10 4 17 Announcements

10 4, tonight:  We have River Comfort rehearsal after church on the platform.

We are re-emphasizing the building fund. In last week’s saints’ meeting we listed projects we want to complete. One way to get money for that fund: Key card books—IF you are ordering them, please give me the check tonight – we will stop taking orders after tonight.   Here is the site to check out what is in the 2018 book: http://www.qrkeycard.com/

I am now providing an order form for everyone which you can give back to me (directly or in the offering plate) along with a check to ROL covering the book (s). It is your choice whether to buy for yourself, get as gifts, or sell.   When you give us your check, there is a 12.50 profit to ROL for each book you bought. We will attribute this profit to your name as a donation to the building fund. It will be a part of your yearend giving statement and that gift is tax deductible. After tonight, as soon as possible, we will get the books to give to everyone.

So: I am now giving you a form to order the amount you want -- give it back to me along with a check reflecting 25.00 a piece for the books.     You should probably keep a copy as a receipt for yourself which I could sign for you upon request.

Name ______________________________________ Date___________________________

Check to River of Life Ministries enclosed for ______________ Keybook(s) for 25.00 apiece.


The ongoing method of raising money for building projects: Just tuck in regularly some extra in the “building “section of your offering envelope.

Now through —11—18 Study book and topics: Nahum, Communion, and the Feast of Tabernacles. As usual we will study the meaning of the feast itself – but, you can google the various Messianic articles on this topic and find open pulpits entry material for yourself this year, i.e., a special study sheet is not being made.

In your email you will see the Communion/covenant paper-- I heavily emphasized the connection between the two.

Feast of Tabernacles this year is from 10/5—12. 10/6: 

7:30 PM: Feast of Tabernacles rehearsal.  To all who participated in Light Force at least 3 times this summer season: We will be doing a number for Feast of Tabernacles and we will “practice” our very simple number only on this Friday night rehearsal. Sign folks: You will hold up a sign in the number.

Light Force: In view of the covenant theme that includes our being the Family of God, we will sing (along with the instruments and signs for those who want to display one): Lean on Me: Lean on me When you're not strong And I'll be your friend I'll help you carry on...; For it won't be long till I'm gonna need somebody to lean on…………….. You just call on me brother when you need a hand We all need somebody to lean on; I just might have a problem that you'll understand We all need somebody to lean on; If there is a load you have to bear That you can't carry I'm right up the road I'll share your load If you just call me;  Call me If you need a friend (repeat repeatedly); We all need somebody to lean on

10/7: Celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles in both services: First service: Open pulpits about the meaning of the Feast; 11 AM service: Talent entries

We will have a continental breakfast after the first service and a potblessing after the second one.

10/8: R/R 41st  wedding Anniversary

10/9: TV 25

10/10: Rosemary is on “Ask the Pastor” live from 2 PM to 3 PM on TCT TV

10/11 Feast of Tabernacles Roll Call—R/R go to Florida right after church.

Roll call instructions (ALL are encouraged to have a roll call presentation!):  Find a ministry to study and report – it can be from the USA; however, it is wonderful to hear about ministries from all over the world. You can choose to take visuals and/or hand outs concerning that ministry to heighten our understanding . Do about a 2 minute presentation and then pray for that ministry.   Please bring snacks to share in the fellowship hall for after our service.

This roll call is to represent the harvest of the nations and also to look forward to the time that all nations will go to Jerusalem to celebrate this feast: Zechariah 14: 16And it shall come to pass, that every one that is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall even go up from year to year to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, and to keep the feast of tabernacles. 17And it shall be, that whoso will not come up of all the families of the earth unto Jerusalem to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, even upon them shall be no rain. 18And if the family of Egypt go not up, and come not, that have no rain; there shall be the plague, wherewith the LORD will smite the heathen that come not up to keep the feast of tabernacles. 19This shall be the punishment of Egypt, and the punishment of all nations that come not up to keep the feast of tabernacles.  20In that day shall there be upon the bells of the horses, HOLINESS UNTO THE LORD; and the pots in the LORD’S house shall be like the bowls before the altar.

Florida time for your pastors: Robert and Rosemary will be leaving on 10/11. Robert will be back for the 10/25 service; Rosemary will be in the 11/1 service.  Please, those of you in charge of various aspects of ROL while we are gone let me, Rosemary,  know if you cannot do it  -- I will reassign the job to another leader.   As it stands now:  Pastor Cliff (in charge) and Pastor Karen Cook (prayer); Deacon Richard (in charge of TV 25 programming) ; Pastor Karen Vander Vliet (in charge of all administrative detail and of our home’s well-being)  We will be ministering at Papa’s Doorn’s home church in Orlando on his birthday on 10/15.  (If you would like to contribute to a birthday offering from ROL to Papa Doorn, please indicate that on an offering envelope.)      While we are gone, call us if you need anything or think you should run something by us regarding ROL. 

10/14: Widow’s group: 5:30 to 10:30 PM

10/23:  TV 25:  R/R not there. Deacon Menninga is free to plan this program.

10/28:  Pastor Karen Cook birthday offering

 Widow’s group: 5:30 to 10:30 PM

11/1:  Family night with child centered movie in the fellowship hall. ROL will have sandwiches and, we are asking members to bring snacks.  Afterwards we will offer a time of prayer so be prepared by either praying with whomever or going into another part of the building to relate in other ways. 

We will probably show “Greatest Heroes and Legends, the Miracles of Jesus”, an animated, 50 minute movie.

11/4:  Deaconess Tracy Menninga birthday offering

11/8: In office after service: All group leaders, positioned leadership, and Children’s Church teachers . Until this meeting Pastor Karen Cook will make sure that the CC is staffed when necessary.  

11/1: 6 PM Widow’s group.

11/11: Youth seminar has been changed to 12/2

11/13: TV 25

11/14:  Rosemary is on “Ask the Pastor” live from 2 PM to 3 PM on TCT TV

11/18:  ROLWMS

11/22: R/R gone: Pastor Cliff , Pastor Karen C., Pastor Karen V V will be in the positions of responsibility (unless they tell us otherwise)

11/25: Apostle Wilfred Dilbert and his wife, Pastora Dania, will be with us in both services . He oversees over 30 churches in Honduras.  He lives in La Ceiba, Atlantida, Honduras

11/25:  Widow’s group, 5:30 PM

11/27: TV 25

11/28: Rosemary is on “Ask the Pastor” live from 2 PM to 3 PM on TCT TV

11/29:  River Comfort rehearsal after church in the office

12/2: Fall youth seminar – Topic:  Personal Relationships  -- Feel free to invite friends and relatives (aged 12 through 21) 

12/6:  River Comfort rehearsal after church;   12/13:  River Comfort rehearsal after church

As is our custom: All special group activity is suspended through December.

12/12:  Rosemary is on “Ask the Pastor” live from 2 PM to 3 PM on TCT TV

12/15: Rehearsal, 7:30 PM, for Christmas program

12/16: River of Life Annual Christmas Celebration in both services

12/20 Light Force after service – we will leave service at 7:45 PM and try to start as close to 8 PM as possible:   Christmas Carols downtown:  We will try to get the spot in front of where the TV station has been by Rosa Parks Circle or, somewhere near there.

12/30: Widow’s Group, 5:30 PM

1/1/18:  ROLWMS resume study:  We will be studying  Acts and “Seeing others through God’s Perspective” (considering all forms of wrongful discrimination so we learn to discern other’s character after the Spirit rather than by  race,  gender, culture, age, education , wealth, outward appearances, i.e.,  all outward human distinctions). 

1/6/17:  ROL 38th anniversary celebration day – Last year we tried to make this celebration a bit more informal, less “rehearsed”. We shared vision for the future, memories from the year before, and any open pulpit talent entries we desired to give. As we were pleased with those results, we will be doing that again this year

1/27: ROLWMS

1/30: ROL and annual HMF Board meeting – finance reports from 20172/4:

2/11:  Annual positioned leadership/spouses party – this is actually a holiday party from Christmastime/New Years; however, we have all agreed we like a party after we have recovered from all the other gatherings J. Every person there: Bring an adult gift to share (one that can be for a man or woman) – You can get new or used (around 10.00 guideline) but make sure it is pleasantly useful, i.e., not “gag gifts” this time. 

2/24: ROLLWMS & Youth seminar:   We will have the winter youth seminar on “Discerning one another’s Worth through God’s Perspective” AND the ROLLWMS on the same day.  We will also have communion.

Our TV 25 program, “River Reflections” at TV 25 in Wyoming, is taped the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month except for December. TV Staff arrives at approximately 6:30 PM. After the taping (usually around 8:30 PM we eat together – we depend on River of /Life volunteers to provide the food at the station or (if they are relatively near the station) invite us into their home – tell Karen Vander Vliet if and when you are willing to volunteer for this. Rosemary is the Director/Producer of this program. When both Robert and Rosemary are gone, Richard Menninga is the program planner. We tape the program at WKTV, 5261 Clyde Park Ave SW, Wyoming, MI 49509;    http://www.wktv.org/home.html    261 5700.  We also bring the tape to GRTV to air and we upload them to  http://www.youtube.com/user/River Reflections

Media Club: We rely on this club for the videotaping and editing of clips (or full programs) to be shown on TV 25; however, potentially ALL media expression to minister can be included (the Internet, written productions, etc.). Jacob Menninger is the director of this club – let him know if you are interested in joining. The club can use more film takers and editors. Or, if you took a good video with sound clip during a service…pass a copy on to Jacob.

River of Life Word Ministry School (ROLWMS): A school training students to become part of the Five Fold Ministry (Eph. 4:11).   Students, aged 18 and above,  who enter the school must be members of River of Life already be demonstrating some Word Ministry student candidate qualities (e.g., effective participation in open pulpits and in  prayer service, faithfulness, availability to be help out others, etc.).   Rosemary is the founder/director.   ROLWMS consists of much at home (online) work but will be meeting together once a month or so too. Let Rosemary know if you are interested and she will give you a resume form to complete and a brochure (so you can read it and “count the cost” before coming to a meeting).  Before you come to the first meeting, you will be required to hand in the work from the month before as well as demonstrating those Word Minister traits mentioned above.  Completed work is to be sent to Rosemary at rbarnesrol@aol.com.   You will find the school details on the riveroflifegrmi.org site.  You must get a Thompson Chain Bible and either own or have access to a computer. All work is shared online; however, hard copies of all weekly and monthly work are to be given to Rosemary too.

Prayer Guard: If you or your immediate family (grandparents, parents, spouses, and siblings) needs prayer, please send that request to Sue Mulder who will forward your request to the email addresses of our congregation. (If she does not have your email address, please give it.) She is at semlder@aol.com    when a request for prayer is on prayer guard it is the duty of all ROL members to pray for that request! If you want   to send a prayer request apart from the stated prayer guard inclusions, you are free to use the ROL email list to do that as often as you desire; however, that is not an “official” ROL family “duty” for us all to respond ; however, of course it would be a loving thing for us all to do! (You may put in the subject line “request for prayer – not part of ROL prayer guard” if you wish.)

Christian Senior Singles (ages 50 +): The leader is Ida Assfy.  The purpose is to simply enjoy fellowship with one another both spiritually and socially. All Christian senior singles, male and female, are welcome whether they are single through divorce, have never been married, or have lost their spouse to death. You must stay in touch with her to see what plans are currently in place.   Ida3333@comcast.net

Light Force: Robert and Rosemary are the leaders of this evangelistic outreach ministry. We take instruments and our voices downtown to praise, worship, testify, and pray for people. This ministry occurs weekly during the warm months (after Memorial Day, before Labor Day), on Wednesday after church when it is not raining and at least 68 degrees.  During our “official ministry time” there together we ask ROL participants not to give anything to the street people who approach us only to ask for help financially.  We also go out once during Art Prize, and once to do Christmas carols.