September 14-28

screenshot-43.pngMessage: Two weeks ago, we explored the tipping point of the Reformation when Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the door of the Wittenberg Church in 1517. This Sabbath join us at 11am as we examine the domino effect of Protestantism in the early 1500’s and the Counter Reformation in a sermon entitled, “Reformation Reborn: The Empire Strikes Back!”

Prayer: It was great seeing so many show up for prayer meeting this past Wednesday. It was a special time. Hope you can make it this next Wednesday. We also celebrated Erika Santos‘ birthday!

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Things Happening: It was good to see many of you at the NE TN Campmeeting. I had a great time leading the youth Sabbath School class.

Had a chance to enjoy a Sabbath afternoon walk with some people from the church. Check out the guy in crutches! (Claes Svenson)

Worship at Riverview was a blessing two Sabbath’s ago. It was great to see how many children the Lord has blessed us with. It is great to see our Sabbath School classes growing. Join us for Sabbath School every morning at 10am.

I had the privilege of sharing a worship thought with some young men at a golf course this week. One of the young men came to me and shared that God had given him a dream the night before that specifically tied in with the message that I shared. He is making some major steps to dedicate his life to God. What a confirmation of the fact that whenever we step out to do something for others, God can bless our efforts exceedingly, abundantly above all we ask or imagine!!!20170927_124923 Just for kicks, I was spying in someone’s house…can you guess who this is? Back in their younger days…

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Ray & Cathy Kohne

Personal:

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Katia loves to drive anything, she was ecstatic about this fire truck!
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We welcomed a new member to our family this week! Welcome Anita!

September 8-14

tipping pointMessage: There comes a point in any movement of reform at which it becomes necessary to break with the status quo and tradition of the past. A tipping point, if you will. Jesus Himself said, “I did not come to bring peace but a sword.” Matthew 10:34 Join us this Sabbath as we continue our series with a sermon titled, Reformation Reborn: The Tipping Point.

Prayer: I was richly blessed by the Men’s Prayer Breakfast this past Sunday. Join us for the next one scheduled for the second Sunday morning of every month. Prayer meeting was also a huge blessing this week. Thank you Ric!20170913_183217

Things Happening: There was a lot happening this week. It was a great blessing for several of us to participate at Week of Prayer with our school.

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The Prophecy meetings at Greeneville were also a blessing that many of us enjoyed as well. I’m so proud of our kids for being involved in Evangelism!

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Personal: She’s a personality!20170907_181915

September 1-7

Message: Have you ever suffered defeat? Chances are you have. But the defeats of this life are not always what they at first appear. Jesus said, “34 When He had called the people to Himself, with His disciples also, He said to them, “Whoever desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. 35 For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel’s will save it. 36 For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? 37 Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? 38 For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him the Son of Man also will be ashamed when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels.” Mark 8:34-38 Join us this Sabbath as we learn about a God who turns defeat into victory for all who are faithful as we continue our series, “Reformation Reborn: The Bohemian Reformation.”

Resource: Have you ever had questions about the trinity? Please take advantage of this amazing resource: https://www.andrews.edu/sem/sdlc/trinity/

Things Happening: Sharing a fellowship meal together twice this week was such a blessing! I love my church family down by the riverside…

Jasper’s 4th Birthday party was amazing! It was good to see a great turnout from church kids to support him. Happy Birthday Jasper Campbell!

This week we officially dedicated our playground which is up and running. What a tremendous blessing!

Check out this slide show of our playground being built! Thank you Chris Small.   https://www.facebook.com/RiverviewCommunitysda/videos/1522089214521239/

Personal: It was a pleasure to play basketball with a great group of guys and girls at GAA on Tuesday night. I especially enjoyed playing with Robert and Ben Hastings and Davy Ondreijka. Proud of these guys for living out their Christian witness even on the basketball court with friends from the community. Great playing together!20170905_190641

August 24-31

Screenshot (18).pngMessage: Last week we covered roughly the first 1,000 years of Christian history. Whew! We reviewed the clear historical evidence that the Christian church was in need of reform. This week we begin the journey of reform as we look at the life, mission, and message of the Christian Reformer John Wycliffe. Join us this Sabbath as we continue our sermon series, Reformation Reborn: Breaking the Status Quo.

Prayer: We have started a new book of the Bible at prayer meeting. We are going through the book of John. I hope you will make plans to join us if you can. Every Wednesday night at 6pm for food, fellowship, and prayer.

Things Happening: Just a reminder that coming up this Wednesday from 10am-noon we will have our second MOPS meeting of the year. If you know a mother of small children please invite them to attend. We had a great program last month and we want to maximize its impact on our community. Please pray for this venture as well!21106426_167732183792920_6804504655501419679_n

Sunday afternoon at the Sadler home was a special party to celebrate birthdays and anniversaries all at once! Here is a picture of the two birthday boys Nelson Thomas and Larry Colburn. Congrats Gentleman!20170827_180341

Sabbath afternoon was a special treat as we celebrated the baptism of Elijah Small at Paint Creek. Those who were at church last Sabbath know that he presented us with a special treat on salvation during the worship service. Proud of you Elijah!

Sabbath School is a thriving ministry for all ages at Riverview! We had at least 20 kids in Sabbath school this Sabbath. Praise the Lord! Here is a picture of some of our primary class students who dressed up as potential careers for service. May the Lord guide and bless our children. May He multiply our effectiveness for His Kingdom through them!

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We had some wonderful music this past Sabbath. Although I missed getting a picture of it, the most amazing for me was seeing what an all tuba quartet could do!

Speaking of our young people, Erika Santos was happy to share this picture of many of our kids involved in a Pathfinder Bible Bowl Experience. Erika is the lead coach of the team and we are thrilled about having our own team here in Greeneville. 21034373_10211706049860989_8188521301749716884_n

Personal: Katia made a friend at the playground this week. It was priceless to watch as the two girls tried to hold hands while swinging together.20170828_163215

August 18-24

Screenshot (16).pngMessage: On October 31st, 1517 Martin Luther nailed the 95 theses to the door of the Wittenberg Church. Thus began the Protestant Reformation. This year on October 31st we will celebrate 500 years of Reformation. But the process of Reformation is ever ongoing. This Sabbath we will begin a sermon series exploring the meaning of the Reformation for today. Join us this Sabbath as we answer the question, “Why Reformation?”

Prayer: I am praying for a heart to serve others more deeply in love.

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I spent a lot of my week down in Calhoun, GA this week for Young in Ministry Meetings. One highlight was an extraordinary presentation by Pastor Cherie Smith on how to minister to people suffering loss. The reality is that loss is difficult for all of us.

The video below that she showed gives you a taste of how simple but meaningful expressions of love can go a long way. I am so thankful for the loving congregation we have here at Riverview!

On that note, I am thankful for these gracious ladies who took time out of their Sunday to support Patti Cohen & family settle back home after their trip.

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Diane Vance, Esther Sias, Ginger Small, & Dollie Montgomery

Things Happening: That playground is looking pretty good. We’re almost finished with it!

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Katia loved having a visit with Ward & Julia Swarner.

Personal: Did you check out that eclipse? What an awesome experience of God’s power! I also enjoyed a special bike ride this past weekend.

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My wife loves sunflowers!

 

August 11-17

Grace_Dove-change.pngMessage: Have you ever felt burdened by worry, guilt, or fear? Have you ever felt stuck in a cycle of addiction or sin? God has a plan. And it begins with grace. Join us this Sabbath as we look at Psalm 130 with the title, “Guilt and Grace.”

Prayer: We had a wonderful time praying together at prayer meeting this past week. As we shared testimonies around the topic of wisdom we were especially blessed to realize just how much God is working in our midst. As Summer moves into Fall I encourage you to make room for the midweek call to prayer if by any chance you can. Join us for prayer meeting every Wednesday at 6pm. The church that prays together, stays together. This next week we will keep the same old format of food, fellowship, and prayer but we will start a new theme centered on the book of John. Look forward to seeing you there!

Also, please pray for Raceway Ministries as they do missionary work during the race in Bristol this weekend. We are especially grateful for Jerry Cohen being able to be there and we continue to pray for him as he recovers from surgery.

Things Happening: Men’s Prayer Breakfast was a special treat this week. A big thank you to Clarence Small and team for leading out. Afterward, several of us continued working on the new playground. Progress is most certainly being made!

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Did you know that Dollie Montgomery has an amazing garden! Just look at some of the delicious produce that she sent home with Anna this week. Thank you Dollie!

Another big event of this week was the launch of our new MOPS program. A big thank you to the many volunteers that came out. We were well staffed and had a very good quality program. If you know a mother with young children please invite them to join us at the next MOPS meeting on September 6th from 10am-noon. Free Snacks and Childcare.

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Here are some of the moms!

Personal: We are a little light on pictures this week because my phone malfunctioned and I had to get a new one! I’m thankful for these pictures sent to me by Jennifer Cushing as proof that at least one person is enjoying our new playground!

 

July 6 – August 10

screenshot-13-e1502216713344.pngMessage: It’s no secret that the cost of education in our society is high. Tuition increases that outpace inflation and crippling student debt are far too common. But how much is too much? Join us this Saturday morning at 11am as we explore the most valuable education one can acquire with a sermon entitled, “The Value of Christian Education” We will host a number of special features this Sabbath including teacher dedication, boarding academy send off, and music by our very own orchestra.

Announcement: Just a reminder that our Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) program starts on August 16th at 10am. Please invite any young mothers you know to attend. Trish Boyce and Anna Vyhmeister have done a great job putting together a program. Also, if anyone is willing to help with childcare we could definitely use more volunteers! Check out the advertisement that will be going in the paper: Screenshot (14)

Prayer: We continue to praise God and pray for the recovery of Jerry Cohen after surgery. We are also praying for all our families orienting themselves to a new year of school.

Things Happening: So much has happened since July 6th that it’s impossible to recount it all here. Suffice it to say that it was a fantastic end to a great summer. Here are some of the highlights that we caught on camera.

Have you seen the latest progress on our new playground? It has been quite a venture to put it together. A big thank you to everyone who helped put it together! We are hoping to have it completed this weekend when we pour the ground cover at our Men’s Prayer Breakfast starting at 9am this Sunday, August 13th.

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The Greeneville Astros Game was a blast! These two celebrated their anniversary. Congratulations Ginger and Clarence Small!
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Getting some smiles before the game with Nelson Thomas.
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Relationships are what Riverview is built on. Great to see Norman Vance and Bill Sias hanging out. 
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Young and Old play together while checking out a new garden. Brooke Sadler & Ansel Svenson

We had a farewell potluck for the Gallimore family that was definitely bittersweet. Gallimore family, we love you all and pray God’s blessing on the next stage of your journey.

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At Riverview, we love seeing everyone in our congregation contribute in worship with their musical gifts! Beth Shelton, Allyson Boyce, Karin Small, Jennifer, Tom, Jayden, & Kaley Cushing
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Bags of Love is full of fun. The work they do here is amazing. Pat Greene, Pat Spilovoy, & Peggy Lowe.

Personal: I hope you had a chance to vacation and spend some time in the sun this summer. We really enjoyed a trip to Florida and Minister’s meetings at Cohutta. 20170731_201313

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Anna & I loved paintballing together!
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We got to see a cousin!
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Look who we ran into in Florida, and now we’re back! Love this precious family ❤