Groups ~ Spring 2019

Relationship with Christ is the core DNA of any church.  God has designed the church body to be the manifestation of His will to the world.  We fellowship by coming into His presence together so that the grace and power of God can be experienced to the fullest; as the Bible says so that His joy may be made complete in us. To that end, we have Life Groups that meet weekly in homes. 

Here is a list of our current groups and leader information

Sundays

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LAMENT STUDY
Leader:
Dr. Steve Tracy

What: Lent has historically been a time for Christians to deeply reflect on their relationship with Christ. Relational intimacy requires authentic communication. If we are honest, God sometimes confuses and pains us with the trials, suffering, and injustice around us. Scripture itself shows us what to do when we experience such struggles — we lament in honest prayer to God. This will be a very practical study of the Psalms with a focus on the lament psalms. Each week we will study a few psalms then apply them in prayer.
When: Sunday nights, 6:00 - 7:15 Where: Riversgate
Contact: srtracy@ps.edu

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LIFE GROUP
Leaders: Brian and Shari Rainka
What: We will be going through Sacred Rhythms by Ruth Haley Barton.
When: 5:00 PM Where: Multnomah Neighborhood
Contact: shari.rainka@gmail.com

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LIFE GROUP
Leaders: David and Erin Brush, Curt and Sheri Shimogaki-Lemrick
What: We’ll be continuing to gather, hear one another’s stories and doing a book study on The Good & Beautiful Community by James Bryan Smith. Multi-generational encouraged — Childcare provided
When: 5:00 PM Where: Garden Home/Maplewood
Contact: david.brush@intel.com or curtnsheri@hotmail.com

mondays

WOMEN’S GROUP
Leader: Vicki Herman
What: We are a women’s group for a reason! We dig into the Word and we are all prayer warriors for the lost and for our Riversgate brothers and sisters. We would love to add a couple more women who want to build their faith and their walk with the Lord. We will help train you up in the way to go with the Holy Spirit’s help.
When: 7:00 - 9:00 PM Where: Vicki Herman’s house
Contact: slickvic@gmail.com

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WOMEN’S PRAYER
Leader: Margie Corlett
What: Mothers praying for adult children.
When: 2nd Monday of the month at 7:00 PM Where: Margie Corlett’s house
Contact: freedomingrace@icloud.com

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WOMEN’S STUDY
Leader: Kate Conwell
What: It’s Not Supposed to Be This Way by Lysa Terkeurst.
Life often looks so very different than we hoped or expected. Some events may simply catch us off guard for a moment, but others shatter us completely. We feel disappointed and disillusioned, and we quietly start to wonder about the reality of God’s goodness. If you’ve ever cried out ‘God! It’s Not Supposed To Be This Way!!!’ then I hope you will join this study as we wrestle between our faith and our feelings, and dig into understanding that sometimes those big or small disappointments are exactly what we need to radically encounter God.”
When: 9:30 - 11:30 AM Where: 1921 SW Primrose Street
Contact: kate213@comcast.net

wednesdays

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LIFE GROUP
Leaders: Andy and Audra Mahoney
What: We will start with a book study through Lent (book TBD), and continue post-Easter with a different book study.
When: 6:30 PM Where: Mahoney house
Contact: andy@riversgate.net

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MEN’S MENDING THE SOUL
Leader: Andy Mahoney
What: 12 week study through Mending the Soul curriculum.
When: 6:00 - 7:30 AM Where: Riversgate
Contact: andy@riversgate.net

LIFE GROUP
Leader: Craig Baumer
What: For folks interested in building community and relationship over the long term. Study TBD. No childcare provided.
When: 6:45 PM Where: Village/Hillsdale (rotating hosts)
Contact: craigbaumer@hotmail.com

other

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WOMEN’S MENDING THE SOUL
Leader:
Margie Corlett
What: 12 week study through Mending the Soul curriculum.
When: TBD Where: Riversgate
Contact: freedomingrace@icloud.com

thursdays

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MEN’S PRAYER
Leader:
Eric Arnold
What: Men’s Morning Prayer. Coffee provided!
When: 6:30 AM Where: Riversgate
Contact: eric.arnold.home@gmail.com

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LADIES JOURNALING GROUP
Leader:
Jodi Steele
What: Come join a group of women in your community that want to dig into the Word of God together.
When: 6:00 PM Where: Riversgate
Contact: jodisteele503@gmail.com

fridays

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MOMS PLAY GROUP
Leader:
Grace Severn
What:
PLAY GROUP!! Bring your kiddos and hang out.
When: 9:30 - 11:00 AM Where: Riversgate
Contact: grace@riversgate.net

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MEN’S BIBLE STUDY
Leader:
Curt Lemrick
What: Bible study. Next book TBD. Coffee provided!
When: 6:30 AM Where: Riversgate
Contact: curtnsheri@hotmail.com

While gathering in a home with a smaller group of people can be intimidating, the goal is not to compare holiness, but to share the gift God has given to each of us, that we might equip, encourage and engage each other before and with Christ. 

When we allow who we are below the surface to be authentically shared, we essentially invite God to have greater access to our hearts, but we also let others see the very power of God affecting our lives.  Time in these groups can be spent around a meal, in prayer, in study, and in the transparent sharing of life.  Many groups also desire to serve together in various capacities, allowing others to be blessed by the outpouring of their time and gifts.  I cannot emphasize how transformational these groups can be when people let go and let God.  I pray you will join us in pursuing a group, trusting in God to make life as it should be!

If you would like to know more, contact audra@riversgate.net