November 3, 2017 - Cupola Express
Preparing for the Lord's Day
Puritan John Owen once wrote, “Do you mortify; do you make it your daily work; be always at it whilst you live; cease not a day from this work; be killing sin or it will be killing you.” This week we will return to our study Colossians picking up at Colossians 3:5-11. In these verses the Apostle Paul encourages us to, “put to death… what is earthly in you.” For much of this letter Paul has argued that worldly regulations have no power to keep us from sin. Nevertheless, sin is to be killed. It is to be mortified. The Lord has commanded the holiness of his people. Yet holiness does not come about through sin maintenance; hedging in behaviors through programs and regulations. Rather holiness comes through dying to sin and living to Christ. Those who have been joined to Christ through faith have been empowered by their union to put to death sinful earthly behaviors. To come prepared for the sermon take time this week to read and to meditate upon Colossians 3:5-17, James 1:14-15, Matthew 15:18 and Westminster Confession of Faith 13.
This week we will celebrate that sacrament of the Lord’s Supper during our worship service. As we receive the elements of bread and wine look in faith to the Lord Jesus Christ. For as we physically receive the signs of the Lord’s body and blood, spiritually we feed upon him and all his benefits. Our hymns for this week include “Christ is Made the Sure Foundation,” “Before the Throne of God Above,” and “For All the Saints”
If you’re going to be out of town this Sunday, let me encourage you to listen to the sermon online (usually posted by Monday afternoon) or you can download the REPC podcast, which will be delivered to your mobile device.
NOVEMBER 8 – RIVERMONT FELLOWSHIP NIGHT
The menu for our RFN dinner on November 8th is Fried Chicken. Make your reservations online at www.rivermont.org, fill out the reservation card and place it in the offering plate, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call the church office: 846-3441. Reservations are mandatory and should be made by noon on Monday, November 6th.
NOVEMBER 27 – SETTING UP CHRISMON TREE AT 10:30 AM
NOVEMBER 28 – DECORATING CHRISMON TREE AT 9:00 AM
SNL: All 6th – 8th grade students are invited to join us in the Youth Center for game night from 6:00 - 7:30 pm tonight, November 5th. Come out for a time of fun and fellowship!
636: All high school girls are invited for a time of early morning fellowship this Tuesday, November 7th. The girls will join Ciera at Panera on Old Forest Road at 6:36 am.
RFN: Come out and hear how Elijah and Elisha, biblical prophets and men of God, faced the same pressures and weaknesses we do, this Wednesday, November 8th, at 6:30 pm in the Quinlan Room.
FNL: It's time for Friday Night Lights! All 7th grade boys are invited to the Youth Center at REPC for dinner, games and fellowship this Friday, November 10th, from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm. Please let Josh know if your son would like to attend.
RAKE AND RUN: Join us Saturday, November 18th, as we serve members of our church through our annual Rake and Run! We will meet at the church at 10:00 am. Parents, please contact Shane or Josh if you are able to help with supervision and transportation. Students, please bring a rake and gloves. Pickup time is 2:00 pm at the Church and lunch will be provided!
Club 56 RFN: Join us at Club 56 this Wednesday, November 8th, at 6:30 pm in the Club 56 Room as we learn about “The Five Solas of the Reformation” and five courageous men who stood up for the Gospel they believed in!
Twenty Somethings will gather every 2nd and 4th Sunday in Country Gardens behind the church. We are studying a video series called For the Life of the World, learning how God wants to shape us and use us as a life-giving influence in the broader culture.
NO WALLS MINISTRY NEEDS YOUR APPLIANCES AND CARS
We have several families we are working with who are in need of a washing machine as well as a car. Are you looking to get rid of one or the other? Please contact Chuck Hurt at 229-6501 for appliances (working or not working) and Pastor Brett at 846-3441 for cars (working ones only) you’d like to donate. Thanks for helping us meet these important needs.
ANNUAL THANKSGIVING COMMUNITY OUTREACH
Join members from other No Walls partner churches for a joint worship service and dinner on Sunday, November 12th, at All Nations Community Church at 5:00 pm. David Weber will be preaching at the worship service. Please make sure you sign up in the Cheatham Center, Locke Commons or any adult Sunday School class today to indicate which side item you will bring to share with 10-15 people.
SAVE THE DATE: PRESCHOOL NIGHT
Tuesday, November 14th, 3:00 to 9:00 pm, Rivermont Preschool Night at Chipotle, 3901 Old Forest Road, Fresh Market Shopping Center. Fifty percent of the proceeds will be donated to our Preschool. Flyers will be distributed closer to the date. Take a flyer to the restaurant so they will give us credit for your visit. If you forget your flyer, just tell them you are there for the Rivermont Preschool Night and we will receive credit.
Circle 1 will meet Tuesday, November 14th, in the church library from 10:00 am until noon. Please join us as we study Herodias. Our lesson, entitled "Fruit of Bitterness", will be based on Mark 6:14-29.
For those who wish to donate flowers for the Sanctuary, please sign up on the bulletin board beside the Library. If you have a special date in mind, be sure to place your name by your preferred date while it is available!
ANNUAL RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE
The Red Cross is always in need of blood donations, and they can, quite literally, save a life! Mark your calendars for the afternoon of November 14th. Sign up after the service on October 22nd, or go online at http://www.redcrossblood.org/rcbmobile/drive/chooseDonationTime.jsp.
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