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Sunday Worship: 9 & 10:45 am
Mark Your Calendars!
10.17: Parent & Student Movie Night: Connect by Kirk Cameron, 6:30 pm
10.20: Gather & Grow Women’s Brunch, 10 am
Gather & Grow Women’s Brunch
Saturday, October 20th, 10:00-11:30 am
Join us at Riverwood for the monthly women’s brunch with guest speaker Janet Ziegelbaur, one of our missionaries to Cameroon.
If you would like to help, sign up here:
Trunk or Treat
Wednesday, October 31st, 5-7 pm
Decorate your trunk, dress up, and hand out candy to kids in a fun and safe environment! Bring your car by 4:45 pm.
Parents, bring your kids to this fun event!
Next Sermon Series – Discovering Jesus: Beginnings
Discovering Jesus: Beginnings is a continuation of our Immerse series at Riverwood, a series that provides deep insight into all the books of the Bible. For 8 weeks, our focus on the first 5 books of the Bible (Genesis-Deuteronomy) will lead us to a fresh discovery of Jesus. he Himself said the Old Testament was all about Him. Peter and Paul agreed, Jesus was there at the beginning, was the one the Law pointed to, the one the prophets spoke of as the Messiah who was to come, suffer, and be glorified.
A limited number of Beginnings books are available now for $15 each, and more can be ordered. If you would like to order a copy, contact
Beginnings Book Club will also be starting on Tuesday, October 16th at 6:30 pm at Riverwood. 
****  Or email us at  We are still looking for folks to help out with hospitality, Sunday Morning Experience, and more.  Serving Jesus should be joyful – and it helps build our faithfulness and our leadership capacity.  We have many needs as Riverwood grows – let us work with you to find a great spot to at Riverwood!
Total Received/Pledged: $381,000 over 3 years!
  • Elevate Student Ministries full-time position $165,000 over 3 years: 100% funded!
  • Church Planting through the ECC $50,000: $25K funded so far!
  • Making a Difference International $50,000: moved to Phase III due to timing
  • Life Renewal Church (Pastor Joseph): $20,000 funded!
  • Pulse Twin Cities $5000: Fully funded!
Now it’s time to work toward Phase II funding! Learn more at one of two upcoming meetings:
Sunday, November 18th right after church
Saturday, December 1st, 3:00 pm
Commitment Sunday: December 16th
Upcoming Women’s Ministry Events!
Women’s Scripture Memory Group. This group will meet on the fourth Monday of the month at 6:30 pm at Susie Jo Clouse’s home (8001 Ravenrock Rd. in Rockford) to work on memorizing scripture. Next meeting is Monday, October 29th.
Crafted in His Image Bible Study and Craft Night! Studying Grace Not Perfection by Emily Key. This group will meet once a month on the fourth Thursday of the month at 7:00 pm at the church to work on craft projects and discuss the study. Bring your own project, or work on one provided.
For more information on Riverwood Women’s Ministry, email Pastor Denise at
Upcoming events:
Trunk or Treat Wednesday, October 31st, 5-7 pm Decorate your car, dress up, and help hand out candy! There will be no regular Elevate that night, if you want to bring a car please arrive by 4:45 pm. This is a great opportunity for your small group to work together!
Fall Retreat for Middle School & High School
Friday, November 9th-Sunday, November 11th
Trout Lake Camp
*Retreat is full!*
Leaving Riverwood on Friday at 5:30 pm (try to arrive by 5:00 pm, eat dinner before you come). Arriving back at Riverwood by 3:00 pm on
Middle School & High School Bible Study
Sundays this fall
  • Middle School Bible Study will meet at Riverwood during the 10:45 am service in Classsroom 1 (dismissed after worship time).
  • High School Bible Study will meet at Geo’s house (8001 Southridge Tr., Rockford) from 7-8:30 pm. High School will be studying the book of James this fall!
*NEW* this year: ALL students need a current waiver filled out online before attending Elevate. Students need a new waiver every school year, so even if you have done one in the past, you still need to again. The waiver is online and can be filled out at any time: Elevate Waiver
Thank you for helping us with this!
Riverwood Kids!
Nursery: ages 0-2 at both services
Sunday School: ages pre-k to 5th grade at both services
This month’s Life App:
Memory Verse of the Week:
1 Timothy 6:6-7
“You gain a lot when you live a godly life. But you must be happy with what you have. We didn’t bring anything into the world. We can’t take anything out of it.”
Riverwood will once again be collecting shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child. More information is coming soon! Contact Colleen Johnson at 763-213-9119 or with questions. Check out this video to learn more!
8230 Cedar Street
Hours: Monday & Thursday, 5:30-7:30 pm
Tuesday, 9:30-11:00 am
Food Shelf Food Focus for the Month:
At the Greenfield Mall
Hours: Monday-Friday, 10:00 am-7:00 pm
Saturday, 10;00 am-5:00 pm
Thousand Hearts 365 is a “spin off” of the annual Thousand Hearts Crow River Serve Day and exists to provide volunteers who address community needs throughout the year. This coming 2018-2019 year, many opportunities exist! Please consider one or more of these choices:
  • Maintaining the grounds at Ames-Florida Stork House
  • Elmwood Cemetery grounds clean up
  • Volunteer as “Reading Buddies” at Rockford Elementary
Contact Annette Tryon at to sign up for these volunteer opportunities!
Follow Thousand Hearts Crow River Serve Day on Facebook for updates and information.