River Run Online Organics – a Parent Affiliated Congregation

River Run Online Organics

a Parent Affiliated Congregation [PAC] of the River Run Church of the Nazarene

River Run Online Organics is currently composed of:

 

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 WEBSITE & BLOG

WordPress Website and Blog

River Run Church of the Nazarene Website and Blog is located at:

https://riverrunchurch.wordpress.com

 

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FACEBOOK

Facebook Page

River Run Church of the Nazarene Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/RiverRunChurch/.

Facebook Closed Group

River Run:

This is an internal closed group of the River Run Church of the Nazarene. Official church information may be shared through this site and membership in this group may be restricted. More general/public information will be shared through the River Run Church of the Nazarene Facebook page which can be found at https://www.facebook.com/RiverRunChurch/.

Facebook Secret Groups

Health and Wellness:

In River Run’s Health and Wellness Support Group, we will try to model much of what is reflected in the First Place 4 Health Program. First Place 4 Health is a Christ-centered, biblically based, medically trustworthy wellness program that addresses the whole person—physical, mental, emotional and spiritual.

Community Crafters:

The Community Crafters in Service to Him is a Christ-centered ministry of the River Run Church of the Nazarene. We desire to be Christ’s hands and feet in our world. This group will work, fellowship, learn, and act together to serve people and our communities in tangible ways.

Camping and Hiking:

This will be a Christ-centered group, supported by the River Run Church of the Nazarene, which plans and shares related to camping and hiking activities.

Cowboy Church

The River Run Church of the Nazarene has horse-loving friends.  Modeled after a cowboy church of the Church of the Nazarene, this is a group of cowboys and like-minded folk who gather to worship God and grow in Christ. We can meet anywhere… in arenas, barns, or fields, on the trails, or anywhere we choose to gather [including online conferencing, chats, or through Facebook].

Homesteaders’ Blessings

Homesteaders’ Blessings is a secret group for those who homestead and give all the praise to God. It is designed to allow members to share God’s blessings, quote Scriptures, encourage one another, sharing homesteading tips and craft ideas, and praise God for His continued grace in our lives. We will consider this a gathering of the Church.

Music Lovers’ Worship Group:

Music Lovers’ Worship Group is a ministry of the River Run Church of the Nazarene.  Our outreach and ministry efforts emphasize the Bible, are Christ-centered, and are needs based or service oriented. Members of this group love Christian music and want to share and worship together online.

 

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PHONE APP

Android and iPhone App[for Personal Christian Spiritual Growth and Development]

River Run Naz:

Download the app from your Android or iPhone store.  As you travel on your own spiritual journey, we hope the River Run Naz app will be a useful resource in your personal spiritual growth and development. We encourage you to take the short Spiritual Growth Assessment in order to customize your experience. Each day you’ll receive messages selected just for you that are designed to help you grow spiritually and to live out the life God desires for you.

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River Run Church of the Nazarene Annual Report: April 1, 2017 through March 31, 2018

The River Run Church of the Nazarene faced a number of challenges last year.  Due to renovations, we were temporarily displaced from our regular meeting place in the Detroit Town Office Building from the beginning of April through the end of June.  We were able to hold regular Sunday church activities in an alternate location, but most of our ministries suffered during this time.

Liability concerns, expressed by the selectmen, required us to remove any food stored in the building.  Additionally, we had to discontinue the supplemental food pantry that we operated from there.  The kitchen facilities have not been fully restored, so the free community dinners we offered have been put on hold.  We restarted a few of our outreach ministries in the fall and hope we can regain momentum.

Our relationship with the Town of Detroit has changed.  We no longer provide basic cleaning in return for the use of the building on Sundays.  Instead, we pay rent for church activities on Sunday, but are able to use the building at other times for public programs or activities, free of charge, as can other non-profit organizations.

This winter we spent time planning, refocusing, and redefining how we will do ministry in the future.  We plan to increase our online ministries, will take many of our church activities out into the community, and are exploring options for additional outreach activities or community based small groups.

In spite of these challenges, we were able to plant, manage, and harvest produce from the community garden.  A core group of six volunteers distributed about 1250 pounds of garden produce to twenty five households… feeding at least 60 people from eight different area towns.  We expect to be scaling back on our community garden activities in 2018, in part, because we will be relocating the River Run raised beds to an alternate location that will be easier to manage and maintain.

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River Run Church of the Nazarene’s 2017 Community Garden Report

The River Run Church of the Nazarene, assisted by a University of Maine Cooperative Extension staff member, planned, planted, managed, and harvested a community garden in Detroit, Maine for the second year.  Additional funding from the Kohl’s Cares About ME Program this year helped the River Run Church of the Nazarene expand its capacity, through the community garden project, to address food insecurity issues in the Sebasticook Valley area.

A commitment of time and energy from a core group of six volunteers, from four area towns, made this project possible.  Additionally, this core group was assisted by seven other community volunteers during the 2017 growing season.

This year, about 1250 pounds of garden produce was harvested and distributed to area residents from the twenty 3X5 raised beds in the community garden.  Twenty five households, from eight different area towns, received garden produce throughout the growing season.  Five multi-generational families, nine adult households, three families with children, five elderly person households, and three single individual households were served in 2017.  These households reflected a total of at least 60 people.  A few of the households received produce once or twice during the growing season, but most households received produce on a regular basis throughout the season.

In the fall, we prepared the beds for the winter months.  We are currently making plans for the 2018 growing season.

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River Run Church of the Nazarene Outreach Report

River Run Church of the Nazarene Outreach Report for 2016-2017 Church Year

Compassionate Ministries to our community:  River Run continues to emphasize compassionate ministry and community outreach.  The Watershed Project is an outreach effort of the River Run Church of the Nazarene, having a focus on helping people in the area that have a need for food.

Currently these food related ministries include:

  • a small supplemental food pantry
  • raise bed/container/community raised bed gardens
  • free community fellowship dinners
  • a gleaning project and food distribution
  • gardening and other garden harvest related educational offerings.
  • planning activities to establish a small individual and/or family farmers market to help fund some of River Run’s food related ministries.

Recent accomplishments:

  • Community Garden Project

The River Run Church of the Nazarene’s Watershed Project secured a small grant from the Kohl’s Cares About ME Program.  River Run joined forces with the Anna Field Fernald Library and were assisted by the University of Maine Cooperative Extension to establish a community garden in Detroit, Maine.  The community garden has served residents of area communities throughout the 2016 growing season.

The community garden was managed by the River Run Church of the Nazarene.  The success of this project was made possible through the commitment of time and energy from sixteen volunteers from seven area towns.  About 950 pounds of garden produce was harvested from the twenty 3X5 raised beds in the community garden.

Thirty households from eleven different area towns were served during the 2016 growing season.  Five multigenerational families, nine adult households, six families with children, one elderly person, three young adult households, and six single individual households were served this season, reflecting a total of 62 people.  These 62 people were served in one or two ways, either through distribution of fresh produce from the community garden or from attending a community dinners that prepared food with produce from the community garden.  Most of the people served received fresh produce from the community garden.  Some households benefited from both the distribution of fresh produce and by attending a community dinner.  A few households received produce once during the growing season, but most households received produce multiple times throughout the season.

We have been able to preserve some of the community garden’s harvest for use this winter and next spring.  We prepared the beds for the winter months and have started to make plans for the 2017 growing season.  We look forward to working with all community volunteers and partners to increase the availability of fresh and locally grown produce to area residents again next year.

  • Gleaning Project

In addition to the Community Garden Project that was previously reported, River Run Church of the Nazarene was recognized as a community based hunger relief organization.  We were able to expand our food distribution efforts.  With assistance from a Cooperative Extension staff member and a Sebasticook Valley Hospital/Kohl’s Cares About ME staff person, we piloted a gleaning project during the 2016 growing season.

Through this gleaning project, eighteen different types of fruits and vegetables were gleaned.  Four area farms and one business in a neighboring community donated produce to this project.  Over 1200 pounds of produce was gleaned, valued at about $1,600Eighty percent of the produce was distributed through River Run’s food pantry to households in several communities throughout the Sebasticook Valley area.  About 6% of the gleaned food was prepared for use in the organization’s free community dinners and the remaining 14% of the food was preserved for use in future dinners.  It is estimated that over fifty people benefitted from the gleaned fruits and vegetables this year.

  •  Increased Capacity to Serve

The River Run Church of the Nazarene continued to increase our capacity to serve people in need of food in 2016.  With grant assistance from two Partners in Community Health (PICH) Program sponsors (Sebasticook Valley Health and Good Shepherd), we were able improve our food storage space by adding a 22 cubic foot upright freezer, two locking cabinets, and two shelving units.  In addition to a previously donated 5 cubic foot box freezer, the Fairfield Church of the Nazarene donated a commercial grade refrigerator to the River Run Church of the Nazarene in 2016.

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River Run Church of the Nazarene Annual Report – Spring 2016

Annual Report to the Maine District Church of the Nazarene’s District Assembly – [prepared April 2016]

River Run continues to emphasize compassionate ministry and community outreach.  Our Watershed Project encompasses several efforts that focus upon helping people in our area that are in need of food.

Currently these food related ministries include:

  • a small supplemental food pantry
  • raise bed and container gardening and the community raised bed gardening project
  • free community fellowship dinners
  • a gleaning project with plans for a food distribution system
  • a garden harvest series and other garden related educational offerings.

In addition, we would like to establish a small individual and/or family farmer’s market.  We hope this effort could help fund some of River Run’s food related ministries.

A couple of recent highlights include that:

  • River Run is being acknowledged, by area health and medical service providers, as being a valued faith based hunger relief organization and community partner. We have received a small grant to offer a four part garden harvest series.  This funding will also equip River Run to be able to preserve our own garden’s harvest.
  • We have just been notified that our funding request to establish a small raised bed community garden at the Detroit Town Hall has been approved. In addition, we will be collaborating with our local library’s family garden program to target additional families and children in need of food.

River Run’s Parent Affiliated Congregation [PAC]

River Run Online Organics has just been registered as a Parent Affiliated Congregation [PAC] and Organic Church under the River Run.  Just as we are working to develop a more traditional organic church network, River Run recently reaffirmed our desire to birth an online organic church network as well.  River Run Online Organics is a collection of online organic groups.  Each group has a leader, is Christ-centered, focuses upon building relationships… with each other and with God, and also seeks to explore, share, and discuss the Scriptures together.

We believe our online organic groups are producing fruit and are reaching people who would otherwise not have a church home or connection to a Christian community.  We have been tracking active participation in the online groups throughout the year.  We are prepared to report on these efforts under the new “parent affiliated congregation” designation.  We are open to how God may choose to use this ministry approach to reach out to others and to grow Christlike disciples.  Additionally, we are committed to adapt proven discipleship activities for use in an online or social media environment.  We are exploring a road less traveled with this new work and hope you will embrace this opportunity with us.

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River Run Church of the Nazarene Annual Report

Organic Church Focus: River Run has been studying about the organic church model for Christian ministry. The model builds upon relationships… with God and with people. We recently began to implement this approach by focusing upon the relationships we have developed with others. All of our outreach and ministry efforts emphasize the Bible, are Christ-centered, and are needs based or service oriented. Our Sunday service time is spent in an in-depth study of the Scriptures. We are currently working to establish two organic church group sites, hoping our efforts will evolve into a multi-site network of small organic church groups under the River Run Church of the Nazarene’s organizational umbrella.

Compassionate Ministries to our community: River Run continues to emphasize compassionate ministry and community outreach. The Watershed Project focuses upon helping people in our area that are in need of food. In 2014, we offered an educational program on raised bed and container gardening. In addition, River Run set up four raised bed kits and used multiple containers to produce vegetables for use in our community dinners or to give away to others who were in need. Our food pantry assisted four households in 2014. We ran four free community dinners and began a limited distribution of meals to individuals who were unable to attend. We gave away over 100 pounds of garden produce during the growing season and preserved or stored additional garden produce for later use in our free community dinners.

Other compassionate outreach efforts: In the spring of 2014, we kicked off a Christ-centered health and wellness series. As a result, River Run continues to assist with an informal fitness group that meets each week. In addition, River Run routinely gives away personal care items and activity or school packs for children. We expect these types of outreach efforts will continue.

Future plans: River Run also plans to continue our outreach efforts to improve the food security and general health of people in our community. We hope to expand our raised bed and container gardening efforts in 2015. Additionally, we are convinced that continuing to implement the organic church model will strengthen River Run’s ability to reach others for
Christ.

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The Gospels – Matthew 16

12/15/2014

Why do we seem to always want proof? Why do we seek after some kind of a sign? Where does faith fit in? In Matthew 16, we are cautioned about the teachings of some religious leaders. Rather than look for a sign or depend upon another, may we look to God for answers and find our proof in the Scriptures. In Matthew 16, Peter declares that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of the living God [v. 16]. May our faith in Jesus be strengthened. May we trust in His teachings. May we search the Scriptures for any proof that we might need. Additionally, may we seek the guidance of the Holy Spirit and may we have trust in His lead.

https://www.biblegateway.com/audio/mclean/niv/Matt.16

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