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Parents, please see the RiverKids page
Helping the LTHC
Many of us have a deep sense that the world is not as it should be and most of us ache for a better world. The Good News is that Jesus came to restore the world and everything in it. One of the ways that Riverside proclaims this Good News of Jesus is by partnering with God to restore our community to the way God intended it to be. We go where brokenness is and work to restore our community spiritually, emotionally, physically, economically, and socially.
Our Community Outreach Ministry is how we work together to be the hands and feet of Jesus in Tippecanoe County.
Riverside currently partners with Habitat for Humanity, Lafayette Transitional Housing Center, Family Promise, Lafayette Urban Ministry, and many other Tippecanoe organizations to meet our community’s needs. We serve meals, collect and distribute food, help house homeless, give away Christmas gifts, mentor, teach job skills, host international students and generally meet needs as they arise. Riverside also has a benevolence fund that provides for the immediate financial needs of Riverside attendees and others within our local community.
You can learn more about the principles that guide Riverside’s Community Outreach here.
You can also find lots of volunteer opportunities in our community here.
Are you ready to help us meet the needs of our local community?
Email us at email@example.com. We need your help.
Family Promise has suspended all in-house volunteer involvement during this time. Our next scheduled week of service at Family Promise is during this suspension. You can still support them monetarily or by donating cleaning items like, but not limited to:
- anti-bacterial hand soap
- cleaning spray
- cleaning wipes
- kids school and craft items (nothing very big)
- non-perishable food items
Though they’re not accepting volunteers for the builds, they are welcoming and appreciative of all financial donations. You can help here.
A huge “thank you” to all who have contributed to the “LTHC Donations” box on the porch of the white house. It has been filled to capacity and overflowing TWICE now. Wow! LTHC is continually in need and appreciative of donations. If you have any questions, please contact Alivia Puterbaugh.
LTHC welcomes donations such as food, water, clothing, etc. but also welcomes financial contributions. If you wish to provide monetarily, please visit this link.
Thank you to all who have volunteered at LTHC with making and serving meal! Excitingly, the next two weeks are filled! If you would still like to volunteer, Lafayette Urban Ministry (LUM) is in need of individuals to cook and/or bring meals to them. May has many spots available to serve dinner. The meal times are from 8:00-10:30 PM. Please contact Meg Gustus for this. Serving size: 44 people
Prayer at Riverside
Riverside’s Prayer Ministry encourages us to be a people of prayer.
Because God calls each of us to devote ourselves to prayer (Col. 4:2), prayer is not as much a ministry as it is a movement. Therefore, prayer is the umbrella over all that happens with Riverside.
Riverside wants to be people of prayer. We desire to continually grow in worship and faith and believe prayer is crucial to spiritual maturity. Prayer is communication with God and is essential to relationship with Him, just as communication is in human to human relationships. Prayer includes listening to the Lord as well as communicating honestly with Him about everything in our hearts and lives.
We want conversation with God to be the foundation of everything we do as a church and as individuals, couples and families. Prayer is not a separate ministry but a movement within all the ministries of Riverside. Various prayer practices are offered during worship services, pod gatherings, RiverKids classes, meetings, retreats, etc. We aim to be attentive to the Lord’s voice and align our hearts with His.
We seek to cover every aspect of Riverside in prayer with the following prayer teams:
- Pastor’s Prayer Shield—daily personal prayer time for our pastor
- Congregational Prayer Team—daily personal prayer time for requests we receive
- Sunday Worship Prayer Warriors—weekly prayer during the worship services on Sundays at 9:00 or 10:45
We want you to join us!
If you are interested in helping the Prayer Movement, praying for others regularly, or simply have a prayer request, contact our Prayer Ministry at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know,” Jeremiah 33:3.
In recent days, as COVID-19 has been declared a global pandemic and countries have taken urgent measures to stem the spread of infection, I wish I could say that my first impulse has been to pray. It’s probably more honest to say that I’ve obsessively refreshed my feeds.
The crisis is urgent, and I feel powerless. But perhaps feeling small is the best reminder to pray. Prayer is how we actively practice believing, so simply, so confidently, that God has the whole world in his hands. It’s where we “let petitions and praises shape our worries into prayers, letting God know our concerns” (Phil. 4:6–7, The Message). Prayer is never the last resort of God’s people. It is our first point of action.
With that in mind, I’ve put together a list of 20 prayers to pray during this pandemic. Each one addresses the specific needs of a specific community. I’m fortunate to be a part of a church with many medical professionals, some of whom gave me advice on how best to pray for them at this time. I’ve included their responses here. I’ve also tried to think broadly about how the rest of us are impacted by the current crisis.
This list isn’t comprehensive, of course, but it’s a good place to start. My hope is that it can provide words for us as we pray collectively (if also virtually!) as a church body. We believe there is a God who bends his ear to listen, and so we pray:
- For the sick and infected: God, heal and help. Sustain bodies and spirits. Contain the spread of infection.
- For our vulnerable populations: God, protect our elderly and those suffering from chronic disease. Provide for the poor, especially the uninsured.
- For the young and the strong: God, give them the necessary caution to keep them from unwittingly spreading this disease. Inspire them to help.
- For our local, state, and federal governments: God, help our elected officials as they allocate the necessary resources for combatting this pandemic. Help them to provide more tests.
- For our scientific community, leading the charge to understand the disease and communicate its gravity: God, give them knowledge, wisdom, and a persuasive voice.
- For the media, committed to providing up-to-date information: God, help them to communicate with appropriate seriousness without causing panic.
- For consumers of media, looking to be well-informed: God, help us find the most helpful local information to equip us to be good neighbors. Keep us from anxiety and panic, and enable us to implement the recommended strategies, even at a cost to ourselves.
- For those with mental health challenges who feel isolated, anxious, and helpless: God, provide them every necessary support.
- For the homeless, unable to practice the protocols of social distancing in the shelter system: Protect them from disease, and provide isolation shelters in every city.
- For international travelers stuck in foreign countries: God, help them return home safely and quickly.surroundsurround
- For Christian missionaries throughout the world, especially in areas with high rates of infection: God, provide them with words of hope, and equip them to love and serve those around them.
- For workers in a variety of industries facing layoffs and financial hardship: God, keep them from panic, and inspire your church to generously support them.
- For families with young children at home for the foreseeable future: God, help mothers and fathers to partner together creatively for the care and flourishing of their children. For single mothers and fathers, grow their networks of support.
- For parents who cannot stay home from work but must find care for their children: God, present them with creative solutions.
- For those in need of regular therapies and treatments that must now be postponed: God, help them to stay patient and positive.
- For business leaders making difficult decisions that affect the lives of their employees: God, give these women and men wisdom, and help them to lead self-sacrificially.
- For pastors and church leaders faced with the challenges of social distancing: God, help them to creatively imagine how to pastor their congregants and love their cities well.
- For college and university students, whose courses of study are changing, whose placements are cancelled, whose graduation is uncertain: God, show them that while life is uncertain, their trust is in you.
- For Christians in every neighborhood, community, and city: May your Holy Spirit inspire us to pray, to give, to love, to serve, and to proclaim the gospel, that the name of Jesus Christ might be glorified around the world.
- For frontline health care workers, we thank you for their vocational call to serve us. We also pray:
- God, keep them safe and healthy. Keep their families safe and healthy.
- God, help them to be knowledgeable about the diagnosis and treatment of this disease, as well as the changing protocols.
- God, help them to stay clear-minded in the midst of the surrounding panic.
- God, deliver them from anxiety for their own loved ones (aging parents, children, spouses, roommates).
- God, give them compassion for every patient in their care.
- God, provide for them financially, especially if they fall ill and are unable to work.
- God, help Christians in health care to exhibit extraordinary peace, so that many would ask about the reason for their hope. Give them opportunities to proclaim the gospel.
God, we trust that you are good and do good. Teach us to be your faithful people in this time of global crisis. Help us to follow in the footsteps of our faithful shepherd, Jesus, who laid down his life for the sake of love. Glorify his name as you equip us with everything needed for doing your will. Amen.
Jen Pollock Michel is the author of Teach Us to Want, Keeping Place, and Surprised by Paradox. She lives with her husband and their five children in Toronto. This piece was adapted from her recent blog.
Giving to Riverside
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Riverside depends on and is grateful for, the consistent generosity of our people to support our mission and ministries. We seek to faithfully share and steward our financial resources to God’s glory and appreciate all who partner with us.
If you are interested in reviewing Riverside’s annual budget and understanding how we steward our financial resources, our budget is published in our Annual Report each year. You can also learn more about the biblical call for generosity through our loving and giving brochure and the Evangelical Covenant Church’s resolution on stewardship and generosity.
You have several options when giving to Riverside:
You can place a check or cash in the seed spreader by the sound booth on Sunday morning (Riverside does not pass offering plates during Sunday worship) or drop off a gift directly during office hours at the church office.
You (or your bank through Bill Pay) can send a check to our office through the mail to the address below:
Riverside Covenant Church
1850 Woodland Ave.
West Lafayette, IN 47906
*Our online giving system is limited to $5,000 per transaction to ensure minimal fees are incurred during your donation. If you would like to give more than that amount at once please contact our Office Manager to arrange a wire transfer or one of the first two options.
If you have any questions about your giving or need documentation related to your gifts, please contact Riverside’s Office Manager, Babby Porter, at the church office. The other Riverside Staff and Leadership Team do not have access to individual giving information.
If you have general questions about giving or questions about how your gifts are being utilized, please contact Riverside’s Treasurer, Kevin Jones.
This week we learn:
Loving others shows love to God.
God is love.
Jesus asked: “Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?” The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him."
Don't' forget the three questions:
- What did you hear/see in the story?
- What did you learn about God's Heart?
- How does this connect to you?
As a family come up with two specific people in your neighborhood or near you who you could show love to. Make a plan to show love with action. You can make cookies, cards, pull weeds, bring flowers, have a driveway party, etc. Share your plan and pictures of it's execution on facebook/or instagram with your Riverside family. It's not bragging, it is a way to encourage each other and spur one another on to love and good deeds.
This week we learn:
God wants us to be quick to listen.
God is patient.
My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry.
This week the activity is first. You will need a plate and spoon for each participant and toothpaste (one tube for each or you can share). Once you have these, click the video and do it together.
How to be a good listener:
Parents, we teach our kids how to listen through modeling. Watch this video with your kids and make an effort to show warmth, respect and empathy as you listen to them, and others this week. Practice with each other. YOU are teaching your children how to be Jesus followers.
They are watching. Now more than ever.
This week we learn:
God is doing something new.
God is personal.
But forget all that— it is nothing compared to what I am going to do. For I am about to do something new.
See, I have already begun! Do you not see it?
Keep building your paper chain. Your paper chain should tell the story of God's faithfulness in the life of your family. Parents, ask the Lord to bring to mind moments in your life where God really showed up for you. Big or small.
If you are able carve out some time with one of your kids and share with them a time of God's faithfulness in your own life.
This week do something you've never done before. God is doing a new thing. Eat a food you've never tried, try to learn a new skill (cartwheel, or learn a new song). Remind your family that God is always on the move! Doing new things, ask for eyes to see!
This week we learn:
God wants his children remember how he rescues them.
God is Ominiscient.
In days to come, when your son asks you, ‘What does this mean?’ say to him, ‘With a mighty hand the Lord brought us out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.
Make a paper chain with your family. Write about ways that God has come through for you. Parents share stories from your past about God rescuing you. Build your chain all summer long!
This week we learn:
God is with us in hard times.
God is Omnipresent.
Praise to the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego! He sent his angel to rescue his servants who trusted in him.
- What did you hear in the story?
- What did you learn about God's heart?
- How does this connect to you?
If you want to, act out the story with your family. You can have a narrator or you can just replay the video and act it out. Here is a link to a coloring page. Some of your kids love to color if you have a printer, print it out, after you color it you can cut it out and turn it into a puzzle.
This week we learn:
God always has a plan and we can trust Him.
God is Omnipresent.
This is what the Lord says: “When seventy years are completed for Babylon, I will come to you and fulfill my good promise to bring you back to this place.
Play Hide and Seek OR "Hot & Cold" (hide an item in the house and only one person can give Hot or cold clues to the guesser).
Gather around and discuss...
- Who was the best "hider"?
- What is the key to being a good "hider"?
- (Find a place you think no one will look or know about.)
- If you were playing "Hide and Seek" or "Hot and Cold" with God--who would win every time?
- (God) Why? (There's no place we can hide where God is not already there.)
- Who was the best "finder?"
- What is the key to being a good "finder?"
- If you played the "Hot and Cold" game: How did it feel when you weren't the "hider" or the "seeker" and you had to be quiet while the "seeker" was looking?
- Was it hard not to give hints?
- Was it frustrating watching the "seeker" get close to the object but still not see it?
- How do you think God might feel when He sees us looking for help, love, friendship or strength and He is right there ready to help, but we keep looking at the wrong things and don't see Him?
- Sometimes people want to play "hide and seek" with God. Why do you think a person would want to hide from God?
Bringing it to a close
The great thing about God is that He doesn't try to hide from us! He is EVERYWHERE all the time, and He wants us to find Him!
We can never escape the presence of God.
This week we're going to talk about the fact that God is EVERYWHERE, all the time. As you go about your day, talk to him, save a place for him at the table. God is already there, invite him to be a part of your day.
This week we learn:
Jesus died on the cross and came back to life 3 days later to save us from our sins!
Jesus is the Rescuer.
But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.
Hey families, Did you know that in many countries the week after Easter is called Bright Week? For a week families celebrate the Resurrection, school is cancelled and feasting goes on late into the evenings. Of course the celebrations are done in community. Can I tell you, in our culture, we kind of stink at Bright Week. We have Christmas pretty locked in, but so many times Easter is just a blip on the calendar and we move back into the business of spring. Let’s take advantage of this strange situation we find ourselves in and stop and celebrate the Risen Jesus! Let it go into the week. Here are some ways you might consider doing that.
Let some of the everyday rules slide. On Easter, Jesus turned the world upside-down, and by relaxing household rules we can give children a small taste of that. Maybe kids are allowed to eat anything they want, and watch as much TV as they want. This doesn’t happen at any other time of year, not even for birthdays, which makes it really exciting for them, and helps to make sure the sweets disappear quickly (how convenient!). This may not work with every family the same way, but the principle is to create an atmosphere of freedom and joy. Play together. Show grace to each other. Indulge… make cookies. Make a Bright Taco Tuesday Fiesta! Stay up later, sleep in longer. Be silly. Whatever your family loves.. Do it. Love outrageously.
Christ is Risen!
This week we learn:
Jesus came to Rescue us!
Jesus is the King of Kings!
They took palm branches and went out to meet him, shouting,” Hosanna!” “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”
“Blessed is the king of Israel!”
Watch this video and then ask your kids these three questions:
- What did you hear in the story?
- What did you learn about God’s heart?
- How does this connect to us?
Write the memory verse on squares of paper (or palm branches if you are feeling fancy). Play a concentration game. Make a set of cards. Have them take turns turning over the cards. They must turn the cards over in order to spell out the Bible verse. If a person turns a leaf over in the wrong order, the next person takes a turn turning over the cards.
Holy Week activities:
This week is Holy Week, the week leading up to Easter. In our story we heard that if God’s people would not praise Him the very rocks would cry out! Have you ever heard Rocks speak? Me neither.
Artist Patti Rokus has figured out how to make Rocks speak! She uses rocks to tell the story of Jesus.
Watch this video.
This week get outside and find some rocks. Use them to tell the story of Jesus.
You can write praises on them and put them on your dining room table.
This week we learn:
God knows what we need, we do not need to worry.
God is provider.
This I declare about the LORD: He alone is my refuge, my place of safety; He is my God and I trust Him. Psalm 91:2
This week you guys are gonna be the teachers! A lot of adults are really worried and stressed right now.
You can help them by showing them how to trust.
Sometimes grownups learn how to trust and obey God from watching kids!
You guys can show them how to follow Jesus.
Remember King David? He wrote a psalm (Psalm 91) about trusting God when we feel scared or worried.
Jesus also told people not to be scared or worried.
Watch the video called Don’t Worry. Where Jesus tells us how God is our provider.
He gives us everything we need.
Parents talk to your kids about things they might be worried about, fears they might have.
Then watch the Guided Prayer Video:
Parents: if your kids are struggling with fear and anxiety, consider checking out these resources.
This week we learn:
Jesus is stronger than Death.
Jesus is the Resurrection and the Life. John 11:1-44
“Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die.” John 11:25
- Print the Bible verse on a piece of long material in big letters. Wrap up a child with the material starting with the end of the verse. Get creative: toilet paper, an old sheet, fabric scraps, tape paper strips together, old school printer paper. Post online pics of what you are using.
- Hold the material at the beginning of the verse. Have the child turn in circles as you pull gently and back up to reveal the verse.
- Have your children say the words to the verse as the words are revealed. If you have room on your floor, you can place the material on the floor with the verse showing.
- Have a child lay down at the end of the verse and hold onto the end of the material and then roll towards the other end of the fabric to wrap himself up. Have someone hold the end of the fabric as the child unrolls revealing the verse. Have your children say the words to the verse as the words are revealed.
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As we get deeper into this, I encourage you to post to our facebook or instagram page your families interacting with the lesson as a source of encouragement to one another. As always, I am only a phone call, text, or email away. Please continue to reach out. Further up and further in. Megan Mills email@example.com 765-463-4600
How is Riverside’s Children’s Ministry structured?
We have two identical teaching times at 9:00 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. We use Dig-IN Bible Curriculum from Group! both services. RiverKids has free reign of the basement of our building. Come downstairs to find us!
What happens during RiverKids?
RiverKids is a fun, engaging, power packed discipleship time. Dig In Bible Curriculum, is exactly what it sounds like. Kids dig in to the Bible, using fun and exciting activities. These activities don’t just entertain, they teach important Biblical truths and help kids to retain and apply the things they are learning.
RiverKids is for children ages 3- 6th Grade
Children are checked-in and dropped off by a parent to the classroom, where their teacher is waiting to welcome them. Often there are fun activities already waiting for them. If you want to know more about it, check this out!
Once the service begins, all the classrooms join together to spend some time worshiping the Lord. During this time of worship, kids pray for each other. They learn and sing songs, and memorize scripture. This time ends with a short and often funny video to introduce the lesson for the week. After this, kids return to their age divided classrooms.
Once the children return to their classroom, they begin to dig in to the heart of the lesson. Teachers use a variety of games, object lessons and other activities to teach the Bible Story. RiverKids is not boring. It is engaging, lively, and occasionally a little loud. But don’t be fooled, real learning and real discipleship is happening.
Why Dig In?
One of the things we love about Dig In is every class is studying the same Bible passage and learning the same main Bible point. RiverKids desires to come alongside parents as they endeavor to be the primary source of discipleship in the lives of their children. We only see your kids briefly each week. When all your children are learning the same thing on Sunday it is easier to reinforce those lessons at home. Discipleship is more natural and a part of your whole family. The depth and details of the lesson are different depending on the age, but you can have a vibrant, full discussion with every child in your family. Dig In also offers a supplemental family take home sheet you can find at the bottom of this page. We also love Dig In because your children are DIGGING IN to their Bibles. Your children are learning how to navigate their Bibles and reading God’s Word for themselves. Have your children show you the Bible story they heard each week!
How do you keep children safe and secure?
Children are checked in electronically and given a name tag. Their name tags have a 3 digit number. Each parent will receive a matching tag with the corresponding number. When necessary, teachers will ask to see the matching parent sticker to ensure child safety. If we ever need a parent during the service, the family 3 digit number will appear on the small screen at the front left of the sanctuary. If you see your number, please come downstairs!
Each week you will notice an adult stationed at the entrance of the RiverKids hallway. This is our RiverGuide who helps new parents to check- in and makes sure all children are safe and secure .
In addition, all Children’s Discipleship Ministry volunteers must complete an application and adults complete a criminal background screening before teaching in RiverKids.
You are always welcome to visit any of our classrooms at any time to see how we are doing.
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