Important Message From Pastor Jimmy


Hey Rocky River Church! I hope you are doing GREAT! As I am writing this post it is about 3:30 in the afternoon and Friday and I am almost finished with my "regular" day-to-day stuff for the week. I am totally PSYCHED out of my mind excited for Sunday. I am teaching a "stand alone" message about the "afterlife" from Luke 16:19-31 (The Rich Man and Lazarus). The message is called "The Walking Dead." I believe it is going to be a GREAT SUNDAY that you do not want to miss. And be sure and invite someone to come along with you.

A couple more things...
1. On Sunday, October 27 we are kicking off a new message series called "Faith, Family and Ducks." One of the things I have learned while serving this community for more than 14 years is that families come in all shapes and sizes - blended, single parent, long-distance and traditional. But no matter the shape or size; all families have some things to learn about how to be stronger, closer and able to handle any storm. This series is going to be practical, helpful and a lot of fun too! Oh yeah, it's going to get a little bit redneck around here. :)

2. Our Halloweenie Roast and Trunk O' Treat is Sunday, October 27 from 4:30-7PM. It is going to be a great time of fun - AND - it won't cost you a thing. This is absolutely a FREE EVENT. Tell everyone you know about it!

Anyway, I look forward to seeing you this weekend. I love you guys. More importantly, God loves you [YEAH YOU!] - no matter who you are, or where you've been, no matter what you've done, and no matter what's been done to you.

Your Friend,
Jimmy

Prayer Gathering At Hickory Ridge High School


Hey Rocky River Church. Just wanted to make sure everyone knows about the prayer service tonight for the three students involved in Friday's night automobile crash. The service will be at Hickory Ridge High School at 6:30PM. I would encourage you to be there by 6PM to show your support for the Lucas, Ziglar and Fox families.

*Special thanks to Pastor David Henderson and the great folks at Venture Church for getting this together, along with the administration at HRHS.

See you there!
Jimmy

ALMOST THERE!


Hey Rocky River Church. I hope you're having a GREAT MONDAY!

The reason for this quick post is to let you know that we are ONLY $500 away from having the fence in the children's area completely paid for. Just as a reminder, we had the fence installed so that our kids will have a safe place to play on Sundays, as well as the children in our preschool (The Bridge Academy). I would really like to finish this up this week if at all possible. If you can help us make this happen will you shoot me an email to Jimmy@RockyRiverChurch.com? If we had 10 people who could give $50 we could reach this goal. OF COURSE, any financial assistance is GREATLY appreciated.

You can give safely and securely right now at http://rockyriverchurch.com/give. Just [CLICK] and follow the easy links. You can also drop mail a check to the church office. Rocky River Church, 887 Pitt School Road SW, Concord, NC 28027.

Thank you so much! Have a great week! See you on Sunday.

Jimmy

Reflection And Prayer On This 9/11


Hey Rocky River Church. The following is an email written and sent by two of my good friends - both pastors at The Journey Church in New York City. Nelson and Kerrick sent it to their church members/attenders to be a reflection and prayer. It was a great encouragement to me so I thought I'd pass it along to you for your encouragement on this day as well.

God bless you...
Pastor Jimmy

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Dear Journey Family –

I have to admit . . . more so than at any other time in the last 12 years since the horrible circumstances of September 11, 2001 – I let this anniversary slip up on me unexpectedly.

Maybe it’s because as a city we tend to heal and rebuild so quickly. Maybe it’s because we are so easily distracted by what’s in front of us.

But I wanted to sit down and write you over lunch today – to encourage you to let today be a day of both REFLECTION and PRAYER for our city and for our church.

Both Pastor Nelson and I moved to NYC in the summer of 2001 to begin a new church called The Journey whose purpose would be to help the people of NYC become fully developing followers of Jesus.

And on September 11, 2001 we were just days from our first monthly service on the Upper West Side. That first service would become a Memorial Service for those who lost loved ones in the attacks.

I don’t believe it was an accident that God called us to the city and chose to start our church at that time. God is always working for good – even during difficult circumstances and in the midst of evil (Genesis 50:20, Romans 8:28).

It’s amazing to think about – but since September 11, 2001 God has used our church in some pretty amazing ways to be a blessing to our city. We have seen 1,551 people baptized since that day. We have seen families come together, broken lives healed and so many people called to ministry or to the mission field. We have grown to be a church with campuses in Manhattan, Queens, Boca Raton, FL – and a new one on the way in Staten Island this Fall.

Today as I reflect on how God has chosen to use our church – I am greatly humbled and grateful. I hope you are too.

So – today would you take a few moments over lunch or whenever you read this e-mail to pray?

1 – PRAY FOR OUR CITY. Pray that God would continue to draw New Yorkers to Himself and that He would bless and protect the city that we live in and love. Pray for our leaders. Pray for those who call New York City their home.

2 – PRAY FOR OUR CHURCH. Pray that God would continue to use us. That is the greatest honor of all. As imperfect as we are – that God has chosen to use us to be a blessing to our city and to so many people. Pray that this Fall (during our teaching series on Proverbs called WISER) and over the next decade – that God would allow us to reach more New Yorkers with the love of Christ than ever before.

As I reflect and pray today – know that I am also thankful for you. Thank you for being part of The Journey Church family and for going on this journey with us!

See you on Sunday & God bless…

Kerrick

**IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT** From Pastor Jimmy Britt


Hey Rocky River Church! I hope you have had a great Labor Day weekend.

To get right to it, I want to announce an important service time change at RRC. We are changing our second Sunday morning service from 10:30AM to 10:45AM. There are a couple of important reasons for the time change. First, the 9:00AM service is rarely out before 10:20 which makes it really tough for folks coming in for the second service to find a place to park. That also makes the folks from the early service feel like they have to run out the door. Second, it feels like we are herding one group in and another group out with no time in between for folks to catch up, talk and make vital connections.

Thank you for making a note of this and PLEASE help us get the word out. The time change begins THIS SUNDAY, September 8. Once again, the service times for this Sunday are 9:00AM and 10:45AM.

Thank you Rocky River Church. I love you guys! See you on Sunday if not before.

Jimmy Britt, Lead Pastor
www.RockyRiverChurch.com

PS. This Sunday is going to be an important one. We are continuing with our series in REVELATION with a message called, "What Jesus Says To The Confused Church." The message is about how to get our lives back on the "truth" track. Invite someone to be your guest this weekend. See you at 9:00AM or 10:45AM!

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!
Jimmy

**IMPORTANT** - FROM PASTOR JIMMY BRITT


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

Jimmy Britt, Lead Pastor
www.RockyRiverChurch.com

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...
Jimmy

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

IMPORTANT MESSAGE ABOUT THIS SUNDAY!


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!
Jimmy

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