If you cannot attend in person, services are available on Facebook Live at 10 a.m on Sundays.
Recordings of previous messages are on the TEACHINGS page.
Our small groups are meeting in small groups (thus the name).
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Friday nights at 7 at 155 McCutcheon
Youth group is for kids from 12 years old through high school. Parents are welcome and encouraged to attend.
Inviting People to Hear / Flyering
Saturday, February 24 at 10:30 a.m.
Is there any hope left in this world? Hope for peace? Meaning? Love? There is. It is found in the message of Jesus, which is called the “gospel” (which means “good news”). One of the first things the people in our community need to hear about the gospel is that GOD LOVES YOU! This is the message that Franklin Graham is bringing to ten borderland cities in 2024! We are going to help them hear this message by making sure they get invited! If you would like to help pass out flyers in West El Paso, meet at the Nelsons’ home (725 Montclair) at 10:20. We'll plan on a late lunch at the Nelsons' at 1:00 for anyone who wants to hang out.
WOW (Women of the Word) Service Project
Monday, Feb. 26th, 6:30-830 at the Rescue Mission.
Join us for a service project at the Rescue Mission (221 N. Lee St.). Ladies, we are going to bless and encourage the women at the Rescue Mission with games, painting nails, and engaging in relationships. We will meet at the Nelsons’ house (725 Montclair) at 6 p.m. sharp and carpool over.
Wednesday, February 28th, 1:30-3:00
Is there any hope left in this world? Hope for peace? Meaning? Love? There is. It is found in the message of Jesus, which is called the “gospel” (which means “good news”). One of the first things the people in our community need to hear about the gospel is that GOD LOVES YOU! This is the message that Franklin Graham is bringing to ten borderland cities in 2024! We are going to help them hear this message by making sure they get invited! If you would like to help pass out flyers at UTEP, meet and the UTEP Union at 1:20.
FG Tour Prayer and Practice
Saturday, March 2nd, 3:30-5
If you are volunteering at the Franklin Graham event and would like to practice sharing the gospel, we are going to meet for a little on the Saturday before the event at the Nelsons’ home (725 Montclair) for some prayer and practice.
Lunch after church
Sunday, March 3
Every month we have lunch together after church. This allows people to stay for a few extra minutes since they are going to eat anyway. It is very hard to develop meaningful relationships in our busy society, so we would like to foster relationship building in any way we can. Please hang out, enjoy some lunch, and meet someone new! Everyone is welcome!
God Loves You Frontera Tour with Franklin Graham
Sunday, March 3 @ 4 p.m. @ Don Haskins Center, UTEP (151 Glory Rd)
For the last seven years, Franklin Graham has held evangelistic tour events across the United States. From the beautiful coastline of Washington State to the sunny beaches of Florida, more than 570,000 have heard the hope of the Gospel and over 34,000 have made decisions for Jesus Christ.
In 2024, Franklin Graham is hitting the road again to bring the Good News to the southwestern United States. Working alongside local pastors, churches, and volunteers, the God Loves You Frontera Tour will boldly share the Name of Jesus in ten cities from Texas to California. Find out more at https://godlovesyoutour.com/en/.
They can use help with prayer, promotion, come and bring lost people, and post-event follow-up. You must be 14 to volunteer. To be a volunteer on the prayer team (and possibly for the follow-up), you need to complete one of these Christian Life and Witness training classes.
Sunday, March 10
Over 50ish Lunch
Sunday, March 17th, 12:15ish at Jason’s Deli
(Also: Apr 21, May 19, June 16)
We are going to meet at Jason’s Deli (7410 Remcon Circle) with the agenda of hanging out and having some great fellowship. If you can remember phones with chords and rotary dials, playing with lawn darts, and typewriters, this lunch is for you. We hope you can make it (no longevity joke intended)!
Fiesta (Potluck, worship, and communion)
Thursday, March 21st, 6 p.m. at the Rio church building
(Moved from January due to the Franklin Graham Prayer & Worship)
(Also: May 16)
Fiestas are a great opportunity to worship together as a church family through praise, prayer, and communion. We also love to glorify God by telling one another what He has been doing in our lives. Before our upcoming Fiesta, please take a few minutes to see if God would put anything on your heart to share—a verse that has been meaningful, an answer to prayer, or a way that God is at work in your life.
** A-M Side dish & a dessert; N-Z Main Dish (Please bring enough to serve 10.) **
Acts 2:42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. NIV
Men of God
Saturday, March 23, 8 a.m. at 155 McCutcheon
Also: Apr 27, May 25, June 15
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 MOG. I need you, Men, and we need one another!
WOW Discipleship Time (Women of the Word)
Monday, March 25th – 7 p.m. at the Nelsons’ house (725 Montclair Dr.)
Also: May 27
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 Monday night for a time when we get together and process all that God calls us to in His Word.
The WOW Discipleship Time is a rich opportunity to hear from some of the women of the church and how they have experienced life in ministry, marriage, and the ups and downs of following the Lord. It will be an encouraging and building time! All the ladies are welcome and encouraged to participate!
March 31, 1-4:30 p.m.
You’re invited to the Nelsons’ house (725 Montclair) for an Easter potluck. We'll have a great time of food, fellowship, and fun!
WOW Fellowship & Service Project
Service project or Meet-up Event
Parents and teens are invited to join the 2024 Rio youth group backpacking trip! We're going to hike Friday and Saturday, June 28-29. The current plan is to hike the Argentina Peak and Little Bonito Trail loop up by Ruidoso but in the past, we've had to make last minute changes and adjustments due to weather, forest fires, etc., so this plan is tentative.
For those who haven't gone on a trip yet, here's a little of what the weekend will look like and what to expect. Friday morning, we'll meet (maybe at the church building parking lot) around 8ish and carpool together to the trailhead and begin hiking around 11. We'll hike all afternoon to the campsite which is a mountainside where we'll put up tents and cook a shared dinner together. There's time for sitting around the campfire (depending on fire restrictions), singing, marshmallows, etc. The next morning, we cook our own breakfasts and hang out till lunch. Then we break camp and head back down the mountain to the cars. In the past, we've stopped for dinner at a fast-food restaurant on the drive home and arrived late in the evening on Saturday.
For tenting, we'll group boys with boys and girls with girls. Parents can share a tent with their child or bring their own, depending on your preference and tent sizes. We'll figure out those details as we get closer to the date. If you'd like to go, you will need a backpacking pack. No backpacks or rucksacks allowed. You will need a sleeping bag, pad, sturdy shoes for hiking, water bottle and rain coat. You'll need to pack in your own breakfast and lunch and part of the shared dinner we make together. Pack out your own trash. We'll replenish our water with filtered water from the stream on the hike. Dove and Tom have filters and camping stoves for us to use.
The hike is a 6.2 mile loop with 1,279 ft. elevation gain. It starts at 8,000 feet which is an adjustment. The pack you'll be carrying will weigh 25 or more pounds. The first day will be the hardest. Please prepare for the trip by doing some hiking beforehand.
It's been a lot of fun in the past! We hope you can join us. Please let Holly know if you are interested.
DTC High School Conference
Discipleship Training Camp 2024
Join other teens/parents in colorful Colorado as we learn about what it means to be men and women of God in today’s world. The guys and gals will split up between Camp Cedaredge (www.campcedaredge.com) in Cedaredge, Colorado and Mountaintop Retreat (www.mountaintopretreat.com). The camps are about an hour apart.
Discipleship Training Camp (DTC) is developed by M28. Visit www.m28alliance.com for more information. More details to come.
Church Camp Out
Friday, Aug 9, 2024
We are going to have an awesome church camp-out at Black Bear Group Campground near Cloudcroft. We’ll fellowship over a potluck dinner on Friday night at 6 and have some s’mores. The other meals are on your own. The cost is $15/family. We had to reserve a minimum of two nights, so we also have Thursday night reserved. Feel free to head up early if you’d like an extra night of camping.
Directions: From Cloudcroft, turn south onto NM130. Continue for 1 mile and turn left (east) onto Forest Road 24B (just across the road from the Deerhead Campground entrance). The entrance will be on your right-hand side.
To bless our neighboring businesses, please don't park north of the handicapped parking spots.