River City Renovations, September 21, 2019

It’s time for another River City Renovations update and a lot has happened since our last post!  We had another successful cross-campus Work Day. We got a lot of work accomplished with lots of camaraderie and a little pizza along the way.
 
 
Outside, a team worked hard on painting all of the old swing sets.  The new play set was installed and the new swings are up!!
 
 
 
Inside one team ripped up all of old carpet in the narthex and hallways.
 
                                     
 
At the beginning of this week we had a very exciting delivery!! All of the luxury vinyl plank flooring was delivered and install will begin on Tuesday, September 24th!
 
 

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River City Renovations Update 9/6/19

A lot has been happening on the inside and outside of our River City Campus of St. Matthews UMC.  It is amazing what people can do when they work together.   Volunteers gathered the week of August 18-25 to power wash, landscape and prep areas for playground and inside work.  Check out what can happen in a week’s time!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
One of the biggest goals at River City is that it will be a place that is welcoming to kids and families!  We have done a lot of work on our playground and creating a Gaga Ball Pit and Basketball Goal.  The weekend of September 8 volunteers will gather to paint, assemble swings and put together playground equipment.
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BEFORE
IN PROGRESS
Inside the building we are in the process of creating a gathering area off the main hallway.  This area will be a great place for people hangout between events and for groups to host fellowship times.  It also brightens up the hallways with natural light.  On September 16 flooring will be laid in the hallways, nursery, bathrooms and gathering area.  We were able to purchase flooring below wholesale through IPA Properties!  We are thankful for generous people!
 
 
 
 
 
 
ORIGINAL
 
 
 
 
 
 
Gathering Area and ADA Bathroom
Second area
for gathering space
Light coming in hallways

We have also been blessed through the generosity of all the people of St. Matthews (St. Matthews Campus, River City Campus, TDA and Canvas).  We had 40 people at our work day (pics below) on August 24 and we have raised $35,014 in cash as of September 6, 2019 and have a total (including on hand) of $42,000 pledged.  We are well on our way of reaching our goal of $112,000.  Our Design Team and a subcommittee of Trustees has approved upcoming work including installation of flooring, completion of ADA Handicapped Bathroom, painting and updates to the fire alarm and fire extinguisher systems.  We have a total of $35,014 on hand and a total of $27,000 approved work. Our team is committed to leaving at least a $7,500 buffer of money on hand and approved work to avoid over spending and making sure we have enough money for unexpected expenses.   If you would like to make a donation to renovations you can do so by going to www.rivercitymethodist.com and clicking on “donate.”  Be sure to select “River City Relocation” in the drop down menu.  You can also make a check out to River City UMC or St. Matthews UMC and put “River City Relocation” in the memo.  100% of your funds will go towards renovations at the River City Campus.    For more information you may contact Kristie Jones or Maria Gray at the St. Matthews Campus or Paula Walker, Rick Farrow, Ashley Deskins or Pastor Derek at the River City Campus.   In our next update we will show you continued work on the inside of the church and an update on the house and playground!       

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Believe: Our Perspective—Hope, Love, Joy, and Peace

Sunday: Psalm 100, Copy down in your own handwriting the lyrics to your favorite Christmas carol. Ask God to use this season to help you experience the joy and peace the song communicates in a new way this year.
 
Monday: Matthew 25, How would your life be different today if you believed Jesus was returning at midnight? If something springs to mind that you would do differently, go do it now.
 
Tuesday: John 3:16, Do you feel so loved today? Say this verse aloud. Memorize it if you haven’t already. What has been your greatest moment of being a Jesus follower? What has been your worst moment as a Jesus follower? How have you experienced God’s love in the highs and the lows?
 
Wednesday: Luke 1:26-56, Matthew 1:18-25, Christmas is a day that we celebrate the gift of God’s love to the world in Jesus Christ. One of the best gifts you can give God in return is to share Jesus with others. Brainstorm ways that you can share the gift of God’s love with the people in your life.
 
Thursday: Luke 2:1-40, Re-read the story of the birth of Jesus that we have been focusing on this Advent season. This time, notice the ways that God’s peace is experienced in this story. How do you need to experience peace in your life? How do you sense God calling you to bring peace into the lives of others and into our world?
 
Friday: Luke 1:34-38, Notice Mary’s faith and surrender in this passage: “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word” (ESV). How do you need to surrender to God’s will in your life? In what specific area to do you need to trust God and be
able to say, God, let Your will be done?
 
Saturday: Matthew 5:9, God calls us to be people who make peace in the world. Take time today to pray that God will help you make peace in your family…in your friendships…at work or at school…in your church…and in your community. We prepare the way for the coming of Christ by being instruments of God’s peace.

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Grow, Pray, & Study: Believe! The Magi’s Perspective

Sunday: Luke 1, Jeremiah 32:17; Why do you think God delights in doing the impossible? Is God asking you to believe something that seems impossible right now? Write down something you want to ask Him for this Christmas that seems impossible.
 
Monday: Matthew 2:1-12; The wise men worshiped Jesus by kneeling. Get on your knees (or find some other posture of humility as you are able, i.e. bowing your head, placing your open hands in your lap, etc.) and express to him right now how much you love Him. How does just being in that position change the position of your heart?
 
Tuesday: Galatians 4:1-7; Read the passage about how we have been adopted as children of God through Christ. Many people adopt a family to help during Christmas. Find someone who needs a family this Christmas and make plans to be that family for them.
 
Wednesday: Isaiah 58, Matthew 6:16-18; Take at least a day to fast from something. Journal about your experience of fasting. What did you learn? How did it change you?
 
Thursday: Luke 11:1-3; Use the Lord’s Prayer as a pattern to write down a prayer that has some of those same ideas in it. What parts of Jesus’ prayer pattern do you often leave out the times you pray? How was writing down your prayer different from just saying it?
 
Friday: John 1; What is significant about understanding that Jesus is The Word and that He has been God since the beginning? “Follow me” is a statement you find in John 1. What was it like when Jesus asked you to follow Him?
 
Saturday: John 21:25; Christmas is getting closer! It will be easy to lose focus on Him as the season gets busier. Read the last verse of the Gospel of John. What is your favorite part about Jesus’ life?

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Small Group Study: Life’s Healing Choices Week 3

As always let your group gather and share some glory sightings or High, Low, Highs of the week.
 
1. Starting question—this week we want to talk about the good times and the bad times. So to get the ball rolling we want everyone to think of your proudest moment and your most embarrassing moment. If we all feel comfortable sharing quickly…
 
There are a lot of things that we can take pride in. Sometimes it is our job, our kids, our accomplishments, etc. If we aren’t careful sometimes these things can grow out of control. In our story of Jacob and Joseph we see a father (Jacob) who took pride in his son (Joseph). This was an ok thing but his pride was a little too deep. In fact Jacob’s pride went way back into his own childhood. Jacob was conniving and deceiving throughout his life and the ripples that he made in his childhood followed him all the way to his adulthood and influenced even his own children. Lets watch this video of how Jacob’s life influenced Joseph’s life. 
 
Joseph had a lot of bad stuff happen to him throughout his life that was out of his control. He was thrown in a well, sold into slavery, thrown in prison….none of this was a direct result of his choices. He was kind of like Andy Dufrain on Shawshank Redemption. Through it all Joseph showed a high level of integrity.
 
 
2. What do you think is a true mark of integrity? Who is someone you know that you consider to have very high integrity? What characteristics does this person possess (or what do they do) that makes you feel this way about them?
 
3. Integrity is probably the most important thing that any of us could possess because each of our decisions creates a ripple effect. If you have ever seen the movie “Crash” you know that the movie is based on simple decisions that produce big results (good and bad). Looking back on your life can you think of a simple decision that you made that had a big ripple effect in your life?
 
4. Have you ever been effected by someone else’s ripple effect? Meaning, has someone else made a decision (good or bad) that had a ripple influence effect in your life?
 
5. Well, Joseph had a lot of CRAP happen in his life that could have lead him down a wrong path. Let’s read about them real quick.
 Genesis 39:1-23
 Genesis 40:1-23
 
6. What were you most impressed with about Joseph in these passages?
 
7. What could have been Joseph’s list of excuses to make different decisions in these passages.
 
8. In the story of Potiphar’s wife Joseph sacrificed temporary pleasure for a long term gain.
 Has there been a time in your life where you have had to delay gratification for a larger purpose or goal? Can you share a story?
 
 
9. In prison Joseph had to live with consistent integrity—no matter what—he never knew if he was going to get out of prison or not even though he had done nothing wrong.
 In each of his situations Joseph’s consistent integrity paid off. He was his dad’s favorite…leader of Potiphar’s house…leader of the prison. In the midst of all of this he focused on DOING GOOD not necessarily FEELING GOOD.
 How do we continue to do good deeds or have high integrity in the midst of the lower points in our lives?
 Has their been a time in your life where you have had to “fake it til you make it.” Basically you had to just get through something even though you weren’t feeling it anymore?
 
 
10. Joseph didn’t stay in prison. His integrity lead him to be the most powerful person in Egypt because he was going to help lead people out of the famine that was coming. Basically he had all of the power.
 Think about your life. Do you have any positions of authority?
 What are key characteristics of people in authority who have high integrity? Low integrity?
 How do their decisions create a ripple effect?
 
11. Joseph had the opportunity that many people dream of. To pay back the people that had wronged him in a very big way. Instead he chose to forgive his brothers and to help them live. In doing this he changed the ripple effect of his entire family.
 Think about your life…when has someone offered you grace when you didn’t deserve it?
i. Here if you have time you might go to www.rivercitymethodist.com and click on the podcast and share Janna’s testimony with your group and discuss.
 Think about your life…when have you offered someone grace whether they deserved it or not.

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