What Should i expect?

SERVICE

Our service at 9:00 a.m. includes singing and Bible teaching. Our singing is an act of worship to God; feel free to sit, stand, or dance. This is followed by a practical 15-20 minute message that is life-giving. Due to the current Covid restriction, you must sign up ahead of time so that we can reserve a seat for you. As of right now, we can only allow 44 per service. Use this link to sign up. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040448AEAC2EA5F94-sunday


ATTIRE

You'll see everything from jeans to suits. River Church is for everyone!


KIDS (Currently we are not offering River Kids)

If you have children (from birth to 6th grade), they can participate in our fun and safe Children's Ministry during the service.


COFFEE (Currently we are not offering our coffee bar)

Enjoy a cup of coffee or tea in our family room. Come early or stay late to enjoy fellowship with others.




mission

Love God. Love People. Make Followers of Jesus.

process

Our three-step process is designed to help people navigate the stages of spiritual growth.

At River Church, people are transformed as they experience and contribute to three dynamic steps of discipleship. 

  • GATHER

    IN WORSHIP

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  • Grow

    in Relationship

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  • Go

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Staff

  • Kenneth Elsner, worship & Creative Arts pastor

    kcelsner@gmail.com


     

  • Renee post, Children's Ministry Director

    rpost@RIVERCHURCHMOVEMENT.ORG


  • Caroline Gazvoda, Lead pastor assistant



core values

Empowered by the Holy Spirit, these core values bring clarity to the things that matter most at River Church. They guide how we achieve our vision, influencing major leadership decisions, as well as everyday ministry plans. They even help us navigate staffing and budget issues. In short, they keep us focused on the unique call God has given us as a local church.


WORSHIP

Worship is a lifestyle, not just a church service!


SPIRITUAL GROWTH

Discipleship is to become more like Jesus.


APPLICATION OF SCRIPTURE

Teaching is for encouragement, challenge and life change.


LIFE GROUPS

We need to grow larger and smaller at the same time.


SERVICE

There is a place for everyone to volunteer on a ministry team.


RELEVANCE

We change methods, but never the message.


FAMILIES

While all families are different, all families can be spiritually strengthened. 


POOR

the poor matter to God, so they matter to us.


HOSPITALITY

We are a family expecting guests. 


INVEST AND INVITE

Every person matters to God. 

Our beliefs

THE BIBLE

The Bible is God's word to all people. It was written by human authors under supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living. Because it is inspired by God, it is truth without any mixture of error.

 

GOD

God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He has externally existed in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and are one God, called the "Trinity". 

 

JESUS CHRIST

Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is co-equal with the Father. Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all men by dying on a cross. He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended into Heaven's glory and will return again to earth to reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. 

 

THE HOLY SPIRIT

The Holy Spirit is equal with the Father and the Son as God. He is present in the world to make men aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation. He provides Christians with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. Christians seek to live under his control daily. 

 

HUMANS

Man and Woman are made in the spiritual image of God, to be like him in character. He is the supreme object of God's creation. Although man and woman have tremendous potential for good, they are marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God called "sin". This attitude separates humans from God. 

 

SALVATION

Salvation is a gift from God to man. Man can never make up for his sin by self-improvement or good works. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ, as God's offer of forgiveness can man be saved from sin's penalty. Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into his life by faith. 

 

ETERNITY

Man was created to exist forever. He will either exist eternally separated from God by sin, or in union with God, through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from God places a person in Hell. To be eternally in union with Him is eternal life in a place called Heaven. Heaven and Hell are real places of eternal existence forever.

 

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