Friday, March 27, 2020
Our Women’s Divorce Care group has set up a Zoom call for April 6. If you are interested in attending, please reach out to Linda at [email protected]
Additional cancelled events:
- April 7 & 21 – Men’s Divorce Care
Monday, March 23, 2020
This morning Governor Whitmer issued a Stay Home Stay Safe order that goes into effect at midnight. For a lot of us, this introduces more uncertainty and anxiety to an already shaky season. Social distancing, working from home, instant home-schooling, and just attempting to maintain some sense of rhythm and normalcy have seemingly overtaken our lives.
As Pastor James reminded us this week, we can endure the anxiety and weariness of life with Jesus as our focus and our foundation. Our very real uncertainties and questions don’t go away, but our security in Christ gives us hope to endure. Down through history, church communities have faced hardships and seasons of unpredictability, but have remained steadfast in their faith in Christ. As a church family, we can find comfort knowing that we stand in a long line of Christ-followers running to Him when life grows shaky.
We will not stop gathering as a church family, but that gathering is going to look different in the coming weeks. Our weekend services will change from the format we’ve used these past two weeks, but we will continue to meet online, each Sunday morning at 10:00am. You can join the Riv family at rivchurch.com/stream for these Sunday morning gatherings.
These last two weeks have been a whirlwind for us all, but we have a foundation in Christ that is unshakeable, and in Him we will endure. Continue to read the Word. Seek out digital opportunities to connect with your family, your friends, and your Life Group. Remember the truths of who you are in Christ. We will stay home and stay safe, but we will not stop living in community. Turn to God with your fears and anxieties; He is in control and He is our source of hope.
Let’s pray for our churches, our community, our healthcare services, and our world as we continue walking forward in God’s strength.
Friday, March 20, 2020
Hey Riv fam, this past week has been quite an experience for all of us. It seems as though each day brings its own new development and recommendation for collectively combatting the pandemic that we’re facing. Yet with each morning we can also remember that we have a God who isn’t distant but brings us hope and a solid foundation on which to place our lives.
At this point in time, we as a church are going to continue with our online weekend services through April 5, in accordance with the guidelines of our governing officials. Join us on Sunday mornings at 10:00am for an online service at rivchurch.com/stream.
In this season of social distancing and disrupted lives, we want to encourage you to engage with your community, seek out opportunities to serve one another, reach out to your Life Group, and most importantly remember your faith in Jesus and the truth of His Word. He will sustain us and it is through Him that we experience life.
We will continue to post updates at rivchurch.com/news as the coronavirus situation progresses around us. We’re continuing in prayer for you, our church family, and trusting that God will use all of this to reach more people with the liberating power of the Gospel.
Additional cancelled events:
- April 2 – MOPS
Friday, March 13, 2020
In light of our Governors’s statement this afternoon, our in-person weekend services on March 21 & 22, 2020 are cancelled. We will continue to honor the ban on large-group gatherings until the ban is lifted. Sunday, March 22 at 10:00am you can again join us for an online service at rivchurch.com/stream.
Additional cancelled events:
- March 16 – Marriage Enrichment Class
- March 16 – Women’s Divorce Recovery
- March 17 – Men’s Divorce Recovery
Thursday, March 12, 2020
In light of the recent progression of COVID-19 and our Governor’s encouragement to cancel large group gatherings over 100 people, our leadership team at Riv has decided to cancel all in-person Riverview weekend church services at all our venues for March 14 & 15, 2020.
As a church family, we want to ensure the promotion of the health and well-being of our community by taking an active posture to help prevent the spread of this virus. While this necessitates the cancelling of our worship gatherings, we’ll be offering an online service for this weekend.
Sunday, March 15 at 10:00am, you can join our church family by streaming a full service at rivchurch.com/stream that will remain available for on-demand viewing after the fact.
As of Thursday, March 12 we are cancelling services for this weekend only, with future services to be evaluated as conditions develop in the coming weeks. Stream our Sunday service this weekend, March 15 at 10am at rivchurch.com/stream.
Other Riverview events being cancelled include:
- March 15 – Chaos
- March 13 – AMP Movie Night
- March 14 – Merge Game Night
- March 15 – Life Group Equip
- March 18 – Element
- March 18 – MSU Community Night
- March 19 – MOPS
- March 20 – Prayer Night
With the unknown nature of this virus we want to encourage you to remain in prayer for our community, our medical response teams, and our governing officials as they actively respond to this situation. Let us consider how we might love our city by caring for those in need and responding with wisdom and discernment.
– Riverview Church Leadership
A large part of our ministry at Riv is the gathering of Life Groups throughout the week. We’re encouraging these groups to use wisdom and discretion in deciding whether or not to meet at this time. Groups that are comfortable meeting in person are welcome to continue gathering, while those not comfortable are encouraged to meet using virtual methods such as FaceTime, Google Hangouts, Skype, or any other digital platform. Regardless of the format, we are encouraging you to continue in community with your Life Group in accordance with the exhortation from Hebrews 10:25, which says we should “not neglect to gather together.”