Thanksgiving Celebration

Thanksgiving Celebration

If you were unable to join us on Sunday at River Oaks, you missed a worship with thankful hearts through music, video testimony, a devotional and communion. A celebration of “thanksgiving” was certainly present.

The worship time was reflective, inspiring and directive in preparing our hearts for a fresh encounter with Christ. Following this rich time of worship was a video testimony from Michael Hovan. Michael shared with us his health challenges (with constant headaches) over the last couple of years. He shared the challenges of not only functioning, but serving, amidst this new, uninvited reality of severe headaches (and the side effects). And yet, throughout the journey, God has continued to show Himself faithful to meet the daily needs of Michael and Becky, while redirecting Michael’s steps of service. (Thank you Michael for allowing God to show His glory, even during these difficult days!)

Assistant Student Ministries Pastor, Drew Richey, reflected on his personal areas of thankfulness this last year, while challenging our own thinking toward gratitude and grace (Eph. 2:4-9). Drew quoted a former Bethel professor in offering perspective to our thinking with the profound thought to: “inhale grace and exhale gratitude” throughout our days. We should remember, as A.W. Tozer once wrote: “The Cross is the lightening rod of grace that short-circuits God’s wrath to Christ so that only the light of His love remains for believers.”

With that, our hearts were directed toward a celebration of the gift of grace around the communion table.


  • As you prepare for the Christmas season this year, carve out some time from the busyness of life to find moments of gratitude, while celebrating the grace that has been freely extended. If you need help finding your way closer to Christ, please let us know how we can best help you.
  • We have any opportunities for connecting through serving at River Oaks. If you are interested in learning more, please reply to this email and we will follow up with you.
  • Families: Don’t forget about the “Why We Call it Christmas?” movie night this Friday at 7:00pm by the creator of VeggieTales. If you have questions, please contact Rachel Campagnoli at

Practicing inhaling grace and exhaling gratitude this week!

Scott Tilley, Adult Ministries Pastor /



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