Join us Friday, April 19th, for a Good Friday Gathering. Come, reflect, and remember that monumental day 2000 years ago through readings, music, and prayer. The experience will start at 7 PM and will go for an hour. Please use judgment when bringing young children, as childcare will not be provided and some images may be graphic and unsettling. You can also stream this event through Facebook live or on the Riverbend app.
Come celebrate our risen SAVIOR at Riverbend! We will have 2 gatherings on Easter at 9:00 & 10:30am. Emilee Chambers Photography will be offering free family & friends photos before each service.
Here’s how you can help people encounter and experience Jesus this Easter at Riverbend - PRAY that people would experience the extravagant love of Jesus; SERVE on a ministry team (Foundations children’s ministry, set up/tear down team, greeting/hospitality team); INVITE your friends and family to join you! We can’t wait to celebrate with you!!!!!!!
Bring a friend and join us Saturday, May 11th from 1:00-5:00pm at Riverbend for some afternoon board games, fun, and fellowship. Bring your favorite games or learn some new ones. We are planning to provide childcare, so please be sure to sign up and register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/afternoon-board-games-may-11th-tickets-59699013356 so we know how many children we can expect. There’s also a Faceboook group set up to coordinate game events, so be sure to request to join the group - https://www.facebook.com/groups/279588326087049/.
Please contact Bob Albright with any questions - firstname.lastname@example.org
PARENTS NIGHT OUT
FRIDAY, APRIL 12, 6-9 PM
Hey Parents - SAVE THE DATE! Riverbend will be hosting a Parents Night Out on Friday, April 12th, from 6:00 - 9:00 pm. Parents bring your kids to Riverbend for an evening of FREE child care where your kids will have blast with their friends in a safe environment while you go have a fun night out! More details to come, but for more information, please contact Nicole DeSelm at email@example.com.
Kids grades K-5 are invited to a Good News Club on Tuesdays in April from 6:00-7:15 pm at Ironton Elementary School in the Cafeteria. Good News Club is an exciting, fun-filled hour that includes: games, dynamic bible lessons, creative learning activities, snacks and prizes, and scripture memory. The Good News Club is hosted and conducted by CEF of the Greater Lehigh Valley and is neither sponsored or endorsed by Parkland School District.
LEHIGH VALLEY CRU VISION DINNER
FRIDAY, MARCH 29, 2019
THE STEEL CLUB, HELLERTOWN, PA
Riverbend is proud to continue to partner with Cru, a college ministry winning the hearts and minds of students for Jesus! They will be holding their annual Lehigh Valley Vision Dinner on Friday, March 29th, 2019 at The Steel Club in Hellertown, PA - and YOU are invited!
To sign up, go to: https://www.cruvisiondinners.org/lehighvalley. Fill out your info and select “Riverbend Community Church” as your event host.
This dinner will celebrate God’s work through Cru, share where God is taking Cru’s ministry, and invite our local community to participate through prayer and financial partnership to further reach students and faculty for Christ. We hope to see you there!
Riverbend is hosting a Marriage Retreat facilitated by Tom & Bethann Miller at Schooley’s Mountain Retreat in New Jersey on March 15th -16th that will discuss “Connection - the Beauty and Struggle to Find It.”
Total cost per couple is $230.00. To hold your spot, Kyle Lara will be collecting a $30.00 deposit by Feb 1, 2019. Please contact her at KyleLara1231@gmail.com
LIVING FIT: HOW TO PURSUE A HEALTHY YOU
It’s a new year, which usually means New Year’s resolutions. We usually start off strong but have a hard time sticking to our goals. How can we persevere and experience health: spiritually, physically, relationally, financially, mentally, and emotionally? Join us starting January 6th where we throw out quick fixes and instead fix our eyes on Jesus, who will show us the way to holistic health.
Allentown Night To Shine - Friday, February 8th 2019
Night to Shine is an unforgettable prom experience, centered around God's love for those with special needs (ages 14 and older). To ensure this event runs smoothly, we are looking for volunteers to serve in different areas that night. SIGN UP TODAY AT www.riverbendonline.org/ntsvolunteer
Any further questions? contact Monica Tramontina through email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Ladies, you are invited to a time of food and fellowship on Saturday, February 2nd from 11:00 am - 1:00 pm in the cafe. Amy Velarde will be sharing about “The Treasures Found Through Trials.” Please bring a dish to share. We look forward to gathering with you in the new year.
Please contact Kyle Lara at email@example.com with any questions.
Sunday, January 20 after the Gathering
Please join us Sunday, January 20th immediately following the gathering if you volunteer in Foundations (Riverbend’s kids ministry) or are interested in learning more about serving in this area. For more information please contact Nicole DeSelm at firstname.lastname@example.org.
On Sunday, January 13th we will be holding a Child Dedication at our Sunday gathering. Child dedication is an opportunity for parents to commit themselves to raising their child or children in the ways of the Lord. Through their example, these young children will get a clearer picture of who Jesus is.
If you would like to sign up, please fill out our child dedication form online at riverbendonline.org/childdedication
It’s a new year, which usually means New Year’s resolutions. Maybe you’ve heard the phrase, “A new you in the New Year!” We usually start off strong but have a hard time sticking to our goals. How can we persevere and experience health: spiritually, physically, relationally, financially, mentally, and emotionally? Join us starting January 6th where we throw out quick fixes and instead fix our eyes on Jesus, who will show us the way to holistic health.
Christmas Celebration Gatherings
December 23rd at 9:00 and 10:30 AM
We love doing life together at Riverbend—and Christmas is no exception. Join us for a warm celebration this Christmas! We will be holding two gatherings on Sunday, December 23rd at 9:00 and 10:30AM. We hope to see you there!
And because Christmas is not just about celebrating but also welcoming friends and family, we are also looking for volunteers who are willing to serve in our kids area (Foundations) and also greeters. With two services, you have the opportunity to serve at one service and attend the other. If you are interested in serving, please contact Nicole DeSelm at email@example.com. Thank you!
COMMUNITY GROUP LUNCH
Sunday, December 16th (Directly after the gathering)
If you are currently leading or community group or are interested in leading, we invite you to join us for a community group lunch that will be held on Sunday December 16th after the gathering. This will serve as a time of encouragement and collaboration for Riverbend's community in the coming year!
For those able to attend, contact Pastor Travis through email at firstname.lastname@example.org
For all the ladies, come and satisfy your sweet-tooth at a cookie exchange to be held at the Coates residence in Orefield on Saturday, December 15th at 2 PM.
To sign up, RSVP with Laura Coates through email at email@example.com
RIPPLE SERVICE OPPORTUNITY - December 2nd (3:30 - 6:30 PM)
There is also an opportunity to serve after the gathering on December 2nd! RIPPLE will be looking for volunteers to cook, serve and connection with those less fortunate within the city of Allentown from 3:30 - 6:30 PM.
If you are interested in this opportunity please contact Krystah-Jo by through email firstname.lastname@example.org
SPONSOR A CHILD THROUGH NEW MISSIONS
Through Sunday December 9th, Riverbend will be partnering with New Missions to help children in need from Hispaniola. Look for the New Missions display in the hallway across from the entrance.
CLICK HERE to find out more about New Missions heart and vision.
BAPTISM - November 18th (During the gathering)
On Sunday, November 18th we will be holding our next Baptism Gathering - If you're a follower of Jesus and haven't taken the step of baptism we want to invite you to do so.
Please fill out an online application at riverbendonline.org/baptism and we will follow up with you about next steps!!
BLANKET MAKING PARTY!!!
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 11TH (after the gathering)
For those who can tie a knot, we will be holding a blanket making party for our at-risk neighbors in our community this winter. Feel free to invite your friends, family, community group - and bring your children! Lunch is also provided!!
Please RSVP with Margo Cottone through email at email@example.com so we can properly anticipate food needs.
Men's Fall Back Flag Football
For all the men, Join us for our 3rd annual Fall Back Flag Football on Sunday, November 4. After getting an extra hour of sleep, because of the time change, you'll be supercharged with energy. Burn it off with us at Hanover Township Municipal Park (3660 Jacksonville Rd) from 2:30pm-4:00pm.
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org
In honor of our current teaching series "generous living", Riverbend's Lead Pastor Joseph Velarde has a short invitation for our church regarding tangible ways they can continue to support the work God is doing within our community through a "Generous Living Offering"! We give from a place of cheerfulness and not compulsion... As you pray through what this offering means for you, we want to let you know that this offering will further enable Riverbend in the areas of local outreach, mobilization of benevolence and care for our community's growing needs as well as aid in the support of new staffing positions and environment expansion.
To learn more about how to give go to riverbendonline.org/give
TRAUMA CARE TRAINING
Thu, Oct 25 - Fri, Oct 26
Liebenzell USA and Tom and Bethann Miller from Safe Place Ministries are excited to invite you to a two day Trauma Care Training in New Jersey.
This training will benefit anyone who serves individuals in high need situations by giving a biblical perspective on Trauma and it's effects, Methods of intervention and care, and the effects of compassion fatigue on a caregiver.
Be sure to REGISTER HERE early to reserve your position!
Join Us In Celebrating With The Vine Church For Their 2nd Anniversary!
There will be FREE icecream, snow cones, and popcorn! Children can carve pumpkins and play games. There will also be face painting and music! A photo booth will be provided by Peach Kissed Photography, which will raffle off a free hour photo shoot.
Rain or Shine! Hope to see you there!
How would you describe the people who have greatly influenced you? What about them has made a lasting personal impact? In many different ways, positive and lasting influence is marked by generosity and genuine care for others. Join us as we journey through the book of James to learn how to live generously and make a difference in our world.
RIPPLE SERVICE OPPORTUNITY
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 7TH (3:30 - 6:30 PM)
There is also an opportunity to serve after the gathering on August, 5th! RIPPLE will be looking for volunteers to cook, serve and connection with those less fortunate within the city of Allentown from 3:30 - 6:30 PM.
*The meeting location has changed to Saint Stephens Outreach Center located at 1421 West Turner St in Allentown.
If you are interested in this opportunity please contact Krystah-Jo Finn through email at email@example.com
WINTER CLOTHING DONATIONS
ACCEPTED THROUGHOUT SEPTEMBER / OCTOBER
Accepted donations: New or gently worn winter coats, gloves, hats, scarves, socks, blankets, small toiletry items as well as monetary donations for blanket making supplies.
Drop any items in the "Overflow" Room (the room right past Riverbend's gathering space)
Blankets and Clothing Donations will benefit New Bethany Ministries in Bethlehem and Project Keep Warm in Allentown
SAFE PLACE MINISTRIES - CARE TRAINING
SUPPORT RAISING THROUGH OCTOBER 31
In early spring 2019, Tom and Bethann Miller of Safe Place Ministries are looking to facilitate a trauma / care training for 60+ pastors and community leaders at Spicy Grove Youth Center in Jamaica. The expense for this missions is $5000. Throughout the months of September and October, Riverbend will be support raising online at riverbendonline.org/safeplace
Fore more information contact Bethann Miller through email at firstname.lastname@example.org