December 9

Services: 9:00 & 10:30am

Children’s programming available at both services:
9:00a: Infant – 3rd Grade
10:30a: Infant – 5th Grade


December 16

Services: 9:00 & 10:30am

Children’s programming available at both services:
9:00a: Infant – 3rd Grade
10:30a: Infant – 5th Grade


December 23

Services: 8:15, 9:45 & 11:15am

Children’s programming available:
8:15am: Infant – 3rd Grade
9:45am: Infant – 5th Grade
11:15am: Infant – Kindergarten


Christmas Eve

Services: 4:30 & 6:00pm

Children’s programming available at both services for Infant – Kindergarten.


2018 Christmas Project

Challenge: Raise $225,000 by January 13, 2019!

This year’s Christmas Project is focused on raising funds for ministries at River Oaks, in our local community and in various places around the world that impact our neighbors.

Please prayerfully read over the following information and be as generous as you possibly can in helping us reach, and even exceed, our goal!

Giving Progress:

$650 - 1%

International Compassion

Goal: $50,000

Children’s Lifeline is a non-profit agency that feels called by God to provide solid Biblical teaching, food, clothing, medical supplies, and facilities for educational assistance for underprivileged children and their families in underdeveloped areas in Haiti. The goal is to assist them in developing the skills and resources to become self-sustaining.

Project 216 (formerly Kids Against Hunger) is working to significantly reduce hunger and malnutrition by feeding starving children throughout the world. Project 216 has been partnering with Children’s Lifeline for the past eight years to deliver meals to over 8,500 children in Haitian villages.

Mark your calendars: we are again partnering with Project 216 for a Pack-a-Thon on Saturday, January 26, 2019!

Children’s Lifeline’s biggest focus this coming year will be on solar energy. They currently have solar panels at the trade school and warehouse, and they have added four panels to the orphanage. They will now focus on putting solar panels in the upper and lower houses.

Voice of the Martyrs (VOM) is a non-profit, inter-denominational Christian organization dedicated to serving and assisting persecuted Christian families worldwide through practical and spiritual assistance.

$10,000 will be sent to Voice of the Martyrs to be used toward the purchase of Action and Outreach Pack items which will be used by pastors working with individuals in restricted and hostile nations.

$3,000 will be sent to Voice of the Martyrs toward the purchase of Bibles. Getting a Bible to every believer is a task that the global body of Christ can accomplish in our lifetime. VOM is committed to seeing it happen in countries where Christians are persecuted for their faith. In recent years, VOM workers have distributed more than 1 million Bibles each year in the world’s most difficult and dangerous mission fields, and they are far from finished!

These funds are used to support over 50 pastors and their families.  The money will be used to purchase new bikes and safety vests for the pastors, ministry training, and other general church needs.

  • Aaron and Elizabeth Badenhop
    Serving with Cru at Ohio State University ($500)
  • Doug and Rene Dyksen
    Serving with Cru in Orlando, FL ($800)
  • Emily Minnick-Jajcay
    Serving at New Life Centers in Chicago, IL ($300)
  • Julie DeWit
    Serving at NICS/OASIS in Ghana, Africa ($400)

Local Compassion

Goal: $50,000

SPA (Spiritual & Personal Adjustments) is a Christ-centered, residential treatment program that empowers women to address the root causes of life-controlling issues and addictions and rebuild new lives through recovery. These funds will be used toward a new egress window, a new space for the residents, and the addition of a dressing room for their clothing boutique.

Church Community Services is a ministry assisting the poor throughout Elkhart County with food and subsidies for rent, utilities, and prescriptions. These funds will be used toward repairs and/or improvements to the heating system, scholarships, improvements for the Soup of Success store, and a gas furnace for their greenhouse, allowing for winter crops and harvest for the patrons of their food pantry.

RETA (Reason Enough to Act) is a local ministry for pregnant women and their families. These funds will be used toward the purchase of new parent curriculum with any remaining funds going to upgrade their mobile unit.

The Crossing School of Business and Entrepreneurship empowers struggling students to become contributing members of their communities through academics, job training and faith-based mentoring. These funds will be used to build an additional kitchen and classroom space for the students.

Faith Mission is a local ministry that provides meals and shelter for the poor and homeless needing mental, physical or spiritual care. These funds will be used for a new water softener, a coffee brewer, and toward the purchase of a used forklift needed in their food service warehouse.

The Window is a local ministry assisting the poor with food and clothing in the downtown Goshen area. These funds will be put toward the cost of a refrigerated van to pick up frozen/refrigerated food donations for the people they serve.

The HUGS Project of Elkhart County is a non-profit organization, which provides ‘cooling neck ties’ (HUGS) and care packages to soldiers serving our country. It is their mission is to place a HUG around the neck of every military person serving in the Middle East to let them know they are appreciated and not forgotten. These funds will be used toward the shipping costs of these care packages.

The ROCC Garden is a seasonal ministry designed to serve others by tending to a garden that will provide fresh produce to those in need as well as to the food pantry at Church Community Services. These funds will be used to purchase garden tools and equipment.

Local Evangelism

Goal: $25,000
for SpringHill Day Camp Scholarships

In June 2019, River Oaks will once again host SpringHill Day Camp. These funds will help provide 100+ full and partial scholarships and other camp expenses for children from River Oaks and the surrounding community, who would otherwise not be able to attend. At SpringHill Day Camp, kids get five full days of SpringHill fun right in their hometown. This will be one week out of the summer they will never forget. From the Climbing Wall to the Flying Squirrel or Nine Square to wild water games or stretching their creativity through cool crafts – they’ll have more fun than they can imagine. Not only will campers have a blast, but they’ll also make great friends and learn a few things about God and themselves!

River District Campus

Goal: $100,000

A significant part of River Oaks’ vision to GO and SHOW compassion to our neighbors is the start of a new campus in downtown Elkhart. These funds will be used for continued community outreach, as well as beginning to fund the start-up costs for moving this campus to the downtown area. Start-up costs include funds for facility rental, worship supplies, children’s ministry expenses, and more. The River District Campus will move to downtown Elkhart when we reach the following benchmarks:

  • 120 people in missional communities (currently have 40)
  • 6 missional communities (currently have 3)
  • Start-up funds and the first 18-months’ operating budget in savings

The majority of this portion of Christmas Project 2018 constitutes the first savings installment toward the River District Campus.

All donations exceeding the goal will be contributed toward the River District Campus.

Give online at or make checks payable to River Oaks with “Christmas Project 2018” in the memo.

Gifts will be accepted through January 13, 2019.

Thank you and Merry Christmas!