OCT 26–28 | 6:00PM
This year for our High School Fall Retreat we are embarking on a mystery so great, not even Scooby Doo and the gang could solve it! Like, zoinks Scoob!! Join us for a Mystery Van Tour! You will be sent a packing list… and that’s it!! Come ready for a weekend of surprises, community, and adventure!
OCT 27 | 5:30-8:00PM | Church Grounds
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
Kids under 1yr old are FREE!
Chick-Fil-A will be available for purchase.
*Currently accepting cookie & cupcake donations where they can be dropped off Thursday–Saturday next week (OCT 25–27)
Justice league 3D
Wacky Combo (bounce house/slide/hoops/etc)
Bball 2 man
Fball 2 man
2 Face Painters
2 Balloon Artist
1 Glitter Tattoo Artist
1 Character Drawer
1 Cotton Candy Station
Kona Ice (3 locations)
ITAG: I Talk About God
Wednesdays | 6:30-8:00PM | Community Center #203
Thursdays | 9:30AM-12:00PM | Community Center #203
(Begins Thursday, NOV 1 and Wednesday, NOV 7)
Second Fall Study — "Anxious For Nothing" by Max Lucado
1st Thursday of the month | Student Center (High School Room)
Childcare offered for children birth-2nd grade
Join us with your family and friends as we immerse into a deeper worship experience together!
An experiential worship night led by Casey McPherson
All ages are welcome
Join us the first Tuesday of the month for breakfast tacos, fellowship and an inspiring message.
We’ll have hot coffee, juice, breakfast tacos and fellowship to go along with it. We’ll finish by 8:00AM so you can be on your way to the rest of your day!
No need to RSVP, just show up, and bring a friend with you!
Movie: “Heaven is for Real”
1:00PM | Quad 3
Prior to the movie, beginning at 12:30PM a snack of chili dogs, popcorn and a drink will be available.
This movie is a true story and based on the bestselling book. It tells the story of how Todd Burpo’s 4-year old son, Colton, visited heaven and lived to tell of its pleasures. It also tells of how the family dealt with Colton’s description. It has gotten many positive reviews.
Meet: Quad 3
Cost: $3 (Includes movie, popcorn, chili dogs, and a drink)
Play: “A Christmas Carol”
2:30PM | Zach Topfer Theater
Austin’s most rockin’ holiday tradition returns to make merry with new music and surprises 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 score that spans all genres and eras. Motown meets the Ho-Ho-Holidays in this family-friendly spectacular, creating an infectious spirit that has everyone dancing in the aisles. Celebrate the season with the loving Cratchit family and three soulful ghosts as they take Ebenezer Scrooge on a joyride to rediscover his heart and love for human kindness.
Meet: Prior to the play we will gather to eat at Schlotsky’s across the street from the Theater @ 1:15PM
Deadline: November 25
NOV 9 | 6:30–8:30PM | Sport Court
Join us for our Third Annual Family Movie Night. This year we will have an outdoor movie on the Sport Court (weather permitting) along with Free Pizza, Popcorn & Cookies. So, bring your lawn chairs and your blankets for some fun under the stars with other Riverbend families!
Please make sure to register your entire family so we can plan accordingly for the food. Looking forward to seeing you there!
*If you require a gluten free option, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
NOV 10 | 9:00AM–12:00PM | Community Center
Everyone is welcome to attend the Estate Planning Workshop, Saturday NOV 10, 9:00AM–12:00PM in the Community Center. Come hear from and ask questions to an attorney, a financial planner, and an insurance agent, as they talk through the details of creating a sound estate plan for you and your family.
Regardless of the size of your assets, no one wants to leave it all to the government, and not maximize what you might leave for others your care for. Come prepared to listen, learn, and ask your questions.
The event is available for no charge, hosted by our Stewardship Committee and Riverbend Church Foundation Board Members, as a service to you.
NOV 10 | 5:30PM | 7000 Cameron Rd, Austin, TX 78752
Give thanks this year by serving one of our mission partners, East Austin Neighborhood Development Center (EANDC).
We're looking for volunteers to serve along side our Community Groups on NOV 10, 5:30PM for the Thanksgiving Feast at our Proyecto Esperanza Neighborhood Development Center (NDC). This is a great opportunity for anyone to jump in and serve an amazing community at home here in Austin.
Pradeep Thorat has been busy making connections and training more than 200 people in English classes. He has invited us to participate with him by helping him host a Thanksgiving dinner for all the families who have gone through the program.
This is a time to serve people who usually do all the serving, and it is a time to share the reason why we come together to give thanks.
There will be around 250 people learning from us what our Thanksgiving celebration is all about. Please consider joining in to serve good food, eat good food, and make new friends with those who are wanting to practice their English.
For more info, email: email@example.com
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.
NOV 15 | 6:00-8:00PM | Community Center
6:00PM to sign in and meet in the Community Center
6:30PM Dinner/Meeting begins in the Community Center
We'd love to have you join us for Dinner!
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.
DISCOVERING MY SPIRITUAL GIFTS
NOV 18 @ 12:30–2:00PM
Community Center #203
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.
DEVELOPING MY GENEROSITY
NOV 25 @ 12:30–1:30PM
Community Center #203
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.
NOV 29 @ 6:30–8:00PM
Community Center #203
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?
Saturday, DEC 1 – Sunday, DEC 2
Join Pastor Norm and Pastor Aaron as they drive to Piedras Negras, Mexico to work with a special needs orphanage as well as refugees seeking asylum from other countries.
The group leaves on Saturday, December 1st and returns on Sunday, December 2nd.
Cost: $150.00 (includes accommodations/food/transportation)
Purpose: to come alongside of the Hands & Feet Ministry in Piedras Negras, exploring opportunities for our men’s ministry to serve cross-culturally in this border town in Mexico.
Play ball, use coloring books, and interact with the special needs kids and adults in the only special needs orphanage in northern Mexico.
Building relationships at the Immigrant Home – a center for people fleeing persecution in Cuba, Nicaragua, Guatemala, El Salvador, the Congo, Vietnam, Cambodia and more, preparing a meal for them and learning more about their stories.
Visit and explore what might be done at the Nava Elementary School for the K-6th grade students.
We’ll sleep in Hands & Feet’s dorm room, that has A/C, heat, hot showers. We’ll drive down in 1-2 vehicles, departing at 6:00 am on Saturday Dec 1, and return to Austin about 8:00 pm on Sunday night.
We’ll have three interpreters to help us with the language issues. Looking for 4-6 men to join Pastors Norm Schoenfeld and Aaron Foor on this exploratory trip.
There’s nothing quite like a trip to the Holy Land — the opportunity to visit locations in the Bible where Jesus actually walked can be a powerful experience. This trip is a chance for you to come tour the holy land, and experience the historical context and setting of the Bible and of Jesus life and ministry. This trip is open to anyone over 18, and is a great experience whether you have no experience with missions trips, or if you have lots.
NEXT DATE: JAN 21–31, 2019
COST: $4379 per person
MORE INFO: Send a message to Krista >
Just a little sneak peak:
OCT 13 | 7:00PM | Riverbend Church
Chorus Austin brings the moving music of your favorite composers to life at "Celebrating the Masters". Feel the power of 150 voices in harmony and a stellar orchestra led by conductor Ryan Heller in his 10th-anniversary celebration.
OCT 6–8 | 10:00AM | Camp Eternal - West Point, TX
Join us for our first annual Middle School Fall Retreat, ESCAPE!
This retreat is a chance for middle school students to get out of town and ESCAPE the pressures and stresses of school and life and refresh and refocus on God.
For students in 6th, 7th or 8th grade
OCT 6-11 | 5 Night Western Caribbean, Carnival Valor
Interior Stateroom | Upon request
Ocean View | from $490
Balcony Stateroom | from $620
Deposit of $150 pp due to hold reservation
Final Payment due by August 1, 2018
(Payments can be made in installments)
5-Week Study: Beginning the week of October 1
We have 12 men’s groups to choose from, located all over the city of Austin. If you are looking to join a Men's Bible Study, now is the time!
Beginning the week of OCT 1: John Ortberg’s "SOUL KEEPING: Caring for The Most Important Part of You" In Soul Keeping, best-selling author John Ortbeg sheds light on the most overlooked, underrated, and least-understood part of your being. With a workable and relevant approach, he shows how living the “with God” life isn’t just a good idea – it’s the only way to find lasting peace and satisfaction.
Cost: $15 fee for workbook and materials
SEP 30 | 6:00PM | Smith Family Chapel
Come celebrate the hymns of our faith and join us for the Riverbend Hymn Sing in the beautiful Riverbend Chapel on Sunday, Sept. 30 at 6:00pm.
This will be an audience participation time of worship with Carlton Dillard and the Riverbend Strings leading your favorite hymns from the hymnal.
This is a free event.
SEPT 14-15 | 6:00PM-9:00AM | Preteen Theater
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.
SEP 12 | 6:30PM | Community Center #201
Looking to take the next step in your faith journey? If you’d like to know more about what baptism means, we invite you to our next Baptism Class on SEP 12.
Baptisms will be on the morning of SEP 30
Face 2 Face
2nd & 4th Tuesdays| 6:00–8:30PM | Building 5A
(Begins SEP 11)
Fall Study — "Discerning the Voice of God" by Priscilla Shirer
A Bible study providing opportunities for women to connect while becoming more intentional in their faith journey with a group focus of fun and service.
North Austin Group
2nd & 4th Tuesdays | 6:00–8:30PM
(Begins SEP 11)
Fall Study — "The Word of the Lord: Seeing Jesus in the Prophets" by Nancy Guthrie
A Bible study providing opportunities for women to connect while becoming more intentional in their faith journey with a group focus of fun and service.
*This group meets in designated areas in North Austin.
SEP 9 | 12:30PM | Community Center #201
Get answers to the most common Social Security planning questions in this free workshop. Learn how to maximize your benefits during retirement.
Guest Speaker: Mark Trice
How to maximize your benefits during retirement.
Some of the most common myths about Social Security
Your optimal time for receiving benefits
*This workshop is free of charge
*Child care are provided
AUG 25 | 12:00-2:00PM
It's hot outside…and we have the answer!
Do you like sno-cones?
Do you like water guns?
How about water slides?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, don't miss our RiverKids back to school water day. This is a FREE EVENT for ALL AGES.
ABOUT THE GLS
You have influence. Join 400,000 of your peers to learn how to maximize it. Join with people from 128 countries and 60 languages who attend the Summit around the world.
The Global Leadership Summit is proud to bring you a high-quality local experience at our location simulcast live in HD from the Willow Creek campus on Thursday-Friday, August 9-10, 2018.
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.
JUL 14 | 10:30AM-3:00PM | TYPHOON TEXAS WATERPARK
Join us for some Pfun, Pfellowship, and lots of water at Pflugerville's Typhoon Texas! This waterpark is great for all ages with its wide variety of attractions from the giant, winding water slides to the relaxing Lazy-T River.
We have reserved a couple of Cabanas for our group so we have a place to gather together.
PRICE: $30 per person
**Children 2 years and younger get in FREE
Typhoon Texas - Austin
18500 TX-130 North Service Road
Pflugerville, TX 78660
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for questions
Buy a backpack and fill it with supplies! Return the backpack with supplies the following Sunday. The money that is raised will go toward the El Salvador children who made the backpacks, while the supplies will go to Austin children in need.
When: Sundays in July
Where: Out on the plaza and at the Home For Hope entrances
To fill a backpack:
- 24 #2 pencils
- 2 large or 4 small glue sticks 1 white glue
- 1 pink eraser
- 1 ruler
- 1 pencil sharpener
- 1 pack colored pencils
- 1 pack washable markers
- 2 highlighters
- 1 pair scissors
- 1 pencil case
- 6 pocket folders
- 2 packages lined paper
- 6 spiral notebooks
- 4 lined composition notebooks 1 package subject dividers
We are also collecting the following:
- 1" binders
- USB flash drives (new)
- packages of blue pens
- packages of red pens
- packages of black pens extras of any of the supplies above!
JUN 11-15 | M-F, 9:00AM-12:00PM
VBS 2018 is going to be ELECTRIFYINGLY fun!
We don’t know if that’s a real word, but we DO know that you’re going to have an AMAZING time at VBS this year! We will be teaching kids about why God wants each of us to live our lives FULLY ALIVE! Come with us as we JUMP INTO THE BEST WEEK EVER!
"I have come so that they may have life. I want them to have it in the fullest possible way." John 10:10
We want to thank our 2018 VBS sponsors!
Chick-fil-a, Nothing Bundt Cake, & Maudie's
4 years old (on or before SEP 1 ) through 5th grade.
For kids age 4 through current 5th graders
Please consider making a donation to our VBS program - OR to TEXT TO GIVE - use 84321 and enter $(amount) VBS
For students that are currently in
JUN 10 | 12:30 - 1:45PM | Student Center (High School Room)
Did you know you have been given spiritual gifts that are unique to only you? Gifts that make you an IMPORTANT part of this community of believers at Riverbend. Come and discover what your gifts are, why they are necessary and how valuable you are at Riverbend.
JUN 9 | 9:00AM - 1:00PM | AUSTIN RECONCILIATION CHURCH
Join us for a fun morning full of activities for Reagan High School and Webb Middle School students and their families. We'll have live music, good food, athletic physicals, haircuts and more! All complimentary. But we need your help to pull this off. Bring your family & friends!
MAY 18 | 8:00AM-12:00PM | Location TBD
What Can I Expect?
Learn and be inspired to build and lead your organization based on proven biblical principles and practices. Grow personally, professionally, and spiritually. Help to transform the marketplace for Christ. Be part of a Riverbend Round Table (up to 12 executives), who become a peer review board for you to discuss critical faith and business issues and decisions in a safe place. Set and accomplish personal, business, and spiritual goals each month with built-in accountability with your peers. Fulfill God’s calling upon your life at work and at home.
What Is Expected Of Me?
Participate monthly in a four-hour Round Table meeting each month at Riverbend, with the same facilitator and participants (Dates & Times still to be determined) Engage in limited reading, reflection, and personal exercises and goal setting each month, prior to each monthly meeting. Confidentiality between members of the Round Table – what is said during the meetings stays at the meetings. Trust is paramount for the members of the group to have a safe place to process, and confidentiality is key to building that trust.
Leading By Example
The Truth at Work Round Table is a place for executives in positions of influence and authority (who have budget as well as personnel responsibilities), from CEO’s, to Business Owners, to Department Heads, to gather together monthly and engage with content designed to equip them to live out their faith in the workplace, and to lead their organizations at a higher level. Roger Leick, your facilitator, will lead, coach, and mentor the group, helping each member to translate their faith into practical application as Christians, as Business Leaders, as Leaders and as Influencers.
Roger Leick, Facilitator
- Former Senior Exec at ExxonMobil
- Over 40 of business experience
- Currently co-operates a small custom furniture business
- Taught Sunday School for 30 years
- A Riverbender
What's the Cost?
There is a $300 Registration Fee to join the Round Table, and your credit card/debit card will be charged $75/month for as long as you participate. (Costs go to offset curriculum and materials for the program).
A SAFE AND CONFIDENTIAL PLACE TO MEET REGULARLY WITH OTHER CHRISTIAN EXECUTIVES; HELPING AND ENCOURAGINGEACH OTHER TO LIVE OUT THEIRFAITH IN THE WORKPLACE.
Truth@Work is a 25-year-old national movement of Christian business leaders who meet together monthly in small groups. At these monthly roundtables, we study relevant content on a wide variety of business, leadership, and personal development topics that are critical for today’s Christian in business.
10-WEEK STUDY BEGINNING THE WEEK OF MAY 14
MEN: We get you have a lot on your plate: work, family, community . . . lots of commitments. We are men. We get it!
What gets squeezed out so often is the opportunity to transcend all the busyness and challenges of life to get to and stay focused on what matters the most.
- You can break through the isolation all the busyness and challenges create.
- You don’t have to figure things out on your own.
- There is something you can do about it.
This CORE study helps address the most central questions in life, “Who am I?” and “What am I made for?” It’s designed to explore these questions together with other men, and to wrestle with it together, as you seek what God has to say.
At Riverbend we have 12 different Men’s Groups to choose from, that meet at different days, times, and locations across Austin in order for you to select the one that best suits your schedule.
THE SUMMIT EXPERIENCE
GUEST SPEAKER: DALE BEAVER
WORSHIP LEADER: AARON FOOR
The Men’s Summit is for YOU! It is a weekend built for guys to unplug from their daily responsibilities in order to connect with God and other men. When you take the time to do this you will find that God really does show up!
Join us for the weekend at Highland Lakes Camp & Conference Center.
"'This is not one more thing to “do.” This is a time to “be.” To be with other men. To be encouraged and refreshed. To be blessed. I hope you will join other men and come to our 2018 Men’s Summit. I promise you an opportunity to find “more.'" - PASTOR HANEY
What are the expressions of genuine character according to God’s design, and when will we know that we have them?
Dying to Live: Romans 12:1-2
To recognize who we are by God’s design, first of all, takes an awareness that we hold a fake ID to begin with. The first step in realizing our identity in Christ is to understand that we belong to Him and no one else.
What’s On Your Mind: Romans 12:2
After we come to terms with what it takes to even begin to know who we are, we follow that up with an exercise for transformation. Our identity is shaped by what are told about ourselves by others as well as ourselves.
The Great REveAL Romans 12:3-8
In light of who God has made you to be, with a personality and skill set, how does the real you jive with who you want to be, and the you everyone else hopes you are. The real will be revealed.
Love God. Love People. Romans 12:9-10
If we are to be identified as followers of Jesus by the way we love in this world , it is necessary for us to be about doing it. To love is not only the supreme command given to us by God, but it is essential to our purpose for being made in His image.
Join us on Sunday night, April 22, 2018, 5:30pm, for dinner at the brand new COMMUNITY CENTER at Riverbend Church. Sheri and Jim Ford will be preparing a wonderful dinner for us prepared in our new state of the art commercial kitchen.
We’ll be celebrating all that God has done this past year which was made possible through the because GRACE vision campaign, as well as all that He will continue to do into this next year. COME, be INSPIRED, as you watch and listen to amazing stories of His transformational work.
As we celebrate we’ll be thanking all of those who are participating in Because GRACE, and inviting others to join in the opportunities to extend grace beyond our walls, as we continue to expand our ministry and bless others as we’ve been blessed. While there is no cost for the dinner, we ask that you come prepared to make a donation.
If you cannot make the event, but would like to donate, please click below.
(Childcare with chicken fingers will be provided upon request)