Update on Airport Location
It is with a confident peace and also a deep sadness that we want to inform you that we have closed our airport location. Over the past seven years, first meeting at Dowell Elementary and now at the current campus, many lives have been touched through the ministry there, and it has been a wonderful way for us to connect to the east side of El Paso. Unfortunately, the manpower it takes to hold a Sunday service is significant, and the COVID-19 situation has taken a toll on our already small church. We were very stretched before COVID-19, and have suffered some attrition over the last several months. We simply no longer have the needed manpower for all the cleaning, teaching Sunday school, nursery, greeting, and other critical ministry activities. Of course, there is an additional financial consideration. We are currently paying $2000 per month for a building that is drastically underutilized. Although we are currently able to pay the rent, we also desire to be good stewards with the financial resources God has entrusted to us. In light of these challenges, and after months of prayer, consideration, and counsel, we have decided it would be best to pool our resources into one location.
We have a deep love for the airport church people. We realize that combining churches will come at a high cost to many of them. Some people will be greatly inconvenienced by commuting to the west side, and for others it will be impractical to do so. Although our desire is for us all to remain in the same church family, we want to give our full blessing to anyone who feels like the distance is too great and desires to seek out a new church family closer to their home.
On the plus side, it will be wonderful to meet together in one location, striving as one family, in our continued calling to bring life to our community. We trust this will be a sweet time in the life of our church.
Our final meeting at the airport location was September 6th.
As far as long-term plans go, we would be excited to consider options. Getting a church location that is more central is one possibility. We would also love to continue to have a presence on the east side in terms of a small group or Bible study. We still have a heart for the east side but feel like for now it is wise to discontinue the current Sunday service and building lease. Please let us know if you would like to discuss any ideas for ongoing ministry in east El Paso.
We hope this announcement is not an impersonal shock to anyone. We have already tried to contact many of the airport church regulars, but we may not have been able to reach everyone in time. We apologize if this will affect you and is the first you have heard of it.
Thank you all who have contributed to the ministry at the airport campus through your time, prayers, and support. Thank you to those who tirelessly served week after week, often commuting, and taking on tasks that would often be done by more people in a larger church. We want you to know that your efforts have not been in vain. God has used you to touch many lives and is honored by your faith.
We trust that God has a good plan in all of this and are encouraged and look forward to the future with anticipation and hope.
Please let us know if you have any concerns, thoughts, or suggestions or just want to share a fond memory or a significant loss. We value your input!
Steve and Dove <><
We miss seeing everyone in person and look forward to the end of this health situation.
Our state is in the middle of reopening after setting health measures to slow the spread of COVID-19 that has impacted our nation since March. Our general stance continues to be one of cooperation with our local leaders (Romans 13:1). We are eager for things to return to normal, but we also desire to safeguard the health of our vulnerable populations and to maintain a good reputation as ambassadors of Christ in our city (1 Peter 2:13-17).
While some of us are eager to meet again without restrictions, others among are more cautious and are not ready to return to public gatherings. In matters of personal opinion, Romans 14:19 instructs us to make allowances for our differences and “make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification.” We are currently meeting weekly at our WEST LOCATION (155 McCutcheon, Unit M). (Our airport location has closed down.)
We will all feel different for a while at our church services. Here are some of the guidelines we have in place that may impact our normal church experience:
- Masks (cloth masks/face coverings) are required to enter the building and for the duration of the service for everyone 2-years-old and older. This is to follow CDC recommendations to prevent the spread of COVID-19. This is also a way to honor one another above ourselves (Romans 12:10). Please also bear in mind that there will be much air movement due to the A/C and swamp coolers running.
- Social distancing will be prioritized and asked of everyone attending. Every other row will be taken out and we are asking people to sit with two empty chairs between families. Even if you don’t feel social distancing is necessary at this time, please serve the church family by adhering to these measures.
- There will be no children’s ministry during this first phase of reopening. This includes nursery and Sunday school. If you are not able to ensure that your children can social distance, it would be best to participate in our service through the livestream for the time being.
- Please do not congregate in the lobby. We ask that you talk in open areas or outside while maintaining a distance.
- Doors will remain open to limit touching surfaces. Please make sure your kids do not wander outside unattended.
- There will be no coffee or cookies in order to reduce contact, but we still love you.
- Please, please, please stay home when you are feeling sick (fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, muscle pain, chills), or if you have been exposed to a confirmed case of COVID-19. Please exercise discernment and err on the side of caution.
We are saddened by the inconvenience this current plan may be causing. We will continue to live stream our services as we hope that will continue to be a blessing to everyone.
We realize that for some, these measures may seem unnecessary. Others will think we aren’t doing enough. Most of us will experience a transition time that feels dishearteningly long. Wherever you are at with it all, Christ has the resources you need to find peace and patience for this time.
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. -John 14:27
Though our church has entered a new normal, we are excited to gather together whenever possible. However, no one should feel obligated to attend Sunday services if they do not feel comfortable doing so. We want everyone to take the precautions they feel are necessary for themselves and their family.
Please continue to pray for our world and community, specifically for those who are directly impacted by this virus. We are very thankful that our great source of peace and hope is Jesus Christ.
Should you have any questions, please contact us.
Services are available on Facebook Live at 10 a.m on Sundays. (Unfortunately, since we have less than 100 subscribers, we will not be able to livestream to YouTube.)
Our past livestreamed videos are available here:
9/20, 9/13, 9/6,
8/30, 8/23, 8/16, 8/9, 8/2,
7/26, 7/19, 7/12, 7/5,
6/28, 6/21, 6/14, 6/7,
5/31, 5/24, 5/17, 5/10, 5/3,
4/26, 4/19, 4/12, 4/5,
3/29, 3/22, 3/15.
Recordings of previous messages are on the TEACHINGS page.
Our small groups are on Zoom or meeting in small groups (thus the name).
Men's Prayer is on Zoom.
Youth group is on Zoom. (Contact us for sign-in information.)
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/theriochurch/
The Rio Church - Airport Campus: https://www.facebook.com/groups/354627541290089/
The Rio Church - Westside Campus- https://www.facebook.com/groups/181600608562475/
Rio Airport Worship Playlist on Spotify, on Apple Music
Rio West Worship Playlist on Spotify
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Men's Prayer ** Now at 7 a.m. on Zoom. **
There are so many ways that prayer is life giving! It is an opportunity to worship, praise, and thank God. Prayer is also a chance for us to recognize our dependence on him and his help for situations that are bigger than us. When we pray together, we support one another in a form of spiritual warfare that is hard to do on our own. We also get to connect with each other, share some of our deepest desires, and support each other in prayer! Men, these are difficult times. Let’s come together and pray and bring life to ourselves, our loved ones, and our world! Join us here: Zoom
Acts 1:14 They all joined together constantly in prayer…
Acts 2:42 They devoted themselves to…prayer.
Friday nights at 7:00 ** Youth group is on Zoom every other week and in person on the other weeks. Contact us for more information.**
Youth group is for kids from 12 years old through high school. Parents are welcome and encouraged to attend.
Men of God
Sept 26, 8 a.m. on Zoom.
(Also: Oct 24, Dec 5)
Years ago, I (Steve) came across this verse: [The Sovereign LORD declared,] “"I looked for a man among them who would build up the wall and stand before me in the gap on behalf of the land so I would not have to destroy it, but I found none.” (Eze. 22:30) I thought, how sad, that no man was willing to be God’s man. I certainly don’t claim to be more of that man than any man alive at that time. That would seem to be thinking a bit too highly of myself. Yet I desire to be that man. Like Isaiah, I want to say, “Here I am. Send me!” I want God to use my life. I don’t know exactly what that looks like, but I know that I’m not much on my own. God has made us a body and a family. We need each other. My desire is that we would be committed to one another and be devoted to meeting regularly and spurring one another on. Men, let’s join together at men’s prayer and at MOG. I need you, Men, and we need one another! Click here to connect.
WOW (Women of the Word) Meet-up Fellowship
Oct 10 – 8:30 a.m. on Zoom.
It is always encouraging, comforting, and motivating to get encouragement from other women! Join the Rio women every other month for a time to hear and share what is on our hearts, what God is teaching us, and to share our prayer requests. Don't miss this time to connect with other women and, at the same time, be strengthened in your own faith!