The city of El Paso has asked non-essential businesses to close. However, churches do not appear on either the essential or non-essential business lists. (If anything, it appears they may be considered essential.)
Our plan is to stay open. Maybe it would be best to say it this way: you are welcome to come, but encouraged to stay home. If you can have a meaningful church and worship experience at home, please participate in our service online. If it has been important to your spiritual well-being to be physically present at our worship service, please join us in person!
One new thing that we are asking everyone to do is to take your temperature before coming to our church service. If you have a fever, please stay home. We will not be testing everyone; however, if you want Kathleen to check your temperature at the door, she will have a touchless thermometer with her at the guest book.
If you think you may be getting sick, please error on the side of caution and stay home. At church, please wear a mask, social distance, and use hand sanitizer frequently.
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.)
Some of our past livestreamed videos are available here:
11/29, 11/22, 11/15, 11/8, 11/1,
10/25, 10/18, 10/11, 10/4
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 - Westside Campus- https://www.facebook.com/groups/181600608562475/
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Rio West Worship Playlist on Spotify
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Fridays at 7 a.m. on Zoom.
No meeting on Dec 4 due to the Gospel Workshop.
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 on Zoom.
Youth group is for kids from 12 years old through high school. Parents are welcome and encouraged to attend.
Testimony and Gospel Workshop
Dec. 5th, 9-11 a.m. Location TBA
One of the greatest experiences we get to have, as followers of Jesus, is to participate in telling people about him. Your story or your words of love and truth may be pivotal in someone crossing from death to life. Wow! Come join us for a workshop where we will learn ways of writing and sharing our stories in impactful ways. Our goal is to help and encourage one another in this process. You’ll even be able to get input and advice on how and what to say for your personal testimony! We also hope to write and record some of our testimonies so that we can get the wheels rolling to avoid having a meeting that is just informational. Let’s do this together!
WOW 2020 Christmas Outreach
We are currently sharing ideas on facebook on different things that we can make or buy to hand out to our neighbors, friends, and strangers during our "delivery week." Everyone is encouraged to be a part of the conversation. Then, at some point, each gal will be able to sign up to officially be a part of the outreach. This will be necessarily in order for each participant to know how many they will need of the item that they are sharing with all of us.
On December 12th, we will be practicing social distance, wearing masks, and sharing our stuff with each other on our driveway. At that time, you will get everyone else's stuff in order to include in your giveaway bags/baskets. Time for the driveway share is to be announced, depending on the weather.
Then we will all be delivering to our community on the same week - December 13-19th.
Men of God
Jan 23, 8 a.m. on Zoom.
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.
DTC: Discipleship Training Camp
June 24-27, 2021
Table in the Wilderness, Centennial, WY
This conference is for high school kids, including those who are just starting and have just finished. Students who are going into eighth grade are also welcome.