Over the past several months, we have faced one of the most challenging periods in our church history. The impact of COVID-19 has been felt across the congregation and I cannot thank you enough for the incredible faith and flexibility you have shown so far. This crisis is far from over, we know that, but it is your resilient spirit that will see us emerge as one unified Christian body once this pandemic is eventually behind us.
Over the coming weeks, the health and safety of our congregation must remain our number one priority. I would ask that you continue to take care of yourselves and of each other. We are all in this together.
Indeed, if recent weeks have taught us anything, it’s that the time for unity is now. The recent and tragic events in the US have highlighted the social injustice and racial inequalities that still exist in society, fueled by a divisive narrative of bias and discrimination. I want to be very clear that these beliefs hold no place at Riverside, and in no way reflect the values we live by as a church body. The inclusion of everyone, irrespective of skin color, gender, where you are from or who you love, is paramount.
Let’s never forget, the very things that make us different also make us better. We are an inclusive church, and our inclusiveness fosters a strong sense of belonging. It empowers us to be our best and to demonstrate God’s love in our actions. So, let’s all play our part. It is up to each of us to actively embrace inclusion in our daily lives, and in doing so, we drive positive change for all.
God bless you,
Riverside Church family,
It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Rev. Paul Clark who went to be with the Lord on April 3, 2020 after a long battle with ALS. Please pray for his wife Brenda and his family.
Rev. Clark was instrumental in our pastoral selection process, acting as consultant and spiritual leader to our church during the transition from full-time Pastor to interim Pastor. Our church has been enriched by his faith and wisdom and he will be missed by all who knew him.
A funeral service will be held at The First Baptist Church of the City of Washington DC sometime in the near future.
God bless you,
Dear Riverside Family,
I am reaching out today to extend my love and prayers for you and your family during these unprecedented and challenging times. I know many of you are worried about your jobs, your income, and your health. These are scary times for all of us.
Now, perhaps more than ever before, we have an opportunity to trust in God in a new and different way. Won’t you join me in praying for our church community and for our world? If each of us prayed just ten minutes more each day, what an impact our prayers would have on our world!
Let the words of Jeremiah 29:11 comfort you:
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future”.
When anxieties begin to rise, turn off the noise and rest in the promise of God’s word. He is faithful. He is true. And he has your best interests at heart.
This is our promise, and today is our opportunity to live it. As we adjust to our new realities, and the temporary closure of our church home, let’s love and serve one another well through this season. Reach out to those around you who may be alone and fearful. Spend a few minutes on the phone reassuring a neighbor or a friend that God loves and cares for them.
If you need prayer or assistance, please feel free to call our church office at (202) 554-4330. Someone from our pastoral care team will get back in touch with you.
Praying God’s continued blessings over you.