This Week at River City Grace

April 9, 2014

From Pastor Greg

One of the most central truths in the Christian life, and likewise one of the most frequently misunderstood, is the truth of God’s grace.  Many misconceptions of grace have been proffered throughout church history, ranging from the weak and incomplete (God’s Riches At Christ’s Expense), to the downright false and heretical (“Hey, let’s keep sinning so that grace may abound!” – see Rom. 5:18-6:14). 
Confusion about God’s grace inevitably leads to confusion about the place of obedience and good works in the lives of believers.  Countless individuals, families, and whole churches, have been deeply troubled and turned upside-down in spiritual fruitfulness and witness, all because of errors regarding the nature of God’s grace in Jesus Christ (Titus 1:10-11).  This is the very context in which Paul is writing Titus, that he might promote spiritual health and stability among churches on the island of Crete (Titus 1:5).  And Paul makes clear that the needed godly leadership in churches, and godly lifestyles among the saints, flows from a clear, robust understanding and application of God’s grace in Jesus Christ.
It is the fullness and richness of this grace that we considered together this past Lord’s Day, from Titus 2:11-14.  In these four short verses, Paul vividly describes the presence, power, and purpose of God’s grace.  He makes abundantly clear that God’s grace is centered in the person and work of Jesus Christ.  He likewise makes clear that the good work of God’s grace in His people produces the good works of God’s grace through His people.  Specific, practical, daily godliness!
Beloved, these truths are so essential and foundational to growth in godliness, I would encourage you to memorize Titus 2:11-14 – perhaps with a friend and/or family member.  And pray that God would give you grace to understand and live in light of the riches of His grace!  As you do, keep singing, to yourself and others, about God’s rich and free Grace Unmeasured.
Grace upon grace!

Preparing for the Lord's Day:
April 13, 2014

And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.  (Heb. 10:24-25, ESV)


Morning Corporate Worship:

  • Call to Worship - Revelation 5:11-14
  • Assurance of Forgiveness - Isaiah 43:25
  • Public Scripture Reading - Matthew 18:1-20
  • Sermon (Steve)- "Will We Finish the Gospel?" Romans 15:18-24
  • Songs for Corporate Singing (subject to change):  
1. O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing, #21
2. How Sweet the Name of Jesus Sounds, #123
3. God of Grace, Insert
4. O Great God, Insert
5. O Church Arise, Insert


    Evening Gathering:
  • Public Scripture Reading - Genesis 48:1-22
  • Sermon (Greg) - "RCG and the Mission of God," Selected Scripture
  • Corporate Prayer
  • Songs for Corporate Singing (TBD)

Happening Soon

  • Childcare - We are still in need of volunteers for Childcare (Nursery and Toddler age). Specifically, we need volunteers during the following services: Evening (Apr. 18); Corporate Worship (Apr. 20, Apr. 27, and May 25). If you are interested in serving on any of these dates, or have any questions, please contact the Church Office (; 972-1106). Thank you!
  • Church Work Day - Please join us on Saturday, April 12 to take care of the facilities with which the Lord has blessed us.  We will start at 9:00 am, and continue until all the work is completed. Feel free to join us for all or part of the day. Lunch will be provided. We hope you will help make the work light while enjoying sweet fellowship together. Sign-up sheets are available in the foyer and on the website.
  • Good Friday Communion Service - We encourage you to join us on Friday, April 18 at 7 pm for our Good Friday Communion Service. Childcare will be provided for ages 4 and under.
  • Easter Potluck at the Nevins - The Nevins family invites you to join them after church at 1pm on Easter Sunday, April 20 for the celebration of our Lord Jesus' resurrection with a potluck BBQ in their backyard (2236 Tallac St, Sacramento).  They will provide the hamburgers, hot dogs, condiments, forks, plates, and drinks.  Please bring a side dish to share. Everyone is welcome!  Questions?  Call/text Patty at 873-2274 or email her at
  • Resurrection Day - In remembrance of our risen and exalted Lord and Savior on Resurrection Day, please note that there will not be Equipping Hour or Evening Service on Sunday, April 20. Please also note that we will not be having an Easter Brunch, since we will be celebrating the Nevins' Easter   Potluck BBQ after Corporate Worship.
  • RCG Members Meeting - In place of our usual Evening Gathering, there will be a Members Meeting on Sunday, April 27 at 5pm in the Auditorium. We will discuss and pray about a number of matters related to the life and growth of ministry at RCG. We will also collect a special offering for the Benevolence Fund. Refreshments will be provided. All members are encouraged to attend.           
  • Spring Retreat - ROC is hosting a Spring Retreat on May 23-25 at Camp Alta, open to all young adults. The focus of this time will be "Your Life: Daily Living Under God.” The cost is $120 per person, which includes meals. Please register by May 4. For more information or to sign up, go to or pick up a flier in the foyer.

Prayer Focus for This Week

  • Pray for RCG Members Ericka Hall, Darren & Rebecca Hanohano, Scott & Pennie Harrison, and Bob & Missy Herguth.
  • Pray for RCG Members who are away: Sheenah Abdullah, George & June Ehrhardt, Rebecca Fong, Sharon Leonard, and Daniel Nevins.
  • Pray for Grace Reformation Church in Woodland and Pastor Ron Poarch.
  • Pray for Senator Darrell Steinberg.
  • Pray for those ministering at the Alternatives Pregnancy Center in Sacramento.
  • Pray for Seed-Sower missionaries Saran and Sophanet Ry in Cambodia.
  • Pray for the persecuted church in Egypt.  
  • Pray for the unreached people group, the Han Chinese in Taiwan.

Members can link to the RCG Prayer Bulletin on the members' section of the website.

Equipping Hour

  Spring Quarter Equipping Hour Topics

EQUIPPING CLASS: "The Point of Your Life: God's Mission in Jesus Christ"
(Meeting in the Auditorium)

This Week's Lesson:  The Death of Christ: How Does the Cross Change My Life?

Equipping Hour - April 6, 2014 (Auditorium)

Next Week's Lesson: The Transformation of Christians: What are We Fighting for?

Evening Gathering

Evening Gathering - March 30, 2014 (Auditorium)

Afternoon Service (not recorded) was April 6, 2014.

Bulletin Board

(For members to share announcements, events, needs or items to give away.)


Congratulations to the Haak family! - Congratulations to Paul & Anna for the arrival of their newest family member, Ruth Georgina Haak! Ruth was born from home on Sunday, April 6th at 8:30am at 7 lb,12 oz and 20 in. Praise God for the safe delivery; everyone is healthy and well, albeit sleep-deprived. Paul & Anna are thankful for your prayers and for rejoicing with them over this little one! As the Haak family adjusts to having Ruth among them, if you would like to minister to them through Meal Ministry, please sign-up here.

Recycling for Missions - The Nevins family collects and recycles aluminum cans and glass bottles marked with CA CRV and donates the proceeds to our missionaries. If you would like to share your recyclables (no tin cans, milk bottles, or glass food containers--only CA CRV labeled items), please give them to Patty at church.

Child Registration Available Online - This year, registration can be completed online! For your convenience, please go to and fill out the form for each child. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the office.


RefNet - RefNet (Reformation Network), an outreach of Ligonier Ministries, is 24-hour Christian internet radio featuring biblical preaching and teaching. This complimentary resource is available by listening online or by downloading the app; just visit:

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Last Sunday's Sermon


The Good Works of God's Grace

Titus 2:11-14


Pastor Greg Stoever

Memory Verse

John 10:28

“I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand.”

Memory Verse Passage  


John 10:27-30


from the Fighter Verse Program


Upcoming Events

April 9
Wed. Ladies Bible Study (Fellowship Hall)
Prayer Group (Francisco Home)
Growing One Another (Davis)

April 10
ROC Bible Study (Davis)

April 11
Men of the Word (Nevins Home)

April 12
Church Work Day

April 13
Aegis Service (4pm)

April 15
Tuesday Ladies Bible Study (Cook Home)
ROC Women's Small Group (Davis)

April 18
Good Friday Communion (7pm)

April 20
Resurrection Day
Nevins' Easter Potluck BBQ

April 21
Women's Prayer Meeting for Missions

April 25
Game Night (Nevins Home)

April 27
Members Meeting (5pm)


April 9
Mary Lowery

April 10
Hannah Gedeon

April 13
Brian Dillard



April 14
Darren & Rebecca Hanohano

Hymn of the Month

"Join All the Glorious Names"


River City Grace Community Church
4261 Whitney Ave, Sacramento, CA 95825
phone: (916) 972-1106 fax (916) 972-1178