December 15-28

screenshot-60.pngMessage: Luke 3:1-18 paints a stunning picture of what it is like to prepare the way of the Lord. One poor man in the wilderness up against the mighty, the powerful, and the religious elite. But when you are proclaiming the Word of God, you can stand against any opposition and free your hearers from any oppressor. Join us this Sabbath as we conclude our theme for the month, “Prepare the way of the Lord.”

Things Happening: A big thank you to everyone who participated in our church Christmas program on Sabbath. What a blessing!IMG_1452

Friends step in for each other, even at the last minute!

Can you name everyone in this photograph?20171217_180909

Youth night was fun!

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Christmas is best through the eyes of a child!20171223_14183420171224_15242520171225_162211

December 8-14

wise-menMessage: Have you ever wondered why church communities place such a high priority on a church worship service? It’s because worship prepares the way for the Lord. What kind of worship? Join us this Sabbath as wise men from the east prepare the way of the Lord.

Things Happening: Sabbath School is a special time down by the riverside and it is about to get even more special in the year ahead! Stay posted for new Sabbath School happenings beginning in January.

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Personal: Did you enjoy the snow this past weekend? We sure did!

December 8

Prepare-The-Way-Of-Lord-Advent-SundayMessage: What does it mean to prepare the way of the Lord? Last week we looked at Isaiah 40 and found that it means to use our voices in proclaiming the grace of God. This week, we’ll learn a new answer to that question based on Luke 1. It’s a great time of year to join us down by the riverside. See you this Sabbath at 11am.

Things Happening: With thanksgiving programs, constituency meetings, and other happenings it has been a busy time at our school. Two highlights for me have been giving morning worship for the school with my family and hearing our band play (which they also did in the parade!)Resized_20171113_08351220171121_114426I also had a chance to visit our kids in the pathfinder club!20171107_181759 Mops has moving forward. Please continue to invite any mom you know with small children who might benefit from social support.

Went for a family bike ride to Shanda Brown‘s house! (It was bright and cold!)20171113_125214_HDR

November 11-16

mirror.jpgMessage: Have you ever looked at yourself in the mirror? I’ll bet you have. In fact, I bet you do it regularly. We tend to analyze ourselves a lot, and not just physically. Sometimes we can be rough on ourselves and we have low self-esteem. Other times we can esteem ourselves too highly. But what if the secret to joy and happiness isn’t thinking more of ourselves or less of ourselves but simply thinking about ourselves less. Join us this Saturday morning at 11am as we continue our series on the self with the title, Self:Forgetfulness.

Things Happening: If you missed our Fall Festival party at the Roth Ranch you missed one humdinger of a time! A big thank you to Art  & Diana Roth, Trish Boyce, and Chris Small for putting together such a fabulous gathering. I know our family created more than a few memories we will cherish for a long time!

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Also this week I had a chance to visit Greeneville Adventist Academy and was blessed to see one of our very own win the sword drill and demonstrate her great reading ability in reading to the student body. 20171113_082709_1510579649476Also, speaking of Greeneville Adventist Academy, it was a blessing to have the cherub & junior choirs join us on Sabbath!20171111_111702Sabbath afternoon we were part of an impromptu gathering at the Svendson home. My props to the cook who created so much good food, out of nowhere, almost instantaneously.

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Personal: Anna and I enjoyed a date night out wearing clothes we got from goodwill!20171111_191713We also got a chance to bike from our house all the way to Nita Dornburg’s home.

November 2-10

Greatest Battle Self PictureMessage: Who would you say is your greatest enemy? What is the greatest battle you have ever fought? This Sabbath we begin an all-new series on Self. According to the Bible, there is no greater battle that has ever been fought than the battle against self. Join us this Sabbath as we find out what it looks like when we win that battle as we share a message based on Romans 12 entitled, Self: Sacrifice.

Things Happening: The GAA talent show was a big success. It was awesome to see our kids use their talents.

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I had the chance to visit our kids at Pathfinders this week. Proud of the staff and young people. A great group!
Riverview Potluck is always special!

Game nights are fun!

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October 28-November 1

Screenshot (54).pngMessage: This week marked the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. The question that remains is simply this: Is the Reformation Over? Many say it is. But if there is an ongoing need of Reformation, what should it look like going forward? Join us this Saturday at 11am as we conclude our series Reformation Reborn: What’s next?

Things Happening:

Look who I caught installing our new playground benches/picnic tables!


Had a great time supporting Rylie Tomlinson for her 12th birthday on Sunday! She got a pet bearded dragon and named it Francesca!

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Fun times having vespers with this group Saturday night!

October 22-27

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Message: The call of the Protestant Reformation was a call back to the doctrine of Scripture and the apostles, a call back to primitive Christianity, a call for Truth. Today, the Seventh-day Adventist church is the inheritor of that legacy. Join us this Sabbath at 11am as we present the formation of the Seventh-day Adventist church in our series celebrating 500 years of Protestant Reformation.

Things Happening: This past Sabbath at Riverview was special.

It was great going for a walk in the afternoon at paint creek:

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Many of us gathered to watch WAR ROOM together:

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And then on Wednesday night at 5:30 we enjoyed a new prayer meeting serieson the power of prayer. Great job Trish Boyce and Suzie Svendson for leading out:

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Shout out to Beth Shelton who did a fantastic job at Beginners Sabbath School this past Sabbath telling the story of Moses: image_20171021_105046_1508609193582

Personal: We had a great time getting FREE donuts this week! (T-mobile Tuesday)20171024_185449