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Immerse: Sunday Worship Nights
Jul
7
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?

1st 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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Coffee with a Pastor
Jul
14
10:45 AM10:45

Coffee with a Pastor

  • Riverbend Church | Community Center #207 (map)
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Do you have questions about faith that you’ve never felt able to ask in Church?

2nd Sunday of the Month | Immediately following the 9:45 & 11:15AM Services | Welcome Center in the Home for Hope

Exploring your faith and spirituality can be really confusing sometimes. There are A LOT of conflicting voices in the world that try to tell us what we should believe about God, or what Christians are all about. Between the cacophony of opinions and the social/political/cultural taboos that surround us — it’s really easy to have questions about faith that you might not feel comfortable or empowered to ask.

At Coffee With A Pastor, we invite you to come to a safe, judgment-free setting and ask our team of pastors any questions you have about God, faith, and what it means to identify as a Christian. We mean it — you can literally ask us anything. We believe that God is big enough, and gracious enough, to meet us wherever we are at on our journey.

Join us the 2nd Sunday of the month following the 9:45 & 11:15AM services and ask us anything.

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Inside Riverbend
Sep
12
6:00 PM18:00

Inside Riverbend

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Inside Riverbend Membership Dinner

SEP 12 | 6:00-8:00PM | Community Center

The Inside Riverbend Membership Dinner 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, please register your child when you sign up.

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

What to expect

  • 6:00PM to sign in and meet in the Community Center 

  • 6:30PM Dinner/Meeting begins in the Community Center

  • 8:00PM Finished

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

Angels Afoot Christmas Gift Drive & Toy Stores

Angels Afoot

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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Community First Village of Lights
Nov
30
5:30 PM17:30

Community First Village of Lights

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NOV 30 | 5:30 - 9:00PM | Community First! Village

Join Riverbend's Missionaries, Mike & Linda Sculley, as they show off their home-away-from-home, Community First Village.  With more than 200,000 lights choreographed to holiday music, the Community First! Village of Lights is one of the biggest Christmas light displays in Central Texas. 

Be sure to include a stop at the Advent Market to shop for unique, handcrafted gifts made by formerly homeless crafstmen and artisans who live at the Village. Your purchase of gifts and concessions during the event will help our Community First! Village neighbors earn a dignified income.

Located:
Community First! Village
9301 Hog Eye Road
Austin, TX 78724

Schedule of Events:
5:30PM - Cookies & Hot Chocolate at the Riverbend Outpost - Advent Market and Concessions Open
6:00PM - Lights on!
7:00PM - The Polar Express Movie at the Community Cinema

Bring your friends, family and neighbors.  This is a free event!

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Inside God's Design Classes
Nov
18
to Nov 29

Inside God's Design Classes

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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.

Sign up for Spiritual Gifts Class >

OUR FAITH

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?

Sign up for Our Faith Class >

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Give Thanks with EANDC
Nov
10
5:30 PM17:30

Give Thanks with EANDC

  • 7000 Cameron Road Austin, TX, 78752 United States (map)
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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: ndc@riverbend.com

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Estate Planning Workshop
Nov
10
9:00 AM09:00

Estate Planning Workshop

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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. 

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Family Movie Night
Nov
9
6:30 PM18:30

Family Movie Night

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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 Pam Mears.

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Riverfest Fall Festival
Oct
27
5:30 PM17:30

Riverfest Fall Festival

OCT 27 | 5:30-8:00PM | Church Grounds

Cost: $5/per person (kids under 1 are FREE!)
Chick-Fil-A will be available for purchase.

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.

If you’d like to donate cookies/cupcakes for the Cake Walk, please use the volunteer button below to contact our Event Coordinator, DeDe Kellicker.

For more information, send a message to our Children’s Pastor, Todd Mears.

To sign up to volunteer, send a message to our Event Coordinator, DeDe Kellicker.


Activities:

  • Inflatables

  • Justice league 3D

  • Wacky Combo (bounce house/slide/hoops/etc)

  • 40ft obstical

  • Connect 4

  • Alien invasion

  • Eliminator

  • Bball 2 man

  • Fball 2 man

  • Archery

  • Hay Ride

  • 2 Face Painters

  • 2 Balloon Artist

  • 1 Glitter Tattoo Artist

  • 1 Character Drawer

  • 1 Cotton Candy Station

  • Kona Ice (3 locations)

  • Sprit 105.9

  • Photo Booth

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Riverbend Hymn Sing
Sep
30
6:00 PM18:00

Riverbend Hymn Sing

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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.

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Unlocking Social Security
Sep
9
12:30 PM12:30

Unlocking Social Security

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

Learn
How to maximize your benefits during retirement.

Overcome
Some of the most common myths about Social Security

Discover
Your optimal time for receiving benefits

*This workshop is free of charge
*Child care are provided

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Global Leadership Summit
Aug
9
to Aug 10

Global Leadership Summit

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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. 

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Angels Afoot School Supply Drive
Jul
1
to Jul 15

Angels Afoot School Supply Drive

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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

July 1
July 8
July 15

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!
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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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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
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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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