Church chatter - Mar. 31, 2016

By Lorrie Dyer

On Easter Sunday Rivers United Church very happily welcomed Liam Theo Wood, son of Rick and Ashley Wood, into our church family through the sacrament of baptism. As well, the choir was joined by Janice Brand and Naomi Russell for their Easter anthem, Sound The Trumpet. Both women are former congregants of the church and have mothers (Ina Hyndman and Shirley Russell) living in Rivers. Be sure to watch the Juno Awards this Sunday, April 3, because you just might see Naomi on the red carpet! She is a member of the Canadian Chamber Choir, which has been nominated for a Juno Award. Congratulations!

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Church Chatter - Mar. 17, 2016

By Lorrie Dyer

On Sunday, March 13, Rivers United Church Sunday school held its Dollars for Missions dollar store sale. The children were very excited to offer a wide variety of goods including treats for dogs, cats and birds, as well as human treats such as coffee creamers, spices, dip mixes, bath salts and baking. More than 250 loonies were collected! The money will go towards projects for children in third world countries.

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A threatening symbol

By Rev. Glenna Beauchamp

Rivers and Oak River United Churches

The Feb. 19, 2016 edition of The Church of England paper reports another Chinese Christian pastor was arrested and put in jail. His crime? He protested the government’s policy of forcibly removing crosses from church buildings.

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Finding the truth about Good Friday

By Linda Rioux

After several mock trials before the Jewish priests and elders, Jesus of Nazareth was taken before the Roman governor, Pontius Pilate. Pilate had one main concern: was Jesus setting himself up as a king in opposition to Caesar? So Pilate asked him, “Are you the King of the Jews?” 

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Bethelehemian Rhapsody

By Lorrie Dyer

Rivers United Church was buzzing with excitement on Sunday, Dec. 13 as 22 Sunday school children, several puppets and a real newborn baby presented the Christmas version of the popular Queen song, Bohemian Rhapsody. Of course, there was a “little silhouette-o of a” sheep, an electric guitar interlude duet and angels shining like “lightning — very, very frightening!” Producers and Sunday school teachers Shelley Foster and Becky Stewart created the three-tiered backdrop as well as the fabulous costumes and props. Credit for the YouTube video was given to Fairfax, Virginia Church of Christ, with the clever lyrics written by Mark Brady. Once stanza was, “It’s a wondrous story, anyone can see. Let’s give God the glory! It’s a wondrous story to me.”

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