Normal office hours:  

        Mondays: office closed
        Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays: 8 am-noon and 1-3 pm
                 (if you need to come by during the lunch hour please call ahead)
        Fridays: 8 am-2 pm
  The office will be closed Nov. 23 & 24.

  Hilda will be out of the office Nov. 28-Dec.1 so please call ahead if you need to come in, to be sure someone is in the office to help you. Thanks.

Thursday, November 23:
(office closed)
   11:00 am Thanksgiving meal with Kokua
Sunday, November 26:
   10:00 am Worship Service
Monday, November 27: (office closed)
Tuesday, November 28:
    9:30-11:00 am Women’s Bible Study
    6:30-8:00 pm Middle School Ministry
    7:00-8:00 pm Prayer
Wednesday, November 29:
    6:30-8:00 pm High School Ministry
Friday, December 1:
    6:45 am — Men’s Morning Bible Study at Cutters Point (drop ins welcome!)
    
Grow Groups
Grow Groups are small groups of RRCC attenders who meet in a home, generally once a week, to study together and build friendships. Check the Grow Groups webpage for a list of all the groups and what they are studying. If you need further information, contact our Grow Group Coordinator, Jim Sedore. He’d be glad to help you find a group that fits for you.                                 

RRCC Thanksgiving Day Meal with Kokua
Thursday, November 23, 11:00 am-12:45 pm
Do you have plans for Thanksgiving?  How about enjoying a meal at church? For the sixth time we are joining with Kokua services to have a special Thanksgiving lunch with all the trimmings… and more!  Fay Stebbins will again be planning some fun group activities. Susan Cook will be cooking the meal. But help is needed – in the kitchen as well as with setup and cleanup, decorating, and serving.  Please sign-up in in the lobby to let us know if you plan to attend, and if there’s an area you’d like to help with.

Annual Congregational Meeting
Sunday, December 3, 6:30 pm
Everyone is encouraged to attend; members of the congregation will be able to vote. We’ll affirm the nomination of council members, set our 2018 budget, affirm new members of the congregation and more. Childcare will be provided. The slate of nominations and the proposed 2018 budget is available in the lobby. We’ll have a Q&A time for discussing the budget after worship on December 3.

Christmas Pageant Rehearsals
Sunday, December 10 following worship
AND Saturday, December 16, 9:00 am-noon
The Christmas Program will be on Sunday, December 17 during worship. If your child would like to participate we need you to sign them up and commit to these two rehearsals. Adult volunteers are also needed. For more information contact Pastor Peg, or Linsey Lyons.

Monthly Prayer Night
Beginning December 11, at 6:00 pm
We’ll have a time of corporate prayer the 2nd Monday of every month. We’ll be praying for our church, our families and our communities. Come one, come all to the sanctuary at 6:00 pm.

Second Family Christmas Tea
Thursday, December 14, at 1:00 pm (note change of time and that this is not a luncheon)
Sue O'Leary will be our host for this event which will involve a reading of the short story, "A Cup of Christmas Tea" while we share tea and cookies.  Please join us for this time of fellowship and sharing of the blessings of the season.  Bring some of your favorite cookies to share.  Second Family is a group of RRCC adults who support each other as members of a family. Guests are always welcome! RSVP to Hilda in the church office.

Feeding the Homeless
Saturday, December 16
We will be joining Joyful Hands Ministries as they serve the homeless in downtown Olympia. We’ll serve a hot breakfast, a bag lunch, distribute toiletries and clothes. Everyone is welcome! Meet at the Youth Building at 8:00 am. We will return by 11:00 am. Questions? Contact Pastor Dan or Tressa Linn.

Sunday, December 24
   Morning Worship Service at 10:00 am
      We will have our normal Sunday worship, concluding our series Saying Yes to God at Christmas.
   Candlelight Christmas Eve Service at 5:00 pm
      Join us for this family-friendly service. We’ll celebrate the birth of Christ by hearing the Christmas story, singing Christmas carols – some by candlelight – and a special message by Pastor Brian. After the service we’ll have time for cookies and cider. All children are welcome in the service.

Church Office Closure
The church office will be closed the week after Christmas.

Scrip—
Scrip cards make great Christmas gifts! Check the scrip table in the lobby . When you purchase our cards, the River Ridge Kids Ministries get a percentage of the proceeds. It costs you nothing over the price of the card. Special orders must be placed and paid for by Sunday, Nov. 26 to have them by Christmas.

Lemons to Lemonade
The Lemons to Lemonade Silent Auction will begin Sunday, December 3 in conference room 1 (by the main entrance). Stop in to write your bid on the sheet that corresponds to the item of your choice. Bidding closes Dec. 17. The sales of these ‘lemons’ will help to fund RRCC youth ministry activities. Donations of your unwanted new or gently used items are needed. Contact Pastor Dan.

Christmas Giving Opportunities
Gift tickets will be available in the lobby Dec. 3 & 10 for:
Truly Motivated Transitional Living (TMTL) - a non-profit organization offering clean and sober housing to men and women in various stages of recovery. RRCC has helped Truly Motivated in a number of ways – the most fun being Christmas gifts for the residents. A gift tag for each resident will be in the lobby. Will you consider picking up a tag and buying a gift for one of the residents at TMTL? Questions contact Pastor Peg.
Meadows Elementary—River Ridge Covenant Church will be partnering with Meadows Elementary School again this year to share our blessings. We will be focusing our efforts on gifts and clothing for children.

Tuesday Morning Women’s Bible Study
(off for December)
New study— Seamless by Angie Smith—begins Tuesday, January 9, at 9:30 am in room 9
This seven session DVD study will walk us through the entire Bible, covering the people, places and promises of the Bible; tying them together into the greater story of scripture. The workbooks are $14 each. Please sign up in the lobby to indicate that you plan to attend and whether or not you’d like Pastor Peg to order the workbook for you. Questions? Contact Pastor Peg.

Neah Bay Team
Our team will be in Neah Bay December 1-3. Be praying for them as they build relationships and serve with our friends at the Makah Lutheran Church. If you are interested in going contact Pastor Dan.

Year End Giving
Many people make year-end charitable contributions as part of their tax planning.  As you do, please consider making a special contribution to your church; it is an investment in the work of the gospel directly in our community.  We want to close out our fiscal year with strong reserves, and everyone can help with that!

Meal Train—Meal Train is the tool we’re using when someone in the RRCC church body is in need of assistance with meals for a short time. When meals are needed we send out ‘invitations’ via email, through Meal Train, to people who may want to help with providing a meal. If you’d like to receive the Meal Train emails please contact Pastor Peg Melhaff.
    
Truly Motivated Transitional Living (TMTL) is a network of clean and sober living homes in Yelm, Washington. They will hold their annual dinner & auction on April 23rd. Peg & Gary Melhaff would love to talk with you about possible donations for the auction! More information, including ticket info is available in the lobby.

Scrip—Please consider purchasing Scrip cards in the lobby for your shopping needs or as gifts. When you purchase our cards, the River Ridge Kids Ministries get a percentage of the proceeds.  It costs you nothing over the price of the card. Questions?  Speak to the person at the scrip table in the lobby.

Give Online
Giving online at RRCC is made simple through the option available through our website.

Giving by text message

You can now give to River Ridge by text message from your smartphone. Simply send the dollar amount to (360) 234-3986. The first time you do so, you'll be asked to click on a link to a secure page where you enter your payment information. To minimize fees for the church, we ask you to consider choosing to have the money taken directly from your bank account (known as ACH). You can also have it charged to your credit or debit card. Thank you for your generosity! Watch for more information on this and other giving options. Questions? Contact Dennis Anderson, Church Administrator.

Family Support Center (FSC)—Diapers needed
Diapers can be placed in the FSC box in the lobby. Opened bags are also welcome. Monetary donations or checks, payable to “FSC” and noted ‘for diapers’, can be placed in the designated jar in the foyer. Questions? Contact Heather Birchman.

River Ridge Covenant Church on Facebook
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RRCOV on Twitter
Stay up-to-date with all the goings on at River Ridge Covenant. Follow us on Twitter @RRCOV and we'll keep you in the loop. If you don’t ‘Tweet’ you can follow us on the home page of our website. We’ll use this for urgent messages as well (i.e. service cancelled due to weather).