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1st Peter

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1 Peter | Part 3

1 Peter 2:13-25 // Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every human authority: whether to the emperor, as the supreme authority, 14 or to governors, who are sent by him to punish those who do wrong and to commend those who do right. 15 For it is God’s will that by doing good you should silence the ignorant talk of foolish people.16 Live as free people, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as God’s slaves. 17 Show proper respect to everyone, love the family of believers, fear God, honor the emperor.

18 Slaves, in reverent fear of God submit yourselves to your masters, not only to those who are good and considerate, but also to those who are harsh. 19 For it is commendable if someone bears up under the pain of unjust suffering because they are conscious of God. 20 But how is it to your credit if you receive a beating for doing wrong and endure it? But if you suffer for doing good and you endure it, this is commendable before God. 21 To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps.

22 “He committed no sin,
    and no deceit was found in his mouth.”

23 When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to him who judges justly. 24 “He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.” 25 For “you were like sheep going astray,” but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.

Looking back to when you were asked to do something you didn’t want to do, what did your reaction reveal about your priorities?

How did the Roman government treat Christians during the time of Peter?

How would you define “submission”?

What is the reason for why we should learn to submit?

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Pastor Appreciation

October is Pastor Appreciation Month

This month let’s give some love and appreciation to our Pastors. There are so many different ways in which you can let them know how much you love them!

Faithfully Pray:
The best way to help your pastors is to faithfully and regularly pray for them, their families, their marriages, finances, wisdom, leadership and encouragement. Let the Pastors know how much you appreciate them and their personal sacrifice to serve our church family.

Food & Fun:
– Prepare a meal or baked goods for them (ask about favorite meals or certain foods to avoid)
– Give your pastor a gift card for restaurants, fast food or coffee shops
– Invite your pastor and family to go fishing, sailing, camping, hunting, concerts, plays or sporting events.
– Gift your pastor’s family sports, concert or event tickets.

Freely Share:
Share your skills and time to help with any of the following items:
– Babysitting
– Auto Maintenance and repair
– Car wash gift cards
– Home repairs or maintenance.

Faithfully give to your church so you pastor can be properly compensated.
– Participate in special giving during Pastor Appreciation opportunities
Click here to give financially and select “Pastor Appreciation”


Coffee with Paul

Coffee with Paul Men’s Group

Coffee with Paul, a Men’s group going through the Biblical letters by the Apostle Paul, talking about what they mean for us. At Panera Bread on Del Paso, every Sunday from 7 to 8a. Questions? Contact Pastor Patrick for more details ( Click the button below for directions.


Ladies Bible Study

Ladies Bible Study

Ladies – we have a midweek Bible study for you! If you are wanting to go deeper in learning God’s Word as well as build relationships with other women from TRC, you are welcome to check out our Women’s Bible Study. The group is currently going through a study of Hebrews and would love to have you there.

Every Wednesday | 11a
Arretta Renwanz’ Home



Operation Christmas Child

Operation Christmas Child

Can you believe it’s that time of year again? We will be collecting boxes full of toys and gifts for kids in need around the world. Grab a box at church on Sundays in and return with a $9 shipping donation to TRC no later than November 17.

To learn more about Operation Christmas Child, click the button below.



Higher Calling Moments

Celebrate Higher Calling Moments!

Pastor Chris has recently talked about Higher Calling Moments. (Check out the sermons here: Part 1 / Part 2). We love celebrating these HCM’s as well as the “no’s” that you get. Share your HCM’s by texting us @ 916-641-1300 or email @


Amazon Smile

Support The River Church on Amazon

Doing any shopping on Amazon? Well, get some great deals for you and give some back to The River Church. You still get your Prime Shipping and all the amazing low prices but also help us out too! Do all of the same shopping just go to and select The River Church. Or go to: and it will automatically select us to support. Click the link below or contact us with questions:


Serve Teams

Put me in coach!

We have lots of teams in need of more hands (i.e. Welcome Team, Sign Team, and Children’s Team), and we’d love for you to jump in. Please mark the “Put Me In Coach” box on your DiveIn Card with the best way to contact you, and we’ll follow up with you this week.


3 Ways To Give

Monthly Financial Update

Last week, Pastor Chris shared the Hebrew word, Avodah, which translates into “worship in three areas” – work, service, and praise. Practically, this looks like serving with everything we have: time, energy, and money. Every week you will find in the program a financial update including our total tithes and offerings and monthly operation costs for the previous month. This is to keep you informed on our current financial status. August Tithes & Offerings $15,427.85 | Operating Cost: $17,152.78

How To Get Involved? There are a few different ways that you can financial give and support The River Church. First is by using the envelope in the little bucket by your row on Sunday morning. Fill out the details on the front and drop it in the offering during the service. Second is by using our secure online form on our website at to give using your credit or debit card. Third you can text the amount you would like to give to 84321 and follow the prompts for setting everything up the first time. Then after that you can quickly and easily text an amount to give. It is very easy! Thank you so much for your continued support both in serving as well as in giving to helping us Love god and Love Others in the Natomas and greater Sacramento area!





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