Sunday - Jan. 5: Charles Park kicks off a new sermon series with a message entitled Unconditionally: Be Happy! He says, "How about this for a New Year's resolution: Be Happy with myself, with others and with God? There are 2 ways to approach self-change. The first is, 'I accept myself as I am AND try to improve.' The second is, 'I HAVE to improve or I feel worthless and unhappy with myself.' The difference between these is a difference between heaven and hell. Literally. Spiritually. What would a resolution to Be Happy look like? Why would it be important? How can I make it happen?"
Sunday - Jan. 12: Sara Furste continues the "Unconditionally" sermon series about learning to speak, and comprehend, the different languages of love.
Sunday - Jan. 19: Lunch Discussion w/Caroline. You're invited to join Pastor Caroline Park for an interactive dialogue about the Bible. We'll be looking at the stories of creation from Genesis 1 & 2. How can we thoughtfully interact with the scriptures? It's open to all but space is limited and an RSVP is required.
Wednesday - Jan. 22: Blue Ocean Book Club. Here's an opportunity to gather around a table for a home-cooked meal and to enjoy meaningful conversations about life & faith. Pastors Sara & John Furste host this 4 week casual get-together in their home. Each evening includes making a simple meal together, eating dinner, chatting about the book "Blue Ocean Faith" by Dave Schmelzer which describes the River approach to spirituality. It's open to all but space is limited. Please email sara@riverNYC.org for more info.
All Church Meeting - POSTPONED. Do you consider the River to be your "home church"? The please plan on joining us for our important yearly gathering and report on all that's happening at the River. Stay tuned for a new date to be announced soon.
Thursday - Jan. 30: 7 Principles for Making Relationships Work. Get all the info here.
Sunday, Feb. 9 - Newcomers Lunch. Are you new (or just new-ish :) to the church? Pastors Sara & John Furste would love to invite you to their home for a relaxed chat over a pizza lunch. We'll tell you the story of how the River got started and how we became a church that's fully LGBTQ-inclusive while being fully centered on Jesus. Mark your paper or e-Connection card for all the details.
Hoodies for High Schoolers Fundraiser - We are partnering with the Leadership & Public Service High School in an incentive program for high-performing students. Check the Sunday program for all the details.
Saturday, Nov. 9 & 16 - Parenting Workshop: Emotion Coaching. Based on the research by Drs. John & Julie Gottman, this program helps parents and caregivers increase emotional awareness and communication skills. Get all the details here.
Sunday, Nov. 10 - Dr. Charles Park speaks at our Sunday service. He says, "Faith has a reputation for being an enemy of reason - but what if faith can actually help us overcome our biases and think more clearly, with both conviction AND open-mindedness?" Join us at 10:30AM to hear how faith can make life better.
Sunday, Nov. 17 - Newcomers Lunch. Are you new (or new-ish) to the church? Pastors Sara & John Furste would love to invite you to their home for a relaxed chat over a pizza lunch. We'll tell you the story of how the River got started and how we became a church that's fully LGBTQ-inclusive while being fully centered on Jesus. Mark your paper or e-Connection card for all the details.
September: Keep an eye out for our new post card mailing...it's a great time to invite a friend to the River!
Wednesdays in October: New small group kicks off - Life Redesigned
Sunday, September 29: Guest speaker Dr. Kiran Martin from Asha-India.
Wednesday, Oct. 2: River Hangout in TriBeCa -- open to all
Thursday, Oct. 3: 7 Principles for Making Relationship Work Class kicks off.
Sunday, Oct. 6 -- Dr. Charles Park begins a new sermon series: How Can Faith Make Life Better?
Wednesday, Oct. 9 -- Blue Ocean Book Club begins
Sunday, Oct. 13: Charles Park speaks
Sunday, October 20: Venida Rodman Jenkins speaks
Saturday, October 26: Join our team as we serve at the Father's Heart Food Pantry
Sunday, October 27: Caroline Park speaks
for more info check out the Sunday program or contact us: mail@riverNYC
We've got a great line-up speakers joining us this month:
8/11 - Melinda Jean Louis: River leader and Board Member and mental health professional
8/18 - Val Snekvik: Former host of the Blue Ocean Podcast
8/25 - Lydia Shiu: Pastor of Reservoir Church in Cambridge, MA
Got Lunch plans? After the services we'll be heading over to Clinton Hall Beer Garden (just around the corner) for a casual post-church hangout. They have tasty food & drink with free games and a fun atmosphere for adults and kids alike. You are invited!
Summer is here and, while most groups & classes are on break, there are still LOTS of ways to connect @ the River!
With the school year winding down, we thought it'd be great to celebrate with some special activities for the kids & youth. On Sunday, June 30 our Youth will be heading out with Alison for a special treat and our kids will kick-off the summer season with movie and snacks. Have your children come with a stuffed toy and, if they choose, in pajamas for a "video night" on the 2nd floor with "Ferdinand".
Easter happened back on April 21 but did you know that, traditionally, Easter is not just a one day celebration but a whole SEASON? Yep, in the liturgical church calendar it's known as "Eastertide" and it runs for about 50 days between Easter and Pentecost Sunday. To lean into this special season, we've begun a new sermon series called This Changes Everything!