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Special Announcement

We are sad to announce the passing of Denise Firth's mother, Joyce. Joyce was 96. She passed away in the UK just a few nights ago. Denise and Graham of course are stuck in Australia with no choice to mourn the passing of Joyce from a distance. 

Please join with your church family in praying for The Firths during this sad time

Tuesday 22nd September

 

Welcome to a late update on this chilly evening. First things first;

  • If you live up Warby way you will no doubt have been hearing a Helicopter flying back & forth for over an hour now; searchers are out looking for that young lad who went missing in Launching Place this morning. People are asking if you are able to, switch on your outside lights and maybe leave a blanket or a jacket on your front porch. We are asking you to keep a human eye out  for sure, but to also raise the temperature on your spiritual eyes i.e. pray

  • Adam has written another devotional to share with you all. Click here to have a look. Can I urge each of you to take time to read what Adam has been writing? In lieu of not being able to meet yet as a group, this is a great way to hear Adam's heartbeat for what he has been called to do here in the valley; Take time; read; respond

  • There's another beaut devotional from Marion. Do yourself a favour and have a read of these beautiful, simple but profound pieces that Marion has been sharing with us. Click here to have a look. 

  • Watch out for a new devotional from me. It should be up tomorrow afternoon

  • There is so much to pray for at the moment.

    • Pray for our local & global leaders; pray for a vaccine for this horrible disease.

    • Pray that through this global suffering, there is a new revelation about God that would sweep the planet.

    • Pray for those who are in fear of losing everything that they held dear. Ask God to replace that fear with a faith so real & so deep. 

    • Pray for local people that you know are struggling with anxiety and loneliness. Bring their names to mind and ask God to be a real comfort in this time

    • Pray for yourself 

Monday the 21st September

Good morning/afternoon/evening good people

Here we are chasing another week. We keep hearing stories of the journey that many of you are on during this nutty year. Some of you are hunkering down and getting on with it; others are really feeling the struggle as the isolation of a lockdown grinds on. I suspect that most of us are vacillating between those two points. I put my head down for an afternoon nap (something that Parkinsons meds force upon me most days) and when I woke up I couldn't remember where I was, what day it was and whether Bernie was home. Aah well; as difficult as things may be (and gotta tell ya, I've been struggling a bit these last two weeks) each of us has to grab hold of what God is leading us to discover each & every day. It's not easy but it is a path worth discovering and once you discover it, you hang on with all the strength that you can muster.

So, what's going on in this neck of the woods?

  • Adam is well ensconced in his new role at River Valley; his energy & enthusiasm are very encouraging. Make sure you pray for him as he finds his feet. If you would like to get in touch with him but are not sure how, you can always leave him a message via enquiries button below, or the get in touch button above.

  • Murray & Anne Patterson have taken up the role as elders at RVC. We had our first meeting with them last week. (For the record, elders have been meeting via zoom throughout this pandemic). Along with Adam in his role, this new blood makes for exciting times to look forward to.

  • Prayer; first, foremost, within and above all; prayer at RVC will always be a priority. One of the first tasks that we thought we had to cover when the pandemic hit us, was that we needed to find ways to keep people praying. At the moment we have 3 or 4 fronts that we are attacking this on

    • Jenny Syme conducts a midday prayerful reflection each day. This​ is via SMS. All you need to do to be a part of it is to let one of our office folk know. Once that happens you will receive a midday text message calling you to pray. 

    • This website has a page that we publish prayer requests as people ask us for prayer. You just need to check it regularly and then join in with the prayer requests that get published. If you have a prayer request that you would like people to join in with you, just contact the office (enquiries button below, get in touch button above, phone number at the bottom of the page)

    • Some of our pastoral crew are (legally) able to visit you if you have a genuine need; 

    • Facebook; Carol is doing a wonderful job of keeping people connected via the facebook page; many of her posts will draw you into reflection & prayer. 

More to come but that will do for now​

Mick Mc

Thursday the 17th September

  • Welcome to Thursday. As I type this, the new has just broken that the Covid numbers are now at 28 new cases, the lowest that they have been in a long while. Thanks God; but hey, keep praying; Pray for wisdom for leaders all over the world, especially in hotspots like India, as well as the dreadful double whammy in the USA, with the virus and the horrible fires wreaking havoc. 

  • If you have no other prayer in these times, why not pray the prayer that Jesus taught his disciples; maybe that prayer was for just such a time as this; "Our Father, who art in heaven..."

  • You might be wondering where the videos from our Online Sunday services have all gone. Well they haven't gone far; they have just moved a few doors down onto their very own page now. The page is called "River Valley Online". Click Here if you would like to have a look.

  • Did you see Adam give his first message to River Valleyians? As Grant Morriss would say "It was a beauty" and there has been a lot of positive feedback about it. Adam has added a devotional today that you may want to check out. Click Here for a look. 

  • There are also new devotionals from the wonderful Marion, Rod Blackmore, Leiza, Charley, (SO MANY: PHEW!!). Click here for a read

  • Also; it is with great joy that we welcome Murray and Anne Patterson to the River Valley Eldership. Murray is on board as a fully fledged member; Anne has taken up the role of Honorary elder; More about what all of that means later on. Welcome aboard Pattersons. This is shaping up to be a great season in spite of what the rest of the physical world is trying to steal from us. 

  • Let's not forget all of the behind the scenes work from so many people; today in particular I would like to say a big thanks to Carol, Denise & Shirley who just get on with it and get stuff done. Well done. Carol, you are doing an amazing job with that Facebook page

Monday the 14th September

Welcome to a new week; things were a little quiet on this website last week as we were caught up in the preparation required for our Online service that was put up yesterday. I will leave that link up below for another 24 hours and then we might put it up on its own page with the other online services that we have generated. 

So, what's new?

  • Adam has survived his introduction to RVC. There is an interview with him as he shares a few things about what makes him tick (Click here to have a look at that). He also share the word in the online service that we streamed yesterday. Make sure you check it out (below).

  • I have put up a new devotional in "Thoughts from your elders". It's a few thoughts on a popular scripture that many people gravitate towards. Click here for a read. 

  • As always, Jenny Syme (Simmo to her friends) publishes a "call to prayer" devotional at midday each day. She is doing a great job of keeping people prayerfully united. Contact us via this website or via the phone number below if you would like to be part of this.

  • Need a food parcel, a pastoral visit, have a prayer need? Contact us via this website if you have anything that you think we may be able to assist you with. 

  • A big public thanks to all who made the online service possible. All of our planning and execution of that plan took place within the Covid19 restrictions (which added a certain degree of difficulty to the plan. There were around 9 of us involved on the day; never more than 5 of of us in the same space at anyone time (which is what the guidelines stipulated.) About 5 hours of planning and preparation x 3 people; 3 hours to setup x 5 people; 2.5 hours to film x 9 people (5 in the room, 4 in a separate holding space) 1 hour to pack down x 4 people, probably conservatively 3 hours of editing x 2 people. That's about 61 hours. What a team!! 

Thursday 10th September

Important announcement about an important Announcement...

Over the past few weeks we've been publishing a notice informing you of the nomination of 2 new Elders. It would appear that I have misread some of the details. I thought that the nomination time was a 30 day period; I've now been told that the nomination time is in fact 3 weeks. This means that the nomination period for the new elders ends at close of business tomorrow. See the adjusted note below this...

  • IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: River Valley Elders are pleased to announce the nomination of Murray Patterson for the position of church elder. We are also happy to announce the nomination of Anne Patterson for the position of honorary elder. RVC people have 3 weeks from 21st August 2020, (COB) to raise any matters for the current elders to consider in the matter of the selection of either of these candidates for the roles as mentioned. Any concerns should be in writing and sent to the church office via letter or e-mail. Any correspondence in this matter must be signed and dated. 

  • ​A word of explanation. Over the last 2 weeks we have been flagging the nomination of Murray Patterson for the position of Elder, as well as the nomination of Ann Patterson for the position of honorary Elder. Some people have been asking what we mean by "honorary". It's pretty simple; the title of honorary elder acknowledges the capability of Ann to fill the role of providing a level of counsel, insight & input as an elder; something that as Elders we desire to support & utilise; we also acknowledge that for personal health reasons, Ann is unable to make a commitment to turn up to every meeting. The title of honorary simply welcomes what we recognise Ann has to offer whilst releasing her from that burden of regular attendance.  

Tuesday the 8th September

And away we go!!

  • So, Adam Killeen is off and running. He is champing at the bit to meet all of you and has hit the ground running with ideas and motivations and a huge heart to see the love of God released in a new and fresh way here in our humble little valley. If you missed it, Adam has recorded a video interview that you can click here to watch; he has also written 2 articles for this website; one that he wrote for RVC Dads on fathers day (you can see that below), and the other as a reflection which you can click here to have a read.   

  • Did you get blown away last night? What a wind storm that was! Such an unleashing of power. I hope and pray that you survived the night OK. If you have any needs that flow out of last night then please contact the office via the number at the bottom of the page. 

  • There are some new articles and worship music coming. These should all be up throughout the arvo & and by midday tomorrow. So keep checking back. 

  • There will be another RVC online service this Sunday. We will publish details this arvo 

  • IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: River Valley Elders are pleased to announce the nomination of Murray Patterson for the position of church elder. We are also happy to announce the nomination of Anne Patterson for the position of honorary elder. RVC people have 30 days from 20th August 2020, (10.00 am) to raise any matters for the current elders to consider in the matter of the selection of either of these candidates for the roles as mentioned. Any concerns should be in writing and sent to the church office via letter or e-mail. Any correspondence in this matter must be signed and dated. 

  • ​A word of explanation. Over the last 2 weeks we have been flagging the nomination of Murray Patterson for the position of Elder, as well as the nomination of Ann Patterson for the position of honorary Elder. Some people have been asking what we mean by "honorary". It's pretty simple; the title of honorary elder acknowledges the capability of Ann to fill the role of providing a level of counsel, insight & input as an elder; something that as Elders we desire to support & utilise; we also acknowledge that for personal health reasons, Ann is unable to make a commitment to turn up to every meeting. The title of honorary simply welcomes what we recognise Ann has to offer whilst releasing her from that burden of regular attendance.  

Sunday the 6th September

Fathers Day 

Good morning good people; I hope you find yourself basked in sunshine and blessings of the knowledge of God on this day. Just a short note today

  • Our new person at the Helm (Adam) has asked if we could indulge him in sharing two messages; the first one (below) is a special message to all Fathers on this day. The second one which is posted on the "Thoughts from your elders" page, is a general introduction from Adam. Click here to have a look at that. Also, if you haven't seen it yet, their is a video of an interview with Adam, available for you to have a gander; click here to check that out

  • Regardless of your political persuasion, don't forget to pray for our political leaders. God is big enough to deal with all of yours, mine & their shortcomings at the same time. 

  • Don't forget; next Sunday will be our next RVC online service. More details as we make some decisions. Here's Adam....

Good morning RVC Dads!

 

Here’s wishing you all a fantastic Father’s Day filled with all the blessings that being a Dad can bring.

As your Pastor I personally want to say a huge THANK YOU to you all. The role you play as a Father has a massive impact on the shape of our next generation. It’s your leading and role modelling which helps to guarantee our society of strong faith filled men and woman into the future. As Proverbs 22:6 says: Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old, he shall not depart from it.

 

Deuteronomy 6:5-9 tells us to Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. Take to heart these words that I give you today. Repeat them to your children. Talk about them when you’re at home or away, when you lie down or get up. Write them down, and tie them around your wrist, and wear them as headbands as a reminder. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates. What an incredibly important responsibility we have! Passing onto our children the instructions and the heart of The Lord. And remember that “If we don’t teach our children to follow Christ, the world will teach them not to.”

 

It would also be amiss of me in this current age not to mention the Fathers amongst us who have been robbed of the opportunity to raise our children in the role of fulltime Dad. However, I do want to encourage you that although this world may rob you of this blessing, it cannot take away the inherent connection that exists between a father and his children. Take heart my brothers, your example is never lost. Your children will always look at you to try and get a picture of who they really are. Please stand firm in the face of adversity and let your example point your children not only to who they are but also to whom they belong.

 

And to the widows and single mothers amongst us who toil tirelessly doing their very best to try and fill the role of both Mother and Father, I thank you from the bottom of my heart. Although one parent, no matter which gender, cannot completely fill the role of both Mother and Father, we acknowledge your endless efforts and thank you for the sacrifices you make on a daily basis. You also deserve to be appreciated and remembered on this Father’s Day. 

Enjoy the sunshine today and be blessed,

Adam Killeen

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