Angels Afoot Christmas Gift Drive
Nov
1
to Nov 30

Angels Afoot Christmas Gift Drive

CHRISTMAS GIFT DRIVE FOR CHILDREN

Each November the members and friends of Riverbend purchase gifts for thousands of underserved children located throughout the greater Austin area and beyond.  These kids are in foster care, shelters, and other very difficult situations. Together we make Christmas a little better over 2,500 children across Austin including the Rundberg and Travis Heights areas, as well as 300 children in El Salvador!  This year we are children adding East Austin and  children in Vidor, Texas to our mission.

 

During NOV we work to assign, sort and deliver gifts.

COLLECTING TAGS, SORTING, & DELIVERING GIFTS

Here is how it works:

  • Select a a tag (or several) before or after the worship service. 
  • Select a gift from the suggestions on the label, or an age-appropriate gift.  Gifts should be new, not used.
  • Gifts should cost no more than $35-40, so that all children, some of whom may be in a group setting, will receive gifts of the same approximate value.  If you feel more generous, please take additional gifts instead.
  • Follow the instructions - some gifts are wrapped and others are not.
  • Return your gift(s) to the Home for Hope by noon Sunday, NOV 26.

All of the gifts go to support the children and families who are served by partner agencies. Riverbend does not fulfill individual requests for donations through this drive. 

Through financial contributions and additional tags we are going to be able to provide small gifts for kids in Rundberg as well as school uniforms, books, and food for the 250 kids we serve in El Salvador

 

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RiverKids Christmas Party
Dec
1
6:00 PM18:00

RiverKids Christmas Party

DEC 1 | 6:00-9:00PM | Children's Bldg, Rm 113

Hey Kids! Well, it's that time of year...CHRISTMAS IS COMING! And nothing feels more like Christmas that throwing a party.

We want to invite all kids birth-5th grade to a special evening just for you! We will have Christmas crafts/activities and tons of games for you to enjoy. Oh, and we will also be serving PIZZA! You do not want to miss this annual event!

Cost: $10/child

Register >

Please note: You must pre-register as we cannot accept walk-ins.

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Senior Adults: 2017 Fall Events
Dec
2
11:30 AM11:30

Senior Adults: 2017 Fall 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


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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Immerse: Thursday Worship Nights
Dec
7
7:00 PM19:00

Immerse: Thursday Worship Nights

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  • 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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Riverbend Christmas Sing-Along & Tree Lighting
Dec
19
6:00 PM18:00

Riverbend Christmas Sing-Along & Tree Lighting

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Save-the-Date

Riverbend Christmas Sing-Along and Tree Lighting 

Don't forget to mark your calendars now for our annual Riverbend Christmas Sing-Along and Tree Lighting! 

Riverbend Church, along with Spirit Radio 105.9, will be bringing all of the fun traditions from the Sing-Alongs of the past and adding much more.  

The fun will start on the plaza at 6:00pm with a live Nativity, hot chocolate and goodies.  The plaza festivities will culminate with the lighting of a huge Christmas tree before we move into the auditorium for the Sing-Along with a full orchestra & the 100-voice Riverbend Choir beginning at 7:30pm. 

There will even be guest appearances by Elvis, Rudolf, Frosty and Santa!  And as always, we will be singing some of your favorite Christmas carols and songs. 

Tickets are free, but you must have one to get in the door

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Christmas Eve Service Times
Dec
24
11:00 AM11:00

Christmas Eve Service Times

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DEC 24

Christmas Eve Candlelight Services

11:00AM, 2:30, 4:00, 6:00, & 7:30PM
Home For Hope


Volunteers

Candle Assembly

DEC 17  | Foyer

Help assemble candles for our candlelight Christmas Eve services. Stop by the tables in the foyer before and/or after servicesand join the fun!

Christmas Eve Service 

DEC 24 | 11:00AM, 2:30, 4, 6, & 7:30PM

Volunteers, please plan to arrive 30 minutes before the service begins.

 

 

 

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Unplugged at the Chapel
Nov
9
8:00 PM20:00

Unplugged at the Chapel

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NOV 9  |  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

Shelley »

 

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Riverfest Fall Festival...ON A SATURDAY!
Oct
28
5:30 PM17:30

Riverfest Fall Festival...ON A SATURDAY!

OCT 28 | 5:30-8:00PM | Fellowship Hall, Nursery building and Plaza

For the first time, we are moving this event to Saturday! Don't miss our annual family fall festival. We will have a preschool midway, Spirit 105.9, tons of inflatables, face painters, character drawers, balloon artist, cake walk, Let’s Dance on the big screen, hay rides and all the free Kona ice you can eat.


Cost: $5/per person
Babies (under 1yr old) are FREE!

Food will be available for purchase.

Volunteer: Please contact DeDe >

Activities:

  • Inflatables 
  • Justice league 3D
  • Wacky Combo (bounce house/slide/hoops/etc)
  • 40ft obstical (new)
  • Connect 4
  • Alien invasion
  • Eliminator
  • Bball 2 man
  • Fball 2 man
  • Archery thing (new)
  • Hay Ride
  • 2 Face Painters
  • 2 Balloon Artist
  • 1 Glitter Tattoo Artist (new)
  • 1 Character Drawer
  • 1 Cotton Candy Station (new)
  • Kona Ice (3 locations)
  • Sprit 105.9 
  • Photo Booth
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Chapel Wedding Open House
Oct
22
3:30 PM15:30

Chapel Wedding Open House

OCT 22 |  3:30-5:00PM  |  SMITH FAMILY CHAPEL

Join us for another elegant FREE Wedding Open House in the Smith Family Chapel at Riverbend. We invite anyone who would like to tour our chapel, current brides, future brides, family & friends.

We will have 13 local professional vendors there to meet & greet including food, drinks, music and tons of prizes to give away at the end of the event.

Grand Prize is a FREE Ceremony in the Smith Family Chapel when you book a reception with us. {$1450 value} See You There! RSVP

 
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RA — Bible Doings
Oct
18
6:30 PM18:30

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

OCT 18 | Coffee Shark »

Study: ECCLESIASTES 3:5
a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,

 

 

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Preteen Lock-in
Sep
22
to Sep 23

Preteen Lock-in

Preteens are your ready for the greatest night of your life? Sign up today for our annual....wait for it....patience...no really this is gonna be good....PRETEEN LOCK-IN
This will be a great opportunity for all the new Preteens to begin to build strong relationships at the beginning of the school year.

Who: All 3rd - 5th grade kids
Cost: $25 per person. 

**SOLD OUT**

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Inside God's Design Classes
Sep
14
12:30 PM12:30

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

**Rescheduled for SEP 14 @ 6:30PM
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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Community Brunch
Sep
10
10:45 AM10:45

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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Financial Peace University
Aug
28
7:00 PM19:00

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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Campus-wide Celebration!
Aug
20
9:00 AM09:00

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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NOV El Salvador Trip: Informational Meeting
Aug
13
12:30 PM12:30

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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All Students Summer Camp
Jul
24
9:00 AM09:00

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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High School El Salvador Trip
Jun
30
8:00 AM08:00

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
8:00 AM08:00

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
8:30 AM08:30

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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