks that Siloe Church has made in El Salvador
• Cost: $25.00/each (proceeds support the kids in El Salvador)
• Backpacks can be purchased in the Home For Hope during the drive
• Then, donate the backpacks back to the church for providing to the kids in the Austin area who are in need
.

On top of serving many of the schools we have supplied for the past several years, we are helping our friends in Austin serve the teens and kids in the neighborhood. Additional proceeds will go to support students we serve in El Salvador. Checks can be made to Riverbend with "School Supply" in the memo. 

Supply List:

  • Folders
  • Spiral Notebooks
  • Colored Pencils
  • Ballpoint Pens (Blue or Black Ink)
  • Non-toxic Markers
  • Pink Erasers
  • Composition Books
  • Kid-sized Scissors
  • #2 Pencils
  • Plastic Folders (with pockets)
  • Notebook Paper
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Toastmasters @ Riverbend
Jul
19
6:30pm 6:30pm

Toastmasters @ Riverbend

Toastmasters Summer Speaker Series

Month of July  |  All sessions will be in Quad 3 @ 6:30PM

These speakers will offer their take on how to improve your speaking skills with some spicy tips and tricks. There is no charge for this series, but an RSVP would be appreciated. Snacks will be served.


JUL 12
Lark Doley

First Vice President of Toastmasters International presents “The Power of Personal Stories”

The body of the speech is where you deliver your message. Make a point, tell a story, but there is a powerful word missing from this formula – tell a “personal story”.

JUL 19
Mike Robertson

Nationally acclaimed speaking professional presents “Cutting the Cord: Finding Your Own Style as a Speaker”

Ditch the podium, the notes, the carefully-memorized routine, and nd how to be your unique self on the stage.

JUL 26
David Brooks

1990 Toastmasters World Champion of Public Speaking presents “Stand Up, Speak Up, But Not Until You Learn This”

It’s not a performance; it’s a conversation. Every effective speaker uses this one simple tool. You can reach any audience once you know six universal emotions.

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Baseball & Fireworks
Jul
4
6:30pm 6:30pm

Baseball & Fireworks

July 4th @ home...plate!

If you are interested in evening baseball, hotdogs, conversation and fireworks, please join us at Dell Diamond for the Round Rock Express game followed by fireworks. 

  • We can carpool from Riverbend
  • Meet at 5:30PM
  • RSVP for tickets

Tickets: $14 (bring cash or Venmo)

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High School El Salvador Trip
Jun
30
8:00am 8:00am

High School El Salvador Trip

Every summer we take a trip to El Salvador for a once in a lifetime opportunity to serve alongside the youth and adults of the Siloe church. This partnership has changed the lives of all who have been bold enough to go and every year we look forward to the incredible ways God will show up.

Registration is closed, but please pray for our Students while in El Salvador.

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El Salvador Medical Mission Trip
Jun
30
8:00am 8:00am

El Salvador Medical Mission Trip

June 30-July 9

$1500 (includes airfare, ground transportation, all meals and housing)

Use your education and training to serve God, Riverbend and our brothers and sisters in El Salvador. Join our team for an amazing week providing for medical and dental needs of those who need it the most. Most needed skills: doctors, dentists, pharmacists, nurses, and any medical paraprofessionals. We also would love to have support staff of non-medical folks to help check in and weigh patients, distribute medication, do crafts with kids and adults waiting, etc. Speaking Spanish is a huge bonus but is not required. This is tough work but fun and extremely fulfilling. 

Contact:
Dr. Kelly Jolet »
El Salvador Missions »

 

 

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Middle School Mission Adventure
Jun
27
8:30am 8:30am

Middle School Mission Adventure

Want a chance to experience what mission work is about without leaving the country? Our 3rd annual MSMA is designed to give middle schoolers the chance to foster a heart for missions and the needs of the less fortunate through serving with our existing Austin ministry partners. Students will serve during the day and come back to Riverbend at night to debrief, worship, and spend the night.

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2017 VBS
Jun
12
to Jun 16

2017 VBS

JUN 12–16 | M-F,  9:00AM-12:00PM

Join us this year as we dive into "Gadgets & Gizmos" and help each child discover how they are uniquely wired and wonderfully made! Also, don't miss our Friday night performance with all the kids in the Home for Hope at 7:00PM. This program is designed for all children 4 years old to 5th grade.

“Let your light shine so others can see it. Then they will see the good things you do. And they will bring glory to your Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 5:16

Ages:
4 years old (on or before SEP 1 ) through 5th grade.

Thank you to our 2017 Sponsors: Maudie's, Chick-fil-a, Austin's Pizza and Poke Jo's

Cost: $50/Child

Registration Closed
To check for Openings > 
Youth Volunteer Registration >
Adult Volunteer Registration >

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iTAG: I Talk About God
Jun
7
6:00pm 6:00pm

iTAG: I Talk About God

Summer: Wednesdays from 6:00-8:00PM | Quad 4A/B

(Starts Wednesday, JUN 7–JUL 19)

Join us for a summer study featuring "Finding I Am" by Lisa Terkeurst.

An enriched Bible study for all women with an interactive study environment and an opportunity to meet women who love to study God’s word, reach out to the community, pray for one another, and walk through life together. 

Sign up for Summer iTag >

Contact Sandy for more info >

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Men's 12-Week Study
Jun
5
6:00pm 6:00pm

Men's 12-Week Study

Join us, beginning the week of JUNE 5, for a 12-week study, "Recovering Redemption" by Matt Chandler. Registration $20. 

The Bible is clear that God intends for his people to experience life abundantly. So why are things such a mess--even for Christians?

With relentless grace, Matt Chandler gets to the root of brokenness and our destructive patterns of behavior. We must reorient our lives around a right understanding and application of the gospel. It's time to start living like we believe in the ongoing power of redemption.

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Students Summer Kickoff!
Jun
4
4:30pm 4:30pm

Students Summer Kickoff!

JUN 4  |  All Students

We are kicking off summer in style on a PARTY BARGE! Middle School and High School students, join us for a night on the lake to start the summer off right! 

Drop off at Riverbend at 4:30PM.
We will carpool out to the lake together. Pick-up at Riverbend at 9:00PM

If you would like to meet us at the dock (5973 Hiline Rd), please arrive no later than 5:15pm. The boat leaves at 5:30 and we will not wait for late arrivals. You can pick up from the dock at 8:30pm.

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Mother's Day Luncheon & Fashion Event
May
13
11:00am11:00am

Mother's Day Luncheon & Fashion Event

Save-The-Date

MAY 13  |  11:00AM–1:00PM  |  Fellowship Hall

Join us in celebrating the beautiful women in our lives for this fabulous Mother's Day luncheon and Fashion Event sponsored by Nordstrom. (Nordstrom "store" on site)

There will be delicious food, trending styles for all ages, and a boutique for shopping. Bring your Mom and friends to this special celebration!

Cost: $25

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Easter Eggstravaganza
Apr
15
10:00am10:00am

Easter Eggstravaganza

Meet in the Student Center

This is a FREE community wide event for children ages birth-5th grade. We will have inflatables, a train, Kona Ice and tons of activities…oh and 15,000 easter eggs!!!!!! Don't miss one of the biggest children's events of the year! 

EGG HUNT SCHEDULE:
10:35 - All 1st - 5th Grade
11:10 - All Birth – Kindergarten

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Women's Good Friday Prayer Gathering
Apr
14
11:00am11:00am

Women's Good Friday Prayer Gathering

TIME:
APR 14 @ 11:00AM

WHERE:
The Rose Garden in Remembrance Gardens at Riverbend Church

WHAT:
We invite you to share the quiet, peaceful beauty of the Remembrance Gardens as we remember our Lord’s goodness to us as Christians on Good Friday. This unique experience provides time for renewal, praise through song, prayers of gratitude for God’s grace and love to each of us. Also walking through the garden at closing gives opportunity for personal meditation and reflection.   

DIRECTIONS:
• Going south on 360 take the first entrance into Riverbend Church.
• Take an immediate right into the driveway to the Gardens’ entrance below.
• Park in any of that area. 

IN CASE OF RAIN:  We will meet in the Upper Room west of Fellowship Hall at the church. 

 

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