Update On The Fence For Our Kids

Hey Rocky River Church / Parents of The Bridge,

I just wanted to let you know that in less than 24 hours we have met half of our goal for the new fence (Goal: $2,500). THANK YOU SO MUCH! We are almost there. If you would like to give safely and securely online, click here http://rockyriverchurch.com/give. You can either give directly to The Bridge or give as an offering to Rocky River Church. If you give as an offering, just make a note so we know that it goes to the fence. Also, we've had several folks stop by with their donation. You can also mail in your donation to Rocky River Church, PO Box 68, Harrisburg, NC 28075.

I'll keep you guys updated. And thanks again for making your money count!


Hey Rocky River Church! I hope you are having a GREAT weeks (especially as the kids are getting back into school and the new routines are beginning).

Anyway, as you know, these are VERY exciting times at RRC. Thank you so much for being a part of all that God is doing in the lives of the people in our church and throughout this community through this ministry.

As you know this has been an historical week for us at Rocky River Church. We kicked off a brand new preschool at RRC called The Bridge Academy. It is so exciting to see children using this facility during the week. God has given us a great opportunity to be able to minister to the families in our church and community through this preschool.

This week a number of parents have expressed their concerns about the pond behind the church building. It is also a concern to parents who bring their small children to church on Sundays. That said, we have decided to put in a fenced in play area behind the building. This is a play area the our kids can use on Sundays as well as The Bridge Academy during the week. This will be a nice chain-link fence with vinyl coating like you would find at most Preschools and Day Cares in our community. The area to be fenced in is 50x70 so it will be plenty big enough for us to grow into and add a full playground at some point.

Anyway, this is a very important project. Because of the safety concerns (and by faith) we have told the fencing contractor to proceed. We are hoping to have the fence installed this Saturday! The estimated cost is $2,500. We do not have this in our budget, but again, it is needed for the safety and peace of mind of parents and staff.

I would like to ask you to consider giving a special financial gift to this project. You can give safely and securely right now at http://rockyriverchurch.com/give. Or, you can mail a check to Rocky River Church, PO Box 68, Harrisburg, NC 28075. If you plan to give, will you shoot me an email just to let me know? This is very important. My email address is Jimmy@RockyRiverChurch.com.

Thank you so much for considering this!

God bless you! Hope to see you Sunday.


Jimmy Britt, Lead Pastor

Open Letter From Pastor Jimmy

Hey Rocky River Church! Karen and I are back home, safe and sound, after a GREAT trip to Turkey and Greece where we walked in the footsteps of the Apostle Paul when he took his second missionary journey to take the Gospel to Europe. Thank you so much for your prayers and support! While we had a great and meaningful trip we are so glad to be home and can't wait to see you on Sunday!

[Upcoming Message Series]
For the next three Sundays I am going to be teaching from the books of Revelation and Acts in a mini series called "The 7 Marks of the Church." I have never been more excited about a series of messages than I am about this one. Do everything you can to be here this Sunday!

[Back To School Bash]
Join in the fun on Wednesday night, August 21 for our annual BACK TO SCHOOL BASH. The food, fun and games begin at 6PM. Oh yeah, we are also having a baptism at 7PM. For more information about baptism, send me an email to Pastor@RockyRiverChurch.com. This is going to be a great night of fun to wrap up a great summer.

[iServe Conference]
Mark your calendar RIGHT NOW for our first ever iShare Ministry Conference at Rocky River Church. The date is Saturday, August 24th at 9:30AM. You will learn all about our volunteer strategy and how to get connected and really make a difference in our community through volunteering. We have over SIXTY folks who have already registered. To hold your spot send an email to Donnie@RockyRiverChurch.com or call the church office at 704-795-7625.

[GO DEEP - Wednesday Night Bible Study]
On Wednesday night, August 28th our mid-week Bible study "Go Deep" starts back up. I will be teaching through the book of 2 Samuel in the Old Testament. It is a going to be a verse-by-verse, chapter-by-chapter through this historical book of the Bible. Don't miss it! Oh yeah, you don't have to be a Bible scholar to show up. Just bring a copy of the Bible with you - that's all you need. AND, if you don't have a copy of the Bible, that's okay because we have one for you. (Time: 7-8:15)

Anyway, I just wanted to share some of these things with you. We are looking forward to a great few weeks at Rocky River Church. It is tremendous to think of what God has planned for our lives together as we serve Him at our church. Thank you so much for being a part of it! BUCKLE UP...HERE WE GO!

God bless you!
Pastor Jimmy

Rocky River Church, Friends and Family

Hi! Just wanted to let you know that I will not be blogging for the next couple of weeks or so. Karen and I leave out tomorrow with some GREAT friends to follow in the footsteps of the Apostle Paul in Turkey and Greece. It is the dream trip of a lifetime (for us). We leave out on July 30 to Istanbul, Turkey where we will tour for three days. Next we will board a four mast boat and tour the Greek Isles to visit places like Santorini, Ephesus, Collosae, Rhodes and the Island of Patmos (where John wrote the book of Revelation). We finish up with a three day tour of Athens, Greece. Again, we feel so blessed!

Anyway, I just wanted to ask for your prayers for safe travels. Karen and I will certainly be remembering you in our prayers. In fact, we plan to have prayers for our church, family and friends in many of the sites we visit along the way.

We love you and look forward to seeing you soon! God's blessings...

P.S. - If I can, I'll blog or Facebook some pictures along the way. :)


Hey Rocky River Church. It is THURSDAY and the countdown to Sunday is "ON LIKE DONKEY KONG - JACK" (as Si would say). I can't wait! I'm so excited about a message I'll be preaching called "A New Beginning." The story we'll be looking at is from the life of Jacob - a guy who definitely needed a new beginning. Jacob made a lot of mistakes and had plenty of failures but God gave him a new beginning and He will give you one too. Don't let anything keep you away from Rocky River Church and your miracle this Sunday! See you at 9AM or 10:30. Be sure to bring a friend with you.

See ya! Love ya!

P.S. - For step by step directions from your doorstep to ours, [click here] http://rockyriverchurch.com/directions

P.S.S. - If you would like to get connected to one of our service teams, send an email to Donnie@RockyRiverChurch.com.

P.S.S. - If you would like to support Rocky River Church financially, [click here] http://rockyriverchurch.com/give

Renegade Pastors Network

Hey to all my pastor friends and church leaders out there. If you are not a part of the Renegade Pastors Network with Nelson Searcy at Church Leader Insights you are MISSING OUT! The "Equipping Interview Call" in July with Bob Whitesel is worth the cost of the whole network. Man it is so helpful! And by the way, the Renegade Pastors Network is ALL ABOUT the nuts and bolts of growing you, growing your church, and reaching people for Christ. Also, be on the look for Bob's new book "The Healthy Church" (practical ways to strengthen a church's heart). I ordered two copies today!

Click here to sign up for the Renegade Pastors Network NOW http://www.churchleaderinsights.com/index.php/resources/renegade-pastors....

Some Encouragement For Today

Hey! I have three verses from the Scriptures that are encouraging me today and I thought they might encourage you too. Read them again and again. Write them out. Memorize them...even.

Isaiah 41:10 (NIV) - "So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand."

Psalm 46:1 (NLT) - "God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble."

2 Corinthians 4:16-18 (NLT) - "16 Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. 17 For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. 18 So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal."

Be encouraged today. God is in control and He is working in our lives. No matter what happens in your today, tomorrow or any other day, God can handle it. Nothing is too big for Him. Lean into Him.

Blessings and Peace.

Open Letter To Rocky River Church

My heart is full today. I'm so grateful for the people in my life - my family, staff, friends and the GREAT FOLKS of ROCKY RIVER CHURCH! I love this church! I'm very excited about what God is doing in our church and the things that are happening in the lives of people. I can't believe I get to be the pastor of this great church.

Thank you for being a part of all God is doing! Keep it up!

** Very Important Message **

Hey Rocky River Church. I just wanted to get a quick and important message to you. This Sunday - June 29 - I am preaching a sermon from Matthew 11:28-30 called "Overcoming Overload." In this important message we will learn three important keys for how to set aside our burdens and restore "margin" into our overloaded, stressed out, and often times "out of control" lives. Don't miss this important sermon. I believe it is going to be a "liberating" weekend. BTW, be sure to invite a friend to join you.

God bless you guys. I love you! More importantly, GOD LOVES YOU!

See you Sunday at 9AM or 10:30AM.

Open Letter To Rocky River Church

** This Sunday @ Rocky River Church - June 23 **

Hey Rocky River Church. I just wanted to let you know that this Sunday I will be preaching what may be the most important message I've ever preached. The message is on the "end times." Specifically, are we nearing the end of the world as we know it? People want to know. Today I Googled "end of times" and it brought up over 2 BILLION hits! So lets deal with it!

Just so you know, I am NOT a prophet of doom so this will be a message of hope and encouragement.

I am letting you know about this Sunday's message ahead of time so that you can make plans to be at Rocky River Church this weekend. Also, be sure to invite someone to be your guest with you for this VERY important message.

Folks, we are closer than we've ever been before... The "end" is coming.

See you Sunday at 9AM or 10:30AM. I love you guys!