Rivergate Community Church

4737 N. Lombard Street
Portland, OR 97203-4533

Sunday Service
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM



• Tuesdays at 11:30am
RCC Women’s Group

• Tuesdays Noon to 1:00pm
Prayer Group

• Thursdays 5:00pm to 6:00pm
Feeding the Hungry - Volunteer


Weekly Message

March 31, 2019

CrocsGood Afternoon and welcome to Rivergate Community Church. We are delighted to have you join us for worship.

I was watching one of the squirrels that frequent our yard today, and you could almost see the joy on its face as it ran back and forth and up the tree. Spring is here and there is so much for it to explore. It jumped up on the garden box and then over to the tree, and then back across the yard and under the fence with its tail bouncing in the air. I heard the birds early this morning starting their day singing.

As I thought about all of God's creatures I wondered how do I start my day? Do I start off by singing and praising God for another day? Do I thank Him for all the colors, smells and beauty all around me? Is there joy in my heart as I begin each day? If not, why not? May all of us reflect on how we start each new day given to us by the Lord.

May we begin each day in praise and adoration of you Lord.

Starting each day with praise with you,

Pastor Carren

March 24, 2019

changeWelcome to Rivergate Community Church on this first Sunday of Spring.

What a wonderful week of weather we had to close out Winter and usher in the first days of Spring. We see trees with colorful blossoms bursting out all over town. Daffodils and tulips are adding color as well. The trees, roses and all our shrubs also have buds, blossoms and new growth. The grass is growing, birds are singing and it is a reminder that new life has returned after a long winter season.

We are in the season of Lent in our church calendar. It is a wonderful time to reflect on our spiritual life and see what needs pruning and where we can find new life sprouting. We will celebrate Easter a month from today, so I want to encourage each of you to take extra time this week to ask the Lord what areas of your life need to change and grow? What resources are available to you to help in that process – books, workshops, prayer and Bible study? I will be meeting with each of you over the next month to help you finalize your plan.

Thankful for this season of reflection with you,

Pastor Carren

March 17, 2019

PrayGood Afternoon and welcome to Rivergate Community Church. May we all come together in worship and praise of the Lord Jesus Christ!

Today is St. Patrick's Day and depending on your background it may mean wearing green, or shamrocks, eating corned beef and celebrating Irish heritage. For us as Christians we can choose to focus on the life of a man who went to Ireland and told them the Good News of Jesus and converted thousands to Christianity. We should remember that we stand on the shoulders of so many who have given their lives to helping spread the Good News around the world.

We all will leave a legacy behind when we die, and it should be something we think about from time to time. What am I teaching others? What do I say to those around me? How do my actions reflect the Kingdom of God? Our words and actions will live on after we are gone, and what will they say about our life?

Telling others the Good News with you,

Pastor Carren

March 10, 2019

sunshineWelcome to Rivergate Community Church. We are delighted to have you join us for worship.

What a glorious day we have as we gather together this afternoon! Friday night the hills around town were covered in snow and today it feels like a Spring day. These kind of days lift our spirits and remind us that the dark and gray days will be giving way to more sunshine and new growth is starting to poke out all over our trees and shrubs. Our Spring flowers – crocus, daffodils and primroses are all blooming and adding bright color to our yard.

How are you doing in your spiritual life? Do you feel energized and ready to go out and show the world the beauty of following Jesus? Are you tired and run down and lacking energy and drive? How we feel spiritually depends on all the work on the inside we need to be doing to continue to grow in our faith. We put our roots down deep into God's Word and what we find is that after a period of rest that we see new life sprouting again...just like the flowers. We still have awhile until it is Spring – let us take that opportunity to dive down into the Lord and The Word to get the energy we will need for the days to come.

Diving deeper into God's Word with you,

Pastor Carren

March 3, 2019

crossWelcome to Rivergate Community Church on this first Sunday of March.

As this is the first Sunday of the month we will be celebrating Communion during the worship service. We invite you to take some time to reflect back on this past month and confess any sins and to thank the Lord for answers to prayer.

No matter how many years we have been a Christian we need to make sure that our faith is fresh. We need to be able to tell others the Good News of Jesus Christ, and what a difference He has made in our lives. May our lives always reflect the light of Jesus to all that we meet.

Thankful for Jesus' sacrifice with you,

Pastor Carren

February 24, 2019

flowersWelcome to Rivergate Community Church as we join together in worship and praise of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

As we gather together it is under another threat of snow for the Portland area for later tonight into tomorrow. Our winter had been really mild until the month of February, and then it seems like we have been quite wet and cold. I am always so grateful to the Lord that in the midst of a run or really gray day we will get some bright blue sky and sunshine. It happens just when we need that lift and encouragement that the winter weather will not last forever.

It can be the same in our spiritual lives. We feel like we go from one storm of some sort to another.

Just when we get through a crisis of health or finances it may feel like the flood waters are still coming. I have found at those moments when I am overwhelmed and frightened I cry out to the Lord, and something will happen – an unexpected phone call from a friend, some long forgotten money will be found, or the sunshine will break forth and I can enjoy the beauty and warmth outside. The Lord knows just what we need, and we can count on Him to carry us through any storm that may come in life.

Trusting God in all the storms with you,

Pastor Carren

February 17, 2019

No Worship Service – Attended Black History Month Concert at the Old Church.

February 10, 2019

No Church Due to Snowy Weather.

February 3, 2019

Snowy berriesGood Afternoon and welcome to Rivergate Community Church. It is a great day to come and worship the King of Kings and Lord of Lords!

The weather forecasters are very busy today trying to determine if the conditions are right for us to get snow. We live in a part of the country that makes it very difficult to predict snow as we have to have just the right combination of cold air and precipitation. It is difficult now knowing for sure what to expect...

Things happen in an instant in our lives – we go from warm and sunny skies to the threat of snow in just a few hours. It is a good reminder that there are few things in this life that we can count on to happen just as they say. But the good news for us is that there is one thing we can always count on to happen just like He said – God's Promises! All that God has said and promised to us we can know will happen just as he has said, and that brings great comfort to my heart all of my days – whether they be snowy or sunny!

Trusting God's Promises with you,

Pastor Carren

January 27, 2019

prayWelcome to Rivergate Community Church. We are delighted to have you join us for worship.

Today the fog is very thick, and depending on where you live it may not lift all day long. Sandy and I were out briefly yesterday and the sun came out and immediately people's spirits lifted. You could see and feel the difference that the sunshine had on people's attitudes. We all know that the sun is shining up above the clouds, but when you are down in the stuff that is as thick as pea soup it can feel pretty depressing.

Our spiritual lives are no different when it come to the need for the sun. We can be trudging through our lives and it seems it is one gray day after another, and we can't really see very clearly where we are going. Then one day the sun comes out and we can see everything around us and the warmth of the sun feels wonderful. Jesus is with us no matter what the weather or day may bring, and the closer we walk with Him the stronger and more helpful we will feel. Move closer to Jesus this week and you will notice the difference.

Moving closer to Jesus with you,

Pastor Carren

January 20, 2019

PrayGood Afternoon and welcome to Rivergate Community Church. It is a great day to come and praise the Lord!

This is one of the great days in the life of the church that you look forward to as a Pastor. We are having 2 baptisms in the service, which is always a cause for great celebration. Our good friend, Dorothy, is here to bless us in worship of our great God! We are having our Annual Meeting after the worship service, where we will thank God for all He has done, and seek His face for direction for 2019.

I ask you to take some time before the service to quiet your heart and mind and to seek the Lord. Let go of all the things that happened during the week, and all that will come in the week ahead, and enter into this holy moment and sacred time together with the Lord!

Seeking the Lord with you,

Pastor Carren

January 13, 2019

Jesus Foot PrintGood Afternoon and welcome to Rivergate Community Church. What a glorious day we have to come together in worship and praise of our Lord.

We had a couple of pretty strong wind storms the last couple of weeks blow through our area. Part of our fence went down with one of the big gusts that hit our house. When Sandy and I went out to pick it up the fence section was so heavy, and yet it went right over because of the force of the wind. It was a great reminder that God's power in nature is far greater than we can truly understand.

In our spiritual lives we get hit by lots of storms as well. They can be a sudden illness, loss of job, or some other situation that turns your world upside down. It is at those moments that we have to know that we can trust Jesus to help us through whatever storm may come. Whatever situation you are facing today take a few moments and give that to Jesus – ask Him to give you strength and wisdom for the days to come, and may He give you hope that He is with you in whatever storm is beating against you.

Looking to Jesus with you,

Pastor Carren

January 6, 2019

Happy New YearWelcome to Rivergate Community Church on this first Sunday of the New Year – 2019!

At the beginning of the Advent Season we invited you to make sure that you made room for Jesus in all your busyness and events that would happened. I pray that you were able to find time each day to be quiet and reflect on the most amazing gift ever given – Jesus! Today we are going to celebrate the Lord's Table, and I invite you to take a moment before the service and thank Him for the many blessings you have received and to confess any sins that are on your heart this afternoon. God sent Jesus as our Savior – to set us free from the power of sin and death. May our hearts overflow with gratitude for that most precious gift.

This new year is full of promise and potential. Each new day is like a blank sheet of paper waiting to be filled. Let us recommit ourselves to Jesus and serving His Kingdom.

Excited about a New Year with you,

Pastor Carren