Welcome to Riverchase

HEY! My name is Malvin Sanders, and I am the new youth and family minister here at Riverchase. I wanted to take this first article to introduce myself and tell you how excited I am to be here. I am originally from Stockbridge, Georgia, which is just on the south side of Atlanta. When I […]

HEY! My name is Malvin Sanders, and I am the new youth and family minister here at Riverchase. I wanted to take this first article to introduce myself and tell you how excited I am to be here. I am originally from Stockbridge, Georgia, which is just on the south side of Atlanta. When I was a senior in high school, I made the decision to go to Faulkner University in Montgomery. This was one of the best decisions I ever made because that is where I met my wife and where I really started to take my faith seriously, which eventually led me to change my major to youth and family ministry. We then moved to New Orleans to work with the Hickory Knoll church of Christ for two years, before moving to Columbia, Tennessee to work with the Highland church of Christ, where we had our two awesome children, Owen and Blakely. We were there for six years and really loved it, but we are now just really excited to be here at Riverchase. We have heard nothing but good things from people about the congregation here, and for my wife, it’s a move home! Jan is from Gardendale and went to JCA. All four of her sisters are here in the Birmingham area, along with her parents. We are just so excited to be here and right now, just echoing the words, “I thank Christ Jesus our Lord because he trusted me and gave me this work of serving Him. He gives me strength.” – 1 Timothy 1:12

VBS 2022 The Big Four

Our very special thanks to our “Big Four” of VBS, Jina O’Clair, Karen & Jason Smith and Eric Gott. Jina, Karen and Jason have been the “brains” and drive behind our Vacation Bible School for years. Now they are joined by the special talents and abilities offered by...

Washington Speaks

As we prepare to celebrate Memorial Day, I thought it would be good to remember some words of final warning given to us by George Washington in his Farewell Address. He spoke of the great care that needed to be taken to guard and preserve the unity of our government....

Focus On The Text

I really enjoy using my computer Bible software. It is called BibleWorks. Early on, it would always start with a reminder to “Focus on the text.” God tells us to do the same thing. "So you shall observe to do just as the LORD your God has commanded you; you shall not...

Biddable

"Biddable" means "easily led, taught or controlled." The Oxford Dictionary defines it as " meekly ready to accept and follow instructions." Whether it is describing a good or bad quality in a person would depend upon the nature of the instruction or leading to which a...

The Greatest Thing Ever Said

This is not new. But sometimes it helps to look at something with a different perspective to broaden our understanding. So, what is the greatest thing ever said? Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. (Matthew 22:37...

Choice

Choices have consequences. Our choices mean certain things.   “...as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord” (Joshua 24:15).  When Joshua spoke these words he was calling upon all Israel to make a choice. He had already made his choice. He shared it with...

John 17: 20-23

20 “I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, 21 that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me. 22 The glory...

Thank You, RCOC!

What a turn out Sunday night. What a joyful, fulfilling evening. What an example of organized chaos. But we got it done. Over 150 buckets filled. All delivered to Healing Hands and they should be headed out today to the ship that will deliver them to those in need in...

Being Like Jesus

Being like Jesus, now there is a challenge for all of us. The first step of this challenge is to make sure we are actually being like Jesus.   I read an article about a man who is considered by his peers to be the nicest man in his  profession. After reading his...

We Need Your Help

When? Sunday evening, March 27, at 6:00 p.m. in the Family Life Center.   For What? We are loading buckets of essential items to be sent to those fleeing from the war in Ukraine.   Healing Hands International has provided us with a list of essential items that will...