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Outreach Ministry update.

From Craig Skirvin,
Outreach/Connect Team Leader:

As you know, a team from RBC has been cooking dinner at The Haven on the 4th friday of the month, last Friday (July 23) was our second time participating in this.  The RBC volunteers did an outstanding job. They cooked for 26 people and the guests were very pleased and grateful. While we were there, Jesus gave us another opportunity to serve. When I went outside, I was introduced to a man named Chad Ridenour. He and his mom Iris “Mama” are “Road of Hope Ministries”. They are from Altavista, Virginia and serve the Lord in a very personal and unique way. They drive around the country to bus stations and find people who are stranded. They give them a ride to where they are going and share the Lord Jesus with them on the way! They survive by donations from some outside contributors and thankful passengers, trusting God to supply their needs. Jesus led them to us and we were able to fill up their tank and give them money for food. It was AWESOME!!
We were also able to bless The Haven on Thursday (July 22) with our short term mission team from Miami. They helped to work the garden we planted in March as well as sort out their clothing closet. The mission team was blessed by the experience and The Haven was blessed by their help.

Here is the e-mail sent to us by The Haven:
Dear Craig,
The folks who came out to help yesterday were so amazing. Please pass on my gratitude to them. They stayed longer than I expected and got way more done than I expected. They worked with such a cheerful attitude and truly were a pleasure to have around for the day. They would be welcomed back here any time! Thanks for lining this up!
I feel honored and blessed to be a part of Riverbank Church. To be used by God to bless others and make Jesus famous in the UV in spite of myself.

Miami Mission Team and Outreach

This week Riverbank Church had the opportunity to host a short term mission team from Calvary Fellowship in Miami Lakes. The team  of 10 arrived on Monday and began the week climbing Mt. Cardigan. It was a great time to get acclimated to their new surroundings and culture. Surprisingly the whole team made it up the mountain in a decent amount of time and enjoyed the beautiful view from atop the summit. From the mountain the team headed to Mascoma Lake for a time of cooling off in the lake waters and taking a spin on a tube towed behind a boat. Interestingly enough, there were several team members who had never climbed a mountain and even one of the missionaries had never swimmed in a fresh water lake before!  On Wednesday the team walked and prayed over several towns in the Upper Valley community. It was a great time as we connected with the community in a very unique way and through prayer, gave the coming days effort over to Jesus. Several of the team members agreed that this was the highlight of the week. Thursday was a day at the local outreach organization, The Upper Valley Haven. The Haven is a place that reaches out to the less fortunate by providing shelter, food and other resources. The team assisted in the maintenance of the grounds and served the Haven staff in various ways. The day ended at a local-fare restaurant where several of the team had their first lobster roll. The experience continued! By Friday everyone was in a groove and had become familiar with the area. We went out into the community and various towns to hang door-hangers in neighborhoods as well as hang posters and hand out invites to church at RBC. Overall 500 door-hangers were distributed and 1000 invites were given out. Needless to say, it was a busy day! Saturday was the day we planned for as a church outreach day (named Serve). 13 people from Riverbank Church and the 10 missionaries again hit the streets, but this time with bottles of water and granola bars. We started out in Lebanon around the green, and then on to the Hanover green where there was a parents weekend for Dartmouth College. We handed out all of our goods very quickly, and had many good conbversations with people from the area. While the teams were passing out the bars and water 2 other missionaries were standing on the busy 12A strip with signs that read “Riverbank Church Meets every Sunday 10am at the Opera House”. Lots of horns and honked and countless people saw the signs. We ended the day by swimming on Mascoma Lake once again and taking a refreshing dip in the clear cool waters. Sunday comes with unbelievable regularity, but this week would be different. The missionaries joined in the fray as the weekly RBC setup team gathered to setup the Lebanon Opera House for our weekly experience. Arriving at 6:30am the stage, lobby and kids areas were all set up and ready to go y 9am. The band (4 missionary participants) assisted Dylan Nicholas and the leading of our musical worship. What a great experience! Jesus was made more famous on Sunday and we were all used by Him to encourage others and lift Him up. What an amazing week of partnership with our friends from Calvary Fellowship. We look forward to connecting with them again soon and we are blessed to have a partner church made of people who get the whole idea of what it is to serve others.

To see more pictures from the week: LINK HERE

Serve – A Community Outreach

We have the amazing privelege of having a team from Miami in town all we and on Saturday July 24th we will be joining them in our community as we hand out bottled water and granola bars, put door hangers on doors, and hold signs on 12A in West Leb.
When: July 24 · 9:00am – 12:00pm
Meet Where: 85 Mechanic St. Lebanon, NH 03766

Outreach at the UV Haven

This past Friday we had a wonderful experience at The Haven.  A group of our volunteers prepared and served dinner for the guests that are currently at The Haven.  They made baked haddock, green beans, red potatoes, and home made cake.  The guests were thrilled.  They said it was the best meal they had eaten all week!  The event was both fun and rewarding.  It was great to interact with the guest, to hear their stories, and to see how they were getting back on their feet.  Our volunteers were truly blessed by the experience.  They were able to experience the blessing that comes from serving others for the Kingdom.  This opportunity to serve will be available every fourth friday of the month.

To volunteer for these opportunities, please contact craigs@riverbankchurch.com