Events at Riverside

 CELEBRATION OF ST. FRANCIS & BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS  On October 8th during worship we will celebrate the life and ministry of St. Francis of Assisi. Francis, born in Assisi in 1182, began life as a wealthy and privileged child.     As he grew, the Spirit of God transformed him and opened his heart.    Eventually, he walked away from his privileged life and began to serve the poor.  Francis also had a deep and intimate connection to creation and saw God reflected in all of God’s creatures. As is the tradition in many communities of faith, our celebration of St. Francis will include a blessing of the animals.  Please feel free to bring a beloved creature to join with you in worship on this day.  Or, bring a picture or symbol of a creature that you love—two legged, four legged, winged or one that swims or crawls.   All are welcome!

INDIGENOUS PEOPLES DAY Gorge Ecumenical Ministries (GEM) invites you to celebrate Indigenous People’s Day on October 9th from 6:30-8:00 p.m. at Riverside. Special guest Klairice Westley will share tribal views, reflections and a traditional dance of the Columbia River People.

PROVIDENCE REMEMBRANCE SERVICE next Sunday, Oct. 15 at 1 pm in the Riverside sanctuary for those who have lost an infant or child. Reception to follow in the Pioneer Room. Sponsored by the Providence Foundation and Birth Center.

WARMING SHELTER TRAININGS will be held at Riverside Oct. 17 and 18, 6-8 pm, Nov. 12, 2-4 pm and Nov. 13, 6-8 pm. Please contact Sandy Spellecy if you have any questions.




ALL-CHURCH RETREAT Registration for our all-church retreat  “Weaving the Beloved Community” continues today. Retreat dates are Oct. 20-22.  Early bird discount ends TODAY! Don’t miss this opportunity for rest, reflection and connection amidst the towering trees and flowing waters of Camp Adams! Those of all ages welcome. Scholarships available.


ANNUAL INTERGENERATIONAL PUMPKIN CARVING EVENT! Sunday, October 29th from 12:30 to 2:30. There will also be a chili cook off hosted by four Riverside’s chefs: Charlie Warren, Helmut Riedl, James Holloway, and Rodger Schock. More fun: Costume Catwalk filled with awe-inspired costumes modeled by members of the Mission Board, CE Board, At Large Members, Youth Group, Teens Group and Gospel Choir!  The finale will be the dedication of the pumpkins in the sanctuary as Riverside emphasizes the light within the pumpkins and the light within ourselves being taken out into the world.



SAVE THE DATE! All-church retreat will take place amidst the ancient trees of Camp Adams on Oct. 20-22. Those of all ages invited. Registration forms available below.

2017 Camp Adams Retreat Registration