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.”
On August 9 and 16, we will meet at our AIRPORT LOCATION ONLY (6400 Airport Rd. Bldg B, Unit N
). On August 23 and 30, we will meet at our WEST LOCATION ONLY (155 McCutcheon, Unit M
). People from both locations are welcome and encouraged to join us.
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: 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.
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
Aug 22, 8 a.m. on Zoom.
(Also: Sept 26)
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 Discipleship Time (Women of the Word)
Sept 12 – 8:30 a.m. on Zoom
Every other month, the women of the Rio meet for their discipleship meeting. We cover topics that specifically relate to women as we walk in faith and follow our Lord. If you come to the Rio, this meeting is for you! Join us on a Saturday morning for a time when we get together and process all that God calls us to in His Word.
Meeting ID: 953 3005 7008 / Password: 143746
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!
We have recently started providing sign language (ASL) interpretation at the Westside church. We hope this can be the first step toward ministering to a largely under-served portion of our community. Please invite anyone you know who could benefit from this service. If you have any questions, please contact Felicia or Kathleen.