Sunday Service for August 14 is Available Online

The Sunday service for August 14, 2022 is available here. Guest preacher Rev. Dr. Angélique Walker-Smith shares the word of God this morning with her sermon “Celebrating Black August, Faith and Wisdom.”

Riverside welcomes visitors both online and in-person and ask that you go here to let us know you were here today. There is also an option to sign up for our weekly newsletter at that link so that you can keep up with the activities of our church.

Congregants and visitors are welcome back to the church sanctuary for Sunday services if they are able to join in-person. Services begin at 10:00 am EDT. An online bulletin guides you through the service for those unable to join in person. The service is recorded and also available after the live service has ended. You can also view past Sunday services here. Through these online resources, you can continue to connect with God and the Riverside community.

Sunday Service for August 7 is Available Online

Elizabeth Lindsay Davis - 1922
Elizabeth Lindsay Davis – 1922

The Sunday service for August 7, 2022 is available here. Guest preacher Minister Jonathan Holley shares the word of God this morning with his sermon “Imitating Christ’s Example of Service.”

Riverside welcomes visitors both online and in-person and ask that you go here to let us know you were here today. There is also an option to sign up for our weekly newsletter at that link so that you can keep up with the activities of our church.

Congregants and visitors are welcome back to the church sanctuary for Sunday services if they are able to join in-person. Services begin at 10:00 am EDT. An online bulletin guides you through the service for those unable to join in person. The service is recorded and also available after the live service has ended. You can also view past Sunday services here. Through these online resources, you can continue to connect with God and the Riverside community.

Sunday Service for July 31 is Available Online

The Sunday service for July 31, 2022 is available here. Guest preacher Rev. Trisha Miller Manarin shares the word of God this morning with her sermon “The Memory of God for the People of God.”

Riverside welcomes visitors both online and in-person and ask that you go here to let us know you were here today. There is also an option to sign up for our weekly newsletter at that link so that you can keep up with the activities of our church.

Congregants and visitors are welcome back to the church sanctuary for Sunday services if they are able to join in-person. Services begin at 10:00 am EDT. An online bulletin guides you through the service for those unable to join in person. The service is recorded and also available after the live service has ended. You can also view past Sunday services here. Through these online resources, you can continue to connect with God and the Riverside community.

Sunday Service For July 24 is Available Online

The Sunday service for July 24, 2022 is available here. Guest preacher Rev. Starlette Thomas shares the word of God this morning with her sermon “In Over Our Heads.”

Riverside welcomes visitors both online and in-person and ask that you go here to let us know you were here today. There is also an option to sign up for our weekly newsletter at that link so that you can keep up with the activities of our church.

Congregants and visitors are welcome back to the church sanctuary for Sunday services if they are able to join in-person. Services begin at 10:00 am EDT. An online bulletin guides you through the service for those unable to join in person. The service is recorded and also available after the live service has ended. You can also view past Sunday services here. Through these online resources, you can continue to connect with God and the Riverside community.

Sunday Service for July 17 Is Available Online

The Sunday service for July 17, 2022 is available here. Guest preacher Rev. Robin Williams Evans shares the word of God this morning with her sermon “Spiritual Disciplines Open the Door.”

Riverside welcomes visitors both online and in-person and ask that you go here to let us know you were here today. There is also an option to sign up for our weekly newsletter at that link so that you can keep up with the activities of our church.

Congregants and visitors are welcome back to the church sanctuary for Sunday services if they are able to join in-person. Services begin at 10:00 am EDT. An online bulletin guides you through the service for those unable to join in person. The service is recorded and also available after the live service has ended. You can also view past Sunday services here. Through these online resources, you can continue to connect with God and the Riverside community.

Riverside Baptist Church Selects Pastor

The Riverside Baptist Church is pleased to announce that it has called Rev. Mia Michelle McClain to be its Senior Pastor. Rev. McClain is the first African American and first woman to serve as Senior Pastor at Riverside Baptist and will begin her tenure on September 1, 2022.

Rev. McClain is currently the Associate Minister of Faith Formation and Outreach at the Myers Park Baptist Church in Charlotte, North Carolina, where she is the first African-American in the history of Myers Park to be called to serve on its senior staff.

Rev. McClain is a licensed Baptist minister and is ordained in the United Church of Christ. She is active with the Alliance of Baptists and the United Church of Christ on special projects on the national level. She participates in several interfaith and justice initiatives.

Rev. McClain earned her Master of Divinity Degree from Union Theological Seminary in New York, NY. She was awarded the Seminary’s prestigious Jonathan Kneeland Preaching Award and the Karen Ziegler Feminist Preaching Prize.

Rev. McClain has a Bachelor of Fine Arts, Musical Theatre from Syracuse University and a Master of Arts in Arts Politics from New York University. She has performed in off-Broadway and regional theater productions. Her many interests include Worship Arts, Adult Spiritual Formation, Social Media Ministries, Music Composition and Arrangement, and Dance and Choreography. More information about Rev. McClain can be found on her personal website.

Be Aware of Scam Text Messages

Riverside Baptist Church is aware someone claiming to be from our church is attempting to scam people. We have received a report of someone calling themselves “Pastor Tom” from Riverside Baptist Church sending out text messages telling people they had been selected to receive $2,000 from the “Riverside Baptist Church disaster/pandemic relief support.” All they asked was to send their bank details.

This is not related to any activities of this church. Be aware that Riverside Baptist Church will NEVER ask for your bank account details.

Service for Robert Nelson is Wednesday

Robert Henry Nelson

Please join the Riverside Baptist community for the funeral service for Robert Henry Nelson on Wednesday, November 10. Visitation will be at 10:00 am, with the service beginning at 11:00 am. A repast will follow in the multipurpose room. For those who are unable to attend in person, the funeral service will also be shared via Zoom. Join the virtual service by following this link.

Robert’s zest for life was undeniable, his laugh, easy and frequent. He enjoyed the company of friends, even the furry kind. He cherished moments with family. He was known to buy used cars to donate or gift to friends. His interests were varied and many; from concerts, to plays to a fine glass of wine. A reader and war history buff, he was well versed in the Civil and World Wars. When visiting a museum or historical site, he was one of those people who would stop to read every plaque and was always primed to contribute in a lively discussion on politics, current affairs and religion.

An avid fan of football and basketball, he had a love-hate relationship with the (now) Washington Football Team. When they were doing poorly, he would playfully announce that he was officially a Baltimore Ravens fan!

He had many nicknames over the years: Bob, Bobby, Buttermilk (the origin of that one is still unclear), and his grandchildren lovingly called him Poppy, perhaps the most endearing of them all.

Surrounded by family and friends at Providence Hospital in Washington, D.C., Robert entered into God’s eternal arms on November 1, 2021, following the path traversed by his sister Alice Leazer-Sharps, and brothers Cary and Oliver Nelson before him. His sisters, Judith Culberson and Gloria Nelson, brother, Kenneth Nelson, along with his daughters, grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends remain to carry his memory and continue his legacy.

Masks Will Be Required in the Church Starting August 1

To combat the rising prevalence of COVID cases in the area, the District of Columbia is requiring masks to be worn indoors beginning Saturday July 31. To be compliant, Riverside will require all attendants to church to wear a face mask during the entire service starting August 1.  Please be prepared to do so Sunday if you will be there in-person.

We will get through this together safely with the help from our Heavenly Father.

Sincerely,

Rev. Nick

The Doors of the Church Are Open

“We are God’s house, if we hold fast the confidence and the pride that belong to hope”

Hebrews 3:6

March 22, 2020 was the first Sunday service we went virtual. 68 weeks later and, God willing, we’re upon our last virtual Sunday service as we eagerly look forward to regathering on July 18. Something I shared at the start of the pandemic and bears repeating is God is still God. God is still loving, merciful, faithful, omnipotent, and everlasting. Though our community, country, world are still going through a circumstance that is fluid and still has many uncertainties, God is still God.

As we prepare a return to our sanctuary, I wish to remind you as the author of Hebrews says, “we are God’s house.” God’s people make up the church and we do not cease being the church even if we are not physically able to meet in our sanctuary. I know many will not be in a rush to come back and for that we will do our best to provide a streamed live service and then place the recorded video on the website. Even if you are not physically present with us, you are still part of God’s house.

During this time, we can continue to live out our calling by loving our neighbors as Jesus taught in Matthew 22:39. Part of loving our neighbors is seeking their health and wholeness. There are still certain populations who are especially vulnerable to the virus, particularly now with the new and more contagious variants. With all this in mind, we at Riverside Baptist Church seek to love our neighbors by taking reasonable steps to limit the spread of this pandemic. We ask that if you are not vaccinated to please wear a mask in church. We also ask that you are patient with us during these initial services as the offering and communion will be celebrated in as such way to ensure safety for all in attendance.

We personally invite you to come, gather in person, and worship with us on Sunday July 18 at 10:00 am. We look forward to seeing you, enjoying fellowship, and praising God from whom all blessing flow.

Rev. Nick