We Feebly Struggle; They In Glory Shine
We believe in “the holy Christian Church, the communion of saints” (Apostles’ Creed). All with saving faith in Jesus as their Savior are holy. (Saint comes from the Latin word sanctus which means holy.) God grants the status of saint to all believers. Since sainthood is achieved through faith in Christ, we refer to believers as the invisible Church. Members are unknown to us since only God can see the heart. Furthermore, even if we knew the identity of each saint on earth, they would not look all that different from the rest of mankind. Believers still struggle with trials, temptations, and sin. Nor does membership in the holy Christian Church, the communion of saints make life easier. In some ways it makes life more difficult as we struggle against a world that is hostile towards Christ. However, some members of the communion of saints no longer struggle with trial and sin. They are not oppressed by an anti-Christian world. These are all the saints who, through their Christian death, have triumphed over all these things. The blessedness of being God’s saint is no longer invisible for them. They live in the glory of Christ’s light. This week, we thank God for those members of the communion of saints who have gone before us and now enjoy everlasting life. We feebly struggle, just as they once did. But now, thanks to Christ, they in glory shine. Their example encourages us as we patiently wait to join them. Join us this Sunday for worship (8:00 & 10:30 am) and Bible Study and Sunday School (9:20-10:10 am).
Please keep the following in your prayers:
- The Family of Earl Semrow, who was called home to heaven on Sunday, October 23.
- Our Congregation, as we wait for the Lord to provide another pastor to serve here.
- Gloria Brickham, who had successful shoulder surgery, for healing and recovery.
- Brian Werth, who continues to wait for a kidney transplant
- Riverview Boards, many of which are meeting next week
- Our Government and Election Workers, as Election Day approaches on Tuesday, November 8.
Daylight Saving Time Ends
Daylight saving time ends this weekend. Remember to set your clocks back 1 hour on Saturday night. Then join us for worship, Sunday School, and Bible study on Sunday morning.
Click here to view the November Riverview Report to stay informed on what is happening at Riverview Lutheran Church and School and other WELS news.
If your board, committee or club has news to share with the congregation please submit by email to firstname.lastname@example.org by the third Tuesday of the month.
LWMS Meeting & Brunch Tomorrow
All ladies of the congregation are invited to attend a light brunch in the church library on November 5 at 10:00 am, sponsored by LWMS to give more information on the purpose and objective of LWMS. Please join us for fellowship!
November Door Offering This Sunday
Our November door offering will recognize Veterans Day and support the Lutheran Military Support Group (LMSG). LMSG is a partnership of ELS and WELS veterans who are working to grow awareness of and bring Christian support to military members and their families in our congregations and beyond. Learn more about this important work at www.lutheranmilitary.org. Place your gift in the Ammo Can on November 6, or indicate “Lutheran Military” on the “other” line of your regular offerings.
Pastor Call Decision & Meeting
Pastor Schone has returned the call to Riverview. Read his call decision letter here. The next Divine Call Meeting will be Monday, November 21, at 6:00 pm.
Member In Need
We are looking for a couple of volunteers, (a truck and a couple strong men or women) for Saturday, November 12, between 9:00 am - 11:00 am to pick up a hospital bed at Larson-Winchester Lions Club and deliver to a member's house in Appleton. Please call the office for details if you are available to help.
On Friday, November 11, from 6:00 to 9:30 pm, join us at Sabre Lanes in Menasha to test your trivia knowledge. This contest sponsored by the CPTO will run from 7-9 pm, with fellowship before and after. This is team trivia ( up to 8 on a team, must be 21 years old) each team member can answer as much or as little as he/she is able. The cost is $10 per person which will be collected the night of the event. Sign up on the display board in the entrance. No carry-ins of food or drink will be permitted this year. It will be available for purchase at Sabre lanes.
Advent and Holiday Worship Service Ushers
Please sign up on the counter in the church entryway if you are available to usher at 3:30 pm or 6:30 pm during advent or for the Holiday Worship Services. Please contact Kevin Wundrow with questions.
Christmas Flowers and Decorations
As the Advent season will begin at the end of November, we are thinking ahead to decorating the church for the Christmas season with poinsettias, outdoor wreaths, and greenery. If you would like to contribute to the RLS Flower Fund for this purpose, please use one of the marked envelopes by the hall bulletin board or mark "Flower Fund" on the "other" line of your offering envelope. (Please make checks payable to Riverview Lutheran.) Donations may be placed in the offering plate or taken to the church office. Thank you for your help in beautifying God's house..
To help with the important role of PowerPoint Assistant in worship, Mr. Witte will be providing training for all of the 5th-8th grade students who are members of Riverview. All students will then be added to a rotation so both worship services have a clicker. Please email email@example.com with what service you prefer to attend and your student will be added to that schedule. If you are not able to attend on your scheduled time please find another student to fill in. This commitment would be about 4 times a year.
Sunday Bible Study
In 10 Lies About God, we are discovering how popular but inaccurate beliefs distort our relationship with God. And we are learning loving, Bible-based corrections that we can use in response. Adults and youth in grade 6 & up are invited to join us Sundays at 9:20 am in the Fellowship Hall (Room 208/Grade 7-8 classroom).
This Week's Topic: "God Has Made Death a Natural Part of Life" and "A God of Love Wouldn't Send People to Hell"
Advent by Candlelight -Save the Date
The women of Riverview Lutheran Church invite you to join us for Advent by Candlelight at 6:30 p.m. on December 3 at the gym at Riverview Lutheran School. Take time away from the hustle and bustle of the holiday season for fellowship and quiet reflection on the Word of God. All women and girls aged 3rd grade and older are welcome to join us. Desserts will be served. Please click here to RSVP by November 23. We hope to see you there!
Serving this Weekend
- Greeters - Vadala Family
- Powerpoint Assistant - Rachel Somers
- Ushers - Terry Wing, Dan & Diane VandenHeuvel, Tim Perry, Jeff Theimer, Ed VanDenHeuvel
- Greeters - Muesbeck Family
- Powerpoint Assistant - Nano Aragon
- Ushers - Jerry Glaze, Dave & Barb Meyer, Jeff & Sara Dobrunz, Spencer Brooks
Worship Times & Links
Sundays 8:00am (livestreamed), 10:30am
Fox Valley Lutheran High School Notes
- Registration is open for girls in grades 4K-2 for a 11/25 dance camp, and boys in grades 7-8 for baseball. Go to fvlhs.org/youth-sports for details and to register.
- FVL is accepting applications for a full-time Media Coordinator, a part-time Custodian, and 2 temporary maternity-leave substitute teachers. Go to fvlhs.org/about/employment for details.
- Grandparents are invited to spend the morning at FVL on 11/17 or 11/18. Begin at 8:00 AM with a continental breakfast, attend chapel with your grandchildren, get a personal tour of the school—from your grandchildren, and get an update on the school from President Loberger and Principal Nolte. Registration deadline is 11/11. Details are available at fvlhs.org/grandparents or by calling 920-739-4441.
Area WELS News
- GriefShare - Surviving the Holidays - Wondering how you will survive the weeks surrounding Thanksgiving and Christmas? Are you dreading these holidays, knowing that everything has changed and that happy memories from past years can't be recreated? Our Surviving the Holidays seminar is especially for people who are grieving a loved one's death. You'll learn: How to deal with the many emotions you'll face during the holidays, What to do about traditions and other coming changes, Helpful tips for surviving social events, How to discover hope for your future. About the event - Here's what happens at a Surviving the Holidays seminar - A Surviving the Holidays event lasts for about two hours. You'll be welcomed by warm, caring people who understand what you are going through and who want to help. During the seminar, you will: Watch a 40-minute video, filled with practical holiday survival tips and the real-life stories of people who have navigated the season after their loved one's death. Hear other seminar attendees explain how they are dealing with the holidays. Have the opportunity to share how grief is affecting you. (No pressure—this is optional. We want you to feel comfortable.) Receive a personal copy of the GriefShare Holiday Survival Guide.