Welcome

 

Welcome to Riverlawn Presbyterian Church, where we strive to: purge ourselves of pride by focusing on and glorifying God, teach the truth through fellowship & discipleship, demonstrate a life of love through service to others, and share the gospel of Jesus Christ with those in need. 

Our Mission

 

At Riverlawn Presbyterian we believe that we have a mission to both our local community as well as a global outreach. We want to provide a place where people can encounter Jesus Christ. Riverlawn feels called to minister to families and children in our community.  

Come worship with us.  November 21, 2021 at 10:30am for Christ the King Sunday.

This week Chris' sermon is “Jesus – Head Over All for the Church!” 

Ephesians 1:16-23

Have you heard of Riverlawn’s Living Into Our Vision initiative?  It’s a detailed plan including a 5-year vision, outlining our purpose as a church, and stating the goals we would need to accomplish as we live into our vision.  The entire Living into Our Vision plan can be viewed by clicking on the link above.

 

This plan will be carried out in 4 phases that will encourage us to grow spiritually by drawing close to Jesus and result in our desire to follow Jesus’ example and command to go out into the world with the good news of His love.  

 

Phase 1 introduces us to the practices of prayer and fasting.  As we pray and fast, we are seeking repentance, unity, and God’s will for Riverlawn.  One way this is expressed is by sharing in a church-wide time of prayer and fasting on the first Monday of each month.  

We know that God has called us to be a light in the darkness and to bring hope to the lost. Our prayer is that each person reading this letter will prayerfully consider what God is calling you to claim as your part of making this vision a reality.

Words of Inspiration for November 1, 2021
Pam Mullins reads
"A Short Biography of Our Lives"
written by Paul Mullins.

 
Revised Protocols for Worship

 ~ Here are a couple links to helpful resources:

 

https://www.desiringgod.org/articles/fasting-for-beginners (Fasting for beginners, informative and relatable for all)

 

https://www.desiringgod.org/articles/why-do-christians-fast (Why do Christians fast? Inward, Outward, Forward, Godward)

* New Reduced Protocols for Sanctuary Worship:

Effective June 29, 2021

1. Wearing a mask is recommended. However, children under twelve are to wear masks while indoors, and we ask adults serving in Jr. Church or the nursery to wear masks as a model for the children.

2. Physical distancing is recommended.

3. After-church fellowship will continue to occur outside for the time being.

A Word from our Pastor
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Cultivate Character to Sustain Growth

“Moses answered the people, ‘Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again. The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.’” – Exodus 14:13-14
 
Mark Batterson in Do It for a Day writes, “In 1987, a group of engineers, entrepreneurs, and earth scientists set out to build an artificial ecosystem in Oracle, Arizona. Biosphere 2 encompassed 3.14 acres, making it the largest closed system ever created. Designed as the ideal ecosystem for plant life to thrive, the climate-controlled environment included purified air, clean water, nutrient-rich soil, and natural light. Despite what seemed like perfect conditions, something curious kept happening. The trees that were planted would grow to a certain height, and then they would fall over. 

After some head-scratching, the scientists finally figured out what was missing. The biosphere lacked a critical component for growth. Care to venture a guess?  In their natural habitat, trees are buffeted by winds that blow every which way. Trees respond to that wind resistance by growing stronger bark and deeper roots. Without adversity, trees atrophy. Newsflash: humans do too!
 
One of the mistakes we make is this: we do everything within our power to create emotional and relational and spiritual biospheres. We avoid conflict. We mitigate risk. We minimize discomfort. We sidestep sacrifice. Then we wonder why people grow to a certain stature and stop. We wonder why leaders fall. We wonder why friendships experience a falling out. Like seeds planted in rocky soil, they lack the root systems to sustain growth.
 
When God delivered the Israelites out of Egypt, He didn’t take the shortcut to the promised land. He took the scenic route! Why? They weren’t ready. The goal of going after a God-sized dream isn’t simply accomplishing it. It’s who you become in the process—big dreams make big people! Don’t be so anxious to get out of difficult situations that you fail to get anything out of difficult situations. You’ve got to learn the lesson, cultivate the character, and curate the change.” (Batterson, Do It for a Day)
 
When you encounter an obstacle, any obstacle, think of it as resistance training. On days when you experience decision fatigue, God is building emotional fortitude. On days when you feel like throwing in the towel, God is preparing you for something bigger, something better. And, I might add, it’s those bad days that help us appreciate the good days!

 

                    Pastor Chris

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June/July 2021 News

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Riverlawn Presbyterian Church

has a gift for you!

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Riverlawn family and friends -

 

I’m excited to share that our church has access to an extensive video library called RightNow Media! 

 

It’s like the "Netflix of Video Bible Studies" and has a HUGE library of faith-based videos that you can access whenever and wherever you want—on your phone, tablet, computer, or on your TV at home. You will have FREE access to thousands of video resources to help you with parenting, marriage, discipleship and more. It includes content for all ages and stages of life, and all of your family members are invited to set up their own accounts as well.

 

Now, let’s create your account! There are two simple steps:

 

  1. Click on the "Get Started" button below to create your private account and start watching right away!

  2. Download the RightNow Media app for smart phone, tablet, Apple TV, Roku, or Amazon Fire TV. 

 

We hope you and your family enjoy this gift from all of us here at Riverlawn Presbyterian Church.

 

In the matchless love of our Savior,

Pastor Chris

 

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