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.
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So have you been looking to connect with the people in your new church family? Be sure to mark you calendars for 4/30/10 as we meet at the Upper Valley Fun & Games in WRJ for a time of bowling, eating and hanging out in a totally laid back environment. The cost will be $10 per family for 2 games (including shoes). Bring extra cash for food. Please go to our Facebook event page to register.
Where: UV Fun and Games 94 Bowling Ln, White River Junction, VT 05001
How much: $10 per family (includes shoes)
How and for what purpose God uses money
• Money is neither good nor bad: it is merely a medium of exchange. It is the misuse and abuses of money that cause the problems. Because God is so good, He uses money for our benefit in several different ways.
• God uses money to strengthen our trust in Him. It is often through money that God can clearly and objectively show us that He is in total control, if we will trust Him and accept our positions as stewards and managers of His possessions (see Matthew 6:32-33).
• God uses money to develop our trustworthiness. This principle is important because our lives generally revolve around making, spending, saving, and using money. If He can trust us with money, then He can trust us with greater responsibilities and His true riches (see Luke 16:11).
• God uses money to prove His love. Scripture tells us that God assumes the responsibility of providing the basic necessities for everyone who trusts in Him (see Matthew 7:11). By transferring all money to Him, He many times uses money to meet those necessities of life.
• God uses money to demonstrate His faithfulness. Moses reminded Israel that it was God who would give them the power to make wealth. Our security is in God, not our bank accounts. Discovering His faithfulness though financial needs encourages reliance on Him.
• God uses money to unite Christians in blessings. God will use the abundance of one Christian to supply the needs of another. Surplus money in our lives has been given by God for the purpose of helping those who are in need.
• God uses money to provide direction. There is probably no way God can direct our lives more meticulously than through the abundance or lack of money. Too often we believe God directs our lives through the abundance of money, but He also will lead us down His directed path by withholding money.
• God uses money to cultivate self-control. One of the fruits of the Spirit is self-control, a key aspect of successful money management.
• God uses money to clarify spiritual maturity. Many temptations clamor for Christians’ attention. A great deal can be learned about our personal character and spiritual maturity by noticing how we handle money and determine financial priorities.
Areas in which God does not use money
• Just like there are several ways in which God uses money for our benefit, there are several areas in which God never uses money to influence our lives.
• God never uses money to worry us. If Christians are worried, frustrated, and upset about money, God is not in control. God said that wealth without worry is His plan for our lives. In addition, He promises to meet the needs of those who trust in Him (see Matthew 6:25).
• God never uses money to corrupt us. Many Christians have fallen into Satan’s trap and are being corrupted. Christians whose financial life is characterized by greed, ego, deceit, and other worldly snares are at enmity with God and His plan.
• God never uses money to build egos. Frequently, Christians are trapped by financial ego in that they use money in an attempt to build self-worth and ego. However, in Christ all are financially equal because all wealth will pass away. What will remain will be those things that have been laid up in heaven—the true wealth.
• God never allows money to satisfy our personal whims or desires. God does not expect His people to live in poverty; however, He also does not endorse lavishness. Surplus is provided so that God’s work can be funded and those in need can be helped. If the surplus is hoarded or wasted on lavishness rather than used for His plan and purpose, chances are the surplus will be removed.
God offers countless financial principles, intended to make our lives meaningful, because He’s interested in us and how we earn and spend money. Once we understand how God uses money and why He chooses to use it in a particular way, we generally become more familiar with His plans and purposes for our lives and are able to recognize and comprehend His directives.
If you are wondering what this Riverbank Church thing is all about you should come check us out on 3/28 at the Lebanon Opera House at 10 AM