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Immerse: Sunday Worship Nights
6:00 PM18:00

Immerse: Sunday Worship Nights


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

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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VBS 2019
to Jun 7

VBS 2019


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.


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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Inside Riverbend
6:00 PM18:00

Inside Riverbend


Inside Riverbend Membership Dinner

MAY 16 | 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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Good Friday Services
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.

Our Good Friday service is a multi-sensory immersion that is almost impossible to put into words — you have to experience it for yourself. Following a reflective time of music and teaching, you’ll have the opportunity to go on an audio- guided prayer walk leading you through the events of Christ’s life, culminating in his death on the cross.

Tickets are free, but required to secure a seat. 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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2019 GPS Caregivers' Support Workshop
8:30 AM08:30

2019 GPS Caregivers' Support Workshop

  • Riverbend Church | Community Center (map)
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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:


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:

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Israel Trip
7:00 AM07:00

Israel 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:

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Christmas Eve Service Times
2:30 PM14:30

Christmas Eve Service Times


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

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

Riverbend Christmas Sing-Along & Tree Lighting


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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Angels Afoot Christmas Gift Drive & Toy Stores
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.


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
5:30 PM17:30

Community First Village of Lights


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.

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
to Nov 29

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. 


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 >


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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Imagine: Songs of Thanksgiving
9:45 AM09:45

Imagine: Songs of Thanksgiving


Imagine: Songs of Thanksgiving

Sunday, NOV 18 | 8:30AM (Chapel); 9:45AM; 11:15AM

What would it be like to live differently - without expected homogeny - and still love each other collectively and individually? Imagine if we could all be on different parts of our journey, and still be together. This Thanksgiving, let’s be grateful for the possibility to Imagine being different and the same.

Featuring hit songs by the Beatles blended with timeless worship anthems — this is a Sunday you don’t want to miss. Bring your family and friends along for the ride.

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Give Thanks with EANDC
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:

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Estate Planning Workshop
9:00 AM09:00

Estate Planning Workshop


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
6:30 PM18:30

Family Movie Night


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
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.


  • 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
6:00 PM18:00

Riverbend Hymn Sing


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
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

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

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Fall Kickoff Party
9:30 AM09:30

Fall Kickoff Party


AUG 26 | After each service | Church Grounds

Experience community at Riverbend by joining us for some food, live music, and games at our Fall Kickoff Party! It will take place on AUG 26 after each service (9:30AM-1:30PM). 

Fall Kickoff PDF >

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Global Leadership Summit
to Aug 10

Global Leadership Summit



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.


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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Family Day at Typhoon Texas Waterpark
10:30 AM10:30

Family Day at 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
Check out the website for more information on the attractions, dining options, park map and FAQ's.

Contact for questions

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Angels Afoot School Supply Drive
to Jul 15

Angels Afoot School Supply Drive


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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BEYOND Grace — Outreach & Missions
5:30 PM17:30

BEYOND Grace — Outreach & Missions


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)

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Chapel Wedding Open House
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
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. 


• 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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