ITAG: I Talk About God
Mar
20
to Mar 27

ITAG: I Talk About God

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ITAG: I Talk About God

Wednesdays | 6:30PM | Community Center #203
Thursdays | 10:00AM | Community Center #203
(Begins Wednesday, MAR 20 & Thursday, MAR 21)

First meeting will be in Quad 4. All other meetings will be in Community Center #203

"Finding I Am" by Lysa TerKeurst

*Childcare available

Contact Sandy for more info >

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Immerse: Sunday Worship Nights
Mar
24
6:00 PM18:00

Immerse: Sunday Worship Nights

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Do you find yourself craving a deeper worship experience with your Creator and your community?

4TH SUNDAY OF THE MONTH | 6:00PM | STUDENT CENTER
Childcare offered for children birth-2nd grade — register below

Come explore a completely different worship experience. The music starts at 6:00PM, and it doesn’t stop until we’re done — no exaggeration. While the music is playing, we provide an open mic for anyone who wants to pray, share how they’ve been experiencing God, and request prayer. Sometimes we lay hands on each other in prayer, sometimes we improvise worship choruses based on what is shared or prayed over… it’s never the same as the month before, and it’s nearly impossible to describe if you’re not there.

Before worship, around 5:00PM we’ll share a big family dinner. Bring something to share, or enjoy what’s provided. This is a great opportunity for us to come together as the Immerse family and connect with each other before we start the music at 6:00PM.

If worship and prayer are a vital expression of your faith, Immerse was quite literally designed for you. We’ll see you there!

What if I have kids?

We want to allow our kids to experience Immerse worship as much or as little as they're capable! We think that allowing our kids to have the option to participate in worship can be extremely powerful, and we’re committed to helping make that as easy and flexible as possible.

We have childcare available — but we ask that you register them in advance by sending a quick email to our Susan Kennedy on our Children’s Ministry team. We encourage you to register your child ahead of time, and then allow them to worship with you until they’re ready to go to childcare.

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Family Fun Run — Obstacle Course
Mar
31
4:00 PM16:00

Family Fun Run — Obstacle Course

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MAR 31 | 4:00-6:00PM | Church-wide Families

Calling all families: get down and dirty on our Obstacle Course while enjoying an evening of games and food on the Student Center patio.

Cost: $25/family
Includes grilled hotdogs, chips, dessert and a ton of fun as a family

For more info, contact Pam Mears.

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NEW Men's Bible Study Groups
Apr
1
to Apr 11

NEW Men's Bible Study Groups

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BE A GODLY MAN - PASTOR JOBY MARTIN | STARTING THE WEEK OF APRIL 1

A new men's group study called “Be A Godly Man” features Pastor Joby Martin. God has created men to have incredible strength. But today’s culture has hijacked masculinity, distorting strength into passivity and abuse.

In this 5-part video Bible study series, pastor Joby Martin invites men to embrace God’s definition of masculinity and to step into His calling upon their lives to wield their strength on behalf of others. God has designed men to be protectors, providers, and defenders. When men act like men, everyone flourishes.

We have several groups that meet during a wide variety of times and locations during the week to help accommodate your schedule. You can select the group that fits your schedule during the registration process.

Cost: $10

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Links Comedy Night
Apr
5
7:30 PM19:30

Links Comedy Night

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Links Clean Stand-Up Comedy Show

APR 5 | 7:30PM | Student Center (high school theater)

Boomers, are you ready to laugh? Join us on Friday, APR 5 @ 7:30 in the Student Center for a night of clean comedy featuring Mark Johns & Nick Saverino.

Doors open @ 7:30PM
Show starts @ 8:00PM

Free Admission

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Men's All You Can Eat Breakfast
Apr
6
7:00 AM07:00

Men's All You Can Eat Breakfast

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APR 6 | 7:00-8:30AM | Community Center #203

Join us early Saturday morning, April 6th, from 7:00 – 8:30 am, in the Community Center. Riverbend guys will have made us pancakes, eggs, bacon, juice, and coffee. We’ll gather for great fellowship – opportunities to meet other men at the church. 

We’ll have an inspirational speaker. You’ll be in and out with the whole day still in front of you. It’s a great event to bring a friend to. 

Cost: $10/person.

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Boomer's Normandy Tour Informational Meeting
Apr
9
to Apr 23

Boomer's Normandy Tour Informational Meeting

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Informational Meeting

April 9 | Time TBD | 9428 Jenaro Court, Austin, TX 78726

From OCT 24–NOV 7, we’ll be traveling to France for the 75th anniversary of D-Day & Normandy. If you’re interested in joining us, come to our next informational meeting on APR 9.


France Magnifique Tour 2019

75th Anniversary of D-Day & Normandy | OCT 24-NOV 7, 2019

Discover a place etched in history on June 6, 1944, the day when thousands of allied troops landed on the beaches of Normandy. Reflect during your visit to the Landing Beaches, dotted with memorials and museums dedicated to the troops who fought here. Throughout your time in Normandy, you will see many reminders of this tragic time and turning point for WWII.

Sponsored by the Boomer generation, but all are welcome to attend.

Download the Normandy Tour Brochure >

Or for more info, contact Mark Johnson: mjohnson@riverbend.com | 512 327-3540 x430


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Christ Awareness Class
Apr
14
to May 5

Christ Awareness Class

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APR 14 & 28 | 12:30PM | Preteen Theater

This Program is designed for all 3rd-5th grade kids that are interested in taking the next step in their faith walk. We will share the message of God’s plan of salvation, baptism and communion for their lives. For children who have been baptized these classes serve as a good reinforcement with a message worth repeating. For other children who have not made a profession of faith, the classes give new insights into their relationship with Christ. We hope you will join us!

First Class: APRIL 14th 
Last Class: APRIL 28th
Baptism: MAY 5th

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Good Friday Services
Apr
18
to Apr 19

Good Friday Services

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Good Friday Services

APR 18 @ 7:00 & 8:00PM
APR 19 @ 6:00*, 7:00*, 8:00, & 9:00PM

Smith Family Chapel & The Remembrance Gardens
*Childcare available at these service, see below for more info.

Tickets are free, but seating in the Chapel is limited — if you don’t have a ticket you may not be able to get a seat.


Childcare is available during our 6:00 & 7:00PM services on Friday, APR 19

Childcare is available for ages birth through kindergarten. Please let us know if you need childcare by sending an email with your children’s names/ages and the service you plan to attend to our Nursery/Preschool Director, Susan Kennedy >


Before you arrive at our Good Friday experiential service, download the Riverbend Church App

During the second half of our Good Friday services you will take an audio-guided walk through five stations in our Remembrance Gardens. We’ll have a limited number of audio players and headphones available for some, but we encourage you stream the audio stations through the Riverbend Church App.

Or, if you would like to download the audio files to play on your device, you can download them below. Out of respect for other service attendees, we ask that you enjoy this audio-guided tour through earphones.

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Women's Ministry: Good Friday Prayer
Apr
19
11:00 AM11:00

Women's Ministry: Good Friday Prayer

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MAR 30 | 11:00AM | Rose Garden in Remembrance Gardens

Women, we invite you to join us for a time of prayer and to share the quiet, peaceful environment with God’s beauty shining all around us. We will gather as a group and have time for personal reflection, renewal, praise through song, prayers of gratitude for God’s grace and goodness to each of us.

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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Easter Eggstravaganza
Apr
20
10:00 AM10:00

Easter Eggstravaganza

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APR 20 | 10:00–11:30AM | 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:

10:35AM - All 1st–5th Grade
11:10AM - All Birth–Kindergarten

To volunteer, contact DeDe >
For more info, contact Todd >

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Easter Sunday
Apr
21
9:00 AM09:00

Easter Sunday

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Experience Easter Sunday with us!

Do you know how deeply God loves you? Enough to take on the emotional, relational, and physical scars that we carry through life, just so we can experience him! We invite you and your family to join us this Easter Sunday at Riverbend Church as we explore how deeply God loves us.

All of our Easter Sunday services feature fantastic music by some of Austin’s most talented musicians, and inspirational teaching by our Senior Pastor, Dr. Dave Haney — all in our gloriously sun-lit main auditorium, the Home for Hope. This is a service you and your family will not want to miss. We can’t wait to see you there!

Sunday, APR 21 | 9:00, 10:15, & 11:45AM
All three services are identical


Good Friday services >

Tap the link above for details about our APR 18 & 19 Good Friday experiential services.

Easter Eggstravaganza >

Tap the link above for details about our APR 20 Easter egg hunt for kids birth–5th grade.


We need your help: Easter Sunday serving opportunities

If you’ve been around Riverbend for a while, you know how much we value serving each other. Easter week is a great opportunity to volunteer, even if it’s your first time! We’re in need of Golf Cart Drivers, Greeters, Ushers, and more. Would you consider serving at one (or more) of our Easter Sunday services?

For a full list of Easter Sunday serving opportunities, and to sign up:

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Men's Mexico Missions Trip to Piedras Negras
Apr
26
to Apr 28

Men's Mexico Missions Trip to Piedras Negras

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Men's Mexico Missions Trip to Piedras Negras

APR 26–28

A special men’s trip to Mexico is planned the weekend of April 26-28, 2019. Already we have ten men from Travis Heights Christian Outreach (our south Austin NDC) joining us, as well as five men from the Community First! Village. We hope to travel down with 25-30 men for this weekend. 

We’ll plan to leave on Friday morning, and return on Sunday night. Cost for the trip is $200 (includes transportation, meals, lodging, translators, and materials). 

Stay tuned for an organizational meeting in March where you’ll get more details. You’ll need a passport or a valid driver’s license with your birth certificate, to get in and out of Mexico. We’ll travel down together in a series of vans. 

For more info, contact Norm Schoenfeld.

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El Salvador Missions Trip
May
4
to May 11

El Salvador Missions Trip

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El Salvador Trip

MAY 4-11, 2019

Join a team of men and women to serve in the ministries of Riverbend’s sister church in El Salvador, Iglesia Bautista de Siloe.

Mission team ministries are expected to include: support for sponsored students (K – university) and their families, distribution of food and encouragement in the economically challenged neighborhood surrounding the church with Salvadoran missionaries, light construction, engagement in sports ministries, and special activities for the May 10 celebration of Mothers’ Day in El Salvador.

Cost of the trip will be $1500, which includes all airfare, lodging, meals, transportation, and funding for the ministries in which we will be engaged.

*Registration is closed

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Women’s Mexico Mission Trip to Piedras Negras
May
9
to May 11

Women’s Mexico Mission Trip to Piedras Negras

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Women’s Mexico Mission Trip to Piedras Negras

Registration deadline APR 28

Be a part of the first Riverbend Women's mission trip! MAY 9–11.

We are excited to begin a new women's adventure in Peidras Negras, Mexico. Peidras Negras is a small town across from Eagle Pass. We will be working with a ministry called Hands and Feet Ministry. Hands and Feet works with a primary school, a special needs orphanage and about 5 other local churches.

Friday, May 10 is Mexico's Mother's Day. So we will be working together with the school to provide games, lunch and other fun activities for the children and their moms to make it a very special day.

We will be doing some work at the orphanage and the Immigrant Home, as well as spending time in the community getting to know the local culture. This is a great introduction to cross-cultural missions for you and your female friends.

$250 registration fee includes all transportation, meals, lodging and ministry activities. And you'll be back in Austin before our Mother's Day! :)

For more info, contact Krista Ross

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Tell Me More Tour
May
9
7:00 PM19:00

Tell Me More Tour

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MAY 9 | 7:00PM | Home for Hope

Enjoy a lively conversation with best-selling authors (and friends) Jen Hatmaker and Kelly Corrigan. They'll offer you inspiration for creating a bright future full of laughter, connection and purpose.

 This delightful event has all the best ingredients:

  • Warm, deeply personal storytelling

  • Refreshing candor and a well of empathy for the fears, inadequacies and self-consciousness we so often carry

  • The promise that through love and connection it's possible to listen well, admit when we're wrong, make peace with uncertainty, find our way through loss and laugh at the days to come.

  • Wit and insights on parenting, marriage, friendship and dreams (it's not too late) 

Whenever they're together, Jen Hatmaker and Kelly Corrigan love settling in for lots of laughter and fun. They could talk all day about being raised by dads who loved them ridiculously, their shared crush on Tom Brokaw, Kelly's brief flirtation as a shoplifter in the '80s, the glories and doldrums of writing, and so much more.

Jen has written New York Times bestselling titles Of Mess and Moxie and For the Love. As "Chief BFF," she believes we can choose to live undaunted "in the moment" no matter what the moments hold, and lead vibrant, courageous, grace-filled lives.

Noted as one of the best storytellers around, Kelly connects with audiences in a very intimate and empowering way. She is the New York Times bestselling author of four books, including The Middle Place and her latest Tell Me More: Stories About the 12 Hardest Things I'm Learning to Say.

Bring the best women you know to a night you'll not soon forget.

VIP ticket includes access to the Meet & Greet (Prior to the show), seating in a reserved area at the front of the venue, and a special gift.

Tickets start at $34

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A Place For You At The Table
May
14
6:00 PM18:00

A Place For You At The Table

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MAY 14 | 6:00–8:00PM | Community Center

You have the opportunity to be heard and to make a difference: you have a place at the table.

It doesn’t matter what your age is, what stage of life you’re in, or if you’ve ever participated in a Women’s Ministry event before — we want to invite you to spend a special evening with us.

We’ll enjoy a meal together, spend time laughing and connecting with one another, and have an opportunity to hear from a panel of women about their faith experiences at Riverbend. Diane Haney, our Women’s Ministry Pastor, will share a message of encouragement, inspiration, and her vision for the Women’s Ministry at Riverbend.

This is a unique opportunity for all women at Riverbend to have their voices heard as we begin to explore new possibilities and experiences for all women at Riverbend Church. We invite you to join us at the table.

This event is free to attend, but we encourage a donation of any amount to help us cover the cost of dinner.

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Inside Riverbend
May
16
6:00 PM18:00

Inside Riverbend

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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

MAY 16 | 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

8:00PM Finished

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

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Senior Adults: 2019 Spring Event
May
18
12:00 PM12:00

Senior Adults: 2019 Spring Event

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“A Tribute to Frank Sinatra & Dean Martin”

MAY 18 | 4:00PM | Rockbox Theater (Fredericksburg)

We will leave from the Quads at 12:00PM so that you will have time to eat, shop, visit museums and other places of interest before the show begins. We will return home immediately after the show, around 8:00PM.

As Frank Sinatra, Robbie Howard stands apart from all other impersonators, capturing the essence of Sinatra. He works the audience with the same charisma as Ol’ Blue Eyes himself. He has the singing voice, the comedy, the wit and the smile. As Dean Martin, Andy DiMino is an uncanny total embodiment of Martin. He has the smooth vocals, the dashing charm and the demeanor. DiMino looks and sounds like Martin. Together, Howard and DiMino capture the classic sound, look, artistry and hilarious hi-jinks that will leave you spellbound with memories, tingling with goosebumps and bursting with laughter.

Contact Dean and provide name(s) and your check in order to reserve your spot.

Meet: Leave from the Quads at 12:00PM
Cost:
The cost of the show and motor coach will be $90. If you drive the cost is $47 for the ticket.
Deadline: APR 15

For more info and reservations contact, Dean Busboom | 512 659-0705

Senior Events PDF >

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VBS 2019
Jun
3
to Jun 7

VBS 2019

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VBS 2019 will be the year we “Raise our Game” and see what God has in store!

JUN 3–7 |  9:00AM-12:00PM | All kids, age 4 through 5th grade

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 and don’t miss the Friday Night Performance at 7:00PM!

“God’s power has given us everything we need to lead a godly life.” 2 Peter 1:3a

Cost: $50/Child

Please register your child according to the grade level they are currently attending. Your child MUST be age 4 prior to September 1, 2019 to register.


How you can help: sign up to volunteer and/or sponsor a child

Please consider making a donation to our VBS program to sponsor the attendance of a child who may not otherwise be able to attend.


Schedule

Day 1 | JUN 3 | 9:00AM - 12:00PM

Bottom Line: God wants you to know Him.
Bible Story: God calls Abraham (Genesis 12:1-4, 15:1-7)

Day 2 | JUN 4 | 9:00AM - 12:00PM

Bottom Line: We can know God through His Word.
Bible Story: The life of Josiah (2 Kings 22-23)

Day 3 | JUN 5 | 9:00AM - 12:00PM

Bottom Line: God sent Jesus to save us.
Bible Story: Jesus’ Baptism (John 1:29-34; Matthew 3:1-17, Easter Story)

Day 4 | JUN 6 | 9:00AM - 12:00PM

Bottom Line: God sent His Spirit to help you.
Bible Story: Pentecost (Acts 1-2)

Day 5 | JUN 7 | 9:00AM - 12:00PM, 7:00 - 7:45PM

Bottom Line: You can help others know God.
Bible Story: Fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23)

Day 5 performances will be at 7:00PM in the Home for Hope


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Men's El Salvador Mission Trip
Jun
18
to Jun 24

Men's El Salvador Mission Trip

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El Salvador Trip

JUN 18–24

Join 10-15 other men for our 5th Annual Men’s Missions Trip to El Salvador. We’ll leave on Tuesday afternoon, June 18th, and return Monday afternoon, June 24th. 

This year we will be once again hosting 100 Salvadorian men from the community to join us for a Friday night – Saturday night men’s retreat at the Pacific coast retreat center. We’ll also be involved with Siloe church and community in the colonia, helping to transform a building previously used by the gang for their meeting area, to an indoor children’s center, designed to offer after-school art classes, computer classes, music classes and more. 

The cost for the trip is $1,750, which includes your airfare, hotel accommodations, meals, transportation, translators, and materials. You’ll need a current passport with an expiration date at least 6 months beyond the June 24th return date.

To join us this year, click the SIGN ME UP button and pay a 50% deposit ($875) to secure your spot, so we can secure your airline ticket. Balance will be due May 1, 2019.

For questions, please contact Pastor Norm Schoenfeld.
Stay tuned for our first organizational meeting.

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Riverbend Works: A Movement Toward More
Mar
10
5:00 PM17:00

Riverbend Works: A Movement Toward More

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At Riverbend Works: A Movement Toward More, we'll come together to enjoy some amazing food, hear some incredible stories, celebrate/fundraise for our most ambitious year of outreach and missions at Riverbend yet.

MAR 10 » 5:00PM » HOME FOR HOPE

On MAR 10 at 5:00PM*, we will begin by serving delicious foods in the Home for Hope foyer and plaza, prepared by Sheri Ford and her team. The program will then continue into the Home for Hope, including original music by Casey McPherson, a short message from Dr. Haney and other special guests. 

Please let us know you are coming, so that we can have enough food at the event.

*Childcare available for children from birth–Kindergarten. All other children and students are welcome to join the festivities with their parents. For more info on childcare services, contact Susan Kennedy.

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Single Parent Family Game Night
Mar
8
6:30 PM18:30

Single Parent Family Game Night

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MAR 8 | 6:30PM | Student Center (upper level)

Come connect and have fun with other single parent families here at Riverbend! You and your kids are invited to join us in the Student Center (Upper Level) on Friday March 8th at 6:30PM to have a pizza party and game night. We will provide some games and activities, but please feel free to bring your favorite game! Hope to see you there!

Registration is $10 per family

For more info, contact Taylor Ford.

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Ash Wednesday Service
Mar
6
7:00 AM07:00

Ash Wednesday Service

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MAR 6 | 7:00AM, 12:00PM, 6:00PM | Smith Family Chapel

All three services are the same, and all three are held in the Smith Family Chapel

Ash Wednesday is the first day of Lent which is the season where the global church remembers together Jesus' love for us through his work on the cross.  We are designing a service that will be held at three different times throughout the day (7am, 12pm, 6pm) for you to come to Riverbend at the Smith Family Chapel and prepare your heart to celebrate Easter.  It is going to be an active and reflective service that incorporates song, Bible reading, reflections, and actions.  It is designed to be an immersive and interactive service that opens the door to for our hearts to engage Jesus in a new way.

Kids and adults of all ages are welcome to participate.  I hope you will consider coming and engage Jesus in a new way this year.

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2019 GPS Caregivers' Support Workshop
Mar
2
8:30 AM08:30

2019 GPS Caregivers' Support Workshop

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Hear from expert speakers and visit with a range of local providers across the care spectrum.

MAR 2 | 8:30AM–2:30PM | Community Center

Riverbend Church and Alzheimer's Texas presents the GPS Caregivers’ Workshop. Responsible for the care of a family member living with Alzheimer's, dementia, Parkinson's, or any other debilitating disease? Then this event is for you! Whether they're living at home, in a facility, or far away, the journey can be daunting and the responsibility overwhelming. We're here to help!

There is no fee to attend. Breakfast and lunch provided.

Pre-registration is required this year due to limited space.  Sign up using the button below:

This years featured speaker:

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Tam Cummings
PhD, Gerontologist and Author - “Dementia and Alzheimer’s/ The Final Chapter”

Tam Cummings, PhD is a gerontologist dedicated to untangling the complexities of dementia. An internationally recognized author, educator and keynote speaker, Dr. Tam has helped thousands of families and professional care partners throughout the United States, England, Canada, Australia and New Zealand understand the stages of dementia and the process of the disease.

Additional speakers:

  • Debbie Pearson
    RN, CCM, TxCG, Founder of CareFor - “Avoiding Pitfalls of Aging”

  • Annette Juba
    LCSW, AGE of Central Texas Deputy Director - “Caregivers Need Care Too”

For more info:

Call: (512) 241-0420 x10 | Email: VCardenas@TXAlz.org

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2019 Men's Summit
Feb
22
to Feb 24

2019 Men's Summit

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You were designed for a purpose

FEB 22–24, 2019 | Mo-Ranch, Hunt Tx

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 Mo-Ranch Christian Conference Center.

  • SPEAKER: DAN LANCE

  • SPECIAL GUEST: TOM LANDIS

  • WORSHIP LEADER: CASEY MCPHERSON

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 me and the other men and come to our 2019 Men’s Summit. I promise you an opportunity to find “more”!

- PASTOR HANEY


Featured Speaker: Dan Lance

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Dan’s an entrepreneur, a restaurant owner, and a pastor. He currently owns two restaurants in Longmont, Colorado (outside Boulder), that helps to fund their non-profit called The Rooster Party – an organization that helps couples with the high cost of funding adoptions. 

Dan will help us learn about the specific purpose that God has designed each of us for at this stage of our lives. Not only will we be challenged, but we’ll get to wrestle with this topic with the men at our table groups after each session! 

Dan was born and raised in Riverside, CA. He has been married to his wife Alyssa for 20 years and they have 3 kids: Ezekiel – 15, Sofia – 12, and Moses – 10. He’s been a church planter, lead pastor, worship leader, and executive pastor for fourteen years at two different churches in California. He’s also a close friend of our Outreach Pastor, Aaron Foor.

After opening their non-profit, in 2013 Dan and Alyssa moved to Colorado where they opened two restaurants. Dan is currently an elder at Cornerstone Church in Boulder, CO, where he also serves as a worship leader and leads their men’s ministry. He believes in saying YES to Jesus and living a life of risk.


Special Guest: Tom Landis

On Saturday afternoon, Tom Landis will share an amazing story. Tom is the founder of Howdy Homemade, the first for-profit restaurant that employs people with special needs. While opening 13 restaurants over past two decades, Tom leads by prioritizing God, family, the other employees, customers and self. 

He’s received many honors, including the Ryan Albers’ Lifetime Achievement Award, The Governor of Texas’ Lex Friedan Award for Best Small Business, The Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award, and his first franchise won Best Ice Cream in the State of Utah for 2018.  

He currently has more than 50 people that want to franchise, and has an exclusive partnership with Dr Pepper to make and produce Dr Pepper flavored ice cream. Tom believes the best way to know business is to know people … the best way to know people is the Bible … and the best way to know the Bible is DTS. Which is sort of weird because he only went there for a semester and was drunk before, during and after most classes. 

Landis was led to Jesus by Dr. Haney, and Jesus helped Landis with alcoholism and so many other issues. Landis lives in Dallas with his wife and two kids, but wishes he lived in Austin.


Worship Leader: Casey McPherson

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One of Austin’s most accomplished singer songwriters, he and his band Alpha Rev have toured extensively through the US and internationally. A recovering alcoholic and drug addict, Casey has a remarkable story of Christ’s intervention in his life through the music ministry of Riverbend Church. Casey is the worship leader at Riverbend for the Resonate service, lives in Austin, and is the proud father of two young girls.

Casey believes that God shows up when we get together to worship Him. So the band encourages the men to come with some expectation! He and his band will lead them in times of worship throughout the weekend, helping set the table for the men to encounter the living God, providing a platform to hear what He might say to them.


Scholarships

Scholarships are available for men who cannot afford to attend the Summit.

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ATX Student Weekend
Feb
15
to Feb 17

ATX Student Weekend

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FEB 15–17 | Home For Hope | All students

ATX Student Weekend is our annual winter retreat for ALL Middle School and High School students. Students will stay in host homes, participate in a service project, enjoy worship and dive deeper into God’s Word through talks and small groups.

For the third year, we are partnering with several churches around Austin to create something even bigger than before – and we are hosting it again! The plan is to pack the Home for Hope with 1000+ students for concert-like worship and a challenging message. Outside of that time, we will spend the weekend with our Riverbend Student Ministry family, focusing on building community through small groups in host homes and service projects with our mission partners around the city.

Registration is closed

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The Bridge: Single Mingle V-Day Celebration
Feb
12
5:30 PM17:30

The Bridge: Single Mingle V-Day Celebration

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FEB 12 | 5:30–8:30PM | Punch Bowl Social

Who says that the Valentine season has to be exclusively for couples? Singles can get in on all of the positive vibes too. So to celebrate, The Bridge at Riverbend would like to extend an invite to all you wonderful single people to hang out with us at Punchbowl Social, Tuesday FEB 12. Eat, drink, play games, maybe even sing some karaoke. It's simply a time to have fun and socialize.

Find out more information about Punch Bowl Social
FYI - Happy Hour ends at 6:30pm

For singles in their 30s - 40s

For more info, contact Pam Mears

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Daddy Daughter Dance 2019
Feb
8
6:00 PM18:00

Daddy Daughter Dance 2019

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FEB 8 | 6:00–9:00PM | Community Center

HEY DAD'S!!!!

We want to invite you to attend Riverbend's 7th annual Daddy Daughter Dance on February 8th from 6-9PM! 
This year’s theme is "Ties and Tiaras!" 
We will have plenty of activities to keep everyone entertained! 
So, don’t miss out on a very special night under the stars with your little girl! 

A couple of things to know: 

  • We will be serving salad with pasta and meat sauce to all attendees

  • Attire for the evening is coat and tie for the dad's and most of the girls will be in dresses

Cost is $50 per family (per household) 

Tickets sold out!

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Serve Fair
Feb
3
9:00 PM21:00

Serve Fair

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If you are interested in serving on-campus, this is a great opportunity for you to get connected. Join us on the Plaza after any of the three services on FEB 3

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Israel Trip
Jan
21
7:00 AM07:00

Israel Trip

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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:

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Winter Wonder Jam
Jan
20
to Jan 21

Winter Wonder Jam

  • Riverbend Church, Student Center (map)
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JAN 20–21 | 7:00PM | Riverbend, Student Center

We're kicking off the spring semester with an all-night party at the Student Center! Join us for games, inflatables, food, prizes, and so much winter fun!

7:00PM Sunday–9:00AM Monday

*For middle school and high school students

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Men's Breakfast
Jan
8
7:00 AM07:00

Men's Breakfast

  • Riverbend Church | Community Center #203 (map)
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JAN 8 | 7:00–8:00AM | Community Center #203

Join us on JAN 8 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!

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Grace Lab Bible Study
Jan
6
to Jan 20

Grace Lab Bible Study

  • Riverbend Church, Community Center #204 (map)
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JAN 6–20 | 11:00AM | Community Center #204

A new study starts in the Grace Lab on JAN 6!

New study: "What is the Bible?" by Rob Bell

Rob writes “some people see the Bible as an outdated book of primitive fairy tales”; while others view the Bible as the most important book we can ever read. This book provides insights and answers about how the Bible actually works as a source of faith and guidance. Class time will focus how the Bible actually does work giving insight to go deeper in reading, studying, and discussing this sacred text.

Join the group at 11:00AM on Sunday mornings in Room 204 as we seek new understandings of the Bible! Rev. Paulette Schwartz, Pastor of Care and Recovery teaches and facilitates discussions.

For more info, contact Paulette >



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Christmas Eve Service Times
Dec
24
2:30 PM14:30

Christmas Eve Service Times

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Enjoy Christmas Eve with us!

We invite you and your family to join us this Christmas Eve at Riverbend Church as we explore what it means to know the God who wants to be near us. All of our Christmas Eve services feature fantastic music by some of Austin’s most talented musicians, fun activities for kids, and we close each service by singing carols in candlelight. This is a service you and your family will not want to miss. We can’t wait to see you there!

Sunday, DEC 23

11:00AM
in the Home for Hope

Nursery and Children’s programs available for birth through 5th grade. 

Monday, DEC 24

2:30 | 4:00 | 6:00 | 7:30PM
in the Home for Hope

Children and infants are invited to join their parents at the services.

If Riverbend Church is the place you call home, we kindly ask that you consider attending either the DEC 23 11:00AM, or DEC 24 2:30PM / 7:30PM services.


We need your help: Christmas Eve serving opportunities

If you’ve been around Riverbend for a while, you know how much we value serving each other. Christmas Eve is a great opportunity to volunteer, even if it’s your first time! Would you consider serving at one (or more) of our Christmas Eve services?

For a full list of Christmas Eve serving opportunities, and to sign up:

Christmas Eve Services 

We’re in need of Golf Cart Drivers, Greeters, Ushers/Candle Handlers, Candy Cane Distributors, and individuals to help out in the Welcome Center at all 5 of our Christmas Eve services. Please plan to arrive 30 minutes before the service begins.

Candle Assembly - DEC 16 after 9:45 & 11:15AM Services

We need help assembling candles for our candlelight Christmas Eve services. Stop by after the 9:45 & 11:15AM services to join the fun! On west (Cedar St) side of the Plaza level in the Home for Hope.

If you have any questions about serving, or would like more info, please contact Patricia Roy >

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Hopefully Sow Stocking Stuffing
Dec
20
to Dec 23

Hopefully Sow Stocking Stuffing

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This Christmas season, Riverbenders will be joining Hopefully Sow in stuffing over 100 stockings for teens in the foster care system in Austin and then delivering them to the teens at two different Christmas parties: one party at The Settlement Home on December 20 and one party at Austin Children's Shelter on December 23.

STOCKING STUFFING PARTY
DEC 10 | 6:00–8:00PM | RIVERBEND, COMMUNITY CENTER #203

Thank you for all your help on DEC 10!

Sign up for the Stocking Delivery Parties

These parties are for foster teen girls, so all volunteers need to be female and 21 years of age or older.

DEC 20 | 5:00–7:30PM
The Settlement Home

DEC 23 | 3:30–5:00PM
Austin Children’s Shelter

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Riverbend Christmas Sing-Along & Tree Lighting
Dec
18
6:00 PM18:00

Riverbend Christmas Sing-Along & Tree Lighting

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Riverbend Christmas Sing-Along and Tree Lighting 

Fun on the plaza @ 6:00PM | Sing-along @ 7:30PM

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 and the 100-voice Riverbend Choir beginning at 7:30pm. 

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

Tickets are free, but required to reserve your seats

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Single-Parent Families Cookie Decorating Party
Dec
16
12:30 PM12:30

Single-Parent Families Cookie Decorating Party

  • Riverbend Church | Student Center (map)
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DEC 16 | After 11:15AM Service | Riverbend, Student Center

If you’re a single parent with kids, this is a fantastic opportunity for you to connect with other single-parent families here at Riverbend. You and your kids are invited to join us in the Student Center (Lower Level) after the Resonate service on DEC 16 to party with other single-parent families as we enjoy lunch together and have fun decorating a ton of cookies together.

This event is free, but we kindly ask that you sign up so that we know how much food and treats to provide.

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Angels Afoot Christmas Gift Drive & Toy Stores
Dec
15
to Dec 16

Angels Afoot Christmas Gift Drive & Toy Stores

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While Christmas is a joyous occasion for many of us, some in our community never get to experience it fully, especially little children. Our hope is that you would join us in our Gift Drive and Toy Stores to help provide a little joy to a lot of kids around Austin this Christmas.

NOVEMBER: Christmas Gift Drive

Throughout November | Pick up your tag after our Sunday services

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 for over 2,500 children across Austin including the Rundberg, Travis Heights, and East Austin areas.

HOW IT WORKS: COLLECTING TAGS, SORTING, & DELIVERING GIFTS

Select a tag (or several) before or after our Sunday morning services. Purchase a gift from the suggestions on the label, or an age-appropriate gift. Gifts should be new, not used, and should cost no more than $40, so that all children (some of whom may be in a group setting) will receive gifts of the same approximate value. Make sure to follow the instructions on the tags — some gifts are wrapped and others are not.

Return your gift(s) to the Home for Hope by 12:00PM, Sunday, NOV 25.

Click here to order gifts from Amazon and have them shipped directly to Riverbend >

For questions, or more info, email Krista Ross >

DECEMBER: Toy Stores

DEC 15 @ South Austin | DEC 16 @ East Austin

Our Toy Stores allow parents to purchase new gifts for their children at extremely low prices ($1, $3 and $5 each). For many of these parents, there is significant dignity in allowing them to pay for Christmas gifts for their children.

The Toy Stores are setup at the Proyecto Esperanza Neighborhood Development Center in East Austin, and Travis Heights Christian Outreach in South Austin.

The serving opportunities include: setting up the stores, assisting with shopping, gift wrapping the presents, parking lot directing, supervising inflatables, creating Christmas crafts with the neighborhood kids and serving food and drinks. Feel free to invite your friends and family. It's a great way to connect and serve in Austin this Christmas season!

Donate to Angels Afoot

We understand that this is a busy season. While we’d love for everyone to participate in Angels Afoot by purchasing gifts, and volunteering time, we know that’s just not feasible for everyone. However, you can still contribute to Angels Afoot through a charitable donation.

If you’d like to make a donation to Angels Afoot click here >

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Avenew Christmas Party
Dec
14
7:00 PM19:00

Avenew Christmas Party

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DEC 14 | 7:00–10:00PM | 1123 San Augustine Dr.

If you’re a 20-30 something who’s looking to connect with others your age, this is a great opportunity! Join us for Avenew’s Christmas Party as we enjoy some good Food, Fun, and Fellowship.

For more info about this event, contact Avenew.

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