September 28 – October 5

Family Focus seriesMessage: This Sabbath we conclude our “Family Focus” series with the best way to multiply your influence yet! Ultimately, it’s about multiplying God’s influence in this world through our lives.  And our children are arrows, let’s shoot them straight!

 Things Happening: Speaking of Children, have you seen our MOPS sign up in front of the church? Remember that Mothers of Preschoolers are invited to meet every first Wednesday of each month from 10am-noon. I don’t need to tell you that these moms share a special camaraderie!

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We also had a great time at the barn party this past Saturday evening. Wish I had more pictures but a great time was had by all. A big thank you to Art and Diana Roth for opening up their place!

Every week I love hanging and playing soccer with these young people!20181003_185244

Finally this past Sunday was a work bee. Again, I wish I had more pictures. So many people came out to help improve our church facility. A LOT of work was done. A big thank you to all who came out in support. Here is the only picture I have of the event (which was used to send to Dollie Montgomery so she could acquire additional supplies!)20180930_102711

September 21-28

Family Focus seriesMessage: Join us this Sabbath as we continue our focus on the family. So far, we’ve agreed that

“A well-ordered Christian household is a powerful argument in favor of Christianity.”

Love should be revealed in every Christian home. It should show itself in thoughtful kindness, gentleness, and unselfish courtesy.”

“ …He who lives Christianity in the home will be a bright and shining light everywhere. … They would indeed be the ‘light of the world.’”

This Sabbath we will look at a way that God wants our families to grow and we will talk about what we can do to be good stewards of that responsibility.

Things happening: Thanks to all who joined us at the OAKS for NE TN CAMP MEETING. It was a great experience as always.

Also, a big thank you to all who came out to support Beth Shelton at her baby shower. We are excited for baby Sylvia soon to be born!

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It’s been a good week down by the riverside…

September 1-21

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Message: We started a new Family Focus at Riverview last Sabbath. If you missed it don’t forget that our services are archived and you can look them up online. We recently expanded our online presence to include a YouTube channel which you can check out here. Be sure to subscribe to the channel if you want to stay connected to your church family even when you are away. You can always access the service from our website as well by clicking the “Live” or “Watch Live” buttons. This coming Sabbath there will be no worship service due to the Northeast Tennessee Camp Meeting but we will continue our Family Focus on September 29th. Till then, be sure to nurture your marriages and focus on your family!

Things Happening: Well, our small groups have launched and are underway! You may remember that we prayed for eight small groups and God blessed us with even more! Here are a few pictures from SOME of the groups:

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Check out these pictures from Chelle Tomlinson‘s baby shower. We are so excited for her baby boy. Also, don’t forget the baby shower this Sunday, Sept. 23rd from 3-5pm for Beth Shelton‘s baby girl!

Love the joy we share together, down by the riverside…

April-August

Well, it’s been awhile since my last post. Mainly due to this guy:20180828_085744

But with the school year underway and things getting back to normal I’ve decided to start back up.

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This summer at Riverview we have been journeying through the minor prophets covering one book each Sabbath. Share in a worship service with us this Saturday at 11am as we look at Zephaniah and see that God is a purifying fire!

Yesterday I had a chance to share a worship thought with our students at GAA. I was impressed by the spiritual tenor of the campus with time spent in prayer under the guidance of SA spiritual leader Kiran Finley.

This summer was full of fun visiting and hanging out with folks. Here are some pictures of fun moments:

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Also, it was a blast to involve our young people at Riverview throughout the summer:

We are so thankful for Patty Mcclure and her new life in Christ! Here are some long overdue pics from her baptism in April.

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When I consider some of the things going on with new Riverview small groups, sabbath school classes, and more, I rejoice in the work that God is doing among us!

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Another summer highlight was my ordination service. I was so thankful to share the moment with my church family at Riverview. IMG_84311

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March

TrueLove (3)This month Riverview is on a journey through the book of 1 John as God is calling us to a deeper love for Him and others.

The final steps are in process, but did you know that Riverview agreed to give $1,000,000 to our school (GAA) for worthy student aid?!!! The money is a gift to the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Greene County from AHS after the loss of Takoma. We hope and pray that that this money will be put to good use in making an Adventist Education more affordable for more families!

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Do you recognize this guy? (Nice to see a familiar face even if it is with a different logo!)

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A special thank you to the whole church family for the AMAZING baby shower! (These pictures do not do it justice.)

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Don’t miss Men’s Prayer Breakfast the 2nd Sunday morning of every month!

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We are so proud of our Pathfinder Bible Bowl Team led by Erika Santos and Kirstin Elliott. They reached the Semi-Finals and as we saw at prayer meeting, they know their Bibles!
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What a blessing to have EW Dempsey join us for presentations on the importance of healthy living. We had a great afternoon turnout!

Sy Gallimore has been serving the past few months as a student missionary in Pohnpei. Check out this mission project he created:

We are so proud of Braden Ball!29572815_10102141363782186_8727406988686973519_n

February

Screenshot (68).pngFebruary was a busy month down by the riverside. Full of highs and lows. But most of all full of God’s continuous grace! We are starting March with a sermon series exploring the gap between God’s promises and our current reality. We are discovering faith through the life of Abraham.

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Just a few of the resources I have been deeply blessed to use in studying the life of Abraham during my sermon preparation time.

A very special thank you to everyone who was involved with the creation seminar. What a blessing! A tremendous success for the kingdom. We had over 50 guests from the community on opening night. One of these guests, Roger Coutant was recently baptized with his wife into the Greeneville SDA Church. Another, Patty Mcclure is preparing for baptism at Riverview on March 10. Praise the Lord! Even for those not making that decision, it was most certainly a blessing. What a privilege to serve a loving Creator!

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Enjoyed having a Bible study with this group preparing for baptism. 

Our party watching the Superbowl was a blast! As you can see, there was more to do than just watch the game.

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Loved having a chance to watch my wife teach beginner’s Sabbath School. Proud of all our beginner class kids, parents, and teachers!

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Prayer meeting is always such a blessing! Join us this next Wednesday at 5:30 as we journey to wholeness with step 7 of the 12 steps.

 

January

Screenshot (63)Message: This Thursday & Friday 6-7 PM and on Sabbath 11-12:30 AM.
Such a blessing last year, this year’s Riverview Revival promises to be a tremendous blessing. Sing songs together and hear personal testimonies about God at work!

Things Happening: If there is one event this year that we hope you will invite your friends to visit, it’s this one! This evangelistic series will hope to bless skeptics and seekers alike by strengthening our commitment to the Word of God. The meetings will be Feb. 9, 10, 11, 12, 15, 16, 17 at 7pm each night. To reserve seats and find more information look up the event website at www.bigquestionseminars.org/greeneville See you there!Screenshot (64)

Our Wednesday prayer meetings continue to bless us as we review a 12 step journey to wholeness. Join us this Wednesday at 5:30pm for food and fellowship followed by prayer and a study of step #4.

Having GAA Band and our Pathfinder club visit us the past two Sabbaths has been great. We are so proud of our young people and encouraged by seeing them use their talents in music, drama, and the spoken Word for God!

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Our Cardboard Boat Race was awesome!!!

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Here is a dedicated group that showed up at 9am on Sunday morning to move our grand piano. Riverview happily donated our grand piano to Greeneville Adventist Academy. We hope it blesses their music program!
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I wish you could have seen the energy in this back row singing the closing hymn. 
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Had a chance to visit these two. Notice the creative sign!
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Ansel’s birthday party was fun for all!
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I love my wife! Baby boy due in May.