A Non-Denominational, Christian Church

EVENTS TO KEEP YOU CONNECTED TO LIFE AT THE RIO

We have all sorts of events going on at the Rio! We believe that Christ has designed us to live out our Christian lives in the context of a community of other believers who love the Lord. If you're already a part of our community or if wanting to find out what living in a Christian community looks like, you're in the right place. All of our events are designed to help us grow closer to God and to each other.

We have several different ways to find out about the events we have going on. There are three really helpful ways to get a flyover of all of our events.

There is a brief overview of many of our events below.

We also have a Google calendar, which will give you a good look at the different events we have going on in a calendar view. It's also super useful if you want to know what events are going on for a specific date. If you want more info on any of these events on the calendar, keep scrolling down to get detailed info on each event!

If you want updates about our events emailed to your inbox (we send out an email about twice a month), you can sign up by pressing the button below to subscribe to our mailing list. These emails have the most in-depth and current information about our events. So if you want to be in-the-know, you might try our emails! You can unsubscribe at any time by clicking the unsubscribe link at the bottom of any email.  

 

Connecting Online:

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).

Men's Prayer is on Zoom.

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/theriochurch/
The Rio Church - Westside Campus- https://www.facebook.com/groups/181600608562475/

Rio Airport Worship Playlist on Spotifyon Apple Music. Rio West Worship Playlist on Spotify

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Youth group

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.

 

Men of God
Saturday, December 3, 8 a.m. at 155 McCutcheon  (Also: Jan 28, Feb 25, Mar 25) 

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! 

 

Lunch after church
Sunday, Dec 4th (Also: Jan 8, Feb 5, March 5, Apr 2)

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!

 

WOW (Women of the Word) Christmas Soup and Outreach Exchange 
Saturday, December 10th at 5:30 p.m, Location TBD

Come and enjoy soup together! We’ll be doing our outreach exchange as well. Everyone will bring their favorite soup to share potluck style. To participate in the outreach, you will need to choose something (anything!) to make/buy to contribute to the exchange. After soup, we will share our own contribution and collect some of everyone else’s contributions to package in a gift plate. These gifts can be given to friends, neighbors, or even strangers that the Lord puts in our path!

 

Over 50ish Lunch
Sunday, December 11th, 12:15ish at Jason’s Deli

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)!

 

Small Group Leader meeting
Monday, December 12th, 7 p.m., Location TBA 

 

Christmas Program
December 18th

Our kids' Christmas will take place during the regular service.

 

Blue Christmas

Sunday, Dec 18, 7-8:30 p.m.  at 155 McCutcheon

Jesus experienced loss and heartache and disappointment.  Sometimes in the midst of the Christmas season, in what is intended to be only the happiest time of the year, a part within us aches because of loss or pain.  The losses of loved ones, of abilities, of dreams, of positions, or closeness in relationships can be very real.  The pain and strife caused by the brokenness in this dark world, even our own brokenness, often continues to agitate us despite the celebrations all around.  A world of darkness and pain is the type of place Jesus entered into and continues to enter into today.

A Blue Christmas is a time to be aware of not only the joys of this year but the losses as well, to bring them to God, to grieve them well, and to find his comfort in them. 

 

Christmas Eve
Saturday, December 24th 

We do not have any plans to meet together as a church on Christms Eve. Enjoy your family!

 

Christmas Service 
Sunday, December 25th 

We'll have our regular but shorter service to celebrate the birth of our Lord together. 

 

WOW (Women of the Word) Meet-up Fellowship
Saturday, January 7th

For our WOW meetup, we'd like to invite you to join us as we mix things up in an attempt to get to know others in the church, build friendships, and support each other. On a given Saturday (generally the 2nd) of every other month, we are going to set aside a time for those who wish to participate to meet with one other lady drawn at random. The two of you can make plans together to do what feels comfortable to you: perhaps go out for coffee at an outdoor location, have breakfast or lunch together, or go for a walk, etc. If you would like to participate, please email Holly and then she will draw the names from a hat and let you know who you've been paired with so you can make plans together. We hope it is a fun and easy way to get to know one other person in our church better.

 

Winter Teen Conference - Save the Date
Colorado, January 13-16ish 

 

Fiesta (Potluck, worship, and communion)

Thursday, January 19th, 6 p.m. at the Rio church building (Also: Mar 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 Main Dish; N-Z Side dish & a dessert (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

 

WOW (Women of the Word) Service Project
Saturday, January 21st, 9:45-noon 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 relationships. Contact Dina for more information.

 

Radical Parenting Conference
March 3-4, 2023

Josh and Krista Whitney will be coming to El Paso to encourage and inspire parents! They are the parents of five kids and have been greatly blessed by applying God's timeless parenting principles to their family. This is a conference you won't want to miss! 

 

Faithcamp / DTC 2023
July 19-23, 2023

Don’t miss this conference for everyone! We are going to have incredible fellowship, worship, and teachings to encourage us and deepen our relationship with God. We will be at beautiful Adams State University in Alamosa, Colorado. The teens will have a separate DTC track, but will join us for part of the time. This conference will be a fantastic way to invest in your family, relationships, and soul! More details available.  Updated flyer: Nov 2022

 

Church Camp Out 2023 
Friday, Aug 18, 2023

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.

 

Eddie Smith and Wycliff

Several months ago, we had a visiting missionary at church. His name is Eddie Smith and he and his wife, Jen, have been a part of our family of churches for many years. They were recently a part of the Desert’s End church in Phoenix. Eddie is a very smart guy who also has a passion for biblical doctrine. Accordingly, he is well suited to be a translation consultant with Wycliffe Bible Translators. As a person who is proficient in Hebrew and Greek, he will be working closely with translators to ensure that a new Bible translation is completed with clarity and faithfulness. He doesn’t yet know what mission field he will be assigned, but should find out in the next few months. We would love for people to partner with the Smiths by helping them financially and/or being committed members of their prayer team. Please join them in their work of getting the Bible to people who desperately need it.  The link to their official Wycliffe page is: https://www.wycliffe.org/partner/smiths. You can learn more about what they’re doing at: https://thesojourn.co/wycliffe/

Parking
To bless our neighboring businesses, please don't park north of the handicapped-parking spots.

 

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