2016_DECEMBER Happenings @ Riverside
The word Advent means “coming” or “arrival.” The focus of the entire season is the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ and the anticipation of his return. It is celebrating a truth about God, the revelation of God in Christ whereby all of creation might be reconciled to God. Advent begins four Sundays before Christmas.
Each Sunday, as you can also do at home, we light an Advent Candle:
- Sunday, November 27th the Hope Candle
- Sunday, December 4th the Love Candle
- Sunday, December 11th the Joy Candle
- Sunday, December 18th the Peace Candle
- Christmas Eve the Christ Candle
Flea Market (Rain or Shine)
Our Riverside Students Summer Mission Team will be sponsoring a Flea Market on Saturday, December 3rd from 7:00 AM until 2:00 PM in the Parking Lot. Spots are available for $20 cash (each spot is equal to two parking spaces). Come by the church office if you would like to purchase a space; spaces must be paid for in advance and are non-refundable.
International Missions Banquet
Our Annual International Missions Banquet will be held on Sunday, December 4th at 6:00 PM in the Fellowship Hall. Tickets are required for this event and had to be purchased by November 29th.
Married Couples Fellowship
We hope to see you at our December’s Couples Fellowship, on Saturday, December 10th, 2016, at 7:00 p.m. Please register by going to Eventbrite.com. This catered event will be free, but we must have your RSVP by Monday, December 5th. If you are inviting another couple, please register them separately. One registration per couple. If you need childcare, please contact Dawn LaBello at 305-595-0542 or by e-mail at email@example.com by December 5th. We hope you can join us to celebrate Jesus, the Light of the World!
Shepherds and Kings, a Dramatic Musical for Christmas
Join us Friday, December 16th and/or Saturday, December 17th at 7:00 PM in the Worship Center and Sunday, December 18th at 11:00 AM for a Dramatic Musical for Christmas. For many of us, Christmas is a time of joy and celebration, a time to be spent with family and friends, a festive, happy time. But for others, the same holiday season only serves to underscore the loneliness, pain, and hopelessness of their own lives. Shepherds and Kings proclaims a strong, vibrant message about the power of love—our love for one another, our love for God, and most importantly, God’s desire that ALL would come to know of His great love for us. Invite your family and friends. FREE!
Happy Birthday, Jesus!
Our children’s ministry will have a birthday party for Jesus on Sunday, December 18th from 9:30 until 10:45 AM in the Dock.
Christmas Holiday Office Schedule
The church office is closed for the holidays December 22nd-23rd; 26th-January 2nd.
Christmas Eve Service
Join us for our Christmas Eve Service on Saturday, December 24th at 6:00 PM. We will also be celebrating the Lord’s Supper and have baptisms.
Christmas Day Service
Join us for our Christmas Day Service on Sunday, December 25th at 11:00 AM. No worship service at 9:30 AM. No Connect Groups or childcare. Before our service, at 10:00 AM, join us for a continental breakfast.
Worship and Connect Group Information:
Join us for worship:
- Traditional Worship, 9:30 AM, Worship Center
- Contemporary Worship Service, 11:00 AM, Worship Center
- Spanish/Portuguese Worship Service, 11:00 AM, Fellowship Hall
Connect Groups for all ages at 9:30 and 11:00 AM.
Lord’s Supper: Saturday, December 24th. We celebrate the Lord’s Supper the first Sunday of every month. All who believe in Jesus are invited to join us at His table. However, during the month of December, we celebrate it at our Christmas Eve Service.
Sunday, December 18th: We will have ONE worship service due to our Christmas Cantata and Drama. All Connect Groups will meet at 9:30 AM only. No Connect Groups or childcare at 11:00 AM. Please make a note of this!
Baptisms: Sunday, December 24th. If interested in being baptized December 24th you will need to meet with Pastor Otto following one of our worship services on Sunday, December 18th. (Baptisms are held the 3rd Sunday of each month.)
Saturday, December 24th: Join us for our Christmas Eve Service at 6:00 PM in the Worship Center. We will also be celebrating the Lord’s Supper.
Sunday, December 25th: We will have ONE worship service due to Christmas. No Connect Groups at 9:30 or 11:00 AM and no childcare. Please make a note of this!
Weekly Events @ Riverside
Riverside Students Discipleship Class
(Students-6th-12th grade) meets Sundays 5:00 PM at the Warehouse. Students will not meet on Friday, December 23rd and 30th.
Moms in Prayer
meets Mondays (during the school year) @ 9:00 AM in the Brides/Prayer Room. Moms in Prayer will not meet on Monday, December 26th or January 2nd.
Enhanced Fitness Exercise Class
meets Monday, Wednesday & Friday @ 10:00 AM in Room 215. Classes are canceled Friday, December 23rd through Monday, January 2nd.
Heart and Hands Ministry
meets every Tuesday @ 10:00 AM in Room 204. We will not meet on Tuesday, December 20th, 27th or January 2nd due to the holiday.
Detention Center Ministry
meets every Wednesday @ 7:00 PM at the Detention Center
Young Adult Contemporary and Traditional Choir Rehearsals
meets every Wednesday from 7:00-9:00 PM in the Worship Center and Music Suite.
Church Prayer Meeting
meets every Wednesday @ 6:45 PM in the Fellowship Hall. We will not be meeting on Wednesday, December 28th due to the holiday.
No Strings Attached Puppet/Drama Ministry
meets every Wednesday @ 7:00 PM in Room 215. We will not be meeting on Wednesday, December 21st, 28th, and January 4th.
Riverside Young Adults
(High school graduates and those just beginning their career up to age 29) meets every Thursday @ 7:00 PM in the Warehouse (10250 SW 107 AVE).
Women’s Outreach Bible Study
meets every Friday @ 10:00 AM off campus
Riverside Park-Children in Action
(Children ages 3-5th grade) meets every Friday @ 7:00 PM in Room 215 (The Dock). Due to the holidays, we will not be meeting on Friday, December 16th, 23rd, 30th, and January 6th.
(6th-12th Graders) meets every Friday @ 7:00 PM in the Warehouse (10250 SW 107 AVE). Due to the holidays, we will not be meeting on Friday, December 16th, 23rd, 30th, and January 6th.
Spanish/Portuguese Prayer Meeting
meets every Saturday @ 7:00 AM in the Fellowship Hall
Monthly Events @ Riverside
Church Prayer Ministry Potluck Dinner, Wednesday, December 7th, 6:00-6:45 PM, Fellowship Hall. (This ministry invites all who would like to join them each week for prayer. The first Wednesday of each month we start our prayer time with a potluck dinner. Grab some food to share and join us as we fellowship before our prayer time.)
Lord’s Supper, Saturday, December 24th. (We celebrate the Lord’s Supper the first Sunday of every month.)
International Seafarers Ministry Outreach, Saturday, December 10th, 9:00 AM @ the Port of Miami (This outreach event is held the second Saturday of every month.)
Married Couples Ministry Fellowship, Saturday, December 10th, 7:00 PM in the Fellowship Hall (This fellowship, for all Married and Engaged Couples, is usually held the second Saturday of every month. )
Rebound Outreach Ministry meets the second and fourth Monday of each month @ 7:00 PM in Room 204. This month we will only meet on December 12th due to the holidays.
Stephen Ministry Supervision Meeting, Tuesday, December 13th in the Volunteer Room. (This meeting for our Stephen Ministry Leaders is held the third Tuesday of each month.)
Spanish/Portuguese Volunteer Meeting, Saturday, December 17th, 7:00 PM in the Fellowship Hall. (This meeting is held the third Saturday of every month.)
Important Dates to Remember!
- December 3rd: Riverside Students Sponsored Flea Market, 7:00 AM-2:00 PM, Parking Lot
- December 4th: International Missions Banquet, 6:00 PM, Fellowship Hall
- December 10th: Riverside Students Flea Market, 7:00 AM-2:00 PM, Parking Lot
- December 11th: Kids at Heart Luncheon Meeting, 12:45 PM, Room 217
- December 16th and 17th: “Shepherds and Kings,” 7:00 PM, Worship Center, FREE
- December 18th: Birthday Party for Jesus, Children’s Ministry, 9:30 AM, The Dock (Room 215)
- December 18th: “Shepherds and Kings,” 11:00 AM, Worship Center, FREE
- December 20th: CDC Christmas Program, 6:00 PM, Worship Center
- December 22nd and 23rd: Church Office closed
- December 23rd: CDC Early Release Day
- December 24th: Christmas Eve Service, 6:00 PM, Worship Center
- December 25th: Continental Breakfast, 10:00 AM
- December 25th: ONE Worship Service 11:00 AM; No Connect Groups or Childcare
- December 26th-December 30th: Church Closed
- December 31st: Spanish & Portuguese Watch Night Service, 10:00 PM, Fellowship Hall